The Nationals bullpen has been less than perfect, to put it politely. On Friday night against Atlanta, a 4-0 lead evaporated into a 6-4 defeat*. In Cincinnati on April 6, a 5-1 lead disappeared before the Nationals managed to win in extra innings. Bad bullpens are frustrating, and they can sink a season very quickly.
Also, play the Marlins, because they’re terrible. The bad news: Atlanta gets to play them too.