These Nats Are Winning Baseball Games

The most surprising thing to me about the Nats’ weekend sweep wasn’t that they suddenly found themselves above .500. It was this fact (via WaPo):

By sweeping the Brewers, the Nationals nudged their record to 8-7, above .500 for the first time since May 28 of last year.

The Nats were above .500 as late as May 28 last year? I had no recollection of that. Their 44-69 slide to finish off the 93-loss season must have wiped my memory bank clean. And, remember, that’s a 44-69 slide with a healthy Ryan Zimmerman and 68 dominant innings from Senor Strasburg.

Meaning, the bottom could — and probably will — fall out any day now. Just look to one week ago, when the upstart Orioles were 6-1. Well, they’ve lost seven straight now and are on their way to a 14th straight shitty season.

You never know, though. Nats Baseball posits that these Nats are looking like the Nats of 2005. They have no offense, but they have decent pitching and could make a miraculous run at .500.

But watch out for the fall out.

7 thoughts on “These Nats Are Winning Baseball Games”

  1. I think we were lucky we caught the Brewers pretty much without their a ton of their impact players like Grienke, Corey Hart. We also got lucky that the Mets bullpen is probably the worst in the league.

    The Cardinals and later on two weeks from now the Giants will probably bring us back down to earth. But looking into May there’s no reason why we can’t continue to be lucky.

    It can definitely go either way and be quite fickle here. The ’05 run was driven by good pitching and close games just as you said. At the same token we could also be losing those close games as well.

    But I like what they’re doing here. I like the patience they’re showing at the plate trying to get those walks and perhaps drive up the pitch count and expose the starters’ pitches more. We got something with Espinosa and Wilson Ramos. Ian Desmond, not ready to give up on him but for now he belongs in the bottom of the order. Morse just flat out sucks. Lannan and Zimmermann look like they’ve regained their promise. Marquis and Hernandez shown to be decent vets. Our bullpen looks just as good if not better than the ’05 season. Storen is just gonna be a rock for years to come and Clippard and Burnett have shown to be solid. I like what we have right now. Dare I say I spent the entire Sunday watching baseball and the doubleheader and it was pretty fun to watch. We got some pieces at the very least.

    I’m hoping we’ll have the right mix of young guys to build off from (Espinosa, Ramos, Harper, Storen, Zimmermann, Strasburg if he somehow avoids the fate of Mark Prior) plus some money from the Lerner who happens to be the richest owner in baseball according to Forbes magazine…get some free agents here and there. This team could be good in3-4 years….hey at least there’s a future. I know there’s parity in the NFL but the Skins future in comparison looks mighty bleak.

  2. “And, remember, that’s a 44-69 slide with a healthy Ryan Zimmerman and 68 dominant innings from Senor Strasburg.” Also with Adam Dunn.

    Sure, but largely *without* Jordan Zimmermann (healthy and throwing very well right now), Jason Marquis (veteran innings eating they signed up for), Danny Espinosa (an NL Rookie of the Year favorite), John Lannan, Adam LaRoche (wonderful glove at first, bat warming up), Rick Ankiel (starting to help), Wilson Ramos, a more mature/talented bullpen and that’s not even mentioning Jayson Werth (who will NOT hit .200 all season).

    They’re not going to be the ’69 Mets. But I think this team is built with a little more mental toughness to keep the bottom from completely falling out. I’m sticking with my 75 to 80 win forecast for now.

  3. Strive for 75 – has a nice ring to it.

    Another decent sign, this team is 8-7 while being last in both leagues in extra base hits. That’s not going to stay the same. Going into the Brewers game they led MLB in walks drawn. They essentially turned some of those walks into doubles, triples and home runs during that series sweep. This offense is built for doubles (Werth was 2nd in the league last season, LaRoche 26th, Zim gets plenty, Desmond’s career projection is about 36 per season) – they will come if the middle of the line-up can stay healthy.

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