|The Washington Nationals have won the division for the fourth title in the last six years and are built to win. The|
question is, can this team execute and perform in the post season like they have in the regular season?
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|4||St. Louis Cardinals||NL||75||68||3.86||143||143||40||57||1281.1||1226||604||550||160||427||1185|
Pitching: The Nationals have one constant throughout these four division titles and that has been the pitching staff. The addition and long term signing of ace Max Scherzer, the maturation of Gio Gonzalez, and the emergence of Stephen Strasburg have this team stacked and ready to take on any MLB lineup. With Mad Max and Strasburg having late season DL visits, it's great to see them rounding back into form. In Strasburg's case he now is the franchise leader in scoreless innings with 34 consecutive and counting. Not to mention Gio's consistency all season. The fact that these three pitchers are in consideration for the NL Cy Young, which is unheard of says a lot about this team. Fans have gotten so used to this amazing staff that when the back end of the bullpen was blowing saves and games they were ready to fire everybody including Mike Rizzo. The starters have always carried their weight and normally the bullpen did also but it didn't start out that way this season. The trade deadline acquisitions of Ryan Madson, Brain Kintzler, and Sean Doolittle have made this bullpen a strength and not a weakness. Check out the ranking of the Nationals pitching staff in the NL.
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Offense: This Nationals offense has been explosive at times, leading the MLB with 24 games scoring 10+ runs and haven't missed a beat with all the aforementioned injuries. When the team has had so many injuries at key positions and players but are still 33 games over .500 that says alot about the team and franchise. With players like Adam Eaton, Jason Werth, Michael Taylor and of course Bryce Harper missing extended time and the offense still produces, what else can you say. Mike Rizzo has drafted well, made quality free agent acquisitions and haven't mortgaged the future. In the first hour of episode 68 of Sports On The Hill Podcast we broke down this team and how good this team really is. With players like Wilmer Difo, Adrian Sanchez, Michael Taylor, Brian Goodwin and many others the talent on this team is amazing. All teams have injuries and have to deal with adversity but being 32 games above .500 with all these injuries just shows this team truly believes in itself and each other. Some GM's would have mortgaged the future for a long shot run at the World Series but not Rizzo. The fact that this team can play small ball or hit the long ball makes this team dangerous and able to adapt to any type of game. Just look at these team numbers and how impressive they are. Mind you I didn't even mention Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman or Anthony Rendon.....This lineup is loaded.
Intangibles: With the post season disappointments and let downs the Nationals have faced through the past six seasons, it can only fuel them even more to reach their ultimate goal as a team. The combination of youth, experience, superstars and dedicated ball players, this team has a comfort level and feel about them that hopefully equals post season success. The talent is there, the desire is there now it's just time to execute and continue to play fundamental Nationals baseball and everything else will take care of itself. With the Dodgers free falling right now the Nationals are only 5 games behind them for the best record in the NL and home field advantage throughout the divisional playoffs. I can go on and on about this team but ill let the pros of MLB Network do it for you. I truly believe this team is built for a long run in the post season. The experience, skill, talent, desire and will this team has, there is no reason this team shouldn't have to win it all. #LetGoNats
|Great breakdown of the Nats by MLB Network and love them showing the|
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