Washington Nationals: No need to panic just yet

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Pedro Severino
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Pedro Severino /

The Washington Nationals are coming off yet another series loss, but old friend Ricky Keeler joins Blake on the DoDCast to preview a key series with the New York Mets.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Washington Nationals after another tough series loss this weekend, as a trip to Citi Field to face the New York Mets is up next. Blake is joined by former Site Expert, now with Elite Sports NY and Pinstriped Prospects, Ricky Keeler on this episode of the DoDCast.

In this episode, we:

Recap the Nationals and Mets’ last series

Discuss what’s going to keep the Mets in the hunt until the very end

Pick out some players to watch from both sides

Preview each matchup and give predictions

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The New York Mets have been one of the best teams in baseball to start the season. They currently sit at 12-2, which includes a sweep over the Nationals just over a week ago. Their rotation is finally healthy again, as the big five are in the rotation together for the first time ever.

But with a deeper lineup this season, they’re showing the the rest of the National League East that they are here to stay. With Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier helping to lengthen their batting order, they are no longer the home run dependent team they were a year ago.

It is a key series for the Nats, considering a sweep would put them nine games behind the Mets. Although it is only April, that is a hefty deficit to overturn at any time of year.

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Next up on the DoDCast,  we’ll preview the Washington Nationals’ west-coast trip to the square off against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Make sure to tune in, live on Wednesday at 10:30pm ET.

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This Mets series will prove to be an important one for the 2018 Nationals, even more so if they hope to make the playoff push we all expect.