Click here to watch Nats win #57 on July 29th 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 #57 came in the 106th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 56-49 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 were up to the final series in July against their division rival Braves. The Nats took the opener in this series as general manager Mike Rizzo and staff were working on deadline trades.
This was an important series to set the course for Rizzo and ownership for a team that desperately needed bullpen help. The team the Nats were playing, the Braves, felt the same. It was a bonus if either team could pluck a deadline trade that the other team wanted.