Hottest Team Can Hit, Pitch, Maybe Lose a SS

August 10, 2009

The Yankees had a great week,  capped off with a spectacular weekend. 7 wins in a row, a sweep, can’t get much better than that. Unless of course you’re the Washington Nationals. The Nats have won 8 in a row, and they’ve gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, a major league best at the moment. They’re actually playing so well that they’re in danger of losing the title of Worst Team in Baseball. They’re only 3 wins behind the Royals right now, and 5 behind the Pirates. If they keep playing this way, they’re gonna miss out on the #1 pick next year.

After sweeping the Marlins, they went out and swept the Diamondbacks. Pretty impressive, even if the competition wasn’t the best in the biz. They did beat Dan Haren this weekend, so it’s not like they got off lucky. Meanwhile, since the All Star break, the only team in the NL that has scored more runs than them are the Chicago Cubs.

Hitting Gets Top Billing

That’s right, hitting is the story here, at least on the surface. In their last 12 out of their last 14 games, they’ve scored at least 5 runs. Zimmerman is killing the ball. Dunn just got to 30 HRs. Guzman is hot again. Nyjer Morgan continues to set the table, it’s not just that he’s hitting .362/.407/.449 since he’s come. It’s that he’s had exactly 5 games, out of the 34 he’s played for Washington, where he HASN’T reached base.

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