Nats First Half Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following the Nats’ middling first half of the 2013 season.


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 and dependability.

Ross Ohlendorf — Love the old-timey windup, and he’s been effective so far.

Julie Alexandria — We haven’t been kind to MASN’s Nats broadcast over the years (Miss you, Dibs!), but Alexandria was a good hire.


Danny Espinosa — Figured to play second for a contender for years to come. Batted .158 with no power or patience instead and is now struggling in AA.

Dan Haren — The $13 million man posted a 6.15 ERA and allowed 19 homers (HRen!) before going on the DL. Turns out he may’ve been hurt.

Henry Rodriguez — Sixteen walks in 18 innings before getting DFA’d. So long, SMH-Rod.

Denard Span — A .262/.314/.361 slashline isn’t what they were looking for from their biggest offseason acquisition. This is, so far, the worst offensive season of his career, and he was truly awful in June (.616 OPS).

Jayson Werth — Missed about 30 games and hasn’t quite hit like he should in the other 50.

Ryan Zimmerman — Fine at the plate but 13 errors in the field.

Kurt Suzuki — Playing like a typical backup catcher. Problem is he’s been the starting catcher.

Wilson Ramos — Missed about two months with hamstring injuries. Coming back soon.

Drew Storen — Awful in April, pretty bad in May, pretty good in June. Hopefully he’s found his post-Game 5 form.

Steve Lombardozzi, Roger Bernadina, Tyler Moore and Chad Tracy— Each of the bench bats has a lower OPS than Gio (.548).


Bryce Harper — Mashed the ball in the early going but hasn’t played since May thanks to running into the wall at full speed. Comes back Monday.

Adam LaRoche — His OPS+ (117) is just above his career average (114).

Ross Detwiler — He pretty much pitches five or six innings and gives up two or three runs every fifth day. Not bad for his spot in the rotation.

Mike Rizzo — Haren and Span were his two big swings, both misses.

Davey Johnson — Said in February “they can fire me” if the Nats don’t make the playoffs. The Nats are 41-40, 6.5 games back.

6 thoughts on “Nats First Half Winners & Losers”

  1. Too many guys are playing below their ability, so you gotta expect some bounce back. The clock is ticking fast though.


  2. Ummm – did Davey forget what happened when he made a similar statement as the O’s manager assuring Peter Angelos they would be playoff bound that year? The day after he was named AL Manager of the Year, he was fired!

    Since he plans to retire, guess it doesn’t matter if he is fired in the middle of the season …

  3. Davey has to be a loser. Guy filled in a lineup every day for a month that featured sub-.200 hitters in the 7-8-9 spots. And we wonder why we can’t have any big offensive innings.

    Also bob carpenter has to be a loser. His cartoonish “baseball commentator” inflection and refusal to ever say a negative word about this so-so team are unbearable.

  4. I’d put the radio guys in the Winners column too. They are infinitely better than FP and Carp.

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