Playoff Odds on 3/21: 78.8%
Playoff Odds on 5/9: 45.8%
In what was anticipated to be a deep and competitive National League East, the Nationals were still viewed as the overwhelming favorites. That is no longer the case, and this simple tweet comparing their record to the Baltimore Orioles truly says it all:
Yup, that’ll do it.
Washington has been hit with the injury bug a bit — they’ve missed Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, and Juan Soto for considerable periods of time so far this season. Things have gotten so bad on offense that the Nats are signing Gerardo Parra to a major-league deal despite the following statistics:
The bullpen has also been atrocious once again. Their 6.41 bullpen ERA and collective 64.1% strand rate are both the worst in baseball, along with an 11.3% walk rate that’s among the league’s 10 worst ‘pens.