This selection comes down to two words: Ian Desmond. If there were a Mount Rushmore of Washington Nationals players, Desmond would certainly warrant a spot.
Desmond has appeared in the postseason four times: twice with Washington, once with Texas in 2016, and once with Colorado last season. Each series, and in last year’s case, the Wild Card game, ended in defeats.
Already fans of Desmond, Nationals fans should root for him and his team to go all the way. It’s cliche to say, but nobody in baseball deserves a championship more than the 2x All-Star.
The Rockies made the World Series in 2007, but the Boston Red Sox swept them. Colorado is one of seven franchises not to win a World Series. However, things are different now.
The Rockies revamped their identity and have a legitimate chance to reach the Fall Classic. Despite playing at altitude, the Rockies have a trio of elite arms that can pitch effectively in Coors Field, and elsewhere for that matter.
German Marquez, Kyle Freeland, and Jon Gray combined for a 3.79 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 24.4 K% this season. They are backed up by Adam Ottavino and Scott Oberg in the bullpen, both of whom have a FIP under 3.
The Rockies lost Game 163 to the Dodgers, meaning they will face the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card matchup on Tuesday.