Starting pitching doing wonders for Nationals
Starting pitching is the reason the Nationals are never out of a ballgame this season. They rank seventh in the National League with a 3.76 ERA.
Lately, the starting staff has been even better. In their last 13 games, Washington starters have allowed two earned runs or fewer 11 times. They are 6-3 with a 2.25 ERA during that span.
Manager Jim Riggleman said he never had a starting staff that threw better than the one he has right now.
“I’ve never had a club that has done that anywhere. This is really good pitching. It’s really a lot of good performances,” Riggleman said. “When your starters get you 18 to 21 outs, you have a really good chance because you are going to get some matchups you prefer late in the ballgame.”