Goodbye Nebraska. Thanks for the snow.
So Zimmermann saved the Nats last night pitching brilliantly again to make up for another anemic showing by the Nats offense. Last year we saw something similar offensively but the Nats pitching saved their April with one of the best starting pitching months ever. (And that's something to remember when you continue your needless Strasburg bashing. You are basically bashing him for not saving the Nats. We'll see what Detwiler does in his next start but overall Stras and Det have basically pitched the same. The difference is grouping and DPs. Now we can't just dismiss those things but it's not enough to warrant gushing praise for one and heaping scorn for the other. You're frying anchovies here, people)
The whole "all or nothing" Nats offense continues. Look one mor at the odd distribution of runs scored since the 13th.
0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 6, 6, 7, 8, 10,
That's just strange right? While the average isn't terrible they pack their runs into just a few games so you end up with some games you really should win, and more games you really should lose. This shouldn't continue as there really isn't a good rhyme nor reason to it (that I can see - I'll check) but hey I said that before.
What's the problem? Well remember how you all hated how Danny Espinosa hit last year (even though it wasn't the worstest) Here's who's hitting noticeably better than that in the past 4 weeks
That's it. That's the list.
What I personally think is really making the difference is the collapse of the bench. Last year the Nats had injuries but the bench made up for it. This year, Lombo, Moore, Bernie, Tracy and now Rendon are all hitting terribly. This is not a surprise people. They might hit a little better but not a lot. There is a reason why they are the bench.
With the Super-subs now back to being a regular ol' stinky bench that gives the starting lineup no room for error. Can the lineup starting hitting? On the positive side we did note earlier that the Nats offense is made up entirely of slow starters so we should see some improvement based on history and just on the fact that they aren't this bad. On the negative side how much of this is injury related? Espy's shoulder? Zimm and Werth and Ramos are looking fragile at this point. The more injury related it is the more chance the Nats have at being mediocre or worse at the plate. And at that point even the expected turning around of Gio and the fixing of the Haren-spot likely won't save the Nats from at best a WC finish.