Back at the start of the season, you had hope for one of those miracles where the Washington Nationals would beat the analyst’s projections. It turned out to be the opposite. The projections were too kind to the Nats. The disappointments came in bunches, and on the final game of the season, just more question marks as additional injuries piled up. Victor Robles is out with a calf injury, CJ Abrams with a shoulder injury, and Keibert Ruiz remains out with a testicular contusion. Even general manager Mike Rizzo has called the oft-injured Stephen Strasburg a “mystery” when discussing his future. The good news is that Robles, Abrams, and Ruiz should all be healthy and ready for Spring Training.
We will spend the next six months incessantly discussing the future of this team like we have done for the past years. The difference this year is that we will be talking about a Nats team that set a record for the most losses in their 18-year history, be it 106 or 107 losses, depending on the outcome of today’s game.
Throughout the year we saw some glimpses of a good team although they weren’t often. It was more than overshadowed by the constant barrage of blow-out losses. The inconsistencies and often-seen poor fundamentals were the background for inherent system’s problems.
“We’re going to attack it, and first of all we’re going to do an autopsy of the organization after the season,” general manager Mike Rizzo said yesterday.
Most casual fans check-out when the going gets rough. There will be some fans who we won’t see again until Opening Day of 2023, and others are gone forever, while some will show back up when the bandwagon is ready for a trip down Independence Avenue.
Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
Stadium: CitiField, Queens, New York
1st Pitch: 4:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN; SNY, MLB App (out-of-network only)
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Lineups (subject to change without notice):