First, we have to marvel at the game Scherzer pitched last night! I want a DVD of this gem. Striking out 9 straight the third time thru the Mets batting order was the frosting on the cake! In both no-nos Max was one fluke play away from a perfect game. And I think he had three one-hitters this season too.
The Post has a great article today (by James Wagner) about the 11 games the Nats should have won but didn’t. The main culprit was their bullpen, constructed by Mike Rizzo and mis-managed by Matt Williams. These games made the difference between winning the division and not even making the playoffs.
Another thing for us to ponder is this: If the Nats had not spent a small fortune on Scherzer, they would have had money around the date of the trade deadline to shore up the bullpen (and would not have acquired Mr. Pap-smear). They could have got either Chapman or Kimbrel instead, plus one or two others.