The folks in red-colored glasses have made a big point about how the Nationals had one of the toughest schedules in the majors to start the season. And, the theory goes, now that the team has hit the soft Astros-Reds-Pirates-Indians-Tigers-White Sox-Royals-Orioles portion of the schedule, the team is sure to really take off.
Ooops. Turns out baseball isn't football. There are no Detroit Lions in MLB, and there are no "automatic" wins. Especially when you've got a shortstop in right field in a save situation in the bottom of the ninth.
We shouldn't make too much out of one series, especially one at the end of a long road trip. But this was a really bad series for the Nationals. Matt Capps, so reliable early on, blows two saves. The fielding gaffes were as bad as anything we saw in the days when the Cleveland Spiders were their main competition. And the Astros are really, really awful.
There's an old saying that the way you win a division is to play .500 against contenders and the beat up on the little sisters.
And then there's another old saying that if you can't beat the lowest scoring team in the league with Brian Moehler on the mound, then you better take cover.
Let's hope Riggleman has some tricks up his sleeve.