Through three weeks of the season, it’s fair to say that the Washington Nationals aren’t meeting expectations as a team.
Following a 98-win campaign, there were lofty goals placed on the respective shoulders of the Nationals by their own organization and the media.
The Nationals currently sit at 11-11, 4.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the National League East lead.
With the New York Mets off to a decent start, it’s safe to assume the Nationals will have more competition than they expected this season within the division.
With close to 140 games left to be played, there certainly is no reason to hit the panic button yet. The Nationals are led by a savvy, experienced manager in Davey Johnson, who should be able to get them back on track sooner rather than later.
Aside from their early-season inconsistencies, the Nationals are also experiencing a couple of promising surprises throughout the first three weeks of play.
The following piece will take a look at the four biggest surprises thus far for Washington.