Will The Nationals Compete This Year?

Jason KimCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2010

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Space Coast Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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People used to think of the Nationals as the easiest team to beat: thinking of them as an automatic win, and an embarrassment if you were swept by them. But they USED to. The Nationals will compete this year, thanks to key additions.

On offense, you have speedy Morgan, all around Zimmerman, and slugger Adam Dunn. With Bruntlett, he can give guys days off.

On pitching, you have Miguel Batista, Bruney, Capps, Wang, Lannan, Martin, and Strasburg. This is a very improved pitching staff, and may be in the Top 10 in MLB in pitching categories this year.

Overall, this is an improved ballclub. These players will give Nats' fans to come to ballgames, and have something to cheer about. They will contend for the Wild Card, and put some pressure on opposing competing teams in September. But they're just getting started. Look for them in future years.