Beyond the obvious, that the 2009 Scats are probably not much if any better than the 2008 debacle, here are some of the more significant observations I've made so far this season:
1. Elijah Dukes has massive, enormous, stupendous power. He has 17 hits, 8 for extra bases, 3 homers, and .268 ISO power. OK so we knew he could do that. But I didn't know he could do this and this.
2. Ryan Zimmerman is good again. He's hitting .295 / .360 / .526, which is better than ever, and he's historically a slow starter. And his fielding has been excellent--you remember the throwing errors, but he more than makes up for it with the best range of any third baseman in the league.
3. Adam Dunn is what we thought he was. He won't keep hitting .311 / .475 / .607, but he might keep walking more than 20% of the time. And he's certainly going to keep hitting for power. He's terrible in the field, but dude can hit.
4. Joel Hanrahan isn't a closer. You can't walk over 5 guys per 9 and be an ace reliever. Just doesn't work.
5. I'll just let Chico tell it: "I think it's already fair to say that Jim Bowden greatly miscalculated his team's needs/weaknesses this offseason. Think back, for instance, to the bullpen this team had in February. No Beimel. No Wells. No Tavarez. No real back-up plan whatsoever if all the young guys failed. Bowden, w/r/t his bullpen, was counting on a pipedream."