10 Players Who Must Step Up for the Washington Nationals to Make the Playoffs

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10 Players Who Must Step Up for the Washington Nationals to Make the Playoffs
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The Washington Nationals are continuing to shock the National League in their pursuit to win the NL East for the first time.

There have been a few big names that have produced during their great start to the season and other big names that have been complete duds.

The Nats will need players like Bryce Harper to continue to produce and players that are slumping, like Ryan Zimmerman, to find something that can get them going.

It is a long season and although the Nationals are in first place through 50 games, all the other teams in the division are creeping closer and closer.

Most importantly, the Nationals' offense has to begin to put up some runs. They have seen a great year of pitching by Edwin Jackson wasted due to poor run support. Although there are some pitchers who need to step up, it is primarily the offense that needs to click down the stretch.

Let's take a look at the 10 players on the Nats that have to continue performing or have to begin performing if they want to make it to the playoffs in 2012.

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