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Playoff Bound !
by George Pavlik,posted Sep 21 2012 12:00AM
That is what the Washington Nationals are after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 Thursday evening.
It has been a LONG 8 year wait just to say they are in the playoffs. As there best record was the first year they came to the Nation's capital in 2005 and that was only a .500 season. And that put them in FIFTH place..Last season they went 80-81 and that got the Nats a third place finish.
But with all that said what is the best part of this team?
Has to be the development of this team.
Take Ryan Zimmerman guy I have watched since his MLB debut did it through the farm system and is a top 5 thrid baseman today. Another guy Ian Desmond came up through the farm system as well and he is a fine shortstop for this team. Along with most of this team that has come up through the farm system those are teams I love to watch. Take the Pirates for example over the last 20 years. they more than develop a guy just to trade him off and get other guys they develop again just to trade them off. It would have been VERY easy for the Nationals to have gone that route over the last few years but they did not and tip your cap for that.
For all the praise they deserve for this achviment. They do deserve some questioning.
Why on earth is Stephen Strasburg going to sit?!
I have brought this up before. And granted the playoffs have yet to begin and it can be said the Nationals can make a push for the Commissioners Trophy (World Series trophy). But I still go to a Ric Flair line "To be the Man you gotta beat the man".I do feel Strasburg is the man.
All be it though Gio Gonzalez has put up Cy Young like numbers (19-8 2.95 ERA with 196 k's) and could win the Nationals games he toes the rubber as well as Jordan Zimmerman. Still you MUST give the ball to your best pitcher. No questions asked.
So even though just being "playoof bound" is good. You have to stay hungry and go after the division. Then the World Series. is it attainable? No question. Will it be tough? Again no question. But nothing worth winning was ever easy (thank you 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins).
So folks if you have to pinch yourself pinch yourself because the Washington Nationals are.