Nationals: Don't forget about the bullpen
Starting pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Gonzalez get the most publicity for the Nationals, and both are on the National League All-Star team. But you can't forget about Washington's relief pitchers, who have combined to win 14 games, tied for fourth most in the National League.
Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez will compete in the Home Run Derby, but his box scores as of late wouldn't suggest he's ready for it. Gonzalez, who has 17 homers this season, hasn't gone yard since June 15 against Detroit, giving him a 17-game streak without a home run -- a season-high streak and the fifth-longest stretch of his career. Gonzalez's slugging percentage may have dropped the last few series, but his batting average has been climbing. His .339 clip ranks sixth among National League hitters. Worth noting
With a win, Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez would move into a tie with R.A. Dickey for most wins among National League pitchers (12) heading into the All-Star break. Rockies starter Juan Nicasio will undergo arthroscopic surgery on July 16 to remove a "floating body" from his left knee. Nicasio (2-3, 5.28 ERA) has not pitched since June 2.