In a short series having a deep rotation is an advantage. The more aces you can throw the greater the chance your team has of winning games and a short series. No team has more aces for the playoff series than the Nationals. Taking their last five starts these are the numbers National pitchers have put up.
Stephen Strasburg 1.13 ERA, 32 IP, 21 hits and 32 K’s
Jordan Zimmermann 1.32 ERA, 34 IP, 21 hits and 32 K’s
Doug Fister 1.87 ERA, 33 2/3 IP, 25 hits and 18 K’s
Gio Gonzalez 1.93 ERA, 32 2/3’s IP, 21 hits and 31 K’s
Tanner Roark 3.09 ERA, 32 IP, 34 hits and 18 K’s
That means the Nationals only have to score two runs to win their ball games if the first four starters are on their A game. Of course, all but one of these 25 starts were September starts and that is when teams call up prospects and managers like to play them. Veteran pitchers can carve up the prospects and put goose eggs on the scoreboard. The Oakland Athletics can also tell you in the short series almost anything can happen. A poor start by the ace can have a domino effect on the rest of the staff, sending shock waves through the rest of the rotation and creating cracks in the bullpen.
Looking at the top four of the Nationals myworld will take our chances with them appearing in their first World Series, if the other teams do not counter with shutouts of their own. One of the problems with the Nationals offense is their ability to create runs and their inability to hit with runners in scoring position.