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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Washington Post | Boswell: Recent Run Is Hard to Figure

You can’t construct a big league team properly unless you can evaluate it correctly: See it clearly, don’t kid yourself and face the truth. Few tasks are harder for executives.

If you conclude that your team is abysmal, then that drives every key decision. If you believe you are a losing team, but far from a bad one, then you act very differently.

Either way, you better not delude yourself. If you needlessly blow up a team that’s actually close to being decent or, conversely, if you fool yourself into thinking you just need a few good men to be a winner, it can waste several seasons and scores of millions of dollars.

Welcome to Nats Town, where every day this season has been Crazy City. If you can evaluate the Nats accurately, go straight to Cooperstown. Nobody else can.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: August 12, 2009 at 11:02 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mr Dashwood Posted: August 12, 2009 at 03:37 PM (#3290201)
A good read. But, really, he has no hypotheses, only questions.

Last night we saw the same Guzman who screwed up so badly opening the road trip in Colorado, the Trip of Doom for Manny Acta. They've been pretty bad on the road all season. Basically, we've got the same team now that we had between 2-21 May, but with a better bullpen, and someone catching the ball in centrefield. Let's see how well the team does without one of those before we start opening the chilled rosé for the NatsTown BarBeQue-and-conversazione.

This could all go horribly wrong again.
   2. bfan Posted: August 12, 2009 at 03:58 PM (#3290222)
It is a very good hitting team that could use some pitching. Stephen Strasburg would go a long way to helping out on that end, as would a top reliever (Drew Storen on his way?). A good hitting catcher (Bryce Harper) would make them a great hitting team. They are not that far away, and if Byrce Harper is as good as advertised, and signable, they can get pretty good, pretty soon. Shape this team for a 2011 arrival.

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