Up Your Butt, Jobu
Well, sleep didn't help my mood any. I'm still angry at the Nats, mostly at Guzman. Not only did he drop Schneider's perfect throw in the eighth, allowing the winning run to get to scoring position - but he misplayed a pop-up in the seventh that also led to a run. Not to mention that he can't hit.
I try to give ballplayers the benefit of the doubt. If they've made it to the major leagues, they're obviously a lot better than I could ever dream to be. But this much is clear - Guzman is hurting this team. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery (said the optomistic one) but either way, he's killing the Nationals.
Don't get me wrong, if Guzman goes, the Nats still have a lot of work to do. The team showed flashes of it last night, coming back to tie the game in 8th on some nice hitting by the top of the order. That needs to happen more consistently.
Livan, Patterson and Loaiza have all been consistently pitching very well. Drese and Armas have shown flashes of some decent stuff. It's a damn shame that the rotation is pitching its heart out while the defense and the bats consistently fail them.