Washington Nationals: Three Reasons For Optimism Despite The Slow Start
By Max Rayman
The rest of the NL East has been just as bad
No one in the NL East has yet to seize the opportunity of the division’s struggles as a whole. After winning the NL East three years in a row, Atlanta has become stagnant. Ronald Acuna Jr. is playing out of his mind, but the majority of his offense is holding him back. Injuries and inconsistencies to the starting rotation haven’t helped.
Philadelphia has lost seven of their last ten and have a -15 run differential. Miami is still a few years away from being a serious threat.
New York may be in first, but they are basically running a Triple-A team due to their plethora of injuries. Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Carrasco, Brandon Nimmo, and Taijuan Walker are all on the IL. With that much talent sidelined, it is nearly impossible to stay atop the division.
Even with all of Washington’s struggles, they are only 2.5 games back of the Mets. With no one in the division taking advantage, Washington is still in the thick of it. Stephen Strasburg recently returned from the IL, while Daniel Hudson is performing at an elite level. The division’s struggles, mixed in with Washington on the verge of finally clicking bodes well for the team’s future.