If the Nats want to keep pace they need to beat the teams they should beat. They have 3 at home vs the Phillies and 3 at the Braves. You have to go at least 2-1 vs the Phillies and at least take one versus the Braves. 3-3 is the absolute floor. 4-2 over the next week is probably a more fair expectation. I want a Phillies sweep because the Braves series opens with the mystery 5th starter. I don't want to need that win.
Assuming the Nats go 3-3 Mets shouldn't do better than 4-2, so that's 2.5 games out. That's the most reasonable worst case expectation. That's fine. The reasonable normal expectation would be Nats and Mets stay where they are both going 4-2. Reasonable best case, Nats go 4-2, Mets 3-3 and Nats pick up a game. Could go worse or better, of course.
Anyway here's your weekend posting area. Do what you will. See you Monday.