The Nationals have been looking for a way to return to the days of constantly being in contention for championships. Their current rebuild has been spearheaded by Mike Rizzo, the same man who brought the organization to new heights in 2019. The Nationals won that World Series because of their incredible starting pitching, an organizational calling card during their reign at the top of the standings. Although the Nats currently have a farm system with far more hitting talent than on the mound, the organization’s philosophy remains unchanged: hitting wins games, but pitching wins championships. In order to step into the next phase of Nationals baseball, the team will be leaning on pitchers like Josiah Gray to continue to emerge as true aces.