The Nationals are winning right now almost in spite of their offense, and while there’s no question they’ll have to fix it if they want to make any kind of push above the .500 mark, they’ve done a remarkable job of surviving in the meantime.
They moved back to a game over .500 on Tuesday night despite stranding 10 runners, getting an 0-for-4 night from Jayson Werth and making two errors. But they got a respectable spot start from Ross Detwiler and another impressive job from their relievers, beating the Cubs 3-2 at Nationals Park.
They’ve scored a combined 16 runs in their last five wins, but allowed just 11 in those games, winning all of them by a single run. If they’ve been able to get a lead to their stellar bullpen this season, they’ve had a chance. And their relievers pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday night, with Drew Storen nailing down his 21st save of the year.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.