There is a distinct reason for the Nationals’ success this season, and that reason is pitching.
As a team, the Nationals are in first place in terms of earned run average. The team has an average ERA of 3.10 thanks to a fantastic starting five pitchers and a shutdown bullpen. SP Tanner Roark is the epitome of what the Nationals’ starters bring to the table. He earned his 10th win of the season over the Cincinnati Reds Friday night and dropped his ERA to an outstanding 2.82.
Not only do the Nationals’ pitchers keeps opponents to few runs, but they also rarely walk batters.
The Nationals are first in the majors in terms of fewest walks allowed with 242. That means that the Nationals, on average, allow fewer than three walks per game over the 100 games that they have played thus far.
SP Doug Fister is great example of a pitcher who does not walk batters. He has only walked 10 batters through 83+ innings of pitching this season. Fister and Roark, two of the team’s newest additions to the starting rotation, also lead the Nationals in terms of wins. Roark has 10 wins on the year and Fister is looking for his 10th, as he stands currently with a 9-2 record.
Pitching keeps a team in any ballgame. It will be the key to the Nationals’ success down the stretch. A healthy starting rotation and a clutch bullpen will help the Nationals win the division and make a run in the playoffs.