Washington Nationals: 5 Players That Need to Step Up to Win Wildcard

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Washington Nationals: 5 Players That Need to Step Up to Win Wildcard
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Tonight, the Nationals begin the second half of their season. The first half was marked with ups and downs, and more downs, and plenty more ups. Ultimately, the team stands at 46-46 as they get set to take on Tim Hudson and the Braves at 7:35. 

The Nationals have had their fair share of surprises, both good and bad. The biggest pleasant surprises are highlighted but a highly consistent starting rotation, as well as the emergence of 1B Michael Morse and rookie 2B Danny Espinosa. 

The biggest letdowns are highlighted by the team's lack of consistent run production and the struggles of offseason acquisition Jayson Werth.

I recently wrote about what the Nats could do on the trade market to make the playoffs, and now I'll focus on who needs to step up in-house for them to shock the baseball world and earn their first postseason berth in the Nation's Capital.   

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