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Ian Desmond has committed just one error in his last 24 games.
Perhaps the best thing the Nats can do right now is take a day off, take their minds off baseball for 24 hours and return to the park tomorrow rested and ready for a weekend series with the Padres (owners of the NL's worst record).
And while they do that, this seems like an opportune time to delve deeper into the numbers. Let's take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly with the Nationals right now...
THE GOOD: Jayson Werth is heating up at the plate. Over his last 11 games, he's hitting .366 with six extra-base hits and a 1.057 OPS. For the month, he's hitting .293 with a .381 on-base percentage and .869 OPS.
THE BAD: After a hot stretch to open the season, Tom Gorzelanny is struggling. The left-hander sports a 7.63 ERA over his last three starts, having put a whopping 33 men on base in 15 1/3 innings. He's also served up six homers in that span.
THE UGLY: Nationals batters have struck out 399 times (second-worst in the majors). In 29 percent of those cases, they've struck out looking. That's well above the league average of 24 percent. Their worst culprits at watching strike three sail by: Wilson Ramos (42 percent), Werth (43 percent), Alex Cora (45 percent), Matt Stairs (55 percent).
THE GOOD: Ian Desmond has been near-flawless at shortstop in recent weeks. After committing seven errors in his first 20 games, he's been charged with only one over his last 24 games.
THE BAD: Sean Burnett has struggled so far this season, posting a 5.60 ERA. He's been even less effective when you consider the runs he's allowed that haven't been charged to him. Fifty percent of Burnett's inherited runners (8 of 16) have scored. Prior to this year, he had allowed only 24 percent of inherited runners to score in his career.
THE UGLY: The Nationals' bench was supposed to be much improved this season. It hasn't been so far. Pinch-hitters are now 7-for-54 with one double and two RBI. That equates to a .447 OPS.
THE GOOD: In 11 appearances since a brief stint on the DL, Todd Coffey has an 0.71 ERA, a .174 batting average against and a 14-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. And he hasn't allowed any of his six inherited runners to score.
THE BAD: The Nationals are scoring an average of 3.9 runs per game. Throw out Friday night's 17-run explosion against the Orioles, though, and that number drops to 3.6 runs per game.
THE UGLY: The Nats' first batter of the game has successfully reached base eight times in 49 games this season. The first batter's slugging percentage is .167. Its OPS is .330.