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***OFFICIAL*** Washington Nationals ongoing thread

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From Thomas Boswell's column the other day:

Dmitri Young had two doubles and may hit at first base until Nick Johnson's broken leg is healed. But you haven't lived until you see Young scream, "YOURS," on a high popup on a sunny day.

:popcorn: Yours? :mellow: It's going to be a loooong season.

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Looks like there're about 3 dozen people at the game tonight. It's pretty freakin' cold though. Austin Kearns' ears are blue.

Jason Bergmann is putting em on already.

eta: Batters, not Austin Kearns' ears

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Randy St. Claire should get himself a little cart or something. He's going to set a record for mound visits this season.

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Not really his fault, but Randy St. Claire is not long for his job.

Boy this team is the stink. The offense may pick up a bit once they get Casto out of the 2-spot, not sure what's up with that but the guy has shown he's not ready.

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Need some official predictions on W/L record by the end of the season. For betting purposes, as I feel the lines haven't yet represented just how awful Washington is.

I think 27 to 33 wins at home. 25 to 30 wins on the road. 52 to 63 wins total.

This team is clearly the worst team we've seen in a couple of years, right?

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The offense may pick up a bit once they get Casto out of the 2-spot, not sure what's up with that but the guy has shown he's not ready.

They're not exactly loaded with options, though. Who would you put there?

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Need some official predictions on W/L record by the end of the season. For betting purposes, as I feel the lines haven't yet represented just how awful Washington is. I think 27 to 33 wins at home. 25 to 30 wins on the road. 52 to 63 wins total.This team is clearly the worst team we've seen in a couple of years, right?

Yup.121 is not out of the question.

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The offense may pick up a bit once they get Casto out of the 2-spot, not sure what's up with that but the guy has shown he's not ready.

They're not exactly loaded with options, though. Who would you put there?
Anybody who can put a bat on a ball. I'd put Church there. That gives you a pretty solid 1-5. Casto is a weak link, easy out, may as well put the pitcher or Schneider there.

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I'm starting to think that relying on their closer for saves might have been a mistake. :bag:

Well, there's one for you. Check back in another week for number 2.

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Shawn Hill's quietly putting together a pretty nice April. 4 starts, sub-3 ERA, a respectable K/BB. He won't break the bank on wins, due to offensive inferiority, but he looks fo'rills to me. Pick the boy up in keepers.

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Tom Boswell in the WaPo had a column yesterday saying that this team has a very good chance to be amongst the worst of all time. Man, do they SUCK.

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Swept by the white hot Brew crew

This team almost looked decent a couple times but I think reality has set in now. 121 is a very distinct possibility.

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Would love to see what Bowden was offered for Soriano. I know he'll get a couple of draft picks as compensation, but at this point I can't believe the decision to not trade Alfonso was a good one.

They should move Cordero soon before he loses all of his value. Give Rauch the closer gig.

Poor Ryan Zimmerman.

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Poor Ryan Zimmerman.

Man, this guy has really started slow. I know there's no one to protect him, but shouldn't he be walking more - instead of putting in nightly 0-4 efforts?

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Poor Ryan Zimmerman.

Man, this guy has really started slow. I know there's no one to protect him, but shouldn't he be walking more - instead of putting in nightly 0-4 efforts?
Ye olde sophomore slump. No real explanation. I think he'll come back around. They could really use some stability in that lineup.

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Two saves in a row is pretty telling

But my crystal ball is a bit fuzzy so I can't say for sure

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Two saves in a row is pretty tellingBut my crystal ball is a bit fuzzy so I can't say for sure

Acta said after Thursday that he would go back to Cordero. The 8th inning stint for Chad was a one time thing apparently.

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Acta doesn't really know what he's doing.

Is this specific to the closer position or just a general comment?
General comment, but in his defense, he really only has half a team's worth of major league material to work with.Still, I haven't seen anything to make me think he'll be around more than a season or two. I've been down on him since the Casto in the 2-hole experiment that went on way too long.

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Here's their starting pitching depth chart right now.

1 John Patterson ® (D.L.)

2 Shawn Hill ® (D.L.)

3 Jason Bergmann ® (D.L.)

4 Matt Chico (L)

5 Mike O'Connor (L) (D.L.)

5 Jason Simontacchi ®

5 Jerome Williams ® (D.L.)

Leaving them now with most likely the worst rotation in MLB history.

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Here's their starting pitching depth chart right now.1 John Patterson ® (D.L.) 2 Shawn Hill ® (D.L.) 3 Jason Bergmann ® (D.L.) 4 Matt Chico (L) 5 Mike O'Connor (L) (D.L.) 5 Jason Simontacchi ® 5 Jerome Williams ® (D.L.)Leaving them now with most likely the worst rotation in MLB history.

:rant: Speigner looked pretty solid yesterday... a good number of those HRs fell just short..

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4-6-1 double play was interesting...

Bacsik with a solid game, until that last predictable mistake.. can the good guys hang on to take 3/4 from the shukies?

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4-5-1 double play was interesting...Bacsik with a solid game, until that last predictable mistake.. can the good guys hang on to take 3/4 from the shukies?

SMB,G

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4-5-1 double play was interesting...Bacsik with a solid game, until that last predictable mistake.. can the good guys hang on to take 3/4 from the shukies?

SMB,G
:popcorn: 10 wins in 14 games by my count, that's a nice little flukish run. Now let's get back to business, 121 ain't going to lose themselves.

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10 wins in 14 games by my count, that's a nice little flukish run. Now let's get back to business, 121 ain't going to lose themselves.

12 of 17 now. :thumbup:

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Unfortunately I have a previous engagement, but I hope they get a good turnout and nice reception at home tomorrow... that was a real nice road trip and they're really starting to show that they've got a solid core of talent to build on. It's a good time for the city to get behind these guys.

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Unfortunately I have a previous engagement, but I hope they get a good turnout and nice reception at home tomorrow... that was a real nice road trip and they're really starting to show that they've got a solid core of talent to build on. It's a good time for the city to get behind these guys.

:shock:Guzman's a new player, compared to two years ago. Young has filled in nicely for Nick Johnson. Nook is a nice threat at the bottom of the order. I hope he develops into a leadoff man; his speed is sick. And, hey, maybe Langerhans could hit cleanup. :loco: Seriously, though, I think one big FA bat next year would have the batting order in good shape.School's still in session, so I doubt there will be much more than 25000 at a weeknight game despite their recent success, unless I'm underestimating the number of Dodger fans in the area. Fact is, they simply don't get a ton of coverage in the media and they don't do a whole lot to market themselves. I think they're just trying to get by this year until the new stadium next year.

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