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Comparing Nats and O’s with Eisenberg

May 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

The first half of this year’s Battle of the Beltways is now complete, with the Orioles having taken two of three over the weekend (even though the Nationals outscored them 21-15). But did this series at Camden Yards establish one team’s superiority over the other? Probably not.

Before yesterday’s game, John Eisenberg of joined me to discuss the similarities and differences between the Nats and O’s, how each team’s offseason acquisitions have performed so far and how Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are faring in the South Atlantic League.

  1. Steve M. - May 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    The difference between the 2 is that the Orioles had a farm system in 2005 while the Nats had nothing. It takes a long time to play catch up which is what the Nationals are doing.Rizzo is trying to keep some continuity with the Nats and when they get Ryan Zimmerman signed to a long-term extension you will be able to see a better glimpse of the future.The Orioles are still signing Free Agents to 1 year deals and nobody wants to play in Baltimore so while they look good on paper they have a horrible bullpen that will continue to cost them games and they have no winning veteran presence in their starting rotation. Their pitching is better now than the Nats, but that changes very quickly when Strasburg is available.The whole subway series was played aggressively by Showalter like this was his Playoffs and the Nats were just the squanderers once again. So many missed opportunities.

  2. Doc - May 23, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    As stated by others, this could have been the Nats game more than the O's. The Nats had more opportunies to blow the game open than the O's.Another few inches, and Bernadina could have had a grand slam. Espi hit one to left center that had double written all over it.The Nats have better defense and pitching than the O's. No comparison to BPs. Given where they were both at 5-6 years ago, with the Nats decimated farm system, the Nats are on more of an upwards trajectory than the Balmore O's.Let's see the series in Washington next time 'round; barring injuries, it will be the Nats' to lose.

  3. Steve M. - May 23, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    A few recent articles that Adam Jones turned down a contract extension with the Orioles as he is in his 1st year of arbitration so he may be gone before 2013, and this on the LaRoche negotiations from MLBTradeRumors:•Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche said offseason negotiations with the Orioles never got serious enough that his decision to sign with Washington was especially tough, writes Brittany Ghiroli of Not to pile on the O's, but Mark Teixeira echoed a sentiment similar to LaRoche's a couple days back.

  4. PAY TO PLAY - May 23, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Can you imagine doing all televised games with both teams broadcasters in ONE booth working together? Why not expand this stupidity to Phillies/Nationals, Don Sutton doing the Braves and the Nats with Carp and FP! Woohoo! NOT Its as awkward as doing holiday dinner with your ex-wife.They should borrow a line from Bryce Harper about friends on other teams "we're not friends when we are playing each other".Not having a choice in the Baltimore Washington area for 30+ years left us with one option. Now we have a team in Washington and a choice. I am so sick of laying down to those "Charm City" chumps. The Nats were not aggressive on Saturday or Sunday and Lannan could just put you to sleep. Jordan Zimmermann looked great and if he had run support it wouldn't have been an issue leaving him in there. With Coffey, Burnett, and Storen fully rested, why weren't they at the ready at first sign of trouble? One bad pitch spoiled the whole bunch! Instead of winning 2 out of 3 it turned into losing 2 out of 3 with all the momentum after Fridays' thumping.

  5. Anonymous - May 23, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Well I had a good long comment written up but I got an error message posting so here's the short version:I expected the Saturday and Sunday losses after the Friday blowout.Lannan = AAAA pitcher at best. Desmond needs to go to Syracuse to learn how to take more than 3 pitches.Zimmermann could be undefeated with even a little run support.Bullpen strong like bull.

  6. Rabbit - May 23, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    I'm not even going to read this article. An article like this is just to fill space.

  7. Anonymous - May 23, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    "The difference between the 2 is that the Orioles had a farm system in 2005 while the Nats had nothing."Sounds like a Nats apologist. Explain that to Florida and Arizona who won the WS in a much shorter amount of time and they were EXPANSION teams. Or try Detroit.Also, since they had no farm system in 2005, how did they get Roger Bernadinia, Collin Bali-"star," Ian Desmond, and Ryan Zimmerman, umm yeah thats right they did a farm sytem, you just don't like what was in it.The Orioles on the otherhand have overhauled their farm system multiple times, so maybe they should make an excuse or two."Rizzo is trying to keep some continuity with the Nats and when they get Ryan Zimmerman signed to a long-term extension you will be able to see a better glimpse of the future."If you read Zimms interviews thats far from a certainty, he's never been on a winning team, might want to win one of these days."The Orioles are still signing Free Agents to 1 year deals and nobody wants to play in Baltimore"Sorry I forgot, explain to me why Jayson Werth wants to play in DC, maybe because they had to offer him double what Philly did.

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WASHINGTON 85 63 -- 4
ATLANTA 75 74 10.5
MIAMI 72 76 13.0
NEW YORK 72 78 14.0
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