Washington Nationals August 2016 Month In Review

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Aug 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) calls out towards a player in his dugout in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Nationals 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) calls out towards a player in his dugout in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Nationals 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 10, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Trea Turner (7) hits a double against the Cleveland Indians during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

 Offense: A-

During the month of August, the Washington Nationals scored the second most runs in the National League (155), had the second highest batting average (.283), and the third highest on-base percentage (.342).

In total, the Nats had five players hit over .300 in the month of August. Out of the players who appeared in 20+ games, first baseman Clint Robinson had the best batting average (.359 in 21 games). Robinson got some playing time at first base while Ryan Zimmerman was on the disabled list for the first half of August.

As far as run producing goes, the offense had six different players drive in ten or more runs. Two players (Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon) drove in 20 runs. Murphy hit .320 with five home runs and 22 RBI’s while Rendon hit .316 with three home runs and 20 RBI’s.

Jayson Werth had his on-base streak snapped at 46 games on August 20 against Atlanta. In addition to breaking the Nats record with that streak, Werth led the team in home runs in August with eight to go with 16 RBI’s.

For the Washington Nationals, it was a good sign to see Bryce Harper on a hot streak again. Harper had a slash line of .310/.398/.536 in August with three home runs and 19 RBI’s. But, for me, the MVP of the month was Trea Turner.

Turner, who had a streak of eight consecutive hits from August 22-23 against the Orioles, had an excellent month of August. He hit .357 with 45 hits, 27 runs scored, hit five home runs, drove in 15 runs, and had 11 stolen bases in 14 attempts.

Right now, the Washington Nationals have one of the best lineups in baseball if you go by the first through six hitters in the lineup. This includes Wilson Ramos, who hit .261 with five home runs and 17 RBI’s. If they can get Zimmerman and shortstop Danny Espinosa going in September, it would be a great thing for this offense.

Next: Starting Rotation

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