But a the same time things weren’t as bad as they may have seemed on paper and this MLB betting team, that nobody wanted, was in the hunt until the later stages of the baseball betting season.
After being run out of Montreal for its futility and after being took over by Major League Baseball as no one else was willing to bear the burden of propping up such a floundering enterprise, the Expos became the Nationals not so long ago and ended up in our nation’s capital as the Nationals and booked a gig in the rat nest RFK stadium. So if you’re asking yourself why this baseball betting team didn’t make the playoffs in either of the last few baseball betting seasons, there are plenty of reasons why that have little to do with the performance on the field.
But now that the Nationals are getting settled in a bit better in DC and their new stadium is making major progress and will be opening in 2009 baseball betting season, this MLB betting team will certainly improve. And that should be pretty easy to do considering last baseball betting seasons highly disappointing 71-92 overall MLB betting record. The team made a huge step towards improving in the off-season by getting an owner and GM who can now try and guide this baseball betting team in the right direction.
The rebuilding will be begin with pitching and the number one starter for Washington, John Patterson, although inexperienced looks as though he’s got the stuff to be the leader of this staff. He only pitched in eight starts last baseball betting year but was very solid. Jerome Williams will have to prove to doubters that his game isn’t washed up yet at the two spot and Tim Redding has a lot to prove at the three spot. Redding has loads of talent but just hasn’t been able to put it all together yet. His physical skills and pitch control and velocity are text book, and this could be the baseball betting year he pieces together a 15 win MLB betting season.
The bull pen is an intriguing group and maybe the most underrated part of this franchise. Chad Cordero is a huge talent at closer and has pitched very well over the last two baseball betting seasons even if his save numbers dipped a bit last MLB betting year. In the roll of set up man Jon Rauch is a hidden treasure that has great stuff and can go long innings if needed. Emiliano Fruto has a great arm as well and does some crazy things with his off speed stuff. These guys could erase a lot mistakes for the team if the starting rotation experiment turns out to be a bust.
At the plate and in the field the team has bright spots and some big holes as well. Ryan Zimmerman was very welcome surprise last baseball betting year at third and barely missed out on the NL Rookie of the year award. He should put up even better numbers this year with a full baseball betting season under his belt and look to increase his power numbers.
Austin Kearns needs to prove that he can live up to all the hype surrounding his power and his bat if this team wants to put runs on the board this baseball betting season. The rest of the lineup is pretty thin at the plate but fielders Ronnie Belliard and Nook Logan both bring strong gloves and fielding skill to the lineup.
This team isn’t going anywhere in 2007 baseball betting season. The MLB betting playoffs are a ridiculous notion and it would be very surprising if this wasn’t the worst team in the NL East again this baseball betting year. But this is a young team in the middle of rebuilding and searching for its identity.
There are plenty of reasons for optimism, but there are no real can’t miss players on this baseball betting team. As the players develop we’ll start to see a bit more of how this team will shape up in the future. But you can go ahead and write 2007 baseball betting season off as simply another rebuilding baseball betting year in the almost constantly rebuilding franchise. Seventy-five wins would be a decent baseball betting season for this club and perhaps .500 in a year or two. But the Nationals are way out their depth and probably not much better than a Triple A club at the moment.