Nailed the weekend series and the Nats look at a .500 record as they head into the break. It's pretty exciting but it's not the stuff of dreams. Sorry. The Nats should still look at this season as they probably were looking at it in March. The last rebuilding year. One more chance to send out some veterans for some young talent. Next off season you start signing guys with the idea "can they help us make the playoffs" Those guys and those deals aren't these guys with these deals. For those still doubting it let's recap :
- The Braves are running away with the WC. They are playing at a 95 win pace. The Nats are not going to win 95 games.
- Let's say the Braves collapse. The Nats still sit 8 games behind the Braves. Are they going to play 9 games better than them?
- Let's say next week Freddie Freeman takes off his Braves jersey to reveal a Phillies one underneath and proceeds to bash the starting staff with a folding chair. The Nats are still 7th in the WC. Playing 3 games better than the Pirates and a game better than the Mets is reasonable but they have to play 4 games better than the D-backs... and the Brewers.. and the Cardinals. Do you want to bet on that?
- To put it a final way, what wins the WC if the Braves collapse? Let's be kind and say 87 games. The Nats would have to go 41-29 the rest of the way to win 87 games. That's a 95 win pace for a season. Is this a 95 win club to you? And this is a low-end estimate of what they would have to do.