District Daily: Nationals Projected to Win MLB-best 93 Games in 2015


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Nationals Projected to Win MLB-best 93 Games in 2015

(Chris Lingebach, CBS DC)

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Nationals have the highest projected win total in 2015, according to the first sportsbook to release MLB regular season win total odds.

The Nationals are projected to win 93 games this season, according to the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nev., which projects the Los Angeles Dodgers as baseball’s second best team at 91 wins.

The Nationals have been an enigma to this particular sportsbook in recent years, as they’ve gone over their projected win total two of the last three years. In 2012, Atlantis projected the Nats to win 80.5 games; instead, they won a franchise-record 98, overshooting the projection by 17.5 wins. Read full article here.

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Nationals’ prospect Wilmer Difo is a “thrill to watch” and he turned heads in 2014

(Patrick Reddington, Federal Baseball)

The Bob Boone Award is given each year, or at least for the last two years since its inception, to the one Washington Nationals‘ minor leaguer, “… who best demonstrates the professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, determination and work ethic required to play the game the ‘Washington Nationals Way,'” as a Nats’ press release on this year’s recipientexplained.

Wilmer Difo, 22, was the second Nationals’ prospect to win the award after infielder Tony Renda in 2013.

Difo was honored after an impressive 2014 campaign which saw the switch-hitting infielder post a .315/.360/.470 line with 37 walks and 65 Ks in 136 games and 610 plate appearances for the Low-A Hagerstown Suns over which he hit 31 doubles, seven triples and 14 HRs and stole 49 bases in 58 attempts.

“It feels absolutely great,” Difo, a Dominican Republic-born shortstop/second baseman told reporters in the nation’s capital in September, with the help of a translator, when he was at Nationals Park to receive his award. Read full article here.

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