Washington obviously couldn’t hit water if they jumped ship right now. But are they just plain rotten or actually making history? According to Chico Harlan, some San Francisco scribes think it’s the latter:
I’d estimate about a half-dozen visiting ballwriters (some vets) told me this weekend that the Nats had the worst lineup they’d ever seen. Yup, ever.
Well, the Nats are 30th (A.K.A. dead last) in runs scored at 3.63 per game, on pace for 588 on the season. In this decade, only two other teams have scored less: the ’03 Dodgers (574) and ’02 Tigers (575).
So, yeah, that’s bad, but not rewrite-the-record books bad. Consider Chico’s statement, however, and that he’s talking about the current Nats lineup, sans its two best hitters: Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman. Without those two the past 16 games (and Johnson’s actually missed the past 27), the Nats are only scoring 2.75 per. Ouch. Plus, Zimm is out 4-6 weeks, and perhaps for the rest of the season.
All it’s going to take for this punchless team to be the least offensive of the decade is to average 3.47 runs or less from here on out. Sounds doable.