Series Preview: Washington Nationals

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Headlines

A rocky end to a road trip: The Mets’ bats fell silent during the 3 game series with the Colorado Rockies, getting swept out of Denver. The Mets got outscored 16-9 for the three games, and the home run power everyone expected in the thin mountain air never materialized.

PHEW: Mets fans breathed a huge sigh of relief with the results of Steven Matz’ visit to the doctor regarding his elbow. No ligament damage was apparent during the exam. Though he won’t be starting during the Nats series, he also won’t be spending any appreciable time on the DL.

Blind leading the blind: The mystery to the cause Matt Harvey’s struggles continues. Scott Boras implied that Harvey’s heavy 2015 workload could be to blame. Dan Warthen suspected the issue was due to a correctable mechanical flaw. Throwing some more spaghetti against the wall, the Mets are now looking into whether Harvey’s arm slot could be to blame. Doesn’t sound like anyone really knows what’s going on.

Know Your Foe

Welp. Our Q&A participant that we had lined up from Washington unfortunately did not get back to us before the series was due to start. In place of this, we must truly know our foe. I’m not going to pretend to understand why Bryce Harper’s hair annoys me, but it’s a perfectly good way to get the rage flowing for opening pitch. Cover the eyes of loved ones and small children.

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OKAY OKAY OKAY that’s enough of that. Look, those last two strands are trying to escape. On to more pressing business.

Standings & Probables

Nationals 23-15 .605
Mets 21-16 .568
Phillies 22-17 .564
Marlins 21-17 .553
Braves 9-28 .243

Tuesday, May 17 Noah Syndergaard (3-2 2.53 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (4-2 4.15 ERA)

Wednesday, May 18 Bartolo Colon (3-2 3.53 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (2-1 1.93 ERA)

Thursday, May 19 Matt Harvey (3-5 4.93 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (6-0 2.95 ERA)

Beer From the Bad Guys

Starsky & Dutch – 3 Stars Brewing Co.

As a DC resident, it was only appropriate that I head straight to the source for this review (mere minutes from my house). I’ve had Starsky & Dutch before, and it’s easily my favorite from 3 Stars.

Totally opaque, S&D certainly looks like the kind of beer that would be huge, thick, and potentially overbearing. Quite the opposite. The deceptively 8.3% ABV stout feels lighter than a Guinness. I honestly have no idea where the alcohol is, it’s so well hidden. The big sell for me is the chocolate. I’ve never had a beer that tasted this much like straight cocoa. The sweet chocolatey taste hits straight away, but leaves no lasting cloying sweetness on the light stout finish.

By all rights S&D should be a dessert beer, but it’s so dang light that I could absolutely see eating a steak or a hearty stew with a beer with such pronounced cocoa. The balance of the body is simply remarkable.

starskydutch.jpgScouting Report (20-80 scale)

See: 65

Smell: 70

Taste: 75

Feel: 75

Overall: 75

I started at the top of the pint with the conclusion that it was the best 3 Stars has to offer. By the bottom of the pint, I came to the conclusion that it’s probably my favorite beer in all of Washington, DC. The fact that they don’t bottle Starsky & Dutch means I’ll just have to keep coming back for the draught (oh well). LGM!

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