First off, there was an awful lot of good Nats (and Caps) stuff waiting for me in my Google Reader this morning. I have linked to it on the right.
John Patterson is not used to being an ace, but the bigger concern is that he labored through yesterday’s outing vs. Detroit. That being said, he only gave up one run over four innings and the Nats won their fifth in a row. MissChatter, who is down in Viera (again), has more.
The Nats promotional schedule is out and it leaves a lot to be desired. When I see how few promotions they have and their decision to have them on Saturday nights instead of during the week, it makes me wonder if Stan Kasten gets it as much as we have been led to believe he does. Either that or ownership is really cheap. Capitol Punishment and Ball-Wonk add more. Nats320 is excited about racing presidents bobbleheads.
Speaking of Capitol Punishment and Ball-Wonk, both are up for Sports Illustrated‘s best Nationals blog, along with Federal Baseball and D.C. Sports Bog. Guess which one doesn’t belong? Anyhow, the current leader acknowledges that he may not be worthy of his position in a clever way. Maybe that is why the masses think he is worthy.
Back to baseball, cutting Kory Casto is not easy (The Post), even with his options. The Nats may only go with 11 pitchers so they can keep him on the team.
P Jason Simontacchi is optmistic that he will be ready for Opening Day (The Wash. Times), but manager Manny Acta is concerned that the righthander’s right groin will still be a problem. Acta does not think he’ll put Simontacchi in the rotation without another spring start.
Remember yesterday when The Post had a story about the Nats Rule 5 players? Today, The Wash. Times gets one in too. That is unusual because the two papers usually have the same topics on the same days.
Kasten told the AP (via FoxSports) “I don’t get that at all” when it comes to the doomsday predictions for the Nats this season.
Hampton Roads will get Opening Day and Sunday games (The Daily Press) on 102.1 FM (owned by Daniel Synder’s Red Zebra Broadcasting).
More from The Wash. Times: Spring Report