The Washington Nationals have potentially the best lineup in the National League entering the 2013 season. A huge part of the composition of that lineup is in the projected third and fourth spots in the lineup that encompass the dynamic offense of Bryce Harper followed by the great all-around hitting makeup of Ryan Zimmerman.
Harper took home the Rookie of the Year after hitting 26 doubles, 22 home runs, 59 RBI and nine triples in only 139 games in 2012. His ability to steal bases makes him an even bigger threat in the Nats lineup as he swiped 18 bags last year.
Zimmerman, the Nats' cleanup hitter this season, hit 36 doubles, 25 home runs and 95 RBI after struggling through shoulder injuries for the majority of the season. His second half, after receiving treatment on his shoulder, might give a glimpse of what to expect if he's healthy in 2013. He hit .319 with 17 home runs, compared to an abysmal .243 average and only eight home runs in the first half.
When taking a look at the rest of the NL, it is imperative not to overlook the potential that lies in fellow NL East foes the Atlanta Braves.