After being swept out of Los Angeles by the Dodgers, the Washington Nationals will take their 1-5 record to St. Louis in hopes of having their roster intact for a three game series against the Cardinals.
Losing several key players to COVID protocols before the first game of the year, the Nationals knew the first couple of series’ were going to be tough. They won in dramatic fashion on “Opening Day” and were in great shape to sweep the Atlanta Braves in a double header the following day. They lost both games.
In three games against the Dodgers, the final scores may lead you to believe the Nats played close in two of them, though didn’t really feel that way.
The good, bad, and ugly from the Washington Nationals three game series against the defending World Champion, Los Angeles Dodgers.
Joe Ross, who hadn’t pitched since Game 5 of the 2019 World Series was very efficient in his five innings of work in the series opener. He used just 67 pitches to get through five shutout innings, only allowing two hits in the process. With the lack of starting pitching depth the Nationals have, a healthy and effective Ross is drastically needed this year. He got off to a solid start.
Juan Soto tallied five hits and two home runs in the first two games, before taking the collar in the rubber match. Getting him locked in and having him find his power stroke will be crucial, especially once the Nationals get Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber back.
The offense. The Nationals scratched out 30 total hits for the three games series, with 15 coming on day two. Timely hitting was a problem, though throughout the weekend there was no shortage of runners on base for Washington.