BY RICH GOLDBERG, CSNMA RESEARCHER
Three key statistics the Nationals will look to improve in 2016.
Unsavory situation: The Nationals had 23 blown saves last season, the most among all MLB teams with a winning record. Jonathan Papelbon converted 17 of 17 save chances with Philadelphia last season but had 2 blown saves in 9 opportunities with Washington. Blake Treinen had 3 save chances last season, and converted none.
Bad medicine: Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth missed a combined 324 games in 2015, the equivalent of 2 full MLB seasons. Each was out a minimum of 67 games. In total, the Nationals placed 23 players on the disabled list last season, with 7 players missing over 50 games due to injury.
Start me up: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez started a combined 87 games last season and averaged a combined 92 starts the past 4 seasons. But this season's Nationals fourth and fifth starters, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross, won 9 games out of a combined 25 starts last season. The rest of the 2016 Nationals roster combined for 1 start last season. That start belonged to Yusmeiro Petit, with the Giants.
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