Nats Are NL’s First 10-Win Team, Which Is Historically Awesome

The Nats won their 10th game in typically low-scoring fashion last night, making them the National League’s first team to hit that watermark. That’s impressive on its own, but take a look at how long it’s taken them to reach 10 wins in their previous seven seasons:

2012: April 18 — 13th game (10-3)
2011: April 24 — 20th game (10-10)
2010: April 26 — 20th game (10-10)
2009: May 8 — 28th game (10-18)
2008: April 29 — 27th game (10-17)
2007: May 11 — 35th game (10-25)
2006: May 5 — 30th game (10-20)
2005: April 24 — 19th game (10-9)

Man, ’06-09 sucked, but this year’s Nats reached 10 wins 46 percent faster than the previous best (’05) and twice as fast as the historical average (26 games). That’s something.

Really, it is, because even if, as Chris Needham pointed out, the Nats play .500 ball the rest of the way they’ll still win a franchise-best 85 games and be in the hunt down to the wire.

That’s the thing about all these early wins; you can’t take them away.

One thought on “Nats Are NL’s First 10-Win Team, Which Is Historically Awesome”

  1. I’m glad you wrote this article. Not only was the pace to get 10 wins historical but they did it with an absurdly low team ERA. It pains me just to watch the old games from 2006-2009 on MASN. I’m like, was it really that bad? Yes. It was that bad.

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