The Nationals ended this season with arguably the best pitching in the NL. Facing elimination, there’s no argument that they’ve had the worst pitching in the postseason so far.
In game 1, The Nats won and Gio only gave up 2 runs on one hit over 5 innings, but he walked 7(!). Monday’s debacle saw starter Jordan Zmmerman throw only 3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, followed by the usually-stellar bullpen giving up another 7, led (?) by Sean Burnett giving up 3 in 2/3 of an inning. Edwin Jackson followed this up in yesterday’s start by surrendering 4 in five innings. Stammen, Garcia, and Mattheus allowed another 4 over the next three innings.
While the offense has managed only 7 runs through 3 games so far, those dreadful pitching numbers will mean an early exit for baseball’s best team in 2012. Yes, there’s another game to play today. But the Nats face Kyle Loshe, who has a record of something like 143-1 this year (feel free to double check that record), while the Nats will throw Ross Detweiller out against a team he’s mightily struggled against, so I consider that one a long shot.
Anybody missing Strasburg right now?