The Nats are at it again. Last April they crushed it starting pitching wise. Here's how the 4 returning guys did.
Pretty good huh? Right now Gio and Stras are sitting at 0.00 so they are on pace to match that. I have little doub that ZNN will do about the same against this Marlins lineup featuring 7 AAA batters and Giancarlo "2 weeks from going full Felipe Lopez" Stanton. Detwiler vs the Reds in Cincy... Ok that's a test.
As for the team not hitting, yeah they did that last year too. .226 / .304 / .328. Don't expect a big turnaround. We talked a couple of weeks ago that the Nats bats are slow starters.
Where does this leave Nats fans? Probably the same place it has been the last two nights. Watching awesome pitching and waiting for just enough offense to put the game away. Not ideal, but it'll work for now. We expect 17 wins for the month, but really the key is to be over .500 and not too far behind anyone. A slow start like that never killed anyone. A 2-0 start is a good... ummm... start.
If the sucky hitting continues, the key will be learning to wait it out. It may be until late May before we should have a talk if something is wrong with player/position X that the Nats need to deal with. That's a long time away. A long time to just say nothing when our instincts are to bitch.
So divert. Go back to the above. Focus on the new goal - 32 innings without a run scored to start a season (or 35 if you prefer earned runs). We'll talk about who's hot right now (BRYCE HMVPER) and who's not (Hi, Keyhole!) tomorrow. (but not in any real - "this means something" way)