The 2019 Washington Nationals are just like a child in courses. They keep treading water.
Every time you feel they might be poised to make a go on the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, the Nats shrivel up and let the opportunity escape them.
The Nationals currently sit 6.5 games behind the Braves. Washington is given +600 odds to overtake Atlanta in the NL Divisional chances.
08/12/19 was taken on by * Odds.
Washington is just five games in the reduction column and two up on the New York Mets.
Just past the midway mark of July, Washington took two of four matches in Atlanta in the Braves. The Nats followed up by winning three of four. They’d moved to.
This, however, isn’t a team that embraces opportunity or prosperity.
Since then, four of five string have dropped. That included falling throughout a three-game home.
They completed a road trip with a win on the New York Mets at Citi Field to complete the trip with their heads above water. Washington went.
The Nationals are a since the All-Star Break. They are charging the Braves.
The Detroit Tigers have been the American League version of this Nationals not long past. Much like Washington, they boasted a starting rotation that was stunning. One newcomer — Max Scherzer — was part of both rotations.
Detroit made the playoffs five times and played in two World Series, but never came close to winning it all, since the Tigers didn’t bother to invest although between 2006-14.
Sound familiar?
In Friday’s opener of the huge three-game series against the Mets, Washington closer Sean Doolittle coughed up a 6-3 lead in the ninth and had been walked off 7-6. Prior to Friday, the Mets had lost 187 games when three runs in the ninth inning.
Washington owns an MLB-worst 6.07 bullpen ERA. Even if you were to discard the dreadful 22.74 ERA of those departed Trevor Rosenthal, the Nats will still own an MLB-bottom 5.63 ERA. Relievers have blown 22 save opportunities of 52.
Even men who earn their pay covering the disgrace that resides in the White House in DC realize the Washington bullpen is a Nationals disgrace.
Holding the first NL Wild Card spot , the Nationals begin an important homestand Monday . That is accompanied by three games with the Milwaukee Brewers, like the Reds a team from the Wild Card hunt.
This needs to be the attention of Washington. The old baseball adage is that you want a week’s worth of games to make up for one match in the standings. The Nats have been all 6.5 matches out with seven months to playwith, therefore that their division-winning window is closing fast.
They have seven matches left by Atlanta but will realistically must go at 5-2 in that stretch to get any chance. The Nationals play 17 of their last 45 games against Wild Card teams, 19 matches against current play clubs and only 15 against teams with sub-.500 records.
The wisest move for Washington is forget about the branch and lock on bending down the Wild Card.
Let’s keep it civil and have fun.

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