Where we're at, State of the Nats-4/8

Where we're at, State of the Nats-4/8
April 8, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Team Record: 4-2 (3-0)

N.L. East Standings

Offensive Game of the Week: Wilson Ramos 4/6 at Reds – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB

Pitching Line of the Week: Stephen Strasburg 4/1 vs. Marlins – 7.0 IP, 3 SO, 3 H, 80 pitches (52 strikes)

Top Storylines

Dan Haren’s poor debut – It was just one game and a tough situation for anyone to start their season in, away at Cincinnati against their deep lineup. At the same time, however, Haren was awful in his final spring start and is looking to bounce back after a bad year last season with the Angels. There is no reason to rush to judgment yet, but his progress this month could be the biggest storyline revolving around the Nationals.

Adam LaRoche’s back injury – LaRoche has sat out the last two games dealing with a sore back, but expects to be in the lineup on Tuesday night. He told Mark he felt better after waking up on Sunday so that is a good sign. At this point it doesn’t sound serious, but it is still an injury to one of the team’s most integral players.

Nats catcher competition – Davey Johnson said before the season he believes he has two number one catchers on his team and so far he is absolutely right. Both Wilson Ramos and Kurt Suzuki have stormed out of the gate, each hitting home runs in the series in Cincinnati. Suzuki hit one out Saturday against Johnny Cueto and Ramos hit two in the Nats’ 7-6 win on Sunday. So far the competition has brought about great results from the two backstops and it will interesting to see who can keep it up.

Quote of the Week

Jayson Werth: “We've gone from an up-and-coming team to a championship team in a very short period of time. Championship-caliber clubs they continue to get better. I think that's where we're at. The window's definitely open for us right now and hopefully it'll stay open for us for a long time, but you've got to jump through that window at some point so, as the season goes on, we'll continue to learn and learn a lot about ourselves and each other and it should be fun.”

Tweet of the Week

Road Ahead

Mon. - off
Tue. - 7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox (Gonzalez)
Wed. – 7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox (Zimmermann)
Thu. – 7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox (Haren)
Fri. – 7:05 p.m. vs. Atlanta Braves (Detwiler)
Sat. – 1:05 p.m. vs. Atlanta Braves (Strasburg)
Sun. – 1:35 p.m. vs. Atlanta Braves (Gonzalez)