The team marched with a full steam in July as they won 17 games to push their record to 59-44. The Nats were on fire during this month as they reeled off nine straight wins, their longest of the season.
The team won 12 of the last 13 games to cap off July in impressive fashion. Due to that success, they narrowed the gap in the division to one and a half games and occupied the first spot in the NL Wild Card race.
The interesting part of this simulation is that I received a pair of trade requests.
The first one came from St. Louis Cardinals on July 6. They asked for infielder Wilmer Difo in exchange for pitcher Zach Duke. I declined the trade as the versatility that Difo can provide wasn’t worth losing for Duke.
The second trade proposal from the Los Angeles Dodgers was intriguing.They offered outfielder Yasiel Puig, infielder Logan Forsythe and pitcher Chris Hatcher for Murphy. The offer was nice but not worth losing someone like Murphy as he became crucial later in the season.
At this point in the season, the best hitter was Harper, who had a 25 home runs, 70 RBI and a .314 average after the month of July. Scherzer remained locked in in the mound with 167 K’s, 2.37 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and a 14-1 record.