Runs are at a premium in the Beltway, and with Jordan Zimmermann and Miguel Gonzalez pitching, that figures to remain the status quo Saturday night when the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles continue their series at Camden Yards.
The aforementioned outfield changes in Boston are a direct reflection of the team’s issues offensively in 2014. After acquiring Cespedes from Oakland in exchange for SP Jon Lester, Boston made their goals clear.
“I know everyone in Boston is wondering who’s going to pitch, but I thought when they traded Lester for Cespedes, they were really smart to cut bait,” said Miller.
“The Nationals are just pulling away from the rest of the division. Cream rises to the top and it was just a matter of time,” Giglio said.
The National league is certainly competitive this season, but there are a few teams slated to be top seeds.
“I think the Dodgers and the Nationals make the most sense if you’re trying to pair up a National league championship, but if you’re trying to disrupt that, maybe you go with the Brewers,” said Giglio. “You look at their run differential and you think maybe the cardinals will catch them, but I don’t think so. They’ll be a tough out in October.”
After gutting out a pair of wins over the Pirates, Buck Showalter dropped an “I told you I like our guys” in his post-game press conference at 1:07 AM.
Prior to last season, I picked the Washington Nationals to win the NL pennant. The Nats finished 86-76 and out of the playoffs. Will they redeem themselves in ’14? Let’s find out.
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