The Washington Nationals have moved atop the National League East.
Besides a poor showing against the St. Louis Cardinals, where the Cardinals swept the Nats at home, the team has been producing. Pitching, as always, remains consistent for the Nationals and the hitting is finally coming around. There are three batters in particular who have been key in getting the Nationals into first place.
Anthony Rendon continues to bolster his average, hitting .276 in the last month, bringing his season total up to .273. In the last month, he has 14 RBIs and is second on the team in runs. He looks great at third base, and the Nationals will be wise to keep him in the lineup when Bryce Harper returns.
Adam LaRoche is having his name thrown in with some of the best hitters in the majors right now. This month, he is leading the Nationals in on base percentage with a .409 average and has 17 walks. In that stretch, he is averaging a BB just about every single game. Pitchers are sacred of LaRoche.
It must have something to do with the beard.
Leadoff man Denard Span is the only National with more than 100 at bats in the past month. Even with that many looks, Span is hitting .312 in the stretch and is leading the team with 34 hits, 22 runs and 12 doubles. He is getting on base and doing a phenomenal job about it in the No. 1 spot. The Nationals have to hang onto this guy. If Span keeps it up, he will be one of the top leadoff men in the majors.