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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Nationals
"ONE SCENARIO to watch is the manager-G.M. relationship. Jim Bowden likes to take risks with young players, and Frank Robinson is a conservative manager who likes to play veterans. This is a forced marriage.... The starting pitching has depth, but they don't have a Number 1 or Number 2. The starter who hasn't been doing well is Zach Day. His stuff is average, and he doesn't have the location. He hasn't been the same since breaking his finger [last season].... The surprise has been John Patterson. He has an explosive fastball and a hard breaking ball.... Brian Schneider is their Jason Varitek. Pitchers love to throw to him, and he takes pride in his defense. You can't overlook him in the lineup either.... Jose Guillen has been a tough guy to handle and has played at his own pace this spring. But he is swinging the bat well and will be a dangerous guy in the middle of the order.... Vinny Castilla is solid defensively, but how will he hit at sea level?... This club has some talent. For a lot less money, they're on par with the Mets. They're going to draw like crazy and might even be a surprise [contender]."
projected roster with 2004 statistics