5.) Can Ryan Zimmerman stay healthy?
The Z-man is now 31, and has played a grand total of 156 games the past two seasons. If you combine his numbers, Zimmerman was good for 21 home runs and 111 RBIs. The 111 knocked in would have been a career-high for the former All-Star. Zimmerman got off to an extremely slow start this year, but was his old self after sitting out to rehab a foot injury. Though his defensive value has seen a sharp decline, Zimmerman is still a big threat offensively when he gets himself on the field.
Zimmerman’s .249/.308/.465 slash line does not paint the whole picture. His first half resulted in a .209 batting average with a .611 OPS. When healthy in the second half, Zimmerman produced a .311 batting average with a 1.024 OPS. He drove in 28 runs in 29 August games. The Nationals were starting to build momentum offensively before Zimmerman went down again in September. Zimmerman is only 31 years old, his body should be able to hold up for a few more quality seasons. Washington needs at least 140 games from Zimmerman in 2016 if the team is to return to the playoffs.