The Washington Nationals offense is at full strength, meaning they have all their players in the right positions in the lineup spots that they want them at.
This wasn’t always the case.
The Nats have dealt with injuries to Ryan Zimmerman (broken thumb), Bryce Harper (Torn ligament in left thumb), Adam LaRoche (Quad) and a minor DL stint by Wilson Ramos (right hamstring).
There have been two guys on offense that have been productive for them all season– shortstop Ian Desmond and second baseman/third baseman Anthony Rendon. They are the primary reason that the Nats dealt with all those injuries and were still able to stay afloat in the NL East.
They were able to keep close to the Atlanta Braves, and they are currently in first place — yes, they only have a slim one-game lead, but this will be a race for the rest of the summer and a one-game lead is better than a one-game deficit.
Desmond has been a very durable player during his career. He has played in at least 130 games every year since 2010 — which was the year he became the full-time starter.
He had a career high 80 RBI’s last season and he looks to be eclipsing that this season, as he already has driven in 62 runs. He is currently riding an eight game hitting streak, and is batting .393 during the stretch (13-33). Those 5 hits last night against the Colorado Rockies certainly helped those numbers.
The only flaw with him is the strikeouts. He leads the team with 114 and has only drawn 22 walks. Zimmerman has 21 walks and has played in 40 less games.
Second-year player Rendon really got his feet wet last year, with 351 At-Bats in 98 games and he has really taken off this season.
He leads the team in hits (104) and Runs (69) and he has played third base primarily but has moved to second when needed to make room for Zimmerman.
Now, the Nats lineup is pretty healthy, so these two guys will not have to do as much, but it is still nice to have players that have been so durable and consistent this season.
– Khristian Peel
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