The Washington Nationals bullpen is STRUGGLING this season. The Nats bullpen is currently ranked 26th out of 30. Their closer Koda Glover is currently on the 10-day DL. The National have 12 blown saves so far on the season, tied for the second worst in the National League. Despite their garbage bullpen, the Washington Nationals are still leading the NL East division by 9 games. I suppose this is more of a testament to how shitty the rest of the teams in the division are than how good the Nats are, considering how awful the Nats’ bullpen has been. Atlanta’s record is .480 (36-39), Miami is .459 (34-40), the New York Mets are playing .453 baseball (34-41), and the Phillies have only won 24 games so far this season (.324 / 24-50).
A 68-year-old diehard Washington Nationals fan passed away last week, and he used his last worldly act to take shots at the Washington Nationals and their god awful bullpen. In his obituary, former Richmond resident Patrick Killebrew took a blow torch to the Nats:
KILLEBREW, Patrick, “Pat,” age 68, passed away peacefully at home, June 20, 2017, after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead. Beloved father and husband, longtime attorney, former U.S. Navy Navigator and avid baseball fan and player. Join in a celebration of his life July 2, 6 to 8 p.m., at the SCA Clubhouse, 9601 Redbridge Rd., 23236. In lieu of flowers, send “donations” to the “Nationals Bullpen Fund.” (via Richmond)
The Nats should’ve never let Mark Melancon go to the Giants. Mark’s not only my former roommate who slept on our couch years ago when he got called up from Scranton to play for the Yankees, but he’s also arguably the best closer in the Major Leagues when he’s put in high-pressure situations (he was an All-Star selection last year). The Nats have money to spend. They fill the seats pretty regularly. I don’t see any reason they can’t sort out their shitty ass bullpen before October, because no team is winning the World Series without a quality bullpen.