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Nationals Losing Presents Mets With Opportunity

Look, it is only April, and Bryce Harper has been an absolute monster this season, but with the Washington Nationals losing 5-1 to the Colorado Rockies today, they are now a game under .500 at 6-7, which is something they last did in 2015.

We can pinpoint various excuses why this has happened.  Daniel Murphy has started the year on the disabled list, and Adam Eaton, who had a great start to the season, also landed on the disabled list.

They also ran into a buzz-saw with the Mets pulling out all the stops to sweep them at home, and their loss today was against a Rockies team who was in the postseason last year.

Bring up all the caveats you want, they still have had six games against the Braves and three against the Reds.  With those teams, they had enough to build a real cushion because that’s what good teams do – they beat up on the lesser teams.  Instead, they split the two series they have played against the Braves.

That right there is why the Nationals are under .500.  Depending on how this series goes against the Rockies, their set in Flushing, and then a West Coast trip facing off against the Dodgers and Giants before coming home to face the Diamondbacks, this Nationals team MAY be in a little trouble.  They COULD be in a lot of trouble.

The Nationals don’t have Dusty Baker as the manager anymore.  Yes, Dusty had his faults.  However, he knew how to navigate his team through this.  Remember, the Nationals fell apart in 2015 under the weak leadership of Matt Williams, and Dusty came in the following year and rescued that team.  We don’t know if Dave Martinez has that in him to get the Nationals to turn things around against what is going to be a tough early season schedule.

If the Nationals cannot figure things out, they are going to dig themselves an early season hole, which may be too deep to climb, at least as the NL East is concerned.

Overall, the Nationals are vulnerable right now.  Perhaps, they are more vulnerable than anyone could have predicted heading into this season.

Ultimately, this means the Mets have a chance right now to put some real distance between themselves and the Nationals.  If they put up enough distance, the Nationals may be fighting for one of the two Wild Cards and not for the division.

As the old adage goes, you cannot win the division in April, but you sure can lose it.  If the Mets do their job, they can help ensure the Nationals will lose the division in April.

11 thoughts on “Nationals Losing Presents Mets With Opportunity”

  1. OldBackstop says:

    Good thoughts, here. My daughters burst into the house yelling that we had five games over the Nats.
    I think the Nats 2015 was their 2017 Mets….you can’t defend yourself against an injury wipeout unless you have a stocked farm for trades and a blank checkbook for midseason salary dumps, and few teams have had that in history.
    The Nats are fragile….their Four Horseman are all over 30, and likely to decline if note get a full season in. That’s just the age arc.
    I thinks aying they should have piled up wins against the Braves…well, yeah, but in all honesty the Braves and Phillies concern me. They have young position players and the management attitude that they might go all-in if they are hanging around midseason.A few key injuries, and the Nats just might finish 4th, where they are now.
    A nice dynamic for the Mets would be those two young teams banging on the Nats all year but not being ready to really contend, and then the Mets grab the division with 92 wins or so.
    Wheeler’s start was huge. Huge. This is a dream start.
    A power move for management right now would be to grab a plus catcher in the wake of D’Arnaud’s injury. Plawecki, Nido, Labaton might be great….but to add a vet in a trade would send a big message.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I just don’t know which vet is available that would be an upgrade

      1. QueensboroKing says:

        J.T. Realmuto hopefully

        1. metsdaddy says:

          I’m not as enamored with him as others. He can’t pitch frame if his life depended on it

  2. Tony says:

    Good article

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Thank you

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