It appears all but a certainty now that the Nationals will open the season with Bryce Harper hitting third and Ryan Zimmerman sliding down into the cleanup role consistently for the first time in his career. And based on the way things have progressed here this spring, why wouldn't Davey Johnson want to go with that lineup arrangement?

Yes, we always have to issue the disclaimer about this only being spring training, and you should never read too much into spring training stats. OK, good, now that we have that out of the way, let's read too much into spring training stats!

Here are Harper and Zimmerman's current Grapefruit League batting lines...

HARPER: .444/.459/.806
ZIMMERMAN: .474/.474/.684


Aside from the fact they're not drawing any walks at this point, it's hard not to like those numbers. Plain and simple, both Harper and Zimmerman have been raking at the plate all spring, and neither has shown signs of easing up anytime soon.

"I don't know, I can't hit a changeup right now," Harper said in his typical downplaying fashion, pointing out the one flaw in his swing on March 14. "I'm just trying to stay as patient as I can, trying to get a pitch up in the zone and try to square up as many pitches as I can down here."