Click here to watch Nats win #47 on July 7th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.
The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #47 came in the 89th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 46-42 record into this game. Manager Dave Martinez was preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned their losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole, and it took much longer to dig out of it. Now the Nats were believing they could be a postseason team.
The Nats entered the All-Star break at 5.0 games over the .500 mark. Patrick Corbin would pitch this one for the Nats against the Royals. They were on a 15-4 run and after the break would continue their winning streak and continue that run to a 17-4 record, but unfortunately this is also where the Braves got red hot. The team hovered at 6.0 games out of first place. They looked unstoppable as the hottest team in the Majors with 3 losses in a ten game span in the last inning which showed how badly the Nats needed Daniel Hudson.
The Nats earned the right to be buyers at the trade deadline. All teams were put on notice that the 19-31 record to start the season was a function of injuries, and a healthy Nats team with an improved bullpen was capable of making a serious run at the postseason. Making up for lost time in the standings was a tough climb. There would be several signature wins of the season, and this team showed a common theme like in this game that they could score late and win games back. Never count out the 2019 Washington Nationals.