This past weekend Nyjer Morgan tried to get the nickname "Track Nats" some play since the Nats led the league in stolen bases at the time (they don't anymore). It's a nice try but it doesn't do it for me. That's not totally surprising. Players are notorious nowadays for lame nicknames that are little more than shortened versions of the players real name, Zimm or Guz or Cappy. While Nyjer has shown himself to be much more creative than that, "Tony Plush" is far less "Preacher Roe" and far more "Sasha Fierce". Really, it's a timing issue though. It's going to be hard to keep up the nickname "Track Nats" when the Nats are middle of the pack in the league in stolen bases. Might as well call them the "Golden Arm-y" because their pitching is so great.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say this team doesn't quite yet deserve a nickname. 7-6 is nice but let's not get ahead of ourselves here. (and if they do get nicknamed I vote for the "Capitol Hitters" which works great since the popularity of the basis of that nickname has never died.)
Last night was good, but I don't read much into it. Stammen wasn't going to go 3 innings every start, but I still don't see him as a viable major league starter. Now tonight, this is interesting. If the team is going to maintain being good until Strasburg comes up I think Olsen is key.