Baseball finally returned to Washington in 2005 when the Nationals were reborn. Established in 1969 as the Montreal Expos, the franchise relocated to Washington and have remained one of the most exciting teams in baseball. The organization spent 35 years in Montreal, winning its only East Division title in 1981. The Nationals have captured three NL East Division crowns since relocating to Washington. In 2016, the Nats posted a remarkable 95-67 record to win their third division title in five years.
Much of that success can be attributed to the play of superstar outfielder Bryce Harper — the face of the Nationals’ franchise. Harper, who is a consistent .300 hitter, slugged 24 home runs and added 86 RBI in 2016. He’s one of the most feared hitters in the National League, opponents more than often opting to walk Harper rather than risk pitching to the all-star. In fact, Harper finished second in overall walks in 2016 with 108.
Former Expos third baseman Tim Wallach, who spent 13 seasons with the franchise, is the club’s all-time leader in hits with 1,694. Steve Rogers spent his entire career in an Expos uniform and still holds the record for most wins on the mound with 158.
Washington Nationals Betting Lines Today
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Washington Nationals Standings Right Now
Competing in one of the toughest divisions in baseball, it is important to follow where the Nationals sit in the NL East standings throughout the season.
The standings widget below offers key stats — such as winning percentage and runs for/against — that will put you ahead of the betting competition.
How To Win At Washington Nationals Betting
Entering the 2017 MLB campaign, the Washington Nationals were +650 favorites to win the World Series.
With Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg — the club’s two main centerpieces — in the lineup on a nightly basis, expect that trend to continue for many years to come.
Harper had an extraordinary start to 2017, hitting well above .300 to rank among the top 10 in batting average. Much like Mike Trout of the Los Angeles, pitchers tend to pitch around or intentionally walk the 2015 National League MVP.
While that seems like a safe bet for opponents, pitching to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and second baseman Daniel Murphy — the next two hitters in the batting order — is a risky move. Zimmerman and Murphy are also consistently among the top hitters in the NL.
Washington had the second lowest earned runs average in the National League in 2016 — only the World Series champion Chicago Cubs were better.
The Nationals boast two solid pitchers in Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, both who are always among the leaders wins and ERA when healthy.
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