It goes without saying that part of the game of baseball is to score runs, and in 2012 the Nationals were good at that finishing in the top five in runs scored in the NL. It also should be a plain fact that a homerun is a great way to score runs. Once that ball leaves the yard runs are on the board. There is no waiting on base with the hope a teammate drives you in or trying to dance off third and scamper down the line as soon as a fly ball nestles in an outfielders glove. Scoring runs via a homerun is simple.
In 2012 the Washington Nationals hit the second most homeruns in the NL with 194. The big deal about this is that the Nationals didn't have a big power bat in the middle of their line-up. The club leader was Adam LaRoche with 33. Second to him were Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman with 25 a piece. The reason the Nationals were able to hit so many homeruns was that they had a balanced line-up. They finished the season with six players over or close to 20 homeruns.Read More