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Jason Marquis leads the Nats' surprising rotation with three wins and a 2.62 ERA.
These 27 games have featured no shortage of storylines, some surprising, some expected. Let's take a look at some of the numbers through the first official month of the baseball season, and see how the Nationals stack up...
Team ERA: 3.52 (10th in MLB, 6th in NL)
Rotation ERA: 3.55 (7th in MLB, 5th in NL)
Bullpen ERA: 3.48 (18th in MLB, 11th in NL)
Strikeouts: 162 (2nd fewest in MLB, Fewest in NL)
Walks: 77 (2nd fewest in MLB, 2nd fewest in NL)
Home runs allowed: 15 (T-2nd fewest in MLB, T-2nd fewest in NL)
Average: .229 (29th in MLB, 15th in NL)
On-base percentage: .308 (23rd in MLB, 13th in NL)
Slugging percentage: .353 (26th in MLB, 14th in NL)
OPS: .661 (26th in MLB, 14th in NL)
Runs: 103 (25th in MLB, 14th in NL)
Home runs: 22 (21st in MLB, 12th in NL)
Stolen bases: 21 (12th in MLB, 6th in NL)
Fielding percentage: .979 (27th in MLB, 15th in NL)
Team UZR: -5.2 (22nd in MLB, 11th in NL)
So, what stands out most to you about the season's first month? Obviously, the pitching (especially the rotation) has been terrific, even though the staff has recorded the fewest strikeouts in the NL. (It helps that it's issued the second-fewest walks.) And obviously the offense has been abysmal (albeit without Ryan Zimmerman for much of the month).
Is the pitching staff likely to be able to sustain this over the next five months? Is the lineup likely to struggle at this level for another five months? How has the club's defensive play impacted things so far?
Curious to read what everyone thinks. One final statistical note: At the one-sixth mark of the season, the Nationals own a 13-14 record. If they sustain that pace for the entire year, they'll finish 78-84. How would everyone feel about that?