Washington Nationals: Time to head west

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The Washington Nationals recorded a key series win against New York Mets. Now, Ron Juckett joins Blake as they look ahead to facing the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Despite how it ended on Wednesday, the Washington Nationals had a positive result in the series against the New York Mets. This came just in time, as they now head out west for a six-game set.

First up, the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend. Blake is joined by Site Expert Ron Juckett on this episode to look ahead to the the trip.

In this episode we look at the following:

Recap the Nationals key series against the Mets

Why are the Dodgers slumping so far this season?

Players to watch ahead of the Nationals and Dodgers series

Look ahead each matchup and give predictions

Answer your listener questions

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The Dodgers are off to a slow start this season, currently under .500 and third in the NL West. But they should never be taken lightly, not when they schedule Clayton Kershaw in this series. The Nats will need to be on guard.

The story of their season has been their veterans stepping up to the plate. Matt Kemp, thought to be left for dead, is hitting .333 with three home runs and 10 RBI. Yasmani Grandal and Chase Utley have also stepped up to the plate, figuratively as well as literally.

All this while the supposed young stars, such as Corey Seager, have been scuffling. If those youngsters start to heat up, the Dodgers can certainly make a run at the division once again this season.

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Our next podcast will be on Sunday, as Ron looks after you with regular host Blake Finney on vacation. Keep an eye out for him on the Nationals broadcast.

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The west coast trip has the potential to be a defining moment for the Washington Nationals. With two struggling teams on tap, they need to make the most of it.

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