Jayson Werth leads the league in OPS and slugging percentage, and is one percentage point behind Chris Johnson for the league lead in batting average.
Denard Span has a 21-game hitting streak and has worked his average up to .281. Wilson Ramos has 12 homers and 46 RBIs in just 231 at-bats. Tyler Moore is hitting .388 since his promotion with three extra-base hits in his last two games.
Oh, and Harper is in line to return to the lineup tonight, assuming manager Davey Johnson gets medical approval.
The Nationals have now gone 21-9 in their last 30 games. They’ve hit 39 home runs in those 30 games, are batting a collective .289 and have a solid team ERA of 3.67.
They’re grooving right now.
The offense, which was the issue for this team for most of the season, has come alive in a big way. The rotation has been pretty solid for the most part, and the bullpen has been improved in recent weeks.
For whatever reason, it just took the Nats 4 1/2 months to get everything clicking like it is now.
The Nats have talked all along about how they knew they had the talent to make a legitimate run at the postseason, even after all the missteps along the way. This last month has confirmed that much, if we didn’t know it already.
After last night’s win and the Reds’ loss to the Cubs, the Nats trail Cincinnati by six games in the wild card race. They’re five games back in the loss column.
The chances of a comeback aren’t good, not with just 18 games remaining. But the Nats aren’t dead yet. And given the way they’ve been playing lately, it looks like they’ll at least make the Reds earn their postseason spot over the next 2 1/2 weeks.
My question is: from a fan’s perspective, is it more frustrating seeing the Nats performing at this level, but doing so only after struggling for so long? Would the overall disappointment of this season be easier to take, per se, if the Nats had failed to show their potential throughout the entirety of the season?
Or does this last month offer some sort of confirmation that the group that the Nats have in place is capable of doing something special, even if it’s not this year?
Regardless of how it ends this particular season, at least these final few weeks have been made more interesting by a very hot stretch.