As of writing this, the Washington Nationals are 17-28, which is 9.5 games in the division.
As for the National League, Washington is only beating the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Nationals could, in theory, still sneak into the playoffs, but it’s a long shot. Earlier in the season, many were on top of the reigning champions, but a string of injuries derailed any potential plans the Nats had to repeat. Mix up some underperforming assets and it’s the right combination for a year-long disappointment.
According to RotoWire’s injury list, the Nationals currently have 19 players on the IL (including the three opt outs, Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Wellington Castillo, plus a couple of time-outs). There are many collaborators expected on that list, including Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Rainey, and Sean Doolittle.
According to a Washington Post article, CEO Mike Rizzo is beginning to turn his attention to what’s to come next in the nation’s capital, including who will be out and about next season and who will be elsewhere.
Doolittle, Asdrubal Cabrera, Kurt Suzuki and Zimmerman will all be free agents at the end of the season, while Howie Kendrick, Adam Eaton, Anibal Sanchez and Eric Thames will have “mutual or club options” for next season. It’s hard to say what exactly the front office will choose to do, but given the team’s performance this season, it might make sense that many of the senior veterans are about to leave.
At this point, perhaps the only positive side is that the fans and the team will be able to see some of the young talents take the field and start building around them. It’s unfortunate that this is what fans need to watch during the season following the World Series title, especially when the expectation was that the club would be competitive again within the league or, at the very least, within. of the division.
The problem with the new talent on the way is, well, there isn’t much of it.
In early March, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum released minor league rankings for all 30 Major League Baseball teams and the Nationals finished 29th in the league, ahead of only the Milwaukee Brewers.
The road ahead may be more difficult for the internationals than many anticipated at this point. It could be an eventful offseason for the club, and it will be interesting to see whether or not Rizzo and company can finish the Nats in a more advantageous position.