The Chicago White Sox have already benefited from some good Washington Nationals pitching.
The Nationals rotations are anchored by a big three who go by the names of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin. All three of them are only two years removed from leading the Nationals to the World Series. Scherzer’s resume speaks for itself. He has three Cy Young awards, seven All-star appearances, and three top 10 finishers in the MVP voting. Strasburg’s career has been hampered by injuries but when healthy he is electric. He showed that on baseball’s biggest stage taking home the World Series MVP in 2019. Patrick Corbin also has two all-star appearances to his name.
While all three are talented some cracks in the armor appeared in 2020. Strasburg signed a seven-year $245 million contract following the 2019 World Series. Since then he has only pitched in five innings. Scherzer also dealt with back and neck issues in 2019. In 2020 it looked as if those issues caught up to him. His adjusted ERA+ was the worst it’s been since 2014. According to Statcast, he was also barreled up at his highest rate in 2020. Corbin is coming off one of the worst seasons in his career. He had a 4.66 ERA and the highest WHIP of his career.
The other concern is that there is not much help behind them in the rotation. Erick Fedde and Joe Ross occupy the last two spots in the rotation. GM Mike Rizzo may need to get busy before opening day.