Well, here we are. It’s opening day. Alas, do this opening night after noon Countrymen pushed the first field again against the Mets from 16:05 to 19:05 in the hope that all the rain would stop before the team arrives on the field for the first time.
This promises to be a period unlike what we have experienced here for a long time. For the first time since 2011, the Nats are not expected to fight. That does not mean they can not. It just means that most people do not see it happening.
Low expectations can, however, lead to all sorts of uncertainty when trying to predict how the season will play out. And that’s exactly what we’ve got in the 13th annual edition of our opening day questionnaire. (Yes, this annual tradition goes all the way back to the last time that the national tournament was not expected to win. It has finally come full circle.)
There is some consensus among some of our forecasts, but there is a big difference in other categories. Like, we have five different answers to the question: “Who will lead the team in the rescue? When have you seen anything like this before?
As always, many thanks to my colleagues for participating and exposing themselves to the inevitable shame that comes with this. And for those who do not remember: We will republish all these predictions after the end of the season, so we can see how terrible we were.
Enjoy these spring rituals, and whether you’re on your way to the stadium or staying home to watch MASN, hope everyone out there has a wonderful opening day!
WHAT COUNTRIES WILL BE CHOOSED IN THE ALL-STAR GAME?
Bobby Blanco (MASNsports.com) – Juan Soto
Jessica Camerato (MLB.com) – Juan Soto
Jesse Dougherty (Washington Post) – Juan Soto
Andrew Golden (Washington Post) – Juan Soto
Craig Heist (106.7 The Fan) – Josh Bell, Nelson Cruz
Chelsea Janes (Washington Post) – Keibert Ruiz, Juan Soto
Pete Kerzel (MASNsports.com) – Juan Soto
Bill Ladson (MLB.com Honorary Award) – Juan Soto
Mark Zuckerman (MASNsports.com) – Juan Soto
WHAT WILL BE ATTENDANCE IN THE NATIONAL PARK?
Pete Kerzel – 2,355,333
Bobby White – 2,330,358
Bill Ladson – 2,300,000
Jessica Camerato – 2,133,008
Craig Heist – 2,102,500
Chelsea Janes – 2,000,001
Andrew Golden – 1,673,801
Mark Zuckerman – 1,627,812
Jesse Dougherty – 1,522,310
WHAT WILL BE OPS JUAN SOTO?
Bill Ladson – 1,099
Pete Kerzel – 1,091
Jesse Dougherty – 1,078
Jessica Camerato – 1,053
Mark Zuckerman – 1,047
Andrew Golden – 1,024
Chelsea Janes – 1,008
Bobby White – .993
Craig Heist – .960
HOW MANY TIMES DO DRINK SOTO?
Mark Zuckerman – 152
Pete Kerzel – 151
Jessica Camerato – 139
Andrew Golden – 134
Bobby White – 133
Craig Heist – 132
Chelsea Janes – 132
Jesse Dougherty – 128
Bill Ladson – 120
RANK JOSH BELL, NELSON CRUZ, KEIBERT RUIZ AND JUAN SOTO FOR ARRANGEMENT OF THE WORLD FOR NATIONS.
Bobby Blanco – Soto, Bell, Ruiz, Cruz
Jessica Camerato – Soto, Bell, Ruiz, Cruz
Bill Ladson – Soto, Bell, Ruiz, Cruz
Andrew Golden – Soto, Bell, Cruz, Ruiz
Pete Kerzel – Soto, Bell, Cruz, Ruiz
Chelsea Janes – Soto, Cruz, Bell, Ruiz
Jesse Dougherty – Bell, Soto, Cruz, Ruiz
Mark Zuckerman – Bell, Soto, Cruz, Ruiz
Craig Heist – Cruz, Bell, Soto, Ruiz
WHO HAPPENS MOST?
Bobby Blanco – Cesar Hernandez
Jessica Camerato – Cesar Hernandez
Jesse Dougherty – César Hernández
Andrew Golden – Cesar Hernandez
Chelsea Janes – Cesar Hernandez
Pete Kerzel – Cesar Hernandez
Mark Zuckerman – Lane Thomas
Craig Heist – Dee Strange-Gordon
Bill Ladson – Dee Strange-Gordon
RANK LUIS GARCÍA, CARTER KIEBOOM AND VICTOR ROBLES IN A ROW OF ALBUM RELEASES FOR NATIONS.
Andrew Golden – Robles, Kieboom, Garcia
Chelsea Janes – Robles, Kieboom, Garcia
Pete Kerzel – Robles, Kieboom, Garcia
Bobby Blanco – Robles, Garcia, Kieboom
Jessica Camerato – Robles, García, Kieboom
Jesse Dougherty – Robles, Garcia, Kieboom
Craig Heist – Robles, Garcia, Kieboom
Mark Zuckerman – Robles, Garcia, Kieboom
Bill Ladson – Garcia, Robles, Kieboom
WHO STARTS MOST GAMES ON THE LEFT LEVEL?
Bobby Blanco – Lane Thomas
Jessica Camerato – Lane Thomas
Jesse Dougherty – Lane Thomas
Andrew Golden – Lane Thomas
Craig Heist – Lane Thomas
Pete Kerzel – Lane Thomas
Bill Ladson – Lane Thomas
Mark Zuckerman – Dee Strange-Gordon
Chelsea Janes – Justin Upton
WHO MUST LEAD THE SURVEY IN SIGNING? HOW MANY?
Bobby White-Patrick Corbin, 13
Craig Heist – Stephen Strasburg, 12
Jessica Camerato – Patrick Corbin, 11
Pete Kerzel – Patrick Corbin, 11
Bill Ladson – Patrick Corbin, 11
Mark Zuckerman – Patrick Corbin, 11
Chelsea Janes – Erick Fedde, 11
Andrew Golden – Patrick Corbin, 10
Jesse Dougherty – Patrick Corbin, 9
HOW TO START STEPHEN STRASBURG FOR NATIONALS?
Bobby White – 25
Craig Heist – 22
Andrew Golden – 19
Jessica Camerato – 18
Jesse Dougherty – 17
Chelsea Janes – 16
Bill Ladson – 15
Pete Kerzel – 14
Mark Zuckerman – 12
WHEN WILL CADE CAVALLI HAVE ITS CELLS IN MLB?
Jessica Camerato – May 10 against the Mets
Jesse Dougherty – May 27 against the Rockies
Mark Zuckerman – May 27 against the Rockies
Craig Heist – June 1 at the Mets
Andrew Golden – June 10 against Brewers
Bobby Blanco – June 17 against the Phillies
Chelsea Janes – June 18 against the Phillies
Pete Kerzel – June 18 against the Phillies
Bill Ladson – September 1 against freestyle sports
RANK PATRICK CORBIN, ERICK FEDDE, JOSIAH GRAY AND ANÍBAL SÁNCHEZ IN ORDER OF ERA.
Bobby Blanco – Corbin, Fedde, Gray, Sanchez
Andrew Golden – Corbin, Fedde, Gray, Sánchez
Jessica Camerato – Corbin, Gray, Fedde, Sánchez
Jesse Dougherty – Corbin, Gray, Fedde, Sánchez
Bill Ladson – Corbin, Gray, Fedde, Sánchez
Pete Kerzel – Gray, Corbin, Fedde, Sánchez
Mark Zuckerman – Gray, Corbin, Fedde, Sánchez
Craig Heist – Gray, Fedde, Corbin, Sánchez
Chelsea Janes – Fedde, Corbin, Sánchez, Gray
WHO LEADS THE TEAM? HOW MANY?
Bobby Blanco – Sean Doolittle, 23
Andrew Golden – Kyle Finnegan, 22
Bill Ladson – Sean Doolittle, 20
Jessica Camerato – Tanner Rainey, 19
Pete Kerzel – Tanner Rainey, 19
Jesse Dougherty – Tanner Rainey, 18
Craig Heist – Steve Cishek, 17
Chelsea Janes – Tanner Rainey, 17
Mark Zuckerman – Tyler Clippard, 14
RANK STEVE CISHEK, TYLER CLIPPARD, SEAN DOOLITTLE, KYLE FINNEGAN AND TANNER RAINEY IN A ROW OF RESULTS FOR NATIONS.
Bobby Blanco – Doolittle, Cishek, Clippard, Rainey, Finnegan
Bill Ladson – Doolittle, Cishek, Rainey, Finnegan, Clippard
Pete Kerzel – Cishek, Rainey, Doolittle, Finnegan, Clippard
Jessica Camerato – Finnegan, Rainey, Cishek, Doolittle, Clippard
Jesse Dougherty – Finnegan, Rainey, Cishek, Doolittle, Clippard
Mark Zuckerman – Finnegan, Rainey, Cishek, Clippard, Doolittle
Andrew Golden – Finnegan, Cishek, Rainey, Clippard, Doolittle
Chelsea Janes – Finnegan, Cishek, Rainey, Clippard, Doolittle
Craig Heist – Finnegan, Cishek, Rainey, Doolittle, Clippard
WHO WILL MAKE MOST GAYS AGAINST NATIONALS DURING THIS PERIOD?
Bobby Blanco – Bryce Harper
Pete Kerzel – Bryce Harper
Jesse Dougherty – Kyle Schwarber
Mark Zuckerman – Kyle Schwarber
Jessica Camerato – Pete Alonso
Andrew Golden – Pete Alonso
Craig Heist – Pete Alonso
Bill Ladson – Pete Alonso
Chelsea Janes – Ronald Acuña Jr.
HOW MUCH MATCHES WILL MAX SCHERZER MET AGAINST NATIONAL EQUIPMENT DURING THIS PERIOD?
Bill Ladson – 50
Mark Zuckerman – 42
Jessica Camerato – 35
Andrew Golden – 35
Bobby White – 30
Craig Heist – 29
Chelsea Janes – 27
Jesse Dougherty – 26
Pete Kerzel – 23
HOW WILL NL EAST END FROM AVAILABLE?
Andrew Golden – Braves, Phillies, Mets, Nationals, Marlins
Chelsea Janes – Braves, Phillies, Mets, Marlins, Nationals
Pete Kerzel – Braves, Phillies, Mets, Marlins, Nationals
Jesse Dougherty – Braves, Mets, Phillies, Marlins, Nationals
Mark Zuckerman – Braves, Mets, Phillies, Marlins, Nationals
Jessica Camerato – Braves, Mets, Phillies, Nationals, Marlins
Craig Heist – Braves, Mets, Marlins, Phillies, Nationals
Bill Ladson – Braves, Phillies, Marlins, Nationals, Mets
Bobby Blanco – Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Nationals
WHAT WILL BE NATIONALS?
Craig Heist – 79-83
Jessica Camerato – 72-90
Chelsea Janes – 72-90
Bill Ladson – 71-91
Andrew Golden – 67-95
Mark Zuckerman – 67-95
Pete Kerzel – 64-98
Bobby White – 63-99
Jesse Dougherty – 63-99