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By Steve Roney
The Nationals' past week, at a glance:
Team slash: .269/.343/.377
Team ERA: 4.28
Runs per game: 3.6
Opponent runs per game: 4.9
Opponent slash: .227/.292/.438
Dan Haren, SP/RP: 1-0/1 SV/1.38 ERA/0.85 WHIP/13 IP/11 K
Nobody on the Nationals, or in the majors in general, is as hot as is Haren right now. Whether it's a result of mechanics, being truly healthy (my colleague Mark Zuckerman noted that his ERA since returning from the DL is 2.16), or just getting his head screwed on right, he has been truly dominant all month. On top of his microscopic August ERA (1.33), he also pitched in during the 15-inning marathon against Atlanta, recording his first career save.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B: 8-27/1 HR/3 RBI/.387 OBP/.943 OPS
We all figured he would, but Zimmerman has begun to hit his way out of his recent slump. Barring a scorching finish, his season numbers won't be all that impressive, but he has raised his average back to a respectable .270, muscling up on the ball, and getting on base like a machine — like he always has. Imagine if he'd hit this way all year.
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