Nats win again and almost as important the Mets lose again. It's a ~156 game season now and Mets have to play 4 games better than the Nats to win the division. How much did you like the Mets, if you liked the Mets, over the Nats to start the year? A game? Two?
Of course it's both that simple and not. Team talent is not static. You get hurt. You bring up guys. You make trades. Your strength of schedule get skewed. You don't win at a constant pace. Rather you have ebbs and flows and all that matters is not where you are at game 152 or where you'd probably be at game 172, but where you end up after game 162. So you can dislike the chances of the Mets roster today being a nebulous "4 games better over 156" than the Nats and still accept that they could totally win the East.
Still, I for one think the balance, precarious as it was, has shifted. From a slight edge for the Mets to a slight edge to the Nats. Nothing earthshaking. Nothing set in stone. Just a realization that if you didn't think the Mets has a distinct advantage over the Nats, then they have already put themselves in catch-up mode.
Another day another close win. Blowouts please. Just one.
Jayson Werth got another hit! Woo! What's more surprisingly is that he has been walked 5 times. At this point if you aren't just busting him inside of the strike zone and making him prove he can hit it you have failed as a pitcher. Werth is in "prove it" time.
It was the Braves but Gio looked pretty good didn't he? Really though Gio's performance makes me more worried about Max than feel good about Gio. Depends on how you feel about the Braves I guess.