Coming into the series against the New York Yankees, the Washington Nationals had won six games in a row and looked unstoppable with great hitting throughout the lineup. However, the Nationals were nowhere to be found on offense against the Yankees, getting swept by the team on June 17 by the score of 4-1. Ivan Nova picked up his ninth win of the year for the Yankees, while Edwin Jackson had his fourth loss.
Jackson threw six innings in the game against the Yankees, giving up two runs on seven hits to go along with one strikeout for the day. He was simply outpitched by Nova, who went more than seven innings and gave up only one run. Like much of the season Jackson pitched well enough to get the win but just could not get any offensive support whatsoever. I could only imagine what it must feel like for the starting rotation to be pitching so well right now only to get little to no offense at all practically every time they step out on the mound.
Lack of Offense
The offense for the Nationals scored only six runs in the entire series, while the Yankees were able to get 16 on the board. Granted, the Yankees clearly have a better lineup than the Nationals do, but they had been playing so well against the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays that it really doesn't make much sense. I still can't make any sense out of Ryan Zimmerman right now, who went 1 for 13 in the series against the Yankees and currently has a .229 batting average on the year with only three home runs as well. If the Nationals want to stay in contention this year they will need Zimmerman hitting at least .275 with 20 plus home runs on the year, because while the starting pitching has certainly lived up to and exceeded expectations this year, they can't do everything for the team.
The Washington Nationals will look to rebound as they begin a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at home on June 18, with Chien-Ming Wang taking the mound against David Price. It will certainly not be an ideal series for Washington's offense against the starting pitching that the Rays have to offer, and Wang will most likely have to go deeper in the game than five innings to give the Nationals a shot.
Ryan Kekoufski lives near the Nationals' stadium and has been following the team ever since they moved to Washington D.C.