This is the Nats' best shot at gaining ground in the NL East

Chris Lingebach
June 12, 2019 - 6:29 pm
This is the Nationals' best shot at gaining ground in the NL East

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The Nationals' upcoming 11-game homestand could be their best opportunity to get back in the mix in the NL East, where they currently trail the Braves and Phillies by seven games.

Thanks to their recent surge, winning 12 of their last 17 games, the 31-36 Nats have made up three games – and as many as four, until their 7-5 loss to the White Sox Tuesday night – over the past two and a half weeks.

With home games against the Diamondbacks (35-33), Phillies (38-29) and Braves (38-29), the Nats have the perfect combination of a break in their schedule, and head-to-head matchups against the division leaders, to seriously gain some ground in June.

Of course there's the chance for the inverse to happen, should they falter against Philly and Atlanta, but at the very least, their head-to-head records against each club suggest that won't happen. The Nats are 4-4 against the Phillies and, in an extremely limited sample, 2-0 against the Braves.

But the real break in their schedule comes after this homestand. After their three-game series against Atlanta, the Nats face a quartet of inferior opponents, going on the road fore three games in Miami (23-42) and then onto Detroit (24-39) for three more.

Then the Nats return home to host Miami for three games, culminating on July 4, and Kansas City (21-45) for three games.

The timing has never been more right than these next 23 games for the Nats to strike and complete their comeback in the NL East.

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