Washington Nationals News: Nationals look to have what matters most


Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Get caught up on all the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell discusses how the Nationals appear to have the most important tools to be successful both in 2015 and for years to come.

As Boswell notes, despite the fact that the Nationals have some injury concerns and soon-to-be free agents, the team also has several key pieces that’ll help them this season and in the future, such as ace Max Scherzer and slugger Bryce Harper.

Needless to say, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the Nationals, despite the fact that Doug Fister, Stephen Strasburg, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon are all on the disabled list. For now, Rendon should be back in the very near future. The team also has the depth and talent necessary to overcome the losses of Strasburg, Fister and Werth. Furthermore, the team is set for years in starting pitching and the middle infield, so there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the long-term future as well.

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Also in today’s Daily, Federal Baseball’s Jim Meyerriecks discusses Casey Janssen, and how his return from the disabled list helps stabilize the Nationals’ bullpen.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Two months into season, the Nationals look to have what matters most

(Thomas Boswell, Washington Post)

Two months into the baseball season, what matters, what carries long-term weight and what is just early-season noise? Specifically, what has happened so far that significantly impacts the Washington Nationals and their main National League rivals?

Here’s an example of what matters: Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper are candidates for the Cy Young award and most valuable player, respectively. They’re on nutty, almost-joke paces for 293 strikeouts with a 1.51 ERA and 61 homers with 145 RBI. And they’re going to be Nationals through the 2021 and 2018 seasons. Digest that.

The arrival of a charismatic, chocolate-sauce-pouring free agent ace and the breakout of a 22-year-old cleanup hitter who thinks the hottest spotlight is simply to provide his suntan — those are dramatic developments that can define a season and opens up the future, too. Read full article here.

Casey Janssen should help stabilize the Washington Nationals bullpen

(Jim Meyerriecks, Federal Baseball)

The Washington Nationals signed 33-year-old veteran closer Casey Janssenover the offseason to serve as the primary setup man in front of Drew Storen.  Unfortunately, Janssen suffered from shoulder fatigue during Spring Training and wasn’t ready to begin the season with the club.  His absence was certainly felt in the first month of the season.

Youth isn’t always necessarily served

With Janssen beginning the year on the disabled list, the Nats bullpen looked kind of green.  Among the pitchers in the Nats’ opening day bullpen, only Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, and Matt Thornton had more than a full year’s experience as big league relievers. Read full article here.

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