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Game #15 Recap: Detwiler Fantastic Again

One night after a depleted lineup, aided by a poor pitching performance, got shellacked by the Miami Marlins; the Nats turned to Ross Detwiler to ensure that one loss did not turn into a streak. Detwiler fully obliged and stole the show as he is in every one of his starts thus far, going seven innings on 107 pitches allowing one lone run on seven hits while striking out five.

The offense, with Bryce Harper back in the lineup, did something it does not do often: get to Ricky Nolasco. Well, somewhat. In the top of the second, following a LaRoche single and a Desmond single and stolen base a groundout and sac-fly brought both home to put the Nats up 2-0.

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Game #13 Recap: Zimmermann Shines, Nats offense explodes

The Nationals went into Miami on the heels of a sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals needed a big game to get back into a groove and they would get just what they were looking for on Monday night. The offense exploded for 10 runs and Jordan Zimmermann cut the Marlins down to pick up the win.

Jordan Zimmermann took the hill against Wade LeBlanc in the opening game of the series, but the Nats offense was the story in the first inning. LeBlanc couldn't seem to get an out as Denard Span and Jayson Werth opened the game with singles and Bryce Harper drew a walk. Ryan Zimmerman came to the plate and smacked a single up the middle to plate 2 runs. Harper was thrown out at 3rd trying to advance, but replay would show later he was safe.​ Ian Desmond hit a double that put Zimmerman at 3rd. Tyler Moore brought them home shortly after to put the Nats up 4-0 and give them a lead they would not relinquish.

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Series #5 Preview: Nats at Marlins

It was a rough weekend for the Nats, Atlanta cameto DC hot, with only one loss on the season and left in a similar fashion. The Braves swept the Nats, with little fight put up by the Nats on Saturday and Sunday. Run production was a problem for the Nationals over the course of the Braves series. They scored four in game one, one run in game two and didn’t make it on the board in the final game. Batting averages have been dropping like flies. Adam LaRoche, who is a notoriously slow starter, has a .540 OPS. Danny Espinosa is also struggling, mustering only a .583 OPS with a .233 OBP in 43 PA’s. It is not all doom and gloom on the offensive front, Bryce Harper (1.096 OPS), Denard Span (.423 OBP) and Kurt Suzuki (1.101 OPS) are all batting over .300.

The Nats needs a slump buster and, barring a disaster, they have one tailor-made when they face the Marlins for their second time this season down in sunny Florida. As most fans remember, the Marlins came to DC for the opening series and were swiftly dispensed with over the course of three games. The Marlins are sitting on a 2-10 record and a -1.8 SRS. If all goes well the Nats can leave south Florida 10-5 and head to New York where they will next take on the Mets. 

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Game 2 Recap: Gio Does it All in Nats Win

Gio Gonzalez came into Wednesday night's game for his first start of the season. He had a tough act to follow after Strasburg's scoreless opening day game, but he would deliver and even take it up another level.​

Gio was able to go 6 innings, allowing no earned runs, picked up 5 K's and allowed only 2 hits. Gio allowed a walk to the Miami battery, Slowey and Olivo, but the walks would not doom the Nats in any way. Gio looked like he was having fun in tonight's game, such as when he picked up a ground ball to tag out Polanco, who stopped running and jokingly ran away from Gio. The trademark grin, was on full display when Slowey served up a hanging curve that Gio put a good swing on. The ball landed in the left field seats to give the Nats a 1 run lead and a fairly uncommon pitcher's home run.​

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Game #1 Recap: Strasburg & Harper Shine Opening Day

After what seemed like an extremely long Spring Training, the Nationals finally opened the season against the Miami Marlins.  ​The Nationals played excellent defense, pitched well, and got a few big hits from Bryce Harper to lock down the 0-2 win.

Stephen Strasburg was solid on the hill, giving up no runs, collecting 3 K's and pitching 7 strong innings. Strasburg's 7 strong innings set the tone for the game, one the Nationals would show their pitching dominance throughout.​ Strasburg was very efficient with his pitches on opening day, he threw 80 pitches,  52 of which were strikes. Through the 7 innings Strasburg pitched, he averaged 11.4 pitches per inning.

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Series #1 Preview: Nationals vs. Marlins

First off, Happy Opening Day! It has been 170days very, very long days since Game Five of the National League Divisional Series (NLDS) between the Saint Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals. Most devoted Nationals fans have gone through at least one, if not all, of the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance), but thankfully the 2013 baseball season is here and the Nats are in an even better position to compete for the World Series than they were at any point than they were during the 2012 campaign.

Since last off-season’s spending spree that brought in a lot of high price talent prior to the 2012 season, the Marlins have sold, traded or cut everyone acquired during that time period. With the exception of Giancarlo Stanton the Marlins are devoid of much offensive power. Stanton finished the 2012 season with career highs in home runs (37), batting average (.290), on-base percentage (.361) and slugging percentage (.608). Along with trading away most of its talent, the Marlins also cut its payroll in half and start the season with seven players on the disabled list. It will likely be a long season The Marlins rookie manager, Mike Redmond.

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Don't Overlook the Marlins

In 2012 the Marlins went 69-93 with such big names as Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell. All of those players are now gone along with Omar Infante, Emilio Bonifacio, Anabal Sanchez, and John Buck. But when you break it all down the Marlins lost a lot more names than they did talent. The trade with the Blue Jays wasn't a good one and the Marlins may never be able to sign a big name free agent again, but they also may never have to. Take a look at a perennial contender like the Texas Rangers or the Cincinnati Reds. Neither of those teams have made any huge free agent signings outside of the international market and they are both expected to be among the better teams in 2013.  ​

The Marlins aren't there yet, but they also aren't nearly as bad as everyone expects them to be. Too many people are focused on the lackluster line-up they will put out there on Opening Day instead of the line-up they could have for most of the season. Instead of Placido Polanco at third base imagine it is Derek Dietrich who has hit .278/.342/.470 in three minor league seasons and the Marlins acquired from the Rays for Yunel Escobar, or Zack Cox who has hit .285/.339/.424 in three minor league seasons and that the Marlins acquired from the Cardinals in exchange for Edward Mujica. Placido Polanco will get the Opening Day nod but he isn't going to be the Marlins primary third baseman in 2013. Whichever one of the prospects is playing better will grab that job and spend most of 2013 there, and while neither appear to be stars one of them is going to be a solid major leaguer.

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