Good Morning Natstown 7/8/15

The Nationals are dead and cannot defeat the Reds.

I don't really know what is going on with the Nationals anymore. People like to talk about how injuries can't be an excuse but there's a difference between an excuse and a reason. The Nationals are missing five regulars. It stands to reason when missing that many players there is going to be some drop off. Anthony Rendon has hardly played this season and all the updates on his health have once again stopped. I am again getting the impression that he's a slow healer. The knee was supposed to be a couple week thing in Spring Training that turned into two months. This quad injury was only supposed to take 15 days and with the lack of updates I'm guessing we've seen the last of Rendon for the 2015 season.

The other injury news isn't any better. Ryan Zimmerman is going through workouts and feeling pain after every one, Jayson Werth is on the road to recovery and looks like he'll hit his target date of August first, Denard Span has no idea what's wrong with his back and hopes the MRI clears up some of the mystery, and Yunel Escobar has dodged many injury bullets this season but may have finally met his match. It's a little ridiculous the degree to which the Nationals are injured. All teams deal with injuries but how many other teams have dealt with it to this degree and have played zero games with their projected lineup.

Before the season I said there was no way the Nationals could be less healthy in 2015 than they were in 2014. I am never saying anything like that ever again. In next year's preview I'm going to predict them to be more injured. I bet in 2016 they play negative games with their projected lineup. Every year it is the same story and in two out of the three previous seasons the Nationals overcame the injuries. The NL East is the worse than it was in any of those other seasons and even an 86 win team could win this division. It would just be nice to see the team we all expected to see just once before the season ends or maybe this collection of misfits can beat the Reds once before the season ends.

Matt Williams among those thinking Desmond could have strong second half.

Drew Storen is not an All-Star.

Nats mid-season report card.

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