Coming into the 2019 season many around baseball believed that this years’ bullpen was the best since 2012 after a few additions to the ‘pen in the off-season. The Nats organization believed that Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal would be the seventh and eighth inning guys, respectively. They would hold down the fort until the ninth when Sean Doolittle would pith and wrap up many wins for the Nationals.
However, that plan has come and gone. Barraclough has been decent for the Nationals pitching to a 1.50 ERA in six innings but has allowed all his inherited runners to score. Rosenthal has had a completely different story. He would pitch to 10 batters this season before recording an out.
After recording an out in his fourth game out of the bullpen Rosenthal has lowered his ERA from infinity to 40.50 but has allowed a runner to score in his fifth and sixth outings.
The Nationals needed help in a big way in the eighth inning. In steps, a 2010 signee from the Dominican Republic Wander Suero.
Suero, 27, made his major league debut last season and pitched to a 3.59 ERA in 40 games while striking out 47 in 47.2 innings.
The struggles from Rosenthal and Barraclough have paved the way for Suero to become the eighth inning man for the Nationals. He’s pitched on back to back days once and three straight days once.
After allowing four runs in his first two games, Suero has only allowed one run in his past seven outings and has recorded an ERA of 5.40.
The struggles from the other arms in the ‘pen have hurt the Nats but it’s also allowed some other players to have success in places we didn’t expect early in the season.