On the finish of final week, we launched a brand new collection right here at FBB the place we’re going to be trying on the Prime 5 energetic Nats-killers, the gamers who proceed to torment the Washington Nationals at each alternative on the sector.
If you wish to atone for the collection to date, admittedly, it’s simply the introduction proper now, try the hyperlink under for an introduction to the collection. This provides you with the factors we’re in search of within the Nats-killers and a number of the near-misses who received’t be on the record.
Now you’re all caught up, let’s get our countdown began with #5: Anthony Santander.
On this collection, we’re going to check out their numbers towards the Nationals after which revisit their “signature” second towards the staff the place they really modified the sport.
Santander has solely been within the large leagues for 5 seasons but has managed a stable 56 plate appearances in 13 video games regardless of not sharing a division with the Nationals due to the Baltimore Orioles and Nats taking part in in interleague play each season.
In these 13 video games although, he’s made his mark with 5 house runs, 15 RBIs, and a strong .365/.393/.750 slash line towards Washington.
That’s leaps and bounds above his profession .248/.290/.454 slash line, significantly within the energy division, which is emphasised whenever you discover that the Nationals account for lower than 5% of his video games as an enormous leaguer, however he has 5 of his 50 profession house runs towards them.
As one of many key standards on this record, Santander has an distinctive 198 wRC+ towards the Nats.
To place that into some perspective, whereas that determine is the bottom within the high 5 of this record — the remainder of the record are all above the 200 mark — a 198 wRC+ is one higher than Bryce Harper’s 197 wRC+ from his MVP season in 2015.
So each time Santander has stepped to the plate to date towards the Nationals, it’s been like going through the equal of the very best offensive season for the reason that franchise moved to the nation’s capital.
In opposition to everybody else in his profession, Santander has simply an 89 wRC+, an honest means under the league-average wRC+ of 100.
The distinction between his profession wRC+ of 94 versus the 198 wRC+ towards the Nationals is 104 and bettered by simply two different gamers on this record, so for one motive or one other, Santander has managed to step it up towards the Nats extra so than the remainder of the league.
Santander doesn’t have as many plate appearances as others on this record, but even within the restricted taking part in time, he’s nonetheless had a few impactful moments in video games towards the Nats.
Throughout the shortened 2020 season, he had a pair of massive hits. One was a game-tying house run off of Max Scherzer in Baltimore, the opposite was an enormous go-ahead three-run house run off of Daniel Hudson at Nationals Park in early August.
Coming into the highest of the eighth, the O’s trailed 3-0 as a struggling Sean Doolittle entered the sport. Nevertheless, the left-handed may solely file one out between two solo house runs which minimize the deficit to 1 and compelled the Nats to usher in Hudson to regular the ship.
Hudson didn’t fare a lot better although as he walked Austin Hays after which allowed a single to Hanser Alberto which allowed Santander to return to the plate in an enormous spot…
That house run gave the Orioles a 5-3 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as they despatched the defending-champion Nationals to 4-7 within the younger season.
To make issues worse, the Orioles accomplished a three-game sweep at Nats Park the subsequent day.
Whereas the sport itself doubtless wasn’t the largest that may seem on this record when it comes to a signature second that had ramifications on the Nats and their playoff hopes, inside the recreation itself, it was an enormous blow and stored up Santander’s sturdy tempo towards the Nationals.
The primary factor that held Santander again on this record was his lack of pattern dimension, in any other case, he would’ve been a lot larger.
No. 4 on the record has practically double the variety of plate appearances as Santander, and in case you want a bit extra of a clue, he was really awarded a 2019 World Sequence ring with the Nationals too…