The Washington Nationals suffered a 7-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, which emphasizes the challenges of rebuilding. The Nationals’ lack of experience may be what is keeping them from achieving their former glory, and although this loss is just one game, it highlights the significant rebuilding process the team needs to undergo. The future of the team is in the hands of players like Josiah Gray, Keibert Ruiz, and Luis Garcia, who must develop and become consistent performers if the Nationals hope to be competitive in the near future.
CJ Abrams, 22, made three errors in the game, loading the bases for the Braves, who went on to score three runs, which proved to be the difference in the game. Despite this early setback, manager Dave Martinez praised his young team and refused to become discouraged by this loss or its overall implications for the forthcoming season. While errors are part of the learning curve, the Nationals need to address their lack of experience and have patience with their players. The team has many pieces to work with, and with continued development, they could become contenders again soon.
For the Nationals, the 2022 season holds many uncertainties, including the sale of the team, the impending end of Martinez and General Manager Mike Rizzo’s contracts, and the departures of several key players from their 2019 World Series-winning team. These obstacles make the current situation even more challenging for the organization. However, the Nationals are in good hands, with Rizzo and Martinez committed to seeing the rebuild through, promising prospects on their roster, and talented players still on the roster, such as Sean Doolittle and Juan Soto. With patience, rebuilding efforts, and focusing on the fundamentals, the Nationals may soon become competitive again.