Originally posted on Mr. Irrelevant  |  Last updated 6/30/13
Handing out labels following the Nats’ middling first half of the 2013 season. Winners Jordan Zimmermann — Tied for the NL lead with 11 wins and is second in WHIP (0.92). Has given up three or fewer runs in 13 of 16 starts, two or fewer in 14 of 16. He had a monster first half, is what I’m getting at. Gio Gonzalez – You may not know it, because he only has five wins, but he’s basically as good as he’s ever been (3.09 ERA, 1.14 WHIP). Stephen Strasburg – You may not know it, because he only has four wins, but he’s basically better than he’s ever been (2.41 ERA, 1.04 WHIP). Ian Desmond — Last year was no fluke. He’s doing it again, thanks largely to a monster June (nine HR, 28 RBI). Anthony Rendon — Pressed into action earlier than expected and responded by hitting .310, albeit without power. Looks like he’s here to stay. Rafael Soriano — Blew a few saves early but has settled in nicely. And I like the untuck thing. Tyler Clippard and Craig Stammen — Still the bullpen leaders in workload
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