Nationals Still in Striking Distance of Braves; Division Odds Improve to +600

The 2019 Washington Nationals are like a reluctant child in courses. They just maintain potable water.
Each time you believe that they may be poised to make a go on the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, the Nats shrivel up and allow the opportunity escape them.
The Nationals currently sit 6.5 games behind the Braves. Washington is awarded +600 odds to overtake Atlanta in the NL Divisional chances.
*Opportunities accepted on 08/12/19.
Washington is just five games behind Atlanta in the loss column and two up on the towering New York Mets.
Just Washington took two of four matches at Atlanta. The Nats followed up by winning three of four by the Colorado Rockies. They had moved to.
This, however, isn’t a group that embraces riches or opportunity.
Since then, four of five series have dropped. That comprised falling twice during a three-game home.
They finished a road trip Sunday to conclude the trip with their heads above water. Washington went.
The Nationals are a fair 15-13 since the All-Star Break. They are not just charging the Braves .
The Detroit Tigers have been the American League version of this Nationals . Much like Washington, they awakened a rotation that was sensational. Heck, one starter — Max Scherzer — has been a part of both rotations.
Detroit made the playoffs five times and played in two World Series, but never came close to winning it all, because the Tigers didn’t bother to invest although between 2006-14.
Sound familiar?
In Friday’s opener of this series from the Mets, Washington nearer Sean Doolittle coughed up a 6-3 lead at the ninth and was walked 7-6. Prior to Friday, the Mets had lost 187 matches when three runs in the ninth inning.
Washington possesses an MLB-worst 6.07 bullpen ERA. Even if you should discard the dreadful 22.74 ERA of this departed Trevor Rosenthal, then the Nats will still own an MLB-bottom 5.63 ERA. Nationals relievers have blown 22 of 52 save chances.
Even men who earn their cover covering the disgrace that resides in the White House in DC recognize the Washington bullpen is still a Nationals disgrace.
Holding down the first NL Wild Card spot, the Nationals start an important six-game homestand against the Cincinnati Reds. That is followed by three games with the Milwaukee Brewers, like the Reds a team from the Wild Card hunt.
This needs to be Washington’s attention. The old baseball adage is that you want a week’s worth of games to make up for one game in the standings. The Nats are 6.5 matches outside with seven months to play, therefore that their division-winning window is closing fast.
They have seven matches but would need to go at 5-2 because stretch to have any chance. The Nationals play with 17 of their last 45 games against Wild Card teams, 19 games against present play clubs and just 15 against groups using sub-.500 records.
The move for Washington is overlook the branch and lock in on locking down the Wild Card.
Let us have fun and keep it civil.

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