I fully expect a meteor to strike the team bus tomorrow. Things are simply going too well.
MILWAUKEE – After the Washington Nationals shredded another victim Thursday night, a speed bump shaped like the Milwaukee Brewers, they reached a place that for years they could only imagine. When they look up, all they see is possibility. There are no teams to block their view. Late summer is approaching, joy is replacing disbelief and no team in baseball has a better record.
The Nationals thumped the Brewers, 8-2, at Miller Park for their sixth consecutive win. Adam LaRoche homered for the third straight game, Steve Lombardozzi smoked a game-breaking, three-run triple in the second inning and Edwin Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings. They played clean defense, snatched extra bases, took an eight-run lead and exchanged purposefully goofy low-10 handshakes.
The methodically dominant performance pushed the Nationals into uncharted territory. They stretched their lead in the National League East to a season-high five games over the idle Atlanta Braves. At 59-39, they moved to 20 games over .500 for the first time since baseball returned to Washington. (A Washington club last stood so far over .500 when the 1945 Senators finished 87-67.) They share the best record in the major leagues with the New York Yankees. Since the Nationals came into existence, they have never been better. [...]
The Nationals’ front office convened here to prepare for the July 31 trade deadline. It was suggested to an American League scout that the Nationals might not tweak their roster much between now and then. “Well, yeah,” he replied. “Why would they?”