Here are some areas Washington needs to work on in order to rectify what’s happened over the past couple of weeks.
Here are cases for and against Harper and Rizzo winning the award this year.
When the Nationals snapped out of their first funk of the season, it was due to a solid combination of starting pitching and timely hitting.
The left-hander was receptive to advice from Max Scherzer and Drew Storen, and he turned their input into a strong outing this past Sunday.
Denard Span's unlikely power and Wilson Ramos staying healthy have been key to Washington going 20-6 since late April.
The right-hander has allowed a run in only three of his first 16 appearances this season.
In his past three relief appearances, Roark has recorded two holds and a save — the latter being the first of his major league career.
Before Tuesday’s game, Harper’s on-base percentage of .424 ranked 16th in all of Major League Baseball.
Rendon is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Friday in Harrisburg, Pa., with the possibility of a Nationals return coming soon.
Washington's big offseason acquisition has been comfortable in each of his first three starts, and a lot of that has to do with his catcher.