Although the Nationals have only played three games and it’s a very small sample size, the organization should already be concerned about the backend of the bullpen. Already one of the greatest closers of all time, Craig Kimbrel is still out on the free agent market and would allow the Nats to grab another arm to lock down the bullpen.
The Nationals have already been connected to Kimbrel but their interest was bleak but after what the bullpen has shown in the first three games then they might want to increase their interest in the all-star closer.
The Nats’ bullpen has looked awful to begin the season after many in the industry thought it would be one of their best in recent years. After trading for Kyle Barraclough then signing former Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal and Tony Sipp in the offseason the bullpen was poised to be great. After three games the assumption proves to be untrue.
Yes, I understand it’s only three games and the bullpen will probably be fine and it’s an overreaction.
Trevor Rosenthal hasn’t looked great at all during his first two games of the 2019 campaign. He has failed to record a single out in two games while giving up five earned runs. Rosenthal has allowed for hits and walked one. He almost single-handily lost the game for the Nationals on Saturday afternoon when he came into a tie ballgame in the eighth and gave up four runs. Rosenthal also failed to stop the bleeding on Sunday afternoon as he was responsible for the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Matt Grace and Wander Suero also didn’t look great to start the season during the game Saturday afternoon. Suero gave up two runs in an inning to have his early season ERA bloom to 18.00. Grace gave up a run in 0.1 innings and his ERA up to 13.50. Certainly not the start they or the team was hoping for.
Sure, it’s still way too early in the season to be actually concerned and Koda Glover is sidelined with a forearm strain and will improve the bullpen when he gets back but if the bullpen can’t get outs in big spots the Nats could look to upgrade it through trades or free agents.