Is it next 2010 yet? No? Well, while we're waiting around for the future, let's answer the latest edition of the Nationals.com mailbag! As usual, keep those e-mails coming to Nationals.com, and we'll keep copying and pasting them over here and giving our half-assed answers! Here we go:
What's your take on Wily Mo Pena?
-- S. C., Washington, D.C.
Ok, I'm gonna say this quietly so nobody starts throwing things at me: Shhhhh...I think it's still too soon to give up on Wily Mo. (*ducking*) Sure, there's nothing to even remotely suggest he'll come around. WiMP hasn't homered in almost a month; hell, he's now getting out-homered 4-1 by Willie Harris; oh yeah, he's an absolute nightmare in left, too. BUT -- I still think the Nats should at least start him in left for the final 18 games before the All Star break, just keep running him out there. I don't believe the real Wily Mo is as bad as the 2008 Wily Mo. I also don't believe Wily Mo is as good as the ~40 games he played for the Nats in 2007. I think the truth lies somewhere in between. Play him another few weeks, and if he keeps stinking it up, move on.
I have to ask whether it's time to re-evaluate Lenny Harris as a Major League hitting coach. The offense is terrible.
-- T. H., Virginia Beach, Va.
It's a little surprising Lenny Harris still has a job.
When Chad Cordero is activated from the disabled list, will he be the closer?
-- Z. L., Cincinnati
Not immediately, but definitely sometime after Jon Rauch gets dealt to a contender before the Trade Deadline.
Is there any chance we could see Ken Griffey Jr. in a Nats uniform next season?
-- J. D. Alexandria, Va.
None. Wait - it would probably be dumb to completely rule out the chances of *any* former Red coming to the Nationals as long as Jim Bowden is still around (which won't be the case if the folks at Fire Jim Bowden -- our new favorite entry in the Natosphere -- have anything to say about it.)
How much of the Nats' most recent swoon can be attributed to the absence of Ryan Zimmerman and Nick Johnson?
-- T. D., Gettysburg, Pa.
Between 8.5 and 33.6%.
Jon A., of Stony Brook, N.Y., hit the mark with his e-mail. You are nothing more than a shill for the organization. Wake up and smell the coffee. Jim Bowden is a lousy general manager. Evaluate how much of the team was in place before he became the GM, and then honestly tell me that he is a good GM. Of course, you'll never publish this e-mail. Stop being a shill and call it correctly.
-- M. W., Springfield Va.
This much I know: you're an ass. How's that for calling it correctly? Ha! "Evaluate how much of the team was in place before he became the GM, and then honestly tell me that he is a good GM."?? What does that mean? You're an idiot. And Ladson's no shill.
Is John Lannan the real deal? Is he a future ace?
-- J., New York
We love Lannan. We think he'll be a fine #3 starter in the majors for many years to come.
How much longer do the Nats wait for Felipe Lopez to realize his potential? It seems like he always loses focus, doesn't run out ground balls, and hits around .250.
-- T. O., Washington, D.C.
Well, there's no chance he gets moved at the Trade Deadline, so you should probably get comfortable with seeing FLop hang around the rest of the season coming off the bench. Look on the bright side, though: after September 28, you won't ever see Felipe Lopez in a Nationals uniform again.