I had the Nats at 16-16 3.5 (maybe 2.5) from the Mets by today. Well they are better than that 17-15, but the Mets still have that 3.5 game lead. Again. That's what a fast start affords you. Still think the Nats are in a good place but they sit in an area where they don't have much of a cushion for bad play. Luckily they aren't a bad team, so bad play isn't likely.
Outside of one random Phillies series this marks the end of the Nats NL East play until June 23rd. If they are going to keep up the winning play they are going to have to do it against the rest of the league. They'll start with the worst non NL East team they'll play for a month, in Arizona. After that it's a mix of solid teams. It'll be an interesting arguably defining stretch.
Bryce Harper spent the weekend turning a hot homer stretch into a "here's where he becomes BRYCE HARPER" which is fine because at 22 that's actually something you can say. That, if it continues, will go a long way to covering for the still MIA Werth and the MII Rendon.