So much for the doom and gloom column.  It was written last night when the Nationals carved out an 8-run crater…en route to what should have been a seventh straight loss.  They had a minor leaguer starting in place of their 210 million dollar man because of an injury sustained during an at-bat.  The team’s best player from 2014 was languishing in AA Harrisburg.  All the Nats had to do was lay down and take this one begrudgingly.  They would have been 7-14 (on pace for 54-108)…and winless over the last week.  Thanks for nothing, Dan Uggla.

Was last night’s 13-12 comeback an isolated incident or the start of something special?  The team still has the most errors in the majors (23 in 21 games) and these aren’t harmless miscues.  The Nats goofs have led to 23 unearned runs…most in the big leagues as well. The lineup has been spotty (5th most strikeouts, 21st with runners in scoring position).  And the perceived rotation to die for?  A 5-9 composite record with the 15th best ERA in the majors (4.01) and the 4th highest batting average against (.286).  Healthwise, the rotation (Scherzer’s April 28th start pushed back 3 days) and bullpen (Craig Stammen done for the year) have taken their lumps while the lineup isn’t even in Plan B mode (backup IF Escobar out with a cleated glove hand).  At what point do the alarms begin to sound?

The major league season is often about market correction.  This weekend the Nationals face the NL East leading New York Mets in a four game series…a team that owns the best record in the Majors thanks to a solid opening series where they took two of three in DC from the preseason favorites.  No time like the present to climb out of the division cellar– but first they have a chance to win a series for the second time all year in Atlanta.  How much momentum can they generate from last night’s rally?

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