Nationals Notes- First Month Success Stories

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In 2013, Bryce Harper became the youngest player in MLB history to hit two opening day home runs.  Harper and fellow phenom Stephen Strasburg starred as Washington beat Miami 2-0, but the special opening day in DC didn’t end in ultimate success for the 2013 Nationals.

Opening Day is fast approaching, so we’ll take a little time today to look at some of the best opening month numbers for the Nats since 2005.  From a win/loss perspective the opening month of the year hasn’t been kind to Washington, as the Nats have only had an above .500 record four times in their history (2005 13-11, 2010 13-10, 2012 14-8 and 2014 16-12).

Despite the relative lack of team success, there have been some superb individual performances in first months.  Thanks to baseball-reference’s Play Index, here’s a look at the top individual opening month performances in Nats’ history.

HOME RUNS

Bryce Harper 2013- 9, Alfonso Soriano 2006-7, Nick Johnson 2006, Jose Guillen 2006, Adam Dunn 2009- 6

RBI

Anthony Rendon 2014- 20, Harper 2013-18, Ryan Zimmerman 2006, Adam LaRoche 2014 and LaRoche 2012- 17

OPS (MINIMUM 50 Plate Appearances)

Zimmerman 2010- 1.199, Harper 2013- 1.150, Dunn 2009- 1.073, Johnson 2006- 1.059, Ryan Church 2006- 1.039

EXTRA BASE HITS

Harper 2013, Rendon 2014- 16, Ian Desmond 2013- 15, Brad Wilkerson 2005-15, Vinny Castilla 2005, Church 2007, Zimmerman 2009- 13

RUNS CREATED (Minimum 50 Plate Appearances)

Harper 2013- 27.8, Johnson 2006- 27.2, Rendon 2014- 22.8, Wilkerson 2005, Soriano 2006, Dunn 2009- 20.8

BATTING AVERAGE (Minimum 50 Plate Appearances)

Ivan Rodriguez 2010- .413, Zimmerman 2010- .362, Wilson Ramos 2011- .358,  Castilla 2005-.347, Jose Vidro 2006, Harper 2013- .344

PITCHING WINS

Jordan Zimmermann 2013- 4, Eight players tied with 3 (most recently done by Gio Gonzalez in 2014)

STRIKEOUTS

Stephen Strasburg 2014- 53, Gonzalez 2014-38, Gonzalez 2013, Strasburg 2013- 36, Zimmermann 2014-35

WHIP (Minimum 12 innings pitched)

Zimmermann 2012- .704, Max Scherzer 2015- .837, John Patterson 2006, Drew Storen 2011- .857,  Zimmermann 2013- .861, Livan Hernandez 2010- .871

SAVES 

Matt Capps 2010- 10, Rafael Soriano 2013- 7, Six tied with 5 (most recently Storen in 2015).

ERA (Minimum 12 innings pitched)

Tyler Clippard 2010- 0.50, Storen 2011- 0.64, Capps 2010- 0.68, Chad Cordero 2005- 0.73, L. Hernandez 2010- 0.87.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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