Grant Paulsen's Top 10 Nationals a quarter way through the season

Chris Lingebach
May 16, 2019 - 3:39 pm

The Nationals certainly haven't gotten off to the start they expected in the first quarter of the 2019 regular season.

But there have been bright spots amidst the torrent of injuries and bullpen follies. Grant Paulsen attempted to highlight those players pulling the Nats through dark times in the first 42 games.

Here's how Grant's Top 10 have contributed to the Nats this season heading into Thursday's game against the Mets.

1. Sean Doolittle

"I had Sean Doolittle as the best National so far this year with an ERA under 1.00 in 19 appearances, the only reliable reliever in a sea of terrible relief pitching."

Doolittle is 3-1 with a 0.95 ERA through 18 appearances (19 innings pitched), and six saves in seven opportunities.

2. Patrick Corbin

"Patrick Corbin – second-best National. 15 innings last two starts, two wins. He's played stopper all season long. He's been magnificent."

Corbin is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA, 69 strikeouts (8th in MLB) and 18 walks and sports a 1.040 WHIP after nine starts (58.2 IP).

3. Howie Kendrick

"Howie Kendrick – third-best National so far this season, has responded well just about every time he gets on the field."

Kendrick is hitting .311 (.921 OPS) with four doubles, six home runs and 23 RBI in 33 games.

4. Stephen Strasburg

Strasburg is 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA, 75 strikeouts (4th in MLB) to just 16 walks and a 1.053 WHIP in nine starts (57 IP).

5. Max Scherzer

Scherzer is 2-4 with a 3.64 ERA, 79 strikeouts (1st in NL) to just 10 walks and a 1.146 WHIP in nine starts (59.1 IP).

6. Anthony Rendon

"Anthony Rendon would have been much higher on the list if not for missing almost a month."

Rendon, who missed 14 games with a left elbow contusion, is hitting .333 (1.072 OPS) with 15 doubles, six homers and 20 RBI in 28 games.

7. Victor Robles

"Victor Robles, maddening because he does great things and infuriating things, but he does have eight homers to lead the team and eight steals to the lead the team. He's got the best power-speed combination of anybody not named Turner in the organization."

The 21-year-old is hitting .257 (.779 OPS) with seven doubles, one triple, eight homers and 17 RBI in 42 games. He's also swiped eight bags.

8. Juan Soto

The 20-year-old is hitting .235 (.779 OPS) with five doubles, six home runs, 24 RBI and three stolen bases in 32 games.

9. Kurt Suzuki

"And then I've got Kurt Suzuki ninth – homered ever 14 at-bats – who's been good."

The 35-year-old catcher is hitting .254 (.792 OPS) with two doubles, five homers and 14 RBI in 23 games.

10. Adam Eaton

"He'd be higher if not for two terrible missed plays that were very costly in the outfield."

Eaton is hitting .275 (.724 OPS) with five doubles, two triples, three homers and 11 RBI through 41 games. He's also stolen five bases.

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