Feb 21, 2015; Viera, FL, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer works out during the spring training camp at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
The Washington Nationals enter the 2015 season with three true aces that any team would love to send out to the mound on Opening Day. Max Scherzer has the hardware, Stephen Strasburg the hype, and Jordan Zimmermann the consistency. While Scherzer is the established veteran, both Strasburg and Zimmermann have more than proven their worth, with all three ranking in the top 10 of MLB Network’s “Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now.” So what comes next for this dominant trio? Could this potentially historic rotation finish the season with any hardware? Nationals Manager Matt Williams may have handed the ball to Scherzer for Game 1 of 162, but who is really going to have the best season? Could any of them find themselves polishing a Cy Young Award in their trophy case this winter?
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District on Deck takes a look into the case for each of the three superstars on the Nationals’ pitching staff to win the National League Cy Young Award this season. Each pitcher presents a unique skillset and background that could help them make the push to truly elite. The field will be tough, with Dodgers’ reigning MVP Clayton Kershaw still in his prime, Giants’ World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner looking to carry over his dominant playoff performance, 2014 Cy Young runner-ups Adam Wainwright and Johnny Cueto hoping to earn serious consideration, and Mets’ Matt Harvey returning from Tommy John surgery. However, the Nationals are the only team to boast not just one, but three more than reasonable candidates to win the award. So what are their chances?
Next: The Candidates