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Facing prized New York Mets prospect Zack Wheeler, the Nationals pounded the Mets with 13 hits — 10 of which went for extra-bases — as every starting position player in the lineup had at least one hit and drove in at least one run.
With the Nationals below .500 after 75 games, revisiting my preseason projections seemed like a good idea. Well, that's if your idea of a good idea is one where you get proven wrong repeatedly.
Before the game, Dan Haren was told the team was planning to place him on the DL with shoulder stiffness. Jayson Werth, playing in his 17th game since returning from a hamstring strain that cost him 28, left in the fourth inning with a left groin pull but hopes to avoid a similar fate to Haren's.
There is neither time nor space to get into much detail about all that's gone wrong. But let's disavow ourselves of the notion that the offseason trade of Morse belongs on the list of things to blame for a disappointing 2013 season.
Dan Haren's support is paltry, with the Nationals scoring 2.9 runs per game he starts, and the seventh-worst mark in the major leagues. But Stephen Strasburg has borne the brunt of the Nationals' offensive woes.
Nats' 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 2 for 15, as Washington failed to score in the final six innings.
As the Nationals arrived at Tuesday as a 28-29 baseball team, their clubhouse was a flurry of action before they opened a three-game series against the New York Mets. The Nationals made made sweeping changes to their bullpen, welcomed back a team leader, added a top prospect and placed one of their most embattled players on the disabled list.
This time last year, the Nationals were 34-23, hardly having looked back after a 14-4 start to the season and on their way to a major league-best 98 wins. This year, despite the predictions and the expectations, the Nationals have not performed up to the standard they set in 2012.
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with bursitis in his left knee.