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Ben and Sam preview the Nationals' season with Chris Cwik, and Sahadev talks to Washington Post Nationals beat writer James Wagner (at 26:56).

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This podcast repeats a myth, one that is often repeated but that is still a myth. That is the claim that Washington Nationals fans were unhappy with Rizzo's decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the 2012 playoffs. I am an avid Nats fan -- I follow several Nats blogs and have endless conversations with Nats fans about the team and its management.

Very few Nats fans were anything but supportive of Rizzo's decision, both in 2012 and now. I personally don't know a single Nats' fan who disagrees with the decision. I'd estimate that on Nats' blogs back in 2012, fewer than ten percent of Nats fans objected to the decision. In fact, one big topic of conversation in 2012 on Nats' blogs was why there was such a different reaction among the national media to Rizzo's shutdown decision and among local media and local Nats fans, who were overwhelmingly supportive.

L/R Balance in the lineup and relievers is still a worry for me.