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The Nationals are dinger crazy

Sep 6, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

Adam LaRoche

The Nationals hit six home runs last night.  They also did it on Tuesday night.  That’s only the third time a team has hit six homers on consecutive nights ever. The previous two: the Angels did it against the Expos in 2003 and the Dodgers in Colorado in 1996.

Caveat: the former did it in Hiram Bithorn stadium in Puerto Rico, which was very homer friendly, and the Dodgers did it when Coors Field was at the height of crazy. But for as bad as the Cubs are, I don’t think they justify the same sort of asterisky treatment those band boxes should get.

The specific number of homers in these games inspired this post, but the significance of it is that for as much as we’ve talked about the Nationals pitching this year, the offense is really asserting itself now. Bryce Harper is waking up after a somnambulistic July and August. And Adam LaRoche has been insane. They have power threats in every position except catcher and right field, and even then Jayson Werth has been getting on base at an all-star clip since returning.

The Nats are the most complete team in baseball right now.

  1. kkolchak - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Having attended a lot of games at Nats Park, there seems to be quite a bit of variance as to how well the ball travels on any given night. Last night, there was no wind whatsoever, but watching batting practice we could tell the balls were jumping off the hitters’ bats. It carried through during the game as a couple of the dingers were long fly balls that just never seemed to come down.

    Not Harper’s though. Both of his were screaming line drives.

  2. natslady - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    The ultimate compliment: The Nats have an AL line-up. ;)

    That’s just men playing against boys right now,” manager Dale Sveum said….’This is by far the best team we’ve played all year,” Sveum said. “It’s like an American League lineup, too. Guys that hit the ball a long way and grind at-bats out and take advantage of any mistake that is thrown. Pitching, bullpen, starting pitching, defense, speed, power … that’s as good a team as there is in the National League.

    Oh, and—

    gio gio gio gio Gio Gio Gio Gio Gio GIO GIO GIO GIO GIO GIO GIO GIO GIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. mp4philly - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    They are complete… Minus their best player in a few days.

    • kkolchak - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      News flash: since the AS break, Strasburg has only been the FOURTH best pitcher on the Nats. The guy replacing him in the rotation was the team’s leader in wins a year ago. With their lineup healthy, they don’t even need their pitchers to be dominent.

  4. rakattack98 - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    I was surprised at how well the ball was flying off their bats. Harper’s 1st and Laroche’s both didn’t look like they would be dingers off the bat. This team is so entertaining that I watched this game over the Cowboys Giants game last night

  5. Kevin S. - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Nats are screwed now. #toomanyhomers

  6. okobojidan - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Somnambulistic. Nice.

    • xsherr - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      Had to google that one. I’m impressed.

  7. wethog66 - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Heard on the local radio yesterday that back when the Nats first came to DC Frank Robinson said HR’s would go up in late August because of the high humidity. That Robinson guy knows what he is talking about. lol

  8. mrstpaul - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I went to school with a girl who was dinger crazy.

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