Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Off to a strong start

So WAS is off to a 9-3 start and leading the NL East. They have the best pitching staff in the majors leading in ERA, Quality Starts, and Batting Average Against. While they are 2nd in OBP, they are struggling in SLG% and middle-of-the-pack in Batting Average.

Individually, Jayson Werth is on a tear hitting .362 through his first 12 games, and Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond are both also over .300 on the season. Strasburg has 19K in 19IP, Zimmermann has a 1.29ERA, Gonzalez has 21K in 17.2IP and even Jackson has 15K in 14IP with a 2.54 ERA.

Not all the news has been great so far. Mike Morse is injured and out for 6-8 weeks, seeing him personally on rehab assignment, it's good news there was a setback because he looked terrible trying to rush back against AA pitching. Ankiel was activated this week which should add a little extra pop to the lineup in the OF, and once Zimmerman warms up the lineup should come around. The bullpen looks very deep and is getting some stellar performances so far, but hasn't been tested much as the starters have been so great. All of this, and Lannan, who has requested a trade is still sitting in AAA and could either bring some pop to the offense, or provide injury protection.

This team is built to surprise people, and judging by the people hopping on the bandwagon, it's working.