In my latest for MASNSports.com, I take a look at the Washington Nationals upcoming schedule, where after they complete the ongoing series with the New York Mets, they host the World Series champion San Francisco Giants before setting out on a 10-day, nine-game road trip against Philly, Florida and Atlanta.
It would be a brutal test regardless, but made even more daunting by the fact the team is still without their best player, Ryan Zimmerman, who just yesterday started light baseball activities. He'll need a rehab stint once he's comfortable taking batting practice, so he's still at least a week to ten days away.
The Nats really need their best players to start playing well, and that includes free agent signees Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche. Both were supposed to be "impact players", but neither are hitting higher than .240 right now. Add the shocking number of outfield errors by Werth (he committed his third last night), and it's been a recipe for disaster.
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