The team that was supposed to dominate the National League East has yet to take the helm of the division and lead it at all. Disappointing showings from the offense and their touted starting pitching staff have the Washington Nationals playing less than great. They were supposed to be destined for the World Series in Davey Johnson’s final managerial year but so far they have looked like second or third best in their division, much less the league as a whole.
Today they could put a large stamp on that first month of the season and send it down the river. If the Nats sweep the Cincinnati Reds going into another series with the Atlanta Braves, it would be a huge amount of momentum on their side. Last night when Dan Haren was the winning pitcher, it seemed to mark the turn for this team. Haren has been anything but lights out but he did the job yesterday.
With Ross Detwiler going today their chances seem to be very good to get the sweep under their belt and move on towards the clash with the Braves with a head of steam. If they are successful in their bid to win that series as well, they could find themselves in first place at long last. What has been a struggling first month could give way to a dominant May and June. They still have to play the games though and as of now the Braves still have the best record in the NL and a great record against the Nationals this year.