The Nationals have held first place in the NL East for 68 of 78 days so far this season, and each of the division's four other clubs appears to have flaws.
Though he's been struggling on the field for the last three weeks, Bryce Harper continues to show maturity and humility off the field.
For three months, the Nationals insisted they could boast a potent lineup, if only they could get several injured players back healthy and get a few slumping regulars going at the plate.
Ryan Zimmerman continued his torrid week at the plate with a double, a homer and three RBI as the Nats took the series against the Braves
Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Ian Desmond all were selected to this year's All-Star Game, with Bryce Harper still in contention in the NL's "Final Vote" competition.