Bryce Harper isn’t back with the Nationals yet, but he’s already making an impression with his blasts in batting practice and in the minors on his rehab assignment.
Since the beginning of June, Danny Espinosa has been working with hitting coach Rick Schu. He entered Monday’s game with a team-high .303 average for the month so far.
Despite battling near the top of the division, the Nationals and Braves haven’t exactly lived up to high expectations.
Since June, Jordan Zimmermann has a 0.36 ERA in 25 innings. He gets the start Thursday when the Nationals open a series against the Braves.
Heading into Tuesday’s contest against the Giants, Ryan Zimmerman had a perfect fielding percentage in left field.
After a forgettable first outing, Doug Fister has surrendered only eight earned runs in his past five starts — all games the Nationals won.
It appears the Nationals are beginning to wake up with most of their missing pieces back. Before Thursday’s 4-2 win, they scored seven or more runs in four of the team’s previous five games.
It’s been a streaky season for Anthony Rendon, and the Nationals infielder is starting to break out of a long slump.
Nationals longtime third baseman Ryan Zimmerman could move to left field when he returns from the disabled list.
Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche has a reputation for being a slow starter, but that may change after the first two months of 2014.