In the first 10 games since the Major League Baseball All-Star break, the Washington Nationals have only earned four victories. Yet things are looking up for Washington, as many of its best players are starting to get healthier by the day, while others who have

Washington Nationals' Michael Taylor (3) celebrates with teammate Emmanuel Burriss (16) after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Washington Nationals’ Michael Taylor (3) celebrates with teammate Emmanuel Burriss (16) after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

disappointed during the first half of the year appear on the verge of turning their seasons around.

With a three-game lead over the New York Mets for the NL East division lead, these developments are vital to hold off the Mets during the second half of the season.

Last season’s MVP candidate, Anthony Rendon, returned to the lineup for Washington on July 25 after missing 25 games with a strained quad. Clutch hitters Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman are also just days away from returning from injuries, and starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is possibly two weeks away from bouncing back from an oblique injury. Once all three players are back, the Nats could be the healthiest they have been all season.

The recent resurgence of shortstop Ian Desmond should also help Washington finish out the rest of the year. Desi spent the first half of the season in a funk, but his post All-Star play has been the exact opposite so far. He enjoyed a six-game hitting streak from July 20 through to July 25. During that streak, he homered four times, and also recorded 10 hits in 19 at-bats. This is a small sample size, obviously, but he looks very confident at the plate and Washington fans are hoping he can continue this torrid pace for the last stretch of the season.

Perhaps Desmond’s turnaround in the second half will help inspire a turnaround in play for Washington’s bullpen, which struggled just as much as Desmond did during the first half of the year. The Nationals’ relievers have not played well enough to gain the trust of the team’s fan base, especially when they’re called on to perform in tough situations. They have had issues keeping runners off the bases, whether Washington is trailing or leading late in games, and at times they have simply imploded under pressure.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo knew going into the season that the ‘pen was a question mark. That question has been answered. There’s still a possibility that Rizzo may make a roster shakeup before the trade deadline arrives on July 31. Rizzo would probably have to sacrifice some of the young talent on Washington’s minor league teams if he wishes to acquire a veteran arm or two to boost the weak bullpen. It wouldn’t be a bad idea, considering how the losses of reliable relief pitchers Tyler Clippard (offseason trade) and Craig Stammen (season-ending injury) have really hurt the unit’s production.

Those veterans have been replaced with younger arms, who simply haven’t been in pressure situations like they’ve face this season. The experience they’re receiving now will perhaps help Washington improve down the road, but they’ll only continue to hurt the team this season.