It’s only May, but it appears as though the best race in baseball involves the Nationals and their I-95 brethren (Atlanta can blame its slow start on being located on the I-75 and I-85 crossroads).  Two and a half games separate first from fourth place in the National League East.  And with the Nats facing the Mets six times and the Marlins three times over the next week and a half, there could be some flip-flopping over the rest of May.  For now, the Nationals lead the division while three other teams are nipping at their heels.

Last Week’s Heroes- Max Scherzer tied a Major League record with 20 strikeouts against Detroit…and while he coughed up a pair of home runs, Scherzer didn’t walk a hitter.  Ninety-six of his 119 pitches (over 80%) were strikes.  Ryan Zimmerman’s bat woke up with 3 HR.  Daniel Murphy hit .409 to stay in the stratosphere.

Last Week’s Humbled- when Ben Revere returned from his oblique injury, many were thankful that now the team finally had a “legitimate leadoff hitter”.  He hit 1-for-23 last week.  Joe Ross went 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA.

Game to Watch- Tuesday Max Scherzer pitches against Noah Syndergaard in his first outing since the 20-strikeout affair.  Question is, the last time he posted his best outing of the season (9 strikeouts over 7 scoreless innings against St. Louis)- he followed it up by allowing 4 homers and 7 runs against the Cubs.  It’ll also be interesting to see how Mets fans welcome back Daniel Murphy.

Game to Miss- Friday Tanner Roark pitches against Miami.  He’s 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA against the rest of the world, and 0-3 with an ERA of 8.40 against the Marlins this year.  Perhaps they’re not the best opponent for him.

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