Ryan Zimmerman could still reach 100 RBIs this season, which says something about him and even more about the hitters in front of him. Zimmerman has 93 RBIs with nine games remaining despite spending two weeks on the disabled list and another month stuck in a wicked slump. It is an accomplishment for him and, more so, a sign of how far the Nationals have come in solving their biggest offensive problem.

In 2010 and especially 2011, the Nationals' first and second batters made outs with staggering frequency. Last year, Nationals leadoff hitters managed a .285 on-base percentage and their second hitters combine for a .283 OBP. This season, with Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper currently manning those spots, the OBPs have jumped to .326 and .331.