Nationals have a quality pitching staff

Led by Stephen Strasburg, Nats' young arms have been dominant to begin season

Originally Published: April 21, 2012
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Gio Gonzalez bounced out of the Nationals' dugout wearing a smile as wide as the strike zone. He smiles a lot, he always has, and he should: He is 26, left-handed and signed long term, and throws 95 mph with a good changeup and a curveball that calcifies left-handed hitters. And, most important, he is a critical member of the best pitching staff in the game.

We've been hearing for two years about this possibility, but it might have arrived in Washington a year early. Through Friday, ...

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