Nats who's hot/who's not-6/12

Nats who's hot/who's not-6/12
June 12, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Record: 2-3
Runs per game: 3.8
Opponent runs per game: 5.2
Batting average: .282
Batting average against: .257
Team ERA: 4.09 

HOT:

Jordan Zimmermann, SP – 1-0/7 IP/0 ER/2 H/8 SO

Through two full months, Zimmermann has put himself in prime position to start the All-Star Game for the National League. The evidence so far? Zimmermann ranks tied for first in the NL in wins (9), fourth in innings pitched (94.2), fourth in ERA (2.00), first in WHIP (0.89), first in complete games (3), and fifth in batting average against (.205). For Jordan Zimmermann’s case as one of baseball’s best pitchers, the numbers don’t lie.

Ian Desmond, SS – 7-20/1 2B/5 RBI/.381 OBP

In 100 May at-bats Desmond struggled mightily to the tune of a lowly .220/.273/.436 slash. But so far in June, Desmond has been the Nationals best hitter, as evidenced by his .375/.394/.625 line through eight games. One possible reason for Desmond’s June hot streak? The five games the Nationals played last week at Nationals Park, where Desmond is hitting .304/.328/.513 in 31 games this year.

Denard Span, CF – 7-18/3 XBH/3 R/.450 OBP/1.061 OPS 

This is more of what Mike Rizzo had in mind when he traded for Span last November. While continuing to supply great defense in center, Span’s bat finally seems to have woken up a bit, highlighted by his game-tying triple Sunday night against his former team, the Twins. Despite the fact he’s yet to homer, Span is fourth on the team in extra-base hits with 18 (twelve doubles, six triples).

Fernando Abad, RP – 0-0/4.1 IP/2 H/5 SO/0.46 WHIP

So far so good for the 27-year-old lefty, as he’s now pitched 8 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings as a member of the Washington Nationals. Abad came up big for the Nationals in Sunday night’s win against the Twins, when he came on with a runner on third and just one out and the Nationals trailing 4-3. Using just four pitches, Abad got Justin Morneau to pop out and Jamey Carroll to line out to second, where Anthony Rendon made a spectacular leaping grab to end the inning. He was also very impressive Tuesday night against Colorado, when he struck out the side, including Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.

Anthony Rendon, 2B – 7-20/3 2B/3 R/.381 OBP/.881 OPS

Sunday’s doubleheader against the Twins provided a glimpse of the learning curve Anthony Rendon will likely experience as he tries to master second base. He made errors in both games, but he also made the aforementioned leaping grab to save a run. Offensively Rendon has been as advertised, as he’s 7-for-20 (.350) with three doubles since returning to the Nationals lineup on June 5.

NOT:

Dan Haren, SP – 0-2/10.00 ERA/9.0 IP/15 H/10 ER/5 HR

After giving up five earned runs in four innings last week against the Mets, Haren was cruising through four innings last night against the Rockies. But as has been the case throughout the season, Haren’s inability to keep the ball in the park did him in. The five home runs Haren allowed last week added to his staggering total of 17 through 13 starts. For comparison’s sake, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Jordan Zimmermann have combined to give up 19 home runs in their 38 total starts. 

Nathan Karns, SP – 0-0/12.00 ERA/3 IP/4 ER/3 BB

Karns has showed some potential in his three starts, but his overall numbers aren’t very good. He’s yet to pitch five full innings in any start, and through twelve innings he’s given up ten runs on 17 hits and six walks. He was put in a tough spot, but Karns may need some more seasoning at the minor league level.

Stephen Lombardozzi, IF – 1-13/0 XBH/1 R/.154 OPS

Despite his game-winning sacrifice fly last Tuesday against the Mets, the 24-year-old has taken a step back at the plate this year. There’s still plenty of time left in the season, but so far Lombardozzi is far off his 2012 pace. Last year Lombardozzi slugged .354, but so far this year he’s only slugging .277 with just seven extra-base hits.

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B – 4-22/2 2B/5 SO/.273 SLG 

After a fantastic May in which he hit .313/.394/.521 with five home runs and 17 RBIs, Zimmerman has slumped badly to start off the month of June. Through eight games, he’s 7-for-34 (.206) with just three extra-base hits (all doubles) and seven strikeouts.

Drew Storen, RP – 0-0/11.57 ERA/2.1 IP/4 H/3 ER

Storen tossed one 1/3 hitless innings against the Twins, but was lit up for three earned runs in an inning of work last night against the Rockies. The big blow came in the form of a two-run homer from Tyler Colvin, who in 46 career at-bats against the Nationals is hitting .391/.451/.891 with six homers and 17 RBI.