Originally written August 05, 2013 on Football Extra Points:
The Washington Nationals currently sit 12.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves (as of  8/5 at 8 PM.) with 51 games remaining. The Nationals began a three game set at home tonight against the Braves. If the Nationals want to have any shot at the post season they will almost certainly need to sweep the Braves or at least win two out of three.  Losing two out of three will mean the Nationals will sit 13.5 games back with less then 50 games to go. A sweep would make them 15.5 games back and all but diminish their division hopes. Including this week’s series, the Nationals have nine games remaining against the Braves with six at home. If they were to win six of the nine games, they would close the gap significantly.  This makes the series this week all that more important. Yes, it will be a difficult task, but history saysthe year is not over just yet. Winning the series this week could give the Nationals a jump-start and help ignite a big winning streak. A series loss could kill t...
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