Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez, Shawn Hill (2.70 ERA, 33 SO), Justin Bergman (2.76 ERA, 42 SO, .165 OPA) have all been impact players lately. 3/5 players in our rotation are on the D/L, and our most consistant offensive player (Nick Johnson) is still out with a broken leg. Our rotation has been one of the better saviors of this team with breaththrough performances from Jon Rauch, Jesus Colome, Saul Rivera, and Miach Bowe (Combined ERA: 2.90, Combined BA: .225). John Patterson and Chad Cordero, usual staples of the staff, have been bad lately due to rustiness, injuries, and a unusual lapses in control, all things that CAN be improved. The Nats play in a putrid NL league. I'm not saying we're on the rise already, but there are reasons to believe they can be a challenging team. Why is it so hard to believe that they can improve?