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Stephen Strasburg’s Season Line?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Like everyone else with eyes, I have been completely blown away by what I’ve seen from Stephen Strasburg. I wanted to look at his stats through four starts, however, and try to determine roughly what his season line will look like. This is merely an educated guess, of course, and there are very few parallels to cite when making such a prediction.

Through four games, Strasburg has pitched 25.1 innings, has a 1.78 ERA, has walked five and struck out 41. That was fun just to type, and I’m not even a Nats fan. Let’s compare him to even the most sensational phenoms through four starts. He comes out atop even such distinguished company. Continue reading

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State of the Lastings

HOWARD MEGDAL: It’s hard right now for us in the pro-Lastings Milledge camp. His batting line, entering Thursday night’s games, is .244/.313/.305. His UZR in left field, despite a ton of work out there, is terrible. In short, he’s not just far less than the player many expected he’d be by now- he’s not nearly the player he was just three years ago, playing at age 22 with the Mets.

But I, for one, am not giving up on him just yet.

CHRIS NEEDHAM:Oh, Lastings. I used to think you were a misunderstood black kid in a world of crusty ol’ white men. Then I saw you play. They may be crusty, but you’re pretty crappy. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Rentboy

HOWARD MEGDAL: Really? Rentboy.com?
AKIE BERMISS: Well, I just made the HORRIBLE mistake of seeing what Rentboy.com was like. And let me assure you — no mistaking that for an assistant to help carry bags. Also, forgive me, is that a regular thing? Hiring some dude off a site to travel with you and carry your bags for 10 days? Continue reading

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Wedding Planning

AKIE BERMISS: As a musician I have pretty strong feelings about weddings. I love them, I hate them. When they are good, they are awesome. There’s really nothing like the feeling at the end of a really good wedding. But when they aren’t awesome — they get horrible pretty quickly. And a bad wedding is a bad wedding is a bad wedding.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’m just not a ‘wedding’ kind of girl. I don’t watch any of the eight thousand television shows about weddings and bridezillas. I don’t read bridal magazines. I have never imagined what my perfect wedding day might be like. I just really don’t give a flying boutonniere. Continue reading

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Elijah Dukes

HOWARD MEGDAL: The case for a team signing Elijah Dukes is a simple one. He is disliked, but hasn’t committed any crimes or done anything that would disqualify him from a major league roster. The Nationals cut him for baseball reasons, but the Nationals are hardly the arbiter of what makes good baseball sense.

CHRIS PUMMER: There’s perhaps a shrinking chance that the soon-to-be 26-year-old turns things around and puts together a career something like what Carlos Lee or Milton Bradley have done. That seems unlikely to me considering both of those players had far more major league plate appearances at a similar age.

The odds are much better that Dukes is just the next Terrmel Sledge. And if that’s the case — and I’m sure Washington GM Mike Rizzo has decided it is — then there’s not much reason to put up with whatever his perceived negative qualities are. Continue reading

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Perpetual Post NL East Preview

Projected 2010 Finish:
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves
Florida Marlins
New York Mets
Washington Nationals
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Ed Wade: A Look Back, and Forward

CHRIS PUMMER: Ed Wade is probably the right man at the right time for Houston. And as long as his notorious fetish for overpaid middle relievers doesn’t destroy the organization in the meantime, he’ll be a capable placeholder until Houston owner Drayton McLane gives the go-ahead for a real rebuilding project.

DAN SZYMBORSKI: In today’s game, with the general quality of general managers being much higher than 10-15 years ago, Ed Wade is out of place. The Randy Smiths, Syd Thrifts, Chuck LaMars, and Allard Bairds of the world have generally been relegated to lesser advisory positions. Unless, of course we’re talking about teams run by former Wal-Mart CEOs.

CHRIS NEEDHAM: The best defense of Ed is this: he doesn’t completely suck. Just mostly. Continue reading

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The Value of Spring Training

ZOË RICE: For the past week or so, I have glutted myself on Mets’ spring training reports. I wasn’t able to go in person, but I’ve been glued to Twitter, blogs, and SNY. I’ve seen about a hundred pictures from Port St. Lucie, at least a dozen videos, and heard every report on Jose Reyes’s health, or how Oliver Perez looks in bullpen sessions, or how Jeff Francoeur is the happiest, most positive person in the world, or how Jason Bay is already fitting in, or how good first round prospect Ike Davis looks, or what Daniel Murphy and Mike Jacobs look like at first…trust me, the list goes on.

CHRIS NEEDHAM: Once you strip away the overwrought prose, Spring Training is really boring. Wake me up at the end of March.

JASON CLINKSCALES: Yes, hope springs eternal, but that’s mostly for the teams that have had little hope in recent years. For the teams that play for the here and now, however, you can’t help but to think that spring training feels more like extended calisthenics and glorified batting practice. Either way, there’s still value, though, in the thirty games for these squads, just not so much for the fans.

JESSICA BADER: As recently as a couple of years ago, I devoured every morsel of spring training coverage as though it were a four-star restaurant’s finest offering and I had subsisted on bread and water for the previous three and a half months. Now I’m just another cranky grump wishing I could fast-forward to Opening Day. What happened?

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In Briefs Olympics In Review: 2/22-2/23

JESSICA BADER: So, what are everyone’s thoughts about NBC devoting the prime-time coverage last night to ice-dancing and skiing and putting the US-Canada men’s hockey game on MSNBC? I feel like the people who are mad about this are overreacting…

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In Briefs: Cadbury Creme Eggs

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Does the Kraft takeover of Cadbury make anyone else sad? it kind of feels like Nigella Lawson is being bent over by Rachael Ray…..except less hot.

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