An introduction to a short series about the biggest active Nats-killers in baseball


There’s a sense that each single baseball fan, or any sports activities fan for that matter, can relate to. You see a participant’s title within the lineup or hear their title introduced over the audio system and also you assume “oh no, not this man once more. He all the time comes up large in opposition to us.”

It doesn’t matter how properly the staff or participant is doing, there’s all the time a sense of inevitability when that participant steps as much as the plate that they’re going to make one thing occur.

Whereas Main League Baseball continues to have its labor dispute, we take a deep dive into a few of the gamers who upped their recreation in opposition to the Washington Nationals for no motive in any way and have their names remembered for the unsuitable causes at Nats Park.

Over the subsequent few weeks, we’ll depend down the highest 5 Nats-killers, every with their very own separate piece to dive deep into their stats and large moments in opposition to Washington.

First up, let’s have a look at the standards for the way we chosen the highest 5 within the record…

The factors

Lively gamers solely

We would like this record to be present and keep in mind this collection when the gamers in query step as much as the plate at Nationals Park sooner or later.

Sorry, Carl Crawford and Jim Edmonds, two of the larger Nat-killers of years passed by, you aren’t going to be showing on this record.

Hitters solely

To maintain this straightforward and make direct comparisons simpler, we’re going to stay with simply hitters for this. Particularly as a pitcher’s collective stats in a small-ish pattern can be much more risky than a hitter’s.

Minimal of fifty plate appearances

This looks like an affordable pattern measurement which ought to stop gamers from leaping onto the record on the premise of a few nice video games. There must be no less than a small stage of sustained efficiency in opposition to the Nats for this.

A wRC+ of no less than 180 in opposition to the Nationals

Now we’ve got our participant pool and a minimal variety of plate appearances to offer us an affordable pattern measurement to base this off, how will we begin selecting out one of the best performers?

Clearly, we’ll be taking a look at all stats when evaluating the highest few candidates, however wRC+ is an efficient statistic to make use of as a place to begin for this.

wRC+ takes into consideration all ways in which a participant can contribute on the plate, Park Issue, and the remainder of the league’s offensive efficiency, making it good for evaluating completely different seasons. Then it normalizes it to make 100 league-average and the way far more productive the participant has been in comparison with the remainder of the league in that span.

Lastly, we want a benchmark determine. Whereas FanGraphs suggests {that a} wRC+ of 160 is superb, wanting on the wRC+ leaders from the final 10 162-game seasons, their common wRC+ involves 179.

So, a wRC+ of no less than 180 in opposition to the Nationals implies that these gamers have all hit like one of the best hitter within the league in these given video games. Fairly scary.

Should have a lot better numbers in opposition to the Nats than everybody else

This is among the key elements in separating the participant from being simply actually good typically to a participant who actually springs into motion in opposition to the Nationals for no motive in any way.

Take Mike Trout for instance. He has a improbable 165 wRC+ in opposition to the Nationals in restricted time in opposition to them in his profession. But in addition, you already know, he’s Mike Trout. In order that 165 determine is definitely decrease than his profession wRC+ of 172!

Due to this fact, we’re searching for gamers who’re a lot better in opposition to the Nats than each different staff.

Should have no less than one signature second in opposition to the Nationals

Look, it’s all properly and good selecting up hit after hit within the early innings, however the true Nats-killers will all have no less than one signature second that actually gained their staff a given recreation the place Nationals followers look again and shiver slightly bit fascinated by it.

This isn’t simply restricted to walk-off hits or go-ahead hits, however simply large hits typically within the late innings of video games that have an effect on the result. The form of hit that if a participant retains producing will linger behind a fan’s thoughts each time they step to the plate.

Honorable mentions and near-misses

Whereas this collection is just going to cowl the High 5 intimately with a bit of their very own, listed below are another names that fell brief primarily based on the standards we’ve set for these Nats-killers…

Freddie Freeman

Once I put out a tweet final week about this topic, Freddie Freeman was, by far and away, the participant who got here up most amongst Nationals followers after they had to think about Nats-killers.

Considerably surprisingly although, his wRC+ of 143 is just slightly above his profession determine of 138. Seems that Freeman is definitely simply actually actually good at this baseball factor, not solely in opposition to the Nats, although it definitely looks like he steps it up when he involves Washington.

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Charlie Culberson

One among Freeman’s former Braves teammates additionally appeared to return off the bench or have a spot begin in opposition to the Nationals and tear the duvet off the ball.

In the long run, Culberson fell simply wanting the wRC+ mark with a 169 determine in opposition to the Nationals and was most likely a bit brief on plate appearances to crack the highest 5 too.

Andrew McCutchen

Although he didn’t share a division with the Nationals through the early a part of his profession, McCutchen has made a behavior of torturing Washington with each the Pittsburgh Pirates and, extra just lately, the Philadelphia Phillies.

He’s no stranger to large hits both. Even simply final season, he had 4 go-ahead hits in opposition to them for the Phillies, together with a three-run, walk-off house run on July twenty sixth that successfully put the nail within the coffin for the Nationals and helped ship them on their mass rebuild.

Sadly, like the remainder of the gamers on this part, he simply falls wanting the wRC+ requirement, coming in with a wRC+ of 164 in opposition to the Nationals. Nonetheless nice, simply not fairly sufficient.

Giancarlo Stanton

One other participant who killed the Nationals earlier in his profession, on this case although, Stanton was in the identical division with the Miami Marlins till his commerce to the New York Yankees in 2018.

When it comes to the gamers getting an honorable point out and people within the high 5, Stanton’s 477 plate appearances path solely Freeman. In these plate appearances, he sports activities a fearsome 167 wRC+ that little doubt accounts for loads of gargantuan house runs in opposition to the Nats.

Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera

I’ll group these two collectively as a result of the rationale they fall brief is precisely the identical.

Each have in depth expertise in opposition to the Nationals with north of 200 plate appearances they usually each hit exceptionally in opposition to them with wRC+ figures of 202 and 198 respectively.

The factor is, each of them had been one of the best hitter in baseball throughout their primes. So in actuality, their efficiency in opposition to the Nats isn’t really that far above how they did in opposition to everybody else, so that they miss out right here.

Pete (F’n) Kozma

Effectively, if the requirement was simply to have a signature second, then this man might need been high of all the record. I don’t assume I have to remind anybody of that individual hit.

Other than that hit, Kozma nonetheless hit properly in opposition to the Nationals within the common season, going 13-for-31 with a 149 wRC+ in 43 plate appearances, in comparison with his 53 profession wRC+. Sadly, that wasn’t fairly ok to crack our standards for total efficiency.

J.D. Davis

How a couple of very current addition to the record of Nats-killers with the New York Mets’ utility man.

In his profession in opposition to the Nationals, Davis has a robust 161 wRC+ and greater than his fair proportion of massive hits, together with a late go-ahead house run in that notorious collection at Citi Subject the place the Mets swept the Nationals and dropped them to 19-31. I ponder what occurred after that…

Subsequent up…

In our subsequent piece on this collection, we’ll begin our countdown of the highest 5 Nats-killers. Right here’s a clue as to who sits at #5: Regardless of solely being a bit-part participant to this point in his large league profession, this participant has an Worldwide Fan Membership after making some associates within the stands throughout a recreation in 2019…



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