The Washington Nationals say they don’t care who they face in the NLDS. If regular season records are any indicator, they’re right.
Nationals fans are still white knuckling after seeing their team get swept in Atlanta, and that anxiety only grew last night when the Braves closed the gap to 5 games. But have no fear. Very soon you’ll be able to celebrate something you’ve waited for 8 full seasons…a playoff berth.
Mike Minor threw six strong innings and the Braves denied Gio Gonzalez his 20th win, completing a sweep of Washington with a 5-1 victory Sunday night.
Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 batters and allowed one run in six innings for his 15th win in one of his final starts of the season as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Stephen Strasburg is just innings away from being pulled from the rotation and shelved for the rest of the 2012 season. Nobody could have predicted the Grand Canyon-sized leap the Nats would make in the standings this season, but even if Strasburg was 50% responsible for that, wouldn’t it be worth keeping him healthy to see if he can repeat the performance after this year?
Tyler Clippard joined Holden Kushner Monday, where talk about the potential for a huge division swing in the team’s upcoming 3-game series with 2nd place Atlanta, and a little about what the experience has been like chasing a pennant for the first time since arriving in D.C.
A loss to the Washington Nationals in the opener of a crucial three-game series Monday would make winning the NL East tougher for the Atlanta Braves.
The Nationals are playing their eighth season in Washington, but this is the first summer in which they’ve been true players in baseball. And despite his recent downturn in performance, offseason acquisition Gio Gonzalez has been a major contributor to their 4 1/2 game division lead.
The Washington Nationals have held court over the National League East for the last two months. But with 1/3 of the season left to play, they’ll share an equally easy schedule with Atlanta, just three games behind, which should set the stage for a huge series when the two teams meet again in late August.
Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs, and Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each had three hits and two RBIs as the Nationals beat the Braves 9-2 Sunday in the finale of the series between the top two teams in the NL East.