WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Whether expectations were fairly placed on the Nationals or not heading into this season, the team has underperformed, but catcher Kurt Suzuki is emphatic their early-season confidence hasn’t wavered in the slightest, and has a message to deliver to all their critics.
“We’ve got all the confidence in the world that we’re going to turn it around,” Suzuki told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes.
Some of the team’s harshest critics insist the only solution to the Nats’ ailments would be to work out some sort of trade to replenish the pitching staff, and Suzuki had something for them too.
“The people that are saying that stuff are the people that aren’t in our clubhouse,” Suzuki said matter-of-factly. “So they can speculate all they want, we just got to control what we can control and worry about what’s in our clubhouse because we’re the only ones that really know what’s going on.”
Speaking of which, the one player on this team who’s been judged the harshest, save for maybe Dan Haren, is Stephen Strasburg. While his record of 4-6 may not indicate it, his 2.40 ERA and strikeout per inning suggest he’s been better than that record reflects.
“He hasn’t pitched bad at any point in the season,” Suzuki said.
“I think the spotlight on him, has to be perfect or it’s not good enough for people, and that’s kind of a tough position to be in being so you young like Stras.”
Suzuki will be hosting a Meet & Greet-style charity function at Nats Park on Wednesday, in support of research for a debilitating kidney disease called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis and Nephrotic Syndrome, on behalf of The NephCure Foundation, and conjunction with The Kurt Suzuki Foundation.
Both Suzuki’s father and his sister-in-law have battled kidney disease, both of whom are currently in remission.