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The Secret to the Nats' Success (Rhymes with Anger Mans)

[Actually, we're not 100 percent sure on the pronunciation here, so possibly "Anger Mans" is incorrect.]

Anyhow, another day, another win for the Nats. That's six out of seven, as the long climb back to a division title continues. I attempted to be a real reporter and figure out what the difference has been, but I failed.

Dmitri Young, I can report, has worn the same pair of flip-flops for much of this current win streak, but did not wear the lucky flip-flops during the one loss. The flip-flops were back on today. Brian Schneider attributed the hot streak to "playing good ball and good pitching, that's it," which might be technically true, but is incredibly boring.

Levale Speigner said "there's a different atmosphere in the clubhouse when you start getting on a little streak; it's just more up-tempo. You expect to go out and win, instead of kind of a 'what's-going-to-happen-tonight' kind of deal." I suppose this might be true, too, but until I see a pregame swagfest I'm not sold. Ryan Zimmerman said he has no lucky talisman of any sort; "I don't do anything," he said. "I'm boring. I've got nothing for you. I'm sorry."

Apology not accepted. Young also said the team has to be steadier; "we've got to stay consistent and not hang our heads too low, or hang 'em too high," he argued, which is as good advice as you'll ever receive.

But none of the players really gave the definitive explanation, which I'm proud to pass on: Ryan Langerhans. Since the outfielder joined the Nats in Chicago, the record is 6-7. If you need reminding, they were 9-19 without him. That's a dramatic difference.

But it's more than just that. The record of the three teams Langerhans has been on, when he's been with them, is 22-17. As of this writing, only seven MLB teams have better winning percentages. And further: in games in which Langerhans plays, his various teams this season have a record of 22-12. That's a winning percentage of .647. That'd be third-best in the majors.

Naturally, he was bashful about all this.

"No, I haven't done enough here yet to take credit for it," he said of the hot streak. "I don't know if I have anything to do with that, but it's been nice coming over here and winning. Obviously I saw the record when I came over here. I knew there were talented ballplayers here. The pieces are here to be able to compete and win ballgames, it's just a matter of getting it done."

He also talked about the team's timely hitting, and Manny Acta's positive attitude, and the faith that the guy behind you in the order would get things done. Whatever. We all know the truth.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 17, 2007; 5:06 PM ET
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>>..."we've got to stay consistent and not hang our heads too low, or hang 'em too high," he argued, which is as good advice as you'll ever receive.<<

Yup.

alan

Posted by: amb141 | May 17, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

MATT CHICO WINS AGAIN!!!

MATT CHICO UNDEFEATED IN RFK!!!

CHICOSPHERE GOING WILD!!!

HTTP://MATTCHICORULES.BLOGSPOT.COM !!!!

Posted by: matt b | May 17, 2007 11:50 PM | Report abuse

MATT CHICO WINS AGAIN!!!

MATT CHICO UNDEFEATED IN RFK!!!

CHICOSPHERE GOING WILD!!!

HTTP://MATTCHICORULES.BLOGSPOT.COM !!!!

Posted by: matt b | May 17, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much Langerhans in particular as it is another player named Ryan. Once Kearns drops that ridiculous "Austin" thing and accepts his middle name as his TRUE name, even better things will start to happen. And Chico's middle name is Bryan. Obviously his parents meant to make it Ryan and some hospital administrator got it wrong. If Logan can turn Exavier Prente into Nook, then he can just as easily make it Ryan. And then the Nationals will be one step closer to achieving world domination led by the largest concentration of Ryans MLB has ever seen.

Count on it, man. The more Ryans on the team, the better they'll do. Anyone know where Ryan Drese went to?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2007 12:40 AM | Report abuse

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