This is Casey Mitchell guest blogging for ST today. When the season began, we all knew that the Nationals would be more competitive than they have in the past, but with the way they have been playing lately there is no reason to think that they can't win the division. I know that it is early in the season and they are only up by .5 games, but they have one of the best pitchers in the league in Stephan Strasburg and a great young talent in Bryce Harper. Also their 2.64 team ERA leads the big leagues, and when you're pitching like that, you're going to win some baseball games. Bryce Harper has been a blast to watch ever since he came up. Only 19 years old, he has gotten the attention of the entire sporting world, including Cole Hamels. When he plunked Harper, the worst thing that he could have done was admit that he was trying to hit him, although a five game suspension for a starting pitcher isn't anything more than a day off. I think the Nationals have the talent to be a playoff contender, but there is still a lot of baseball to be played.
When Derrick Rose went down in game one I was still sure that the Bulls would be able to get past the Sixers in the first round. Six games is all Philadelphia needed to prove me wrong. The eight seeded 76ers took it to the one seeded Bulls for only the fifth time in NBA history. Now it looks like the Miami Heat have a clear path to the NBA Finals.