By: Ross Sutton
Last night during the Nationals’ game against the Yankees, the Nats struck a deal with the Royals for closer Kelvin Herrera. The Nationals gave up three prospects for Herrera: third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, outfielder Blake Perkins, and pitcher Yohanse Morel. The Nats didn’t have to give up much for Herrera since he is a free agent after this season, but they got a stud to close things out in the ninth. Herrera has a miniscule 1.05 ERA so far this season, so the Nats have greatly improved the back end of their bullpen because of this move. Washington will now feature Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle, and Herrera in the last three innings of a game making for a pretty stacked group of relievers.
The Nationals are currently tied with the Phillies for second place in the NL East and are three and a half games behind the Braves, who sit atop the division. Now that Washington has completed their suspended game against the Yankees and played the other game that was postponed back in May, the Orioles will come to town, so the Nats will have a great opportunity to pick up three win against Baltimore, who has struggled a lot in 2018. Then, the Nats will play the Phillies seven times in the next nine games, so they will have another great opportunity to separate themselves from Philadelphia in their division. The Nationals have a really good team, especially when they’re healthy, so the National League should be on watch for the Nationals, who should be a great team come October.
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