November 25, 2020

The Washington Nationals Collaged Years of Postseason Heartbreak Into an Unforgettable World Series Run (Baseball Essential)


You couldn’t script a mere part of the last month for the Washington Nationals. Not the setting, players, situations, scores, victories, the World Series appearance, or the championship.

What happened in the World Series was captivating. It defied the logistics of baseball and sports.

The Nationals, the National League Wild Card, never escaped the first round of the playoffs in their franchise’s existence. But with the likes of Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, Trea Turner, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, and others present, manager Dave Martinez had a ballclub of high-profile players. Yet, they reached such play with a bullpen that posted the worst bullpen ERA (5.66) while manning the lightest workload (500.2 innings) in Major League Baseball in the regular season.

On the other hand, the Houston Astros were classified as the roster of the decade with their mix of high-octane bats and formidable starting pitching. With the likes of Jose Altuve, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Zack Greinke, and others present, manager AJ Hinch had an array of well-versed and proven players.

The Nationals had six full…

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