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MLB Season Preview: #30 Washington Nationals

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Overview: The Nationals were the worst team in Major League Baseball last season. Winning a terrible 52 games, the Nats can only go up. They showed some signs of life later in the season, with some young prospects getting some playing time. It is just a matter of developing the talent, and how long it takes.

Offseason Moves: Washington probably made their biggest personnel move during the season, reaching a deal with P Stephen Strasburg, who has been proclaimed a one-in-a-lifetime talent. While Strasburg is getting seasoning in the minor leagues, Washington needed some veterans to bridge the gap to their young talented. The Nats signed P Jason Marquis, who had an incredible first half of the ’09 season. To fix a bullpen that was in desperate need of overhaul, the Nationals signed veteran pitchers Brian Bruney, Eddie Guardado, Matt Capps, Doug Slaten and Tyler Walker. Finally, to tutor young catcher Jesus Flores and second basemen Ian Desmond, Washington brought in C Ivan Rodriguez and 2B Adam Kennedy.

Projected Lineups and Pitching Staff:

1. CF Nyjer Morgan (.307, 3 HR, 39 RBI)

2. SS Cristian Guzman (.284, 6 HR, 52 RBI)

3. 3B Ryan Zimmerman (.292, 33 HR, 106 RBI)

4. 1B Adam Dunn (.267, 38 HR, 105 RBI)

5. LF Josh Willingham (.260, 24 HR, 61 RBI)

6. 2B Adam Kennedy (.289, 11 HR, 63 RBI)

7. RF Elijah Dukes (.250, 8 HR, 58 RBI)

8. C Jesus Flores (.301, 4 HR, 15 RBI)

Backup C: Ivan Rodriguez (.249, 10 HR, 47 RBI)

Backup IF: Alberto Gonzalez (.265, 1 HR, 33 RBI)

Backup IF: Mike Morse (.250, 3 HR, 10 RBI)

Backup OF: Willy Taveras (.240, 1 HR, 15 RBI)

1. Jason Marquis (15-13, 4.04 ERA)

2. John Lannan (9-13, 3.88 ERA)

3. Ross Detwiler (1-6, 5.00 ERA)  

4. Garrett Mock (3-10, 5.62 ERA)

5. Matt Chico (7-15, 4.98 ERA)

CP: Matt Capps (4-8, 5.80 ERA, 29 SV) 

SU: Brian Bruney ( 5-0, 3.92 ERA)

SU: Eddie Guardado (1-2, 4.66 ERA)

MR: Sean Burnett (2-3, 3.12 ERA)

MR: Tyler Walker (2-1, 3.06 ERA)                         

MR: Jason Bergmann (2-4, 4.50 ERA) 

MR: Tyler Clippard (4-2, 2.69 ERA)

LR: Miguel Batista (7-4, 4.04 ERA)

Player to watch: Of course, the player to watch is Steven Strasburg. Yes, it is that sad when your “player to watch” isn’t even on your active roster yet, but the whole baseball world will be waiting for the right hander’s arrival to D.C. I wouldn’t think that you would be seeing him until mid to late season, so don’t expect giant numbers right away.

Prediction: 70-92, 4th in NL East

Oh yes, I went there. The Nationals will not finish in the cellar this year, for that honor will go to the Mets. The Nats have added a decent amount of talent, and look for their young prospects to continue to grow and develop, as well as the veterans to mentor them. Washington has power up and down its lineup, but improving the defense and entire pitching staff are areas that need to be addressed. If Strasburg turns out the way everyone says he will, that will go a long way in D.C.

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