Giancarlo Stanton (hand) is set to begin rehab assignment with a target return date on Friday.
Stanton has been out for what seems like a full season, but in reality has been two months. The remarkable thing is that even after missing all of July and August, he is still fifth in the National League with 27 homers. Prior to the injury, Stanton was easily on a 50+ home run pace, and some thought that he might have even had a chance at 60 round trippers. The loss of Stanton has been debilitating for fantasy owners, but he finally is on track to return to MLB action in early September, hopefully bringing enough firepower to carry them through the fantasy playoffs. At this point we just have to cross our fingers. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Clint Robinson hit a pinch hit two run home run on Sunday.
Clint Robinson hit a home run for the second consecutive game for Washington but did so as a pinch hitter. His two run home run put the Nationals ahead by three runs and completed the comeback victory on Sunday. Through 98 games, Robinson has seven home runs and 25 RBI but may see more playing time against right handed pitching in the month ahead. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Michael Taylor was 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Sunday.
With Denard Span injured again, Michael Taylor will continue to play for Washington. On Sunday, Taylor had two hits and scored two runs in their come from behind win over Miami. For the season, Taylor is hitting .243 with 13 home runs, 55 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 111 games for Washington. His blend of speed and power make him an intriguing player to watch in September for a potential breakout next year. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Stephen Strasburg allowed four earned run on seven hits with three strikeouts in four innings on Sunday against Miami.
Stephen Strasburg was forced from the game on Sunday after only pitching four innings against the Marlins. Strasburg entered the game on a two game winning streak and was 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA in August prior his outing on Sunday. But Strasburg was 0-2 versus Miami this year with a 6.00 ERA and continued his struggles with the Marlins in 2015. Strasburg was forced from the game after the fourth inning with tightness in his upper back. He is slated to face the Braves at home later this week but monitor the news about his health. For the season, Strasburg has 98 strikeouts in 91 innings pitched with a 4.35 ERA and a 3.33 FIP despite his rocky start on Sunday. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Derek Dietrich was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and an RBI on Sunday.
As a major leaguer, Derek Dietrich has always exhibited power. But his average this year is up to .269/.366/.526 after 63 games in Miami. Dietrich becomes a much more relevant fantasy player if he can hit for power and keep his average in the .265 - .270 range for a full season. Dietrich has hit 10 home runs with 23 RBI in his 63 games this year and has seven home runs in 37 games in the second half. Monitor his progress in September. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Justin Bour was 1-for-4 with a three run home run on Sunday.
Justin Bour homered for the second consecutive game in Washington when he hit a three run shot in the first inning off of Stephen Strasburg. Bour had been struggling in the second half in the power department but now has four home runs in 37 games since the All Star Break. For the season Bour has hit 14 home runs with 45 RBI in 98 games for Miami. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Justin Upton was 1-for-5 with a solo home run on Sunday.
Justin Upton seems to be coming out of the two month slump from June and July. Upton hit his 24th home run in five at bats on Sunday but is now hitting .274 in August with six home runs and 16 RBI for San Diego. If he can finish strong in September, Upton will do wonders for his contract negotiations this winter as an impending free agent. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Matt Kemp was 1-for-5 with a two run home run on Sunday.
Matt Kemp once again has improved his play in the second half. When Kemp hit his two run home run on Sunday, it marked the 19th straight game that he has reached base and was his fifth home run of August. This marks the third straight month that Kemp has hit five home runs. In August, Kemp is hitting .306 in 25 games with 14 runs and 24 RBI for San Diego. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Yangervis Solarte was 1-for-6 with a solo home run on Sunday.
Yangervis Solarte has transitioned from a platoon player to a full time one in San Diego. On Sunday, Solarte had one hit in six at bats but made it count with his 11th home run of 2015. Solarte is hitting .260 with 48 runs and 52 RBI in 121 games for the Padres. His home run today was his first since August 21st when he hit his third home run in three consecutive games. Analysis: Greg Jewett