Washington Nationals' Pitching is Succeeding Thanks to 2 Key Components

By Harry Floyd
Washington Nationals Rafael Soriano
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Two Washington Nationals need to be pointed out and applauded for their efforts so far this season.

One is a starter and the other is the one and only closer.

Rafael Soriano is 18-of-20 in save situations this season and has an ERA of 1.13. Tied for tenth in the league in terms of saves, he is pitching lights out and without a doubt belongs on the National League All-Star team. Because the Nationals tend to win plenty of low-scoring games, Soriano is a necessary part of the team’s success. Without him, the Nationals would not be in first place in the National League East.

SP Tanner Roark leads the team with seven wins and has the lowest batting average against of any starter with .231. He has won four straight starts and only given up four runs altogether in that stretch. Roark is quickly becoming the anchor of the Nationals’ starting rotation.

These two pitchers are prime examples of what the Nationals need if they intend to go the distance in the postseason.

Consistency is king when it comes to championship teams, and the Nationals have it when it comes to pitching thanks to the likes of Soriano and Roark. The rest of the bullpen has to follow in their footsteps in order for the Nationals to remain atop the NL East. There can be no argument against either Soriano or Roark making the National League All-Star team this season. They are excellent representations of what the Nationals have accomplished in terms of pitching.

Harry Floyd is a Washington Nationals/MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @floydhe, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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