The month of August was filled with positives and negatives. The Washington Nationals gained sole possession of first place in the division on August 4, but their grasp as the top team didn’t last long.
They ended that month with a 77-56 record, sitting a half-game back of New York and still holding on to the top spot in the Wild Card.
However, tragedy struck on August 24, when Harper fractured his wrist and was sidelined for three months. It was a critical loss to be without one of the better hitters on the roster at that junction in the season.
It should come as no surprise that Murphy was the premiere hitter in the lineup at the end of August.He had a .311 batting average with 32 home runs and 92 RBI through the month of August.
Scherzer was the rock in the rotation as he compiled a 2.52 ERA, 211 strikeouts, a 1.06 WHIP and a 17-3 record.
As for a Glover update, was doing a decent job in the closer role. He had 19 saves, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 4.26 ERA in four months pitching out of the bullpen.
Regarding their record, August wasn’t a bad month.They won four consecutive games and didn’t have a lengthy losing streak. The absence of Harper, however, was such a crushing blow.