Washington Nationals: MLB The Show 17 Simulation

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Jul 20, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Koda Glover (32) throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 20, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Koda Glover (32) throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 2, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) connects for a double during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Postseason Results, Top Players, Awards & Analysis

The Nats hosted the one-game playoff to determine the NL Wild Card winner and defeated the Marlins 7-0.

They advanced to the NLDS and faced the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second straight year. The Nats were swept by the Dodgers in three games and scored just three runs in the series.

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The simulation gave me a surprising result as I thought the Nats would not only win the division but at least make it to the NLCS.

Regardless, it was still enjoyable observing how the team performed over the course of a season.

The top hitter on the team was Murphy, who accumulated a .314 average, 36 home runs, 107 RBI and a .921 OPS. He also led the NL with 202 hits.

He was a constant threat in the lineup, and his role increased once Harper was sidelined. This was one reason I didn’t feel comfortable moving him in the requested trade by the Dodgers.

One player who deserves an honorable mention is shortstop Trea Turner.He posted a .288 average in 153 games with 88 runs scored, 167 hits, 19 home runs, 70 RBI and 40 stolen bases.

Adam Eaton was remarkable during the simulation as he hit .303 with 184 hits, five home runs, 56 RBI and 23 steals.The speedy combo at the top of the lineup wreaked havoc against opposing teams.

The best pitcher was Scherzer, who posted a 20-5 record in 229 innings with 258 strikeouts, a 2.40 ERA, 24 Quality Starts, and three complete games. Another member of the rotation who made his presence felt was Roark. The right-hander tossed 189 innings, fanned 162 batters, tallied a 2.62 ERA, and his WHIP was 1.06.

The standout member of the bullpen was Kelley. He had a 2.39 ERA in 101 2/3 innings, 119 K’s,  and a 1.08 WHIP.

Glover was decent in the closer role, finishing the season with 26 saves (six blown saves), 1.39 WHIP and 31 strikeouts.

Murphy and Turner each won a Silver Slugger for second base and shortstop, respectively. Anthony Rendon earned a Gold Glove at third base, and Stephen Drew got the award at shortstop.

In case you were wondering, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-2 in the World Series.

The NL East standings for the 2017 season were New York Mets (93-69), Washington Nationals (92-70), Miami Marlins (91-71), Atlanta Braves (82-80) and Philadelphia Phillies (78-84).

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That was amazing running the simulation, thanks to MLB The Show 17. You can leave a comment below on your thoughts about the simulation and what you think about the game.

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