Armchair Analysis: Schwarber Wanted for Murder of a Baseball (4/16/21 vs D-backs)

(I forgot to post yesterday's entry on this site, but you can find it on

​Game 2 of 4 vs D-backs
Box Score

Arizona (5-9) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Washington (4-7) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -- 1

Game 1: Arizona 11, Washington 6
Game 2: Washington 1, Arizona 0

Walk Off Win (2nd this year)
Shutout Win (2nd)

The Bad
The Big Bats
The first three hitters in the lineup--Turner, Soto, and Bell--combined to go 0-for-10 in this game. Discouraging to see from your three best bats. However there is silver lining to this: they won without a dime's worth of contribution (save for Turner and Soto each recording a walk, however neither scored) from their best players. That is an extremely encouraging sign that the rest of the team can pick up the slack when the stars have a rough night. If all three are locked in, you have to figure they have an excellent chance of winning. Winning when all three are ice cold? That's a bonus.

The Good
Max Scherzer
We got vintage Max tonight. 7 innings pitched, just two hits, and no runs allowed. He struck out ten to top it off, passing Cy Young on the all-time leaderboard. Maybe they should change it to the Max Scherzer award? I'm being greedy here, I know. Regardless of award names, this was a fantastic performance.

Kyle Schwarber
Schwarber snapped out of an 0-for-12 in a big way in the bottom of the 9th. I must say, that was one of the most beautiful home runs I've ever witnessed. Rarely do you know it's a goner the moment the bat and ball make contact, but this was one of those cases. The ball went all the way to the concourse, sending the team to their second walk off win of the season. Like color analyst FP Santangelo said, "These [close games] are the games you have to win [if you want to be a contender]". They got it done tonight.

Josh Harrison
It's becoming a regular occurrence to put Harrison in this section. Tonight he recorded two more hits--his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. His batting average now sits at a very impressive .556. Howie Kentrick's retirement was a blow, but thus far it seems Harrison can fill the void as a very similar style hitter--and he can play every day.

Player of the Game: Max Scherzer (2x this year)
Just passing Cy Young on the all-time strikeout list would have put Max in contention for this honor, but his performance guarantees it. I considered Schwarber, but Scherzer is the reason the game was tied going into the 9th for Schwarber to hit his beautiful walk-off home run.

Other Thoughts
The Nationals now have two wins at home this year--both of them walk-offs. I've always loved walk-offs. Definitely one of the most exciting parts of the game. If the early season is any indicator, it would appear that Nats fans are in for their fair share of walk-off wins this season. I would certainly be down for that.

What's Next
With the series now even at one win apiece, the Nationals and Diamondbacks face off for the third game of four at 1 pm Eastern Time on Saturday. Erick Fedde will take the bump for the Nats, so there's a fair chance we may see a bullpen game.

About This Series: My name is Cole Bromfield. Anyone close to me will tell you how opinionated I am when it comes to the world of sports. I've even been called an "armchair manager", "armchair GM", etc by some. So I've decided to embrace that label and share my thoughts on my favorite sports teams. After every Nationals game, I will discuss one negative from the game, one positive, one question mark, any other thoughts I have on the game, and what's next. These entries also available on

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