The Washington Nationals were victorious in their first game of the season against the Miami Marlins. However, that was the highlight for them in the first month. They ended the month with a 10-14 record.They had a pair of three-game losing streaks, including losing four consecutive games to end April.
The best hitter for the Nats during that month was outfielder Bryce Harper. He posted a .297 batting average with eight home runs and 20 RBI. He set the tone for the lineup in the month of April.
Tanner Roark was the premier pitcher in the rotation for the club. He accumulated a 1.55 ERA and 0.72 WHIP in 29 innings. It was a positive sign to see Roark start the new season on a high note.
The closer situation for the Nats has been a major issue this spring. Shawn Kelley began the year as the Nationals closer, and he performed adequately. Kelley saved six games, compiled a 3.32 ERA, fanned 11 batters, and his WHIP was 1.17.
Koda Glover became the team’s closer after the initial month as he was promoted from the minors.
One reason the Nationals were under .500 after April is that they allowed five or more runs in seven of their 14 losses.The pitching for the team improved steadily over the next couple of months, and it was reflected in their record.