By JEFF KEARNEN | The Washington TimesThis story was originally published July 21, 2018.
More stories from the Pacific Northwest:The Washington Post Staff The Washington Nationals are looking to extend the postseason, but there are no guarantees.
They are a young team and a young organization.
They have some good pieces, but not enough to be an All-Star contender.
The Washington Nationals should be better.
They should be a more dominant team.
They should have the luxury of making the playoffs with a healthy bullpen.
They could be the best team in baseball if they can stay healthy.
They shouldn’t have any worries about the postseason being over.
They can go into next season and finish as a legitimate threat.
The Nationals have the best starting pitching in baseball.
The team has plenty of pitching depth and a big lead in the NL East.
They’re not perfect, but they’re not awful either.
The pitching staff has been very good for years.
They’ll be a good team again next year.
The baseball world has moved on from a playoff era, and it’s time for the Washington Nationals to be in the conversation again.
The franchise has always been built around its pitching, and the team has a strong core of pitchers who are aces.
It’s a core that includes Ryan Zimmerman, who is going to hit his stride in the Nationals rotation, and Drew Storen, who could return to his best form.
It also includes Ryan Madson, who pitched to a 1.75 ERA in 2016 after a breakout year last season, and Matt Duffy, who went from a .217 hitter to .294 in the postseason.
The core is a foundation for success.
It will be an exciting time for everyone in the franchise, but it also has the potential to be a tough year for the organization if it’s not a successful one.
The most important thing for the team is that it doesn’t falter.
It needs to get better, and there are times when that will be easy to say.
The bullpen, which has been a strength since the departure of Max Scherzer in 2016, will need to be much more consistent in 2017.
The offense has been strong since 2015, and this is just the start.
It will take time to build that base.
The lineup is full of young talent and could take a big step forward this year, but the rotation needs to be strong to take advantage of it.
The defense has always needed a little help, and now that Bryce Harper is back, the team needs to give the offense a lot more help.
The offensive line is not a strength, but Bryce Harper, Nick Markakis and Wilson Ramos all have experience and can make a difference.
The biggest challenge for the Nationals is the bullpen, but that should change next year and the rest of the way.
The organization needs to rebuild a core of young pitchers, and to get the rotation healthy, and for the offense to play at a high level.
If the team can keep a team of this caliber together, the Nationals will be in good shape for the long haul.
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