Saturday, May 29, 2010
The definition of quandary: "a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma."
Perfectly defines Nyjer Morgan and outfield walls of late? Doesn't it?
Again tonight, Our Washington Nationals centerfielder rushed to the left-centerfield wall at Petco Park attempting to track down a blast off the bat of The San Diego Padres Nick Hundley in the bottom of the 4th. Nyjer appeared to get there in time, then jumped up, and watched the ball completely miss his glove and land to his side and carom back toward the infield. Hundley ended up with a triple and scored The Friars' fourth run moments later.
Morgan's misplay wasn't the deciding moment in tonight's latest loss--that came in the very first frame when Washington's newly recalled pitcher, J.D. Martin, allowed a two out, three run homer to Hundley. But Morgan's continuing uncertain defensive play was the most worrisome on an evening of disappointments for D.C.'s Team because this exact same fielding miscue now has happened to Nyjer for the fourth time in less than two weeks. Two of which ended up being inside-the-park home runs. In fact, if Josh Willingham hadn't tracked down the Hundley smacked ball tonight--this one might have been the third.
Perplexing, because in 2009, virtually nothing got past Our Number 1 defensively after he came over from Pittsburgh in that mid-season trade. Now in 2010, Nyjer has consistently missed most everything hit close to the outfield walls. A most puzzling development because, in baseball, defense up the middle is key to winning consistently. And Nyjer Morgan has been the surprising weak link this season.
Has he somehow become afraid of hitting the wall? Has he lost his confidence?
Nyjer Morgan's continuing struggles the most bewildering aspect of Washington's otherwise uplifting season.
Final Score from Petco Park where superb pitching by The Friars, combined with D.C.'s Team's less than stellar play doomed defeat: The San Diego Padres 4 and Our Washington Nationals 2. Mat Latos, Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams & Heath Bell combined on the mound for San Diego to shutdown Washington's offense most all evening. A key Adam Kennedy two out error in the bottom of the 1st directly led to Hundley's three run home run off Martin. But Nyjer Morgan's troubling play has formed doubt.
He's been tentative, indecisive, almost hesitant to make plays.
Nyjer Morgan truly has become a quandary: "a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do."
A dilemma that needs to be solved--and quickly.
Tonight's In-Game Photo, Denis Poroy (AP)