Friday, June 24, 2011

The Big 3 in DC?

ERA, June, NL (20+ IP)
0.27 Cliff Lee (Phillies)
0.65 Jeff Karstens (Pirates)
0.96 Johnny Cueto (Reds)
1.01 Jhoulys Chacin (Rockies)
1.23 Cole Hamels (Phillies)
1.32 Jordan Zimmerman (Nationals)
1.44 John Lannan (Nationals)
1.82 Jason Marquis (Nationals)
1.82 Hiroki Kuroda (Dodgers)

The 3 starters from the Nationals are a combined 7-0.  In May, they were not nearly as good:

Zimmerman: 1-2, 3.23
Marquis: 3-2, 5.60
Lannan: 0-2, 5.14

In May, Lannan and Marquis had worse numbers than Livan Hernandez and Tom Gorzelanny.  This is an unlikely trio to propel the Nationals over .500 and potentially into a playoff race (4.5 games out of the Wild Card).  If these three keep pitching like this, they might be able to keep on rolling even with the shakeup at manager.

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