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Annual History *



hand point * This interactive Web page presents detailed year-by-year historical data that were formerly displayed altogether on the Washington Nationals page. That page now only shows detailed data for the current year, as well as historical annual summary data. Click on the years listed below to get the respective annual data.


2020: Covid-19 pandemic sharply curtails season

Coming off the heels of the Nationals' first World Series championship in franchise history, the agonizing delay in starting the 2020 season due to the covid-19 pandemic was especially frustrating for Washington fans. It finally got started on July 23, in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees. During the offseason, the Nats parted ways with Anthony Rendon, who signed with the Rockies, and his absence will probably be felt more than when Bryce Harper departed a year earlier. The Nats reached terms with most of their arbitration-eligible veterans during the 2019-2020 offseason, and Ryan Zimmerman signed a one-year contract extension. He and pitcher Joe Ross decided to opt out of playing this year because of the covid-19 risk, however. That left first base open to Eric Thames, formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers, with veteran Howie Kendrick serving as backup when he's not the designated hitter. The young (21 years) Juan Soto missed the first two weeks after getting a positive covid-19 test result, but proved he could provide plenty of offensive firepower after his return. Asdrubal Cabrera has taken Anthony Rendon's place at third base and the newly acquired infielder Starlin Castro playing at second base. (He broke his wrist in late August, and Stephen Strasburg also had a season-ending injury to his wrist.) Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick also missed the last few weeks due to injury. The Nationals did somewhat better during the month of September, with fine performances by several young replacement players, but they still finished the season tied with the Mets for last place (with a 26-34 record), the first time they finished below .500 since 2011. The amazing Juan Soto led the National League in batting average (.351), and Trea Turner was not far behind.

Starting positions, 2020
CF: Victor Robles .255
Michael A. Taylor
LF: Juan Soto .282
Andrew Stevenson
Victor Robles RF: Adam Eaton .279
Juan Soto Adam Eaton
SS: Trea Turner .298 2B: Luis Garcia * .
Starlin Castro *, Wilmer Difo .238
Trea Turner Brian Dozier
3B: Asdrubal Cabrera .323
Carter Kieboom
1B: Eric Thames * .
Howie Kendrick .344
Anthony Rendon Max Scherzer Howie Kendrick
  C: Kurt Suzuki .264
Yan Gomes .223
 
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers
Manager: Dave Martinez
Kurt Suzuki * (asterisk): new player;  
Underlines indicate second-string players
whose photos are shown.
Nationals' head-to-head matchups,
2020
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI00
ATL46
BAL24
BOS12
CHC00
CHW00
CIN00
CLE00
COL00
DET00
HOU00
KC00
LAA00
LAD00
MIA46
MIL00
MIN00
NYM64
NYY12
OAK00
PHI37
PIT00
SD00
SEA00
SF00
STL00
TB31
TEX00
TOR22
Totals2634
Nationals, 2020: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2020 - - - - - -
May 2020 - - - - - -
June 2020 - - - - - -
July 2020 3 4 3rd 5+2* 0 0
Aug. 2020 9 16 5th 10+1* 0 0
Sept. 2020 14 14 4th (tie) 14 0 0
2020 26 34 4th (tie) 29+3* 0 0

NOTE: No games were played from April until late July.
* The July 29 and 30 games were supposed to be played in Toronto, but were played in Washington instead due to the coronavirus, with the Nationals batting first as the "visitors." Likewise, in the makeup game played in Washington on Aug. 22, the Miami Marlins were the "home team."
SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers.


Nats winning percentages

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