This was by far the best game I’ve seen him pitch and wouldn’t be afraid to say the best game of his brief career at the big league level. He went the distance without going over 100 pitches and still managed to get 10 strikeouts. That’s dominant, period!
There’s no doubt he’s reaching the turning point in his development where everything is coming together. He’s actually pitched well this whole season, but a lack of run support has cost him several wins. His 6-9 record is misleading, but if you dig a little deeper his 2.83 ERA is 14th in MLB, 153 strikeouts are 11th, and opponents batting average of .206 is currently 7th. The kid’s getting the job done.
The biggest thing that has hurt the Nats all season has been their lack of offense. But the offense showed up in the weekend sweep over the Phillies by pounding out 36 hits and scoring 23 runs.
If the Nats are going to make a late season run for the second N.L. Wildcard spot the offense must hold up their end of the bargain. The Nats are eight games behind the Cincinnati Reds with 45 games remaining. It’s not going to be easy, but it can be done.