Imagine you're in a knife fight. Your opponent is wearing his Chucks and high-water jeans, and you have your three-quarter sleeve white pimp jacket, as is customary.
But you're losing! You're all cut up, and there's so much blood on your knife that you can't keep a good grip on it.
Suddenly, the winning move occurs to you. I don't know what this would be since I don't get into knife fights, but maybe it's, like, a double reverse backhand knifestab preceded by saying, "HEY look over there!"
The problem is that you're in no condition to pull off this perfect move - you can't hold your knife and you're getting sleepy from blood loss (does that actually happen, or do I just get sleepy because giving blood is boring?). You figured it out, but too late.
The Nationals could be in a similar situation. Everything's coming together, as long as you define "everything" as "the batters."
- Ryan Zimmerman is . . . well, you can't say he's back to normal, because he's not this good. 7 homers, 28 RBI, and a 942 OPS in August. His September OPS is 2121.
- Jayson Werth is now batting leadoff, and in that position he's "slashing" 328/400/621. I'm skeptical that there's any causation there, but I'll take it. I mean, the man's paid his debt to society and maybe it's time to lay off him.
- Anthony Rendon's maybe coming around. The trend line is upwards, at any rate.
- Bryce Harper is walking more than Johnny Appleseed.
But it's probably not the kind of team that can win a division in a month while spotting the Mets six games.
Knife Fight Bibliography:
- Borges, Jorge Luis. (1962) "The South." Ficciones Trans. Anthony Bonner. New York: Grove Press.
- Herbert, Frank. (1965) Dune. Philadelphia, PA: Chilton Books.
- Payne, Anthony (producer). (1983) Beat It [video]. United States; GASP.