Usually, the MLB season is spoken about as a grind, like a marathon. But the 2020 season is going to be a strange one for the Nationals and every team. This season will be a full out 60-game sprint to the finish line for a championship opportunity. So it’s with that in mind that we present the three key series for the Washington Nationals in 2020.
Key Series #1: 6 of 10 at Home against Mets
When it comes to the reigning World Series Champion, Washington Nationals, everyone is going to be expecting more of the same. The 60-game season allows the Nationals to equip better their strength, which is starting pitching. Another critical aspect that plays in the Nationals favor is home games. And one of the biggest threats to the Nationals reign as World Series Champions is the New York Mets. Repeating as Champion in baseball is insanely challenging at this time. (As evidenced by no-repeat champions since the 1999-2000 New York Yankees.) That being said, for the Nats to repeat, it will take a winning effort at home against the Mets.
Key Series #2: 6 of 10 on Road against Braves
Arguably the stiffest competition in the NL East for the Nationals is the Atlanta Braves. And to make matters just a bit more complicated, the Nats must do so from the Braves home ballpark for six games. Atlanta versus Washington will be an intriguing matchup given the two teams have similarly potent lineups. But the Nationals have the edge in pitching. So the Nats will have to overcome the travel and win some road games against the Brave to secure the NL East crown.
Key Series #3: 6 of 10 at Home against Phillies
Much like with the Mets, the Nationals host the Philadelphia Phillies for six games. And while the Nationals have a clear edge, the Phillies are a scrappy team that will not surrender. Philadelphia is under new management, and Joe Girardi will get the best out of the Phillies lineup. This battle for the NL East will be exciting to watch, much like with the Braves. Four of the five Nationals League East Division teams could find their ways to the postseason in 2020. So the Nats having six of ten at home gives them the edge, but don’t count the Phillies out.