How many games can you win with a good start and Bryce Harper carrying the Nats to victory? Hopefully about 70 more. The Nats end the west coast trip 4-6, when 6-4 was the goal so they are now behind for May, but only by a couple games. A day off and a the Nats enter, to me, the most interesting stretch of games theyhave all year.
3 home series that the Nats should win - Phillies, Mets, Twins
4 games vs their interarea rival - The Orioles
A road series vs their crucial interleague rival - The Braves
It just feels like a lot can go wrong here or a lot can go right. The blessing is that it ends with the Mets and the Twins so barring complete embarrassment to start there's that chance for a redemption with a strong 5-1 or 6-0 finish. The Nats still aren't hitting but they miss Cliff Lee and it's likely Chen will still be out for the Orioles when the two teams meet. So if there's any time to turn it on, it's now.
At the same time if any problems after this break you feel they have to move on them. One month slump? Ok. Two months? Getting very tired of it. Three months? You don't go to 3 months. Not unless this is a star player you are talking about. As bad as they've been you can try one last stretch with the guys you have now. But after this stretch, with the All-Star break staring you in the face, you'll be forced to do something.
Last chance boys.