Today is the Beginning of our 44-part series where we are going to take you through each member of the 2011 Washington Nationals. This prologue is going to be of a similar format to what you will be seeing every weekday until (around) the winter meetings - in addition to regular posts as well.
It's time to take a quick look through the regular season statistics of the 2011 Nationals as a team.
So sit back, relax, grab a nice cup of (Irish) coffee and enjoy the ride.
Washington Nationals - 80-81. 3rd Place in the NL East.
The Raw Numbers - National League Rankings
.242 AVG - T-14th
.309 OBP - T-12th
.383 SLUG - 11th
.691 OPS - 12th
.229 RISP - 13th
154 HR - 7th
624 R - 12th
106 SB - 6th
1,323 K - 16th (9th most in MLB History)
470 BB - 13th
3.58 ERA - 6th
1.297 WHIP - 8th
.256 AVG/Against - 9th
.701 OPS/Against - 7th
1,049 K - 15th
477 BB - 5th
August 19 vs. Phillies - Ryan Zimmerman walk-off HR against Ryan Madson.
May 21 vs. Baltimore - Nats only get 3 runs against the O's the day after scoring 17 - Lose 8-3
+ Danny Espinosa 3.5. Jordan Zimmermann 3.4.
- Chris Marrero -0.7. Sean Burnett -0.4.
- 36-36 vs. the NL East. 10-8 vs. the Phillies.
- .235/.305/.369 in the 1st-half of the season. .252/.313/.400 in the 2nd-half.
With the right upgrades (a real hitting coach and a CF/Leadoff hitter) the team has the potential to be in the Wild Card play-in game (assuming there actually is one).
CapBall Grade - B
No one really thought that the Nats would hit .500 this year, but they got as close as humanly possible. Jordan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg have both returned to form following Tommy John, while Detwiler, Milone, and Peacock made their presences felt. The Nats core group of players has become younger as Espinosa, Desmond, and Ramos have become clubhouse leaders.
Share your thoughts on the Nats 2011 campaign in the comments!