For the 3rd time in 9 games the Nats beat the Mets in Spring Training action; 9-3, 5-3, and 4-3. Although the team won in the end, it was in no way a stellar performance by the visitors, as the team picked up another 2 errors and failed miserably on a squeeze play. Lets give a quick recap of the highlights...
- Starter Jordan Zimmermann had another great start, going 3 innings and only allowing 1 hit (to Willie Harris). JZimm also had 4 strikeouts, but walked 2 batters. Looks like his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going pretty well, I'm definitely encouraged by these results.
- Rule 5 draftee Brian Broderick continued his solid Spring by pitching 3 innings of 1 run ball. Being a Rule 5 draft pick, Broderick needs to make the 25-man and stay on the team the entire year, or else he has to be given back to the Cardinals. Chances are much better than they were 2 weeks ago, but still slim.
- Adam Carr picked up his first win on the "season" with a 2 inning performance, only giving up 1 hit; his ERA still sits at 0.00 through 4 innings of work. He could very well appear on the Nats at some point this year...
- On the offensive side, Morse hit his 3rd HR of the Spring, all coming against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. After his 2 for 4 performance, he is now hitting .400 in a team-leading 20 at bats. Hairston and Bixler also added homers.
- Nats #8 overall prospect, Eury Perez, appeared in his first MLB game today. In his one at-bat singled, then stole second, and scored the game winning run. Not bad, kid.
- Wilson Ramos continues to kill it at the plate, going 2 for 3 to raise his average to .462.
- Don't look now but Laynce Nix is hitting .444, after hitting the game winning double in the 10th.
- Desmond and Ankiel both went 0 for 3 today, lowering their averages to .263 and .188 respectively.
- The #1 Star of the Day is Nyjer Morgan (*In no way has he been playing well this spring, yesterday was the lone exception so far). Morgan went 2 for 3, picked up his first bunt single, 2 steals, and walked twice. A stellar performance for today. The opposite-of-silver-lining to this is that after today he only has 3 hits and 2 walks in 21 plate appearances. Also a drag, the Artist Formerly Known As T. Plush was caught stealing twice, but to his credit one of them was on a failed squeeze attempt. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, not a once a month occurrence...