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Making a moun(d)tain out of a molehill

Like Greg Maddux a few days ago, Doug Davis wasn't happy with the mound at RFK:

Brewers starter Doug Davis (4-5) gave up all five runs -- four earned -- nine hits and two walks over six innings, then ripped RFK Stadium's troublesome mound.

``It's horrible. It's the worst mound I've ever pitched on. It's OK the first two or three innings, then after that there are holes 4, 5 inches deep,'' Davis said. ``It's just really soft. It's breaking down.''

It's been problematic all year long, and a couple of weeks ago the grounds crew at RFK rebuilt it, apparently not to much good effect.  Seems like this would be a huge home-field advantage for the Nats--that is, if their own pitchers don't get hurt dealing with an unreliable mound so frequently.  Given the number of pitching injuries every year, that seems unlikely--I certainly wouldn't want to mess with that were I running a big-league club.

Here's some background on the mound at RFK:

``It was terrible. It's one of the worst mounds I've ever pitched on,'' said Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Javier Vazquez, who started against Washington in the April 14 home opener.

Of particular concern are the areas right in front of the rubber and where a pitcher's foot lands after he delivers the ball to the plate.

``The biggest issue was when the mound was built, the landing areas weren't large enough,'' Dunn said. ``We'll make these corrections. We'll be keeping an eye on it.''