Washington Nationals: Time for Anthony Rendon to shine in World Series
As the World Series heads to DC, it’s time for the Washington Nationals MVP to make his mark on this series.
One of the most remarkable things about the Washington Nationals being up 2-0 in the World Series is that Anthony Rendon has yet to make his mark.
He’s certainly had some moments and made a few great plays defensively, but you know at some point the team MVP is going to make his mark.
And honestly, if the Washington Nationals are going to win two more games, they’ll need Rendon to come through in the clutch.
That’s exactly what Rendon has done for the Nationals all season putting together an MVP campaign in the process.
In the regular season, he hit a career-high .319 with a .412 OBP and 1.010 OPS to go along with 117 runs scored, 44 doubles, 34 home runs, and 126 RBI.
On Thursday he was named a finalist at third base in the National League for the Gold Glove award.
This postseason he’s hit .325 with a home run, 9 runs scored, and 9 RBI.
The 29-year-old has been amazing for the Nationals throughout his seven-year Major League career, and he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves on a national level.
But again, he’s yet to really stamp his presence in the World Series.
Through two games he is 1-for-8 with a run scored and 2 RBI.
Although, he’s made a couple of plays in this series that have gotten overlooked.
In Game 1 he hustled down the line to beat out what would have been an inning-ending double-play.
Instead, the inning continued for Juan Soto who drove in the game-winning run.
And then Rendon’s two-run double in the first inning of Game 2 somehow got lost in the blowout win, but that was a huge moment early in that game.
He was so clutch in the regular season hitting .365 with runners in scoring position. I’m looking for that big home run or late game RBI that we’re used to seeing from our superstar.
And what better time for that to happen than when the Washington Nationals come back home.
He’s been great at home all year with a 1.042 OPS at Nationals Park, and 20 of his 34 home runs have come in Nats Park.
Look for the Nats’ third baseman to make his mark on this World Series over the weekend and supplant himself as one of the greatest Nationals players of all-time.