Last night after falling behind 4-0 behind another stellar outing by Craig Stammen, the Nats stormed back to take a 7-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth, and #55 was heading to the mound. Good times, right? Wrong.
The Stros lead off hitter reached 1st on a fielding error by Ryan Zimmerman, then a sacrifice bunt, a couple base knocks, Lance Berkman’s swing or not a swing- swing, another base knock, and that’s all she wrote.
In any case, Berkman’s swing should’ve never even factored into the equation.
Zimmerman is a fan favorite, and personally one of our favorite guys, but the side arm throws and the option to field ground balls from side to side, rather than getting in front of them, is killing him. In fact, the fielding method Zimmerman chooses, leads to the inconsistent throws he makes from his hip.
But its not just RZ. The Nats lead all of MLB in errors commited with 44, and their infield- based on individual defensive statistics, ranks in the bottom third of the NL at every position.
Dunn, the 2B tandem of Kennedy and Guzman, Desmond, and Zimmerman- have all made 4 errors or more. Ian Desmond’s 11 errors are the highest number of errors by any starting short stop in the entire league, and are only 2 fewer than the total of the league’s best defensive team, the Twins.
The Strasburg buzz is awesome, and a game under .500 in June is not too shabby either. But this team, with the lack of consistent hitting and a solid rotation, needs all the help it can get when it comes to fielding.
Basic fundamentals, Ryan and Nyjer and others; implementing them will lead to more curly dubyas, and fewer smashed remote controls.
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