Category Archives: Point-CounterPoint

The Travel Travails of Jackson Rutledge

This short Point-CounterPoint is a lightly edited Twitter DM exchange between Don and Steve that occurred after Jackson Rutledge‘s last start. Looks like Rutledge has a traveling issue 😃. The former 1st round pick (17th overall) of the Washington Nationals … Continue reading

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Point-CounterPoint – Draft Order Possibilities

Don: The discussion within the TalkNats community has already started about who to draft for the Nationals and what spot the team will get in 2023. As we all know, the new CBA introduced a lottery for the draft. While it … Continue reading

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Nationals Draft/Development – Is It As Bad As You Think It Is?

The conventual wisdom is that the Nationals have been historically awful, compared to other teams, when it comes to developing players. That is really a two part question: Do they draft badly? Do they fail in properly teaching their draftees … Continue reading

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Point-CounterPoint: The Facts and the Fictions of the DH

It has been stated as a given that the current CBA negotiations will almost certainly lead to the implementation of the Designated Hitter. So let us take a look at the arguments for and against the universal DH: For the … Continue reading

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Point-CounterPoint: Welcome Back Ryan Zimmerman

Steve: While not official, Ryan Zimmerman said in a recent radio interview that he wanted to come back for at least one more year, but will discuss it with his family. The great thing is Zim can also mentor. It gives him … Continue reading

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Point-CounterPoint: How Bad Was the Nationals Bullpen

It is the off-season, so time to bring back our Point-CounterPoint series. Today we cover the Washington Nationals’ bullpen that set a record in ineptitude in 2021 for most blown saves in a season (36), and their 5.08 ERA was the … Continue reading

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The Mystery of How Carter Kieboom Will Perform and the Story of a Groin Injury

It was known that Carter Kieboom had a groin strain as the 2020 season opened from a report from Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. But the CBS report also said, “the injury evidently only hurts when he moves laterally, … Continue reading

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#Nats LineUp Options

Now that Ryan Zimmerman is on board with the Washington Nationals, we can expect he will get a number of the starts at 1B when the opposing starter is a left-hander. It is time to evaluate alternative lineups. Steve: Sound … Continue reading

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Are Platoon Splits Almost a Certainty for the #Nats – 2 of 2

Time for Part 2 of what we started to discuss in Are Platoon Splits Almost a Certainty for the #Nats – 1 of 2. So lets look at 2B (Starlin Castro and Luis Garcia), Catcher (Jason Castro and Yan Gomes) and … Continue reading

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The #Nats 4th Starter Options

It is pretty clear that the Nationals need a fourth starter. The issue is who! Trevor Bauer isn’t getting signed by general manager Mike Rizzo. And none of the rest are obvious choices. The priorities posted yesterday clearly shows the … Continue reading

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