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There was a time this season when the Nats middle of the order was very soft. There was no Michael Morse, Ryan Zimmerman had yet to get a cortisone shot, and Jayson Werth had just broken his wrist. During that time much of the offensive responsibility fell to Adam LaRoche and he has had a great season, but no one player can handle that type of load by himself.
In the 50 games before Michael Morse returned on June 2 the Nats averaged 3.84 runs a game, and since his return they are scoring 4.81 runs a game. That all can't be credited to Michael Morse, but having a bat in the middle of the line-up that can hit .296/.318/.473 would help most line-ups. The OBP isn't where one would like it but it is the ISO of .177 that the Nats have found most useful.
The long lasting National(s) nightmare is over, as we are graced with the return of Beastmode, Michael Morse. After having sustained a latissumus dorsi injury, more than likely associated with his move to the outfield and the throws accompanying a patrol of said position, #38 is poised for a raucous return to the home nine.
With this brings minor turmoil to the lineup; the emergence of Steve Lombardozzi, and the return of the previously potent and man of significant first base defensive prowess Adam LaRoche, we have a minor logjam at the positions that Morse has come to call home. This is before we even take into consideration other players that have manned the field in Morse's absence, players such as Xavier Nady, Roger Bernadina, and Bryce Harper, to name a few.
In as little as one day Michael Morse could be returning to the Washington Nationals outfield and more importantly, much more importantly, the line-up. In some ways Morse is returning at the perfect time. The Nationals offense has already improved from a unit that scored 3.36 runs a game in April to one that scored 4.21 in May.
Much of that improvement has to do with the emergence of Bryce Harper as not just one of the best rookies this season, but perhaps one of the best 19 year old rookies to have played the game of baseball. In 30 games Bryce Harper has hit .274/.357/.504. Compare those numbers with what the Nats were getting from Xavier Nady as an everyday outfielder and it is obvious that Harper isn't just an upgrade but a vast improvement.