Some people like to make mention that it’s still early and that it’s a long season, and that may be true. We’ve seen this team get off to a slow start before. It never ends well.
We typically know what we have with the Nationals every season by the end of April. If they get off to a good start and are over .500 at the end of April, they are usually in the hunt for a playoff spot come September. When they enter May below .500, we watch meaningless baseball for a large chunk of the year.
This Nationals team has the talent to win the National League East. We’ve seen a couple of games already this season where they’ve been down 5 or 6 runs, and they’ve come back to win, so they have the grittiness factor as well. What we don’t know is if they ever are able to put it all together?
Can the bullpen right the ship at the same time that the lineup is consistently scoring runs? If they can get healthy and can all get on the same page, they can to reel off ten straight wins or go on a 15-5 stretch. This is a good team who’s inadequate depth is getting tested very early.
Derek Lilliquist has already been let go as a wake-up call of sorts. Make a couple of more roster moves to give this team some life and see what happens. Things can’t get much worse right now, so maybe Hernandez and Bourque can provide the spark this team needs.