Washington Nationals “Best of the Rest” Pitchers of the 2010s

We’re all cooped up with not much to do. Thankfully, that also means we have time to step back and reflect on some aspects of life that we may not have otherwise. It’s also a chance to look back at the last decade in sports.

The Nationals had somewhat of a fairytale decade. They went from cellar-dwellers of the NL East and the entire major leagues five years removed from relocating from Montreal to perennial playoff contenders, and then capped it off with a World Series championship.

There’s a lot to reflect upon, from stars of the era to short-term contributors that you may have forgotten. With that, I’ve decided to recap the decade that was for the franchise by unveiling an All-Decade roster. However, before doing so, I thought it would only be fair to recognize some of the best players that couldn’t quite make in into my top 25. After all, the franchise’s core wasn’t entirely consistent not even from 2012 until the end. Continue reading “Washington Nationals “Best of the Rest” Pitchers of the 2010s”

Newman and Fletcher Still Disagree in NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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The NFL Draft will commence on Thursday night, although it won’t be on-site this year. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

With draft night roughly 24 hours away, Stephen Newman and Robby Fletcher have each unveiled their second mock drafts of the season. It’s taken a lot of time and effort including ranking our top 10 quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends, as well as additional film study on players at other positions but we think we’re as prepared as ever for the big night.

While we’ve reached a near-consensus within the top 10 selections, we still have some differences in opinion some minor and some significant later in the round. Continue reading “Newman and Fletcher Still Disagree in NFL Mock Draft 2.0”

Wirfs, Terrell Among the Biggest Movers in Newman’s Mock Draft 2.0

Now that the draft is upon us and free agency has for the most part played out, we all have a better sense of team needs. With that, I’ve given myself the liberty to add some definition to my original draft predictions. In fact, I surprised myself so much that a decided to develop a rapid-fire second round section at no additional charge to my readers!

Spoiler alert: I made a couple changes within the top five, and one in particular had a significant trickle-down effect. Continue reading “Wirfs, Terrell Among the Biggest Movers in Newman’s Mock Draft 2.0”

The 10: Top Wide Receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft

If you’ve been keeping up with the pre-draft process, you likely know that the wide receiver group is probably the deepest position in this year’s class, and it has the potential to shatter some records. There have never been more than seven wide receivers taken in the first round (2004) or 12 in the first two rounds (2014).

In addition to it being a very talented group, this might also be the toughest position to rank, but the show must go on! These opinions might not be popular with everyone, but the tape never lies! Continue reading “The 10: Top Wide Receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft”

An Overview of Newman and Fletcher’s Initial NFL Mock Drafts

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Next month, NFL franchises will come together for the annual draft. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

We realize that sports are currently on the back burner, but the NFL Draft frenzy stops for no one even if it becomes more challenging for teams to get their eyes on players.

Stephen Newman and Robby Fletcher have each completed their preliminary mock drafts. No mock draft is perfect, though, and there is never a consensus on which players fit into every single slot. So with that in mind, let’s take a side-by-side look at the selections. Continue reading “An Overview of Newman and Fletcher’s Initial NFL Mock Drafts”

Quarterbacks and Defense Lead Off Newman’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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Joe Burrow is one of a few quarterbacks with aspirations of being top 10 picks in the NFL Draft. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Draft season is upon us, and I have plenty of thoughts. So without further ado, here’s my first attempt at a mock draft.

1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Joe Burrow (LSU)

Don’t make this harder than it has to be. Burrow isn’t the top player on my unofficial big board, and there are mixed reports on whether he wants to go to Cincinnati, but he had a historic collegiate season and is the top available quarterback for a QB-needy team.

I’ll give the Sean McVay product — Zac Taylor — his likely franchise quarterback, let him take the field with A.J. Green (who is expected to receive the franchise tag), Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon and company and see if it makes the Bengals competitive in the AFC North again. Continue reading “Quarterbacks and Defense Lead Off Newman’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0”

The Trickle-Down Effect of No Carter Kieboom for the Nationals

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Carter Kieboom looks to shore up his play at the hot corner and at the plate; otherwise the Nationals will have to get creative. (Photo: Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Anthony Rendon is gone, and that leaves a gaping hole at the hot corner for the defending World Series champions. As I mentioned in my Spring Training primer, the ideal scenario was for top prospect Carter Kieboom to take over the starting job. Whether it was his job to lose or if it was simply his to compete for has come into question recently, but either way, Kieboom starting early in 2020 was undeniably the organization’s preference. If it wasn’t, they would’ve pursued a third baseman — Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Mike Moustakas, Eduardo Escobar; the list goes on — much more seriously this offseason.

As time passes, it looks increasingly likely that Kieboom starts the season in the minor leagues. There’s still a chance that he wins the third base job, but he hasn’t done himself any favors offensively — he was 1–12 (.083 average) this spring before going 2–2 off the bench yesterday — or defensively — he has two errors (and a third that could’ve gone against him) on only 13 official chances. Nonetheless, he still has a chance to improve before Opening Day — and get off the bench. For the sake of this exercise, however, I’ll assume he doesn’t crack the initial 26-man roster.

Who could replace Kieboom on the Opening Day roster, and how might that impact who plays at third base? Continue reading “The Trickle-Down Effect of No Carter Kieboom for the Nationals”

Erick Fedde Closes on Austin Voth, Luis Garcia Outshines Carter Kieboom

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Luis Garcia headlined AA Harrisburg’s lineup in 2019, but now has his eyes set on a promotion. (Photo: Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

I wasn’t sure if I’d end up writing again so soon after my last post, but some things have caught my eye in the last couple games. First, the battle for a spot on the Opening Day pitching staff might not be as settled as it appeared. Second, the gap between the Nationals’ top two prospects appears to be closing. Continue reading “Erick Fedde Closes on Austin Voth, Luis Garcia Outshines Carter Kieboom”

Round One of Spring Training Goes to Austin Voth and Joe Ross

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Joe Ross looked to strengthen his case for the Nationals’ fifth starter job in his Wednesday outing against the Yankees. (Photo: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Before the start of Spring Training, I touched on the key roster battles the Nationals were faced with. Most of those don’t have significant clarity yet, but one appears to have taken center stage: the fifth starter role.

Aside from Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin who will make their debuts over the next two days and Max Scherzer who just made his second appearance last night — every starter has thrown one time. With that in mind, here’s a look at how round one went for the men whose jobs are most in limbo and how they project going forward. Continue reading “Round One of Spring Training Goes to Austin Voth and Joe Ross”

Washington Nationals Enter Spring Training 2020 With Voids to Fill

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The Nationals enter life post-Anthony Rendon, which means reconfiguring the infield and top of the lineup. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Well that was fast! The Washington Nationals are back, and it’s time for them to begin their title defense. With that said, here’s a look at what’s changed since they last took the field and the questions they’ll need to answer. Continue reading “Washington Nationals Enter Spring Training 2020 With Voids to Fill”