However, with the Nationals struggling to generate offense in the early stages of the season, the hole that his absence left in the batting order has loomed even larger. Their offensive issues were evident in the Nationals’ most recent series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Through the first 27 innings of the series, the Nats were only able to muster up two runs.
What the Nationals didn't do was play the Miami Marlins for three games after appearing to wake up in back-to-back wins against Toronto last week. The weekend series against Miami was postponed while Major League Baseball's scheduling complications persisted amid playing baseball in a pandemic. The Nationals took Friday off, played two simulated games over the weekend, then took Monday off (though coming to the park was a voluntary option).
The Nationals went 44-32 in division play in 2019. Washington batted . as a team last year and hit 231 total home runs.