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Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’re never as bad as you look when you’re losing… Whatever. We knew this team was going to lose 90ish
games. They were built to lose. That is no secret, and that it would take a miracle to change that. This roster has more holes than Swiss cheese, and fans are wondering who they should blame. Relax, this is part of what you do when you are in a rebuild. People forget about “The Plan” put into motion for the 2007 season that propelled the Nats from the worst farm system in baseball when they came over from Montreal to a playoff team in just five full seasons after the Lerners took control of ownership from MLB.
The good news, it will not take a five year rebuild this time around. Some of the building blocks are in place, and patience is needed, and yes, a lot of cash will need to be spent. The starting pitching does not look good, and the offense is hitting below their weight. You don’t want to judge everything on just three games.
While losing three games to start the season to the Mets stinks, did you expect a different outcome? Okay, it should have been a gift to face Tylor Megill
on Opening Day, but in the end, it should only hurt at the moment. With Stephen Strasburg
, Will Harris
, and Joe Ross
on the IL, that’s over $45 million in payroll doing nothing. Last year adding Patrick Corbin
to that mix it was like $70 million wasted. That’s more money spent than five teams have invested in their entire teams in 2022. While the Nats are tanking more from circumstance, it goes back to poor player development, questionable drafting, and money not spent wisely. On the money part, it’s easy to say most of that in hindsight, but to be fair, I did write that the Nats should non-tender Joe Ross
and pass on Strasburg in free agency. Yes, I liked the Corbin signing.
Building a winner is tough. The Nats revenue is that of a mid-market team due to their horrific MASN TV contract, but yet they are expected to spend like the behemoths of baseball from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. Now is the time to stay together, and rebuild. It is a time to evaluate what you have and the system allows for the team to develop players at the major league level — something you normally wouldn’t do when you’re a winning team.
So win like a team and lose like a team, and know that it will be tough. The Nats have Erick Fedde
on the mound today. We will see how this goes in the final game of the opening four game series against the Mets. After the game, it doesn’t get easier as the team flies to Atlanta.
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1:35 pm EDT
MASN, SNY, MLB app (out-of-market only)
106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Lineups (subject to change without notice):