Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Finally, a Fun Baseball Post

Over the weekend, I watched an exhibition game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals. I know it was only one game, but I realized very quickly that my prediction that the Nationals would have a strong season (I think I said they would finish in third place in the NL East) was way too optimistic. Granted, a bunch of their starters were not playing, but the offensive output from those who were there was far from stellar – especially against Mets pitchers that might not even make the team. It is becoming apparent that the Nationals do not have the offense to stay with the likes of the Braves, Marlins, or Mets – their three toughest opponents in the National League East. And it remains to be seen if they even have enough talent to stay ahead of the Phillies. The first three starting pitchers in their rotation look strong, but after that, their staff is young and unproven. The upside to all this is that the Nationals will not stay in the basement of the National League East for long. The strength of this farm system cannot be overlooked, and the team will soon get new ownership, which is bound to bring more money and talent with it. Until then, just enjoy that baseball is back in the nation’s capital.