The Case for Rick Ankiel Making the Nationals

March 6, 2012

I have never been a big fan of Rick Ankiel as the starting CF on the Nats. I don’t know, maybe it’s the .675 OPS over the last three seasons. No, it’s probably the .297 OBP in that timeframe. But right now, they don’t have a real handle on who’s playing out there. I firmly believe that Bryce Harper isn’t going to start the year in the majors, so the whole, let Werth-play-CF might end up happening, but not in April or early May.

Roger Bernadina is, like Ankiel, a lefty who has spent time at the position, so maybe there isn’t a point in having both guys on the squad. But, while Bernadina is a questionable defensive CF, the case was made last year that Ankiel’s got the best arm of any center fielder in the league, and numbers indicate he’s good at catching the ball, too. But if Ankiel can’t hit, what’s the point in having him around? Simply as a defensive replacement? Actually, it turns out he can hit, well, sort of…

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The Nationals Review Podcast Episode 1

March 4, 2012

Nationals Review Episode 1

Charlie and Josh get on the mic to talk all things Nationals for the first ever Nats Review podcast.  Download the podcast by clicking the link above – and it will soon be in the iTunes store.  Here is what they talked about:

  • Introductions
    • Charlie / Nationals Review / podcast every other week
    • Josh / talk about T4 show / Nats fan
    • What are you drinking?
  • Opinions on Offseason acquisitions
    • Gio Gonzalez
    • Edwin Jackson
    • Anyone else that’s a big deal? DeRosa?
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