3 Biggest Surprises So Far for the Washington Nationals This Season

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3 Biggest Surprises So Far for the Washington Nationals This Season
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Going into the 2013 MLB season, it seemed everyone was picking the Washington Nationals to win the World Series—and for good reason.

Their starting rotation is stacked, their lineup is challenging, their bullpen has been beefed up and with names like Gio Gonzalez, Bryce Harper, Adam LaRoche and Rafael Soriano, the Nats are poised for a repeat—and then some—of their 2012 marquee season. 

However, nearly two months in, it's safe to say that the Nationals have yet to hit their stride.

Thanks to a number of early-season injuries, manager Davey Johnson has been forced to place a different lineup on the field every week. So far, the Nationals' performance has been rather unpredictable from game to game.

While they sometimes play like the reigning NL East champions, at other times they play like, well, something else.

Following are the three biggest surprises—both good and bad—for the Washington Nationals so far this season. 

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