Lack Of Walks The Key To Washington Nationals’ Pitching Success
The Washington Nationals‘ pitching staff ranks No. 1in the NL in terms of ERA with 3.11. The pitching staff has played a huge role in the success the team has had this season, and one of the SPs’ most important qualities is that they do not walk batters.
The Nats rank first in fewest walks allowed not only in the NL, but also in the entire MLB. On the year, Nationals pitchers have walked 306 batters through 134 games. The second-best team is the San Diego Padres with 329.
Standouts Doug Fister and Tanner Roark can be thanked for much of the team’s success in terms of not giving away free passes. They are comfortable on the mound, accounting for 24 total wins. Accurate, ground ball-inducing pitching is needed come playoff time. The Nationals have the ability to limit the number of opposing hitters getting on base through their lack of mistakes on the mound.
The team will continue to rely on their starters and bullpen for consistent pitching in the final weeks of the season. The Nats remain in first place in the NL East, and have to be a favorite come playoff time with their pitching staff leading the majors in multiple categories.