The Nationals were predicted by many, if not most, to win not only their division, not only the NL, but the World Series. Even 2 of my classmates in my Sports Broadcasting class predicted them to win it all, and neither are Nats fans. Anyways, the team that was supposed to do SO MUCH in the eyes of many started out the season 1-4 and is now 3-6. Not good to say the least. That's the same record as the Yankees, just to let you know. Basically, the Nats are playing down right terrible.
But, does that mean that the future is nasty for the Nationals? No. They were projected to win it all for a reason. They have easily the best rotation in baseball, with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister. Scherzer won the 2013 Cy Young award, Strasburg had the most K's in the NL in 2014, and Gio Gonzalez won the Warren Spahn award(given to the best lefty pitcher in baseball) in 2012 over 3-time winner Clayton Kershaw. So the rotation seems to be fine, they can all get it done. Then there's the line-up. The Nats have young phenom Bryce Harper in right field, Ian Desmond at shortstop, and Ryan Zimmerman at first base. These 3 are all great players and towards the best at their respective positions, but they just haven't been enough this year. Probably the biggest reason Washington has gotten off to a bad start is because third baseman Anthony Rendon is injured. Rendon is a Houston native who played in 153 games for the Nats last year. He was a big part of their line-up and hopes to be again when he gets back.
The Nationals still are one of the best teams in baseball and will prove that as the season goes on, anybody can get off to a rough start. Look for the Nats to win their division in 2015. After all, their only competition is New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Philadelphia.
-Blake McBride, MHS