Washington Nationals: 5 storylines to watch as Nats conclude huge homestand

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 22: Nolan Arenado
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The Nats’ potent offense

The Nats have scored the most runs in the National League this year, even without several of their starters. Adam Eaton, Trea Turner, Jayson Werth, Michael Taylor, Chris Heisey, and Ryan Raburn are all currently on the disabled list. However, the Nats’ depth has been incredible and has allowed the offense to continue to click without their stars.

Wilmer Difo, Brian Goodwin, and Taylor have all played much more than anyone expected due to various injuries, and they have filled in extremely well. The three have all performed as if they were regulars and have all hit at or near the top of the lineup.

The starters that are still healthy are also playing very well. The Nats had three of the eight starting position players in the All-Star Game, and rightfully so. Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, and Bryce Harper have all had MVP-caliber seasons.

The Nats have continued to rake this month, scoring the third-most runs in the NL, despite getting shutout three times.

When the Nats and Rockies played each other in April, the Nats offense had an outstanding series. In four games, they scored 46 runs. To put things into perspective, the Cincinnati Reds have scored just 80 runs in 23 games this month. The Nats scored over half of that in only four games.

In addition to scoring 46 runs in four games, Trea Turner also hit for the cycle. He’s currently on the DL, but he had a phenomenal series at Coors Field.

Unfortunately for the hitters, this series will be played at Nationals Park. Nationals Park is a neutral park, but Coors Field is an extremely hitter-friendly park so Nationals Park will seem like The Polo Grounds after the last series.

The Nats have had the best offense in the National League this season, and they have been especially hot lately. It’ll be interesting to see if they’re able to continue to rake against Colorado this weekend.