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I know its easy to pick on the Nats right now, but 1) they are not as bad as their record; and 2) they are starting to see the young pitching make a difference.
Also, IF they draft and sign Strasburg, they will have what should be a dominant rotation for the next 5 years with Strasburg, Zimmermann, Martis, and Lannan.
also, if I had to rate:
I am done believing the Skins hype. They stink. I've accepted it and wept.
Last edited by Tulane Skins Fan; April-22nd-2009 at 12:20 PM.
A healthy Nick Johnson, a healthy Elijah Dukes, Adam Dunn, and Willingham make this a much more potent lineup than the one that featured Lastings Milledge (who's now in AAA) in the 5-spot in the order last year. It's just not even close.
And the starting pitching is better this year too.
By the way, speaking of "worst teams in history"...the 1988 O's started 0-21 and lost 106 games. Even last year's Nats were better than that.
Last edited by Larry Brown #43; April-22nd-2009 at 12:59 PM.
The best season in Nats history was a .500 season. In the 40-year history of the Expos-Nats, the franchise has never made it to a World Series. Sure, they have some good young pitching pitching talent, but every team in MLB (especially the struggling teams) say that now. If they're going to make it anywhere, that pitching has to hold up over an entire season and into the playoffs, and there's no reason to expect that will happen anytime soon.
Since the Nats have come to DC, the Redskins have made the playoffs twice. Both teams have some dysfunctional ownership problems, but at least the Redskins' problem is that they spend too much money.
I would like to see the Nats succeed, but I really don't see that happening. Can you honestly say that it's more likely that the Nats make the playoffs this year than the Redskins?
By April 2010, the Nats should have a rotation of Strasburg, Jay-Z, Lannan, and Martis, which is a playoff contending rotation, in 2010.
They also have The RZa (Ryan Zimmerman) locked up now... Dukes, Flores, and a few bats in the minors that are really developing: Espinosa, Marrero, Desmond. They can trade guys like Guzman and Johnson this year and get good return too. Same for Willingham.
Anyway, in the future years, I think the Nats will have far more success than the Skins. Who love to be 8-8.
The Nats have reached a new low in DC sports... Mispelling the name of your own franchise on openning day... "Natinals" indeed..... PaaaThetic.
Again the President opting out of throwing out the first pitch because he can't be ripped away from an easter egg roll for 20 minutes... Pathetic.
Overall DC sports are as week as they've been at anytime in our history. Traditionally we have had fewer teams and at least one was average. Currently we have more teams and they all universally suck.
You'll have to be patient with the Nationals. It takes some time to build up a respectable baseball team. It took the Devil Rays 10 years.
And that's not really true about the Tigers...outside of Magglio Ordonez, the Tigers of '06 and '07 were largely built through homegrown talent and value free agents.
Last edited by Larry Brown #43; April-22nd-2009 at 01:11 PM.
The Phillies and Mets have superstars. The Braves ... well somehow or another even they are better than the Nats.
Do you really see the playoffs anywhere in the Nats' future? Because I just don't. The Orioles (with their own young pitching coming up and a much more potent lineup) have a better chance than the Nats.
You're hanging your expectations on some pretty unproven commodities. The odds of Strasburg, Zimm 2, Lannan, and Martis all staying healthy and productive in 2010 is no higher than the odds of Jason Campbell turning the corner and either Malcolm Kelly or Devin Thomas becoming a top WR by 2010.
It's a lot easier to turn around a football team in the salary-capped NFL than a baseball team in one of the richest divisions in the MLB where you have a whole farm system to worry about ... I just really don't see it with the Nats.
The Phillies are a disaster right now. Rollins and Utley are studs. Howard is falling off a cliff.
The idea that the O's have a better lineup than the Nats right now is laughable too. And for the record, I really like some of the O's prospects, especially Tillman, but comparing lineups RIGHT NOW is not really comparable.
Lannan proved last year what he is. He's a solid third guy. Zimmermann dominated the minors last year, and he has ace stuff. Strasburg is a phenom.
Can they get hurt? Sure. What team can't say that though? You really telling me if any team had four guys on their staff get hurt they could compete?
MLSKINS - you do realize that the Nationals don't play in the AL East, right?
As for the future of DC sports franchises - without a doubt the Caps have the brightest future as it looks today.
I'd also rank the Redskins in last place, or at least close to it - I have absolutely 0 confidence in Dan Snyder or Vinny Cerrato to run a successful football franchise. They prove me right every year it seems.
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