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Finding the Negative

Like I said, spin the wheel, Nats, Caps, Wiz, which dose of daily depression do you want? For now, we'll go Nats, a team which, somewhat improbably, has at once scored the fewest runs in the National League, and allowed the most runs in the National League. On the list of "successful formulas for winning baseball," that's right above "play half your home games in an old Puerto Rican stadium" and right below "sign Gil Meche for $55 million."

Here's what say the bloggers.

Deadspin: Not even two full weeks into the season, and the Washington Nationals have already been slapped with the "hapless" tag. We believe that's a major league record.

The Big Lead: We're willing to project that the best pitcher in Single-A right now could probably contain the terrible Nationals offense. Sixty wins for Washington would be an accomplishment.

Rick Snider: Ok, not a blogger. But the Examiner's columnist writes long and hard today about Giant Racing Teddy. That's at least two newspaper columnists who have devoted themselves to Teddy in the first week or so of the season. When can we expect a four-part WaPo series on Screech? Also, do any blogs keep track of the tally of Giant President wins and losses? A reader wants to know. Anyhow, Snider got a great quote about Teddy's loserly ways:

"It's absolutely ridiculous," said Amy Krueger, vice president of the local Teddy club. "Given Jefferson's reluctance to exert himself beyond sipping Madeira and penning the Declaration, we can immediately cross him off the list. Lincoln must have been fit during his rail-splitting days, but his ungainly physique doesn't say powerhouse sprinting machine to me."

Capitol Punishment: Poor Matt Chico. At least the Christians had the power of faith when they squared off against the lions.

Svrluga: Worst Team in Baseball: I'm not trying to state the obvious. I'm just looking at the standings. At 1-7, the Nationals are now a half game behind the Phillies for the worst record in the game. Everyone else (except Philadelphia) has at least two wins. Ugh.

Oleanders: Pointing out the Nats' flaws is like shooting fish in a barrel made of fish with fish bullets.

Ball-Wonk: "Nats Reduce Stranded Runners."

Three Girls WIth Heart: The Washington Nationals are not off to the best start, (1-6) heading into tonight's series with Atlanta. But there's plenty of reasons to stay positive.

Well, that was yesterday. Wonder what the Three Girls With Heart are saying today.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  Nats  
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