The Nationals have won four of their last five official games — throw out the still-to-be-completed suspended game against the Astros — and that’s pretty remarkable considering all this club has been through over the last month.
Tonight, they beat the Diamondbacks 5-4, thanks in large part to the performances of three guys who each have an interesting stat to their names. Let’s run through each of them…
SHAIRON MARTIS: 4-0 record
Who would have guessed that this unassuming 22-year-old right-hander would lead the Nats with four wins and rank among the NL leaders in victories? Pretty impressive, even if Martis himself won’t admit that.
“That’s what I’ve been working for,” he said after allowing three runs over 5 1/3 innings tonight. “It’s not a big surprise for me.”
RYAN ZIMMERMAN: 26-game hitting streak
The Nats star third baseman is trying to shy away from attention for his streak, which is now the longest in the majors in two years. But he knows he’s starting to turn some heads.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think about it,” he said. “I’m having fun with it. I enjoy playing. I enjoy getting hits every day. But for me to expect myself to do anything monumental or anything like that, I think is the wrong mindset. … I’ve got a ways to go before it’s even close to anything significant.”
KIP WELLS: 11 big-league seasons, 1 save
Perhaps the most surprising development of this season is that this journeyman right-hander has wound up as the Nats’ de facto closer. He finished off last night’s game in L.A. (though he didn’t get a save because he entered with a four-run lead) and he finished off tonight’s win in Arizona, retiring the side in the ninth and striking out the last two men he faced.
“Obviously, as an individual, you know you don’t have a save in your career,” he said. “But I got into a rhythm and started locating the ball pretty well and got three outs.”