The awesomeness extends to our relievers as well. We are currently 4th in ERA (2.43), Batting Average Against (.200) and 2nd in strikeouts (41).
And as a whole staff we are first in ERA (1.99), Batting Average Against (.186) and Strikeouts (98). #KSTREET
In summation, we are tight.
Conversely, for as much as our pitching staff is awesome, our hitters are sucky. Well, maybe not sucky....more like "completely average." 4th in OBP (.334), 10th in OPS (.673) T-14th in HR's (5), 7th in Batting Average (.247) and 10th, where it really counts....RUNS (39).
Fortunately for us, at the moment, an average of 4 runs a game has been more than enough to win games, but only because our pitchers are a modern day assimilation of a bunch of G-D Sandy Koufax's. In a few words, this has to change, but for the moment, it has been enough. Hopefully "enough" will continue to translate into wins.
Where is the production Zim? Espi? So far this season is like the exact OPPOSITE of last season offensively. ZERO production from Desmond, ADHD LaRoche and Werth, and now they are carrying the team.
For the record, I am super proud of Desmond. Guy was rough last year. In fact we were calling him all sorts of names that mocked both his defensive and offensive ability. And he is making me eat my words. Good for you son. Way to stand up to the big bad blogger who makes 1/250th of what you do.
Also, I don't know who told Craig Stammen that if he lets a batter put the ball in play that we are shipping his ass back to Syracuse, but its working. Dude somehow went from average long reliever to un-hittable. Maybe he's just Cincinattitude's ultimate kyrptonite. Whatever, he had 9 K's in 4 innings against the Reds and won 2 of the games. Good. For. You.
But, so far, so good. I think as a Nats fan you have to be really excited to see what this team is doing and how we are playing. And if we are fortunate enough to ever get some good umpires, our record might actually be even better.
Also, Storen. Please come back. Lidge is scaring the shit out of me.
Big series next weekend as we take on the Dodgers who are currently 9-1 and again Matt Kemp is leading every human ever in ever offensive statistic ever.
Nats vs the NL Astros tonight at 7:05.
Lets Go Nats!
HIT THE BALL DUDES!!!!