Washington Nationals: Three takeaways during slump

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Pedro Severino
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Pedro Severino /
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The top of the Nats lineup is strong.

From Bryce Harper’s six home runs—including his blast off Matt Harvey—to the red-hot return of Adam Eaton, Washington has set the table well. Until Trea Turner’s ejection Thursday in the home opener, he drew a walk in every game. Turner and Michael Taylor have four stolen bases a piece.

Washington can create runs. They scored 40 in eight games. With 13 homers heading into Sunday, they can overpower you while out thinking opponents.

Did we mention Pedro Severino? He carries a slash line of .571/727/.571 replacing the injured Matt Wieters. Add his impressive defense and the Nats have a winner.

In the bullpen, Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson and Matt Grace carry a WHIP under 1.000. Grace has six games under his belt already. Throw in good outings by Sammy Solis and Shawn Kelley and the foundation is there for good things.

Once Murphy returns after a short rehab assignment in two weeks, we will get a look at this offense for the first time as a unit since last April. Runs are not a problem. Stringing together base runners is.

Do not forget, Gio Gonzalez has pitched two good starts. Both he and Max Scherzer carry a FIP under 2.00.