Washington Nationals 2013 Season Preview:
Manager: Davey Johnson (3rd Season)
2012 Record: 98-64 (1st in NL Central)
Key Additions: OF Denard Span, P Zach Duke, P Dan Haren, 1B Adam LaRoche, P Rafael Soriano
Key Losses: 1B Michael Morse, P Edwin Jackson, P Tom Gorzelanny
2013 Outlook: If not for an inning limit on ace Stephen Strasburg, The Washington Nationals might have been World Series Champions. In 2013 no innings count applies. The Nationals pitching staff is top five caliber with Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Herin, and Ross Detwiler. Top to bottom, this might be the best rotation in baseball. If they can stay healthy on the mound, they will be tough to beat.
The lineup is just as impressive as the rotation. Second year phenom Bryce Harper is the centerpiece of what could be the best top to bottom batting order in baseball. Harper, 3B Ryan Zimmerman, OF Jayson Werth and SS Ian Desmond will make things difficult on the opposition. Manager Davey Johnson has plenty of pieces on the bench and bullpen to compliment his rotation and lineup.
Expect the Washington Nationals to make a run deep into the playoffs. The dogfight they will face in the NL East with the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will prepare them for tough teams in the playoffs. Anything less than a World Series appearance should be considered a failure.