Nationals Drop Spring Opener

Stephen Strasburg

The Washington Nationals stumbled out of the gate by dropping their first Spring Training game 5-3 to the New York Mets.

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg gave up a two-run home run to Ruben Tejada, but otherwise looked fine for his first time on the mound in 2013. Strasburg got two innings of work and was hitting the mid 90′s with his fastball.  The Nats didn’t play many of their established veterans, but the few that did play looked good.

Mets pitching prospect Zack Wheeler threw two scoreless innings and looked very good. Fantasy baseball owners should keep tabs on this kid because he’s going to get called up at some point this season. The team plans to have him open the season in Triple-A.

The most important thing for the Nats is to stay healthy this Spring. Manager Davey Johnson knows how to get a team ready for the grind of the regular season and I have no doubt this group will be ready when opening day rolls around.

Pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will be getting the start Sunday afternoon when the Nats face the Miami Marlins.

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