Wilson Ramos, Kurt Suzuki catch fire a bit for Nationals

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,MLB,Nationals,Brian McNally

Catcher is an offensive black hole for most major league teams. If the starter can produce at a reasonable level at the plate and control both a pitching staff and the running game, that's all a team needs. Guys like Buster Posey or Matt Wieters are incredibly valuable because they are so rare.

The Nats don't have an offensive star like those two, but Wilson Ramos and Kurt Suzuki are showing signs of becoming a strong platoon. And that's almost as good. They split the first six games of the season, going a combined 7-for-18 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBI with three walks and two strikeouts. And all of that from the No. 8 spot in the batting order.

It's possible Ramos will garner more playing time as the summer progresses and he gets more strength in his surgically repaired right knee. He has the higher ceiling at the plate, after all. But Suzuki still should see plenty of action and is a monster upgrade on most backups around the league, who at best start around 40 or 50 games in a season.

- Brian McNally

bmcnally@washingtonexaminer.com

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