You can’t get ready for a 162-game season if you’re not getting ABs. Michael Morse has a grand total of 7 ABs this spring. Adam LaRoche? 8 Abs. Rick Ankiel? 6. That’s a big chunk of the presumed starting lineup for this team. Chien-Ming Wang probably will start the season on the DL as a precaution after straining a hamstring; good thing we havn’t traded John Lannan yet. Now we hear that Drew Storen has a cold. He’s only got 2 IP all spring!
Of course we’ve gotten plenty of at bats for Ian Desmond to show us that he’s learned little from his late season improvements; he’s hitting .200 for the spring.
On the bright side, the rest of the rotation seems to be doing ok. You never want to over-analyze spring training stats; players may go out one inning and work entirely on spotting their change up on the outside corner, not caring what the hitters do to the ball. If a hitter knows the same pitch is coming 4-5 times in a row, he’s gonna put a charge into it. Of course, that being said Gio Gonzalez has looked exceptional this spring, flashing more speed than had been previously reported and is pitching to a 1.42 era clip.
And, the Nats do open up with two of the weaker teams in the league. They could very well take 2 of 3 from both Chicago and the Mets to come home 4-2 no matter who is batting.
Are you worried yet?