Larry righteously objects to Marvin Hudson’s ejection of Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper and his manager Matt Williams last night.
Yet, lost in all the spectacle, the Nats beat the New York Yankees 3-2 to gain sole possession of 1st place in the NL East.
Of course, the Nationals were widely expected to run away with the NL East title before the season began, but got off to a 7-13 start. On April 27th, the Nats were in last place in the NL East, 8 games back of the New York Mets who were the biggest story in MLB in April.
Well, as the old saying goes, “Riding high in April. Shot down in May.”
Since their 15-5 start, the Mets have gone 8-13 while the Nats have gone 17-4 during that same period. Washington has won 11 of its last 14 games.
Much of the Nats success can be laid at the doorstep of Bryce Harper who has hit 9 HR in last 12 games. He’s hitting .333, leads the NL in HR (15), RBI (38) and walks (37) for an astounding .472 OBP.
While I agree that Hudson was out of line, I think this can only motivate the Nationals even more. In which case, they could be absolutely unstoppable.