Surprising just about the entire pro baseball establishment, the perennial cellar-dwelling Washington Nationals—and not the perennial cellar-dwelling
Florida Miami Marlins—opened the 2012 season at the top of the NL East.
Starting 14-4, the Nats, led by oft-injured prospect-turned-productive pitching ace Stephen Strasburg, shoved aside one opponent after another en route to amassing a commanding lead atop the division scoreboards.
But then something happened: They started to lose.
Now, with May firmly underway, the Nats are barely struggling to hold on to their precarious position atop the standings. With the Braves surging—and the Nats floundering—we’ve got to ask: What’s going on?