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Speaking of no run support, probably the biggest surprise we've seen from the Nationals this season is an astounding lack of offense.
Washington owns the second-lowest on-base percentage in the league at a dismal .289. Essentially, that means they've demonstrated a lack of patience at the plate.
Things get a bit confusing when you look at some of the individual OBPs on the team. Kurt Suzuki (.322), Ian Desmond (.301), Adam LaRoche (.300), Ryan Zimmerman (.372), Bryce Harper (.383) and Denard Span (.332) are all regular starters who have an OBP at or above .300.
So if six out of nine are capable of getting on base, why is the team's average so low?
Two reasons—injury and because the weak spots in the lineup are extremely weak.
Jayson Werth, who has arguably the best at-bats on the team and has a .308 OBP, hasn't played since May 2 and is benched until early June thanks to a right hamstring strain. His spot has been filled by both Roger Bernadina and Tyler Moore who own a .194 and .157 OBP, respectively.
Wilson Ramos was sent to the DL with a left hamstring strain and has no timetable for his return. Prior to his injury, his OBP was also .308. His replacement, Jhonathan Solano, has a .200 OBP.
However, the most glaring weak spot in the Nationals lineup has nothing to do with injury. Steve Lombardozzi and Danny Espinosa are currently the only second base starters Davey Johnson has on his roster. Lombo's OBP is .245. Espinosa's is just .163.
Clearly, something needs to change in those weak spot. The good news is that change is possible.
Once Werth returns from the DL, it will add an instant boost of offense to the lineup. As for the troubles at second, if Lombo and Espinosa continue to struggle, Davey does have another option on the table in Anthony Rendon.
Rendon has experience at second base playing for the double-A Harrisburg Senators, but more importantly his OBP is a whopping .467. In the eight games he played with the Nats earlier this season, he posted a .367 OBP. That patience is certainly something Johnson's club could use.