After winning the National League East Division title in 2012 for the first time in team history, the Washington Nationals looked like a rising power in Major League Baseball.
Listen to Charlie Slowes with the Nationals 2014 NL East division-clinching radio call.
The Washington Nationals celebrated like a team that expected to be in this position a year ago.
Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title.
Back at home for their exhibition finale Friday, the Washington Nationals were greeted by a red, white and blue plaque outside the clubhouse pronouncing them “NL East Division Champions” of a year ago.
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.
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Washington Nationals Pitching Coach Steve McCatty joined Holden and Danny Thursday to discuss, what else, but Nats pitching.
The Nationals, still in the driver’s seat in their division now that the All-Star break is in the rear-view, can thank their success within the NL East for their firm grasp on first place. But with a huge chunk of the upcoming schedule featuring bouts against division rivals, continuing to win those games will be essential to staying in the playoff picture.
After two months have passed in the 2012 season, the first thing most will note when glancing at the NL East is, all teams are playing above .500.
The Mike Rizzo show kicked off Monday night. Every week the Nats GM will have his own show hosted by Bill Rohland and Danny Rouhier to talk Nationals, MLB, and the state of DC Baseball.