The Nationals are currently going through a little slump; not only their five-game losing streak, but a couple of bad years. They can finally see light at the end of the tunnel:
Eight-and-a-half months after reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, Stephen Strasburg threw his first pitch from a mound. This is a major milestone in his recovery. Of course, he is not yet throwing pitches in triple digits, but he is getting there.
Bryce Harper is the star on his minor league team. He has hit 10 HR in 153 AB thus far, leading his team, and also has a .346 AVG. He is proving to the world that he is worth a number one pick. Realistically, by spring training next year, he could be joining the big boys in DC.
The Nats currently stand 21-28, 8.5 games behind the division leaders (the Phillies). They have reached this far without both players mentioned above as well as their franchise player, Ryan Zimmerman. Under the leadership of Jayson Werth and Ivan Rodriguez, they have reached this point. Not saying this should be acceptable for the Nats, but with the team at hand, it isn't too bad.