With their 5-1 win last night the Nats got back to .500 and are now sixgames behind the Braves. If the Braves play .500 baseball from now until the end of the season they will finish with 87 wins, and if they play at their current pace of .591 ball they will finish with 96 wins. The Nats have some control over that as they have nine games head to head against the Braves left on the schedule, but even that amount of control is minimal. The Nats need to not focus on making the playoffs and more on winning series. The odds are that one of the teams in front of them, be it the Braves, Rockies, Giants, Diamondbacks, Reds, or Pirates, will fall off. The Nats need to focus instead and controlling what they can control. They need to win the series they play and claw their way to 90 wins by the end of the season.
Doing that is easier said than done. At 32-32 with 98 games left to play the Nats need to go 60-38 or play .612 ball. Over the course of a 162 game season that is a 99 win pace. And while that isn't easy to do in three and a half months’ time it is a lot easier to do that in 98 games than it is over the course of 162. The Nationals need a few things to start going right. Most importantly they need to offense to pick up. Remember the Nats need to play .612 baseball over the next 98 games. What they have done in the first 64 doesn't matter that much. They can't go back and win those games, they can't change the run differential that was, nor go back and take out Danny Espinosa for Rendon sooner or keep Harper from running into the wall in LA. The Nats are helpless to change the past, but the future is in their hands.Read More