Law firm and righty relievers
A recurring theme over the last few years has been a weak Nats bullpen to begin the season. Fortunately, for the first time in what seems like forever, the Nats will have a strong bullpen to begin the year.
Led by Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson, and Brandon Kintzler, the Nats have one of the best late-inning bullpens in the league. Although the middle relievers are not quite up to the lofty standards set by “the law firm”, they complement them nicely.
Kelley battled various arm injuries last year, en route to a horrific season. He has had a few concerning outings this spring, leading people to believe that his arm may be done, but he will get a shot to prove himself in the regular season.
If Kelley is able to return to form, he can be a dominant member of the ‘pen.
Along with Kelley, Gott will serve as a right-handed middle reliever. The 25-year-old was acquired for Yunel Escobar a few years ago, but has not made much of an impact at the major league level.
Gott had lofty expectations placed on him upon arriving in DC, even being named a future closer, but 2018 will be his first extensive opportunity in the majors.
Madson and Kintzler alone would make for a nice right-handed side of the bullpen, but Kelley and Gott complement them very well.