The Washington Nationals loom as a serious threat in the National League thanks in large part to their outstanding pitching staff. That was on display Thursday as one of their biggest names, Stephen Strasburg, dominated the Miami Marlins over the course of 6 2/3 innings, striking out 12 hitters while allowing only one run.
Not to be lost, however, is the fact that the Nationals have a formidable lineup as well. Perhaps one of the biggest advantages they have over much of their competition is the thump they get from the shortstop position courtesy of Ian Desmond. He had 25 home runs in 2012 and 20 home runs in 2013, and it looks like he is on pace for a similar mark in 2014.
In the bottom of the 8th inning of a tight affair with the Marlins, Desmond put it out of reach with this grand slam.
Regardless of the opponent, the Nationals showed on Thursday just how scary they can be when everything is clicking.