2016 Washington Nationals vs. 2005 Washington Nationals
Thankfully, there are no more sweeps in the quarterfinals. The rest of the teams in the quarterfinals at least acted like they deserve to be in the tournament.
Well, in the case of the 2005 Nats, it wasn’t much better. The 2016 Nats took care of business in five games with an average margin of victory of 4.6 runs. Much like the 2006 Nats, the 2005 Nats simply could not hit a baseball to save their lives as they scored six runs in five games.
Because of the fifth game, Max Scherzer (’16) exercised his dominance twice over the weak 2005 Nats hitters. Scherzer pitched 16.2 innings, surrendering only one run.
In game one, Mad Max threw 115 pitches and fell one batter shy of nine shutout innings, with just six strikeouts. For his efforts, Scherzer earns MVP of this quarterfinals series.
The 2016 Nationals will face the 2012 Nationals in the semi-finals. Two teams are in, and two spots remain.