Baseball Betting: Washington Nationals 2009

Baseball betting and Washington haven’t gone together very well throughout history.

First it was the Senators, decades ago, that proved to be perennial bet on baseball losers and now, in the present era the play of the Nationals has been equally disappointing. But with a new baseball betting season comes new hope and the Nationals are hoping for the best.

Baseball betting gurus don’t expect much from this expansion team, but after watching the Rays’ improbable run to the top of the bet on baseball universe last year, anything seems possible these days when it comes to baseball betting. The Nationals have a talented core of young hitters who were decent in the 2008 baseball betting campaign but have room to improve in the bet on baseball campaign ahead. SS Christian Guzman had a break out season in ‘08 and should be a .300 hitter with 100 runs this baseball betting season.

Helping to move Guzman around the bases will be slugger Ryan Zimmerman who saw his HR output fall off the map in last year’s baseball betting season, but will have to find his extra-base hitting this year if the National hope to finish anywhere but last in the bet on baseball NL East competition. Elijah Dukes will also have to drive in some baseball betting runs, for an offense that was worst in the NL in the 2008 baseball betting season. But getting 1B Nick Johnson back this season after an injury in ’08 should be a big boost for the baseball betting hope of this club.

To bet on baseball on the Nationals’ pitching was also an awful idea in the 2008 season and it must also improve in ‘09. Coming off such a poor baseball season in 2008 only the top two spots in the rotation seem set, which is probably a good thing. The opening day starter will be John Lannan whose 9-15 record last year with 3.91 ERA hardly inspires confidence, but you can’t get runs without any run support. Perhaps more troubling for baseball betting fans is that ex-Marlin Scott Olsen seems to be far and the next best pitcher on the baseball betting roster. Olsen has control issues and his delivery has gotten very predictable the past two seasons.

Mix in the fact that the very little baseball talent to speak of and its new closer had only nine saves in the 2009 bet on baseball season, and optimism does not seem a logical product of the equation.

On paper this is another bad Nationals team and it will most likely lose more baseball betting games than it wins.

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