We're not quite a tenth of the way into the season (how's that for arbitrary end points?), but your Washington Nationals are sixth in the National League in runs per game after the 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
The Nats have scored a robust 4.54 runs per game, which is above the league average of 4.40. In fact, the Nats are the last team that resides above the league average, and the five teams ahead of them are fairly predicable: St. Louis (at a wholly unsustainable 6.14), Chicago (5.57 without Kyle Schwarber), Colorado, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
That might not be all that surprising. But the Nats are also fifth in on-base percentage, which might be.
That includes, obviously, Michael Taylor's .208, Danny Espinosa's .283 and Jayson Werth's .292 OBP. Remember, that's on-base percentage.
It's early, to be sure. I'm fairly certain the Cardinals aren't going to average over six runs per game this season. But the Nats' offense seems to chugging along fairly well despite essentially four pitchers in the order every time through.
This is because Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy are posting OPS+s of 235 and 224, respectively.
Oh, and not to mention the resurgent Buffalo, Wilson Ramos.
It appears, at least for now, that Lasik surgery is agreeing with him, to the tune of a .341/.341/.545 slash. Of course, his BABiP is .361, so when the hits start going at 'em he's going to have to start drawing a walk or two along the way.
So you've got a little bit of gloom and doom, and a little bit of eternal sunshine.
But you've got three regulars hitting under .200 and three regulars hitting above .333. Which do you think is more sustainable over 162 games?
Maybe if you really want to look for warning signs, the Nats have only one player with more than two home runs. Even with that, the team is third in the league in slugging.
I guess what I'm getting at is this: It's just too damn early to tell.