Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/28/13
Very little about this Washington Nationals season has unfolded as expected. Four days from August they sit three games under .500 and 81 / 2 games back of first place in a weak National League East. Their talented lineup has dragged down the rest of the team. Mediocre opposing pitchers have baffled Nationals hitters. One of their biggest offseason acquisitions a leadoff hitter is no longer their everyday leadoff hitter. Their highest-paid pitcher is enduring one of the worst seasons of his career. On Saturday after a busy and eventful week the Nationals flipped several season-long trends on their heads in a 4-1 win over the New York Mets. The offense erupted for three home runs including a two-run shot by Bryce Harper. The lineup finally solved middling Dillon Gee after poor hitting displays against him all season. Denard Span snapped a long four-month power drought with his first home run of the season. Dan Haren tossed seven strong innings another encouraging development in his ...
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