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Wire Taps: Jeremy Hellickson nears bigs; Bryce Harper only getting better; Adam Eaton continues building strength

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before today’s home opener with the Mets.

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

So, yesterday wasn’t pretty. Good news? Home opener, Stephen Strasburg, and frigid weather are on tap for today. Hopefully, it’s just a one-time occurrence for Max Scherzer.

In the meantime, for the first time this year: Here’s what’s happening on Half Street.

Formidable foursome gets Nats off to fast start
The first time through the rotation, the Nats' top four pitchers did exactly what they were supposed to do. Of course, A.J. Cole didn't exactly impress, and Max Scherzer struggled yesterday — but the first four games showed us what this Nats rotation can be.

Off to fast start, Eaton continues building strength in knee
Adam Eaton was happy about his Player of the Week honor, but was more pleased with being able to play without limits.

Nationals Jeremy Hellickson nearing Majors
Jeremy Hellickson threw 92 pitches in West Palm last Monday, and will likely get some seasoning in the minors before joining the Nats' big-league club.

Hellickson throws solid six innings in Florida warmup game
It's just a matter of consistency, according to Dave Martinez, who's still undecided on the fifth starter slot.

The Bullpen returns to Nationals Park, and a new slew of options open
All-Purpose Pizzeria! Declaration! CAVA! Aslin Beer Garden! Food!

Bryce Harper has hit four home runs in three games, and ‘he’s getting even better’
Bryce Harper looks exactly like what Bryce Harper should look like right now: a dominating power hitter that has a good eye, is making contact everywhere, and isn't chasing too much.

The Braves' organist trolled Bryce and the Nationals
"Go, Cubs, Go," and "New York, New York," played as Harper walked to the dish on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ha.

How baseball's best ever free-agent class is preparing for the ultimate walk year
Bryce Harper just wants to focus on the day-to-day for now. Manny Machado wants to go to the playoffs. Josh Donaldson is trying to stay focused as well.

Where Nats prospects are starting 2018
Victor Robles is in Syracuse! Anderson Franco is in Hagerstown! And 28 other prospects...

Adam Eaton makes absurd catch in left field
His knee, in case you hadn't noticed, is feeling a lot better than it was.

Today’s Game: Mets vs. Nationals — 1:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Jacob deGrom vs. Stephen Strasburg