Washington Nationals

They play in the National League East.

Washington Nationals Preview and Predictions 2024

In 2023, they finished 71-91 for the season and the organization was 25th in payroll spending and the attendance finished as 22nd best.

Shortstop CJ Abrams will likely lead-off for manger Dave Martinez in 2024. Abram is a ultra speedster and an average defender. Right fielder Lane Thomas get the twp hole. His plays keeps getting better and better every season. The former Cardinal outfielder is a potential Gold Glover.

Batting third we find first baseman is Joey

Batting third is first baseman Joey Gallo who is a power guy but a weak average player. He and Joey Meneses will trade first and DH throughout the year. Clean up goes to Meneses at designated hitter. The fifth batter is outfielder Nick Senzel whom they signed as a free agent.

Sixth in the order is catcher Kelbert Ruiz. He is a below average defender but a decent bat that doesn’t fan much behind him in the bating order is second baseman Luis Garcia is a bat first player that doesn’t strike out and a below average defender.

The bottom of the batting order finds center fielder Victor Robles. He is a good defender and a work in progress at the plate.

The pitching corps is led by right-handed Josiah Gray. He is a five pitch hurler. Lefty McKenzie Gore is a heat thrower at 95 mph and at 6’2″ he gets good extension on his pitches, Jake Irvin needs to develop a change-up as his other pitches aren’t fooling many. Patick Corbin hasn’t been good for three years. He has led the league in losses in each of the previous three years. Trevor Williams may be the best pitcher for the Nationals in 2024 as he eats plenty of innings but is showing a tendency to drop his velocity.

In the bullpen, closer Kyle Finnegan has a wicked slider to count on to get hitters out. Tanner Rainey has a good slider but is returning from Tommy John surgery. Hunter Harvey has a 98 mph fastball and is a very good setup pitcher in the Nationals pen.

Prospects: James Wood a center fielder has tremendous strength. However, he strikes out plenty. Dylan Cres was drafted second last year and has power to all fields with elite speed. He is the the one that next generation of this team will be built around.

Predictions: There isn’t much to say here except they will finish last in their division at 72-91 and then General Manager Mike Rizzo will be let go,

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