Post by The Original Phil on Apr 3, 2014 18:54:29 GMT -5
Ramos out 4-6 weeks. That guy is cursed.
3-0 is a nice start and feels different than last year's 3-0 start. Sorry Jordan Zimmermann got the flu. I was looking forward to him no-hitting the Mets today. Also, the Mets suck and their bullpen is awful.
I know it is only 3 games against an awful team, but I'm encouraged by some things. Rendon appears to have taken a step, Storen looks sharp, Barrett shows great promise, Span looks like he did in September instead of May, Espinosa hasn't sucked... Don't want to get too excited over a minuscule sample size but so far I like what I see.
Post by The Original Phil on Apr 6, 2014 8:21:05 GMT -5
Apparently Zimmerman still cannot throw to first. Apparently Harper forgot how to swing. Apparently the Nats are unable, for whatever reason, to compete with the Braves. Every sports team I like is cursed for infinity.
I don't see any other option, if everyone is healthy, than to put Zim back at third and Espinosa on the bench. We will have a lot of versatility with guys who can play multiple positions. It's been a struggle at times this year but I think this team is in great shape for a strong second half.
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Post by The Original Phil on Jun 11, 2014 17:16:24 GMT -5
Agreed. But they always seem to come through (notwithstanding Soriano Padres the other night).
This is a remarkable stretch the team is on. This is what was envisioned when this team was constructed. This is what the team looks like when playing to potential at all positions. The question will be how long can they keep it up? Have they grown mentally from 2012 NLDS Game 5 Meltdown, to impotent 2013, to... THIS? I hope so. I am excited. Staying up late again tonight!
I think it's time to call the Nats what they really are, the Capitals. Anytime they play an actual team of quality they choke. Anytime they actually play a team they need to beat, and are clearly better than, they find a way to lose. It's pretty sickening at this point: 1-7 against the Braves at this point after tonights loss.The Braves are 31-34 against MLB w/the exception of the Nats, yeah, 7-1 against us.
I gave the Nats a half-mulligan on the epic candyarse choke in the 2012 playoffs, I was so sure they were going to screw us all over in game 7 against the Cards that I went to the hot tub for an hour and a half with the 6-0 lead. I just didn't want to sweat the last couple of innings. Sure enough, they choked. but 2013 soured me on their weak kneed, soft, Houston oilers, meets Dallas Mavericks pre-'11, meets Buffalo Bills, meats John Elway pre-Terrell Davis, and Peyton in any big game, caliber play under pressure.
I hate being a fan of teams that fail when the pressure gets applied like a vice, and it sickens me that teams I've always hated, have proven to be the opposite, like Kobe's lakers, like Jeter's Yanks, like Montana's Niners, or Parcell's/Coughlin's Giants etc. It just makes me ill.
What have we got? Memories of the 1980's redskins, and the choking Capitals who are actually infinitely worse in terms of clutchness than the Cubs, or the pre-2004 Red Sox, but to add insult to injury, don't get any of the choker press because nobody cares. Meanwhile the Clippers because they were in LA, always got all the attention for being incompetent, while Abe Pollin's Boulez got a free pass because he was "nice". Now that they've been ruined yet again, this time by Leonsis, who rolled the dice on a mediocre squad in a piss poor conference, rather than suck for one last year because the '14 draft was about 10x as good as the '11-'13 drafts combined with '09 on the side as a vegetable. How very Wizards, how very caps, and now, --- damn it, how very Nats.
I thought, after facing all these injuries that thankfully weren't season ending, that if we were within 3 games at the All Star break that we'd win the division by 3+. We still have some tough series left and goodness knows the Braves have owned us head-to-head, but I like where the boys sit right now.
If you guys want a real good Nats site check out wnff.net. It's awesome, basically the Nats version of CPND.
I go there a lot, see some familiar names (and avatars like yours). According to my stats my last post was January 16, 2012! But like CPND, it's definitely a place worth visiting except in the hours following a loss.
Post by The Original Phil on Aug 15, 2014 9:39:34 GMT -5
I lurk there but don't post.
Also, as of now, the Nats are 6 games up in the division. Strasburg dominated yesterday. Harper has hit a few home runs in the past week. And their biggest threat in the east is probably the Marlins at this point.
Does it make me a heathen if I'm hoping Soriano develops tendinitis before the playoffs and has to be left off the post season roster? I think that's the only way Williams removes him from the closer role.
Edit: I wrote that before the tying home run. Now I'm thinking Williams has to do something.
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Post by The Original Phil on Sept 8, 2014 13:26:26 GMT -5
Yeah, I think he has to be done now or the Nats will get bounced in the NLDS. I was happy to see Storen come in and have a 1-2-3 inning yesterday. Give him the job until he proves otherwise (he seems to have recovered mentally from his game 5 meltdown and subsequent 2013 demotion. He's been downright dominant since coming back to big leagues).
Soriano doesn't have it any more whether mental or old age or whatever. Can't let closer be the downfall of this otherwise special team