The Nationals are fast losing their fan base, which spells disaster not only for their lackluster owners, but for the city’s finances. They are in last place, as everyone knows, with the worst record in the majors, and a pitching staff that couldn’t support an average minor league team.
But look at the hitting statistics. Of the 16 teams in the National League, the Nats are 2nd in slugging, and 3rd in batting average, on base percentage, number of hits, number of runs scored, number of runs batted in, number of walks. They are 5th of 16 in home runs.
So, the combination of terrific offense, horrific pitching and, yes, sub-par fielding makes for very interesting baseball. The fans would be beating down the gates if only winning was not important. Is it?