Because who wants to talk about this lousy team
Right now Ross has an ERA of 3.34. We'll round for the official winner but as for right now that's good enough. Currently in the lead are :
3.33 bsimon24, Robert Gittings
3.35 Strasburger, Kevin Fries
My 3.65 is looking pretty good I think. The real question is if Ross will pitch enough innings to qualify (164.1). Right now he probably would, but miss a few more starts and that could be that. (Oh sure if it's close to 164 I'm not going to be a jerk about it)
As for the team...
A game like last night is trouble for fans. It was Cliff Lee v Ross Detwiler's first start back from injury. The Nats were likely going to lose regardless if they played like 2012 or 2008. But fans have seen enough losing that "they were supposed to lose" doesn't matter anymore. They've seen too many "they were supposed to win"s turn out the other way at this point.
Enough time has passed that we can see that 2012 was... well not an illusion, but a nearly maxed out result. We can't be putting too much weight on that. This isn't a team that will brush up against 100 wins because LaRoche and Desmond and Span and Werth and Suzuki, and the entire bench are not going to again put up numbers like they did last year (this includes D). Bryce may get better but that's not enough for the offense match last year. It doesn't mean they should be bad, but this was a team that averaged 4.5 runs per game last year, with everyone doing well and the bench playing out of it's mind. This year, league average would be more in line. (Boz pegged the Nats to actually be BETTER using "modest" assumptions - that's crazy)
This team out there now IS the team expected without Bryce in the lineup. Oh, ok yes Ramos should be there but we had no firm idea on how well he would play. And yes, Espy would be there but is anyone thinking Rendon won't at least match Espy's offensive production? This is the Nats offense. It should still be decent without Bryce.