Welcome back, Baseball. The grueling 162-game regular season got under way at the end of last week and the Nationals won the season-opening series against the Chicago Cubs two games to one. The one loss came on a day when the starting pitcher, Jordan Zimmerman, gave them every chance to win by only giving up one-earned run (another run was unearned) and exiting the game for a pinch-hitter in a 2-1 game before eventually falling by a score of 4-3. The Nationals travel to New York to open a three-game series against the Mets (3-0 after slashing their payroll like no one else before them) before their home-opener this Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Capitals made good on Brooks Laich’s guarantee and secured the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. They will take on the Boston Bruins who they defeated three times in four meetings. However, the Bruins are the defending champions and will have the benefit of the home-ice advantage, and the Caps will have their work cut out for them. The opening game of the series will come Thursday, and the Caps will look to maintain the momentum they hope they built when they defeated the conference-leading New York Rangers 4-1 to end the regular season.
Also, the Wizards begin the final ten games of a season that ended long ago tonight in Charlotte. The Wizards are on a current five-game losing streak and are looking for their first win on the month. One of the few bright spots for the Wizards as of late is the play of forward, Kevin Seraphin who has filled the void left by the trade of JaVale McGee.
And last, but not least, the DC United played the Seattle Sounders to a 0-0 draw at RFK Stadium this past week. Coming off a 4-1 result in the previous game, the United were able to get a result against one of the better teams in the league and appear to be playing better as of late.