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Washington Nationals 2020 National Preview

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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 3: A general view of the empty seats with the logo of the Champions of the 2019 World Series of Washington Natinoals during the summer training of the citizens of Washington at Nationals Park on July 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott / Getty Images)

After completing a magical run in October that was covered by the first baseball title for Nation’s Capital by Washington senators back in 1924, Dave MartinezThe dance club is ready to be the first team to repeat as champions from the 2000 New York Yankees. In a shortened 2020 season, Martinez and general manager Mike Rizzo hope that their star-studded launch and timely hitting will bring Washington citizens to their fifth East Dutch crown in the past nine years.

Revision out of season

Not many teams had two high profile free agents in the same offseason, but that was the case Washington citizens. After the new signature Stephen Strasburg with a seven-year contract, $ 245 million, citizens have chosen not to sign the third star base again Anthony Rendon while signing with the Los Angeles Angels for a seven-year contract, $ 245 million. Leaving a large hole in the middle of the order, Rizzo looked for low-cost purchases and placed his hopes in the agricultural system to replace the average .319 batting and 34 domestic shots of Rendon.

As a result, citizens signed the former Marlin second bases Starlin castro to a two-year contract of $ 12 million. Castro rebounded after an abysmal first half of 2019 hitting .302 with 16 home runs after the All-Star break. Citizens also re-signed the profit Asdrubal Cabrera is “Mr. Franchising,” Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman gave up on the 2020 season, however. Citizens also brought back the hero of the World Series Howie Kendrick and signed the first baseman of the ex Milwaukee Brewers Eric Thames an annual $ 3 million contract for a platoon on first base.

After an ERA worse than 5.66, the citizens’ bullpen was in dire need of updates. Rizzo signed the former Houston Astros rescuer Will Harris to a three-year contract. Harris, who sported a 1.50 ERA in 2019, has allowed the house to move forward Kendrick in the Seven game of the 2019 World Series. Citizens also re-signed the post-season hero Daniel Hudson to a two-year deal of $ 11 million. Since the back of the bullpen was overloaded in late 2019, Rizzo added a few arms to the pen to facilitate the workload. Sean Doolittle, Wander Serum, is Tanner Rainey.


Towards the 2020 season, Washington citizens probably have the best initial spin in all baseball. Guided by the future Hall of Famer to the first ballot Max Scherzer, Strasbourg – who had an incredible postseason with an ERA of 1.98, and Patrick Corbin, the top three of the citizens are one of the best in recent memory. Anibal Sanchez rebounded in 2019 after a 0-6 start ending the season with a solid 3.85 ERA. Joe Ross was designed to be the fifth starter, but chose to give up on the 2020 season, and Austin Voth it is now in the process of being the fifth starter after a promising 2019 season in which it had a 3.30 ERA.

Although losing Rendon is a serious blow to the offense, citizens still have a 21-year-old phenomenon Juan Soto and stella shortstop Trea Turner. Citizens also have the beater “two-hole prototype” Adam Eaton, and midfielder Victor Robles he seems to be building on his beginner season up and down in the second year.

Speed ​​is also a big plus for Washington. After leading the National League into the bases stolen during the 2019 season, the Nationals have speed across the range, which will prove to be a headache for the opposing pitchers. Turner and Robles led the nationals to stolen bases with 35 and 28 respectively, despite Turner losing 40 games last season mainly due to a broken finger. In addition, Eaton and Soto also entered with 15 and 12 stolen bases, respectively.

Three questions towards 2020

Carter Kieboom on third base

The biggest question for citizens headed for 2020 is Carter KieboomThe performance of third base, both on the defensive and on the plate. Martinez named Kieboom the appetizer at third base in an interview on July 4th. Last season, Kieboom fought powerfully in a short spell in the big leagues as he hit .128 and made four mistakes in just 11 games.

There seems to be more concern for Kieboom on the defensive side, as many expect his average of .287 career minor league battles and 45 home runs to hit the big league pitch. Kieboom had defensive questions coming up in the league and has big shoes to fill in the hot corner. With a shortened season, it will be interesting to see how long the leashes will allow veteran Cabrera waiting behind the scenes for Kieboom.

Bullpen Depth

The casting depth may be the most important factor for teams in the short season. Probably with beginners not regularly participating in the launch to start the season and 60 games in 66 days, the bullpens will be heavily taxed. Despite having signed Harris into a free agency, citizens have many unknowns after their top five Roenis Elias coming out of an injury e Erick Fedde most likely the switch to bullpen. Citizens are likely to bring an unknown product to the 30-man registry, such as Dakota Bacus or James Bourque, or a veteran who has struggled in the past two seasons like Kevin Quackenbush. Even with the improved bullpen in 2020, many questions still arise in depth.

Batting Third Is …

Citizens have a hole in the middle of the order before Soto. Martinez discussed an unorthodox formation with Turner who moved to third place and mentioned Castro as a candidate despite his difficulties in spring training. Most likely, citizens will keep a three-hole right hitter to keep RLRL in the top four. This could be a good omen for a player like Kendrick, who could get a more consistent playing time with the addition of the designated hitter, or Castro. Regardless of who beats the third, there will be difficulty in replacing the All-Stars that citizens have had by hitting the third in the past as Bryce Harper and Rendon.

Projected roster

Even with question marks throughout the formation, national formation piles up very well with the rest of the National League. They have a legitimate MVP contender in Soto and complementary pieces across the range, such as Eaton and Kendrick. The nationals also sport one of the best benches in baseball with Michael A. Taylor – come out of a strong post-season – as fourth outfielder, and Kendrick, who will be limited to a platoon role to stay healthy.

Initial training

  1. Trea Turner (SS)
  2. Adam Eaton (RF)
  3. Starlin Castro (2B)
  4. Juan Soto (LF)
  5. Eric Thames / Howie Kendrick (1B)
  6. Eric Thames / Howie Kendrick / Asdrubal Cabrera (DH)
  7. Carter Kieboom (3B)
  8. Kurt Suzuki/Yan Gomes (C)
  9. Victor Robles (CF)


  1. Michael A. Taylor (OF)
  2. Andrew Stevenson (OF)
  3. Emilio Bonifacio (Utility)
  4. Eric Thames / Howie Kendrick / Asdrubal Cabrera
  5. Wilmer Difo (SELF)
  6. Yan Gomes / Kurt Suzuki


For the rotation, the top four nationals seem embedded because they are one of the best in baseball when they click on all cylinders. With Scherzer, Strasbourg, is Corbin, citizens have three legitimate number one starters and a great complementary piece Sanchez.

However, in March, Martinez called the fifth starting point an open competition between Fedde, Ross, is Voth. Ross, who has come out of his first season since then Tommy John surgery, he began to show glimpses of his excellence as he released an ERA 2.75 in his last eight starts. Voth also showed citizens his case of being the fifth starter as he had a 3.30 ERA last season as he wasted time with shoulder tendonitis. With Ross coming out of the season, Voth is in line to be the fifth starter.

In the bullpen, citizens should have a strong top five as they hope for growth in younger pitchers like Rainey and Suero. In front of them for the last innings are the three best veterans of Doolittle, Hudson and Harris. These five should immediately give them a better bullpen than last season’s.


  1. Max Scherzer
  2. Stephen Strasburg
  3. Patrick Corbin
  4. Anibal Sanchez
  5. Austin Voth


  1. Sean Doolittle (LHP)
  2. Daniel Hudson (RHP)
  3. Will Harris (RHP)
  4. Tanner Rainey (RHP)
  5. Wander Suero (RHP)
  6. Roenis Elias (LHP)
  7. Erick Fedde (RHP)
  8. Kevin Quackenbush (RHP)
  9. James Bourque (RHP)
  10. Dakota Bacus (RHP)

Trying to repeat

Even with the lost pieces, the National’s initial stellar rotation, formidable line-up and renewed bullpen make them a contender in the National League. Domestic fans have a lot to wait for this season, including the growth of young players like Carter Kieboom and Victor Robles, as well as established MLB players like Juan Soto, Trea Turner and Adam Eaton. The path to victory will certainly not be easy for citizens as the NL East will be one of the most competitive competitions in baseball with four contenders: the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Mets, and the Washington citizens. But with the monkey behind, the nat and their fans are thrilled with the new era of national baseball.

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