GB&U--Game 2: Second Verse, Same as the First

Posted by Dave Nichols | Wednesday, April 08, 2009 | , , , , , , , | 0 comments »

RESULT: Scott Olsen was pounded for eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks in just three innings as the Florida Marlins, his former teammates, drubbed the Washington Nationals 8-3, before 11,124 at Dolphin Stadium.

Austin Kearns hit a two-run home run and Nick Johnson and Cristian Guzman each had three hits for the Nats (0-2), who have been outscored in two games 20-9 to the team they expect to battle for fourth place in the NL East.

THE TAKEAWAY: Oh boy. Olsen's been hittable all spring, but he assured us he was just working on things and making his natural progression. Yesterday's performance was atrocious, and his lack of velocity is the real troubling part.

At least the pen stepped up, but if the starters are only going to work three innings a night, the Nats are going to burn through arms in the bullpen at an historic rate.

GOOD: The Bullpen. Julian Tavarez, Joe Beimel and Joel Hanrahan went five scoreless, striking out six and giving up just one hit and two walks.

BAD: Scott Olsen. Could a pitcher have a worse performance against his old team? Worse than the numbers: He sat 86-87 on his fastball all night. Not a promising debut.

UGLY: Stan Kasten's comments on Philadelphia sports talk ESPN 950. Mr. Kasten sold out DC for a couple of nickels and a bag on magic beans. The lack of awareness in his comments was startling.

NEXT GAME: The Nats look for Daniel Cabrera (-10, 5.25 in 180.0 IP in 2008) to play stopper today at 12:10 pm against Chris Volstad (6-4, 2.88 in 84.1 IP). Maybe Josh Willingham will get to play today.