There hasn't been a ton of great news stemming from the Washington Nationals through the first third of the 2021 MLB season. Washington has underperformed and as a result sits in last-place of the NL East with a 23-30 overall record.
Fortuantely, the NL East is shaping up to be one of the most competitive divisions in the league this year and the Nationals only trail the division lead by 6.0 games. There's plenty of time to turn things around and getting young slugger Juan Soto hot would go a long way in doing so.
We're only four days into the month of June, but it looks like Soto it starting to break out this month and Manager Dave Martinez knows why.
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Granted, the Nationals did drop their series finale against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday and Soto failed to continue his home run streak. Still, the 2020 NL Batting Title Champion is looking like him old self at the dish. He's gone 4-for-9 in 3 games in the month of June, including 2 HRs, 6 RBIs and 4 walks for a slashing line of .444/.615/1.111.
It's a small sample, but Martinez points out to Soto embracing the fierce NL East rivalry and the hostile crowd in Atlanta. "He loves it. He said the boos are part of it. It doesn’t bother him a bit," said Martinez.
If Soto continues this hot streak throughout the month of June, the NL East could see a major shakeup in the standings. Right now, the Nationals own just +2200 odds to win the division, according to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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