Washington Nationals Unlikely To Continue Success in 2010

Top first year draft pick Stasburg joins the Washington Nationals

http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/PicAppPIS/JavaScript/PisV4.jsEditor’s note: This is a guest post from Brad Templeman, author of Baseball In-Depth. Brad focuses on statistical analysis of all 30 MLB teams. You can follow Brad on Twitter.

The Nationals are playing very well right now.  They’re winning against quality teams and in every type of game.  As someone who often roots for the underdog, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Nationals stay in the NL East race for a while, but I think their ride near the top of the division won’t last too much longer.  They clearly have a great chance to end up with a much better record than they did in 2009, when they went 59-103, but getting close to 90 wins still seems beyond their capabilities.

Their record is an astonishing 20-15 and they are only 1 game behind the Phillies.  Even after their big win against the Rockies last night, they still have a negative run differential (was -16, now -8 after their big win).  While there are a number of reasons why their smashing success is unlikely to continue, I’ll just touch on a few here. Continue reading “Washington Nationals Unlikely To Continue Success in 2010”

Poll: Mets 2010 Fifth Starter

As usual, one of the biggest position battles in Mets spring training is for the fifth starter. Although the fifth starter can be a conglomeration of garbage, I really like the options that the Mets have for this season. Last year, the battle was between Livan Hernandez and Freddy Garcia. What a mess that was! By the way, have you seen the video of drunk Freddy Garcia at this year’s SoxFest getting fans excited for the season? A sloppy, drunken, expletive-filled, aging fifth starter is sure to get the Chicago fans pumped about the season.

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Giants 10 – Mets 1 Aug. 17, 2009

Livan Hernandez
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The Mets got smacked around by the Giants in the final game of the four game series to earn a split. The big news is that David Wright and Billy Wagner were both in the dugout with the team, although they’re headed in different directions.

Also big news, Livan Hernandez actually made it out of the first inning without giving up a run. But he ended up going 5.1 innings and giving up 6 runs on 11 hits and a walk. Tim Redding also got bombed in the eighth inning giving up 3 more runs on 4 hits.

The Mets weak offense reared its ugly head again with the team only able to come up with 8 hits and 4 walks. Only one of those hits was for extra bases, a double by Daniel Murphy.

The Braves come to town for a series starting tomorrow night.

Box score

Preview: Giants at Mets Aug. 17, 2009

giants logoSan Francisco Giants (63-54 Road: 24-34) at New York Mets (55-62 Home: 32-26) 7:10pm

Joe Martinez (2-1 6.00) vs. Livan Hernandez (7-7 5.28)


What to watch: The Giants are trying to split the four game series with a win today. Martinez got hit pretty hard in a 9-1 loss to the Dodgers in his last start giving up 3 earned runs in 4.1 innings. Hernandez is hanging onto his spot in the rotation by a string. His last two starts have been exceedingly bad giving up 12 earned runs in 9 innings. Another bad start today and he can kiss his job goodbye.

Don’t forget to visit The Mets Report Live Game Chat during the game to chat with other Mets fans!

Padres 8 – Mets 3 Aug. 6, 2009

Livan Hernandez
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If you didn’t stay up late to watch this one, you didn’t miss anything. The Mets made the nondescript Padres look like a good team. And the game was over in the third inning anyway. Livan Hernandez was horrible giving up 7 runs in 5 innings to a very weak San Diego lineup.

The Mets had very little offense and it didn’t help that Gary Sheffield couldn’t play. They only managed 8 hits and 4 walks. The only extra base hit was a double by Fernando Tatis. The impotent Mets offense couldn’t get much going against Padres rookie Clayton Richard.

Box score

Pre-Game: Mets at Padres Aug. 6, 2009

PadresNewLogoNew York Mets (51-56 Road: 29-25) at San Diego Padres (44-65 Home: 27-29) 10:05pm

Livan Hernandez (7-5 4.77) vs. Clayton Richard (4-3 4.47)


What to watch: The Mets and Padres start up a four game series tonight at Petco Park. The Padres just lost two of three to the Braves in Atlanta. Richard has worked from the pen and started this year. His last three starts have been excellent only allowing 3 runs in 21.2 innings. Hernandez has made three solid starts in a row after struggling in early July. He’s allowed 7 runs in 20 innings in those starts.

Don’t forget to visit The Mets Report Live Game Chat during the game to chat with other Mets fans!

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D-Backs 3 – Mets 2 July 31, 2009

The Mets got their third straight solid start from Livan Hernandez tonight. He went 6 innings giving up only two solo homers. And he was pulled in the bottom of the sixth for a pinch hitter. Angel Berroa of all people. That one was hard to swallow. This guy is clearly not a big league player. He looks like an independent league player to me.

The Mets only offense came on two solo homers by Daniel Murphy and David Wright. The team managed only 4 hits all night but did have 7 walks.

The game hinged on Sean Green pitching in the eighth inning. He came in with one man on, hit a batter, then walked another to load the bases. Then he threw a wild pitch that allowed Justin Upton to score, and that was the game. It’s a terrible way to lose a game.