The Washington Nationals have officially waved the white flag on their season.
This leaves the Padres absolutely stacked and the Nationals with nobody, it seems.
Even worse for the Nationals, they will be playing host to the New York Mets in the second game of their three-game set tonight with Jacob deGrom making his season debut.
On Twitter, Mets insider Mike Puma made a funny joke, referring to tonight’s game as a “no-hitter alert” given that the Nationals are now completely stripped of any superstars.
No-hitter alert: Jacob deGrom is pitching tonight against what’s left of the Nationals.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) August 2, 2022
This is a hilarious joke, but at the same time, it highlights the sad reality for the Nationals and their fans.
The team has literally nobody of any note, save for Nelson Cruz.
There isn’t much left for the Nationals to cheer about, if anything, and there’s a chance that Cruz could be dealt too.
In that case, deGrom shouldn’t have any trouble carving his way through this depleted Nationals lineup.
His pitch count may be limited, but it may not take him that many pitches to get through the Nats’ offense, which is now without Soto and Bell.
At least the Nationals are getting a solid return for him, but that doesn’t help in the immediate future.
Things are looking very bleak in Washington.
It’s going to be a long time before these Nationals are a contending ballclub again.
The Padres on the other hand, are loaded and have a great chance to win a title.