Where the Nationals can go if they ever put it together offensively
2011 has been a fascinating season for the Nationals so far, they play in the National League Eastern Division. Which is sorta wide open right now, with only the Philadelphia Phillies looking like a dominant team. Their Fan Interest is up, both at the ballpark and on TV. They’ve been without their Ace Pitcher Stephen Strausburg for the whole season and probably won’t get him back at all in 2011. Their best player 3B Ryan Zimmerman who’s also one of the best players in the game, has been hurt and out of the lineup most of the season. Their pitching and defense despite missing their best pitcher and their Gold Glove 3B . Has been very solid most of the season so far. The rest of the lineup looks good and vastly improved. With now having an all around and everyday 2B in Danny Espinoza and with a better SS in Ian Desmond. With solid hitting and defensive catchers in Ivan Rodriquez and Victor Ramos and they don’t even have their 2010 1st Round Draft Pick Bryce Harper, who’s tearing up the Minor Leagues right now. They have one of the best managers in MLB in Jim Riggleman. They also have depth and are young at every position. With four outfielders that could all start, in Jayson Werth, Michael Morse, Ryan Nix and Roger Bernadinia. And with three solid Starting Pitchers and a solid bullpen. This looks like a winning team on paper and becoming the firrst Washington MLB team to have a Winning Record. Since the 1969 Senators and the first Winning Season in Nationals History.
Despite all the plus’s that the 2011 Nationals have, they lost again to the Orioles Sunday and losing that series at Oriole Park 2-1. and are four games under 500. Despite the talent in their lineup, they are averaging three runs a game. And I don’t care how good your defense and pitching is, in today’s MLB. If you don’t score consistently, 4.5-5 runs a game or more. With the lack of Quality Pitching because of expansion. Your not going to be successful, it would be like an NFL team averaging 15 points a game. The good news despite their lack of offense. They are only a few games under 500 and if they get Ryan Zimmerman back and they start hitting. I think your looking at an 85 win team or so. And with how bad they’ve been the last four seasons. Washingtonians would be very happy with that and see that as something to build on.