Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 5/6/13
Plenty has gone wrong for the Nationals in the early going. Dan Haren is basically broken, Gio Gonzalez might be and Stephen Strasburg — while pitching well — has not kept up the star pace expected of him in the early going. The offense might be just as concerning, however. Despite Bryce Harper’s continuous blossoming, a combination of injuries and underperformance has conspired to make the Nats’ offense one of the worst in the game. As we sit here this afternoon, Harper — who sports a .312/.400/.633 slash line, with a .434 wOBA and 180 wRC+ — has been one of the 10 best hitters in the game, and Washington has needed every bit of his production. As a team, the Nats’ 83 wRC+ is 27th overall, and over the past 14 days they have sunk even further, to a 61 wRC+ that is dead last in the game. Things don’t improve if you take pitchers out of the equation, as their standing raises only to an 89 wRC+ that is sixth-worst and a 68 wRC+ that is still dead last, respectively. Unfortunately, the
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