Thursday, June 30, 2005

It's More Impressive Than You Think

With today's thrilling 7-5 win over the Pirates, our thrilling Washington Nationals have moved their record up to 47-31 through 78 games. That is, by my mathematics, a 98-win pace, good enough not only for an NL East championship (unless something bizarre happens), but for the second-best win total in Washington, D.C. baseball history (only the 1933 Senators had more than 98 wins). They are over a .600 winning percentage, one of just four teams in the Major Leagues that can claim that lofty perch.

What's even more remarkable is that, as of May 28th's loss to the Cardinals, the Nats stood at 24-25. In the 29 games since, they are 23-6! That's not just great baseball, that is .800 baseball (well, close)!

We all know that hot streaks do not last forever. This team will not go 67-17 the rest of the way (the 84-game equivalent of 23-9). But it's also becoming less likely that the Nationals really are a .500 team having a freakishly good half. .500 teams don't go on 23-6 runs - they have too many holes to win that consistently. Now, injuries may take their toll, and players may struggle. But you won't get me believing that this is a .500 team and will wind up 88-74. This is a 90-win team. Book it.


At 9:14 AM, Blogger D said...

And we're a game ahead of playoff pace! Woo-hoo!

By the way, in case you were wondering, I think I've figured out some of the line-up for the pace team...

1B: D. Lee
2B: Billy Ripken
3B: Chris Sabo, with goggles
SS: Ian Desmond
C: Mike Piazza, The Gay Version
LF: Ricky.
CF: Jeffrey Maier
RF: Jose Guillen when he's angry

SP: The Ghost of Dizzy Dean, before the Scooby gang reveals that there is no ghost, and its old man Schilling in disguise

At 10:39 AM, Blogger El Gran Color Naranja said...

Yeah, I think it's pretty obvious that we restart the season, barring freak occurances this team goes out and is no worse than 84-78.

We've had more pleasant surprises (Church, Johnson, Patterson, Loaiza, Bullpen, short burst of Byrd, Spviey, Drese). Than disappointments (Castilla, Guzman, maybe Armas?)

At 2:08 PM, Blogger DM said...

Excellent work, D. How about this?

Relief Pitcher: Mitch Williams

At 4:52 PM, Blogger D said...

Well played DM. We need to post recaps as the pace team plays.

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may be strange to ask you guys this, but do you know if strollers are allowed at RFK? We want to take our 5 month old to a game tonight and I can't find anywhere on their website where it says what you're allowed to bring in. A google search led me to "the Nats Blog" so I thought you might know, or know how I could find out.

Many thanks,


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