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Several young arms nearing majors

Originally Published: November 11, 2008
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

The Nationals bottomed out in 2008, losing 102 games. It was the sorriest summer the franchise has known since 1969, when they were in their first year of existence as the Expos.

Everything seemed to go wrong: The 4.66 ERA was the worst in the NL East and 14th in the NL. Half of the save opportunities were blown, a ratio that placed the Nats dead last in the league.

The hitting didn't help cover the deficits. The .373 slugging percentage was the NL's lowest, as were the ...

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