A few recent quotes from this message board:"There's something toxic going on behind the scenes""It is just hard to fathom why these clowns are unable to learn from their countless mistakes at the plate""do not understand how these eff ups can cash their bloated paychecks with a straight face"
A few recent quotes from the media:"After Thursday night's win over the Rays, the Nationals (40-27) hit 40 wins in fewer games than any DC-based team since the 1933 Nats, who won the American League. ""The 2012 Nationals have the fastest start in Franchise history dating back to 1969."
Geez you guys don't want much do you?
Maybe there's something toxic going on in front of the scene - "fans" who don't realize just what they have.
Its like the fact that this is so far the best team DC has had since the franchise moved here, the best team in franchise history and the best Washington team since 1933 is just not enough. Apparently nothing less than the hitting of the 1927 Yankees and the pitching of the 1971 Orioles will stop the tendency to refer to the team and players as "garbage," the atmosphere as "toxic" and the players as "clowns" and "effups."
Look, this is a team which has 3 rookies in the starting lineup (not by plan but due to injuries). Admittedly one is a "super rookie," but he's still a rookie. Espi and Lombo are more typical rookies, but you also gotta realize there has been a lot more pressure on them to hit than if Werth and Morse had been in the lineup all season and Lombo/Espi were maybe platooning at 2B or whatever the plan was.
And I'm not saying I haven't made critical posts on a few players, but in the context of trying to analyse their numbers and figure out why, not describing them as clowns, garbage or whatever.
I sincerely hope that no Nats players read this board (players will do almost anything to kill time in their hotel rooms on road trips :) They might be inclined to think there was something toxic going on.
Sure, I would love to see more offensive production from the Nats. Just keep in mind teams like the Giants have recently won WS with very weak bats. To Rizzo's credit, he assembled the best young pitching staff in the MLB during the off season. I think he did it in a rather expensive and inefficient manner that wasted some resources that could have been applied to the obvious weakness in the offense. However, it's hard to argue with the results thus far.
It's kind of hard for me to be disappointed in the Nats bats. Last year the Nats scored 624 Runs. Rizzo did nothing to improve the offense and guess what ? The Nats are on pace to score about 624 runs this season. That's not all that bad since the heart of the order has been torn out mostly by injury. Morse, Werth, Zimmerman, Ramos are players not easily replaced. Harper and LaRoche have performed well. Desi, Espy, Lombo, and Flores are hitting pretty much where I expect middle INFers and catchers to hit. It's my view, and the run totals sort of bear this out, that the Nats offense and most players are meeting expectations.
Are the Nats a playoff contender ? Sure, just like the '10 Giants.
hoping that some baseball genie will pick up the feeble grounder they hit and hurl it over the fence.... '
I have resorted to rubbing the bottle every time Zimmerman steps into the box
Agreed. There is more negativity and sniping going on here now than when we stunk and were losing 100 games a season._____
Let's go Nationals!
We love you, Hank, because if you weren’t there we’d have to invent you. We could go on a ten-game tear and when we finally dropped one we’d need you to bring us down to earth by proclaiming feet of clay.
EVERY team wants fans to believe they are contenders. The NYY series revealed nothing more than we already know, that hitting is way off and young guys are easily intimidated; even then, we had a shot in game 1 and only an umpire cost us game 2. The Braves, whom we’d just swept, went to NY and took two of three. But they’re older and more experienced. So it goes.
If you think lunging at balls out of the zone or watching strikes is unique to us you’ve not watched a lot of games. It’s more of a pitcher’s game than ever, and batters don’t have a lot of time, as Bob C has often said, to make up their minds about a pitch coming at 98 mph even if it’s about to drop to their ankles. Been watching the game 50 years; have never seen pitchers as sharp as the best pitchers are today, and a lot of them are facing us.
There may indeed be a coaching problem because except in SLG (9 of 16) overall stats are just above the Pirates and Padres. But the guys we usually rely on are almost all way under their career figures; thus sooner or later they’ll come around. Because it’s a pitcher’s game we’re in first place; and if the pitching holds and they start hitting....
It’s a lot easier to fix a hitting slump than a pitching slump; . A larger worry may be whether our 3-4-5 starters will be good enough in the stretch, and what happens when Strasburg is benched.
Hey Hank. Yeah, I know. But remember, we are seeing only one dimension of this. The manager is seeing it all. That has been BC’s lament about armchair managers. For instance, how do we KNOW that the coaches aren’t telling them to see the ball, be patient, not lunge? They were certainly telling that (especially say Desmond) early in when the patience was good and the hits timely. DJ lately talks about “patient aggressiveness.” Situations vary: early on, Desmond was going for the first pitch and getting hits. This team is young, they’re still learning. We’ve been dead last for so long I think sometimes we expect overnight Yankees.
Watch DJ post-game on MASN. He’s right that we hit the ball hard--when we hit it. Couple more inches and two line drives to short would have broken it open late. Pitching always trumps hitting and Hammel was huge.
DJ is still not moving Zim, says he feels fine and will come out of it. If he’s not injured, a lifetime .288 guy will not finish the year at .222. Hey, it frustrates us all, pal. But until we get a mole in the clubhouse, we don’t have the full picture.
I'm beginning to attract much of the same comments from detractors. Mostly those who find me far too pessimistic. If that's what I am, then I believe it's justified. I could always shut up and die and make plenty happy here, yet that's not the point of a fan forum.
I see correctable problems with this team and its attitude. It won't go away simply by invoking the ol' "Yeah, but they're still in first place" mantra. Doesn't work for me, never will. I expect excellence from professionals and won't make excuses when I believe that what's going wrong for them is correctable. I've been a paid coach before, and I assure you the reason my teams had consistent winning records was because I intentionally analyzed their performance for weaknesses that other teams might exploit. It was my job as coach to shore up any shortcomings to the best of my ability and to the best of each player's ability. It was ALSO my job to keep team performance to the highest level possible, AND CONTINUOUSLY SO.
I like what Rizzo has done to date, but I can see performance slipping and, although I can't understand how so many can accept mediocrity, I can accept it that some do. I'm too competitive for my own good, I guess; I want to win EVERY game, and win BIG. I suppose I'm a loyal supporter AS WELL AS loyal opponent. True, I don't know what's going on behind the scenes, but until Nats management or some spokesman lays it, it's also perfectly acceptable to assume coaches and managers and players are not making adjustments in performanc and attitude.
"Yes, I've watched some other teams, and see some of them doing the same...but the better teams find ways to reduce unproductive at bats....and produce productive ABs..."
The better, competitive teams thus far this season include the Reds, Dodgers, Giants, and Bucs. All of them rank no better than 8th in the NL in run production this year. The Nats ranked 12th. So it appears that many competive teams are having issues with AB porduction. I also seriously doubt that any opposing pitchers are laughing at Nat hitters lunging at bad pitches, when Nat pitchers are make opposing hitters look silly as well.
Mostly those who find me far too pessimistic. "
Not like the Nats don't provide plenty of reason for pessimism.
That still in first place mantra is slowly sinking into the West as the lead shrinks and shrinks. I don't see any turn around. We have a ground ball specialist hitting third; a 4 who hits on occasion and a 5 who may or may not come around to his 2011 self and now Harper has joined the club