When I made my prediction about this series the Rockies were 15-22. They had gone through a rough stretch going 3-10 but had won 2 of their last 3 and were about to take on the Mariners in Colorado so you gotta think 2 more there right? Seeing this team now though, you won't be surprised to learn they got swept. While the Rockies would have a little bounce back at May's end, they've basically been the worst team in baseball for almost 2 months now. Let this be a lesson to you - don't make predictions 45 days out. (of course if I made it 4 days ago I might have picked a Nats sweep)
Various quick thoughts
Desmond the All-Star - Kilgore gives it some play today. Is it possible? Sure. Thanks in good part to the groin of Tulowitzki, the ankle of Stephen Drew, and Jose Reyes being the below average player he showed he was capable of being every year except last year (everyone point and laugh at the Marlins now), Desmond is in line to be the 2nd best SS in the NL the first half of this year. Is it likely? Hard to say. You have to figure Gio and Stras make it, after that it becomes a numbers game. Really it may come down to these last few weeks.
LaRoche is HR/RBI comparable to Joey Votto - Nats Blogging Legend Chris Needham took this pic said this was the stupidest on-screen graphic you'll ever see. Now I share with you. If he's wrong it's not by much. Joey Votto is so much better than Adam LaRoche it makes me cry. Votto is having another HOF type year. Adam is hitting a lot of homers for a good team.
Tyler Moore busts out - Tyler Moore is the new Nats hero blasting long homers and generally being the next young thing Nats fans focus on, now that Singly Steve Lombardozzi's flavor has run out. Can Tyler keep it up? I sincerely doubt it. See, Tyler's power is for real but his issue has always been striking out way too much (and not walking). While his walk rate has improved (in both the majors and the minors) his strikeouts are still way up there, meaning we shouldn't see that much improvement over his minor league numbers. He has a .412 BABIP. One out of every 4 flyballs he's hit has gone out. Those are unsustainable numbers. And when pitchers get a chance to figure you out your K numbers usually go up (see Bryce) and if Moore's goes up anymore it's hard to see him hitting at all.
Now on the good side for Tyler he doesn't have to sustain it those crazy numbers. If he keeps the
walk rate up, and can hit .270 whatever - he's a nice player to have,
especially for late inning pop. Better yet - the Nats don't need him to even do that. All they need if for him to be hot for another month or so until Werth comes back. Can he do that? Sure.
Note: If you want to read "Not a great All-Star", "Not Joey Votto", and "A rookie might not keep up his hot start in limited at bats" as being crazy negative go right ahead. You could also read it as Desmond is an above average NL shortstop this year, LaRoche is hitting well especially for power, and Tyler Moore could help the Nats bridge the gap to Werth.