Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A vicious circle

That's what is going on right now.

If you are in the other team's dugout, does it matter how far behind you are?  Don't you think they KNOW they can come back?

And if you are in the Nats dugout, don't you know that no lead is safe? 

The feeling is palpable even through the TV screen.  As much as stat heads like to deny a human factor in baseball, can you not think of times when you thought your team/cause whatever was hopeless and it turned out that way?

I liken it to a golfer, standing on the tee and making his club and shot choice.  If he isn't fully committed to the shot, fully believes that his ability and decision making is correct, he usually shanks it into the water or a hazard. 

Right now, no Nats pitcher (well leave JZZ out of this for now) can say for certain that they can get people out on a regular basis. And so they don't pitch for maximum effect, they think and end up not making the kinds of pitches necessary to get major league hitters out.  (Don't think Meat, you'll only hurt the ball club!)

I doubt yelling and screaming is going to do much good . . . that works for a team that thinks its more talented than it is and doesn't give effort.  That's not a problem, at least I don't see it.

The only way out is to have some success.  Rebuild that fine line between ignorance and arrogance necessary to excel at the highest level in a demanding profession.  That means a manager who puts full confidence in his guys whether they've earned it or not.  Cause unless those guys believe, the manager's cooked.  Finished. 

The only other option is to blow up the management.  Turn everything up side down.  That seperates you from the past failures and may give you a fresh start. 

I end on a positive note.  In last nights lineup, with Kearns and Flores hitting as well as they have been this season,  we're down to only 3 terrible hitters in the lineup. 

Guzman's return brings us down to 2 (note- please Manny don't put him back in the 2 spot. Leave NJ there!) and on the days Ronnie B plays it's just the pitcher who I would assume an automatic out.  I can't imagine a manager looks forward to facing the Nats in a series from a pitching perspective, the long AB's, the walks and the power all mean a staff worn out after a four game set.  (Now of course that manager's hitters will be salivating but we're not going there.)

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