Just over half way home

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  • The Nats starting rotation has pitched seven or more innings 16 times this season. The starting staff is 8-1 with a 1.94 ERA when they pitch at least seven innings. Craig Stammen suffered the lone loss on Monday night. He pitched seven strong giving up five hits and one earned run. The Nats bats were kept at bay in the 1-0 loss.
  • Jordan Zimmermann has just one win in his last 12 starts. Since June 1, he is 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA (9 ER/33.2 IP) and hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in the last six starts.
  • The Nats have 19 blown saves but the Dodgers have blown 16 saves and have the best record in the Majors. At the same time, the Nats are 15-10 when leading after 5 innings, 19-8 when leading after 6 innings, 18-4 when leading after 7 innings and 22-4 when leading after 8 innings.
  • The Nats are the only team in the NL to have a record below .500 when scoring first. They are 12-23 when they score first. The Giants lead the NL with a 38-8 record when scoring first.

The Nats have just passed the half way mark of the season. They are only credited for 81 games in the standings but they have played 82 games in the record book. They will finish the May 5th suspended game against the Astros tomorrow.

Here is a look at the first 82 games the last three seasons…

Team Batting

2007

2008

2009

Record (Final Record)

33-49 (73-89)

32-50 (59-102)

24-57-1

Runs

303

297

354

Hits

690

656

730

Doubles

147

139

142

Home runs

49

59

76

Average

.247

.239

.259

Runs per game

3.7

3.6

4.3

On-base percentage

.310

.314

.342

 

Team Pitching

2007

2008

2009

ERA

4.81

4.58

5.13

Saves (Opportunities)

21 (36)

16 (32)

14 (33)

Runs (earned)

415 (391)

412 (373)

457 (411)

Home runs

87

89

74

BAA

.268

.274

.278

Strikeouts

457

533

454

SO/9

5.6

6.5

5.7

 

Team Fielding

2007

2008

2009

Errors

58

56

77

Fielding percentage

.981

.982

.975

Double Plays

85

70

73

 

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