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Nats Haven’t Panicked, Neither Should You

by Chris Lingebach
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A frustrated Jayson Werth. (credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

A frustrated Jayson Werth. (credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Having lost eight of the last eleven games, the Nats are falling apart before our very eyes this April, which means that it’s just baseball and it’s still only April.

“We haven’t panicked one bit,” GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny Wednesday. “We’re still a loose, happy bunch.”

The thing is, as a fan it can be infuriating to hear things like ‘that’s just baseball’ and ‘it’s only April,’ because after a five-month layoff, with nothing but a sub-thirty win basketball team and a hockey team that toyed with the idea of missing the playoffs to hold you over, fans rightfully develop a penchant for winning.

And for a moment the Nats gave it to them, jumping out to a 7-2 record to open the season before coming back to reality.

It may seem like their performance this month is worlds apart from the level of play that got them into the playoffs last year, but they really aren’t. Not by much anyways.

Washington won 14 games in April last season. By game time Wednesday they registered 10 wins, with 7 games left to play before the month of May.

“I wouldn’t trade this 25-man roster for any 25-man roster in baseball,” Rizzo said.

Yea, because it’s probably still the best in baseball.

Right now the Nats’ 10-10 record looks worse than it is because they’re pitching terribly, and hitting even worse.

Their 3.99 team ERA is middle of the road in the majors, while Stephen Strasburg hasn’t shown the command in his biting fastball that fans are accustomed to seeing. This is why he’s lost three games.

What do you think he’s just forgotten how to pitch?

Heading into Wednesday’s game with the Cards, Washington was held scoreless through 14 consecutive innings by St. Louis. The Nats offense currently ranks 23rd by team average and 17th by team OPS. These things happen.

It also feels like the sky is falling because they’ve yet to beat the team that robbed their season in Game 5 of the NLDS last season. There’s an emotional connection there, kind of like running into an ex in the grocery store while you’re wearing those sweatpants with the mustard stain on them.

“We’re all in this together. There’s nobody in there that’s going to throw anyone under the bus,” Rizzo said. “We win as a team. We lose as a team.”

You know why 10-10 doesn’t sound like a big deal to the team’s General Manager, a.k.a. the guy who put the roster together?

Because it’s not.

Sometimes freak things happen in baseball, like everyone on your team slumping at the same time. That’s nothing a sudden win streak can’t fix for the whole team.

And if they lose Wednesday, it’s still only April.

Follow the NASDAQ on Twitter. Those are streaks you should be concerned about in April.

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