June 30, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Three Nationals were named to the National League roster for the 2012 All-Star Game while Bryce Harper needs fans' help as he is up for the "Final Vote".
The Washington Nationals hold the best record in the MLB due in large part to their pitching staff, which will have a chance to show off two of their aces in the 2012 All-Star Game with Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez being named to the National League team in addition to shortstop Ian Desmond.
Strasburg has been stellar in 2012, going 9-3 with an ERA of 2.81 while striking out 122 batters in 93 innings. Gonzalez has been just as good, if not better, as he has pitched to a record of 10-3 with an ERA of 2.78 while striking out 108 hitters in 90.2 innings.
Desmond has been a steady bat in the Nationals lineup this year, hitting .276 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs.
19-year-old Bryce Harper was not named as a reserve for the NL, however he is up for the 34th and final roster spot as a part of the MLB's "FInal Vote" promotion in which fans can vote Harper into the final spot.
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