September 26, 2021

Washington Nationals: Juan Soto Had a Postseason for the Ages (Baseball Essential)

It’s still sinking in, but the Washington Nationals are World Series champions. After barely sneaking into the playoffs as a Wild Card, they made a historic run to the Fall Classic, beating a Houston Astros team that was arguably one of the best all-around ballclubs ever in seven games. But the Nationals were rolling, and it didn’t seem to matter who their opponent was. There were many players who helped bring the first-ever World Series title to Washington D.C., but one of the most instrumental ones was a 21-year old who hit a postseason-leading five home runs: Juan Soto.

Soto, one of the most exciting young talents in the game, put his loud tools on full display this October, hitting .277 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games. In the World Series alone, he hit .333 and became the youngest player in Major League history to hit three home runs in the Fall Classic. He was the sole reason the Nationals even advanced to the National League Division Series, as he hit a go-ahead single against Josh Hader in the bottom of the eighth inning of the NL Wild Card Game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Although he struck out 21 times in just 65 at-bats in the postseason, a lot of…

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