For the first time ever, the Washington Nationals are defending a World Series title.
After roster updates towards the end of the
season, after their incredible run of form to make the playoffs and then win,
the Nationals ended the year with a very good roster.
Now, going into a new year, though they have lost Anthony Rendon to the LA Angels, they have retained Stephen Strasburg and much of their talent. However, with an inevitable boost having just won a World Series, how good will they be come March 17 when MLB The Show 20 drops?
Here are our player rating predictions for
the Washington Nationals.
Max Scherzer, SP
ALL-STAR: Scherzer is still among the best pitchers in the Majors
launch rating: 97
2019 by some metrics may look like it was some-what of a down year for Scherzer, but it was still elite. He had a 2.92 ERA, 243 strikeouts and a 1.027 WHIP. What’s more, he finally got an elusive World Series ring and was a huge reason why the Nationals were able to win.
He may now be 35, but Scherzer is still one
of the very best pitchers in the MLB. He has five straight years pitching an
ERA under three and there is no reason that should change this year, so his
rating should stay consistent, too.
Stephen Strasburg, SP
THE RETURN: Stras is back in the Nation's capital for 2020
launch rating: 90
Retaining Strasburg was a huge move for this team. If they were to continue to compete for the World Series, keeping him was vital. The World Series MVP may not be quite as shutdown as Scherzer - few are FWIW – but in the playoffs he was immense. He had a 2.24 playoffs ERA!
As a big ticket free agent, coming off a
huge postseason and World Series MVP, he is inevitably going to get a ratings
boost in MLB The Show 20. He should be among the best SP in the game.
Juan Soto, LF
NEW STAR: Soto is taking over in place of Bryce Harper
launch rating: 86
At only 20-years-old last year, Soto’s
initial rating was a testament to his all-world potential. By seasons end he
was one of the most dangerous players in baseball, and he showed it in the World
Series especially. He hit three home runs and seven RBIs with a .333 average.
Considering his age, trajectory and most
recent performances, there is no reason he should join the ranks of the 90+ OVR
players in MLB The Show 20.
Trae Turner, SS
SPEEDSTER: Turner had another great year in 2019
launch rating: 88
For the last five seasons, despite some of
the star power of the Nationals, Turner has been a constant and it was more of
the same from the speedy SS in 2019. He batted .298 with 37 doubles and five
triples to go with 35 stolen bases in 122 appearances.
Given his production again in 2019 and the World Series ring on his finger, I expect the ratings czars to give him a little nudge into the elite of the SS position.
Patrick Corbin, SP
DON'T FORGET ME: Corbin is one of the best number three pitchers in the Majors
launch rating: 87
The third member of the Nationals stellar
starting rotation is Corbin. He had a very good regular season and stepped up
in the postseason as a reliever and starter. Admittedly his postseason numbers
may not have been great, but in the World Series he was crucial to the
As a result he should remain one of the better
pitchers in the game that isn’t in the very top group. Anything around 87 OVR
would make sense as he holds his place as their number three guy.
Washington Nationals player OVR predictions
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