With the Nationals offensive explosion from Sunday in the rearview — and assuming it wasn’t a one-day thing — it’s easy to see why the team’s frustrations to that point where so high. This team has a lineup that can hit. They simply weren’t.
That changed Sunday when the Nationals — a team that came into the day batting .209 with a .308 on-base percentage and a paltry .306 slugging percentage — clubbed five home runs, three doubles and a triple as they went 22-for-65 on the afternoon (a .338 team batting average) and swept both the doubleheader and the series from the Milwaukee Brewers.
In doing so, they also raised those anemic offensive numbers by a staggering amount for two games. Now the Nationals are hitting .226 as a team with a .316 on-base percentage and a .351 slugging percentage. Two things to remember about those numbers, though. First, that is just more proof that it is still April and the sample size is still miniscule. These numbers are misleading because one hit changes things so much. Second, those numbers still wouldn’t qualify the Nationals as a good offensive team — but it’s a start.
So knowing that there’s a lot of optimism surrounding the offense now, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at some former Nationals and see how they’re doing through the first few weeks of the season.
Adam Dunn, CWS: Dunn was hitting everything in sight before having his appendix out earlier this month. Through the first four games of the season, Dunn was 4-for-14 with a double, a homer, five RBI and four walks. Since returning from the appendectomy on April 12, Dunn has just two hits in 19 at-bats but, not surprisingly, one of them is a home run. His full numbers to date: .182 AVG, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 14 K, .341 OBP, .394 SLG
Willie Harris, NYM: .273 AVG, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 6 BB, 15 K, .360 OBP, .432 SLG
Josh Willingham, OAK: .214 AVG, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 BB, 22 K, .297 OBP, .411 SLG
Adam Kennedy, SEA: .296 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, .333 OBP, .370 SLG
Kennedy has hit mostly in the bottom of the Mariners order but the Nationals former second baseman has also been tabbed to hit from the second, third, fourth and fifth spots in the order this season for Seattle.
Nyjer Morgan, MIL: The Nationals got their own look at Morgan, however brief, when they swept the Brewers. Morgan, who was reportedly nursing a deep thigh bruise as a result of yet another collision with a catcher, didn’t play much.
That being said, Morgan’s still hitting well in Milwaukee. Here are his full numbers: .455 AVG, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 BB, 6 K, .500 OBP, .727 SLG