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April 01, 2013
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April 01, 2013

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B-T BA OBP SLG HR RBI SB K
CF DENARD SPAN
L-L .275 .338 .377 4 43 18 66
RF JAYSON WERTH
R-R .285 .376 .466 18 65 15 128
LF BRYCE HARPER
L-R .285 .366 .508 26 82 23 132
3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN
R-R .287 .357 .491 27 98 4 113
1B ADAM LAROCHE
L-L .270 .355 .499 28 91 0 132
SS IAN DESMOND
R-R .273 .318 .435 18 69 24 132
2B DANNY ESPINOSA
S-R .253 .332 .439 22 68 22 165
C KURT SUZUKI
R-R .259 .312 .377 10 48 3 66
BENCH
OF ROGER BERNADINA
L-L .262 .330 .385 7 29 16 63
2B STEVE LOMBARDOZZI
S-R .281 .327 .386 4 23 7 38
IF CHAD TRACY
L-R .241 .298 .348 2 11 0 19

Enemy Lines

A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE NATIONALS

Top to bottom, this is a really good team—they're better than they were last year.... Stephen Strasburg's fastball is obviously a plus-plus pitch, but his secondary stuff has become really good. His curveball is excellent and his changeup has developed into one of the best. It's 88--89 mph, which is what the average fastball is.... Gio Gonzalez has a swing-and-miss curveball and a plus fastball, and his command has really improved.... Jordan Zimmermann could be a No. 2 starter for a championship team. On this club he's No. 3. He has four plus pitches and attacks hitters.... At 4 and 5 in the rotation Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler are as good as a lot of teams have at 2 and 3.... Detwiler had always thrown across his body, but last year they got him in line. Now he's throwing 93--94 with his two-seamer away to righthanded hitters.... Bryce Harper showed me a lot last year when he finished strong. Usually when a young kid starts to free-fall he can't stop. He does get himself out sometimes by not cutting his swing down.... Denard Span finally gives them a true leadoff hitter. And he'll take the pressure off Harper, who won't have to try to play centerfield.... Ian Desmond has matured into a very good hitter—he used to be a prospect who made a ton of errors and gave away at bats. They did a really good job staying patient with him.... Rafael Soriano gets people out as a closer. His fastball stays out of the middle of the plate, and he pitches to both sides. Everything he throws has late action.

The Lineup

2013 Projected Statistics

MANAGER DAVEY JOHNSON

Third season with the Nationals

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

NEW ACQUISITION

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