The Nationals had themselves quite a homestand which just wrapped up with a 4-2 record. The club went 1-2 against the
Philadelphia Phillies, with losses coming to the great Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. This weekend, however, they swept the Milwaukee Brewers, culminating with back-to-back wins Sunday afternoon in a true double-header.
Sunday’s game saw just about every Nationals player who was in a slump, break out of it. Danny Espinosa has been rocking the ball from both the left and the right side, Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com points out. It wasn’t just Espinosa rocking the ball Sunday. In fact, in the Nats first game each starter recorded at least one hit.
Speaking of slumps, the Boston Red Sox have been the inverse of the Washington Nationals this season. With high expectations and poor results, the fans are starting to turn on the team and people are pointing their fingers at their new $100 million outfielder,Carl Crawford. The Red Sox made the move to bench him Sunday…the team won.
Ivan Rodriguez hit his first home run of the season this weekend, driving in three runs on an opposite field bomb in the sixth inning of Sunday’s first game.Beyond The Box Score took a look at the best players of all time who were five foot nine or under, and not surprisingly Pudge was right up there on the list. According to career rWAR, Rodriguez is the fifth best player at his height.
Over in Minnesota, former Washington Nationals pitcher Matt Capps has won the closer position back from Joe Nathan. The long-time Minnesota closer had blown two saves in five chances and was posting an 8.44 ERA. Capps will take over, for now.
Unfortunately for Twins fans, that’s not the only change their seeing. The club just recently placed star catcher Joe Mauer on the disabled list, and news came out today that a viral infection is the result of his leg weakness.