- Zimmerman, Dunn, and Willingham are all as good as last season and miss no significant time to injury.
- A healthy Adam Kennedy gives the team solid defense to go along with a 350 OBP and .410 SLG--enough for 2+ WAR.
- Guzman plays adequate defense all over the infield, pinch hits like a champ, and gets his 500+ AB at 2007 rates of production.
- Willie Harris gives the Nationals excellent range and good OBP that made him a saber darling in LF a couple years back. Willy Taveras doesn't play at all. If necessary go outside the organization to acquire someone like Ryan Church instead.
- Ian Desmond plays at near all-star level, with above-average defense and, a .350+ OBP and a .450+ SLG.
- Nyjer Morgan regresses a little, but not too much.
- Strasburg pitches 120 innings with an ERA under 3.80.
- Lannan and Marquis repeat the performances from last season.
- One other guy from among Livan, Mock, Olsen, Martin, Thompson, Wang, Stammen, and Detwiler emerges as a top-100 starter this year.
- The bullpen performs overall like a run-of-the-mill below average bullpen, not a nightly train wreck.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Listeners to yesterday's podcast can hear NFA Brian, NI Mark, and I discuss this topic as well. But here's my list of the most likely events that, together, would produce winning baseball in Washington this year:
Posted by Steven at 7:25 AM