Nats become last 2019 MLB team to win three-straight

Brian Tinsman
May 27, 2019 - 12:02 am
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What a weekend.

For the first time in two months of play, the Washington Nationals are celebrating a three-game winning streak.

Who cares if it was done against the Miami Marlins, the worst team in baseball. Those are the teams that the Nats should have been beating all along, and it took until Memorial Day weekend to see it happen.

Even then, it wasn't easy. 

They won a shootout on Friday night, coming back from behind to take a 12-10 victory. They committed four errors, causing embattled manager Dave Martinez to speculate that the team was pressing under the pressure of sustained losing.

"We made some errors, missed a pop fly...today was the first time I saw a little bit--yesterday as well," he told the media. "I can tell you right now if I was a fan, I’m frustrated. I am. And I am a fan of these guys because I know them. They don’t want to play like that. I know they don’t. But, hey, I keep telling them every day: simplify...Just play the game, simplify everything, just play hard.

"They battled back. They battled and they keep battling...If we are going to come back and do the things we want to do, we have to play clean baseball."

That's precisely what his squad did on Saturday, cruising to a 5-0 shutout behind another strong pitching performance from Patrick Corbin, who pitched his first complete game of the season. In fact, it was Corbin's fourth quality start of the month of May, and the second-straight win for the Nats.

Sunday was another fine day for Erick Fedde on the bump, who blanked the Fish over five clean innings. The Nats gave up six runs in the next four innings, but a win is a win, especially at this point in the season.

Even after the three-game streak, the Nats are still nine games back of the Phillies in the National League East.

They have yet to complete a sweep, which they could do Monday with Max Scherzer on the mound against Miami.

In order to reach the typical playoff number of 90 wins, they will have to win 62 percent of the next 112 games. That's a 68-44 record, which would be an astounding feat.

Let's forget the playoffs. Even to finish at .500, the Nats will need to go 59-50 (.541); so the race is on to even reach mediocrity in 2019.

 

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