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April a month of milestones for Nats?

Mar 2, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Photo by the Associated Press

With one of the youngest teams in the majors, the Nationals don’t have any players chasing legendary milestones like 3,000 hits, 500 home runs, or any records for the Hall of Fame. Most of the team’s best players are young and just beginning their careers, maybe some day they will near those marks.

Entering the 2013 season, however, there are a few notable numbers within reach of players on the Nationals. The month of April alone could feature an interesting list of milestones by Washington players.

Here are some numbers Nats players will likely reach in the month of April:

* Ryan Zimmerman plays his 1000th game – Zimmerman is ten games away from the mark after eight major league seasons, two shortened by injury.

* Adam LaRoche hits homer No. 200 – LaRoche is three away from 200 and, if he carries over last season, should have a good start towards 300 after 2013.

* Jayson Werth hits homer No. 150, RBI No. 500 – Werth is five away from each mark and shouldn’t take long to hit them. Five homers in April would be a great month, but it’s doable.

* Zimmerman hits 600 RBI, 600 runs, 400 walks – Zimm will likely also reach 600 RBI (593 currently) and 400 walks (395 currently) before the month is over. He could get to 600 runs (580 currently) as well.

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  1. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    If Zim scores 20 runs in the month means our offense is on fire, I will take that.

  2. Gonat - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Agreed Faraz!

  3. JayB - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    How did Werth get that contract with his age and less than 150 HRs. Hell Pete Rose had more before 30 in the dead ball error I would bet.Bottom line on that signing was I was in complete agreement that they had to way way over pay someone to get into the FA game. Why did they need to do it and overpay so much? This was due to a very poor development plan and execution by Jimbo and Stan and the lack of any baseball IQ on the Lerner's part.Thank Good someone (Stan I hate to admit) hired Rizzo….More importantly thank god Jimbo was so stupid and complacent with the whole Dominican budget that Mark Lerner had to fire Marks leather pants wearing, seaway riding, drunk driving idol.

  4. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    is that your way of complimenting Rizzo, JayB?

  5. NatsLady - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Was anyone at the game yesterday? Sounded like a lot of Nats fans from the cheering I heard. How did Clip look?

  6. Mac - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Chase Hughes needs to read Terry Francona's new book and learn that baseball managers don't like it when they're referred to as "coach."

  7. Tcostant - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Amazing that Davey will have managed at years end longer than ant stint other than the Mets. Just amazing. Btw cmw pitched great last night in the WBC.

  8. MicheleS - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    NatsLady.. Sofa was at the game and quite a few others. Lots of families going down too. Seen a lot of great pics.Sofa found some new fabric that he wants to try out!

  9. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Didn't have tickets to a Braves game for the first time ever but as a "Born Again Floridian", I wouldn't have gone anyway due to the "Below 60 and Falling" rule I have.

  10. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I was at Thursday night, couldn't make yesterday or today. Maybe Sunday … here on business.

  11. SonnyG10 - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    NatsJack, make sure you stay away from those sink holes down there.

  12. Anna Peregrina - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Didn't see the game, but I see the Shark got a double and drove in 2 in Netherlands victory over Korea.

  13. Steve Hayes - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    When the Nats see themselves winning 5 less games this year than last, they can look to dumping Morse's 30 homers, .300 avg. and his 40 doubles, for a weak, punch and Judy .265 hitter, hitting 5 homers, and stealing 10 bases. That's a good deal? It's a joke. When Laroche hits .250 and swats 22 homers and drives in 75 runs, the Nats can conclude they f'd up the winter. Rizzo and Davey own this season.

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