Column: Dumping Rosenthal isn’t enough to save Nats bullpen

It looked like they were so close.

The Nationals, despite a lackluster four-game split against the Arizona Diamondbacks to open this crucial, 11-game homestand, were achingly close to finishing it with a flourish and realigning the National League East two weeks before the All-Star break. But despite sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies in a rain-shortened, three-game set, they finished the week just as far out of first place as they began it, a full 8.5 games back, after consecutive deflating losses to the division-leading Atlanta Braves.

And while the problem remains obvious, it needs to be addressed once more: Trevor Rosenthal or no Trevor Rosenthal, this bullpen isn’t good enough to get this team to the playoffs, and failing to upgrade it will derail this season.

Original published: 2019-06-24 08:33:09 Read the full Washington News here

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