Offseason storyline No. 2: Keep the lineup intact?

Originally posted on Nats Insider:

The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Whether or not to keep the current starting lineup intact…

For more than four months, the Nationals owned one of baseball’s least-productive lineups. On August 7, they sported a .240 team batting average, a .299 on-base percentage and averaged a scant 3.7 runs per game.

Which understandably led to some questions about the offensive plan heading into 2014. The Nats couldn’t stick with the status quo, could they?

Well, after a dramatic turnaround in production during the season’s final seven weeks, they just might.

Over their final 48 games, the Nationals hit a collective .276, posted a .343 on-base percentage and scored 4.9 runs per game. Which led to a 32-16 record, the majors’…

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