It’s Opening Day everyone!!! It should be a National Holiday, but alas, the powers that be do not agree. Instead, it’s just a Thursday on the everyday calendar, but in my mind, it is one of the most exciting days of the year.
To get started for the year, let’s look at some questions that face our foes within our division:
Nationals (by Keara Dowd @kgdowd):
- Bryce Harper. Unless a tsunami hits Syracuse and his legs get crushed by the water, he will be making his big league debut at some point this season. Nats fans (and the entire baseball world) will get to see what this kid can do. He likely won’t be blowing everyone away at first, but if his bat is steady enough, he could help the Nats make a push into a playoff spot.
- New Rotation. The Nats brought in a lot of new pitching during the offseason with Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson. These additions mean that the Nats don’t just have a chance to win once every 5 games (as they did briefly with Strasburg in 2010) but should get a chance to win every time they step on the field. The new guys should be able to help the rotation find consistency and overall improvement.
- Rebounding Werth. Jayson Werth had one of the worst seasons of his career statistically in 2011. The “fart in the wind” as he described it, can’t happen again with his salary. Also, without his bat, the Nats are going to have a really hard time getting enough runs to win games. Now that the pitching staff is set, it’s important for the position players the Nats already have to step up at the plate and bring the run support.