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Are The Washington Nationals For Real?
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Are The Washington Nationals For Real?

The Washington Nationals are currently leading the N.L. East with an 13-4 record and they do not show any signs of slowing down. They have-an-abundance of young talent and they are finally beginning to-display their true abilities. Although, the season has just begun the Nationals definitely look like a different team. The last few years this organization has-been-aspiring to-improve this team and turn them into contenders.

With pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg back in the rotation, the Nats are a much more proficient team. If this team can stay healthy, there is no telling what they are capable of and how far they can go. They have-been-building from within their farm system for years and it-appears as if it is finally paying off. Remember, with young phenom Bryce Harper's abilities this team can-be even better.

Unfortunately, Harper is still very young and needs more time to develop, but when he does I believe we will see some fireworks. At 19 years old, this kids is showing great power and remarkable abilities all around the baseball field. The only thing that worries me is that he is a catcher and catching behind the plate shortens a-players-career immensely. Hopefully, Bryce discovers a new-position to play, so that he can have a more prominent career.

Last year, the Nats acquired Jayson Werth from the Phillies and unfortunately for them he did not have a great year. However, with the start of this year Werth is off to a great start and maybe this year he will have a bigger impact on the team. Another rising star displaying promise is second baseman, D.Espinoza who's defensive skills rivals his fathers. His dad played for the New York Yankees and always displayed great defensive skills. Not known for his offensive skills, that is something his son plans to-correct.

Last year, Espinoza didn't have much of a batting average at a measly .236 average, it wasn't much to-talk about. However, he did have 21 home-runs and 66 RBI's to-help balance things out a little more. Since, he is still very young there is still plenty of time for him to-improve on his average and the more pitchers he faces, the more he will progress. Adam Laroche also joined the team and he is quickly providing some much-needed pop in the line-up. Laroche is a well-rounded player and should put up good numbers this year to-add to the team's offense.

In conclusion, Washington Nationals fans are-excited to-finally have a team worthy enough to-cheer for. However, there are still many skeptics out there that believe that this is a fluke and they will fall apart very soon. Remember, sports analysts made very similar statements about the Tampa Bay Rays and look where they are now. Young talent is finally beginning to strive in MLB and I believe this is the best thing for the game to-recover. If the Nats make a few more improvements and tweak the team a little more, I believe they will become the real deal and flourish in the N.L. East.

Street Talk

Robert, Thanks. What is it that young players develop? When people talk it seems to me like ripening fruit:-) blessings, Cynthia

  about 1 decade ago

Young players developing in the farm system is much cheaper for the team and its better for the team!

  about 1 decade ago

Growing their own fruit?! A garden of players. Hmm.

  about 1 decade ago

Great Analogy!

  about 1 decade ago
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