At 32-65, they have the worst record in the National League, by far.
Josh Bell has been respectable in that lineup, but he is just about the only help Soto has to score runs.
As a result, pitchers often opt to pitch around Soto and take their chances with the rest of their mediocre lineup.
It’s good for Soto’s OBP, which is at an excellent .401, but both his average (.245) and slugging percentage (.484) are career lows.
All in all, Soto has been productive, but not as much as previous years: it’s clear he is being limited by his poor supporting cast.
This was evidenced on Sunday’s game, and mostly every day, to be honest.
“Runner on 2nd, 1st base open…. 4-pitch walk to Juan Soto. He does not look too surprised. 165 walks in the last 162 games for Soto…” Codify Baseball tweeted about the young phenom.
Runner on 2nd, 1st base open….
4-pitch walk to Juan Soto.
He does not look too surprised.
165 walks in the last 162 games for Soto… pic.twitter.com/Kul6MBpHiC
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) July 24, 2022
Soto Wants A Top Contract And The Chance To Win
More than the money itself (which is obviously important, for Soto and for any player), Soto is a competitive beast who would like to play on a contender, a team that gives him a chance to achieve success.
The 2019 Nationals were built to win, and they did, with Soto leading the charge.
The 2022 Nationals?
Not so much.
Washington wants to extend Soto, but given that he has already rejected a $440 million offer, they are considering trading him to maximize his value, which has never been higher.
They would be missing out on a generational talent, but at least they would get a group of five or six young studs to build around.
In the meantime, Soto keeps struggling to regain his top form with such a weak supporting cast.
He is obviously great, and his “subpar” season is better than most players’ best campaign anyway.