Atlanta Braves fans have smirked and laughed all season at the cocky Washington Nationals’ problems. The Nationals were the odds on favorite to win the National League East, but struggled to stay above .500 most of the season.
Wait until next year for the Nationals, right?
Well, not exactly. The Nationals have won seven in a row and 18 of their last 22 games, to climb within 4 games of the last NL wildcard spot. They have even whittled the Braves lead down to 10 games.
The Braves’ magic number to win the National League East is six games,with 15 games to go. So barring an all-time collapse, the Braves will hold off the Nationals to win the division.
But what if the Nationals do get into the playoffs? Is that a team the Braves want to face? The way these two teams don’t like each other, it would make for a great series. The folks in the Braves ticket office would sure love it, as ticket demand would be high.
The Braves and Nationals will play three games in the coming week in Washington, so the Braves will have the chance to put a few major nails in the Nationals’ coffin. Atlanta will also have the opportunity to clinch the NL East in Washington, and wouldn’t that be sweet?