GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals have been on a tear at the plate in recent weeks, beating some decent pitchers along the way.
What’s a good leadoff man worth? How much difference does it make if the guy atop a team’s lineup is productive or not?
The Nationals' lineup — in its current, injury-plagued form — is not particularly effective against right-handed pitching.
2013 record: 90-72, 3rd place in NL Central
Manager: Bryan Price, 1st season
Estimated 2014 payroll: $103 million
From Comcast SportsNetCINCINNATI (AP) -- Joaquin Arias hit a grounder toward third base and took off, covering those 90 feet in a blink as a full-to-capacity ballpark went silent with angst.Which w