I know you're all waiting for my Scott Olsen mea culpa. But first, let's consider that the Braves are 28th in baseball in team OPS+. Jamie Moyer just became the oldest pitcher in history to throw a complete game shutout at age 47--against the Braves. And no-hitters are one of the most fluky events in sports. In 2006 Ramon Ortiz took a no-hitter into the ninth for the Nationals--and finished the season with a 5.57 ERA and a league-leading 16 losses. And 28 innings isn't enough of a sample size to conclude much of anything about any pitcher....
OK, fine. Even I'll admit Olsen has looked good his last two times out. His strikeout rate is over 8 per 9, right where it was in 2006, his one really effective year. His velocity is still a couple miles per hour down from where it was, but it's better. He's spotting his fastball, which is forcing hitters to chase the slider.
Now, even assuming that Olsen can keep pitching this well, teams are going to adjust to him, and he'll need to answer. And with Olsen, the mental side has always been as much of an issue as his physical limitations.
But for the first time since Olsen came to Washington, his starts aren't a pointless Cabrera-esque exercise in futility. That's a step, and even I will admit it.