MLB Network studio host Greg Amsinger joined Bill Rohland and Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan Thursday afternoon to discuss the Washington Nationals’ second-half outlook and the upcoming MLB All-Star Game.
With a National League best 47 wins, the Nats’ have been one of the top teams and stories in the baseball through the first half of the season. Amsinger thinks the best is yet to come.
“We haven’t seen the best of the Nationals yet, as crazy as that sounds,” said Amsinger. “They are going to play their best baseball maybe a couple months from now.”
Having scored at least eight runs in each of their last three games, Washington’s offense is beginning to solidify itself and guys are just now finding their places in the everyday lineup.
Coming into the season, Amsinger saw the Nats’ as a team that would finish the season with a winning record. Now he sees the them as a ‘clear-cut playoff team.’ He proceeds to say it would not surprise him to see the team finish the season with the best record in the National League.
Bryce Harper failed in his bid to make the All-Star team via the Final Vote contest, losing out to both Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Bourn and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese, with Freese getting the final nod.
“Bryce Harper to me sounds like a 19-year old that wanted to hang out with his parents instead of going to the All-Star Game,” said Amsinger. “He’s a great kid, and I’m glad he’s not going because it didn’t sound like he wanted to go.”
When asked whether he believed fans should have a say in All-Star selections, Amsinger said he believes the fans should be allowed to vote for all the positions players who make the All-Star Game and that the managers should decide who starts and who plays during the game.