Good news all around for fans of the Nats and O’s. This morning Sports Illustrated picked the Nats to be the 2013 World Series Champs. As a Nats fan, this worries me. I fully believe the Nationals will kick some butt this season, but I don’t like when the media hypes up any of my teams. Manager Davey Johnson doesn’t seem concerned and has a positive outlook on this. His response? “’I don't care. It's nice. Better than being picked to come in last.’" Touche, Davey, good point.
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Obviously after such a kickass season last year, and with their pick-up of Rafael Soriano, the Nats undoubtedly have the best pitching line-up in the league. After their heart-wrenching loss in game 5 of the NL division series (a feeling D.C. sports fans know all too well) when relief pitcher Drew Storen gave up 4 runs and the Nats lost 9-7, bringing in one of the best relief pitchers was a smart move. Some people blamed Storen, some blamed Davey Johnson and some (me) blamed the umps for calling balls that were clearly strikes. Regardless, the addition of Soriano now means the Nats are not only stacked with right handed relief pitchers, but Strasburg will be back and pitching 100%, Gio and J. Zimm are still ready, and so are the rest of the pitching staff that dominated last year.
In addition, Harper will be a year older with a year of experience under his batting helmet. He’s been rocking out recently: getting on base his last 10 appearances, with 9 hits.
Though the Nats are currently below .500 in Spring Training, I’m expecting fireworks in the regular season (and post season J ), which, let’s be serious, is all that really matters. And though it’s just an exhibition game, the Nats are taking on the Yankees on Friday in D.C., so that will definitely get them ready for Opening Day at home against the Marlins. For more Nationals news and stories, head to their webpage here.
The Orioles may not be predicted to go all the way, but they’re still expected to dominate the AL. ESPN’s Buster Olney picked them to win the American League. Click here for more information.
The Orioles are playing much better spring ball than the Nats and are 2nd in the AL spring training standings. Only the Kansas City Royals are ahead of them, but the Royals are currently ahead of all other MLB teams, with a 23-6 record. The O’s regular season begins
on the road in Tampa on Tuesday, March 2nd. Perhaps Brian Roberts, the Birds’ longest tenured player, getting the start at 2ndbase will pump them up.
And keep checking my blog! I’ll have a football article up soon!