The 2019 Washington Nationals really are like a reluctant child in courses. They keep treading water.
Each time you think that they may be poised to make a go the Nats let the opportunity escape them and shrivel up.
The Nationals now sit 6.5 games behind the Braves. Washington is given +600 odds to overtake Atlanta in the NL Divisional chances.
*Odds taken on 08/12/19.
Washington is just five games in the loss column and two up on the New York Mets.
Just in Atlanta, Washington took two of four matches from the Braves past the midway mark of July. The Nats followed up by winning three of four. They had moved to.
This, though, is not a team that embraces prosperity or opportunity.
Since then, four of five series have dropped. That comprised falling twice during a three-game home place from the Braves.
They finished a road trip Sunday with a win on the New York Mets in Citi Field to conclude the journey with their heads barely. Washington went 5-4 about the trip.
The Nationals are a fair 15-13 since the All-Star Break. The Braves are not exactly charging down.
The Detroit Tigers have been the American League version of this Nationals not long ago. Much like Washington, they awakened a sensational rotation. One newcomer — Max Scherzer — has been part of the two rotations.
Detroit made the playoffs five times and played in two World Series, but never came close to winning it all, because the Tigers did not bother to invest in a bullpen.
Washington fans, sound familiar?
At Fridays opener of the series against the Mets, Washington nearer Sean Doolittle coughed a 6-3 lead in the ninth and had been walked off 7-6. Ahead of Friday, the Mets had dropped 187 consecutive games when down three runs in the ninth inning.
Washington owns an MLB-worst 6.07 bullpen ERA. Even if you should discard the dreadful 22.74 ERA of this departed Trevor Rosenthal, the Nats will still own an MLB-bottom 5.63 ERA. Relievers have blown 22 of 52.
Guys who make their pay covering the disgrace that resides in the White House recognize the Washington bullpen is a Nationals disgrace.
Holding the first NL Wild Card spot , the Nationals start an important homestand Monday . Three games with the Milwaukee Brewers followed that, like the Reds a group in the Wild Card hunt.
This needs to be the attention of Washington. The old baseball adage is that you will need a weeks worth of games to compensate for a single match in the standings. The Nats have been 6.5 matches out with seven weeks to perform with, so that their division-winning window is closing fast.
They have seven games but could must go at least 5-2 in that stretch to get any chance. The Nationals play 17 of their last 45 games against Wild Card teams, 19 games against play clubs and only 15 against groups with sub-.500 records.
The wisest move for Washington is forget about the division on locking down the Card and lock in.
Let us keep it civil and have fun.
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