Originally posted on Mr. Irrelevant  |  Last updated 4/4/12
After being baseball’s biggest laughingstock not so long ago, it feels pretty good to be a Nats fan right now. Never has that been more evident than yesterday, when the news broke that John Lannan was optioned to AAA Syracuse in favor of Ross Detwiler (and, eventually, Chien-Ming Wang). Remember, Lannan was the Nats’ Opening Day starter in both 2009 and ‘10, and he just had his best season, at least based on ERA and wins, in ‘11. These aren’t the kick-around Nats, not anymore, and they don’t figure to be for some time. Four of the five starters ahead of Lannan are 26 or younger. The bullpen is a strength and anchored by 23-year-old Drew Storen, who had 45 saves and a 1.02 WHIP last year. The lineup is average, and has 19-year-old Bryce Harper and 21-year-old Anthony Rendon on the way. All of which isn’t to say the Nats will win the pennant this year, as some are prognosticating, but it is to say the Nats should finally be good and will be for many years to come. Still, should’s got ...
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