The Nationals are in second place coming to the end of April, filling players with optimism as they push into May. The Nationals are currently 10-9, but pitching has been subpar with the offense providing most of the support.
"You can’t keep denying us. Nobody gives us credit for anything — until we beat their [rear end]," Nationals outfielder Willie Harris said. Then he added, obliquely, "I feel like we’re going to be right there where we need to be when it’s time to be there. Strasburg, Storen, those guys, if we’re playing well and we got a chance to be there, those guys are coming."
Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen, the Nationals two first round picks last season are nearing the majors, and their soon-to-be teammates are anxiously awaiting their arrival. Strasburg has pitched 12.1 innings this season, posting a 2-0 record with a 0.73 ERA and 17 strike outs to 3 walks. Storen, the teams closer, has posted a 1.23 ERA with 3 saves and 8 strike outs to just 1 walk. Both players will provide some much needed support in their designated areas, the starting rotation and bullpen, respectively.
"We’ve got to keep grinding like this," said Zimmerman, grinning. "Help is on the way. It’s going to be a fun summer."
2010 may be a little early for the Nationals in making a playoff run, but who knows, maybe they can ride some momentum and make a serious run at the playoffs, or give teams trouble on their way to October.