Washington Nationals Name Stephen Strasburg Opening Day Starter Against Miami Marlins

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After winning their first division title in 2012 since their move from Montreal, expectations will be high for the Washington Nationals once again heading into the 2013 MLB season as they look to come out on top as NL East Champions for the second-straight season. With one of the league’s top rotations, Stephen Strasburg will be a key factor to the team’s success in 2013 and after being shut down at the end of last year–it looks like the star pitcher will take the mound on Opening Day for the Nationals.

Strasburg will take the mound on April 1 against the Miami Marlins and if last season is any indication of what to expect–this should be an easy win for Strasburg and Washington. Not only did the Marlins end up being one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012 season, but they basically shipped out most of their key players this offseason in trades and appear to be at least a few years away before they’re even close to being contenders again.

As for Strasburg, there’s no question he’ll be anxious more than ever to come back stronger in 2013 after finishing with a 15-6 record to along with a 3.56 ERA last season. It was no secret Strasburg could have been the difference maker for the Nationals in the playoffs last October and you can be certain the team will be extra cautious this year when it comes to how many innings they allow their star player to pitch.

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