NAAATS: Solid Weekend
Those of us with immortality on the brain have to be moderately pleased with the weekend that was.
[I have this biting fear that the Nats will turn things around, go on a late spring bonanza, contend briefly for the wild card, and make it a point to dog all the bloggers who gave up on this season after the first inning or so. Tell me this won't happen, please. I have nothing against The Plan, and will gladly turn into a devotional fan boy next year; in the meantime, I just aim to have fun with our glorious pursuit of history.]
[Speaking of The Plan, did I mention how one of the Nats Triple Play guys wants to get a jersey that says "Theplan," with the number 08? That, friends, would be funny.]
[Speaking of random blog shout-outs, many congratulations to Nationals Enquirer, whose NAAAts formulation is about one week away from massive mainstream acceptance.]
Anyhow, immortality, brain, pleased. When I first launched this quest well nigh five days ago, I figured it would be a one-off thing. But as long as these records remain within reach, I'll press on. And despite the occasional stumble (Shawn Hill, please stop being so good), they are certainly within reach, at least for the next few days.
Runs Allowed: Modern major league record is 1,199 from the 1930 Phillies, Nats are on pace for 1,041.
Hits Allowed: Modern major league record is (I think) 1,993 from the 1930 Phillies, Nats are on pace for 1,597.
Walks Allowed: Modern major league record is (I think) 827 from the 1915 Philly Athletics, Nats are on pace for 764.
Hit Batsmen: Modern major league record is 95 from the 2003 Devil Rays, Nats are on pace for 46.
Runs Scored: Modern major league record is 463 from the 1969 White Sox (162-game season), or 2.4 runs per game from the 1908 St. Louis Cardinals (all seasons). Nats are on pace for 417.
Losses: Modern major league record is 120 from the 1962 Mets, Nats are on pace for 139.
Clearly, the pace needs to decelerate in all categories but losses. As for their standing in the league, Nats are last in ERA, hits allowed (tied), runs allowed, earned runs allowed and walks allowed. Which, combined with the Caps finishing with the fourth-fewest points in the NHL, and the Redskins finishing with the fifth-fewest wins in the NFL (tied), and the Wizards being struck by a plague-like onslaught of injuries, would be enough to make you think we're cursed, if not for the league-leading Chesapeake Tide.
Tune in tonight to Washington Post Live, as Barry Svrluga and Ivan Carter discuss which franchise is more troubled.
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