MissChatter: Out Like A Lamb

MissChatter: Out Like A Lamb
September 21, 2010, 3:52 pm
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 11:47 am

By Miss Chatter
CSNwashington.com

Well, dang, I'm not even sure what to say about last night's game against the Astros. The first game of the last home stand of the Nats 2010 season brought the record for the lowest paid attendance (10,999) and a demoralizing error-filled loss. I know for a fact the attendance number should be lower - at least 10,997 since we bought two more tickets after forgetting ours at home. The Nats ended up getting pummeled by the Astros 8-2 and fans are grumbling, wondering why they should bother paying attention the rest of this season, and possibly next season with Strasburg out and Dunn's future on the team in limbo.

The Astros season started off pretty miserably, culminating in trading Roy Oswalt to the Phillies per his request to go somewhere else. They currently hold a 73-77 record, which in contrast with the Nats 62-88 record, doesn't look too shabby. Of course, the trade has worked out well for Oswalt, holding an impressive 7-1 record with the Phillies since the trade. But that's a bit of a segue to avoid talking about the hometown team. It's easier to talk about teams heading into the post season, I guess.

The Nationals have twelve games remaining. On the positive side, they'd have to lose all of them to hit 100 losses again. On the bummer side, they'd have to win 8 of 12 to get 70 wins and that is looking extremely doubtful at this point. So much for my guess of 72-73 wins extrapolating out from my penpaper experiment. They've essentially tanked lately, even at home.

So let's try to find some positives. Ok, let's try to find interesting nuggets from last night's game:

In one at-bat, Livo had more base hits (1) than Danny Espinosa, Roger Bernadina and Willie Harris.

We had the pleasure of seeing Anderson Hernandez's wiggly knees in the batter's box when he pinch hit for the Astros in the 9th inning.

Ok, those aren't really great nuggets, are they?

How about a couple amazing defensive plays by Danny Espinosa and Ryan Zimmerman in the 6th inning?

Collin Balester pitched a phenomenal 1-2-3 inning in the 8th.

Those were worth it, right? Right? Bueller? My daughter was highly entertained by the "helium voice" of Michael Morse's batting music. I score that a win for a kid who barely pays attention at games and was kept up past her bedtime for that debacle. I try not to let one game bother me and look at the whole picture. Livo has for the most part been outstanding this season and I'm eager to watch him continue his career as a Nat next year. Danny Espinosa has power potential and while he's slacked off production at the plate since his initial call up, I think he will find consistency over time. Watching the defense combo of Espinosa and Desmond should be a treat to weary Nats fans' eyes. Espi nails every throw to first with astonishing strength and accuracy.

The last home stand always brings a bit of sadness (baseball season is almost over until spring), excitement (jerseys off their backs raffle) and relief (return to 'normal life', whatever that is). I really hate to see it go out in this fashion, though -- with an empty stadium so quiet you can hear players on the field. Nats, if you want to give fans a reason to come back in April, go out like a lion, not like a clumsy newborn lamb.