Let’s face it. Watching a game between the Nationals vs Orioles is like watching the Washington Generals vs the Baltimore Bullets. Blidfold your kids if you take them to this game. It’s just bad baseball….. Granted- the Nationals have won 3 straight to improve on their major-league worst 31-68 record. Put both teams together- and you have a 73-124 (.370) record and a combined 45.5 games out of first place. Anyone have a few asprin I can borrow? Thank goodness for Adam Jones hitting near .300 all season and Ryan Zimmerman (18 HR, 61 RBI)- or it would be a lot worse. Bottom line- it’s tough looking up from the basement ever year. Every win is like a World Series win. My suggestion: put both teams together. Who would you start?
1B- Nick Johnson or Aubrey Huff: Johnson by a long shot. He doesn’t hit for power- but is always around .300. Huff looks like he is ready to take the rest of the year off the way he’s looked at the plate of late…
2B: Felipe Lopez or Brian Roberts: Roberts by a nose. This would have been an upset since Lopez is hitting .309- but he doesn’t steal a lot of bases and Roberts has hit more doubles than anyone in baseball over the last 2 seasons. More importantly, Roberts scores a ton of runs for the birds (71).
SS: Christian Guzman vs any SS on the O’s Roster: Guzman. The Orioles have had more SS on thier roster this year than Hugh Heffner has had girlfriends. Guzman is still hitting .300 after going 0-17 to start after the All-Star break.
3B: Ryan Zimmerman vs Melvin Mora. Zimmerman. Mora’s numbers have dropped like the economy. Mora might be the most overpaid third-baseman making $8 million this season. That’s a little over $111k per HIT (72 hits this season)!!! Zimmerman has had productive season and is 5th in the NL in Runs Scored with 69– and is making a measly $3.3 million this season.
Catcher: Josh Bard vs Matt Wieters: Wieters. Did anyone know that Bard has been in the league 7 years? If you have him on your fantasy team- your team is struggling….
OF: Willingham, Morgan, Dunn
Markakis, Jones, Reimold
Gotta take the Orioles on this one. Markakis is having a decent season- Jones is the best young outfielder in the game, and Reimold has 9 HR’s and a .470 slugging percentage. Not bad for a guy who was in the minors 2 months ago.
The Nats outfield- Dunn is the new Sam Horn. He either strikes out or hits a HR. Willingham is inconsistent (even though he hit 2 Grand Slams last night), and Nyger Morgan barely gets on-base for a lead off guy (.366 On Base Percentage).
Pitching Staff: Take your pic. It’s embarrassing…..
Nats: Last in the NL in ERA (4.99), OPS (.799), Opponent Avg(.279), Saves (15), Wallks per innings pitched (1.53), and Quality Starts (39).
Orioles: Just as bad. Last in the AL allowing opponents to hit .279, OPS .802, and Quality Starts (36). Thank goodness for David Hernandez who has an electrifying Fastball for the Orioles.
Manager: Doesn’t matter. They’ll both be gone the day after the season ends…..
Looking forward to the 2010 season……..