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Washington Nationals:
Annual History *



hand point * This interactive Web page presents detailed year-by-year historical data that were formerly displayed altogether on the Washington Nationals page. That page now only shows detailed data for the current year, as well as historical annual summary data. Click on the years listed below to get the respective annual data.


2018: A similar roster, but under new management

The arrival of Dave Martinez as the Nationals' new management coincided with the departure of aging veteran slugger Jayson Werth, whose leadership qualities were sorely missed. During the off-season, the Nats' front office reached terms with all of their arbitration-eligible veterans, and signed Howie Kendrick (acquired from the Phillies in mid-summer) to a one-year extension. Adam Eaton returned to the lineup and started the 2018 season on a red-hot streak, but quickly injured himself, just like the year before. Daniel Murphy had knee surgery in October 2017, but the healing process was prolonged and he did not return to the lineup until July. Meanwhile, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Howie Kendrick, and Matt Wieters all spent time on the disabled list. The top four pitchers in the starting rotation were the same as in 2017, and Jeremy Hellickson took over the fifth spot in late April. After a lousy first month, the banged-up Nats bounced back in May, but then fell flat again in June, and remained mediocre until September. Daniel Murphy was traded to the Cubs on August 21, as the Nats' hopes for a postseason run had all but ended, and Gio Gonzalez was traded to the Brewers on August 31. Both players were in the final year of their contracts. As the season ended, the Nats belatedly climbed into second place, ahead of the Phillies and behind the Braves. Amid fears that free agent Bryce Harper would join a different team next year, the only real bright spots were Max Scherzer getting his 300th strikeout and 19-year-old sensation Juan Soto vying for the Rookie of the Year award.

Starting positions, 2018
CF: Michael A. Taylor .227
Bryce Harper
LF: Juan Soto * .292 Michael A. Taylor RF: Bryce Harper .249
Adam Eaton
Juan Soto Bryce Harper
SS: Trea Turner .271
2B: Wilmer Difo .230
(Daniel Murphy)
Trea Turner WilmerDifo
3B: Anthony Rendon .308
1B: Ryan Zimmerman .264
(Matt Adams) *, Mark Reynolds *
Anthony Rendon Max Scherzer Ryan Zimmerman
  C: Matt Wieters .238
Pedro Severino, Spencer Kieboom *
 
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers
Manager: Dave Martinez *
Matt Wieters * (asterisk): new player;  
(Parentheses indicate players
who have since been traded.)
Nationals' head-to-head matchups,
2018
OpponentWinsLosses
(Data through June.)
ARI52
ATL910
BAL51
BOS03
CHC34
CHW00
CIN61
CLE00
COL25
DET00
HOU00
KC00
LAA00
LAD15
MIA136
MIL24
MIN00
NYM811
NYY22
OAK00
PHI118
PIT52
SD42
SEA00
SF24
STL25
TB22
TEX00
TOR03
Totals8280
Nationals, 2018: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April* 2018 13 16 4th 14 377,723 26,980
May 2018 19 7 2nd 12 365,734 30,478
June 2018 10 16 3rd 13 472,255 36,327
July 2018 11 14 3rd 10 360,955 36,096
Aug. 2018 14 15 3rd 16 495,498 30,969
Sept. 2018 15 12 2nd 16 457,340 28,584
2018 82 80 2nd 81 2,529,505 31,228

*April data include two March games.
SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers.


Nats winning percentages

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