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The Nationals, by no means, have been awful. (Though there have been some awful stretches along the way.) But neither have they been fantastic. (Though there have been sporadic moments when they looked like they could be.)
As MLB makes the transition now from the All-Star Game to the unofficial start of the season's second half, let's look back and hand out first-half grades for everyone...
WILSON RAMOS — INC
Two hamstring injuries knocked him out of the lineup for a total of two months, but he came back with a bang two weeks ago and should make a positive difference the rest of the way.
KURT SUZUKI — C
He's solid when he catches every-other-day, but he really struggled (and took a physical beating) when forced into everyday duties while Ramos was on the DL.
ADAM LAROCHE — B-
After a wretched April, he's hit .281/.371/.483 since, pretty much putting up the exact numbers we've come to expect from him throughout his career.
ANTHONY RENDON — A-
Has showed a remarkably advanced (and confident) approach to hitting for a guy with so little experience and thrown to the wolves in the big leagues. Plus he's been better than advertised at second base.
IAN DESMOND — A
Given where he was only 2 years ago, which is more remarkable: 1) He's the most productive offensive shortstop in the majors over the last calendar year? or 2) He had a 59-game errorless streak this season?
RYAN ZIMMERMAN — C+
His throwing woes were the dominant storyline early, but he's made major strides in that department over the last month. Offensively, he still isn't producing up to career norms.
STEVE LOMBARDOZZI — C
It's not his fault he was pressed into a regular left-field role for a while, but he didn't exactly seize the opportunity, either. A solid utility guy, nothing more.
CHAD TRACY — D
It's been a difficult and frustrating season for the veteran pinch-hitter, who hasn't come close to duplicating last year's production. The only thing saving him from an F: three game-saving home runs off the bench.
BRYCE HARPER — B
An electric start to the season made him an early MVP candidate. But then came the wall collisions, the DL stint and now he's still trying to find his way back.
DENARD SPAN — C
It's been a head-scratching first season in D.C. for Span, whose swing has been out of whack since the beginning, especially against lefties. His defense in center field, though, has been spectacular.
JAYSON WERTH — B
He's bounced around the lineup and has dealt with injuries, but the total product has been good, especially over the last month (.371/.447/.588 since June 15).
ROGER BERNADINA — D
The Nats needed him to produce when Harper and Werth were injured, but he just hasn't found the same groove he did last year when pressed into similar duties.
SCOTT HAIRSTON — INC
Just acquired last week to provide some much-needed pop off the bench, he had two hits in his debut but nothing since.
STEPHEN STRASBURG — A-
His won-loss record doesn't reflect it, but he has pitched as well over the last two months as any prolonged stretch of his career. Geared up now to complete his first full season.
JORDAN ZIMMERMANN — A
Mr. Consistency was a rock for the Nats in the first half, as reliable a starting pitcher as there is in the majors and well-deserving of his first All-Star selection. Just hope his stiff neck doesn't get worse.
GIO GONZALEZ — A-
A bit rocky in April (2-2, 5.34 ERA) but he found his groove after that and has been fantastic since (5-1, 2.18).
ROSS DETWILER — C
Strange first half for the left-hander, who has given up more than three earned runs only twice but hasn't reached the seventh inning since May 10 and has battled on-and-off back/oblique injuries.
DAN HAREN — D
An unmitigated disaster through the season's first three months, never coming close to living up to his $13 million contract. But could two solid starts after returning from the DL be a glimmer of hope?
TAYLOR JORDAN — B-
The 24-year-old was put in a tough spot, promoted from Class A to Class AA to the majors, but he's acquitted himself well in four starts. Next step: Proving he can be effective the second and third time through a lineup.
RAFAEL SORIANO — B+
The veteran closer is 25-for-29 in save opportunities and has mostly been solid. Two potential concerns, though: He's giving up more hits and striking out fewer batters than his career norm.
DREW STOREN — C-
It's been a rocky ride so far for the right-hander. At times, he's been absolutely dominant. And at times, he's been utterly hittable. Needs to stay on track the rest of the way.
TYLER CLIPPARD — A
He probably hasn't received enough attention for how good he's been so far. Only 20 hits allowed in 40 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. That's an insanely good rate.
CRAIG STAMMEN — B-
The workhorse of the Nats bullpen hasn't been quite as reliable as he was last season. He has put 70 men on base in only 49 2/3 innings.
RYAN MATTHEUS — D-
The results on the mound weren't great, but his worst infraction came after he departed a game in May and broke his pitching hand punching a locker. Could finally return in the next week or two.
FERNANDO ABAD — B+
Arrived with a bang in May and shored up a much-needed role as left-handed reliever, though he's been less consistent in recent weeks. Could be odd-man-out when Mattheus returns.
IAN KROL — A
Nobody paid attention to the player-to-be-named in the Michael Morse trade, but everybody knows his name now. The lefty has been downright dominant and has earned Davey Johnson's trust to pitch in big situations.
ROSS OHLENDORF — A-
Veteran right-hander has filled an important role, first as a fill-in starter and now as a long man out of the bullpen. It's not a glamorous job, but he has done it well.
DAVEY JOHNSON — C
The 70-year-old skipper admits he hasn't done his job as well as he should, both in setting up his lineup and using his bullpen. With retirement looming, now is the time for Davey to step it up and close out his career in style.
MIKE RIZZO — C
His big offseason moves (Haren, Span) haven't worked out as well as hoped, and he has already been forced to remake his roster a couple of times mid-season. But he made the right call at the right time on Rendon, found a gem in Krol and made a smart pickup in Hairston. Does he have something else in store before July 31?