Monday, April 6, 2009

Nats Journal Prediction

Here's the main post and here's what I put:

2009 win total-76 (I meant to put 78, my choice in Mark Hornbaker's contest, but I failed).
Attendance at Nationals Park (81 dates; last year's was 2.32 million)-1.9 mil
All-star representative(s)-Dunn
Adam Dunn's home run total-40 (exactly)
Date of Stephen Strasburg's major league debut-Sept. 2
Nick Johnson's total games played-129
Wins for John Lannan-12
Percentage of season Dmitri Young spends in big leagues, not on DL-20%
Josh Willingham's total at bats-300 total, 60 with Nats
Innings pitched for Daniel Cabrera-160 total, 110 with Nats
Team ERA leader-Lannan
Team batting average leader-Zimmerman
Biggest surprise-Austin Kearns
Biggest disappointment-Rookie Pitchers (ZNN, Martis, Hinckley)...and I'd like to add Anderson Hernandez.
Current minor leaguer (not counting Zimmermann) who will make an impact-Bill Rhinehart

Predict the Nats' rotation entering the last week of the season:
(Zimmermann and Martis will be shut down because of innings)


  1. OK, 'plain me something, as Ricky Ricardo used to say. USA Today lists the Gnats' salaries in today's paper. Ryan the Z-man is not the highest-paid. Why would that be?

  2. Long story short, baseball contracts are all precedent-based. For their first 3 years, players are basically indentured servants-their salaries are determined exclusively by the team. In their 4th-6th years, they face salary arbitration where they stand to get raises. Zimmerman is in his first year of arbitration, and precedent sets his salary expectations around $3-4 million dollars.


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