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Wire Taps: How to judge Bryce Harper; Ryan Madson will return to Nationals soon; The Justin Miller-saince

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the finale with the Orioles in OPACY tonight.

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Could the Nats really sweep the O’s in Camden today? My, how far we’ve come.

Here’s the news from just north of Washington.

Bryce Harper shouldn’t be measured against his MVP season. But how exactly should he be judged? (WaPo)
Harper's best year, indubitably, was 2015. His peripherals are good this year — but it's hard to sell a .232 average, outside of the seventeen home runs. What is the norm for Bryce, anyways?

Nationals’ Ryan Madson to come off disabled list by end of week (WaPo)
Madson has gotten a much-needed week-and-a-half off, but he should be back to help the team by the time the Nats go to Atlanta.

Newcomers and old standbys deliver for Nats bullpen in win (MASN)
Justin Miller, oddly, is carrying the banner for the bullpen right now. He's hugely useful! Is this what competence feels like?

Ryan Madson expected to return this weekend (MLB)
Ryan Madson has been on the DL since May 20th, but hasn't pitched since the 13th.

The Nats are Having Fun Again (The Nats Blog)
The Nats couldn't stop losing. With Juan Soto, Trea Turner, and Anthony Rendon hitting, and the pitching core doing it's job, the team is doing much better at winning. Yay, winning!

Marty’s musings: Memorial Day edition (BtBS)
Juan Soto is not looking half bad, per our sabermetrician friends.

Bryce Harper's numbers tell two stories (MLB)
On the one hand, his average is in the low .200s, he's running slowly, and his defense isn't great. On the other hand, he's hitting the living daylights out of the ball. What?