The Washington Nationals seemed to be a lot of people’s preseason favorites to represent the National League in this year’s World Series. However, tonight’s loss against the Baltimore Orioles summarizes exactly why they might not even make the playoffs — their offense is nowhere near as good as it was last season.
Granted, Bryce Harper is dealing with some injuries of late, but it doesn’t excuse the fact that the Nationals are near the bottom of the league in offensive production. I mean, being completely shut down by Freddy Garcia in 2013 is pretty inexcusable – no matter how good Garcia has been thus far.
I’m not ready to bury the Nationals this season, but they need a healthy Harper and Jayson Werth as soon as possible. With Werth and Harper at the top of the order, it will give players like Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche plenty of RBI opportunities. But, Washington’s role players are the main reason why their offense is struggling.
Players like Tyler Moore, Steve Lombardozzi and Roger Bernadina, who were all solid last year in limited playing time, are giving the Nats next to nothing when they are in the lineup. I doubt Moore will hit in the .140s all season and Bernadina has a sick glove, so I guess they’ve got that going for them.
So, it’s time for the Nationals to wake up. Maybe they should use some Pedro Cerrano voodoo to wake up those bats, because they’re going to need it if they want to take down the Atlanta Braves for the NL East title.