Washington Nationals Season Preview and Tickets

The final MLB preview for the 2023 season looks – perhaps fittingly – at the worst team from 2022. The Washington Nationals finished with a 55-107 record that no level of glossing over can make look like anything other than bad. That Nationals finished an astonishing 46 games out of first place, with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets having 101 wins in 2022. The Philadelphia Phillies also had a winning record (87-75), while even the Miami Marlins were 14 games up on the Nats.

The Nationals begin the season at home, though it will be a testing start as they welcome the Braves to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning on Thursday, March 30. This is followed by a home series with another playoff team from 2022 in the Tampa Bay Rays. The Nats welcome another heavy hitter to DC in the Cleveland Guardians before finishing April with home series against the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Here are three questions for the Nationals ahead of the 2023 season.

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Three Key Questions

How much will they improve?

There is no way that the Nationals can be as bad in 2023 as they were in 2022. They finished last in the Majors by a full five games, and their immediate goal has to be to not finish with the worst record in baseball. Even some dumb luck along the way should see to that, as though the Nationals roster isn’t going to set the world on fire, it also isn’t clearly the worst in the league. The Nationals will also benefit from the new, balanced schedule that sees them play fewer games in the nasty NL East, automatically inflating the win total by not playing the Braves/Mets/Phillies as often.

Can the pitching improve?

Assuming no major changes, the rotation projects as Josiah Gray, Patrick Corbin, Trevor Williams, Cade Cavalli, and Mackenzie Gore. They are fine, but it seemed like everyone had a bad year in 2022. It isn’t inspiring, and they need Corbin to get back to pitching at the level that saw him sign a $140 million deal with the club at the end of the 2018 campaign. If just two of the starters break out – or if someone else breaks through – the staff will be better.

Is there a future with this roster?

This is probably the biggest question for Nationals fans. This is clearly not a roster that can compete in 2023, but is there a point at which it could in the future? There are talented youngsters, but there aren’t many of them. Reclamation projects are all over the roster, with some about running through their time in the big leagues. The farm isn’t producing legions of talent either, so it is hard to see where a significant change in fortune comes from without major spending over the next few years.

Upcoming Nationals Home Games (Before the All-Star Break)

Thu, March 30 – Atlanta Braves

Sat, April 1 – Atlanta Braves

Sun, April 2 – Atlanta Braves

Mon, April 3 – Tampa Bay Rays

Tue, April 4 – Tampa Bay Rays

Wed, April 5 – Tampa Bay Rays

Fri, April 14 – Cleveland Guardians

Sat, April 15 – Cleveland Guardians

Sun, April 16 – Cleveland Guardians

Tue, April 18 – Baltimore Orioles

Wed, April 19 – Baltimore Orioles

Fri, April 28 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sat, April 29 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sun, April 30 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Mon, May 1 – Chicago Cubs

Tue, May 2 – Chicago Cubs

Wed, May 3 – Chicago Cubs

Thu, May 4 – Chicago Cubs

Fri, May 12 – New York Mets

Sat, May 13 – New York Mets

Sun, May 14 – New York Mets

Mon, May 15 – New York Mets

Fri, May 19 – Detroit Tigers

Sat, May 20 – Detroit Tigers

Sun, May 21 – Detroit Tigers

Tue, May 23 – San Diego Padres

Wed, May 24 – San Diego Padres

Thu, May 25 – San Diego Padres

Fri, June 2 – Philadelphia Phillies

Sat, June 3 – Philadelphia Phillies

Sun, June 4 – Philadelphia Phillies

Tue, June 6 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Wed, June 7 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Thu, June 8 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Fri, June 16 – Miami Marlins

Sat, June 17 – Miami Marlins

Sun, June 18 – Miami Marlins

Mon, June 19 – St. Louis Cardinals

Tue, June 20 – St. Louis Cardinals

Wed, June 21 – St. Louis Cardinals

Mon, July 3 – Cincinnati Reds

Tue, July 4 – Cincinnati Reds

Wed, July 5 – Cincinnati Reds

Thu, July 6 – Cincinnati Reds

Fri, July 7 – Texas Rangers

Sat, July 8 – Texas Rangers

Sun, July 9 – Texas Rangers

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