If you like offense, the Washington Nationals were the best team to watch in Major League Baseball during the month of April.
The Nationals scored the most runs (170) in the MLB during baseball’s first month of the season, 29 more than the 2nd highest scoring team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, who played two more games during April than the Nationals. Washington had the highest batting average (.295) in baseball during the month, which was 23 points higher than the next best team, the Houston Astros, and the Nationals 458 total bases for the month was 46 higher than the next best team in that category. The amazing numbers don’t stop there however.
Washington led the MLB during the month with 265 hits, and their 102 walks tied for the Major League lead and lea the National League. They scored at least five runs in a game in 12 of their 25 April contests.
Of Nationals batters with at least 50 plate appearances during the month, five of them boasted at least a .300 average, and CF Adam Eaton came within 3 points of being the sixth at .297.
Washington also scored 77 runs over their last seven games of April, including a whopping 23 against the New York Mets on April 30th. To put those 77 runs in seven games in to perspective, the Kansas City Royals as a team scored only 63 runs during the entire month. On top of the tremendous offensive output is the fact that the Nationals also made history during the month:
On the individual player side of things, there were outstanding achievements for several Nationals players. 1B Ryan Zimmerman, RF Bryce Harper and 2B Daniel Murphy ended the month as the top three RBI leaders in all of baseball with 29, 26, and 26 respectively. Zimmerman hit .420 for the month, Harper hit .391 with an incredible .509 on-base percentage, and scored an April Major League record, 32 runs. SS Trea Turner drove in seven runs in a game and 3B Anthony Rendon had a game for the ages on April 30th when he went 6/6 at the plate with 3 HR and 10 RBI.
Can the Nationals come anywhere close to duplicating their April output of offense in the months of May, June, July, August and September? It’s unlikely, but this lineup will be fun to watch all season and might just be the most potent in all of baseball.