How many games will the Washington Nationals win? Do you think the Nationals will make the postseason? If so, as a Wild Card or by winning the division? Who will be the Nationals' breakout star or key factor for the team?
We answered these questions for a 2015 Nationals Prediction post on Pressbox D.C. which features a number of local writers and personalities like Phil Backert from Sirius/XM, Andrew Bailey from the Red Porch Report, writer David Driver from Pressbox and D.C. baseball institution Phil Wood from MASN.
We'll include our own answers here, but you can read what the rest of them predicted through the link at the bottom. And thanks to Justin from Pressbox D.C. for asking us...
Pressbox: How many games will the Washington Nationals win?
FBB: "My official guess in our season preview was 94 wins. It's hard to imagine them going 15-4 against the Mets again this season, though it's possible. The Nationals were 13-6 against Miami, and the Marlins appear improved. Plus, I think the early-season injury issues might mean a slow start."
Pressbox: Do you think the Nationals will make the postseason? If so, as a Wild Card or by winning the division?
FBB: "I think you will see a return to the postseason for the third time in four years for the Nationals. I think it would take some sort of epic fail for them to not win the division, even though the Marlins are clearly a better team this year and could cause trouble. But I still think the Nationals should be able to beat up on the other three teams."
Pressbox: Who will be the Nationals' breakout star or key factor for the team?
FBB: "I said last October, going into the postseason, that I was expecting big things from Bryce Harper since he was finally healthy and seems to like a big stage. A year removed from the injury issues and another year older, I think Harper is due to have a next-level breakout. He's already pretty good despite what I read on the Internet about him being overrated."
Check out everyone's responses through the link below:
What do you think?: How many wins are you predicting? Will the Nats return to the postseason? Will they repeat as NL East champs? Who will be the key to the Nationals' success? Share your answers below... in the comments section... down there... after the FBB links, random links from around SBN and whatever else is down there...