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      VICTORY!!!
       
      Redskins 23 - 17 Panthers
       
      Will the real Washington Redskins please stand up?
       
      Hello friends, JimmiJo here, joined by the Spaceman Spiff. 
       
      Seriously, which team will we get to see today. The one solid in all quarters, playing fundamentally sound ball and making us believe that just maybe, this year they could be hanging around at playoff time? Or will it be the one who decides not all receivers should be covered? You know, the one that seems to believe no national embarrassment is too great to suffer.
       
      If I am on this team on this day, I am playing like I have been punked-out on national TV (because I was) and I have something to prove. I am playing with a degree of urgency yet to be seen this year. I am playing like the season is on the line today. Because it literally is as far as I am concerned.
       
      Speak amongst yourselves...
       
      inactives
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 25 RB Chris Thompson
      o   No. 30 S Troy Apke
      o   No. 39 CB Adonis Alexander
      o   No. 74 T Geron Christian Sr.
      o   No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao
      o   No. 80 WR Jamison Crowder
      o   No. 99 DL Caleb Brantley
       
      Ok gang, showtime. Here's to a good game with no injuries. You can follow me live on Twitter @Skinscast. 
       
      See you at the half.
       
      Half
       
      Great start, poor ending. They need to produce in the 2nd half to win.
       
      JimmiJo
       
      This team is consistently inconsistent.
       
      I’m just glad I caught them on the good week. And if there was ever a time to go for two in a row, it’s this week.
       
      I was poised to ask the players how much last week had to do with this. I didn’t have to. Most of the guys I interviewed spoke about getting the bad taste of last week out of their mouth.
       
      To a man they wanted to put it behind them. No better way than to do so with a win against a 3-1 Carolina Panthers. The win preserves Washington’s first place position in the division.
       
      If we are looking for heroes we have to start with Adrian Peterson. Coming in with multiple injuries (shoulder, knee, ankle), all he did was run for 97-yards on 17-carries with a 5.7 yard per carry average. The man is ageless, looking more like a first-year back rather than a guy near the end of his career.
       
      On the other side of the ball was Josh Norman. It was clear in speaking to him following the game that the chatter in the media was starting to get to him. This game was important enough for him that he called a defensive backs meeting this week to get everybody on the same page.
       
      Norman payed like the all-star the Redskins signed in 2016. In fact, the interception was his first since week 16 of 2016. But he wasn’t done. Norman punched out the ball to force a fumble later on a critical drive, robbing the Panthers of an opportunity to score.
       
      Given the talk about Norman and the manner in which the New Orleans Saints bludgeoned Washington last week, it was fitting the game came down to a defensive stand that resulted in Carolina giving up the ball on downs.
       
      This was a total team effort for Washington, with all areas contributing.
       
      Alex Smith went 21-of-36 for 163-yards and two touchdowns. He finished with a passer-rating of 88.1.
       
      Jordan Reed had a relatively quiet five receptions for 36-yards to lead the receivers. Vernon Davis on the other hand, made some noise bringing in 3-receptions for 48-yards to include a beautiful touchdown grab on a seam route that left him largely uncovered.
       
      Smith did such a good job of looking off the safety that by the time he turned back to fire down field, Davis was running free and clear into the end zone.
       
      Another hero on the day was Dustin Hopkins. All he did was kick a 6-yard field goal, the longest of his career. I asked the coach if he had discussed the kick with Hopkins prior to making the decision. Gruden told me it was special teams coach Ben Kotwica who proclaimed Hopkins ready.
       
      “I thought it was a 53-yarder,” said Gruden. “When I heard it was a 56-yarder I thought about calling a timeout.
      He didn’t and Hopkins made him look smart.
       
      The Redskins fare best when they score first. They must be aware of this as they started red hot, jumping out to a 17-point lead before the Panthers got off the snide.
       
      A total of 9-unanswered points later, Washington scored early in the fourth quarter to bring the lead back to 11. That lasted officially 1-drive, as the Panthers marched down with relative ease to score a touchdown and bring the game within 3.
       
      Washington then mounted another drive to register another field goal to take the lead back to 6.
       
      Then a defensive stand was needed.
       
      Carolina was able to move the back to the midfield with relative ease. Washington tightened up and it all came down to a 4th-and-5 at the Redskins 16 with 38-seconds remaining.
       
      That was as far as they would go as Cam Newton skimmed the ball off of the field for a harmless incomplete.
       
      It was a much need win. It keeps the Redskins in 1st place in the division at 3-2 with Dallas coming to town next Sunday.
       
      What’s not to like?  
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2018 Washington Nationals - Weak Cheese

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Countdown to spring training and a year mixed with a lot of stability and some change. 

 

Let's get over that hump.

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They didn't need much. I like what they've done. I'm psyched about the lineup, with Eaton and Trea at the top, we won't have the bullpen handwringing. The only thing left is 5th starter, I don't think Cole or Fedde are the answer

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They'll be dominant. Just need to stay healthy, and find a way to win in October.

 

3-4-5 has me a little cautious though. Who knows what Murph will be in 2018, Bryce is Bryce, but can we really expect Zimm to recreate what he did last year? Seems like a lot to ask

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If they stay healthy and you look the the NL East, they should lead the pack. Philly and Atlanta will be better but still building. NY and Miami look rough. 

 

Even with a new manager and staff. Happy with a quiet offseason. 

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Any kind of discussion on sabermetrics or BP link instantly is over my head. I mean you got people saying WELL SO AND SO PITCHED IN THIS ERA SO HIS ERA HAS TO BE ADJUSTED POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY AND HIS WAR IS 3 SO HE CONTRIBUTED 3 WINS TO THIS TEAM AS COMPARED TO A REPLACEMENT AAA PLAYER and I'm like Whoa. Slow down there fella. One at a time. I could sit down and read an article from FanGraphs or BP slowly, trying to read what they're trying to tell me, and it would still make no sense. And I'm like, what are you trying to tell me here. You're going to have to eli1 with pictures and cartoons and stuff.

 

I mean I respect the numbers game but my brain has long since lost the ability to understand mathematics and advanced statistics. I am aware of their popular use in front offices man but I cannot number crunch nothing and all these quantitative assessments just make my head hurt.

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This team is loaded again. Barring catastrophic injuries the team will be in the playoffs. 

 

Looking at the rest of the NL at this moment in January, the Nationals, on paper, look to be the team most October ready.

 

But we will see what happens 

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10 minutes ago, SkinsHokieFan said:

This team is loaded again. Barring catastrophic injuries the team will be in the playoffs. 

 

Looking at the rest of the NL at this moment in January, the Nationals, on paper, look to be the team most October ready.

 

But we will see what happens 

 

The bullpen for a full season has me the most excited. Thet blew so many damn games last year, and now they look practically bulletproof. That alone, along with a settled 5th starter will alleviate any potential dip in offensive production. Can't wait.

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Overly negative possibilities to balance out the thread, thus appeasing the baseball gods:

 

-- Max starts his decline. He turns 34 in July, he had some nagging injuries this past year.

-- The Ryanssaince ends, returning to .220/.290/.375 slashline

-- Murphy does not recover fully from knee-surgery (think 2015 Rendon)

-- Key bench players Difo and Goodwin fall off

-- Gio sucks like he did in Game 5

-- MAT returns to his .650 OPS 35% K rate

-- Matt Wieters

-- Madson struggles with age and injuries, Doolittle's shoulder gives him trouble again, Kinzler struggles in closer's role

-- Martinez is way over his head

 

Even with all of that, we should still be better than the Braves and Phillies. Mets and Marlins are going to be trainwrecks. I will thoroughly enjoy watching the Mets ineptitude this year.

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Middle of the order could definitely be an adventure, no doubt. But with Eaton and Trea  leading off, all you need is to get some solid wood somewhere (no Hibbert). If Bryce stays relatively healthy, I think he can carry Murph and Zimm if he has to.

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5 minutes ago, Mr. Sinister said:

Middle of the order could definitely be an adventure, no doubt. But with Eaton and Trea  leading off, all you need is to get some solid wood somewhere (no Hibbert). If Bryce stays relatively healthy, I think he can carry Murph and Zimm if he has to.

 I am expecting Roark to rebound without the WBC ****ing everything up, and I think this is Stephen's year. I think he goes out and shoves all year--with a sneer.

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1 minute ago, Riggo#44 said:

 I am expecting Roark to rebound without the WBC ****ing everything up, and I think this is Stephen's year. I think he goes out and shoves all year--with a sneer.

 

We'll see how Martinez handles the staff. I think with the bullpen firepower,  we won't see Max, Roark, Gio, etc having to gut out so many innings. They'll all probably be more fresh and less stressed out over the long run. That was rough.

 

Im most worried about Gio though, especially after what happened in the playoffs. You never know with him.

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2 hours ago, ixcuincle said:

Any kind of discussion on sabermetrics or BP link instantly is over my head. I mean you got people saying WELL SO AND SO PITCHED IN THIS ERA SO HIS ERA HAS TO BE ADJUSTED POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY AND HIS WAR IS 3 SO HE CONTRIBUTED 3 WINS TO THIS TEAM AS COMPARED TO A REPLACEMENT AAA PLAYER and I'm like Whoa. Slow down there fella. One at a time. I could sit down and read an article from FanGraphs or BP slowly, trying to read what they're trying to tell me, and it would still make no sense. And I'm like, what are you trying to tell me here. You're going to have to eli1 with pictures and cartoons and stuff.

 

 

^^^ Is that a Dusty Baker quote?

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19 minutes ago, Mr. Sinister said:

Middle of the order could definitely be an adventure, no doubt. But with Eaton and Trea  leading off, all you need is to get some solid wood somewhere (no Hibbert). If Bryce stays relatively healthy, I think he can carry Murph and Zimm if he has to.

 

Who's that quiet guy that NOBODY has mentioned when talking about the middle of the lineup? The Nat who is a 20 homer, top 10 .OBP player, and Gold Glove level infielder to boot?

 

Let's let Tony two Bags continue to fly under the radar, as long as he keeps up his consistent production.

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5 minutes ago, Dan T. said:

 

Who's that quiet guy that NOBODY has mentioned when talking about the middle of the lineup? The Nat who is a 20 homer, top 10 .OBP player, and Gold Glove level infielder to boot?

 

Let's let Tony two Bags continue to fly under the radar, as long as he keeps up his consistent production.

 

And bat 5th or 6th.

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9 minutes ago, Dan T. said:

 

Who's that quiet guy that NOBODY has mentioned when talking about the middle of the lineup? The Nat who is a 20 homer, top 10 .OBP player, and Gold Glove level infielder to boot?

 

Let's let Tony two Bags continue to fly under the radar, as long as he keeps up his consistent production.

 

I haven't mentioned him because I don't view him as a potential concern. Right now, I'm thinking about 3-5. 

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9 minutes ago, Mr. Sinister said:

 

I haven't mentioned him because I don't view him as a potential concern. Right now, I'm thinking about 3-5. 

:cheers:

 

 

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Is Adam Eaton projected to start in left field?  Should that be a concern?  I looked it up, and he's only started 29 games there in his career.

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9 minutes ago, Dan T. said:

:cheers:

 

 

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Is Adam Eaton projected to start in left field?  Should that be a concern?  I looked it up, and he's only started 29 games there in his career.

 

He is a much better corner OF than CF. The last time he played in a corner he was a 6+WAR player. I am not worried about Spanky at all.

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Gio should be fine in the regular season. No real pressure, he'll as usual mow down lineups like the Braves and Marlins with ease. Its the playoff where his nerves get the best of him. I'd use the crap out of him in the regular season then outright ditch him in October, maybe even go as far as leave him off the playoff roster. He's gotta be the mentally weakest athlete I've ever seen.

 

I'm not concerned about Scherzer declining. I mean, he might decline a bit, but at worst he'll still be a very good #1/#2 starting P. He keeps himself in great shape though and he's such a competitor, I think he'll be a stud for the next few years. We're not talking about a fatass CC Sabathia late in his career here. And his decline will coincide with Stras just hitting his stride as a SP, assuming health of course.

 

The Murphy injury does concern me though. Difo is good but he's not the hitter Murph is. The defense will be better with Difo in though. Zimm...who knows? I'm hopeful, but he's gotta stay healthy.

 

Remember though, we get Eaton back, and I think Taylor will continue to play at a high level, I think the lightbulb has turned on for him. The speed on the basepaths will be sick.

 

All in all we'll probably win 95+ games again, could see 100+ since the division will suck again. After that, once again, who the hell knows, welcome to the lottery that is playoff baseball. Maybe this year we'll hit the right numbers...

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5 minutes ago, Warhead36 said:

 Zimm...who knows? I'm hopeful, but he's gotta stay healthy.

 

Maybe we'll see a lot of Matt Adams in order to keep Zimm healthy and rested... say 30 or 40 starts in '18.

 

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I wonder how Koda Gover fits into the bullpen puzzle. He was cleared to start throwing again in November and was due to start throwing off a mound this month.

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I think the quiet offseason was designed to keep their powder dry for a trade deadline acquisition, likely a top-end pitcher rental a la Verlander or to replace an injured every day player.  

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6 hours ago, PleaseBlitz said:

I think the quiet offseason was designed to keep their powder dry for a trade deadline acquisition, likely a top-end pitcher rental a la Verlander or to replace an injured every day player.  

The problem is we are pushing the luxury tax threshold, if we do surpass it, it may make it really difficult to sign Bryce

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Thinking about taking my pop to the home-opening series against the Mets in April. Is it gonna be tough to get tickets? Should I purchase them well ahead of time?

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5 hours ago, thebluefood said:

Thinking about taking my pop to the home-opening series against the Mets in April. Is it gonna be tough to get tickets? Should I purchase them well ahead of time?

Sign up for insider, my wife and I go every year 

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