Jul 12, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Washington Nationals celebrate on the field after defeating Baltimore Orioles 3-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Washington Nationals end the first half of the season with the fourth best record in the National League and leading the NL East over the New York Mets by two games. The Nationals have not played their best baseball at times, but they have found a way to enter the All-Star Break still with a good chance to make the postseason. Plus, the team could have another surge coming out of the break as they will have four of the core players (Denard Span, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, and Anthony Rendon) hopefully returning from the disabled list in the coming weeks, along with a healthy Stephen Strasburg.
President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo is also going to be looking to add depth at the trade deadline, so we will have a crazy second half for sure in the Nation’s Capital. The second half of the season begins Friday when the Nats start a three game series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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We saw some great moments in the first half from Bryce Harper‘s three home run game against the Marlins on May 6, to Max Scherzer‘s no hitter against the Pirates on June 20. After the All-Star break, there are sure to be more moments that will make this team potentially the best Nationals’ team in their team history. In this piece, we will depict the players that helped that cause, and a few players that didn’t help the cause.
Here are my picks for some awards for Nationals’ players in the first half of the season:
Next: First Half MVP