Members of the Washington, DC chapter of the Internet Baseball Writers Association were asked to reply to a survey of 11 questions regarding the Washington Nationals upcoming season. Twenty-one members of the association replied to the survey, which asked for predictions on several position battles, statistical leaders, and win projections for the 2012 Nats.
You can find a link to the survey responses here.
As a founding member of the DC-IBWA, we of course responded. Below were our choices, and we welcome your comments or opinions.
1. Who will lead the Nats in home runs? Dave: Zimmerman; Cheryl: Zimmerman; Tyler: Morse.
If Ryan Zimmerman can stay healthy all season, he could be in line for a career year at age 27, just entering his prime.
2. Who will lead the Nats in RBIs? Dave: Morse; Cheryl: Zimmerman; Tyler: Zimmerman.
As I’ll explain further below, the Nats top of the order lacks in on-base skills, so I went with Morse for the RBI category, who at least will have Zimmerman getting on base ahead of him. Though if Morse missed more than a couple of weeks, this prediction will be off.
5. Which pitcher (Chien-Ming Wang, John Lannan or Ross Detwiler) will make more starts for the Nats? Dave: Detwiler; Cheryl: Detwiler; Tyler: Detwiler.