Plenty of positives to peruse

The Nationals only scored two runs after the fourth inning last night.

Boy, this offense stinks. Get it together, guys.

What can we take out of yesterday’s 11-5 thumping of the Rockies? Plenty, and not just that the Rockies are not very good at baseball.

Tyler Moore sure looks like he’ll be hanging around the big leagues for a while, and manager Davey Johnson told reporters last night that he might be forced to find a spot for Moore even against right-handed starters.

It’s not hard to see why. Since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse three weeks ago, Moore is hitting a robust .455 (15-for-33) with four home runs, three doubles, 10 RBIs, three stolen bases and six walks. In that time, his OPS is 1.351 - truly a ridiculous number.

In the last two games alone, Moore’s season slugging percentage has jumped 134 points from .500 to .634. The Mississippi kid is smokin’ hot.

moore atbat white sidebar.jpgPut him in the lineup against lefties. Put him in the lineup against righties. Heck, put him in there against aliens who throw with both hands at the same time. Moore can probably handle it.

Ryan Zimmerman has eight hits (five for extra bases) and six RBIs over his last four games. Michael Morse’s batting average has risen over 40 points these last two days. Ian Desmond continues to crush the ball, and added two more extra-base hits yesterday to give him 35 on the season, most among big league shortstops.

And how about Jhonatan Solano, who after yesterday’s two-hit, three-RBI game is quietly batting a whopping .400 early in his major league career?

Solano has played in just seven big league games, yet he already has a homer, three doubles and four RBIs. The 5-foot-9 rookie catcher nicknamed “The Onion” is hitting the ball hard to all fields, and even when he’s not making things happen with a bat in his hands, it seems like he gets the job done behind the plate, where he’s thrown out three of seven runners attempting to steal.

One of only two starting position players without an RBI yesterday was Bryce Harper. Interestingly, the 19-year-old didn’t ground into a double play once in his first 49 games but now has hit into three twin-killings in the last four days.

Harper did notch two hits yesterday, though, including yet another hustle double on a bloop into shallow left.

Harper hasn’t made many monster plays lately, but he hasn’t needed to. The rest of the order, even the guys you might not expect, are starting to produce in a big way.

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