Stephen Strasburg Leads 5 National League Players Who Need to Have a Big Week

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Stephen Strasburg Leads 5 National League Players Who Need to Have a Big Week
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Stephen Strasburg had a 4.13 ERA in July.

For this week's batch of National League players who need a good run of success, we're mostly looking at players who are getting an opportunity now that their teams are out of contention. These prospects will likely have the next two months to prove their merit, but getting off to a good start certainly wouldn't hurt their cause. 

But it's not all about prospects on this week's list. We're also including two names from playoff contenders that appear to be dragging through the dog days of summer and may need a boost. 

How will these players respond to adversity? Will they bounce back or fall into a funk when things aren't going their way? Sometimes, a player reveals something about himself after some prosperity as well. Will he become too easily self-satisfied and let up, or stay focused and remember what had to be done to achieve that success?

Here are five National League players who need to have a good week. Whether or not they come through could play a major influence on their respective teams' fortunes. 

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