With the Nationals at Spring Training: Building a Better Bullpen
A bad dessert can wipe out a great meal.
Last year, the Nationals’ relief corps almost shut down the season before it began. The bullpen ERA of 5.66 was the worst in the majors, and the unit’s 29 blown saves was the second-highest total in the big leagues.
Even in the team’s postseason run, the Nationals were aided by relief appearances from starters Stephen Strasburg (three scoreless innings in the Wild Card win), Max Scherzer (one scoreless frame in the NLDS Game Two victory) and Patrick Corbin (five appearances, including three scoreless innings in Game Six of the World Series).
So, manager Davey Martinez has his work cut out for him in 2020.