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Ranking MLB rotations: Nationals near the top of the list

Ranking MLB rotations: Nationals near the top of the list

For The Win, part of USA Today, as part of their preseason rankings released their rotation rankings and had the Nationals second overall. 

Per For The Win:

The offseason trade of prospects Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez cost the Nats some depth, and a prolonged injury to dominant but brittle Stephen Strasburg could send Washington plummeting down this list. The Nats will work to manage Strasburg’s workload between starts this season in an effort to keep him healthy all year. Ace Max Scherzer comes with far fewer question marks: The 32-year-old righty has made at least 30 starts in each of the last eight seasons and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tanner Roark enjoyed a breakout season at age 29 in 2016, Joe Ross is only 23 and maintains big-time talent, and Gio Gonzalez appears at the very least a safe bet to stay healthy and gobble up league-average innings.

Despite not trading for Chris Sale in the off-season, the Nationals still were near the top of the rankings proving just how solid a Scherzer-Strasburg-Roark top of the rotation is. 

Although they did note that it wasn't really that close between the second-place Nationals and the top-ranked Boston Red Sox, who landed the aforementioned Sale, but the Nats were two spots ahead of the New York Mets.

The NL East looked a lot like the win projections that came out earlier this week, the Nats atop the divison followed closely by New York and then everyone else lags behind.

Locally, the Orioles were ranked 24th in the rankings. Despite not making any moves to the rotation, they avoided being even closer to the bottom thanks to the hope that the oft-injured Dylan Bundy may finally be healthy.

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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

CLICK HERE TO FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE CRAZIEST BALLPARK FOODS YOU'LL FIND AROUND MLB THIS YEAR

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Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. 

Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger caused him to miss the start of spring training, and the World Baseball Classic. 

Scherzer did, however, make his first MLB spring training start of 2017 on Wednesday. The 2016 NL Cy Young award winner allowed two earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He added four strikeouts and one walk, and reportedly looked just like you would expect from Max Scherzer. 

"To be out there competing, throwing all my pitches, throwing them for strikes, that's a great first outing," Scherzer told Eddie Matz of ESPN after the game. "Finger's good. Finger feels like a finger. I'm getting through that injury. It's behind me now."

With Scherzer set to open the season as the third starter in the rotation, that likely means that Stephen Strasburg will start on opening day against the Miami Marlins, and Tanner Roark will slot in behind him. 

While it's nice to have your ace pitcher starting on opening day, it's not a huge deal to have Scherzer start the season third in the rotation, especially because the Nationals starting rotation is the strength of the team

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