For the last few seasons, we have wondered what it would look like if the Washington Nationals met their sky-high potential.
Over the course of the team’s current 10-game winning streak, we have started to get a sense of what that version of the Nationals looks like. Not surprisingly, it is a scary sight for the rest of the league.
The Nationals have enjoyed a bit of luck lately; specifically, they have enjoyed the kind of luck that contending teams so often do. It is the kind of luck that is created by playing good baseball.
On Thursday afternoon Washington found themselves tangled up in a tight, scoreless game with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Starters Gio Gonzalez and Wade Miley both pitched outstanding games, leaving it the bullpens. Both bullpens also did well, and so it was that the Nats were up to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Once Denard Span got himself on base and stole second base, it just felt that Washington was set up for another win, that they were set up to take advantage of a bit of good luck if it were to come their way.
That good luck came in the form of a groundball to the positionless Jordan Pacheco at third base, a guy who does not play well defensively at any position. One throwing error later, and Span sauntered across the plate to keep the Nationals hot.
With the dramatic walk-off win, the Nationals won in their final at-bat for the fifth time in six games. Playoff fever is starting to spread across Major League Baseball, and nowhere more than in Washington D.C.
Washington is now a full seven games clear of the second-place Atlanta Braves in the National League East, and they have the best record in the National League at 73-53.
Check out video of the latest walk-off victory below, courtesy of MLB.com:
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