The Nationals' story is a little different—they have over 100 games left to play, but have revamped their pitching rotation and it has proven successful thus far in the season. They have the best record (14-4) in the National League and are one game short of tying the Texas Rangers for the best record in the MLB.
Stephen Strasburg leads the way with an ultra-low 1.08 ERA and two wins. Ross Detwiler, Craig Stammen, Gio Gonzalez and Ryan Mattheus also have two wins under their belts.
The Nationals batting average currently stands at .241 which is .41 better than their opponents this season.
Yesterday, they got a dominant win against the San Diego Padres, 7-2. Jordan Zimmerman got the win but also helped out in the run column. Both he and Tom Gorzelanny batted in runs for the Nationals. They are the first team to have two pitchers bat in runs since 2008.
So far the season looks bright for the Nationals, but there is a long way to go. The biggest factor for the Nationals success is how healthy the team can stay overall. The pitchers have to continue pitching well and get consistent run support. It also wouldn’t help if the pitchers continue this trend of contributing to the RBI.