Washington Nationals Could Be At 100 Percent Within a Week

By Nick Comando
Brad Mills- USA TODAY Sports

After an anemic and pathetic offensive day yesterday against the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals do have some positive news to look to.

Bryce Harper should be back tomorrow when Washington returns home to face the Milwaukee Brewers for a four game set, after playing nine innings in Harrisburg and having no problems or swelling as of yet. Wilson Ramos is off to Class A Potomac for a rehab assignment, and could be back Thursday, which comes as a relief to Kurt Suzuki, who has been a walking bruise since Ramos went out with the hamstring injuries, and getting the brunt of the workload.

Ross Detwiler is apparently suffering back stiffness and could miss his next start. Washington’s problem this season has not been pitching, and with guys like Taylor Jordan and Ross Ohlendorf, Washington should be set there if there are any problems anyway. Washington’s main problem has been a completely sporadic offense, and Friday and Saturday are prime examples of this. Friday night, Washington was down 4-1 and made a dramatic, eighth inning, two out comeback, scoring five runs in the final two innings to win 6-4 after being completely dominated by Matt Harvey, but then again, who doesn’t Harvey dominate?

Saturday was about as different as can be, as Washington left seven on base, grounded into double plays in key moments and looked completely lost against Dillon Gee and his 4.60 ERA. Washington’s defense was no better, committing three errors and making Jordan’s line look much worse than it was, as only one of New York’s three runs allowed by Jordan was earned. Because of injuries, Washington and manager Davey Johnson have been relegated to riding guys like Roger Bernadina and his .186 average daily–mostly because of his defense.

When Harper returns, Washington will have a formidable two-three-four, with Ryan Zimmerman batting .281 in his last 10 games and Anthony Rendon batting .279 and doing nothing but getting on base. Adam LaRoche and his .389 in his last 10 and Ian Desmond‘s five home runs in his last 10 will certainly welcome that. Bernadina should go back to his bench role and could flourish. If not, well then it’s time to cut the cord.

Washington’s offense was bad yesterday, there’s not doubt about that, but within five days it could be primed to seriously turn things around.


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