Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Over These Last 13 Games
Over these last 13 game of 2009, The African Queen and I would like to see all the following from Our Washington Nationals:
Adam Dunn's 40th Home Run, Josh Willingham's 25th and Ryan Zimmerman's 100th RBI.
Elijah Dukes continuing to show more patience at the plate and being capable of hitting a curveball. Justin Maxwell too.
John Lannan not only getting his 10th personal victory (a career high) but also his 11th. Livan Hernandez finishing off with two more wins as well.
J.D. Martin to complete his rookie campaign with an above .500 record. Only Shairon Martis, who was sent down in June to Syracuse, currently is our only other starter with more wins than losses.
Mike MacDougal to save his 20th game of the season for Washington. Tyler Clippard to give up less of the long ball and find a little more control. At times this season, Clippard has been absolutely lights out on the mound. Impressive, just not consistent enough.
We want to get a better feeling about Ian Desmond. Is he really a potential answer for our 2010 lineup? Or, someone that's close but needs more time to grow at AAA?
A modest winning streak would be nice. A few more Curly "W's" put into the books. Down six to The Pittsburgh Pirates for the worst record in baseball, it's unlikely Washington will catch up. But an above .500 record over these final 13 games would go along way toward showing our team hasn't quit.
And finally, as he has proven all season, The Z-Man is rounding himself into the finest fielding third baseman in the game. No one has better range, no one has a better glove. Our Number 11 has even cut down on his throwing errors in the second half of this season. He can't do much more to make Sohna and I believers. But, we want Ryan to use these last two weeks of 2009 to prove to the rest of baseball that he is deserving of his first Gold Glove Award. Hopefully, the first of many more to come.
In fact, Ryan Zimmerman receiving this post-season award is more important than any other of the modest goals mentioned previously in this post because a Gold Glove brings respect. Admiration and attention for a job well done. Homage that Zimmy is a solid young man to build around.
Our Franchise Player bringing honor to Our Washington Nationals.
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