Early season analysis is great, isn't it? Nats lose and in what was basically a slide show of all the things you might worry about with the Nats this season.
You might worry that the Nats won't hit with Rendon, Werth, and Span out.
First of all Span? Come on, he had one good year. He really could regress to below average and it should be no surprise. But yes, I do like him better than Taylor so him being out does matter and yes, Rendon and Werth are big bats to be taken out of the lineup. And hey - they didn't hit! What has been undersold, though, has been the loss of patience. Adam LaRoche was a patient bat, he's gone. Werth works counts, he's out. Rendon saw a fair amount of pitchers, he's out. The Nats walked once yesterday. Not a coincidence.
You might worry that the pen will be shaky
Well they didn't give up any runs but Barrett, in line to be the next back end star, couldn't finish out a single inning.You can lose a guy or two from the pen and make it work. You can't cut two of your top three and a couple other pieces and expect to be the same. At least not right off the bat.
You might worry that the defense may suffer
Remember Yuney was terrible last year. Rendon was great. Span held the outfield together. Tyler Moore and Dan Uggla are playing. No, none of these directly came into play yesterday (it was all Desmond's fault, and I don't think Span would make that catch... I don't think) but it's a general worry that came true, if not exactly how you envisioned it.
You might worry that the Mets may be a threat to the Nats
They won. Nats lost.
Yesterday is what you should expect until at least two of the three bats missing are back. Close game, where the starting pitcher dominates. The Nats should win more of these than they lose. Hell, Max almost won that game by himself. This is just one game and even if the Nats are 5-5 after ten, whatever. Don't worry about it.
But let's not get swept by the Mets at home, ok.