Things looking up in the Nation’s Capital?

If I would have told you that the Nationals were in first place in the NL East anytime in the last several years you wouldn’t have believed me. You would have said something like this, “The Nationals? The horrible team in the nation’s capital? They are in first place? Yeah, right!” Well, that’s not the case anymore; the Nationals are in first place in the NL East after finishing last in the division in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. The Nationals now are 18-9 and they are sitting pretty in the top spot of the NL East. The Nats are 5-5 in their last 10 games but they are currently riding a nice 4 game win streak.

 

Why have the Nationals been doing so well? Well, I can tell you one reason, and that is pitching. The Nationals have the best team ERA in the MLB right now with a low 2.36 ERA.  The Nats pitching lead the league in least homeruns given up with 63; they also lead the MLB in team strikeouts with 228.  That’s not all either, Nats opponents have only hit .208 this year, that’s pretty good pitching if I say so myself. With the pitching rotation of the Nats having Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Edwin Jackson you should expect more dominate pitching from this club in the future.

 

The National’s bats on the other hand aren’t doing the best; the Nats have a team batting average of .238 which makes them the 23rd best in the MLB. The power hitting hasn’t been there for the Nationals this year either, they have only 18 team homeruns which is the 25th best in the MLB. The hitting hasn’t been quite “there” yet but I expect them to pick it up here pretty soon, with a lineup with Jayson Werth,Adam LaRoche, and newly called up Bryce Harper, this team should be able to start getting more runs.

 

Stat Leaders

Batting average- Adam LaRoche- .311

Runs-Ian Desmond-15

Homeruns-Ian Desmond-4

RBI-Adam LaRoche-17

Stolen Bases-Jayson Werth-3

Wins-Ross Detwiler-3

Saves-Henry Rodriguez-6

Strikeouts-Gio Gonzalez-41

ERA-Ross Detwiler-1.59

WHIP-Jordan Zimmermann- 0.84

Predictions

          I believe that the Nationals will win their division, call me crazy but that’s just what I think, the reason I think the Nats will win the NL East the most is because teams can’t win if they can’t score. Teams have not been scoring very well against the Nats because of their great pitching. I feel that the Nats can score enough runs to support their pitchers, there isn’t much pressure on the batters because the pitchers need little run support. I think the bats will come around, it’s just a matter of time, they have a decent lineup that will hit the ball.

         

         

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

I actually would have believed you if you would have said that last year. I went to 15 Nationals games last year and saw this team was stacked. What I didn’t foresee is that they would do it while missing their best hitter of last year, Michael Morse, their franchise third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman, and a couple of other key players like Chien-Ming Wang and others.
-Mateo
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