On line sports gambling handicappers were quick to pull the trigger against Washington throughout the 2009 sportsgambling campaign as they were one of the biggest money losers on the board. Washington finished the 2009 on line sports gambling season with a record of 59-103 with just 73 out of their 162 games going over the total.
The Nationals were far and away the worst team in all of baseball. The Nationals finished with on line sports gambling rankings of 22nd in the major leagues for run production and 28th overall in the majors for staff earned run average.
But even on the Nationals there are some on line sports gambling assets that can make them a pesky if not irritating underdog on occasion. First baseman Adam Dunn is one of the biggest threats on the team. Dunn led the Nationals in home runs for the 2009 on line sports gambling season with 38 as he hit .267 with 105 runs batted in.
Dunn improved his batting average a full 31 points from 2008 and has now hit at least 38 home runs in his last six consecutive on line sports gambling seasons. Centerfielder Nyjer Morgan is another key asset in the lineup.
Morgan hit a team best .307 last year with 74 runs scored and 42 stolen bases after two years on the bench at Pittsburgh, where he arrived from in the middle of last season. There is help on the way for the starting rotation as Jason Marquis arrives from the Colorado Rockies to serve as Washington’s top starter for 2010.
Last year in Colorado Marquis went 15-13 with a 4.04 earned run average. He has career numbers of 94-83 with a 4.04 earned run average. Closer is a big question mark with Matt Capps having arrived from Pittsburgh where he had less than stellar results as he was 4-8 last year with a 5.80 earned run average.
Capps has better career numbers with a mark of 19-19 and a 3.61 earned run average with 67 saves in 89 chances. Washington lacks the depth to be a serious contender but may offer surprise value at times in 2010.