If it's all fun nonsense so far, what can a Nats fan take from this opening series? I would say this : The Nats are going to be much better than the Cubs. When you play a team you are much better on the road, you should take at least 2 games in the series. The Nats did that. Good teams win the games you think they will and they do it over and over again. Mets in NY? The Nats should take 2 out of 3. Reds at home? At least a split, hopefully 3 out of 4. Astros at home? You want to sweep. Let's see what they do.
Other things to keep an eye on :
- Jayson Werth continues to have flatulence problems. It's not the 0 for 10 that bothers me, it's the 5 Ks.
- Gio will have a lot of eyes on him next start being that it's the Nationals home opener and given his poor first outing, and that may not be a good thing. He'll be up against a Reds righty heavy lineup that was by far the best hitting team versus lefties in the NL last year.
- Bullpen looks as strong as last year. If Jackson and Detwiler/Wang/Lannan can hold up their end of the bargain it should be fresher, too.
- 6 XBH in 3 games is pretty sad, but it's what the Cubs put up too. Let's see if the Nats can put up some more power at home.
- No one has distinguished themselves in the OF yet and honestly I don't expect anyone to. Almost made it through Spring without the annual "This is the year Bernadina lives up to his potential" story. Given how he looks so far I'm going out on a limb the say next year is when we'll finally not see that story.
- Notice Steve Lombardozzi hasn't gotten as much play as you might have thought he would? It's not because Desmond has been so hot, it's because he's got an option left and he'll be gone once Morse and Ankiel are ready. There's no reason to work him in now. Again - most of us would agree he's a better option for the team to have on the bench than say Xavier Nady or Brett Carroll but this isn't about what's best for the 2012 Nats. The sooner you understand Rizzo still has his eyes on 2013, the better