Looking ahead to the annual Battle of the Beltways

As the Nationals prepared to start their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, MASNsports.com’s Tom Kolker caught up with manager Jim Riggleman for his weekly video blog.

With a pitching staff that’s among the best in the majors and an offense still searching for its full potential, the Nationals are in the midst of one of the toughest divisions in baseball but are in contention as we wind through May.

During this week’s segment, Riggleman was asked about the benefits of having a speedster like Roger Bernadina in the leadoff spot, the impending road trip to New York and the current culture of baseball in the Mid-Atlantic region.

If you have any questions for the skipper, be sure to leave them in the comment box below and maybe he’ll answer them in his next installment.