Just in the last few days, the Washington Nationals have turned an NL East title from a likelihood to a near certainty.
The Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, may want to start considering Kris Medlen for a potential one-game wild-card playoff.
Medlen will look to shut down the Nationals again Friday night as these teams open a three-game set in Atlanta, with the Braves likely needing a sweep to maintain even a slim chance at the division.
Washington (89-54) pushed its lead from 5 1/2 games to a season-high 8 1/2 this week, sweeping New York while the Braves were swept at Milwaukee. Things are going so well that even Stephen Strasburg's replacement in the rotation, John Lannan, pitched into the sixth inning of Wednesday's 2-0 victory.
For a franchise that has reached the postseason once in more than four decades - in 1981 as the Montreal Expos - the magic number is 11 for clinching the division and even lower for a playoff berth.
"Oh, I look at them," manager Davey Johnson told the Nat...