Dan Haren pitched goo... wel... fai... Look, he won all right. He got hit pretty hard. Lots of line drives and deep flyballs. But he got the win so concerns can be pushed back another start. I personally don't think he's getting better, but then again I don't think he's an unsalvageable mess. He's a 5th starter nominally and in talent right now.
6-1 so far in May, a very nice leg up on the hoped for 17-11. That was factoring in a sweep vs the Cubs so we'll see if the Nats can keep it up and get those "Look out. Here comes the Nats!" stories going.
The Nats are only 2 games behind the Braves and the Braves had their hot start (12-1) BUT they also had a longer but not quite as definitive cold streak too (5-11). So it's not like they have been awesome and the Nats have kept pace. They're back to where they should be.
While it's nice to say the Nats have gotten it together and got their chemistry going in this recent 9-4 stretch but take note that they are 5-2 in one and two run games. In other words, things are breaking for the Nats (and it's not like they had bad luck before - it was more neutral). Think that's a sign of chemistry? Everyone said last years Nats were some sort of chemistry perfection. Last years Nats were 6 games over in one-run games for the season (about in line with their W-L percentage) . This year's Nats are already 4 games over. Not saying the Nats are going to regress back to April's W-L pattern. I am saying if they want the last 13 games to continue they need to start hitting better because they won't win close games like this all year long.