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By Michael Huberman
Team slash: .212/.266/.345
Team ERA: 4.89
Runs per game: 2.2
Opponent runs per game: 5.2
Opponent slash: .280/.333/.451
Jayson Werth, OF – 5-17/4 HR/6 RBI/.400 OBP/1.000 SLG
After homering twice in the Nationals’ 9-2 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday, Werth added two more, a pair of two-run shots, Monday night against the Pirates. Werth’s been the team’s best hitter in July, posting a slash of .369/.449/.667, with at least one hit in 14 of 19 games played. Now if only his teammates could come around and join him.
Gio Gonzalez, SP – 0-0/0.00/6 IP/2 H/11 SO
Since allowing five earned runs in four innings of work against Atlanta on April 30, Gonzalez has submitted quality starts in 13 of 14 appearances, with 89 strikeouts to 31 walks. After that April 30 start, Gonzalez was 2-2 with a 5.34 ERA, but when he starts Thursday against the Pirates he’ll be 7-3 with a sterling 2.89 ERA.
Ross Ohlendorf, SP – 0-0/3.00 ERA/6 IP/2 ER/6 SO
After putting together two solid starts in a row, where he gave up two earned runs in eleven innings while striking out 14, Ohlendorf’s surprise season continued on Sunday, with his strong performance in relief of an ineffective Jordan Zimmermann against the Dodgers. For a player who signed a minor-league deal with the team, a 2-0 record with a 2.03 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 26 2/3 innings is pretty impressive.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP – 0-1/31.50 ERA/2 IP/7 ER/2 ER
After two excruciating losses to the Dodgers, Zimmermann picked a tough time to turn in the worst performance of his young career. Both Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez took Zimmermann deep, as the right-hander needed 58 pitches to get through two rough innings. Whether his lingering neck injury was a factor remains to be seen, but the Nationals will need Zimmermann to return to his usual form if they wish to make up ground in the NL East.
Dan Haren, SP – 0-1/9.00 ERA/5 IP/5 ER/6 K/2 HR
After putting together two solid starts in a row, where he gave up two earned runs in eleven innings while striking out 14, Haren’s nightmare of a season continued Monday night against the Pirates, when he allowed two two-run homers to Nationals killer Andrew McCutchen in just five innings of work. Despite the rough start though, Haren has now struck out 25 in his last 19 1/3 innings.
Anthony Rendon, 2B – 1-20/0 XBH/4 SO/1 BB
Rendon’s just 1-for-20 (.050) with four strikeouts since the team came out of the All-Star break. Pre-Midsummer Classic, the rookie was 13-for-47 (.276) with three home runs and eight runs scored. Rendon’s defense has also been uneven, as he made a crucial error on a would-be inning-ending double play in last night’s 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
Rafael Soriano, RP – 0-1/4.50 ERA/2 IP/2 H/1 HR
Player A has a 4.83 ERA in 41 innings pitched, and he’s given up 46 hits with 41 strikeouts and 12 walks. Player B has a 2.36 ERA in 42 innings pitched, and he’s given up 41 hits with 31 strikeouts and eight walks. Player B is Rafael Soriano, fourth in the National League with 25 saves. Player A is former closer Drew Storen, in the midst of season where he’s been a major liability out of the Nats' bullpen.