Washington Nationals June 2016 Month In Review
We take a look back at the month of June for the Washington Nationals with our grades for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen
For the third straight month, the Washington Nationals won 16 games as they finished the month of june with a 16-11 record in 27 games. While the team had a seven game losing streak at one point, Dusty Baker’s squad enters tonight’s game against the Reds on a five game win streak.
Since June 1, the Washington Nationals lead in the NL East has doubled from three games to six games over the reigning NL East champions, the New York Mets. Their current record of 48-32 is the third best in the National League behind the San Francisco Giants (50-31) and the Chicago Cubs (51-27).
Some of the great moments this month included the three-game sweep of the Mets earlier this week, the walk-off hits by Jayson Werth against the Phillies (June 12) and the Cubs (June 15), and the debut of Lucas Giolito on Tuesday against the Mets just to name a few.
However, there were some down moments during this month such as the Nats going 2-5 on their West Coast road trip. The lowlight of that trip came on June 22 in Los Angeles when Michael Taylor went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts and made the error in the ninth inning that ended up winning the game for the Dodgers. Plus, Stephen Strasburg had to go on the DL during the ten game road trip because of an upper back strain.
With that being said, here is my grades for the month of June. Feel free to share your grades in the comment section: