This week, allow’s talk approximately misery. That should be a laugh!
The Nats are depressing because they have got the worst injuries to 1 lineup that I even have ever seen. Other groups may also have had as many or greater on the IL. But the Nats have lost their No. 2-3-four-five hitters –the heart in their lineup– including BOTH of their No. 5 hitters (Zimmerman and Adams). Any combination of players that the Nats can not be installed one lineup had –blended– terrible offensive WAR final year. Does that mean that –quickly– they could have a recreation in which they rating Minus runs?
Latest on MASN: Nats are owed $100M, consistent with an MLB panel. Any guesses at the year that money will, in reality, be paid with the aid of Angelos-O’s-MASN?
Let me understand what you consider the Kentucky Derby DQ! I revel in horse racing however am not a professional –or whatever close to one. Informed opinions welcomed! I notion the stewards confirmed guts AND set a precedent for the future that –even within the Derby– in case your horse, or your jockey, finally ends up swerving all over the song, endangering other horses and riders. You definitely will get taken down, just as you would in some other (difficult to understand) thoroughbred race. It is a HIGH-risk recreation for animals and people, and Anything Goes –whether or not it is intentional or now not– has no region in ANY race.
Finally, has Bryce Harper turned into a strikeout device within the last two years? In his first 6 years, Bryce had 785 hits and 665 strikeouts. In ’18-’19, he has had 165 hits and 212 strikeouts. The ultimate 4 years his K-% has extended every yr from 18.7% to twenty.1 to 24.Three to a frightening 29.Three this yr. He can’t be as bad as he has been thus far this yr. But what’s his norm now –and why? Your mind + mine.
A: Thomas Boswell
As I’ve talked about in columns in the ultimate month, the Nats season may be decided with the aid of Memorial Day.
If they’re nonetheless nearby of the NL East leader, or leaders, via then, they ought to get healthful in a hurry, and I’d expect them to be right within the warfare in September. But they’re 5 games at the back of the Phils now. Will they be 10-or-greater games in the back of through June 1? Or “simply 5-6-7 games at the back of?
Statistically, the ones are all bad spots to sit down in. But the N.L. East isn’t as proper as predicted to date. I do not see a ninety-win crew within the division proper now. Also, a LOT of factors have gone proper for the Nats. However, it’s absolutely obscured through their injuries. Patrick Corbin is “as predicted,” –and that may be a LOT. The catching tandem of Gomes and Suzuki might not preserve up its contemporary pace for 30 homers. However, they may be a big improvement. Howie Kendrick, who’d be in the League Leaders if he had enough at-bats, is determined money after getting back from what can be career-threatening damage (Achilles).
If Zimmerman cannot stay wholesome or hit enough, then Kendrick can play plenty of 1st base in a platoon with Adams (and Howie’s defense may be better than both). Dozier has been a drag so far but has five homers and has always been a warm-weather hitter. I still assume he’ll hit 25 homers and, utilizing August; enthusiasts may be a touch sorry to look him go (probably) after ’19. Also, crew leadership has shown up properly in many of the Nats overdue-inning long-shot comeback wins –like the 10-8 win on Saturday. If they ever get healthy and warm, you could see perfect chemistry.
But that could be a large “if.” Because this journey to Milwaukee and the Dodgers may be ultra-hard and the following homestand, too.
However, a team with three top starters, two decent ones, an exceptional closer, and (maybe) a decent set-up guy in Barraclough can claw its way through the subsequent 3+ weeks. If Rendon comes back on May nine, it truly is an assist. (Will he?) If Turner comes lower back weeks after that, it’s every other soar up. Will he? If Soto’s lower back spasms are minor –now not an indirect problem or something else– and he comes back in less than a week, it’s a large assist, too.
If you could tell me how badly these gamers are harm –or even they may now not understand whilst they will heal yet– and whilst they’ll be returned, then I can make a wager at how long the Nats season could be out on the ledge.