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HBT Extra: In which I declare the Nationals the best team in baseball

Mar 28, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT

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  1. stex52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Well, no doubt they have to be one of the top teams in the conversation. That is a killer pitching staff, and they have some quality hitting, too. Now we’ll play ball and see what surprises lurk

  2. alexo0 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    This is what is known as the “reverse jinx”.

  3. Marty - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Maybe they won’t go down in embarrassing fashion this year.

    • nolanwiffle - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Are you implying they were somehow embarrassed last season?

  4. mungman69 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Washington is one of the best teams in baseball however it’s a loooong season and a quick post-season.

  5. 13arod - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    the angles have a better team

    • nolanwiffle - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Now you’re just being obtuse. On the other hand, perhaps you’re right.

      • stex52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Very acute reply.

    • cktai - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Just the way you look at it.

  6. baseballer28 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Strasburg will be shit after he hits the 170 inning mark and Gio Gonzalez is basically a poor man’s Cliff Lee. Haren doesn’t look even close to what he once was and nobody besides Werth and Zimmermen are proven MLB players. And even those two are often injured. Werth hasn’t even knocked in a 100 runs as a national, even after two years on the team. Zimmermen isn’t a 30/100 guy because he’s always hurt and that seems to happened every year. Harper may be the most overrated player in MLB history. Go look at his numbers-he played in the same amount of games as Trout, with over 500 hundred plate appearances. He dives after balls that he can catch standing up, he’s a diva with a bad attitude who doesn’t play the game the right way. This team is not nearly as good as everyone thinks…just wait.

    • kollin7 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Are we just going to compare all rookies to Trout now? Also you realize they had the best record in baseball last year, right? There’s really no VALID reason to think the Nationals shouldn’t, at the very least, get to the playoffs.

    • nolanwiffle - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      You left out the part where Chase Utley and Ryan Howard both vie for NL MVP honors this season. Otherwise, your astute commentary is spot on. Or not.

    • stex52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      It’s a blog. We all have opinions. BTW, what is the right way to play? Get hits, catch balls and score runs?

    • someguyinva - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      So, I looked at his numbers…

      Trout’s Age 19 season: 135 PAs at .281/.390/.672 (per baseball-reference.com)
      Harper’s Age 19 season: 597 PAs at .340/.477/.817.

  7. Francisco (FC) - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Uh Oh. Be wary Nats fans. I remember when Craig was declaring the Phillies the best team in 2011, I know how that went.

    • cktai - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      They won 102 games?

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        And promptly lost in the NLDS in 5. If your expectations are World Series or bust would you rather be the 102 win team that loses the NLDS in 5 or the 89-90 win team that wins the whole shebang?

      • cktai - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        I refuse to believe 4 to 28 October 2011 actually happened.

      • stex52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Just a little argumentative, FC. (Said in a brotherly way) Obviously Everybody wants choice b). But, as we all have observed, there is a crapshoot aspect to the playoffs. Look at the Giants pounding Verlander last year. The season is an excellent indicator of a team’s abilities. The playoffs? Sometimes, not so much.

      • cktai - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Also although the Phillies may not have won the World Series that year (with the season ending in suspended animation after they went up 2-1 in the NLDS), it is hard to argue that they weren’t the best team in baseball that year.

        And the best team in baseball has a better chance to win in the crap shoot we call the post-season than say, a team struggling to reach the wild card game does.

  8. randygnyc - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Can’t argue with the premise. Right now, NATS are the team to beat in all of baseball. IMO, that could change depending on how the dodgers perform.

  9. chumthumper - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Best team in baseball? Wow, is it October already?

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