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Nationals Make Huge Jump in Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Washington Nationals jumped seven spots in the latest ESPN MLB power rankings as they come in at No. 18.
The Washington Nationals jumped seven spots in the latest ESPN MLB power rankings as they come in at No. 18. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Washington Nationals won't wow any fans with their current team statistics but this team is fighting past one of the league's worst offenses for a 12-14 overall record. Even with the Nationals off to a slow start, this team just jumped seven spots in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.

Washington is 11-9 in their last 20 games despite scoring just 3.5 runs per game this season. Whatever little offense this club does display is thanks to a terrific start from shortstop Trea Turner. Turner is hitting .314 with seven home runs and 12 RBIs in 2021.

Nationals Power Rankings

The pitching staff has been a bright spot and could finish the season in the top-half of MLB pitching metrics. Currently, Washington's staff owns a 4.10 team ERA, which ranks 17th and has a 1.22 WHIP, which ranks No. 14 on amongst league leaders.

Juan Soto has been another bright spot on offense with a slashing offensive line of .288/.397/.442 along with two home runs and eight RBIs.

With a 12-14 overall record, Washington sits 1.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East standings. FanDuel Sportsbook gives the Nationals an outside shot at winning the division with their +900 odds.

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