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Podcast: Athletics, Nationals preview

By Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

In this episode of the podcast, Chris and Matt preview the Athletics and the Nationals and talk about their expectations for both teams. Can the Athletics contend again in the AL West? Are the Nationals the best team in baseball? All relevant questions are answered.

  • From the beginning: Matt's attempts to talk about the NCAA tournament are futile, and talk quickly turns to the Athletics. Did Matt like the club's offseason moves?
  • 3:25: How will the team use its outfield after the acquisition of Chris Young?
  • 5:20: We move to the team's infield, where there are plenty of candidates but no clear options. Will Jemile Weeks get another chance? How much will Jed Lowrie play?
  • 8:50: The rest of the rotation is filled with young guys. We look at both Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone first and then shift to the guys at the back end.
  • 13:50: Matt makes a strong bold prediction about the Athletics and tells you where they'll finish in the AL West.
  • 15:45: We shift to the Nationals and talk about the team's big offseason moves.
  • 22:35: Matt and I disagree about the team's lineup depth.
  • 23:30: How good will Stephen Strasburg be this year? Can he contend for the Cy Young?
  • 28:45: We talk about whether Strasburg should be considered a bigger injury risk than most pitchers and talk about the organization's decision-making process.
  • 35:00: Matt makes a bold prediction about the Nationals and then ups the ante with another huge prediction.
  • You can listen to the podcast in our popout player, which can be found here.
  • We would also encourage you to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, and be sure to let us know what you think.
  • This episode of the podcast runs a little under 40 minutes.

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