A week ago I brought up 8 points to watch in this second half. You could argue that 5 1/2 have been trending negative in the past week.
What kind of production will the Nats get from the catcher position?
Can Ian keep it up?
No (not his fault - he can't play)
Bryce Harper, good rookie or immediate impact player?
Will Mike Morse ever get back to Beast Mode?
Unless "Singly Joe Morse" is considered a beast, we're still waiting.
Can the Nats elite pitchers keep up the homer gap?
Gio didn't give up a homer in his start but Clip has made up for that hasn't he?
Can the "other guys" in the pen keep stranding runners?
Burnett and Mattheus have been good. Stammen's been lucky. Rest of pen has struggled, hence the half-point
Not that any of these are at all "answered". It's been a week for god's sake. But in one week a lot hasn't gone right and it hasn't mattered at all. The Nats are still 4-2 over this time. The starting pitching is that good. 4 of the Nats start have resulted in 0 ER given up by the starters. If I just throw out Edwin's start the totals over 5 starts are as follows.
31IP, 24H, 30 Ks, 2 BBs
2 WALKS! In 31 innings! When your starting pitching is that good it can make up for a lot of other stuff.