The Washington Nationals looked every bit the part of a playoff team this weekend, closing out a 6-1 road trip with a three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Cubs.
Now back in the friendly confines of Nats Park for a squash match with the Baltimore Orioles, the only question is how much hotter can they get?
With a 12-2 record in their last 14 games, the Nats have only picked up a game on the Atlanta Braves, who are 11-3 over the same stretch. At this point, every game is precious in the battle for the NL East crown.
The good news is that the hot streak has propelled the Nats comfortably ahead of the Phillies and Mets, who are five and six games back of the Nats, respectively.
After the first day off in 10 games, the Nats have to regroup and not look past the 43-88 Orioles. Here’s how the Nationals can help their Race for Red October against Baltimore: