Think the Nationals aren't hitting too well recently? Take a look at these OPS figures for the last seven days:
Wilkerson -- .656
Vidro ----- .439
Wilson ---- .652
Castilla --- .100
Schneider - .435
Guzman -- .288
We said last night that the second half of the batting order needs help, and we weren't kidding. These stats are worse than terrible--they're embarrassing. Been wondering why the Nats can't score more than one run an inning? There is just no way the Nats can sustain a rally with these numbers, and we're going to lose most of our games with this hitting no matter how good the pitching is.
Wilkerson, Vidro, and Schneider are as good as we're going to get at their positions, at least for this year. But we've concluded that Castilla, Guzman, and Wilson have to be replaced ASAP with productive hitters. Ryan Church will help in left, but he's not a long-term solution. The only way out of this is to get better hitters, and Jim Bowden has until Sunday to get them. Who thinks he'll succeed?