You may have heard this but starting on the Saturday the Nats have only one day off until the 25th of May. That's 32 games in 33 days. You can even take it a bit further as the next off day after that is over two weeks further away on June 13th, ending on a usually tiring West Coast swing. If the Nats don't catch a weather related break during this stretch, they will play 49 games in 51 days.
Good luck with all that.
I've broken it down into 6 distinct and unequal parts, with distinct goals in order to stick around .500 as long as possible.
Pirates away (April 23rd- 25th) Goal : 2-1
- End of a road trip, as series win would be nice, but 1-2 would be allright.
- If the Nats are going to not finish in last, it would be great if they could distance themselves from the Mets right now. A series win is the only acceptable outcome.
- You may want something more but I see this as a stretch as one to survive. I can't expect them to split the Giants series, take a game in each one away AND win the Marlins series so 6 wins it is. Going 6-10 after the end of the Pirates and Mets series should keep them a hot series from .500.
- Given that 8 of the games are away you can't hope for a dominating stretch, but a winning one would be nice to keep the hopes of a near .500 finish alive. These are the teams the Nats need to beat if they are going to do this.
- A tiny stand the Nats should make if they want to be considered competitive. They've already given up one home series to the Phillies. They shouldn't make it 2.
- At the very end of this stretch you would expect a letdown, but the D-backs and Padres are the dregs of the NL West. Just keep it together through here and the Nats might just have something.