On May 10th, 34 days and 30 games ago, the Nats beat the Cubs 7-3 to bring their winning streak to 5 games. They were at 20-15, 1 game behind the Braves, and ready to take their place among the best teams in the league after a slow start. That would be the last time they'd win more than 2 games in a row. Tonight they get another chance to get over than hump.
It's going to be an interesting series. Cleveland fancied itself a legitimate playoff contender through late May but they've been terrible going 4-16 over a 20 game stretch before winning their last 2. One team is going to come out of this little 3 game stretch feeling like they are never going to get back in this thing. The Nats could easily sweep this. Going for the Indians are three arms the Nats should score on. Masterson has been struggling, Kasmir is no good, and Kluber is an emergency old prospect call-up. Going for the Nats are three guys (Gio, ZNN, Stras) that could shut down their potent offense.
I don't have much to say other than this lineup is much different when you feature only 2 guys who are bad (Catcher and OF) rather than four (Catcher, OF1, OF2, 2B). When (if?) Bryce comes back it might actually be good. Nine hits and 3 XBH. It feels like it's coming together. Let's see them continue it this weekend and gather some momentum before they get to the Phillies series and some good starters.