FanPosts are the great majority of the time about N. C. State sports. Today I will depart from this normality and write about the Washington Nationals having at this time only one player on the National League All-Star team, that player being pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (7-4, 2.79 ERA). The reason I wrote "at this time" is the pending "last one in fan vote" of the highest vote getter of five players. Anthony Rendon of the Nats is one of those five players.
The Washington Nationals are second in the East, one-half game behind Atlanta. The Nats are fifth in wins and winning percentage in the National League, their pitching staff leads the majors in ERA, and they have outscored opponents by 56 runs, the best in the National League. Even with the preceding stats, taken from the Washington Post, the Nats have as many players on the National League All-Star team as they had when they were losing 100 games a year.
I attend 20 plus Nats' games a year, and to be honest, this year no everyday player jumped out as a sure fire All-Star candidate. I did vote for Adam LaRoche at first base because at the time he was hitting 307 with 12 homers. His average has since fallen to 294. Bryce Harper had made the All-Star team his first two years in the majors; however, this year he was injured for a long stretch and has become childish in that he was benched earlier in the year after running to the dugout instead of toward first base on a ground out. Further, after coming back from his injury, he in the media contested his manager's batting order and lineup. He, also, has only one homerun.
Other than Jordan, who from the Nats should have made the All-Star team for the National League? No doubt, it should have been Rafael Soriano who has 21 saves in 23 chances, a 139 batting average against him, and a 1.03 ERA. Another Nats' pitcher mentioned with respect to possible All-Star status is set-up man Drew Storen. Storen has an ERA of 1.33, but even I would not have named him an All-Star in view of his propensity to throw fuel on the fire. For example yesterday, Drew entered the game in the 7th inning, the Nats up 1-0 against the Cubs. He, unable to throw strikes leading to singles and walks, loaded the bases and allowed the game to be tied with a sacrifice fly before being relieved by Bevins. Other Nats who could have been considered for the All-Star team are the aforementioned Rendon (286 batting average, 343 on base percentage, 489 slugging, 12 homers, 50 RBI's), and maybe Desmond with 53 RBI's.
Some National League teams with more than one selection: Cincinnati (4); Dodgers (4); Milwaukee (4); St. Louis (4); Atlanta (3); Pittsburgh (3); Colorado (2); and San Francisco (2).
One could conclude that Washington is the worst of the best, or maybe they are at this time a good team with a number of really good players and no outstanding everyday players.