Washington Nationals May 2016 Month In Review
By Ricky Keeler
We look back at the month of May for the Washington Nationals as they went 16-14 in 30 games
After going 16-7 in the month of April, the Washington Nationals managed to go 16-14 in the month of May. Last night, the team increased their current win streak to four games after they swept the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Even though there were some low moments this past month such as Jonathan Papelbon’s blown save in Kansas City, being swept all four games at Wrigley Field, and Bryce Harper being suspended one game for his behavior after a walk-off home run by Clint Robinson on May 9.
By far, the best moment of the month for the Washington Nationals was back on May 11 when Max Scherzer struck out 20 Detroit Tigers in a win over his former teammate, Jordan Zimmermann. There was also the first six meetings between the Nats and the Mets this season. Washington went 3-3 in those games and they currently have a three game lead in the NLEast.
As far as who was the best player on the team this month, that was second baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy hit .416 in 29 games with seven home runs and 23 RBI’s en route to winning NL Player Of The Month. It’s been a common theme of Nats’ player winning NL Player of the Month as Bryce Harper was the recipient for that award during the month of April.
Just as we did for the month of April, here our my grades for the Washington Nationals offense, starting rotation, and the bullpen for the month of May: