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Friday, August 16, 2019

From 12 games under to 10 over, Nats lead NL wild-card race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Right now, 19-31 is just a distant memory for the Washington Nationals.

Even without Max Scherzer for all but one game over the past month-plus, even with recurring bullpen issues, even though they dug themselves quite a hole, the Nationals are suddenly 65-55 — 10 games over .500 for the first time in 14 months.

What’s more, they’re leading the NL wild-card standings as they head into Friday’s opener of a three-game series against one of the clubs chasing them for a playoff berth: reigning league MVP Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Winning the NL East presents more of a challenge, because Washington entered Thursday trailing the first-place Atlanta Braves by six games. The rivals play each other seven more times, though: four games at Atlanta on Sept. 5-8, and three at Washington on Sept. 13-15.

I believe that this is what we call “addition by subtraction” in action.


QLE Posted: August 16, 2019 at 04:41 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: August 16, 2019 at 12:25 PM (#5871967)
The East is stacked with good teams. I expect the braves, Nats and Mets to go into playoffs and if not the Mets then the Phillies. I think if the Mets can make the playoffs AND stay healthy, they could run the table with that pitching. The central teams are imposters - somebody has to win that division. Dodgers will be formidable but I think they could be toppled.
   2. Bote Man Posted: August 16, 2019 at 01:01 PM (#5871970)
   3. Karl from NY Posted: August 16, 2019 at 02:07 PM (#5871987)
I expect the braves, Nats and Mets to go into playoffs and if not the Mets then the Phillies.

Problem is they all still have a lot of games left against each other. More likely one of the Central teams does stay ahead of enough East teams for one of the WC spots, even if the East teams might be a little better.
   4. Hank Gillette Posted: August 16, 2019 at 09:51 PM (#5872058)
Whatever happens, this seems like a pretty remarkable turnaround: from 12 games under .500 to 10 games over.

The 1914 Boston Braves, though, went from 14 under to 38 over at the end of the season.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 17, 2019 at 12:02 AM (#5872089)
Now 11 over.
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: August 17, 2019 at 12:53 AM (#5872093)
The 1914 Boston Braves, though, went from 14 under to 38 over at the end of the season.

with their first winning record since 1902 - and with most of those under a .400 winning percentage.

two decent followup seasons - but after that, they didn't win 80 games again until 1933. and then not again til 1946.
   7. Hank Gillette Posted: August 18, 2019 at 11:12 PM (#5872450)
If the Nats go 34-5 for the rest of the season, they could match the Braves' 52 games turnaround. I don’t expect this to happen.

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