Long time

Since I made a post here.

Off-season has been crazy for Nats fans. Lot of signings, trades, and accusations.

Just wanted to jump in and say hi.

I hope to post more as off-season comes to close.

Oh and I am visiting Cooperstown next weekend.

Lack of offense

You know I have heard and read other people complain about Nationals’ offense, but I did not pay as much attention to it since we managed to win or be competitive in all games so far. After attending last night’s game, upgrade is a must and no idea where it will come from. Yesterday Bronson was good but not so good that we could only get 3 hits and 0 runs. Come on! JZ allowed only one run, that’s also on a kinda botched play by Bernie (I think he could have held Harris at first or thrown him out at 2nd). If there is one thing I can’t stand besides bad acting, it is meager offense Nats put up last night. Anyways, our bullpen, pitching, and bench all look better than last season. Let’s hope offense gets going today.

What’s wrong with Tim?

Lincecum bombed his second outing in a row. Well, he was pitching in hitter friendly parks last two times, but getting pounded by Rockies and DBacks was a little too much. Why I care? because he is on my fantasy team, the one I care about. My rotation is made of Haren, him, Gallardo, and Hamels. All of them tanked their first start. Hoping for something better next time around.

Ichiro is doing OK so far. It is the beginning of the season, so not much can be read into it. I am still kinda worried with him in number 3 spot. We will see.

Nationals are doing alright, having won two in a row against Mets. Strasburg beat Santana today with some great stuff. I think it is GG tomorrow for home opener against Reds, should be interesting.

Opening Day

Yoohoo!

Opening Day is not far for us, Nats fans now. Cubs host us when Strasburg takes mound against Dempster. I am very much looking forward to it.

In other news, Nats host Red Sox in the afternoon at Nats park for their last spring training game. If not for work, I would have gone to see Nats play.

Anyways, Ichiro went 0 for 4 in the second game against Oakland in Japan. I did get to see him yesterday in MLB’s free game of the day against Rockies’ Moyer. He drove in a run with a double in his second at bat, while contact was not as solid as I would have liked it to be. Just from that one game, it seems he is not changing his approach as a number 3 hitter. I don’t really care about power as far as he does his job of driving in runs and stealing bases and just keep hitting like it is ’04. Go Nats and Ichiro!!!

Ichiro Tracker

Yay season started earlier today. Could not have asked for a better beginning.

Ichiro went 4 for 5 and drove in a run. I think I am gonna start tracking his hits.

All four were singles, three against the Oakland starter B McCarthy and one against Blevins (no idea who he is) which added to Mariners’ lead in 11th inning.

Nats season will be starting soon too. Looking forward to that!

Cameron gone

Well we all heard it by now.

Mike Cameron will not be platooning with Bernie or Ankiel for Nats’ CF job this season. He has retired after 19 seasons. I did not know him well as a player, but looking at his stats I was hoping that Nationals won’t have to rely on this guy. Now we don’t have to worry about that. Sorry to hear you retired Mike, but I am sure you enjoyed your stay. tc!

What now? I am fine with Bernie/Rick platoon until Harper comes up.

Legitimate Rotation?

I think so. When EJax is your #4 and you have ‘ace’ of your previous rotation battling for #5 spot, you know you have improved. Strasburg might be on innings’ limit but I expect a great season from him nonetheless. JZ surprised few last season and I hope to see that continue. GG in national league should be able to adjust without Oakland’s stadium. Things are looking up for Nats, pitching-wise.

Offensively, we are relied heavily on ifs. If RZ remains healthy, if LaRoche goes back to his norms, if Werth produces as expected, and Desi survives as lead-off. Right now Morse seems to be the only legitimate threat in the everyday lineup. Ramos and Espinosa won’t regress but they won’t develop into silver sluggers either. I expect them to be average, which I don’t mind because they are so great defensively.

If you look at the rotation, it seems that Nationals are ready for contention this season. If you look at the everyday lineup, it seems that Nationals are waiting to promote Harper up and sign one of the CF free agents. I think we have a shot. NL East is difficult, but we could surprise everyone.

Anyways I am eager to see Harper and Rendon in the bigs soon. I also hope Purke and Myers develop soon enough to join SS, JZ, and GG. Ooooh I am excited for baseball.