By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer
It is no secret that the Washington Nationals have one of the best, if not the number one offense in the MLB thus far this year. The Nats beat up on the New York Mets last Sunday, scoring a whopping 23 runs during the game. While the big names like Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Daniel Murphy contributed to the win, the main source of firepower came from third baseman Anthony Rendon. The Nationals offense has been historically good so far this season, and it doesn’t seem like that will change anytime soon.
Before Sunday’s game, Rendon had not yet hit a homerun this season and had just five RBIs in his first 22 games. Sunday, however, Rendon exploded for three home runs and racked up 10 RBIs. He also hit a double off the top of the wall and had two other hits, going 6-6 at the plate overall. Rendon became the 13th player in the history of the MLB to tally 10 RBIs in a single game and also set a franchise record with that mark. Rendon also added roughly 50 points to his batting average and nearly doubled his total bases. This huge game could spark Rendon’s season giving the Nationals yet another weapon at their disposal.
While scoring 23 runs in one game is insane, it wasn’t such a longshot for the Nationals this year. The Nationals have scored 15 or more runs in three games already this season while the rest of the league combined has done it just twice. The Nats have a three-headed monster in the center of their batting order right now. The team currently has the top three spots on the RBI leaderboard with Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper, and Daniel Murphy. Bryce Harper seems more like he did in his MVP season. He also broke the record for most runs scored in April with 32. Daniel Murphy is picking right back up from a season in which he just barely missed winning a batting title. Ryan Zimmerman seems revitalized compared to his last few seasons and currently leads in all three of the Triple Crown categories. He is still hitting a ridiculous .420 with 11 homeruns and 29 RBIs. The team currently has the best record in baseball at 17-8 and shows no signs of slowing down. Between their historically great offense and good pitching, it is not hard to pick them as the favorites to make a title run so far.