As we reach the All-Star break the staff of District on Deck answers some questions about the Washington Nationals first half.
The first half of the Washington Nationals 2019 season has been filled with ups and downs. Washington came into the year as the favorite to win the National League East, but on May 24th sat 12 games under .500 at 19-31.
Many believed Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez would be fired, that the team may trade off key pieces like Max Scherzer and Anthony Rendon and the thought of postseason baseball in D.C. this year was a pipedream. But then, something extraordinary happened. The Nationals went on a monumental run, winning 28 of their next 39 games to climb back to 47-42 at the All-Star break.
Currently, the Nationals hold a 0.5 game lead in the National League Wild Card race, and if the season ended right now they would be taking on the Philadelphia Phillies in that N.L. wild-card game. What a matchup that would be.
The turnaround of the Nationals season has been historic. They are just the seventh team in National League history to come back from 12 games under .500 in May and breakeven before July.
Washington finally got healthy and led by the play of their stars Scherzer, Soto, Rendon, Strasburg, and Corbin, they started to play like the team we all believed they were at the beginning of the season.
As we gear up for the second half, our staff here at District on Deck takes a look back at the first half of the season and answers some questions about this rollercoaster ride of a year.