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Wednesday Morning Reading

Morning, all. Yanda's gone back to less frustrating pursuits (one assumes), Chico is heading west and we await our first 10:10 start of the season. Well, first scheduled 10:10 start of the season. Some of these rain-delayed games felt like 10:10 starts.

First, please check out Dave Sheinin's new edition of The List on Baseball Insider. Today's topic: best-pitched games by the Nats.

Was this discussed while I was off and I missed it? If so, apologies. Tony Gwynn says if he drafted Stephen Strasburg, he wouldn't let him pitch this year.

Tonight's opponent, the Dodgers, haven't lost a game at home.

Be sure to head down on the farm with Brian Oliver.

More later; still trolling for interesting items!

By Tracee Hamilton  |  May 6, 2009; 9:08 AM ET
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Is it just me, or is every team we play hot? Except the Astros.

Posted by: Section506 | May 6, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

They get hot when they play us, or so it seems.

Posted by: dfh21 | May 6, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

506, the Marlins (6-0 against us) are 9-12 when they are not playing the Nats. The Braves (4-2 against us) are 7-13 when they are not playing the Nats. The Mets (2-1 against us) are 10-12 when they are not playing the Nats. So, to answer your question, yes, it is just you.

You probably know what they say in poker, but it is just as apt for the Nats: There's a patsy at every table. If you take a good look around the table and don't see the patsy, that's because it's you.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 6, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

And the struggling pitchers turn into Cy Young. Let Dibble run in the Teddy suit, Stan. It's the only way. :-D

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 6, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Also, don't forget to check out the Beimel posts over on the Bog.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 6, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Here's some morning reading for those of you who were wailing about the Nats releasing Shawn Hill. Continues to look like the they absolutely made the right decision there.

"We're still kind of stuck on where to go right now in terms of how to attack this," Hill said. "I didn't expect it to all of a sudden be easy."

Posted by: joebleux | May 6, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

There's also a little blurb by Gordon Edes in Yahoo Sports. He quotes a scout saying a few postive things about the Nats young rotation (well, except Cabrera). The only downside is it's buried under a column of gushing praise for Adam Jones.;_ylt=Av9yUIqYsHunsNo47k2ohdERvLYF?slug=ge-fullcount050509&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Posted by: petey5 | May 6, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Actually, the Fish were simply hot at the beginning of the year. We were "lucky" enough to play them often, early. Now they have regressed to the mean. Bet that they don't finish much better than the Nats, by October.

Posted by: Catcher50 | May 6, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Is there a link to the Strasburg/Gwynn article?

Posted by: comish4lif | May 6, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It's this one ...

Posted by: Brian_ | May 6, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Real Baseball Intelligence (RBI), a leading resource in the evaluation of amateur baseball talent and draft coverage, has ranked Stephen Strasburg the #1 prospect in the 2009 MLB Draft. View his free scouting report (with video) at

Posted by: bhyman1 | May 6, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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