September 26, 2021

Consistent Pitching and Timely Hitting Leads the Washington Nationals to First-Ever World Series (Baseball Essential)

Down 3-1 in the eighth inning of the National League Wild Card Game to the Milwaukee Brewers, it looked likely that the Washington Nationals’ postseason fate would end in just one decisive game. After a meltdown by Milwaukee closer Josh Hader, loading the bases with consecutive walks, Juan Soto ripped an RBI single to right field that should’ve scored just two runs, but right fielder Trent Grisham misplayed the ball, allowing all three runners to score, giving Washington the lead for good, 4-3.

Since that game, this team has been rolling. They beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were World Series favorites all year long, in five games in the NL Division Series. Then in the NL Championship Series, the Nationals breezed past the St. Louis Cardinals, sweeping them in four games.

With a rotation consisting of two Cy Young caliber pitchers in Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, along with Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez, this team possesses a stellar rotation. But no one expected them to be here. Not a single person could’ve predicted that the Nationals would beat the NL-best Dodgers, nevermind do it on the road in LA in extra innings.

Between their pitching and players…

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