Weekend watch: Surging Nationals
May, 14, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Fantasy owners, just like pretty much all of baseball, are starting to take the Washington Nationals a bit more seriously. The 20-15 Nationals scored 14 runs Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies, and it will be interesting to see how things go this weekend. After the Nationals face Ubaldo Jimenez on Friday, they get to hit against Greg Smith and Aaron Cook. That's enticing.
While Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn are owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues, virtually all of the other Nationals hitters seeing regular duty have seen their ownership numbers rise recently, from underrated power hitter Josh Willingham to catcher Ivan Rodriguez to all three of the team's main middle infield options, Cristian Guzman, Ian Desmond and Adam Kennedy. Each member of that trio is playing enough and hitting .333 or better in the past week, plus they're scoring runs. Even Roger Bernadina, fresh off his multihomer game, is being added in leagues! Hey, they are at Coors Field this weekend.