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Nats By The Numbers

A few numbers, spitefully chosen to accentuate the negative, without any context or deeper statistical understanding:

116.3: Nats' losses, if they continue on their current pace. Still not on pace for history. But for smiles, perhaps. Here's Mike Maroth, when the '03 Tigers failed to reach 120: "Believe it or not, I can look back on this year with a smile on my face because of how this season ended," he said.

Three: Games separating Washington from Cleveland, the next-closest team in the MLB standings. It's the largest gap between any two consecutive teams in the entire 30-team list.

15.75: Nats' average wins, after 39 games, in their first four seasons (in order, 21, 13, 13, 16)

11: Nats' current win total, after 39 games.

1: Nats' winning percentage, when ranked against those of other Big-4 D.C. sports teams, if arbitrary time periods are used.

Caps .200 (Closed with a 1-4 stretch)
Wizards .200 (Closed with a 3-12 stretch)
Redskins .200 (Closed with a 1-4 stretch)

So by that measurement, the Nats have actually been quite successful. As long as you don't judge them by their previous seven games, during which their winning percentage has been approximately .000.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2009; 2:54 PM ET
Categories:  Nats  
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Can't wait to go see these LOSERS on Sunday! The only saving grace is that the tickets and parking are free, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the afternoon at a baseball game without paying attention to what the Nationals wish they could call Major League Baseball without being laughed at.

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Posted by: likebags | May 21, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to root for the Nationals but I still will. Not having a team for 33 years (and wanting one) still overshadows the past couple of years. I HOPE our bullpen comes around (if not) Acta has to go. I'll stay optimistic and hope they don't lose 100 but if they continue to keep playing this way.....

Posted by: timb67 | May 21, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

We love you, too, Dan. phhhllllppp!! :-)

I'm still rooting for them, too, timb.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 21, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Caps .200 (Closed with a 1-4 stretch)
Wizards .200 (Closed with a 3-12 stretch)
Redskins .200 (Closed with a 1-4 stretch)

By Dan Steinberg

What an awful 6 months it's been. Not to mention Georgetown's apocalyptic conference season, Maryland/Greivis getting humiliated v Memphis, Wizards lottery terd, etc...

Posted by: Kev29 | May 21, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm a glass half full guy. I see that three-tenths of a loss in the projected total and I can't help pumping my fist in celebration over the seven-tenths of a victory it also represents.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 21, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse




In all seriousness, the Nats are about to embark on a legitimate win streak. You heard it here first.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 21, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, NATS!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 22, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Mr Steinberg,

So are you coming out to Berryville this weekend for the herding trial like you said you would in your chat? Go to
and then events. Select VA and herding and get directions.

Have a great weekend!

Posted by: sheepherder | May 22, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Not reached yet: The number of different ways Dan Steinbog can find to express his hatred of the Nationals. News flash, Dan: The Nationals are here to stay, whether you like them or not. In the words of Joey Eischen, you can suck on it and you can like it.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 22, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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