In 10 days, all the Nationals diehards will be preparing to head to Nationals Park on Opening Day. Until then, we're going to predict the 25 man roster. With one catch. We're going to do it one day at a time. This way, we can provide more in depth thoughts on who we think is going to make the roster, why we think so, and what to expect from them in 2011. On the morning of Opening Day, we'll post the real 25-man compared with what we predicted.
Today's 25-man prospective is sprinting in from the bullpen as we speak, Todd Coffey.
Why? He has been there before. He has pitched in the high pressure situations and performed at a high level, something no other member of the Nats bullpen can currently say. Released after a down year in 2010, Coffey is just one year removed from a 2.90 ERA and a 7 K/9 average. His 1.6 WAR over his career is solid for a reliever.
What should you expect? You should expect a fan favorite. Who doesn't love seeing a 6' 4" 250 lbs. pitcher sprint in from the bullpen? I expect this year to be a bounce back year for the 31 year old reliever, as he suffered from a nasty thumb injury for several months last year. Depending on what happens with the 9th inning, Coffey could be called upon to close games as well, providing even more value. I think we could see Coffey return to a sub-3.00 ERA while keeping his 2010 K/9 ratio of 8+ K/9.