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Washington Nationals Betting Predictions – No Limit On What Nationals Can Do In 2013

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 3/3/2013 6:17:55 PM

There will be no limit on what the Washington Nationals are capable of doing in 2013. One year after finishing with the best record in the majors, only to come up short against the St. Louis Cardinals in game five of the National League Division Series with pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg watching from the dugout, the Nationals will be looking for vengeance. Washington had more regular-season wins than any other team in 2012, but 15 of those belonged to Strasburg, who was sat after reaching the innings limit the team set for him at the beginning of the year in order to protect an arm reconstructed by Tommy John surgery the previous season. Strasburg looks good in spring training ball, and will have no limit to work behind this season, which should allow the Nationals to once again challenge for the best sports betting record in baseball, and a whole lot more.

Strasburg will return to the top of one of the most dangerous starting rotations in the majors, alongside Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann. Washington allowed Edwin Jackson and Chien-Ming Wang to walk away in the offseason, but they did bring in Dan Haren from the Los Angeles Angels, who could very well be an upgrade on the exiting talent. Ross Detwiler completes a rotation that ranked second in the majors in WAR and ERA a year ago, striking out an average of 8.07 batters per inning while allowing just 0.77 home runs per nine innings. The Nationals don’t need their pitching staff to be any better than it was in 2012, but with Strasburg pitching a full year and Haren considered an upgrade to Jackson, this group should be even stronger this coming online betting season.

Strasburg isn’t the only young All-Star talent that Washington will get behind in 2013, as Bryce Harper looks to take another step forward after shining in his first full season with the club. The National League Rookie of the Year hit .270 with 22 home runs, 59 RBI, and 18 stolen bases in 2012, and will be expected to continue to build on those numbers with more experience and maturity in 2013. Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche played like stars a year ago, and the Nationals will hope for more of the same from those two veterans. Washington also added the heavily underrated Denard Span from Minnesota to provide some punch at the back end of the lineup along with Jayson Werth, making this a very solid group.

With one of the best pitching staffs in the majors, and an offense that features at least a couple of All-Star hitters and is very deep, the Nationals should once again compete for one of the best online sportsbook records in the majors in 2013. All of the pieces are in place for a deep postseason run, and with no limit on what Strasburg can do this coming year, there will also be no limit on what Washington can do in the NL East and beyond.

Projected Record: 102-64; 1st In NL East

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