Tuesday, August 14, 2012

National's Dream Season Continues

After Washington went up two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers, er, Giants last night, I felt it was time to take a look at how well this first place team is doing in the dog days of summer. Not only does Washington have the best record in the league and a 5 game lead in their division, but they are now atop ESPN’s power rankings for the first time.

All season the team has been carried by their pitching, and here are some of their stats: 
  • #1 in team ERA in the Majors, #1 in opponent batting average, #1 in WHIP, #3 in strikeouts
  • Four of DC’s five starters are in the top #14 in ERA in the NL, all five in the top #22
  • Four in the top #12 in WHIP
  • All five in the top #15 in opponent batting average
It’s not all pitching either. Since the All-Star break, the Nationals are:
  • #1 in runs, hits, and total bases in the Majors
  • #2 in RBI
  • #4 in batting average
But of course all the naysayers will look to the impending resting of Stephen Strasburg as the downfall of this team that will end their great season. However, keep in mind, starters only pitch every five games and the first round of the playoffs are best out of five when you only need three pitchers anyways. Look at the stats of the National's rotation below. 
  • A) 15-6, 3.29 ERA, 158 Ks, 1.14 WHIP, .210 Opponents Batting Average
  • B) 9-6,   2.35 ERA, 110 Ks, 1.06 WHIP, .238   
  • C) 6-5,   3.18 ERA, 74 Ks, 1.16 WHIP, .236
  • D) 13-5, 2.90 ERA, 166 Ks, 1.12 WHIP, .226
  • E) 7-7,   3.74 ERA, 110 Ks, 1.21 WHIP, .239
Which one is the one getting benched that will ruin our season? If you were in a playoff hunt against the Nat’s, which one would you want to be shut down?  The fact that Washington’s rotation is having such a great season and is that deep lets me believe that this remarkable season will continue deep into the fall.


  1. This all bodes well for a Bull-Moose Prez Race victory...

  2. Don't forget that the Nats are third in team defense as well. That will go a long way to helping which ever pitcher is on the mound.