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THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS ARE YOUR 2019 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!
In a season that started with the Nationals beginning the season an abysmal 19-31 on May 23rd, it’s been all history from there.
After the destructive start to a season in which the Nationals lost All-Star Bryce Harper to the Phillies, struggling with face and image, alongside a struggling manager; all signs of adversity faced this team. The Nationals finished the season 93-69. Only tallying 38 more losses, and winning 74 games, 74. With a record stretching the rest of the season to 74-38, with a 66.07 win percentage in those remaining 112 games.
In facing all odds, most thought the Nationals were in desperation mode, and would fall to the bottom of the NL East. In a division in which the Atlanta Braves went an astounding 97-65, the Nationals still had their sights set for October.
As we look at this team, facing all odds, the thing that pops out to me is that this team was so OVERLOOKED. A team that held (arguably) the best rotation in baseball with: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg (who won World Series MVP), Anibal Sanchez, and the new addition over the offseason in Patrick Corbin. Now onto the everyone’s favorite part, OFFENSE. This team up and down has veteran greats and more OVERLOOKED TALENT. The Nationals brought out onto the field veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, All-Star and MVP candidate Anthony Rendon, veteran 36 year old Howie Kendrick (NLCS MVP), and solid SPEEDSTER Trae Turner.
oh wait….that’s just the infield….
Perhaps after this postseason’s glowing heroics, homeruns, and flashy plays in left field, 21 year old Juan Soto took the postseason by STORM. In Center Field a solid glove and bat in Victor Robles backed up with Michael A. Taylor who was used in his absence from injury in the NLCS. Then in right field, another veteran gold glove caliber player in Adam Eaton who had an above .300 average in the World Series. This front office knew what it was doing all along when not paying Bryce Harper 330 million dollars that Philadelphia is now, PLUS, they don’t have a World Series trophy to hoist this year.
To the team that defied ALL the odds this season; defeating the 106 win Dodgers, sweeping the Cardinals, then in a 7 Game Series dropping the 107 win Astros to 2nd place.
With a Postseason that started in the Wild Card game against the Brewers, and a missed ground ball by the right fielder, scoring three runs. In routing this game with a run that was sparked by a 66.07 win percentage after May. To the Washington Nationals, thank you for nothing short of a postseason for the AGES.
2019 WORLD SERIES
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