.500 is good enough for now so .500 is basically what the Nats are given us, splitting with the Cardinals before taking last night's game in semi-dramatic fashion. The Nats have been on and off for a couple weeks now, scoring both no runs (0,1,2 - 8 times) and a ton of runs (7+, 5 times) more often than scoring your typical amount of runs (3-6 runs, 3 times)
Could they go on a run now? They just took the first game in Philly and head to Cincy next so something like 5 of 6 should be completely possible. After that you have the reeling White Sox (3-13 in last 2+ weeks) then Philly again at home so 8/9 of 12 is right there for them. But I'll believe it when I see it. As far as I'm concerned these Nats are going no better than 7 of 12 against moderate competition until they do it.*
We are now at Memorial Day so where do things stand across the board?
.326 / .370 / .514
May .333 / .387 / .577
Week .263 / .300 / .421
Cooling down ever so slowly from a peak of .372 / .407 / .558 in early May by hitting basically what you'd want him to since, about .260 with pop . There doesn't seem to be much worry here other than the every present threat of injury with Ramos. So far so good.
.244 / .311 / .449
May .262 / .319 / .553
Week .261 / .292 / .652
Zimmerman has slowly moved from "not the first thing you are worrying about" to "the last thing you are worrying about" since the start of the season. He is starting to hit more like you'd hope for (.280ish with moderate patience) but he's on a bit of a home binge now (7 in past 3 weeks). As those balls fall back into the park (Zimm isn't hitting another 41 homers, sorry) the average and patience will drop a few points and will still be a little under where it "should be". But hey, not everyone can match or better expectations. Worry about this last.
.395 / .426 / .621
May .413 / .421 / .651
Week .421 / .450 / .652
Murphy isn't going back to normal. He's still super hot. Enjoy. Next.
.198 / .298 / .309
May .206 / .284 / .351
Week .158 / .238 / .474
After a slow start, there were hopes that Danny was turning a corner. A long slow corner back to acceptable mediocrity. Nope. He's hitting with some pop but there isn't enough average there to matter. His glove is good but it's not too much to ask for a .220 average. Will Trea Turner be better? I don't know. When will we find out? I don't know that either. It's sometime this week they can call him up and probably get that extra year of service time. Right now, Espinosa is playing now at the whim of the team. I imagine he'll keep playing until the team starts to struggle.
.262 / .348 / .390
May .279 / .380 / .481
Week .333 / .368 / .556
Much like Zimmerman Rendon is getting back to normal. The question for Rendon though is "where is normal"? He's only had one full season in the majors and thus, unlike with Zimm, we don't exactly know what we should expect or hope for. We are hanging on to that .287 20+ homer season he put up in 2014, but maybe he's matured beyond that? Or maybe that year was a fluke? We'll have to see. But I think we're in a good spot with Anthony. We don't have to worry about him.
.242 / .415 / .535
May .200 / .422 / .363
Week .211 / .250 / .526
Hmmm. Hmmmm. Bryce had been one of the best hitters in baseball in April. Player of the month I believe. Then teams started walking him and he hasn't been the same since. Even now, when he's not being walked, he can't do much better. He's finally back hitting homers so maybe that will get him going? I won't say I'm worried, but I will say this is now over a month of poor hitting and it needs to turn around soon.
.179 / .232 / .275
May .180 / .237 / .281
Week .105 / .190 / .105
Revere has almost played a month now and... he doesn't strike out! I don't like what I'm seeing but a bad 3 weeks happens. He did have a nice run there fro a while (9-20 over 5 games) so it hasn't been a complete failure. Was that run a sign of things to come? I'd like to think so. We'll reevalute Ben in mid-June.
.195 / .235 / .328
May .217 / .265 / .348
Week .286 / .286 / .429
I think we've learned that Taylor is a 4th OF. Played at specific times against specific pitchers and providing late game defense is the best way for the Nats to use MAT. I don't see him getting another chance to start everyday barring injury.
.225 / .281 / .396
May .235 / .272 / .367
Week .190 / .190 / .333
Probably the biggest problem for the Nats going into the summer. Werth hasn't hit well this season and when he does have runs of good play it's not dominant. He might have a run where a couple balls go over the fence... but all in all he isn't hitting well. Or he might have a run where a few balls find holes... but he isn't hitting with power. Mix these in with slumps and the fact that Werth no longer contributes on the basepaths or in the field and you have a guy that probably shouldn't be playing daily.
So offensively Muprhy and Ramos have been fine. Rendon and Zimm have seemed to work themselves out to a point. Espinosa hasn't kept it up from the first 2/3 of last season as hoped and is ready to be replaced, the question is only when the Nats want to pull the trigger. Werth hasn't recovered as hoped and is ready to be replaced, a much thornier question. Bryce is on the verge of being a worry, however one probably still useful and you don't consider replacing. CF is on the verge of being a worry and that one you would replace.
*for those that see that as a dig, also understand that I also think these Nats are going no worse than 5 of 12 versus the same level of competition until they do it.