By Sam Bush
The Nationals could not revel in their 2019 World Series championship as much as they would have liked in 2020.
The pandemic forced MLB to shut down for months, and on the field, the 2020 Nats were quite forgettable. They finished tied for last place in the NL East at 26-34, and they did that even though Juan Soto led the league in batting average (.351), on-base percentage (.490), and slugging percentage (.695). Trea Turner had a season that earned him MVP votes as well, and yet Washington was still a bottom-tier team.
Here’s what staff ace Max Scherzer told reporters, including the Associated Press, following the regular season:
“We weren’t able to replicate the success we had last year into this year. It’s just the way it goes. Everybody has a hand in it. Everybody needs to reflect upon what they did — and didn’t — do well and try to make those adjustments going into next year. That’s just life in the big leagues. When you don’t win, there’s going to be a lot of attention to why you didn’t win. You’re always going to have that pressure to perform,” the three-time Cy Young Award winner said.
“I’m sure there’s people that are going to look at this and say, ‘Hey, it’s only 60 games.. …’ But that’s not my mentality,” Scherzer continued. “I came into this year fully prepared to win. And we didn’t win.”