Washington Nationals’ 5 Biggest Concerns Thus Far

Washington Nationals' 5 Biggest Concerns Thus Far

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We’re halfway through the first month of the MLB season, and the Washington Nationals currently sit second in the NL East just 1.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves. Now that we’ve gotten a chance to see them in action, here are five early-season concerns regarding the Nationals.

5. Where's The Aggression?

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5. Where's The Aggression?

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Throughout the offseason and in Spring Training, Matt Williams stressed aggression on the basepaths to create runs. So far this season, they’ve stolen just four bases, tied for second-fewest in MLB.

4. Pitching?

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4. Pitching?

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It’s a broad topic, so let’s narrow it down. The Nationals' starting pitching has been fairly inconsistent this year. All five of the Nationals’ starters have ERAs above 3.50, highlighted by Stephen Strasburg with 6.00. Pitching, primarily starting pitching, was supposed to be this team’s strength, and it doesn't appear to be so as of now.

3. Sloppy Defense

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3. Sloppy Defense

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Along with aggression on the basepaths, defense was also stressed in Spring Training. Over the offseason, Williams even brought in another coach to work on playing clean defense. Unfortunately, the Nationals have committed a MLB-high 15 errors this season.

2. Injuries

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2. Injuries

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Doug Fister. Ryan Zimmerman. Wilson Ramos. Bryce Harper. Jayson Werth. All five of them have been on the Nationals’ injury report at some point this season, and Fister has yet to make his debut. Last season, the Nationals had injury issues to start the season and it cost them. Is history repeating itself?

1. The Atlanta Braves

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1. The Atlanta Braves

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The Braves have been a thorn in the side of the Nationals going all the way back to last year. This year, Washington is just 1-6 against Atlanta and have been outscored 32-15 in those games. Are the Braves in their heads? If so, they need to find a way to pull them out of there or reclaiming the NL East will be a tall task.

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