The Nationals Bullpen Is a Disgrace By: Peter Snyder

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That image of Matt Albers pretty much describes the Washington Nationals bullpen this season, flat-out ugly. I thought my Phils had a bad bullpen, but I didn’t even know the half of what a bad bullpen was. The Nats have perhaps the worst bullpen I have ever seen. It’s a shame too, because they have a phenomenal starting rotation. For example, I’m watching the Nats-Mets game tonight and Stephen Strasburg tosses an absolute gem only to be foiled by Matt Albers in the top of the 9th. Luckily the Nats walked off in the bottom of the 9th to win the game, but Strasburg did not pick up the win that he deserved. Sunday night, the Nats had a 7-0 lead and you still didn’t feel that the lead was safe. It is like this night in and night out. The sad thing is that this is a really talented ball club without the bullpen blunders. Their offense is stacked from top to bottom with big names such as superstar Bryce Harper and slugger Daniel Murphy, and they have the best 1-2 in baseball in Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. If they don’t get a few reliable relievers by the trade deadline it’s going to be another short October in our nation’s capital, because to win in the postseason you need good pitching all around.

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