By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on April 8, 2014
The Washington Nationals are a team built on a couple number one draft picks, an owner with some deep pockets, and a fan base with championship expectations. That could be a combustible combination, but it seems to have worked for the people of the DMV so far. Here are five overreactions to their opening week, and let's get ready for some baseball folks.
Bryce Harper was featured recently on PTI for feeling like he had a "lost" swing, which definitely caught my eye. Granted, that show is filmed in DC, but they also have a pretty keen grasp on what is actually news in the District. This isn't House of Cards for goodness sakes, but Harper should get things going by the end of the year.
They have been striking out a lot, but they have also been getting a few homers in as well. It is all about the long haul for the Nationals though, and we will have to see how they are doing by the time August rolls around.
The Nationals narrowly avoided a sweep by the Braves recently, which should come as decent news to D.C. sports fans. However, the Nationals are still finding their way, and it remains to be seen whether they have enough chemistry to find a spot in the playoffs this coming fall.
I know that Stephen Strasburg's WHIP and his ERA are not phenomenal at the moment, but he has also pitched 16 strikeouts in 10.1 innings as of this writing. Those are pretty wild numbers; if he can keep those up and bring down the ERA, then we could be looking at a Cy Young winner.
Gonzalez's next matchup could set the tone for who starts to take over the NL East. The Miami Marlins currently lead the division, but keep an eye on Gio as the season goes on. He could end up being a real X-factor.
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