Ovechkin and the Caps are on fire (USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- There's lots going on in D.C. so I turned the crockpot on low and blended this recipe together.
It hasn't been a Disney movie start to the season, but everything is quite alright for the 4-2 Washington Nationals.
Bryce Harper - He leads the team in the following categories: runs (5), hits (9), homers (3), RBI (5), total bases (19), total awesomeness (42.6 million percent). The only number that isn't wowing are his zero stolen bases.
The Catching situation - They say competition brings the best out in people, and that's proving to be the case for both Wilson Ramos and Kurt Suzuki. Mark Zuckerman has a nice take with quotes from Suzuki.
Denard Span - Some bitter Nats fans see what Michael Morse is doing in Seattle and cringe at the thought of him potentially mashing 40 home runs. Others see Denard Span's seven walks (good for second in the NL) and .444 on base percentage, and can breathe a sigh of relief.
Ian Desmond - I'm not entirely worried about his 4/23 start at the plate or his team leading seven strikeouts. Desmond will eventually figure that part out. It's been Desmond's glove, arm and hesitation in the field which has spurred painful memories of his struggles at the shortstop position in 2010, a season filled with 34 errors. His four errors to start the season have been an unforeseen bit of trouble.
Dan Haren - He's cool dude. Definitely someone to grab a beer with. But as far as being a capable fourth starter on a team chasing a pennant? The jury is out after his six earned runs and extremely hittable fastball. Capable starters Christian Garcia and newly added Chris Young could be breathing down his neck by May.
What's Good - Umm, how about everything? Much like we all did prematurely with the 2012 Redskins season, the Capitals looked like dead men walking just three weeks. They were the butt of many a joke inside the WUSA newsroom. There was a point in time where they were arguably worse than the Wizards. Now, Alex Ovechkin continues to haul in player of the week awards and seems to finally believe in himself. Most importantly the Caps are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Seems like they are peaking at the right this time this season, but as we are all aware in D.C., the NHL playoffs are unexplainable.
What's Bad - Giving up a top prospect like Forsberg is always a tough pill to swallow, but it reaffirmed rumblings of a Capitals rebuild were -- whether you agree with it or not -- completely false.
What's Good - I posted a point guard power rankings one month ago burying John Wall ... that I now wish I could destroy from the internet. Name a basketball player that has improved at a quicker rate than John Wall. I can't. If he can come close to posting his March numbers (22 points, 8 assists, 5 boards) in 2013-2014, the Wizards will not only make the playoffs, but they could see the second round for the first time since 2005.
What's Bad - Wizards fans love to nitpick on Twitter, but this season went from delivering a stillborn baby to something reputable. Re-sign Martell Webster, draft hybrid forward Anthony Bennett, stay healthy, and my boy Randy Wittman may see a contract extension in the middle of next season.
What's Good - Great take here from Rick Snider on how the salary cap penalty made the Redskins a smarter football operation. Additionally, I'm a big fan of the Pat White move. It's a cheap and innovative solution to try and expand the pistol offense. Like how the team was the first to integrate the read option on a full-time basis, the Redskins might become the first at implement a part-time utility quarterback to lineup in the backfield. Don't underestimate Kyle Shanahan.
What's Bad - Safety, backup running back and right tackle went unaddressed in free agency, which isn't the end of the world. The day after the Redskins won the NFC East title I argued it was Mike Shanahan's ability to find hidden gems that ultimately put Washington over the top. As long as that happens again in the 2013 NFL Draft, the 'Skins should be just as competitive.