This is a new feature we’ll be running every Thursday on The Nats Blog. We will grade and quickly summarize the Washington Nationals overall performance during the course of the previous week at the conclusion of Thursday’s game, and we’ll name a Player Of The Week based on outstanding performance. Since there’s no game today, I’ll get started this morning by reviewing the Nats exciting week.
The Nationals went undefeated against the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in a six-game road trip, and at no point during the trip did it feel like they would or could lose. The team was dominant in every facet of the game. They scored 31 runs in those six games, and the only game they didn’t hit a home run was on June 10 against the Red Sox.
The pitching was stellar, too, as the Nats didn’t give up more than four runs in any game during the road trip. Stephen Strasburg earned two wins during the trip, including one on the two-year anniversary of the MLB debut.
It’s hard to imagine the Nationals having a better week in June than they did this week. From top to bottom, the Nats looked like a team that was out to prove something to itself and the baseball world, and they did.
Player Of The Week: Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper is the easy pick as this week’s Player Of The Week. The rookie star hit an astronomical .476 with a 1.399 OPS during the road trip with two home runs. Both of the homers were huge bombs, one at Fenway to deep center and one off the second deck BlackBerry sign at the Rogers Centre. His performance raised his season batting average above .300 and his OPS to .932. Harper continues to figure out the league faster than the league can adjust to him, and that’s a good sign for the future.