Now They Play the “Big Boys”

Last night’s win was wonderful!  Especially after being swept by the lowly Phillies.

But we now see that the offensive woes of 2014 onward are still in the lineup.  Indeed two of the pitchers are hitting better than 4 of the starting position players!  Can anyone name the pitchers?  The team batting average with runners in scoring position is .225; that is BAD!

So far the defense and starting pitching is doing very well.  The bullpen is getting the job done this far, but I don’t think that will continue over the course of the full season.

I predict the Mets will pass the Nats in the coming week and never look back.  I was about to predict again that the Marlins will have a better season than the Nats.  But now with Dee Gordon gone for 80 games, the Nats might just hold onto second place.

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How Many Games Will the Nats Win?

A couple of months ago I predicted 75 wins.  After a good Spring Training I now think they could win 85, but only if they keep the injuries down from 2015.  Their weak bull-pen will let them down again.  And Gio and Joe Ross will have mediocre seasons.  They won’t make the playoffs and will finish behind the Mets and Marlins in the NL East.