What Are Our Staff’s Predictions For The 2016 Washington Nationals?

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Sep 17, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder
Sep 17, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder /

Some of our writers here at District On Deck gave their takes on how they think the Washington Nationals will finish the season

Opening Day is underway in Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals have less than 24 hours to go before they begin their season down in Atlanta when they face the Braves (4:10 pm ET, MASN2). Now, the disappointment of 2015 is behind them with some new players in the fold.

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Of course, the biggest story of the offseason regarding the Nats was the hiring of a new manager in Dusty Baker. Under Baker, the team has looked loose and it showed in their spring record, which was 19-4-4. In the lineup, they added Ben Revere in the Drew Storen deal and signed second baseman Daniel Murphy. Plus, Danny Espinosa is now the everyday shortstop with Ian Desmond now playing the outfield for the Texas Rangers.

The most notable on-field change in terms of player personnel is in the bullpen as Blake Treinen is the only reliever from last Opening Day that is still on the roster. While the prognosticators are not predicting the Nationals to win the World Series this year, there is still a level of high expectation around this team.

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Before the season gets underway, we wanted to share our thoughts about how all of the writers on our staff think the Nationals’ season will end in 2016. Will Bryce Harper win a second straight MVP and will the Nats reach the postseason for the third time in the last six years?

First up, here are staff writer Matt Holleran’s thoughts on the upcoming season, which include a bold prediction about Michael Taylor:

Next: Matt H's Prediction