Time to worry about the stumbling Nats?

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 05, 2019 - 9:25 am

The Nationals have been the best team in baseball since May 24. But now, it appears Washington is starting to cool down again.

The Nats have lost seven of their last 10 games, dropping three consecutive series to the Dodgers, Braves, and Diamondbacks. Washington is still clinging to a playoff spot, but with six other teams within three games of the two NL wild card slots, there's almost no room for error the rest of the way. 

Additionally, injuries are beginning to catch up with them. The Nats placed newly-acquired reliever Roenis Elias and infielder Howie Kendrick on the 10-day injured list, joining the likes of Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman on the IL. 

With the schedule getting no easier, is it time to start worrying about the Nats' playoff prospects?

"This is just a product of Major League Baseball," Jason Bishop of The Sports Junkies said Monday. "You're gonna go through peaks and valleys. They were hot for 50 games and now they're struggling a little bit, and it coincides with the injuries."

"But let's see how they play in San Francisco and then when they go to play the Mets. Hopefully, Max, you would hope he's back for that Mets series, if not the Cincinnati series."

"But now ... every game is big. Because there's probably five or six teams battling for those two spots."

"I think they're more than likely to be a wild card team, but I don't have a ton of confidence," said John-Paul Flaim. "I am having more doubts."

"Now that they're playing the tougher competition, all of a sudden you're losing series, you've lost seven out of 10. Definitely troubling in my mind."

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