We're nearing years end so how about an over/under challenge to make the last weeks a little more interesting?
Mike Morse : Over/Under .300 average
Morse is struggling down the stretch (.208 ave in Sept) but it would still take a 3-4 game hitless streak for him to fall under .300.
Danny Espinosa : 20 homers
Danny is sitting on 19 so it'll just take one to ruin the under bet, but he has no homers in Sept and only 2 since July 18th (Really? ... Yep, really)
Pudge Rodrgiuez : 1 hit.
Pudge is in a reserve role now and has only had one at bat this month. Given he's a bit banged up chances are he won't get more than a handful of at bats, if that.
Ian Desmond : 4.0 K / BB ratio
Ian sits at exactly 4 strikeouts for every walk. It seems like he should be an easy bet to drop that down given his decent offensive Sept but the truth is he's having his worst month in this respect 1 walk in September to 12 Ks so far. (for those thinking - "See! This is what Desmond needs to do!" Just swing the bat!" - know that his second highest K/BB ratio went with his worst .217 / .255 / .228 month)
Jayson Werth : 100 OPS+
This season is a lost one for Jayson no matter how you cut it. However, if he can keep his OPS+ over 100 (it's at 101 now) he can at least say he provided more offense than your average National Leaguer. He's on a roll now. While no one has been watching he's put up a September you probably would have accepted for a yearly total. .277 / .393 / .489
Nats Offense : .700 OPS.
Even though they have their holes, the Nats aren't the worst hitting team by far. In most part thanks to their slugging, if you can believe it. They have an OPS of .695 so far. All it takes is a couple of big games...
Strasburg : 18 innings pitched.
The Nats have him scheduled for 2 more games for sure with a maybe 3rd lying out there. His pitch count limits make it nearly impossible for a long game but 5/6 innings should be the average. He's at 8 IP now. This depends a lot on whether you think he gets that 3rd game in.
John Lannan : 9 wins. (over or match bet)
Did you know John has never won 10 games? Jesus, if he was on a good team he'd probably be approaching 60 wins in total by now. 9 wins now - 2 or 3 shots depending on how the Nats work their rotation.
Milone + Peacock + Detwiler : 5 wins
Sitting at 3 now. Hard to see them only getting to 4 but hard to see them getting to 6 either. That's how the gamblers make their money, kids.
Tyler Clippard - 2.00 ERA
He's got a 1.89 ERA now. That gives him about a 1 run in 1 inning cushion before hitting that 2.00 ERA threshold. It's tempting to bet against him but then again he did keep his ERA under 2 for 5 1/2 months. What's 3 more weeks?
Drew Storen - 39 saves.
At 37 now. Can he get to 40? (in case you are wondering Nats record is 47 by Cordero in 2005)
Make your guesses. No choosing the middle, except for the Lannan bet. This is over/under. Not make your own rules game. Winner gets the pride of knowing he's a winner at something in his or her life.