Drive Around The League: Nats should be looking to 2021

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In this Drive Around The League — brought to you by your Greater Washington Area Hyundai Dealers — 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier discuss:

Soto, Turner Hot Streaks Negated

The Nationals have been unable to capitalize off of the insane hot streaks of Trea Turner and Juan Soto, both of whom are coincidentally averaging .360 at the plate. This is in large part, Paulsen says, due to their lack of production from their other left-handed bats in the lineup, as Eric Thames and Adam Eaton are hitting just .221 and .228, respectively. There's one other glaring issue...

Starting Pitching

What propelled them to a World Series title last fall is the same thing holding the Nats back in 2020. Although he showed he may be coming around in his last start — allowing six hits on 11 strikeouts and no walks across six innings – Max Scherzer has been abnormally slow to find his form this season. Patrick Corbin has been knocked around a bunch, earning losses in two of his last three starts. And of course Stephen Strasburg is on the shelf until 2021, having his season ended early to undergo carpal tunnel surgery.

These compounding issues have resulted in a paltry 12-19 record for Washington at the trade deadline, good for last place in the NL East.