Though their 39-50 record at the All-Star break represents a 12-game improvement from 2009, the Nationals hardly feel like they reached their full potential during the season's first half.
Has progress been made? Yes. But, as Jim Riggleman put it: "It's kind of been a step forward and then a slow down. I won't say a step back."
"I think we've underachieved a little bit," Mike Rizzo said. "I don't think we've played as well as we can."
The next two weeks could be important for the Nats, who must decide by the end of the month whether to trade away guys like Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham and Matt Capps or whether to keep this current group intact and add to it.
As you'll read on CSNwashington.com, the pending trade deadline, plus the return of several injured pitchers and the upcoming Bryce Harper negotiation all will highlight the season's second half.