Washington Nationals Ultimate Simulation: Meet the New School Nats

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: Jayson Werth (L) #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with his teammates as he jumps on home plate to score on his solo game-winning walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: Jayson Werth (L) #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with his teammates as he jumps on home plate to score on his solo game-winning walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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2012 Washington Nationals

Started from the bottom now we’re here! The Nationals won 98 games in 2012, which earns them the number one seed in our competition.

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Where do we even start? How about with a guy that grew one of the best beards in Nationals history?

Adam LaRoche did it all in 2012. He won the gold glove for N.L. first baseman, the silver slugger award for first basemen, and finished 6th in the MVP voting.

He led the Nats with 33 home runs, 100 RBI, 67 walks, and with a .853 OPS. He even led the league in sacrifice flies with nine. Talk about being a well-rounded player.

Additionally, Jordan Zimmermann pitched an excellent season. He posted an ERA of 2.94 in just under 200 innings. His BB/9 of 1.98 ranked 9th in the MLB among pitchers with more than 190 innings.

As a stark contrast to the 2017 Nats, the 2012 Nats will look to hit the baseball to death. This team is chock full of powerful bats, including LaRoche, Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, and Jayson Werth. With Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg backing up Zimmermann, then followed by Tyler Clippard and Craig Stammen in the bullpen, this is a team to be feared.

Tomorrow we will debut the quarterfinals matchups. They are as follows:

  • (1) 2012 Nats vs 2006 Nats (8)
  • (2) 2017 Nats vs 2007 Nats (7)
  • (3) 2014 Nats vs 2011 Nats (6)
  • (4) 2016 Nats vs 2005 Nats (5)

Next. Ultimate Simulation: Quarterfinals. dark

The field is set. The teams have been introduced. It’s time to start simulating some games! Check back tomorrow for the first round of games as we try to find the Washington Nationals team to rule them all.

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