Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The Washington National enter their 11th season playing baseball in the “NATIONS CAPITAL” and are looking to take it to another level. The Franchise established in 1969 as the Montreal Expos. Washington has won the East Division two of the past three season’s The 2014 Nationals ran away, winning the East by 17-games. The Nationals lost in the National League Divisional Series 1-3 to the San Francisco Giants. There is optimism in the Beltway entering the 2015 Baseball season. 30 miles to the north Baseball fans in nearby Baltimore pumped about their team. The summer is going to be exciting in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area.
This Sports Handicapper believes the 2015 version of the Washington Nationals are putting an even better product on the “DIAMOND”. Former Detroit Tiger hurler Max Scherzer is going to be the opening day starter for the Nationals. Washington has been invading the “MOTOR CITY” for pitching help, they also have Doug Fister on the roster. Fister is also a former Tiger. The Washington Nationals pitching staff looks stout and easily the best in the East Division. Right Hander Stephen Strasburg is entering his sixth season as the ace of the staff. Strasburg is coming off of a (14-11) campaign, with a 3.24 era in 2014. The Nationals also have “LEFTY” Gio Gonzalez, Craig Stammen and Jordan Zimmermann. The five will form a great rotation as the Nationals defends their National League East title. Washington is coming off of an 96-66 MLB Predictions record. Washington’s pitching staff looks like one of the best in the National League.
Washington Nationals fans like seeing outfielder Bryce Harper make spectacular plays from his Left Field position. Harper is a rising star in the Major League Baseball Landscape. The Las Vegas native is confident and cocky. Thirteen-year veteran Right fielder Jason Werth and the athletic Denard Span round out the outfield. Denard Span will miss the first 4-6 Weeks after going under the knife on March 9th. Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Anthony Rendon and Yunel Escobar protect the infield. Zimmerman is one of the best long ball hitters in the National League. Utility man Danny Escobar can play just about any position on the “DIAMOND”, Wilson Ramos is behind the plate. Bovada.Lv has the Washington Nationals at 3/1 to win the 2015 National League crown.