Starting tonight: 18 games to go. 6 against the choke-artist (Wagner-less) Mets; 3 against the Phillies.
Time to repeat 2007 as NL East spoiler, starting by closing out Shea Stadium with a pair of wins.
Is it too much to ask to run the table against the Mets and Phils; then lose the other nine games against the Marlins and Padres (including The Battle for Strasburg: September 19-21 vs. San Diego)?
We aren't required to pick sides in the East, right?
- Padres beat Dodgers 4-0. Nats-Pads now in a dead heat for Worst Place (56-88), with Seattle looming two back in the loss column (56-86).
- The bullpen is starting to come together (Washington Post).
- Elijah Dukes and the Big If (Washington Times)
- Luis Ayala is finally starting to look like Luis Ayala, pitching like a closer, kicks some dirt on Billy Wagner's grave (via NY Post): "I feel bad for Billy, but I'm here for whatever the team needs and I know I can do the job."
- P-Nats pummel Pelicans, 15-0 in Game 1 of the Carolina League Championship Series (aka Mills Cup).
- J.P. Ramirez gets his name in his hometown paper.
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