MLB.com Columnist

Bill Ladson

Slowes sees big things for Harper, Nationals heading into season

Slowes sees big things for Harper, Nationals heading into season

WASHINGTON -- Broadcaster Charlie Slowes is never at a loss for words. In fact, he had a lot to say about the 2016 Nationals. The topics ranged from new manager Dusty Baker, MVP Bryce Harper to the National League East race between Washington and the Mets.

It's interesting what Slowes had to say about Harper in a video put together by MLB.com. Harper can do even better than last season, which was his NL MVP campaign.

After a disappointing season in 2015, the Nationals can fly under the radar. Unlike last year, they are not the favorites to win a World Series title.

"The Cubs, with all the moves that they've made in the National League Central, the Mets, of course, won the East, won the National League pennant and went to the World Series," Slowes said. "Now, there's going to be expectations on a club that didn't have any last year. I think the Nationals come into this year flying a little bit under the radar. But the biggest difference with this club as they start the year is they're healthy, knock on wood. Last year, they had so many injuries at this time that the Nationals really weren't ready to start the season when the bell tolled."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.