In baseball over a 162 game season it’s helpful to be either good or exciting.  The Nationals are both in fantastic form so far this season.  The 14-4 start is the best-ever in franchise history and they’re winning in memorable fashion.  Sadly, Sunday’s sweet 16 inning marathon somewhat obscures Saturday’s gem tossed by Tanner Roark as well as Friday’s win that featured both power (Jayson Werth going yard again) and pitching (8 strikeouts by Gio Gonzalez).  Can this team sustain a .777 winning percentage over six months?  Highly unlikely.  But while they’ll eventually return to the stratosphere-this is one fun run to be witness to.

Last Week’s Heroes- Bryce Harper followed up a monster week with one where he merely slugged .783 and homered three times.  Jayson Werth looks better with every game played in left field (nice rob Friday night).  Yusmeiro Petit posted a 1.86 ERA over 9.2 innings out of the bullpen.  And don’t sleep on Tanner Roark’s 15 strikeouts from Saturday’s victory (easy to do so after Sunday’s marathon).

Last Week’s Humbled- Anthony Rendon hit just .200 with no RBI over 30 at-bats.  Max Scherzer allowed an early homer and 5 earned runs over 5 innings in a loss to Miami.

Game to Watch- Sunday in St. Louis Scherzer takes his 2-1 mark to the mound against the Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez (3-0, 2.70 ERA).  Nothing like a Sunday showdown to wrap up a series.

Game to Miss- the sad process of elimination takes any Scherzer and Strasburg starts off the table.  I’m also curious about Joe Ross’s blistered index finger as well as how Tanner Roark will fare following a 15-strikeout effort.  Gio Gonzalez, despite a 1.42 ERA and a 20 to 4 strikeout to walk ratio over 19 innings, loses out.  And that’s even with the coolest hair/beard combo on the staff.

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