As the 2020 "season" wraps up, we are taking a look at the six most important needs that GM Mike Rizzo needs to address during the off-season. (1) Add a Strong Bat to the Lineup With the departure of Anthony Rendon, it is fair to say that the Nationals missed his bat and consistent hitting. Additionally, his spot in the lineup proved to be as important. In 2019, Rendon hit right after Juan Soto, which made opposing pitchers pitch to Soto, which helped Soto see more pitches. With no "protection" behind Soto this year, pitchers could easily walk Soto and then get that out that they needed.