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Breaking down the Opening Day roster

Apr 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo have assembled a roster they believe can win this year.

The Nationals have never opened a season with a roster quite this talented or quite this deep. Remember those past squads that included the likes of Jerome Williams, Odalis Perez, Brandon Watson, Brian Broderick and J.J. Davis? That's not the case anymore.

If anything, the Nationals had stockpiled too much talent in big-league camp this spring and couldn't find enough spots to keep everyone worthy of a job. Thus, you'll now find John Lannan pitching in Syracuse and Chad Durbin pitching in Atlanta.

Whether general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson made the right decisions in assembling their Opening Day roster remains to be seen. For now, let's take a closer look at the 25 men who will take the field tomorrow in Chicago (plus the six men who will begin the season on the disabled list)…

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  1. dabassguy1 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Bring on the real games. It's been a long wait.GYFNG

  2. bdrube - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    What strikes me the most is that we have a whole pitching staff of flamethrowers, with just a couple of exceptions. We definitely won't be ranking near the bottom of the league in Ks anymore. :)

  3. Les in NC - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    ….well our pitchers won't be.Our batters…that's another story.We definitely have the best 25 man roster we have ever had! With depth in the minors (and DL) even! This season has been too long in coming, and I can't wait for the games to begin!GYFNG!

  4. bdrube - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Carrying over a thought from the Lannan thread:The key stat (from baseball reference): In 33 starts last year, Lannan's WAR was just 0.9, while Detwiler's total as a starter and reliever in about 1/3rd of the total innings was 1.1. Simply stated, Detwiler is a better pitcher than Lannan right now.I'm not a Lannan-basher by any means, but them's the facts.

  5. baseballswami - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Now – if they can all just go out there and put it all together…………..praying to the baseball gods and watching Bull Durhman, just to make sure I am properly in the mood for tomorrow. Anyone watching the official opening day game tonight? I really hate watching baseball on the four-letter network. I kind of wish the countdown would switch to hours now.

  6. HHover - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    bdrubeI think you're reading those charts wrong, or I need more coffee and better glasses. When I look, I see as Ross as 0.4 WAR last year, and Lannan as 1.3.

  7. MicheleS - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    So my question is, when Ankiel and Morse come off the DL – who goes? Tracy/Carroll /Bernie/Nady or do the put Lombo back in AAA?Hmmm..B25GN! (or at least the healthy ones!!!)

  8. HHover - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Ok – I do need better glasses and more coffee – you were citing Baseball-reference, I was citing fangraphs.Tho when they diverge that sharply, it's reason not to put a lot of faith in either.

  9. MicheleS - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Just wanted to give a link to Amanda today. Good piece on NatGio

  10. fast eddie - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    This score from yesterday made my day:Manatee Comm. College–2 Baltimore Orioles–1Congratulations, Peter–you're entering your 15th consecutive losing season.You and "The Danny" can't stop meddling, playing "fantasy" ball with your respective teams.

  11. sjm308 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Michele S – my guesses on who goes down areMattheus when Storen arrivesTracy when Morse returnsand I have no idea what happens when Ankiel gets better. If Bernadina is playing well, I guess its between Nady/Carroll. Can't remember when there was this tough a choice but I don't think its going to Lombardozzi even though he has that prized option thing working for him.My question is what will happen to Lannan? I am not rooting for injuries to any of our starters but isn't that the only way he makes it back to our club? Another question would be, what happens when Wang is ready? I think you have to keep Detwiler for you would surely lose him if you tried to option him. That would leave Stammen going back to AAA I guess.No matter what happens ….. Go Nats!!

  12. MicheleS - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Since my phoned died at the park yesterday, one last comment about the game..The BEST Thing was Wilson hitting that home run to the red porch seats. Picking up where he left off last season, that was his favorite spot to hit home runs!

  13. bdrube - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    @HHover – either way, there is no denying that Ross has far more talent. Here is hoping that he is so good that there will be another dilemma for the Nats when Wang is ready to return.

  14. NatsLady - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    MicheleS, it was fun meeting you. Here's to many more happy times. Go Nats.

  15. Feel Wood - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I'm not a Lannan-basher by any means, but them's the facts.Not really. Them's the stats, or more accurately the pseudo stats. As Mark Twain reputedly once said, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Statistics can be manipulated or invented to "prove" any argument you want. They are not facts. A fact is something that either did or did not happen. One or the other. A fact is not something that is derived based on some complex formula. Some statistics, the so-called counting stats like hits, home runs, etc, could be considered to be facts. A player either hit the home run, or he didn't. Averages like BA, OBP, WHIP and ERA could also be considered as facts, since their value is totally dependent on other facts. A pitcher pitched that number of innings and gave up that number of earned runs, which precisely defines his ERA. But the so-called "advanced" stats take basic facts and manipulate them by introducing extraneous factors and formulas. Things like WAR, FIP, pRAA, etc are not facts, because their value is totally dependent on the formula and extraneous factors. If the formula is changed, the value changes – even though the underlying actions of the player, like getting a hit or striking out a batter, remain the same.This is not to say that the advanced stats are useless. As long as the notion that they are not facts is kept in mind, they can be valuable tools in making comparisons between players. Thus, it may be a fact that Detwiler had a higher WAR than Lannan, but that does not translate into making it a fact that Detwiler is better than Lannan. It's only one factor in that determination, and possibly not even an important one at that.Them's the facts.

  16. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Speaking of lefties the Nats used to need, the Dodgers released Matt Chico last week.

  17. MicheleS - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    NatsLady, right back at you!PFB Sofa.. my how things have changed for us and for the better! GYFNG!!

  18. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    One thing I've been wondering: if Lombardozzi is "viewed in the organization" as a, if not the, second-baseman of the future, aren't they pretty much guaranteeing that they think one of Desmond, Espinosa, or Lombardozzi will not be here in 2013, or 2014 at the latest?Not that this kind of competition is so unusual on a good team, it's just such unfamiliar territory here that it'll take some getting used to.

  19. sjm308 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    FeelWood – I am just so happy that when I was young there were just Wins/Losses ERA batting ave etc.I was horrible at math from day one and those other things would have confused me even more. Don't get me wrong, I actually like reading here about all the various depths people can go to analyze a player but again, being old I just like to "look" at a player and "look" at a game to figure out who I think is doing well. I remember the first time I saw HRod pitch and as I remember, it wasn't all that pretty but man, could he fire the ball!! I have supported him ever since and it looks like he is ready for a breakout year.My favorite stat is the WIN! I agree that keeping Detwiler is probably the right choice and I do understand this is Professional Baseball. Lannan will make 5 million dollars this year with a chance at even more in years to come with the CBA in place. I don't feel sorry for him but he did WIN 10 games for us last year and I am hopeful our #5 pitcher this year will have an even better stat.Go Nats!

  20. Steady Eddie - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Sec. 3–And don't forget Rendon will likely be up at some time next year.This is whAt the best teams look like — bench guys (and who knows which they'll be? That's why they play the games) who would start for most other teams.One good thing is that Desi is hopefully starting to play like he knows this is his make-or-break year.

  21. Anonymous - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Feel Wood said… Not really. Them's the stats, or more accurately the pseudo stats. As Mark Twain reputedly once said, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Statistics can be manipulated or invented to "prove" any argument you want.As I said in the previous thread, John Lanna is a good 6th man in a 5 man rotation, just good enough to get you beat.

  22. Gonat - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    HHover said… bdrubeI think you're reading those charts wrong, or I need more coffee and better glasses. When I look, I see as Ross as 0.4 WAR last year, and Lannan as 1.3. April 04, 2012 8:02 AM _________________________WAR as calculated by BaseballRef vs FanGraphs vary greatly. Whichever you use, the issue with Detwiler and all the accolades he received and the big boost in WAR were largely from good outings on rest between starts of 6, 7, 8 and 10 days.The proof in this pudding will be how Ross Detwiler does on 5 days of regular rest. This has always been Ross's issue including his time in AAA last year.Personally I hope Ross does great and proves all of doubters wrong.

  23. Gonat - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Funny how Peric rarely signed his name but did yesterday to show everyone that his stats on Lannan were relevant to his demotion.Peric is now back in the underground.

  24. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    And don't forget Rendon will likely be up at some time next year.I remembered him, but he has yet to play one inning of professional baseball in games that count. I think next year is optimistic under those circumstances. But yes, the point is, they have multiple people, finally, and that's new here. Normal in other places, but new here.

  25. Anonymous - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    John Lannan W 38 L 51 = .426 winning percentage.

  26. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Actually, that fits the point. We have become accustomed to seeing players run straight up to the majors, because there was no one blocking them, and maybe it's distorted our perception of how far away some of them really are, in a normal farm system, which this has not been since they were the Montreal/Santurce Expos. Someone mentioned earlier that pitchers haven't had the developmental experience they might have gotten in other systems, and that's probably true for position players up to now, as well. It takes most players years of minor league baseball to get to the Show, if they make it at all, for a good franchise.

  27. DFL - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    If I were John Lannan I'd be incredibly angry at the demotion and ask for a trade. On the other hand, he's paid $ 5 million a year. He's in the upper one percent in wealth in the country. There are worse things than pitching every fifth day in Syracuse. Of course, the caveat is that if Lannan languishes in Syracuse for the better part of a year, he will be hard-pressed to ever earn as much as $ 5 million a year again.

  28. sm13 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    No doubt the best Nats team ever to take the field. Let's hope they score enough runs to get off to a good start and build some momentum for the season. And, for good measure, I hope the Cards knock off the Marlins tonight. Go Nats!!

  29. Gonat - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Anonymous said… John Lannan W 38 L 51 = .426 winning percentage. April 04, 2012 9:18 AM _____________________________Give him 4.5 runs in support and he turns that around to W 51 L 38 = .574 winning percentage

  30. Anonymous - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Gonat said… Give him 4.5 runs in support and he turns that around to W 51 L 38 = .574 winning percentage Give Walter Johnson the Yankees and he may have never lost.

  31. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    If I were John Lannan I'd be incredibly angry at the demotion and ask for a trade.If anybody had offered Rizzo even an A-level prospect, I don't doubt he would have been traded. If the Nats are going to have to pay most of that $5MM in any event, they might as well keep him.

  32. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    So when do we get the PREDICTIONS post?

  33. Get Some Players - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Brad Meyers is on the Yankees roster as of today.

  34. natsfan1a - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Thanks for the Gio link, MicheleS. Great story!

  35. Anonymous - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Why is it not possible for the media to evaluate Desmond based on his actual performance, not some notion of how could he MIGHT be someday?

  36. baseballswami - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I don't think there is any one of our regular nats pitchers ( not the new guys) that should ever be judged on wins and losses. There has been an extreme lack of run support and , in some cases, costly errors behind them. JZim is the most glaring example – his w/l record with that era? I love RossyD — but I do have concerns about his stamina – Stammen , who I understand is a good friend, could be the back part of Rossy's starts. RossD also has not been stretched out very far with being put in the long relief role – so maybe he can go long. Does anyone have access to his minor league track record as far as how deep he went in games? Bring on the cookies!!!!! This season has not yet started and it is already very intriguing. The depth is downright crazy. My non-reasonable, emotional favorites are RossD and Lombardozzi to make good. The vets – I am staunchly in the JZim camp and am looking for Danny to rebound.

  37. Anonymous - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Zuckerman's summary has this "Having made defensive strides in 2011 . . ." as if that somehow means Desmond was objectively good with the glove last year? Come on. Trouble being consistent with the glove, huge trouble getting on and striking out, not hitting for much power or average . . . the dude's game needs a lot of work. Lannan's in Cuse because they have 5 better guys to go with, fine, hard to argue with that, but why is Desmond or Espi not there with him?

  38. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Because Rizzo and Johnson don't think there are better guys. Mark Zuckerman doesn't make out the lineup cards.

  39. whatsanattau - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I was right about Lannan all along too. (He IS a nice guy who gets the most out of his talent!)

  40. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    By the way, the forecast for Chicago tomorrow is partly sunny, breezy, a high around 50 degrees. Good day to pitch, if it's blowing in.

  41. Gonat - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Get Some Players said… Brad Meyers is on the Yankees roster as of today. April 04, 2012 9:45 AM ____________________________Isn't he injured? Did Komatsu make the Cardinals? There are specific rules about Rule 5 players. Even Komatsu is on the roster, they have to create an opening when Schumaker comes off their DL. Potentially both of these guys could be returned.

  42. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    It will be, if as predicted it's out of the NE (gusting to 26). That's pretty much straight in.

  43. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Cards active roster today lists Komatsu. Looks like they're keeping him.

  44. jd - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Gonat said:'Give him 4.5 runs in support and he turns that around to W 51 L 38 = .574 winning percentage' And that's why wins and loses for a pitcher are a misleading number. Any stat which is dependent to a large degree on what other people do is essentially useless.

  45. Dawn - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Have a hard time bad-mouthing players. They are all people to me, a son, brother, parent and husband to others. That brings me to an article I just read by Ken Rosenthal about Jason Marquis and his daughter Reese. Brought a lump to my throat and reminded me of all the negative posts about him. Am glad he has found a home with a class organization like the Twins.As in Chad Durbin's case with the Braves, I hope Lannan finds a team if he doesn't stick with the Nats.

  46. Richard Nixon - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I was right about Whittaker Chambers. Fat lot of good it did me.

  47. baseballswami - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Oh – also hoping that Stammen makes good this season, too. This is going to be some wild ride!

  48. jd - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    John Lannan is an excellent 5th starter. The problem is that he makes too much money to be a 5th starter. The Nats will trade him as soon as they can get anything resembling a prospect back. Detwiler may not be better but we need to find out once and for all and he is still cheap.

  49. whatsanattau - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Desmond is not the best fielder ever, but his range is good and his throwing has improved (or maybe it was never as bad as it appeared when Dunn was the firstbaseman). Offensively he has looked strong so far. He will likely ebb and flow but 15 HR, 20 sb, and .340 OBP is not an unreasonable expectation for this year. His OBP has always been better at the top of the lineup – or more specifically, when batting with protection. I know it is de rigueur to criticize our own players to prove we know something about baseball, but Desmond is actually a valuable asset to this team…

  50. Anonymous - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Section 3, My PFB Sofa said… Cards active roster today lists Komatsu. Looks like they're keeping him. April 04, 2012 10:40 AM Keeping him for "now".

  51. baseballswami - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Dawn -thanks for mentioning the Jason Marquis story by Ken Rosenthal. I had a lump in my throat the entire time. I don't know how to make links in here, but all of you baseball fan, fathers, anyone, actually – should read this article. Wow.It will really put things in perspective. Go Xena!!

  52. Anonymous - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    If you were to start a team and could pick only NL shortstops which would you choose over Desmond?Better than Desi: J.Reyes, D.Gordon, S.Castro, T.Tulowitzki.People I would take after Desi: J.Bartlett, Z.Cozart, C.Barmes, R.Furcal(Nats fav), S.Drew, T.Pastornicky, J.Lowrie, A.Gonzalez, R.Tejada, J.Rollins, B.Crawford.My point is that there aren't that many good shortstops. Everyone wants Desmond to be a Tulowitzki. He isn't. Get over it. He's still better than most of the guys out there.DEM

  53. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I know it is de rigueur to criticize our own players to prove we know something about baseballI got nothing to prove.Wait, that came out wrong…

  54. natsfan1a - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Thanks to Dawn for the heads up on the Marquis story.

  55. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Swami, do you mean this one?Marquis back as injured daughter heals

  56. natsfan1a - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    lol, hope you've got that coke fountain ready, sec3.

  57. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Last I saw, Alex Meyers was injured and while he's listed on the Yankees roster, they do have 29 names on their 25 man roster.

  58. Anonymous - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Not sure why they let Durbin go without getting something in return. They should have traded him to the Braves given that they wanted him that bad, not just releasing him. For this reason alone, they should have sent Mattheus down. Of course, maybe the Nats were thinknin that they didnt want to waste Mattheus' last option, since he's likely going to be sent down when Storen (and definitely Wang) comes back. Still, the Nats certainly did not win this game of chicken with the Braves.

  59. NatsNut - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Hey Sofa, I'm behind. What's PFB?

  60. John C. - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Meyers is still on the Yankees' roster, but their roster (http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/team/roster_active.jsp?c_id=nyy) still has 29 players. Meyers is almost certainly going to be put on the DL when the season opens; he hasn't pitched at all in ST since injuring his shoulder while working out in the offseason.Given the Yankees' roster, if Meyers pitches this season it will be for Syracuse. If he's healthy enough to pitch there's no spot on the roster for him in the Bronx. If he's not healthy enough to pitch it's the Yankees paying him, not the Nationals. Remember that even if he's on the DL all this season, the Yankees have to keep him on the active roster for 90 days next year or offer him back to the Nationals. You can't duck the Rule 5 process by hiding someone on the DL all season.

  61. NatsNut - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Oh wait. I think I got it right when I hit submit. Pretty Freakin' Bueno?

  62. GoNats - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Ok obviously the pitching staff is revamped, but what has improved offensively? OK, Laroche is hopefully back but he has not hit near .300 in any of his seasons except '09 bc he played 50 games. Now I'm excited as everyone else about the potential, but besides zimm starting the season healthy, whats going to be the difference offensively?

  63. Wally - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    jd said… John Lannan is an excellent 5th starter. The problem is that he makes too much money to be a 5th starter. The Nats will trade him as soon as they can get anything resembling a prospect back. Detwiler may not be better but we need to find out once and for all and he is still cheap. April 04, 2012 10:44 AM I could see this argument if they cut him yesterday and saved some money, but Lannan's 2012 salary at this point is a sunk cost. So I think that it was purely a baseball decision, and my speculation is that it is primarily Davey's lack of enthusiasm for Lannan that was the deciding factor. It seemed like they were lukewarm in their support of him all spring. But I am ok with the baseball decision to option Lannan. I would probably have gone with him over Det, but it is close enough that I don't feel it too strongly.But I agree with the commentary that Rizzo still needs to work on his public statements, particularly when they concern players. No reason to say 'mild interest' from other teams, or '5 guys better than him'. Sounds defensive, and also insulting to Lannan. Could have praised Ross – 'great stuff, great spring, forced his way into the rotation', while still saying that JL was a 'ML pitcher, great team guy and we'll be seeing him up here again this year'. He kind of said those things, but the other comments are what Lannan will remember. I don't care what questions he was getting, no more needed to be said. Kind of brings back the Shell ('I didn't like his aura') and Cabrera ('I got tired of watching him pitch') comments. He may unnecessarily alienate players with those kinds of comments.Not saying that Rizzo is a bad GM because of this, just that it is a weak spot and he should improve in this area because it may come back to bite him someday.

  64. Anonymous - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    .340 OBP is not an unreasonable expectation for this year?? Based on what? Desmond's never sniffed that kind of OBP success at any level. Not likely to happen.

  65. natsfan1a - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    That's it, NatsNut. :-)

  66. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Frickin. Pretty Frickin Bueno. I win a coke!

  67. natsfan1a - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    D'oh! Just help yourself at the fountain, sec3.

  68. Alan_A - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Before we get too far into the old stats vs. new stats debate (bubbling along underneath the Lannan v. Detwiler v. Jackson disagreements), a recommendation… have a look at Steven Goldman's introductory essay, "Beyond the Back of the Baseball Card," in the new Baseball Prospectus anthology, Extra Innings. A very good account (self-interested, yes, but still clear and well argued) of how some of the new stats work and, more importantly, what the intent is. While it's true as others have pointed out that many of the new stats involve assumptions and could introduce distortions, the purpose of the manipulation is to correct out other distortions in the old stats – for example, batting average, which rewards one way of getting on base over others, or won-lost record, which as we all know from vulture wins can be a sign that the pitcher happened to be around at the right time, following Woody Allen's formula for success in life (80% = showing up). ERA credits a pitcher in part for the quality of his defense, which is beyond his control. None of this is to say that the new stats should be accepted uncritically – the unexamined stat is not worth counting. But those who say that only wins count, or only runs count, are actually, whether they know it or not, supporting some of the new stats, which are an attempt to isolate the factors that lead more directly to runs and to wins.So have a look.And then let the ideological warfare continue…

  69. Steady Eddie - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    What Wally said @ 11:01, except that the baseball decision had to consider that the fifth starter was going to have to go back to the bullpen when Wang returns, and everyone (I think including Lannan) agrees there's no point in putting Lannan in the pen.

  70. whatsanattau - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Desmond had OBP of .326, .328, and .331 July-Spetember 2011 and carried a +20 OBP when batting 1st in the order (i.e, his OBP was 20 points higher batting first). None of those numbers is .340, but all of them trend nicely and Desmond is still just 26. The assertion that he never hit that number at any level is completly wrong. (Just because you say it, does not make it true) he's had years of .357 (A ball in 2007) and .401 (AAA, AA 2009).

  71. sjm308 - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Great comments today, as usual. I do read NJ after coming here and Kilgore made a point I had not considered. Our schedule, while starting off soft, is not easy. While we are playing the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays and Blue Jays, the NL Central is feasting on Indians, Royals, Twins plus the Astro's and Cubs are not strong either. Its nothing our lads can't overcome but it is an interesting point that its not apples to apples when looking at wildcard contenders. Best way to off-set this is to win the division, so I will hoist more kool-aid to start the season.Go Nats

  72. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    what we need is a gif of Edward James Olmos saying "Pretty Frackin Bueno"

  73. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    googlerats.No results found for "pretty frackin' bueno".

  74. Cwj - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Sec 3- regarding the Predictions Post, I'd like to see Mark's.Until then, I'll be posting my own player predictions very soon.I worked hard on it to make sure they fall in line with my 87-75 prediction, runs scored, league averages for IP and ABs, etc.First up will be the starting rotation. The Lannan move has forced me to make some modifications to what I started with.Anyway, hope you guys and gals enjoy them :-)

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