They were able to split the four game series with the Cardinals which was a very good thing. But the Nats record against the two teams that are their presumed major obstacles to the post season (the Braves and Cardinals) is a dismal 3-7 this year.
play the Cardinals again in the regular season. The Braves are another
matter entirely. The Nats will play the Braves 13 more times this season.
The next time won’t be for a little while, June. June 19 to be exact.
It will be at home. It will be a four game series. And the Nats are
going to have to take at least three of those games. The reason is that
so far against the Braves the Nats are an anemic 1-5. That follows last
year’s dismal record of 6-13. If there is going to be any sort of run at
winning the division, the Nats are going to have to solve the problem
of the Braves. The one good thing is there is two months for the Nats to
try and figure out how to do that.
Next thing that needs to get
better is the team’s ERA. Through Sunday the Nat’s ERA average is 3.66. That
puts them 14th in the league. Essentially right in the middle. The
average for the National League is 3.64. So the Nats are just a hair
above that. The team at number 1 just so happens to be the Braves (ugh
can we ever get away from these guys) at 2.40. There have been way too
many games lately where by the third inning three, four, five or
sometimes as many as 6 runs have been scored by the other team. Way to
get in a big whole in a big hurry really early in the game. This has got
to get better.
Hitting is in better shape. The Nats are seventh
overall in the league with a .255 average. The main thing is not to get
behind early. And please, please, please when you have bases loaded get
at least one run in. This happened on Sunday with bases loaded and one
out and the result no runs. They had better luck in the bottom of the 9th when
Denard Span came up and a sacrifice fly into left field winning the
So what to take from just about 20 games into the season.
The Nats pitching needs to get better. Hopefully when Doug Fister has
recovered from his injury the Nats will have their full rotation in and
things will get better. Just a little improvement could make a big
difference by not getting behind early. The flip side of that is the
Nats need to start scoring runs earlier in the game. How about loading
the bases in the third or fourth inning and scoring a couple of runs.
is early in the season. But last year there was too much of wait they
will get on track. Just wait until May or June or July or August. The
problem was they ran out of time. At the end of the season they were the
hottest team in baseball. But they just started a little too late to
make the playoffs.
My suggestion start getting red hot as soon
as possible and start the momentum for a 100 win season or as close
to it as possible.
Whatever the results, I’ll be out there tomorrow night saying: Let’s go Nats.