San Diego has a relief ERA of 1.76. San Francisco 1.88. The Nationals 1.89. No one else has an ERA under 2.70.
Rafeal Soriano has an ERA of 0.00.
Drew Storen has a WHIP of 0.469
Aaron Barrett has struck out 14 men in 9.2 innings.
Tyler Clippard has struck out 21 in 14.2.
Jerry Blevins is holding lefties to a .120 / .185 / .160 line.
It never seems like Matt Williams is using these guys correctly but when they are putting up numbers like this that doesn't matter. It's like watching someone use a spotlight to search under the bed.
With a pen this good (and it probably is something close to this good) & starting pitching this good (ditto) the Nats will have a chance in most games. The offense might seem poor but it isn't. a .325 OBP and a .411 SLG are both going to be near the top of the NL in a given season.
And this has been a team without Fister, Ramos, and missing Zimm for a good chunk (and now Bryce for a few games)
Everyone wasn't wrong. This team is good. Those things I talked about yesterday? They aren't going to keep the Nats from the playoffs. They are division / league issues. The only thing keeping the Nats down is going to be more injuries.