The Nats took 2 of three from the dying Braves with gems from Wang and Detwiler and a stinker of a game from that bum Strasburg. Make way for the good pitchers Stephen! Like I said the other day - this is a good problem to have - too much good pitching. But don't get ahead of yourselves just yet. If the Nats re-sign Wang, that doesn't mean Rizzo's gamble paid off. It'll pay off if Wang can pitch decently for the majority of next year. Detwiler has had strong finishes before (1.90 ERA in 4 Sept starts in 2009). The Nats could have one of the best staffs in the NL next year. Could. Be excited but don't just assume it'll be great.
The Nats now stand three games away from a .500+ record (remember it's only above .500 or below, they can't hit it exactly). You'd think facing the Marlins would be good news since they aren't very good but the Nats have historically had issues with the Marlins. 45-77 all-time v Marlins, 19-49 post 2007. There will be more than one ghost exorcized if they can get a sweep.
Over / Under challenge Update (those in italics are set):
Mike Morse : .300 average - OVER (.304)
Danny Espinosa : 20 homers - OVER (21)
Pudge Rodrgiuez : 1 hit. - MATCHED
Ian Desmond : 4.0 K / BB ratio - OVER (4.18)
Jayson Werth : 100 OPS+ - UNDER (99) pending update but I think this'll hold.
Nats Offense : .700 OPS. - UNDER (.693)
Strasburg : 18 innings pitched. - MATCHED
John Lannan : 9 wins. (over or match bet) - OVER(10)
Milone + Peacock + Detwiler : 5 wins - OVER (7)
Tyler Clippard - 2.00 ERA - UNDER (1.85)
Drew Storen - 39 saves. - OVER (42)
Unless I screwed something up the leader in the clubhouse is calindc with 8 out of 11 correct right now (and two no one could have right currently). Only Ian Desmond (1 walk, 10Ks in last 10 games) stands in his way of the best possible outcome. John O'Connor is in the worst shape taking the under on Danny's homers, 9 wins for Lannan, and the Under on the combined young guy win total. Don't quit your day job to become a professional blog over/under guesser, John.