- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Each week, Nationals beat writers Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling debate an issue in major league baseball. This week’s question: After Randy Johnson wins his 300th game, who will be the next pitcher to reach that milestone?

MARK ZUCKERMAN: Whoever it is, it’s gonna be a while until it happens. Can you believe there are only four other active pitchers who have won even 200 games? And Jamie Moyer (249), Andy Pettitte (219), Pedro Martinez (214) and John Smoltz (210) are too old have a shot at 300. So I’m going to have to go with a young guy who still has a long way to go but could some day get there if he stays healthy: Josh Beckett. Beckett only has 93 wins right now, but if he can average about 17 wins in the next 12 years, he could pull it off.

BEN GOESSLING: Boy, it’s tough to see that happening anytime soon. I’ll throw out a couple names - Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt, who are 32 and 31. Halladay has 139 wins, Oswalt has 130 and both are horses who throw a ton of innings without breaking down. CC Sabathia is also intriguing with 121 wins at 28, but I can’t see him lasting that long. So I’ll take a flier on Halladay.

MZ: I thought about Halladay, but once I looked at his career numbers, I forgot how long he has been around. He’s already in his 12th big league season, and he’s only at 139 wins. With Beckett, I figure he’s still relatively young and is pitching for a Red Sox team that should give him plenty of opportunities to win. The only other one I can come up with is Johan Santana, who has 115 wins at age 30. I just don’t know whether his arm will hold up for another decade.

BG: I’m not sold on Halladay either - he could be at 150 by the end of the year, and he seems like the kind of guy who could go for a while. But he would have to pitch into his 40s. Still, it illustrates just how bleak the picture is for another 300-game winner.


Looking at the front-runners for baseball’s season awards. This week: NL Rookie of the Year

Shairon Martis, Nationals

OK, obviously it’s still early, and a lot will change over the next four months. But if the voting were done today, Martis would have to be the pick. He’s 5-0 (no other rookie has more than three wins), and all the more impressive is that he has done it pitching for the majors’ worst team.

Others to watch: Dexter Fowler, Rockies; Kenshin Kawakami, Braves; Micah Hoffpauir, Cubs


Rank, teamRecordComment

1. DODGERS30-15They’re up 7 1/2 games on San Diego, which has won nine in a row.

2. RED SOX26-18Would they really replace David Ortiz with Nick Johnson? Maybe.

3. RANGERS26-17A great record against the AL West (10-2) has them atop division.

4. BREWERS26-18They were cruising along until they got swept by the Twins.

5. BLUE JAYS27-20Just when you wanted to believe, they lose six in a row.

6. YANKEES25-19Six walk-off wins already? The new stadium has the old magic.

7. CARDINALS26-18Rick Ankiel’s return will boost a lineup that needs some power.

8. TIGERS24-18Stop the presses: Dontrelle Willis won a ballgame.

9. PHILLIES24-18They’re going to need to address their pitching eventually.

10. METS23-20Johan Santana has allowed only 10 earned runs.

Records through Sunday

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