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Streaky Nats try to find some consistency

Jun 9, 2015, 9:30 AM EST

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There was the 7-13 start to the season, which left more than a few observers concerned. Then there was the 21-6 stretch that included nine consecutive series won, leaving more than a few observers raving about the Nationals.

Now, though, there is a 2-8 slump, one that has dropped the Nats out of first place in the NL East and left more than a few observers wondering … well, wondering what exactly is going on here.

If you’re having trouble answering that question, you’re not alone. It extends into the clubhouse.

“I don’t know, man,” center fielder Denard Span said following Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Cubs. “We’ve been streaky. Obviously this year, we’re just going through a rough patch. Can’t get anything going offensively. A lot of it is, I think, we’re banged up as well. We’ve got a lot of guys giving it their all. We’ve just got to try to weather the storm, really, stay in the thick of things until everybody gets full strength, I guess.”

There indeed have been a string of injuries that have contributed to the current slide. The Nationals’ rotation has been in a state of flux for the last two weeks, with Doug Fister and Stephen Strasburg landing on the disabled list and a bunch of young pitchers thrown into the fire to fill the void (most notably Taylor Jordan and then Joe Ross).

That situation is beginning to stabilize. Fister made a rehab start for Class AAA Syracuse on Sunday, and while he’ll almost certainly need to make another one later this week, the right-hander could wel be ready to return from a forearm strain after that. Strasburg, meanwhile, has thrown off a bullpen mound with no discomfort in his neck or upper back and appears close to ready for his own rehab assignment.

Offensively, the Nationals have yet to field their entire projected lineup this season, with Span and Anthony Rendon each out to begin the year and Jayson Werth already having made two stints on the DL. Werth’s latest injury (a fractured left wrist) is expected to keep him out until August, so the Nats still won’t debut their full 1-through-8 until late-summer.

Which doesn’t mean the current group can’t be productive. We’ve already seen it this season, with a lineup minus Rendon having averaged 5.6 runs per game during that 21-6 stretch. In 10 games since, the Nationals have averaged 2.7 runs per game, with a paltry .298 on-base percentage.

“We can go back to last year … there are no excuses to be made, but April wasn’t kind to us in regard to injury,” manager Matt Williams said. “It was a little bit of a struggle early on. When we got everybody back, it started to roll for us pretty good. That being said, there are no excuses, period. We’ve got to play and win games and get to where we want to get to.”

Most striking right now is the lack of production from three trusted, middle-of-the-order hitters: Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos.

Zimmerman is hitting just .213 with a .270 on-base percentage and .622 OPS, all nowhere close to his career norms. The veteran infielder has never posted an OPS+ under 103, and hasn’t seen that number fall below 118 in the last six seasons. Right now, his OPS+ is a paltry 69.

Desmond, meanwhile, has yet to find his groove in a contract year coming off three consecutive Silver Slugger campaigns. He did enjoy a 13-game hitting streak at one point, but is only 5 for his last 35 and carries a .242 batting average and .670 OPS into tonight’s series opener against the Yankees.

Ramos, likewise, enjoyed a nice run, with a career-best 19-game hitting streak earlier in the season. But the 27-year-old catcher, despite staying healthy and currently on pace to be behind the plate 128 times this year, has yet to find his power stroke and has seen his OPS fall to .665.

Perhaps the tide will begin to turn again. This week, the Nationals play twice at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, then play four games against a Brewers club that has been dreadful. The weather is warming up, and this team has been known in recent years to start finding its stroke as summer arrives.

Above all else, the Nats seek one key trait right now, the kind of trait that usually defines the best ballclubs.

“Consistency,” Desmond said. “We’ve just gotta get consistent. We score runs one day and don’t score runs one day. We pitch well, then don’t. We play good defense and then don’t. Just going back and forth right now and having trouble finding that rhythm. This is a good ballclub. Not to say that these games are do-or-die, but we’ve got to start playing a little better. Definitely got to start swinging the bats, me included, if not at the top of that list.”

  1. exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Exactly what I’ve been saying.

  2. Hiram Hover - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Good stuff, Mark – thanks.

    Of the 3 players you rightly single out, I would say Zimm is different from Ramos and Desi–because the degree of the decline is so much bigger, and because of the possibility that it is injury related.

    The silence from the club about what’s going on with Zim is getting pretty annoying. Because something is going on, and it needs to be acknowledged and addressed.

    • jfmii - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:18 AM

      You are making big assumptions. And unless there is something that requires DL and a roster move, why do we need to know? Maybe Zim isn’t lying when he says the foot is annoying, but that this is a no-excuses slump?

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM

        What assumption am I making? I referred to the possibility, not the certainty, that it is injury related.

      • jfmii - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:20 AM

        “Because something is going on…”

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:38 AM

        His wRC+ is down more than 40% from his career. And he has 230 PA, more than a 1/3 of a season’s worth.

        The chance that a drop off of that magnitude and duration doesn’t have some cause–it’s just bad luck–is pretty infinitesimal.

      • jfmii - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:44 AM

        I believe still too early to draw conclusions. And agreed, luck doesn’t play into it. But he is very streaky, and could be on the verge of going on a tear. Or your assumptions could be correct and he is hurting. Or, he could be on an early downhill career tumble. Just too early to know.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM

        I would challenge you to go thru Zim’s monthly splits for his career and find a slump of this magnitude and duration that didn’t have a cause.

        2012 is probably the closest you will find, except there clearly was a cause then–the shoulder.

        And again, I’m not assuming what the cause is–foot, shoulder, age-related decline, etc etc. But this isn’t just a guy who’s hit a brief bad patch.

      • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 1:37 PM

        ” age-related decline”

        If thats the case we are in trouble!

        Its describes as asking your body to do something it always has and is no longer capable of doing. Bat speed is off a few ticks while the batting eye is perfect and the balls you used to crush to the opposite field on the outside corner are now fouled off or swing and miss as you can no longer get around on those with consistency.

      • jfmii - Jun 9, 2015 at 1:42 PM

        We’ll see. If he is still scuffling this time next month, or goes on the DL between now and then, then we’ll know you were onto something.

    • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:22 AM

      All 3 have 1 thing in common, Desi and RZ have played most every inning of every game and Ramos hasnt sat much.

      Ramos is 4th in Catcher WAR and 9th in catcher OPS. Oddly he is ahead of Yadier Molina.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting/_/position/c/league/nl/sort/WARBR/order/true/minpa/50

    • ITGSOT - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      Plantar fasciitis is what’s going on with Zim. That was acknowledged over the weekend by MW when he explained why RZ had the day off on Sunday. As for how to address it, the only way is to rest him and hope it gets better, or at least not worse. They’re doing that. So there you are, all your questions asked and answered. Happy now?

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:59 PM

        Well, a couple of days off isn’t going to fix plantar fasciatis, so come to think of it, no, I’m still not very happy with that.

  3. exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    The reason to me is too many unproven rookies in important roles. Guys wondering where they will be next year. Ramos doing more catching. Zim always hurt in some way or another.

  4. micksback1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Last night Holden Kushner had an excellent segment on Stras on the night of his 5th anniversary of the 14KO debut. The overall consensus is that he has not lived up to his hype, he is not an ace, but he is a very good pitcher, maybe a number 2 on any staff that may need a change of scenery, maybe San Diego, SF, etc.. in order to find himself. If nats trade him it would be over te winter

    I do not know, i agree with the premise and i really question whether or not Stras will ever really be good. I truy hope he bounces back thsi season. If he does not, then maybe nats can deal him off, and get some decent prospects and then they would have the money to re sign JZim. I know i am hard on JZim but I would take him over Stras any day

    • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:26 AM

      Thats all fair. If Stras finds his way he could still be very useful for the 2nd half and I think he will. Gio is a mess and we are just lucky to have Scherzer, JZ and Tanner. If Fister and and Stras come back strong I think Gio is the guy to trade for bullpen help. Would Beane take him back?

      • micksback1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:37 AM

        your probably right, but, I do not think Gio has been that bad for 4th pitcher. maybe I am wrong?

        Also, R zim has to be hurt again in his shoulder. think about it, since 2012 he keeps getting injured in the shoulder. what is different now? I hope that is what it is because if R Zim is healthy, he has gotten old this season and is on a decline.

      • jd - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:39 AM

        I disagree with your characterization of Gioo as a mess. Hasn’t been particularly good so far but a mess? Stras has been a mess, no argument there but Gio has been a bit inconsistent but is still tied for 16th in the NL in WAR.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:44 AM

        JD, kind of worse and worser I guess. Both have just chewed up the bullpen.

      • jd - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:45 AM

        Also, You can’t just look at Gio’s ERA. His xFIP is 3.25 and BABIP is .372. He’s been very unlucky.

      • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:06 AM

        You say unlucky and I say you make your unlucky. He walks to many batters. Look at his WHIP and ERA. 1.508 WHIP stinks! Why do you ignore the most obvious.

      • jd - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:50 AM

        Ghost,

        again, let’s be fair here. Gio is averaging 6 innings a game which if not great is also not awful. Stras is averaging 4.5 innings a game. Gio has had an issue with one bad inning a game, last time it was the 1st inning but he did limit the damage to 2 runs and did give the team 5 additional innings (total of 6) and a chance to win. I am not gonna pretend that Gio is having a good year but he hasn’t been bad either.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:01 AM

        Talk about small sample sizes. 11 starts averaging 5.9 innings per start and only twice has completed 7 innings.

        Problem is both those 7 innings starts were now over 30 days ago.

        Last 5 starts: 5, 5, 6 1/3, 5 1/3, 6.

      • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:04 AM

        You can spin stats any way you want them. I think it goes to Gios inconsistency.

    • bowdenball - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:54 AM

      It seems exceedingly silly to question whether or not a player “will ever really be good” when he’s already been “good” by any reasonable definition of the word for multiple seasons.

      • micksback1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:58 AM

        it is not silly when the premise was that Stras is the number one pitcher of the staff. I said he is not and clearly the evidence speaks for itself. One can make a arguement that he is not even a number 2 pitcher at this point. If you are happy with Stras as the ace of this staff, so be it, but it is a minority opinion at best

      • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:03 AM

        Its always instant gratificcation in sports. They will turn on you in a second.

    • adcwonk - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      Mick, why do you insist that on Stras the only two choices are: “ace of the staff” or “will never be good”

      The fact is, for three straight years Stras has been a top 10 pitcher in the NL! Are you going to condemn him forever because he didn’t turn out like Kershaw, Wainright, or Scherzer?

      How in the world did he finish in the top 10 in so many pitching categories (including Cy Young voting) last year when he is “not really any good”?

      Fact is, in his entire career with the Nats, up to and including last year, he’s been d@mn good. In fact, he wa the workhorse of the team last year. You can look it up. Lifetime ERA of 3.02 going into this season.

  5. jfmii - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Consistency at a high level is what every professional athlete wants. Lack of consistency seems lately to be THE word for reporters and players to describe any form of malaise. I guess you gotta write/say something.

  6. micksback1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    so many typos, damn keyboard, I will try again:

    Last night Holden Kushner had an excellent segment on Stras on the night of his 5th anniversary of the 14 KO debut. The overall consensus is that he has not lived up to his hype, he is not an ace, but he is a very good pitcher, maybe a number 2 on any staff that he may need a change of scenery, maybe San Diego, SF, etc.. in order to find himself. If Nats trade him it would be over the winter

    I do not know, I agree with the premise and I really question whether or not Stras will ever really be good. I truly hope he bounces back this season. If he does not, then maybe Nats can deal him off, and get some decent prospects and then they would have the money to re sign JZim. I know I am hard on JZim but I would take him over Stras any day

  7. micksback1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    The other points Kusnhner made was that Stras may be bitter about his 2012 shutdown. if that is the case, that goes beyond immature on Stras part

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      Has Mr. Kushner spoken with Stephen Strasburg? Does he hang that notion (“may be bitter about his 2012 shutdown”) on anything other than pure speculation? Mr. Strasburg had excellent seasons in 2013 and 2014. If he were bitter might that bitterness have shown up then, immediately after the shutdown? What two seasons later?

      • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:17 PM

        I agree SS is a good pitcher but 2013 was an “excellent year” … He was 8-9 in 2013. He is a good pitcher … Top tier and is a victim of hype. He is not an ace and since he had TJ surgery, he has not ever been the best pitcher on the staff. That does not mean he is not an important member of this or any other staff … He truly is.

      • micksback1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 1:49 PM

        He meant that what happen in 2012 is part of many issues affecting his mindset and focus

        you can defend Stras all you wnat, I am sick of being attacked for pointing out what the vast majority of fans and MLB insiders all state:

        1) He is not the ace of this staff and right now is not even their 2nd best pitcher

        2) He still after 5 seasons lets things that go bad in a game affect his his foucus, memo to you, an ace of any staff does not sulk and let an error or umpire sqeezing the strije zone get to him,.

        3) He for whatever reason gets away from his fast ball during the game, even when it is going well for him

        this is not Stras hating, this is reality and we are in year 5. and no, he does not have to be Kershaw and I or anyone else never said he had to be, but, he needs to be a hell of a lot better thanh he is now, PERIOD!!!

    • adcwonk - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      2012 shutdown? Again? Really?

      In his last three outings in 2012, he lasted 5, 6, and 3 innings, with an ERA of 6.43. Enough was enough, and I’m sure in retrospect, SS knows it.

      • npb99 - Jun 9, 2015 at 2:42 PM

        Thinking he’s bitter is ridiculous. Not only was he running on empty, but the team did it to protect him for the sake of his future career.

    • Section 222 - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      Stras may be bitter about his 2012 shutdown? Based on what? That’s ridiculous and basically undermines anything else this guy says.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM

      “Stras may be bitter about his 2012 shutdown.”

      I don’t know who this Kushner guy is, but if he has figured out how to get paid for that kind of idiocy, then he is a genius.

      • micksback1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:59 PM

        I simply posted other perspectives out side of NI…goodness gracious!

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 9, 2015 at 1:14 PM

        Sorry, Mick, that won’t fly.

        You made the choice to repeat the opinion. And you didn’t offer it up as, hey, here’s an off-the-wall idea that I find speculative/dubious/utterly ridiculous. You didn’t question it in any way, and then used it as the basis for further speculation of your own.

      • micksback1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 1:42 PM

        its pretty sad, that anyone who criticizes Stras gets blasted. so to be celar anyone who “rightly” critcizes Stras is an idiot? I think Kushner offered some interesting insight and ratgher than call hima an idiot, why don’t you isten to everything he said about thye situation.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 9, 2015 at 1:50 PM

        Don’t make yourself out to be a martyr here, Mick.

        Nobody is saying all criticism of Stras is idiotic.

        But this particular criticism from Kushner–maybe Stras is struggling in 2015 bc he’s still pouting over 2012–is in fact idiotic.

  8. nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    “Most striking right now is the lack of production from three trusted, middle-of-the-order hitters: Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos.”

    Ramos is batting .326 in RISP and only behind Denard at .351 and MAT at .333. Ryan Zimmerman has dropped to a .254 RISP BA. Desi is now dead last at .137 in RISP BA.

    Tell me where the problem is? RZ has had 67 at-bats with RISP. Next closest is Desi with 51. Your giving 2 of the worst performers the most opportunites and they are killing any chance of continuing innings.

    • jd - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:42 AM

      Ramos also has an OBP of .285. The stats with RISP are not all that relevant because of small sample sizes. I think it’s fair to single out all 3 as disappointments with RZim being more on the alarming side.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:50 AM

        OBP overall is important but agree when a runner is on 2nd or 3rd and you want to drive in a run, the hit is the best case scenario over a walk or a productive out unless bases are loaded the walk is of course a RBI.

        Complaining about that is like complaining about the parade route. RISP BA is a key.

        Desi has been worse than awful and RZim has fallen off the table.

        This game is simple in terms of that R column, score more than your opponent and you win!

      • bowdenball - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:02 AM

        I know we’ve done this many many times, GoSM, but I’ve never gotten an answer from you on it:

        Why do you think batter performance with RISP is a meaningful indicator when virtually every analysis that’s ever been done on the subject has concluded that batters perform the same with RISP as they do in other situations?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:10 AM

        The comparison of how a player does in Hi Lev is crucial. Can a player react better or worse with runners in scoring position vs Low Lev bases empty.

      • bowdenball - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:25 AM

        Except that virtually every player does about the same in high leverage situations as in low leverage situations, which makes it a useless distinction. For example, Zimmerman’s career slash line is .282/.348/471. Men on base?.284/.356/.471. With RISP? .272/.366/.439. In “high leverage” spots as defined by baseball reference? .284/.355/.473.

        Pick any player with several seasons’ worth of data (to eliminate small sample size problems) and you’ll find the same thing. Desmond? Career slash is .286/.315/.428. Men on? .274/.320/.412. RISP? .266/.318/.377. High leverage? .275/.313/.425.

        That’s 18 different hitting statistics, and only one of them (Desmond’s slugging with RISP) could even possibly be argued to be more than just the product of minor variance.

        So, sure, how a player does in high leverage situations is crucial. But the statistics themselves are totally useless, because any variance from their regular hitting numbers is almost always just variance/small sample size rather than predictive or informative.

      • jd - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        Ghost,

        Your answer to Bowdenball is fairly evasive in my opinion. Of course when you have runners in scoring position it’s better to drive them in than not but when you look at small sample sizes (and even over 1 season the sample sizes are not statistically significant) the numbers aren’t meaningful.

        Baseball statisticians have looked at giant sample sizes for many, many players and have found that while there are some anomalies in almost all cases players hit the same regardless of the situation, fans react differently but players don’t.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        Thank you, bowdenball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:33 AM

        Bowdenball, we are talking about inconsistencies of THIS season not career numbers where you are talking about Desi who is a multiple Silver Slugger winner and RZim who personifies “clutch” in his career and recently we have a problem in consistency and Mark is correct on all 3 hitters who have not been consistent over the season. We aren’t talking about career splits.

      • bowdenball - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:53 AM

        You’re missing the point. The career numbers show that the “problems” your perceive with RISP or in high leverage spots with certain players this season, or any season, are simply a case of small sample sizes. If that were not the case we’d see players who consistently struggle in those situations to the point where it affects their career.

        Also, why do you say that Zimmerman has been struggling with RISP this season? He’s hitting .213.270/.353 overall and .253/.329/448 with RISP. Now I think that’s just a product of small sample size, but based on your theory, he’s been a monster with RISP as compared to his performance in other situations this season.

        Desmond, on the other hand, is hitting absolutely horribly with RISP this year. But he’s hitting close to his season numbers in “high leverage” spots (drop off in OBP but bump in slugging).

        So you have to ask yourself what is more likely. Is this player, who for his entire career have been the same in virtually every situation, suddenly choking in some big spots but not in others for some weird reason? Or is it just small sample size variance? I think Occam’s Razor has your answer.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:07 PM

        Bowdenball, I said “RZim has fallen off the table” as he had a .350 RISP BA 2 weeks ago and fell into a deep funk.

        You are putting multiple responses together to make a point that I wasn’t making in the first place.

        We have 2 players who are 1st and 2nd in RISP chances who are a combined 24 for 118. They have been occupying key spots in the batting order and part of this INCONSISTENT issue we have been discussing and yes, these are short-term issues.

        I hate when my words are twisted. Totally 100% agree on career splits for these guys.

      • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:13 PM

        This is like a courtroom drama. You said this. No I didnt. Yes you did. No I didnt. Keep going around a few more times.

        For those of us who can read and do it with impartiality this is all stupid.

  9. scnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Is consistently being inconsistent being consistent?

    I have plantar fasciitis and, when it hurts, it sucks. Before I went on larger vacations last year where I knew I was going to do alot of walking I got cortisone shots and they were like magic. What worries me is it has been season long when you know at times the foot felt ok (with the shots). For those who think a heel spur is a suck it up kind of injury, think again. Its what caused Puljos to miss the year.

    • exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:28 AM

      I’ve had plantar fasciitis for years. Only thing that helped is to sit. Cortisone did nothing..worst thing is to stand in one place. Trust me it hurts so bad that I can imagine getting distracted by the pain when a pitcher is making you stand around like Gio😉 The more you stand the worst it gets.the Only thing to make it feel better is to not be on your feet and ice or surgery.

    • Dave - Jun 9, 2015 at 1:40 PM

      I have had PF in recent years, and strangely enough, it was often physical activity and walking that helped me. I’m not a pro ball player, of course, but I think people with PF can have a variety of different reactions and manifestations.

  10. nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Rizzo: “We take players we feel want to play for the Nationals and we do our due diligence on their makeup, background and signability. We rarely draft a player and don’t feel confident to sign him. We feel good about these guys. We’ve only spoken to them in regards to congratulating them to being drafted. We’re going to leave the negotiating part for a little down the road, but we feel good about it.”

    “We rarely draft a player and don’t feel confident to sign him.”

    That goes without saying but Ironic that the spot that Stevenson was drafted in was comp for not signing Suarez last year.

  11. jfmii - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Bowdenball, every time I see numbers like those you show on RISP, I say, “how could I be so wrong?” We grew up labelling our heroes as “clutch”. But those are career numbers you give. Those numbers ain’t lying.

    • adcwonk - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM

      That’s the big question!

      Ghost wrote: “RZim who personifies “clutch” ”

      We all know that, and, yet, Ghost, look at the stats that bowdenballl noted! His “clutch” slash line is essentially identical with his career slash line!

      The problem isn’t that they’re not hitting in the clutch, the problem is that they’re not hitting now period.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:12 PM

        Exactly. Improve the team’s overall hitting (however you want to measure it) and the ‘clutch’ numbers will also improve (or be less meaningful). It’s like when they tried to create a stat known as ‘GWRBI’ (for game-winning). After a few seasons, someone finally figured out the first run in a 5-4 victory counted just as much as the last one.

  12. jd - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    ‘The problem isn’t that they’re not hitting in the clutch, the problem is that they’re not hitting now period.’

    Bingo !!!

    • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      Hard to argue theses points

  13. nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    The Draft starts again in a few minutes.

  14. water47 - Jun 9, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    So, something FP said a month ago has been gnawing at me. He mentioned how Nats park plays very different in the cold vs warm weather. I have been wondering if this is why the Nats seem to struggle on the two ends of the season but play well in the middle. It is reference above but I have not had time to really get into the numbers.

    Maybe,

    1) the Park and many others heat up (balls fly farther) in the warm weather then cool down (fly balls) in April and Late Sept/October.
    2) The Nats seem to be a home run power team and they benefit from the balls flying out. So, when the weather chills down the hit a lot of warning track fly balls.

    Hopefully, with Rendon, Harper’s new OBP plan and Escobar that the team may have a better chance in the end of the year.

  15. npb99 - Jun 9, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    If Zimm’s injury is the problem, then FOF should from now on stand for Fragile Old Friend.

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