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Overreactions to the first month of the Washington Nationals’ 2018 season...

Max Scherzer is immortal, Nats are Capitals good luck charm and Bryce Harper is not worth the money.

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The Washington Nationals have had their highs and lows during the first month of the 2018 season. From Max Scherzer being his usual self, to sitting behind the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets in the division. I was inspired by the Ringer to write a few overreactions on the Nationals’ season because it’s fun to overreact about things good or bad.

1. The Thing: Before the start of the 2017 season, the Washington Nationals agreed on a deal that would send their top pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning to the Chicago White Sox for Adam Eaton. The deal was meant to give the Nationals a leadoff hitter and a solid defender in the outfielder. Eaton has been solid for the Nationals...when he is in the lineup. Eaton played 23 games in 2017 before tearing his ACL. This season, Eaton played eight games before going on the disabled list with a left ankle bone bruise.

Overreaction: Adam Eaton can’t stay healthy. The Nationals got the bad end of the Chicago White Sox deal. Eaton is not worth the pitching prospects the Nationals gave up for him.

2. The Thing: Besides hitting 12 home runs, Bryce Harper has been struggling at the plate. Harper has a .230 batting average, 40 walks and 27 strikeouts. Harper showed signs of improvement when he hit four home runs in four games. However, Harper regressed once again, going hitless in his last 20 plate appearances.

Overreaction: It’s 2016 all over again! If you remember, that’s the season after Harper was named NL MVP in 2015, where he had a .243 batting average. Harper had a strong start that year until teams (ie. Chicago Cubs) decided to walk him. That led Harper to start chasing pitches.

A similar thing is happening to Harper this season, which makes me question: is he really worth a $400 million contract.

3. The Thing: Nationals’ pitcher Max Scherzer is dominating on the mound, which is expected. The reigning National League Pitcher of the Month is 6-1 with a 1.74 ERA. Scherzer, who leads the league in strikeouts, recently became the first pitcher in MLB history to strike out 15 while recording 19 outs or less.

Overreaction: Max Scherzer is immortal. He is the greatest pitcher baseball has ever seen. Scherzer is a gift from the baseball gods. Forget about Clayton Kershaw. Scherzer is the best pitcher in the game right now.

4. The Thing: Caps advance to Eastern Conference Finals, ending a 20-year drought.

Overreaction: Since the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nationals have shown their support for the local hockey team by wearing Capitals gear on game days. After the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins (finally!!!!), it’s clear that the Nationals are a good luck charm. The Nationals need to continue rocking the red so the Capitals can bring home a championship title that D.C. sports fan have been dying for.