Post by The Original Phil on Apr 4, 2015 13:24:42 GMT -5
There's about 2 nats fans on this board apparently but here is the official 2015 Nats thread. A few key injuries to start the season, questions about the bullpen and clutch hitting, and what some are saying might be the greatest rotation ever.
Obviously they're all in. Zimmermann/Fister/Desmond might be gone after this season.
I predict 95 wins and an NLCS exit. Disappointment abounds for the most overhyped team of the decade.
We're Washington, so of course we'll probably find a way muck it up when it counts. But I'm going to predict something a little different... A reversal of the norm. We will be ok in the regular season; disappointing, but still good enough to win the East. Then we roll in the post season, bringing a World Series title to DC.
Desmond is making me have a thought I never in a million years believed I would think... Where is Danny Espinosa when you need him? He wouldn't produce at the plate either, but at least his defense would be above an 8th grade level.
Desmond seems to be teasing his way back into favor, but his lunging at the ball and errors on the field are killers. The good things he does are just enough to keep you hoping, and I want him to be more productive, but I can see him getting traded this year, especially if he flashes a little more in the next few weeks.
I was impressed with Strasburg's last couple of outings, he appears to have settled down mechanically and psychologically, but I wonder how long it will last. I would hope that the toughness of Scherzer and Fister would wear off on some of our more fragile psyches on the mound, but I'm resigned to Gio being a front runner and basket case, and the jury's still out on Stras.
Post by The Original Phil on Jun 30, 2015 10:41:46 GMT -5
I agree with your pitcher analysis 100%. Also, I would have predicted Jordan Zimmermann would most likely be traded but after watching Strasburg and his fragility, I would hope that management offers Zimmermann a max-deal or whatever it takes to keep him. I know he's from a small town and probably wants to go somewhere else with his mega deal but I'd rather lock him up and lose Strasburg. Also, I'm not a GM so this could be the dumbest analysis of all time.
Think it's time to accept the fact that the Nats are an average offensive ball club at best. Offense consistently lets this team down. I know in the offseason the line-up is feared. But I have yet to see that consistently play out. At least in big spots.
In civilian confrontations with cops, only one person has been professionally trained. Whether dealing with criminals, folks with tempers, or the mentally ill, shouldn't the trained officer be held to a higher standard of "I feared for my life?" If not, what's the point of them having to complete a training to walk around with a firearm?
Post by The Original Phil on Aug 11, 2015 8:57:48 GMT -5
Well this is their first real chance to have a pennant race and see what they're made of. In some ways, it might be better for them to have to fight to the last day to get a playoff spot for momentum purposes. In 12 and 14 they owned and got to wait around to play their first round opponent by which time they had gone cold and their opponent was peaking and eliminated them. Let's reverse things this year, eliminate the Mets in the last series of the regular season and then go deep.
Or, let's watch the whole thing crumble and then blow it up and suck for decades.
Post by bellicosesquid on Aug 14, 2015 0:11:59 GMT -5
I'm going to the game in SF tomorrow. I'm sorry, but the Nats are not impressive. The much-ballyhooed rotation has been mediocre, other than Scherzer. The offense is miserable, other than Harper. One run in 28 innings. Now, there are still plenty of games left, but this feels a lot more like 2013 than last year.
Post by The Original Phil on Aug 18, 2015 8:35:21 GMT -5
Yeah, they've crapped the bed since the break. Really flaccid. In I guess what could be described as total luck, they play in the worst division in history and have a pretty favorable schedule left. My guess is by the end of the next 10 games we should have an idea whether a division title is achievable or not. Doesn't really matter though because if by some miracle they get in the playoffs, they will be immediately eviscerated by any team in the Central or West.
I didn't think it was possible, but this team might be a bigger joke than the Redskins right now. At least the football team can do a few things right and might be headed in the right direction. The Nats are done and getting worse every day.
It's been a very disappointing season..Injuries and under-performance kind of set the tone. In the end, when everyone for the most part was healthy and finally hitting, the bullpen imploded. The lose of Stammen and the trade of Clippard loomed larger then originally thought. Storen has done his best to show he doesn't want to be a Nat in 2016..They still have a decent nucleus for next year..Just need to tweek that bullpen enough to take the guess work out of who can be counted on consistantly.