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Kasten disappointed with Nats' start

Kasten disappointed with Nats' start

WASHINGTON -- Nationals president Stan Kasten acknowledged he is disappointed that the team is off to a 0-6 start entering Monday's home opener, but he is still looking at the big picture. He said it is too early for anyone to panic.

Kasten already sees some positive points about the team, but also knows the Nationals will take their lumps with a young rotation, which has an average age of 24.

"In the first week, I think our offense is as good as we thought it would be," Kasten said. "Our bullpen is going to be as good or better than we thought when we started Spring Training. Our defense is going to be OK, I think. We knew we were going with young starting pitching. Young starting pitching has its ups and downs. ... We'll be fine. We'll come out of this."

Kasten reiterated that the number of season tickets sold at Nationals Park is down because of the economy, the fact the team is coming off a 102-loss season and the honeymoon period for Nationals Park is over. The Nationals are entering their second season at the new stadium.

"As you all know, I'm philosophical about attendance," Kasten said. "We get the attendance we deserve. Until we get the product to be where we want it to be, we are not going to be selling out every night. If we give the fans a reason to support us, they will be here in droves."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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