By far the biggest question raised by yesterday's game relates to Jason Bergmann: What happens next? Is this start an anomaly, or does it signify that Bergmann (who's always been a streaky pitcher) still has the capability revert to his old rocky, non-reliable form? Yesterday, he wasn't just susceptible. He was outright ineffective, and he'd admit as much. The weak-hitting Giants racked up a .526 batting average against him.
Given how sharp he'd looked in his previous four starts, I'm giving him strong odds that he gets things back together. As Bergmann noted, every pitcher -- Hamels or Oswalt, doesn't matter -- will get rocked now and then. Perhaps yesterday was just Bergmann's night. (If you're interested in the blow-by-blow, it's described here.)
But just to provide the background on Bergmann's ups and downs, I want to use a little blogospheric cross-referencing. The Nationals Review, well before this start, offered some "split analysis" of Good Bergmann. v. Bad Bergmann.
The Nats (obviously) need Bergmann at his best, because he's fast become the one of the rotation's two most dependable starters, alongside John Lannan.
Oh, by the way, the notebook in today's Erstwhile .35 Center mentions the next two starters we'll be seeing up here.
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