The Washington Nationals Offense – Post Rendon At 2B + Going Forward
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Numbers before June.27/2013
Not surprisingly replacing a .158/.193/.465 hitter with a .354/.402/.887 guy – has had a marketable difference. The Nats offense hasn’t yet turned the corner, for in June, the Nationals left fielders have hit .228/.293/.616.
Surprisingly that isn’t the worst in baseball but it is pretty darn close. Soon the Nationals are going to replace those paltry numbers with the numbers of Bryce Harper who at the time he was placed on the DL was hitting .287/.386/.973.
That is going to create another massive improvement in the Nationals offense and lost in all the talk about Harper and Rendon is the fact that Kurt Suzuki since May 15 has hit .189/.243/.469.
Replacing the struggling Suzuki with the power hitting Wilson Ramos isn’t going to have as big a difference as replacing (Bernadina with Harper) – or (Espinosa with Rendon) – but it is going to make a difference.
If it isn’t clear yet just how much not having their best players playing together has effected the Nationals then you should seek medical advise. With Rendon in the line-up the Nationals are averaging four runs a game.
When Harper returns his impact is going to be even bigger, and if the Nats can ever get Denard Span going like he was in April again then suddenly we aren’t looking at one of the worst offenses in the league but one of the best, and when considering that it is important to look at how the Nats have played with everyone they expected to be on the field on the field.
Good news for us is we have a sampling of that. The bad news is it is extremely small. The last time the Nationals had anything close to their regular line-up on the field was April 15.
That means the regular expected line-up played a grand total of 13 games together, and in those games they happened to average 4.3 runs a game, and that was with Adam LaRoche off to a slow start and Danny Espinosa still at second base.
The Nats have 25 of their remaining 85 against teams that are currently over .500 and nine of those are against the Braves.
The Nats recently jettisoned Henry Rodriguez and Zach Duke, who had allowed a third of the bullpen’s runs, the have placed Dan Haren on the DL, who allowed nearly a third of the starters runs, and are getting key players healthy.
Add all of this together with more games at Nats Park than on the road, and the soft part of the schedule and the Nats are poised for a big second half.
It is up to them whether they take advantage of it or not, but if they do then they may not be as out of this thing as it is thought.
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