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Aug 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Roger Bernadina's spectacular catch sealed the Nationals' win last night.

Their closer has blown three saves and put at least two men on base in eight of his last 13 appearances. Their rookie phenom is mired in the first prolonged slump of his life, one that has lasted nearly two months. Their catchers have thrown out exactly one of the last 43 opponents who have tried to steal a base against them.

Their All-Star shortstop is out until September. Their highest-paid player just returned from a three-month stint on the disabled list and already had to miss a game because his legs were tired. And their staff ace is going to be shut down for the remainder of the season in about a month.

Oh, did we mention the Nationals have baseball's best record and are now on pace to win 99 games in 2012?

If you prevented yourself from checking the standings over the past few weeks, you might very well have come away convinced the Nationals are in trouble. They haven't exactly played like the best team in the majors.Read more ยป

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  1. sjm308 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    I am not sure I am allowed to do this but here is the last paragraph of the article about the Braves catching our lads"There are cracks in Washington's facade, which will widen once Strasburg is shut down. The Braves, meanwhile, have solidified their starting rotation, found hitters to carry the team for stretches and played great defense the entire season. Should the Nationals take their foot off the gas pedal, the Braves will be ready to speed past them."I say hooey!Go Nats

  2. fast eddie - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Headline in USA Today sports section: "Strasburg dissent looming".They quote a couple of players (Jake Peavy and Jeff Francoeur) saying "How can you accept shutting him down" and "How is it fair to guys like Zimmerman?"It just shows the national media has no clue re: the chemistry of this club or the depth of our SP. Dissension?Pu–leeze!

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    2389 votes in still up 4

  4. fast eddie - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    The headline in USA Today says "Strasburg dissent looming?" They cite a couple players (Jake Peavy and Jeff Francoeur) saying "How could the team accept that?" and "It's not fair to guys like (Ryan)Zimmerman who've been there a while".It just shows how little the national media understands about our team chemistry and depth of SP. Dissension?Pu—leeeze!!

  5. sjm308 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Again, I have not seen one "expert" talk about this shutdown from a positive aspect. It's like JZimmnn, Gio and now Detwiler don't exist. I seriously think Detwiler has moved ahead of EJax. That is no knock on Jackson, I just think our starters are outstanding and I think we will line up well as we head into Sept/Oct/NovGo Nats!!

  6. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Re: ESPN article on Braves.In a word, rubbish. I won't go into the merits — it can be summed up in one sentence: the Nats are a better team than Atlanta. Emphasis on team. Mark's article sums that up beautifully.But what is going to wear on the Braves is this: they have been relatively hot. They recently went 8-2 and gained … oh, yes, exactly NO GROUND. In fact, they slipped a game back of the Nats. That will grind a team down over time. Like, "What do we have to do to gain some ground on this bunch?" The other thing that is going to set in is complacency. Thanks to Buddy Ball's watering down of the playoffs, they actually have two shots at making the postseason WITHOUT winning the division. They know this. At some point, they are going to be thinking (subconsciously or otherwise), "Hey, let's just concentrate on the wild card. We're not going to catch these guys."My two cents.

  7. natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    One can vote a bunch of times by clearing browser memory in between, fwiw. ;-)

  8. sjm308 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    One man's hooey is anothers rubbish!1a – whats a browser memory?, remember, I can't even post a link. I am lucky to be able to switch from one site to another

  9. JD - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    The Braves rotation is: Hudson,Sheets,Minor,Medlen and Maholm Ours is: Strasburg,JZimm,Gio,Jackson and Detwiler. That's why we are 4 games ahead and that's why we are 8 – 4 against them head to head. Their lineup is very deep and they will beat up on weaker teams but I like our pitchers over theirs by a wide margin.

  10. blovy8 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Wait a week, and if the Braves lose two in a row, everyone will be talking about last September.

  11. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    EJax was on the radio today and defended the rotation sans Strasburg. He seemed to imply it's 180 innings or "something." Also said he would like to come back, but if not, he's having a great time this season. Strasburg needs to pull a hammy right about September 10 and shut all these people up.

  12. natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    sjm, where you'd find it depends on your browser, but there should be a "clear history" option somewhere. Maybe on the "tools" menu or under a "privacy" option.Last time I looked, the vote was at 50-50. I'm trying to work it on my 'puter, but I may end up day-to-day with repetitive stress injury. :-)

  13. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    blovy8–LOL!

  14. natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    sjm, there are instructions for different browsers here.

  15. Section 222 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    The state by state map seems ahead of the main page in counting the votes. 53-47 with 2,512 votes in.

  16. hiramhover - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Or just use the "incognito" or "private browsing" mode (chrome and firefox, respectively) which has the same effect.

  17. natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Thanks, 222. Given Roger's lead as shown there, I'll let up on voting in hopes of avoiding the D.L. (Don't want to be shut down early down the stretch, ya know. ;-))

  18. sjm308 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    ok – back to voting – thanks to all

  19. MicheleS - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    You can do the multiple voting in Firefox. You clear your browser history on that site. Haven't figured out on Explorer.

  20. natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    May the force be with you, sjm. :-)

  21. natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    All right, 'fess up now, who are you people that voted for Trout in DC/MD/VA? grrr… :-)

  22. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    MicheleS said… You can do the multiple voting in Firefox.You can tell she's from Chicago!

  23. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    1a, that's what I am doing. Vote, clear history, and vote again. Cycle keeps going on.

  24. natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Atta way, Faraz. Hey, where's our man in Idaho? No votes from that state. :-)

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
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