Fact: The rebuild isn’t even 3 years old!

Supposedly there was talk on the radio from a fool who said that the Washington Nationals are five years into a rebuild. Let’s speak to this for the 100th time. The Nats won the World Series fewer than five years ago so how could the rebuild be five years in length? Impossible and pure stupidity. Four years ago was the wasted COVID season — a complete write-off. So we should go through some facts of when the rebuild really started on July 30, 2021 as the official date.

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The Nats have beaten baseball’s best; Lessons to be learned

Per recent MLB Power Rankings, the Dodgers, Phillies, and Orioles were named as the Top-3 teams by Ryan Spilborghs, C.J. Nitkowski, and Brad Lidge on MLB Network Radio this week. The 2024 Washington Nationals have won against each of those teams. This is a Nationals team that Baseball Prospectus had projected to lose 103-105 games in different simulations just two months ago. On Monday, the Nats had sole possession of the final Wild Card spot in the NL if the season had ended. Yes, we all know that there is about 75 percent of the season remaining. That’s the same for all teams.

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Game #36 Nationals have business at home

The Washington Nationals had a successful Cinco de Mayo and Siete de Mayo, and they have a successful Ocho de Mayo? This quick two-game series with the Orioles wraps up tonight at Nats Park, and then the Nationals have a day-off tomorrow before a weekend series in Boston.

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“Your job as a pitcher is to obfuscate” — Trevor Williams

The Washington Nationals got to a point that they have not seen in the standings since July 1 of 2021. That point is being over .500, and it is thanks to Trevor Williams and his bullpen shutting out the Orioles by a score of 3-0 tonight in front of a crowd of nearly 30,000 stunned fans.

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Game #35 Nats and O’s have a marketing collab

The Washington Nationals had a successful Cinco de Mayo, and now on Siete de Mayo is the first sign of a Nationals and Orioles truce. We had hoped that the first sign of a truce would be the splitting of the MASN TV network. But instead of that being announced, an olive branch was extended in a different form. This was a cherry blossom branch that was extended in a sign of peace between new Orioles’ owner, David Rubenstein, and Nats’ principal owner, Mark Lerner. The teams are doing a Washington x Baltimore City Connect collab for tonight’s game.

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If the season ended today, the Washington Nationals would be a playoff team!

There are only six teams in the National League with a record of .500 or better. All of those teams would be in the playoffs today if the season was over. The Washington Nationals would be one of those playoff teams. They would be the third and final Wild Card team. It seems inconceivable yet this is factual.

You could say a 17-17 record means nothing with 79.01 percent of the season to play — or you could smile and think — that maybe the Nats could make a promotion of top prospect James Wood and some other upgrades — then roll the dice to see if they can be the 2024 version of last year’s Reds, Marlins or the Diamondbacks.

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Analyzing The Nationals’ Season Thus Far

As the MLB season progresses, the Nationals are doing everything they can to stay in the race of a highly competitive NL East. Despite their early struggles, the team has shown glimpses of potential that could impact their trajectory as the season unfolds and give them a chance at a postseason berth.

The Current Standings

In the NL East, the Nationals find themselves in third place in the current MLB season, trailing the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies and second-place Atlanta Braves, with the New York Mets close on their heels. With a 17-17 record, they sit 6.5 games out of first, indicating there’s a lot of work to be done to try to catch the Phillies. While the division may be challenging to win, staying in the Wild Card race is essential. Presently, the Nationals are the third and final team in the Wild Card for the final playoff spot. That’s today.

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Game #34 Nats have a series to win on Cinco de Mayo

The Washington Nationals wrap up their season series with a rubber game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars weekend. Yesterday was a bummer loss, and the page has to be turned — but don’t forget the lesson in the book that you just read.

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Defense Matters cannot be said enough

Defense Matters. We cannot say it enough. This Washington Nationals team has to rely on getting the best pitching they can which is enhanced and maximized by the best defense the team can put in place. Today’s defensive assignments did not meet that standard with the team’s worst defensive game of the season to lead to four unearned runs, and a soaring pitch count on starter Jake Irvin. He deserved better just like previous starts.

Remember, not all errors are recorded as such in the box score because the rules allow, not only the judgment of an official scorer, — but also rules like you cannot assume a double play. The Nats lost by a final score of 6-3. That does not tell the whole story. Do the math and the Nats win 3-2 if the errors never happened. But you also have to figure that Irvin would have been able to pitcher deeper into the game past the 5th inning, and manager Dave Martinez probably would have pitched his “A” bullpen.

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Game #33 Star Wars Day on another rainy day in Washington, DC

The Washington Nationals have their Star Wars weekend celebration going today with a Kyle Finnegan Star Wars bobblehead. What might have been a sell-out will be another game dampened by rain that will keep the crowds away from outside activities today. Last night was chilly and the rains held-off just long enough to get the game in before the skies opened up after midnight around the DMV. What a comeback win last night. The Nats are now tied for the MLB lead with 11 come-from-behind victories.

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