As the Nationals continue to digest yesterday's tense, 7-5 victory over the Phillies, their 4-5 overall record and the start of a 10-game homestand tonight, here are a few interesting stats that hopefully put the last 11 days into perspective...
-- At 4-5, the Nats have their best record nine games into the season since the inaugural 2005 campaign, when they opened 5-4. Their records after nine games the last four years ... 2009: 1-8, 2008: 3-6, 2007: 1-8, 2006: 2-7.
-- The Nats have been outscored 63-40 overall. They've suffered their five losses by an average of six runs. They've earned their four wins by an average of 1.75 runs.
-- Ivan Rodriguez ranks fourth in the NL with a .407 batting average and is tied for fourth in the league with four doubles.
-- Matt Capps is tied with Cincinnati's Francisco Cordero for the NL lead in saves with four.
-- Washington is tied for the NL lead with 11 stolen bases and has only been caught stealing once. That occurred yesterday, when Nyjer Morgan was picked off first base but still made it safely to second when Ryan Howard's throw sailed into left field. Through nine games last year, the Nats had a total of three stolen bases.
-- The Nationals lead the NL with five triples and rank second in the NL with 44 walks.
-- They've also issued 49 walks (most in the NL) while striking out only 45 (fewest in the league).
-- The Nationals have four pitchers with ERAs under 4.00: Livan Hernandez (0.00), Tyler Clippard (1.04), Matt Capps (1.59) and Jesse English (3.60). They have seven pitchers with ERAs over 7.00: Sean Burnett (7.71), John Lannan (8.31), Miguel Batista (8.53), Jason Marquis (12.96), Brian Bruney (13.50), Jason Bergmann (15.43) and Craig Stammen (15.63).
-- The Nats' .979 fielding percentage ranks eighth in the NL and equals the league average so far.