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So, so true.

So, so true.

Go Nats!

Have been to two games since Ive been here. The 8-1 loss to Arizona and the 7-3 loss to the Mets. Fingers crossed Tuesday changes the tide!

Has arrived into Washington for the next few weeks!

Washington Nationals Homestand Review

After correctly predicting on 25th July that come the end of the Nationals homestand they would be sat on 53 wins, the Nats didnt disappoint. That said, the manner in which they reached it was not forecast; swept by the Marlins, then rebounding to win the series against the Mets and the Braves is the exact opposite of what had been anticipated. So how do these past nine games impact upon the objectives stated in my prior post?

  • Get a few games clear of Florida

This has not happened, prior to Marlins V Mets game three the Nationals are now two games back on Florida, two worse than before the homestand. FAIL.

  • Reclaim 3rd spot from the Mets

Prior to the homestand the Nats were two games off third spot and will be three gamess off third by the morning of 4th August. FAIL.

  • Lay down the gauntlet to the Braves

Still ten games behind Atlanta, this homestand has not seen any improvements in Washington. FAIL.

On reflection then, this homestand will have hurt the Nationals as they failed to make home advantage count and close the ever increasing daylight between themselves and the rest of the pack. One small mercy is that despite going 4-5 they have to feel as though third spot is still attainable (with the Mets and Marlins looking pretty even right now). Ultimately however it is a case of what might have been, if the Nationals had played as well against the Astros and the Dodgers as well as they did against the Mets and the Braves they would easily be mingling with the Marlins and the Mets for third…as it stands however the Nats are nursing that familiar neck ache that only comes from looking up.

Washington Nationals Homestand 26th July-3rd August
After poor recent performances against the Astros and the Dodgers, the importance of the Washington Nationals next nine games has risen significantly. In an all NL-East homestand the objectives must surely be the following:
Get a few games clear of Florida
Reclaim 3rd spot from the Mets
Lay down the gauntlet to the Braves
Atlanta have several tricky series’ in August so if the Washington Nationals can close that gap then that Wild Card spot may just be a possibility going into September. Realistically it is a huge ask, but the frustrating thing is that towards the end of the Riggleman era it really did look like a possibility. Under DJ the spirit has wavered and the ‘can do’ approach has been replaced by a ‘what will be will be, we are a young team’ mentality that has resulted in a series of errors and sloppy play against sides that the Nationals really should have swept. As it is the basement door is wide open and whoever loses tonight’s opener at Nationals Park will wake up in bottom spot on Wednesday morning.
My prediction? Nationals will win the series 2-1 against the Marlins but lose 2-1 to the Mets. The Braves series should be an interesting one but by then it’ll be too late, the Nationals need sweeps, and going up against Atlanta knowing they haven’t done that will count against them so another 2-1 defeat is a real possibility.
Prediction: by the morning of August 4th the Nationals will be on 53 wins

Washington Nationals Homestand 26th July-3rd August

After poor recent performances against the Astros and the Dodgers, the importance of the Washington Nationals next nine games has risen significantly. In an all NL-East homestand the objectives must surely be the following:

  • Get a few games clear of Florida
  • Reclaim 3rd spot from the Mets
  • Lay down the gauntlet to the Braves

Atlanta have several tricky series’ in August so if the Washington Nationals can close that gap then that Wild Card spot may just be a possibility going into September. Realistically it is a huge ask, but the frustrating thing is that towards the end of the Riggleman era it really did look like a possibility. Under DJ the spirit has wavered and the ‘can do’ approach has been replaced by a ‘what will be will be, we are a young team’ mentality that has resulted in a series of errors and sloppy play against sides that the Nationals really should have swept. As it is the basement door is wide open and whoever loses tonight’s opener at Nationals Park will wake up in bottom spot on Wednesday morning.

My prediction? Nationals will win the series 2-1 against the Marlins but lose 2-1 to the Mets. The Braves series should be an interesting one but by then it’ll be too late, the Nationals need sweeps, and going up against Atlanta knowing they haven’t done that will count against them so another 2-1 defeat is a real possibility.

Prediction: by the morning of August 4th the Nationals will be on 53 wins

You don't even live here. Why the fuck do you care? lol wtf. get a live filthy brit.
Anonymous

Do I have to live in Washington to enjoy watching the Nationals play? I care because I went to see them when I was over in DC last year and will be back over again next month to see them play some more, meanwhile I use my mlb subscription and stay up most nights to watch them.

Cubs V Nationals

Tonight the Washington Nationals have the chance to do the sweep over a poor Cubs side, but only a few weeks ago the Nats were swept themselves by the Angels so you have to wonder: where is the consistency? Sure the Angels are a stronger side than the Cubs so the calibre plays a part but am I the only Nats fan that isnt quite feeling it yet since DJ took the reigns?

That sense of excitement towards the end of the Riggleman era when we were winning some big boy games was just beautiful and has been replaced by somewhat fortuitous, yet hard fought victories offset by errors creeping back into our game, and bats going quiet.

Yes on Nationals terms we are having a good season, but bearing in mind the way we were rolling over teams a couple of months back, is it too much for me to want just a little bit more?

After watching how hard the Washington Nationals fought to get over the  .500 mark it is with great sadness that I watched the recent series  against the Angels and saw them pass that accolade over to their opponents, who now sit on 42-40 while the Nationals have dropped down to 40-41.
It was all going so well until recently, so what has changed? The management has for one, and while we should give that time to settle down before jumping to hasty conclusions you cant help but question the current lineup decisions. It is very frustrating to see players like Bixler and Stairs stepping up to the plate, doing nothing, then getting picked again for the next game. The Nationals lineup is pretty decent these days, Bernadina, Werth, Zimmerman, Espinosa, Morse, Nix - all names that you feel confident with, but I just don’t get it with the other two. They add very little, and it can be no coincidence that we were winning without them, and are now losing with them.
Rectify.

After watching how hard the Washington Nationals fought to get over the .500 mark it is with great sadness that I watched the recent series against the Angels and saw them pass that accolade over to their opponents, who now sit on 42-40 while the Nationals have dropped down to 40-41.

It was all going so well until recently, so what has changed? The management has for one, and while we should give that time to settle down before jumping to hasty conclusions you cant help but question the current lineup decisions. It is very frustrating to see players like Bixler and Stairs stepping up to the plate, doing nothing, then getting picked again for the next game. The Nationals lineup is pretty decent these days, Bernadina, Werth, Zimmerman, Espinosa, Morse, Nix - all names that you feel confident with, but I just don’t get it with the other two. They add very little, and it can be no coincidence that we were winning without them, and are now losing with them.

Rectify.