Well, the bullpen is going to a closer-by-committee while Edward Mujica, who was brilliant through most of the season but has been struggling lately (although he struck out Todd Helton with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th this past Wednesday) – re-finds his groove. Allen Craig is out, meaning he’ll fall 3 short of 100 RBIs, and we don’t know if he’ll be back in the post-season. Carlos Beltran, bothered by a sore back, has barely made the Mendoza line for September, although he had 2 RBIs yesterday. Matt Adams is being the slugger he’s supposed to be, including 2 2-run homers Friday and Saturday. Yadi, who had hit a dead spot at the plate, was back in form over the past week, hitting .355 with a homer and 6 RBIs, and he’s still the team’s center, as evidenced by how he quickly got Carlos Martinez’ attention Friday night, after the young reliever began the 10th with two poor pitches.
Matt Carpenter, all $504,000 of him, continues a memorable season, hitting .388 for September with 10 RBIs. Other than bone-headedly falling for Helton’s fake in that awful game Thursday, he’s been absolutely solid. He’ll very likely get to 200 hits, more than a third for extra bases. He’s only committed 8 errors at second, a position he had to learn this year (reminder: even The Wizard annually went into double-figures in that category).
Starting pitching, while not as awesome as early in the year, seems to have re-gained its footing.
One more with Milwaukee, then home for 3 with the Nats, a blessed day off, and finish with 3 at home against the Cubs. Pirates (back 2) and Reds (back 3) face each other today in Pittsburgh, then close the season with 3 in Cincy. If we continue to play as we have the past 2 weeks (10-4), I’ll be happy.