So in the hidden "weaknesses" post, which mostly devolved into a commentary about announcing - shows you how truly strong the Nats are, commenter "blovy8" pointed out that I somehow totally missed the fact the Nats strike out too much. Does it matter?
Well, even though striking out isn't the terrible avoid at all cost thing it used to be, it still isn't a good thing. Anyone with decent speed or the ability to keep the ball off the ground in DP circumstances would be better served putting the ball in play. But strikeouts are more of a problem when they hint at larger issues; an inability to distinguish strikes and balls, inability to make good contact with the ball. So really you have to look at other things along with it. Are the Nats able to take a walk? Are they able to slug ok? The answers are no, not really and yes. So the slugging isn't an issue but the walks may be. Something to look at this season. Will pitchers, can pitchers, just pitch around the Nats and hope they chase?
Also I want to add something more to the hidden "weaknesses" list. Hubris. Any front office that thinks they can take a 3 time injured arm (2 TJ surgeries), who hasn't started or pitched significant innings in years, and rely on turning him into top notch starting pitching depth thinks a bit too much of themselves. A little less "no comeuppance" next time, please.