Thursday, August 05, 2021

The Washington Nationals trade away veterans for minor leaguers (out of necessity) and for the rest of 2021 will be like the old Washington Senators

 

Nationals Park Gay Night 2019-6

Well, the Washington Nationals, after a bad streak, sold away most of the team, so for the rest of the season they will be like a minor league club.  But all year they have been undermined by COVID and by unusually bad string of injuries.  

They will be doing well to win even 70 games, or even finish above .400

The latest problems seem to start when Schwarber pulled a hamstring in early July when getting swept at home by the Dodgers.  They went to San Diego and split four games, with a 15-5 win, but blew an 8-run lead in the last game and never recovered from that.  The problems continued after the All Star break when the Padres shellacked them 24-8 in the first game back.  They showed some signs of life (even an 18-1 win over Miami) but suddenly got swept by the Orioles.

The point of the fire sale is to get something for players who can become free agents soon. They got pretty good prospects and may be better in 2022. 

But they just finished losing a 4-game sweep at home to the Philadelphia Phillies (after taking 2 of 3 from the Cubs).  In the past two weeks they have blown several leads in the ninth inning, both at home and on the road.  The bullpen seems to be the biggest weakness, as the offense has been fair to good.

I remember that 1959 season with the first Washington Senators with that 18 game losing streak, before my junior year in High School. 

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