Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Is it Time to Panic for the Nats?

After getting swept by the Cardinals this afternoon, is it time to panic for the Washington Nationals? Granted it is still only April, but the defending NL East champions only scored four runs in the three game home series. Here are some quick stats and trends that need to change if DC is going to live up to this year’s lofty expectations: 
  • They have lost four straight and have gone 3-9 in the past 12
  • They are 8-1 against the Marlins and White Sox (who are a combined 12-28), but 2-10 against the rest of the league
  • They are below .500 now, which they avoided all last season
  • They are already 5 games back of Atlanta and New York in the division
  • They are 23rd in the MLB in batting average, 20th in runs, and 22nd in on base % (after being 9th, 10th, 12th last year)
  • They are 17th in era, 21st in opponent batting average, and 13th in quality starts (2nd, 2nd, 5th last year)
  • They are worst in the league in errors and second to last in fielding % (8th and 8th last year)
  • Meanwhile only Bryce Harper, the 20 year old, has produced at the plate, leading the team in average, hits, home runs, RBI’s, and total bases
  • On the mound, Stephen Strasburg is 1-4 and Gio Gonzalez has a 5.85 era in four starts
On the bright side, if the Caps have taught us anything, it is that DC teams can recover from a rough start. 

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