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Old 03-22-2018, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Well, they've got the 3 key relievers back for next year as Madson & Doo were both under contract and Kintzler re-upped with them, so I guess that's a start. They failed in the "one trade they should definitely make this winter" in Taylor to KC for Herrerra, bring Herrera here, and they don't have to rely on the starters as much as they did last year since this team will actually have competent relievers. As the Royals proved in 2015 (with a crappy rotation) that having a lockdown bullpen wins playoff series, and the more dominant relievers have, the better it is, and obviously as learned in kindergarten 4 is better than 3.

Replacing the manager was about the only major move they did over the winter as they subbed out a couple of bench pieces (Matt Adams for Adam Lind for example) and swapped relievers (Joe Blanton for Joaquin Benoit who comes to Washington 3 years too late [I was advocating for him in 2015 instead of cancer]) but nothing major. This division will be atrocious once again. The Mets & Phillies made a couple nice offseason moves, but it's not enough for the Phillies to make a dent in the standings, though they will definitely be improved, and the Mets guys are already getting hurt . Braves will be playing the kids for 2019 & 2020 while the Marlins will be lucky if they win 55 games while Jeter continues to dig their grave. Much like last year the division will probably be over by the All Star break as the Nats will set the Golden State Warriors cruise control on May 1 and sleep through the final 140 games of the season without a worry they'll get caught much less get passed! And because the division is so bad (again!) they'll never play an important game in the regular season, so when that important game comes in the playoffs, they'll get the deer-in-headlights look and once again lose in the first round, hopefully in less than 5 games and hopefully WITHOUT home field. As this franchise has proven homefield in baseball is almost worthless and it might actually be better to play a game 5 on the road.
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Old 03-26-2018, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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I forgot to add what I expect, a best case scenario & worst case scenario:

Best case scenario: With a full season of Eaton, and a full season of the Kintzler, Madson & Doolittle law firm, the team doesn't skip a beat in a division that is still bad. The offense finally does enough in the playoffs to help the pitching and they advance to the NLCS and a game 7, where anything can happen.

Worst case scenario: The Braves, Phillies & especially the Mets are better than advertised and challenge for the division lead & wildcard, while even the Marlins have success against the Nats as the Nats are the only team they finish with a winning record against. In his first year as a MLB manager Dave Martinez is clueless and lost, and this turns into Matt Williams 2.0. They still have the talent to win the division, but they go out meekly in the NLDS once again.

What I expect: A lot more from the former paragraph than the latter. Braves, Phils, and Mets should all be better than they were last season, but it shouldn't be enough to catch the Nats in the division. As for the long playoff run who knows, but just make it out of the NLDS, please!
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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In his first year as a MLB manager Dave Martinez is clueless and lost, and this turns into Matt Williams 2.0.
That wouldn't be bad. In his first year as manager Matt Williams steered the team to 96 wins and the NL Manager of the Year award. It was in his second and last year that the team fell to 83 wins and Williams became retroactively incompetent.

So just make sure you don't bring Dave back in 2019.

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Old 03-26-2018, 08:54 PM
 
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We'll see how Martinez does in the playoffs. Matt Williams shipped sailed the moment he completely botched that game 4 in San Francisco of that NLDS so in hindsight they really should have fired him. If the Nats lost because they just got outplayed by a team that was better who knows whether Williams remains as incompetent in 2015 as he was......and to be honest he wasn't all that great in 2014 anyways. The division was able to hide his warts the whole season as the Braves & Phillies had just started their rebuild and the Mets were a year away from the World Series, but as soon as he actually had to manage (in the NLDS) he couldn't do it. Hopefully Martinez isn't the same way.
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Old 03-28-2018, 12:48 PM
 
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Nats/Reds postponed for Thursday, so now the season opener will be on Friday afternoon. Homer Bailey (6-9, 6.43 in 2017) starts for the Reds and he'll be opposed by Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.51 in '17) of the Nats. Game time scheduled for the same time as Thursday: 4:10
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:09 PM
 
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They had some fringe guys, but I would think Taylor would've been the center of a major return (CarGo, Kimbrel, Chapman). In hindsight I'm kinda glad we kept him, in a couple years we're gonna have some REALLY old guys (Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Scherzer) and unless the DH gets adopted in the NL before 2017, 2017 is probably gonna be a pretty terrible year in the OF for Werth, so it'll be nice to have 2 speed demons in the OF with him so we can just make a square for Werth in mid LF on the line: Extend the box out 10 feet to his left, 10 feet in front, and 10 feet behind him. He's not allowed to leave the box as Taylor can play Left-center field, and Harper can cover right center.

Yikes! Spot on the money 2 years before it actually happened. I can read this team like the back of my hand.
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:32 PM
 
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Nats 2 @ Reds 0.

Win number 1 in the books for Dave Martinez . Ryan Zimmerman fielders choice in the first got the Nats up 1-0 and than Brian Goodwin sac fly in the 9th finished the scoring. Scooter Gennett finished 4-4 for the Reds, but the rest of the Reds lineup only finished 3-30. Homer Bailey (0-1) allowed 1 run on 4 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 6 innings. Max Scherzer (1-0) had 10 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 5 hits allowed in 6 scoreless innings, Brandon Kitnzler (1st hold), and Ryan Madson (1st hold) combined for 2 hits, and 2 walks in 2 innings, while Sean Doolittle (1st save) had a walk, and 2 strikeouts in a hitless 9th inning.

Game 2 of the series is Saturday. Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 2.52 in 2017) starts for the Nats and Luis Castillo (3-7, 3.12) starts for the Reds. Game time scheduled for 2:10.
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Old 03-31-2018, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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My prediction is Astros vs. Nationals in the World Series. Make it happen, Nats.

IMG_5918 by James Fremont, on Flickr

(photo from 7-23-2013, Nats vs. Pirates)
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:47 PM
 
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Nats 13 @ Reds 7. Nats missed the extra point.

Matt Adams had his first homer in his first start in the 1st to put the Nats in front for good early 3-0 after Adam Eaton singled and Bryce Harper walked. Harper sac fly in the 3rd and a Trea Turner homer in the 4th made it 5-0 before the Reds would get 1 back in the bottom of the 4th on a Scott Schebler homer. Nats got the Schebler homer back in the top of the 5th on another Harper sac fly. Reds loaded the bases to start the 6th on a single, error and a walk and than another single by Gennett that scored a run, but Stephen Strasburg limited the damage with a foul out, a sac fly from Adam Duvall, and than a strikeout to end the threat. Eaton homered to lead off the 6th to get one of those 2 runs back and than in the 8th set his career high with his 5th hit of the game which scored 2 runs. Duvall had a 2 run homer in the 8th, Goodwin had his first career grand slam in the 9th to finish the Nats scoring, and than Eugenio Suarez finished the scoring on the afternoon with a 2 run homer for the Reds in the 9th. Strasburg (1-0) allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (1 earned run) (1 homer) with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts in 6.1 and Sammy Solis (1st hold) had a strikeout in a hitless 2/3 of an inning. Luis Castillo (0-1) allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (2 homers) with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in 5 innings.

The series concludes on Sunday afternoon. Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96 in 2017) starts for Washington and he'll be opposed by Sal Romano (5-8, 4.45). Game time scheduled for 4:10.
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:49 PM
 
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Nats 13 @ Reds 7. Nats missed the extra point.

Matt Adams had his first homer in his first start in the 1st to put the Nats in front for good early 3-0 after Adam Eaton singled and Bryce Harper walked. Harper sac fly in the 3rd and a Trea Turner homer in the 4th made it 5-0 before the Reds would get 1 back in the bottom of the 4th on a Scott Schebler homer. Nats got the Schebler homer back in the top of the 5th on another Harper sac fly. Reds loaded the bases to start the 6th on a single, error and a walk and than another single by Gennett that scored a run, but Stephen Strasburg limited the damage with a foul out, a sac fly from Adam Duvall, and than a strikeout to end the threat. Eaton homered to lead off the 6th to get one of those 2 runs back and than in the 8th set his career high with his 5th hit of the game which scored 2 runs. Duvall had a 2 run homer in the 8th, Goodwin had his first career grand slam in the 9th to finish the Nats scoring, and than Eugenio Suarez finished the scoring on the afternoon with a 2 run homer for the Reds in the 9th. Strasburg (1-0) allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (1 earned run) (1 homer) with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts in 6.1 and Sammy Solis (1st hold) had a strikeout in a hitless 2/3 of an inning. Luis Castillo (0-1) allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (2 homers) with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in 5 innings.

The series concludes on Sunday afternoon. Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96 in 2017) starts for Washington and he'll be opposed by Sal Romano (5-8, 4.45). Game time scheduled for 4:10.
Great summary as always.

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Reds are almost as unknown a team as 2018 Marlins. LOL!
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