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The Nats and Immortality

Watching these first four games really makes you appreciate just how hard it is to be historically awful. I'm starting to doubt whether the Nats have it in them, for any of these records. Everything has to go perfectly. One lockdown effort from the bullpen, and your per-game-runs-allowed average plummets. One day of pinpoint accuracy (Wednesday: one walk) overwhelms even a day like yesterday, when you starter walks six in less than four innings. One fluky late-inning rally, and you're at a 121-loss pace instead of 162. I mean, not to average one win per three-game series is really, really tough. So don't get your expectations too low just yet. Still, I have hope.

(Also, I believe it was Dave Jageler who pointed out yesterday that the Nats have yet to lead when a single pitch has been thrown this season. Their only lead was after the final pitch on Wednesday. That, at least, is something to be proud of.)

Here's today's depressing update on the hopeless pursuit of historical splendor.

Runs Allowed: Modern major league record is 1,199 from the 1930 Phillies, Nats are on pace for just 1,134.

Hits Allowed: Modern major league record is (I think) 1,993 from the 1930 Phillies, Nats are on pace for just 1,661.

Walks Allowed: Modern major league record is (I think) 827 from the 1915 Philly Athletics, Nats are on pace for just 770.

Hit Batsmen: Modern major league record is 95 from the 2003 Devil Rays, Nats are on pace for just 41.

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 a whopping 608.

Losses: Modern major league record is 120 from the 1962 Mets, Nats are on pace for 121 or 122.

The Nats are currently last in the NL in runs allowed, earned runs allowed, ERA, home runs allowed (tied), and walks allowed. Last, though, isn't good enough, or bad enough, or whatever. Last will be forgotten 12 months from now. We need something grander.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2007; 10:11 AM ET
Categories:  Nats  
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I go to the Nats opening day and Nook gets hurt. I go to my first Wiz game this year and Gil gets hurt. Although when I saw the caps on tuesday, they won 1-0. So what does that tell you?

Posted by: Dave B. | April 6, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't any record the Nats got over the Phillies have an *? The 1930 season was 154 games....making those negative records even more impressive.

Posted by: Kim | April 6, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, DUH! There are five teams with 0-3 Records. Are they going to lose 162 games? Please.

Posted by: charlie | April 6, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Dave B.-

Stay away from DC United.

For all of us.



Posted by: Jay! | April 6, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Five games into the new season and Washington fans are now reaping what MLB wrought during its stewardship of the team (I don't blame the new owners yet because they haven't been around long enough). The decimation of the former Expos farm system under MLB's criminal stewardship is now obvious for all to see.

Among MLB's crimes against the Nats:

1). Allowing Vladimir Guerrero to walk away uncompensated.
2). Trading prospects Jason Bay and Grady Sizemore (GOD, what an outfield THAT would have been!)
3). Drafting marginal prospects because blue chippers were too expensive to sign.
4). Signing Jose Vidro to a long term contract instead of almost any of their other former stars (Orlando Cabrera anyone?)
5). Etc, etc, etc.

Wouldn't it have been nice if MLB could have pumped even HALF of that ridiculous $14 million they are now paying moron let's-cancel-the-World Series-Selig into the team while they controlled it?

Seriously, Washington would have been MUCH better off with an expansion team. It'll take years to undue Selig's damage to this franchise.

Posted by: bdrube | April 7, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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