At the end of April this team was 13-10, not great but hardly terrible. Since then it has not gone well for this team. Sure they make a splash with the debut of Steven Strasburg, but that has not helped them much on the field. They sit with a 36-47 record 10.5 games out of the lead in the National League East. This team went a dreadful 5-13 in interleague play, and still need a lot of work before they will be anything close to resembling a good baseball team.
The offense has scored just 337, and as a team they are hitting .257 which is the 11th best team batting average of the 16 senior circuit clubs. They sit 10th among NL teams with 712 hits, of those just 134 of them were doubles. They were able to get 22 triples, and 69 home runs. However they have just 327 RBI, but have managed to steal 58 bases. Given those numbers there is much room for improvement, but there are some signs of hope.
The Pitching has exactly been all star caliber either. Strasburg is 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA and his hardly a difference maker. The staff ERA is pretty high at 4.16. They have struck out 496 batters and issued 266 walks. They have allowed 383 runs to score, and have served up 68 home runs. Not one of their starting pitchers is having a great season, but overall they are doing a little less than ok.
One of the big questions about this team before the start of the 2010 season was if their defense was any better. They did commit 143 errors in 2009, and so far in 2010 they have committed 73. So the answer to that question is no. This is a team that still has to go out and find a big infusion of major league talent, and until then they will continue to be the Nationals we think they are.