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Wire Taps: Nationals decision makers deserve independence; Wilmer Difo’s adjustments help him stay afloat; Ideal Team USA lineup

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the series finale with the Mets...

MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

That was slightly more convincing. Also, can we talk about the absurd amount of run support Joe Ross has gotten? In his twelve starts this season, the Nats have scored 119 runs, an average of 9.92 runs per start. That’s insanity.

More insane, though, are today’s links. Enjoy the news from just north of the Anacostia.

Fourth of July win helps explain why the Nats' decision makers deserve independence
Beyond the bullpen, the Nationals' roster is among the deepest in the majors. No Turner, no Werth, no Eaton, no Zimmerman, no Rendon, no Wieters? No problem.

Nationals All-Stars make Rendon's, Gonzalez's case
The Nats had five all-stars named to the National League team in Miami, but there were still two snubs in the opinion of the ballclub in Gio Gonzalez (2.77 ERA) or Anthony Rendon (3.4 fWAR).

Adjustments at the plate have helped Wilmer Difo stay afloat at the major league level

Difo is getting more playing time and tweaking his approach at the plate, leading to increased offensive output.

Bryce Harper will "absolutely" compete in 2018 Home Run Derby
Harper's not a huge fan of the derby, but wants to put on a show for the hometown fans.

What would an ideal Team USA lineup look like?
Anthony Rendon? Really? Without Bryce Harper?

Today’s Game: Mets vs Nationals — 7:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Jacob deGrom vs Tanner Roark