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Runs per game: 4.1
Opponent runs per game: 3.1
Batting average: .272
Batting average against: .232
Team ERA: 3.08
Stephen Strasburg, SP – 1-0/1.13 ERA/8 IP/5 H/9 SO
Hot/Not looks at performances over seven days, but sometimes it’s worth looking at things in the larger picture. After losing April 24 against the Cardinals, Stephen Strasburg was 1-4 with a 3.16 ERA. But with his dominant outing Sunday against the Phillies, Strasburg is now 3-5 with a 2.49 ERA and he’s given up just three runs in his last 28 innings.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP – 1-0/2.57 ERA/7 IP/6 H/1 SO
Zimmermann earned his eighth win of the year Friday against the Phillies, putting him atop the leaderboard with Arizona’s Patrick Corbin and Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore for the league lead in wins. Zimmermann has now thrown 26 2/3 innings without giving up a walk, and has six consecutive quality starts.
Adam LaRoche, 1B – 9-23/3 HR/7 RBI/.462 OBP/1.418 SLG
In May, Player A is putting up a .267/.360/.413 line with three home runs and nine RBI. Player B has put up a .341/.422/.648 slash with seven home runs and 19 RBI. Player A is Michael Morse, and Player B is Adam LaRoche. It’s just one month, but the second-guessing of the Nationals’ decision to keep LaRoche seems to have quieted down as Morse has cooled off some after his scorching start. With two more home runs last night, LaRoche continues to be a force at the plate while providing excellent defense at first base.
Tyler Clippard, RP – 1-0/0.00 ERA/4 IP/4 SO/0.50 WHIP
After a rough April in which he gave up five earned runs in 10 1/3 innings of work, Clippard has been brilliant in May. Over 10 2/3 innings, Clippard has struck out twelve and he’s yet to give up a run, lowering his ERA to 2.14 in the process. Through two months, Clippard has held opponents to a .130/.247/.188 slash line.
Steve Lombardozzi, IF – 6-20/2 2B/4 RBI/.400 SLG
Lombardozzi has played well in Danny Espinosa’s absence, and was an offensive force during the Nationals’ series against the Phillies, going 5-for-12 with two doubles and four RBI. On the year, Lombardozzi is hitting a solid .281 with runners in scoring position.
Gio Gonzalez, SP – 0-1/6.35 ERA/5.2 IP/8 H/4 BB/2.12 WHIP
In his Memorial Day start against the Orioles, Gio was solid through the first three innings, giving up one hit and two walks but no runs. But the fourth inning proved to be troublesome, as he gave up four hits and three runs. The fourth inning continues to be a taxing time for the lefty, as he now sports an 8.18 ERA in that frame.
Ian Desmond, SS – 4-22/1 XBH/4 SO/.227 SLG
After putting up a .301/.318/.524 slash line in April, Desmond has cooled off considerably in May, as he’s hit .211/.263/.367 in 90 at-bats. Over his last 12 games, he’s just 6-for-43 with only two extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts.
Drew Storen, RP – 0-1/4.91 ERA/3.2 IP/5 H/4 SO
Storen took the loss in Saturday night’s affair against Philadelphia, when he came into a tie game and gave up two runs to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead. Though he’s pitched two consecutive scoreless innings against the Orioles, he’s given up a hit in both and his WHIP now stands at an unsightly 1.62 on the year.