If the Cubs win the NL Central in 2009, they could probably send a thank you card to the Washington Nationals. The Nasty Nats' pitching staff won't remind anyone of the mid-90s Atlanta Braves. Nor will their offense remind you of Murderers Row. But when it came down to it, the Cubs looked to have regained their swagger at the expense of baseball's worse team.
Simply put, the
How bad are the Nationals? Here's where I begin:
- They fined a player for being chartiable.
- They misspelled a president's name on a bobblehead.
- They misspelled their own name on their own uniform.
- The final run they allowed in the first half came on an "intentional balk."
Funny thing about that is that was Riggs' only winning season as a manager. Sad, but true.
The only thing that can save Washington baseball now is retraction. Ryan Zimmerman is good and will be great. Adam Dunn is a nice piece for a contender, not a rebuilder. And Nick Johnson, Nyjer Morgan and John Lannan are serviceable ballplayers. Stephen Strasburg can come in tomorrow and go undefeated in each of his starts and I would still be able to guarantee to you that the Nats would still finish at least 20 games under .500.
It's time to toss 'em to the side, for there is not a federal bailout big enough to save the only team that can make the 2009 Chicago Cubs look like world beaters.