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There’s no reason to break up a core that still appears strong, no reason to panic and change course because the season isn’t going well.

Top-line starters Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Zimmermann have all made the All-Star team as Nationals. Zimmermann has been strong all year, Strasburg and Gonzalez have recovered from a shaky start to be their usual selves from May forward. It’s as good a trio at the top of rotation as any in baseball. And it is under team control for the foreseeable future.

Bryce Harper, the franchise’s centerpiece, will be around for a while assuming a run-in with the wall doesn’t do extreme damage. Ian Desmond, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, Wilson Ramos — the offense has some long-term stability.

The bullpen has been better of late and contains several long-term pieces.

Would another reliever, another starter, some bench help be of some benefit? Sure, but those are pieces that can be added easily enough in the offseason. There’s no need to do it now, unless it comes at almost no price like the recent addition of Scott Hairston (who struck out twice in key situations last weekend).

Save the microwave for some popcorn. The present isn’t quite what anyone expected. The Nationals‘ future is still solid. One disappointing season doesn’t change that, unless the Nats let it.