They were wholeheartedly anointed the team to beat in what looked like a weak NL East, and for most of the summer to date, the Nationals were living up to the billing.
The Nationals will have two of their key injured veterans back in the lineup Tuesday night in Miami, with both left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman activated off the disabled
In these video clips I discuss Doug Fister's struggles, the trade deadline and how Aroldis Chapman would fit with the Nats.
Matt Williams was asked for the latest on his long list of injured players on Monday and before answering he paused and smiled.
Ryan Zimmerman will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators as he continues to work his way back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot.