Monday, June 22, 2009

Nineteenth and Twentyth

You gotta respect the streak.


As unbelievable as this sounds, things could be worse.

There was a time earlier this season when there is no chance the Nats win either or both of those games against Toronto.

So Shiron couldn't keep the starting pitching streak alive (five in a row one whole turn through the rotation. How many teams can claim even one streak like that this year. Answer is probably a lot of good ones but . . . )

Now on a 48 win pace.  Twenty three to go to clear the '62 Mets futility record.  (I'm a big believer in setting your goals short just to make them reachable.)

Concerning note: Villone, Tavarez and MacDougal are the only arms that seem useful in the pen.  No long term value there at all.  On the other hand, it does show how a decent bullpen can be cobbled together from scraps.  Let's take that lesson to the off season rather than one that says pay a lot for a short reliever.

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