Offensive overhaul? Whatever. They're 2-0
Easy now. Deep breaths. Does one 11-run outburst mean that this is a different team?
Let's review. The Nationals beat the Phillies today, 11-6. They did so with a four-run outburst in the fifth and a tie-breaking, five-run eruption in the ninth against past-and-present-but-not-future Phillies closer Tom Gordon. These are the kinds of things I don't remember from the 2007 Nationals. Six doubles on the day, four in the ninth inning alone, one from a dangerous switch-hitting pinch hitter (Dmitri), two from the guy who's replacing him at first base (Nick Johnson), one from the new catcher (Lo Duca) that kept the ninth going, plus a two-run homer from the new guy (Lastings Milledge).
That kind of stuff simply didn't happen much last year. It doesn't mean it'll happen every day this year (see Hudson, Tim, circa March 30, 2008). But there is the potential that it could happen almost any day, even against Brett Myers, even on a day when the previous night's star (Ryan Zimmerman) went 0 for 4 with a sac fly, even when the top two left fielders (The Weapon and Elijah Dukes) are on the disabled list.
"Pretty impressive," Zimmerman said afterward.
In the Nationals' clubhouse, that's true. We'll wait to see whether the rest of baseball agrees. But for now, savor it. The last time a Washington-based major league club opened a season 2-0? That would be 1962, when the Senators -- coincidentally? I think not -- played their first season in brand-new D.C. Stadium.
Signing off from 30th St. Station in Philly. Going to sneak home tonight, catch that huge Capitals-Hurricanes game tomorrow night, then cruise back up here Wednesday. Enjoy the off day.
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