NL East spring training update

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Washington Nationals

After Miami, the Nationals have been the second-best team record wise in the NL East during spring training.  That is due to their well-balanced attack of hitting and pitching.

Center fielder Denard Span has been leading the way with a .429 batting average.  Ryan Zimmerman is in mid-season form hitting .389.  Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche each have two home runs.  Things are looking promising for the Nationals’ offense as they look to rebound from 2013 and return to the playoffs once again.

One of the strengths of Washington is by far their pitching.  Jordan Zimmerman has yet to allow a run in 9.0 innings of work.  Stephen Strasburg has a 1.80 ERA in five innings, and Gio Gonzalez is only giving up a .250 batting average to opponents.  Drew Storen and Ross Detwiler have not been as impressive as they are known to be, but with the starting pitching and offense on a roll, they have time to find their groove before the season starts.

The Nationals have some young star outfielder named Bryce Harper on the roster as well.