Gio Gonzalez has had 3 12 months to prepare for his first start with the Nationals. Once he takes the mound Saturday in Chicago, the lefty hopes all those butterflies disappear.
As closers around the league continue to go down with injuries, the Nationals' decision to sign Brad Lidge looks increasingly smart.
Though their Opening Day payroll is up 27 percent from last season, the Nationals still rank in the bottom half among all major-league clubs.
After playing just one game in Marlins Park, Lance Berkman predicts they will move the fences in at some point.
Brad Lidge hadn't pitched in a save situation since 2010. When he got the call yesterday, the Nationals' new reliever felt right at home.