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Heading towards the end of August, the Washington Nationals seem to be finally making a run. After winning eight our of their last nine games the Nationals appear to be finally hitting their stride. This leaves us to wonder, what will it take for this team to keep it up and actually make the postseason? Fortunately for the Nationals, their schedule is one of the easiest remaining in the MLB. The Nationals have seven games remaining against the Mets, six against the Marlins, and six against the Phillies. There is no question the Nationals have the opportunity to win a lot of their remaining games, but still it may not be enough. Wilson Ramos The two most likely teams to lose their lead to the Nationals are the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds are closer to the Nationals at the moment, owning a 6.5 game lead. The Reds have a difficult remaining schedule, including four games with the Cardinals, three with the Dodgers, and six with the Pirates. The Pirates road also should not be easy as they have six with both the Cardinals and the Reds. A lot of pressure for a team experiencing true success for the first time in twenty years. If the Reds play .500 baseball for the rest of the season (14-14), the Nationals would need to play 18-7 to pass them, a seemingly reasonable number considering the weak schedule left to play. The Reds would obviously hope to play over .500 baseball and essentially eliminate the Nationals but if they do fall back to the pack the Nationals have an opportunity to gain some serious ground. The Pirates, however, will be more difficult to catch. If they go 14-15 in their remaining 29 games, the Nationals will need to go a scorching 20-5, highly unlikely. Currently the Nationals have their sites set on the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are the easiest team to catch and the Nationals are slowly chipping into their lead. It has been a difficult season for the Nats so far, but finally they can consider themselves in the playoff race, hoping to make a run.

Ian Desmond signs a baby before game

Every athlete has been asked for an autograph at some point in their career, but what happened to Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals last night still seems unusual to the average sports fan. Before last night’s game against the Miami Marlins, Desmond signed Washington DC resident David M. Smith’s (are you sitting down) infant child. Yes fans he signed a baby! To make the...

Nationals’ Ian Desmond Goes All Ricky Bobby And Autographs a Baby

In one of the cooler ways you can ever give anyone an autograph, Washington Nationals’ shortstop Ian Desmond did a couple parents a favor (we guess) and signed their baby. The only other time I have seen this was when Ricky Bobby did this in “Talledega Nights.” Just wait until the grandparents see this story… Maybe the baby brought good luck to the Nationals as they ended...

Nats coach calls out Bryce Harper for not hustling

The Nationals' bench coach called out Bryce Harper for his lack of hustle during one of the team's recent games. 

Bryce Harper homered into those neat flower pots in left field at Nationals Park tonight

This was Bryce Harper’s 41st career big league big fly. The Wasghington Nationals are one of baseball’s hottest teams. Bryce Harper is playing his best baseball of the season. Davey Johnson even cracked a few grins tonight. After what’s been a season in quicksand, it’s all good to see. Bryce Harper extended his hitting streak to 11 games with this home run off Tom Koehler...

Marlins lose to Nationals

WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond each hit a three-run homer, leading Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals to a 9-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Werth connected in the sixth and Desmond went deep an inning later, breaking open a close game and powering Washington to its eighth victory in nine games. The Nationals pulled within six games of idle...

Bryce Harper: Don't Give Up On Us Yet!

You have to love Bryce Harper. His team has not had the best of seasons. Yes, they've appeared to find their winning way late in the season, but with 30 games left they are still seven games out of the wildcard. It will take a lot of things falling into place for his team to make the post season. Is there a chance they make it? Yes. Is it likely? Well.... But that doesn...

Washington Nationals: A turning point in the season

I want you to think back to the beginning of the season. No, scratch that. I want you to think back to the end of last season. Washington Nationals’ fans will remember winning the NL East and seeing their team go to the playoffs for the first time ever.  The loss in the divisional round was tough, but it only made fans more excited to see what the team could do next year. Now...

Gonzalez helps Nationals rout Marlins 9-0

Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond each hit a three-run homer, leading Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals to a 9-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. Werth connected in the sixth and Desmond went deep an inning later, breaking open a close game and powering Washington to its eighth victory in nine games. The Nationals pulled within 6 1/2 games of idle Cincinnati...

Harper's has lowlight in Nats' 3-2 loss to Mets

Bryce Harper was at the plate in the eighth inning with men on first and second and two outs in a one-run game. Jayson Werth, one of the hottest hitters in the majors for more than a month, was on deck. Nevertheless, Harper swung at an inside 3-0 pitch from Scott Rice and fouled it off. He swung again at 3-1 - ''probably ball four,'' he called it - and hit a grounder...

Offseason knee surgery is 'definitely an option' for Bryce Harper

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper missed more than a month with left knee buristis earlier this season and it's possible it is still preventing him from playing at full speed. If things don't improve in the coming weeks offseason surgery could be an option according to Dan Kolko of MASN Sports. "[Surgery] was talked about a while back" said manager Davey Johnson...

Mets-Nationals Preview

The Washington Nationals are making a late push for the playoffs, and sending Jordan Zimmermann and his NL high-tying 15 wins to the mound Friday night should give them another opportunity to make up ground in the wild-card race. The right-hander, though, has yet to earn a victory this year against the New York Mets, who look to get another dominant performance in the season series...

Game Chatter: Dillon Gee v. Jordan Zimmermann (8/30/13)

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Nationals Shortstop Autographs Baby

Tuesday night, Atlanta Braves infielder Elliot Johnson went all NASCAR during a postgame interview.  Not to be outdone, Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond channeled "Talledega Nights". Yup, dude autographed a baby. Absolutely ma'm...I'd love to sign your baby.
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