David Wright


If the preseason predictions are to be believed, the Washington Nationals are supposed to waltz through the National League East without much resistance.


It didn't take long for the juiced up Opening Day crowd at Nationals Park to see just what all the hoopla was about. 


With three regulars out with injuries, three players playing new positions, a rookie in center field and a natural first baseman in left, defense will surely be a big point of focus for the Nation


After three months of hype and praise, and five spring training starts, Monday will afford Max Scherzer his first opportunity to show the Nationals what they paid for this offseason.


2014 record: 79-83, t-2nd place in NL East

Manager: Terry Collins, 5th season

Estimated 2015 payroll: $98.2 million