Click here to watch Nats win #52 on July 20th 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 #52 came in the 97th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 51-45 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.
In Atlanta, the Nats lost a heart breaker the night before this game which evened up this 4-game series. If the Nats won this game with Anibal Sanchez on the mound they would at least clinch a series split going into the Joe Ross game for the finale. The Nats had a lot of room to make up to catch the Braves and needed to win that game started by Patrick Corbin.
As Davey Martinez said, “go 1-0 today ” and the Nats answered back with Sanchez back on the Atlanta mound that he dominated on in 2018.