So Stephen Strasburg will need to be almost perfect to help save Davey's sinking ship tonight. Up above, video of Strasburg doing an interview with Dr. Dre's Beats TV during the Nats stop in LA, in which he discusses how his grandmother taught him to play baseball, and reveals what's on his iPod:
So Bryce returns to the Nationals lineup tonight, batting third: there he is above taking BP as seen on MASN tonight. And here's Harper talking about how sliding could be a problem tonight on MASN's Nats Xtra pregame show:
"It was more of just running on it. Sliding. things like that. I think the slide's probably gonna hurt the worst. If I bang it up or something it's right back to square one. So hopefully I don't do that."
Dan Haren (5 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 HR, 1 WP) stunk out the joint; Ryan Mattheus (1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB) turns 7-4 game into a dumpster fire. Much respect to Mattheus for standing up and facing the music after the game (video here, via MASN).
Henry Rodriguez pitches for the first time in 8 days, his inning included a SMH-Rod wild pitch, a walk, an error, and three stolen bases. He got out of it without giving up a run!?
Silver lining: Danny Espinosa goes 0-4 but only strikes out once. Good thing he's trying to play through that little shoulder thing. Season ending surgery in 5...4...3...
Cheer up, Nats fans: Zach Duke starting tomorrow. He'll probably pitch the first no-no in Nats history or something...
Death, taxes, and a boatload of stikeouts for Danny Espinosa (0-4, 3K).
Death, taxes, and another throwing error for Ryan Zimmerman. Here's Zim on the tough scoring decision for his 9th inning "error":
"I would never complain about a play, but that’s not an error. I don’t know if they have Brooks Robinson as a
scorekeeper here or what. . . . I’m almost near second base and throwing
across against not a slow guy. If that’s on the base, it’s bang-bang.
We’re not supposed to complain about that stuff, but that one’s a little
ridiculous. I guess if anyone deserves to get errors put on them right
now, it’s me. But that’s over the top." (Ryan Zimmerman, via Washington Post, 5/18/2013)
Harper and Manziel's friendship started on Twitter, of course. via Nationals Journal:
"I clicked on his Twitter one day. It happened to say he
was following me. I followed him back. He shot me a message. I shot him a
message. I got his phone number, and he texted me. We text three or
four months, something like that. He texted me last night, ‘I hear
you’re in San Diego?’ us 20- and 21-year-olds have to stick together
that are in this type of deal." (Johnny Manziel on Bryce Harper, via Washington Post, 5/16/2013)
"He had a different mentality tonight. He’s not letting the little things bother him. Guys hit the ball hard, had good swings off him, and it was more of ‘OK, hit this one.’ It wasn’t ‘Oh no, what do I do now?’ It was that bulldog mentality, that horse mentality. I’m going to come right at you. Here it is, hit it." (Kurt Suzuki on Stephen Strasburg, via Washington Times, 5/17/2013)