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Projected Rotation: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Edwin Jackson, John Lannan
The Washington Nationals have one of the best young pitching staffs in the entire league. Their 1-3 pitchers are all 26 or younger. This could be a dominant staff in a few years, but there are still some question marks heading into 2012.
The health of Strasburg is the primary concern for the Nationals after he missed nearly all of 2011 coming off of Tommy John surgery. When healthy, Strasburg is dominant, posting a 2.54 ERA in 17 career starts.
The transition of Gio Gonzalez will also be important for Washington this season. Gio had a solid 3.12 ERA in 2011, but his road splits were nearly a run higher than his home numbers at the spacious and awkwardly named O.co Coliseum.
Jordan Zimmermann had a wonderful 2011 season, taking his game to the next level with a 3.18 ERA and a 4.0 K/BB, though he went just 8-11.
The Nationals are poised to contend for a playoff spot in 2012, with their starting rotation leading the way.