The Nats did what they needed to vs the Reds. It didn't quite make up for the lousy start to the homestand so yes, it was another disappointing stand overall, but it got things going in the right direction for the first time really since the White Sox sweep. (taking 2 from the Marlins has to be a given)
Now it's time for the big show. Nats v Braves. 4 games. Only the nightmare scenario of a Braves sweep is worth worrying about. 6.5 games is a lot to make up, even with 130+ games left. But 4.5 or less or a lead? Eh. So the sooner the Nats win 1 the sooner we can move on to just appreciating the fun of a big series in April/May.
Strasburg vs Teheran - Strasburg has been good but unlucky. Teheran is still getting his feet wet but finally pitched well last time. I say Strasburg gives up 3 (1 unearned) over 7. Nats score only three off Teheran but win late just so Strasburg can be kept from another win.
Gio vs Hudson. Which Gio will show up? I've said before I like the Braves vs Gio, and since Hudson finally showed he could pitch a game vs the Nats and not have that game killing inning I'll say the Braves, though Gio could easily prove me wrong here.
ZNN vs Maholm. Maholm was pitching over his head for a while. Not anymore. Is anyone pitching better than ZNN? Nope. Nats win.
Haren vs Medlen. Haren pitched better vs the Reds than he has all year, but it wasn't like it was great or anything. Medlen pitched poorly but I always bet against the single game (see Gio). Gotta prove you are good... or stink.
So 2-2 with a lean toward 3-1 for the Nats if someone is to take 3.
Ok back to work!