BRYCE HARPER

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Perhaps the most confounding part of the Nationals' loss to the Giants in the NL Division Series was the absence of production from the middle of their lineup.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Zimmerman, even-keeled to the end, tried to put into perspective what has happened to the Nationals the last three seasons.

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SAN FRANCISCO — His overall numbers (3-for-14) don’t blow you away, but don’t let the numbers fool you.

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Updated at 2:40 a.m.

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Some food for thought as we count down to Game 2 later this afternoon: 1) The Nationals haven’t lost two straight games in nearly a month (Sept.

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