The Nationals saved their season in the first half. Now the real test is given.

The Nationals saved their season in the first half. Now the real test is given.

Nationalists 28-11 went to close the first half, and compiled the best record for the past six weeks. (Nick Wass / AP)

Something went wrong over the past six weeks when Washington Nationals went off wasting his season in care: Almost everything went right.

The Nationals of 28-11 passed between 24 May and 7 July, the best record of that period. But as they started their march fourth in the East National League and down the wild card stands, they also needed a lot of help. That's when the New York Mets went aside, and Philadelphia Phillies was struggling, too, and the Milwaukee Brewers lost enough to make Washington land significant before the all-star break. The Nationals played their part against the weak men, and they were also lucky, and that mix put faith in a club ready to throw players last month.

“It's great that we played as well as we did,” said Sean Doolittle nationals. “But when you were looking up at the positions every few days to see what else was going on, every time it was like, 'Oh, my gosh, we were just like two or three games. # 39; that confidence and helps you to continue that momentum. ”

The Nationals did not rely on other teams to save their season. They had to start their club house and clean their own play. It is worth noting that they have benefited from losing others – and a favorable schedule going into the break – with the focus changing to the next. Washington is on top of wild card positions, six games behind the Braves Atlanta in the East National League, and there is only a chance of fighting there because it won 70 percent of its previous 40 games.

It will be difficult to sustain it, especially considering that the Nationals recently went 10-2 per Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals, which are all taking up to 100 losses. These teams have walked through the months of June, namely the Phillies and Brewers, trying to buy before the 31 July trade deadline with an expectation. But because the Nationals are back in controversy, it is the most difficult task they face. A new life will only matter if they do something with it.

“We have left a lot of games,” said Brian Dozier's second baseman after Washington closed the first half with a win over the Royals. “It's a long season.”

In March, April and most of May, when nationals were falling less than expected, their old soldiers often reached the same language: It is soon. There are 162 game in the season. We have time. They felt for reasons without decisions, not to panic, the expected clusters, a way to change the conversation into an uncertain future. Now we are reminded of the amount of work that remains.

The Nationals begin the second half with three games in Philadelphia, then approaching the month with two against the Orioles in Baltimore, four with the Braves in Atlanta, three dates with the Colorado Rockies, three in Los Angeles Dodgers (owners). the maker 's best record) and three others with the Braves. It is a stretch that could break its season as quickly as it was restored. The series Phillies offers an immediate opportunity to separate themselves in second place. Seven will decide whether the Braves can compete in the division. A stick with the Dodgers will be a good measuring stick. If the Nationals can 43 of their last 73 games, a .589 percentage of winning, finish, they finish with 90 win and they will be right in the playoff mix.

And this is something that gives them confidence to do so, now and always, than their rotation. Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Max Scherzer face the Phillies, in that order, which means that these children will be working with Braves next weekend. Scherzer's nine-year initial has been the best stretch of his life. Corbin has seven convictions and has delivered one or less runs in each of his four previous visits. Strasburg has fixed every season, passing at least six engines in 18 of its 18 appearances, and most recently won 14 victories from the Marlins.

The rotation has a total of 1.94 ERA, including Anne Sánchez and Austin Voth. The offense supported her effort, despite the existence of short slums, and the players needed four rest days including Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner and Juan Soto. And while there is still a big issue with the lottery, the Nationals are doing well despite its issues. So the rotation is dominant rather than his fifth start, the offense carries his job, and the team could relieve or remove two people from the trading market. It's not a bad thing.

“We are to find out what the needs of the staff are. We are going to see where we are, what opportunities we need to make to make any changes, ”said General Manager Mike Rizzo on 26 June when he was asked how he would make the trading deadline. “And as we have in the past, we were buyers, we are sellers, we have a mix of buying and selling at the same time, so this is our time to evaluate.”

The time has elapsed, and for two weeks since he won, the Nationals had to invest further. Last summer, when the final ditch ended, its perspective moved into the future. Rizzo Daniel Murphy sent to Chicago Cubs, Matt Adams to Louis Cardinals, Ryan Madson to the Dodgers and Gio Gonzalez to the Brewers. The Nationals saved a little money. They found comfort in Soto's decisive rookie year, the second call for Victor Robles and how the rest of their hearts could return to their success in 2019.

And while it once seemed like this August would be the same, another was tired towards a disappointing finish, which suddenly changed. The Nationals got a chance for themselves, a few people got help along the way and they can be hit by the second half with a purpose. Because their test starts most importantly now.

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