"What % do you give the Nationals for keeping this up al season and making the World Series. I say 20%."
Don't ask T-Mac or Jim Jackson. Both of them were very vocal early in the season that they were on a "fluky" run and would come back down to earth. Yup...
As were a ton of posters on this board, to be fair. Myself, I thought their injuries would have hit them harder than they have, but their depth and pitching has been impressive. The Nats are now a deep and very talented and very well run, team.
I would not be surprised this year if your NLCS was the Nats and the Giants.
The Nats are also the perfect team with their minor league depth and youth to trade for Dempster or Garza, which would allow them all sorts of options (including a 6-man rotation) with Strasburg.
Say they traded for one of them now and went to a 6-man rotation immediately. Does that get get Strasburg into October? I think it does.
thats a tough one....you nailed it, an open field..and yes the Phils are a lot tougher than those teams, and hopefully will get tougher yet, if they ever get Ryan and Chase back, so NL East will beat up on each other..Id definitely eliminate the Mets, Marlins, and a chance to Braves..I still like the Braves, and thought a few weeks back they were poised to pass the Nats, but their streaks are inexplicable..win 6 lose 6..and they still have Freddie..
So I have to go with the Reds, would still keep a close eye on St Louis..Ill go LA Dodgers too, with close eye on Giants...a mystery team, a team that suddenly catches fire, like last 2 years could still surface, depending on trade deadline moves....would not surprise me..
The Giants are really playing some good baseball. They're a rebound by Lincecum (who has been awful) from being really really good. Lincecum is a stunning 2-7, with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP and the Giants are still 37-28. Only four teams in baseball have more wins than the Giants. And three of those have 38, just one more.
The Giants are doing EXACTLY what they did in 2010, which is play really good baseball completely under the radar screen of most baseball fans because they're not leading their division.
BTW, the Giants lost their Closer in mid-April (the 12th) and haven't missed a beat. Why? Because they have great bullpen depth.
I think they are a long shot if they are true to their word about shutting down Strasburg. The most telling stat to me is this one.
Record with Strasburg and Gonzales starting, 21-5Record when the rest of the staff starts, 17-19
If they let him keep pitching, chances go up.
That's why I like the acquisition of Dempster or Garza so much for them. They could go to a 6 man rotation and extend Strasburg well into October if they start managing his innings down.
There's lots they could do. I think they're in great shape to add talent and get very creative going forward. I think they need to pick up a catcher too.
Well, if the Nats truly are in the market for a starter, considering Rizzo's everlasting love for the Phils and in particular Hamels, seems like they'd be great trading partners.
Add to it that they always seem to be looking to upgrade CF and their collection of infield prospects and you've got the makings of one blockbuster deal.