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Nationals Report Card: September 7-12

 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted this feature, so I apologize to those of you who have asked for it in the past. The last week has been filled with ups and downs for the Washington Nationals. Stephen Strasburg had his season end a start early as he had a terrible game on Friday against the Marlins, where he only lasted three innings and gave up five runs.

The lost the series to the Miami Marlins and finished the season series with the worst team in the NL East at .500. Then, the Nats went to face the New York Mets and showed baseball why they’re the best team. They completed a three-game sweep, and for the first two games of the series, it never looked close. Mets pitcher Matt Harvey kept the Mets in the game on Wednesday giving up just one run, but John Lannan was just better.

The Nats lost a series to a team they should have beat up on and swept a series against another team they were "supposed" to beat. The Mets sweep put the Nats a season-high 35 games above .500 and gave them a season-best 8.5-game lead over the Atlanta Braves, who were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-games series.

Overall, this was an above-average week for the Nats. It was fun to watch, but nowhere near dominating. The Nats start a huge series against the Braves this weekend that could put the division just about out of their reach, so enjoy the off day today. Baseball this weekend may be stressful.

Grade: B/B+

Player Of The Week: Ian Desmond

Desmond sat out a game on September 9 for some rest, but that doesn't make his week any less impressive. In the five games he played, he hit two home runs, scored four runs, hit .429, and put up an insane 1.264 OPS. Desmond has won this honor before, and I expect he could win it again before the season is over.

 

About Joe Drugan

Managing editor of The Nats Blog and co-host of the Nats Talk On The Go podcast.

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