The Washington Nationals are now 66-53 on their 2014 season. That record gives them first place in the NL East by six games over the Atlanta Braves. The Braves have struggled as of late and are quickly falling into the Wild Card race with the Miami Marlins. Both the Braves and Marlins are on the verge of sub .500 seasons.
Nationals pitchers walk the fewest batters in MLB.The pitching staff also ranks third in the majors and second in the NL in ERA. Standout starters like Doug Fister and Tanner Roark are leading the way for the Nationals down the stretch. Even with pitchers like Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez still looking to find their groove, the Nationals’ rotation and bullpen are finding ways to win.
With less than two months left in the 2014 season, the Nationals are the clear favorite to win the NL East pennant.
If the team intends to go deep in the playoffs, the pitching will have to remain strong. Nationals starters are consistently delivering 6-7 strong innings of pitching in each outing. Despite closer Rafael Soriano‘s occasional tendency to make things dicey for the Nationals in the ninth, he still has 28 saves on the year with a 1.90 ERA.
One way or another, the Nationals’ pitchers are keeping the team in every game. Look for them to make a push down the stretch and break away from their division rivals.