The Washington Nationals took care of business over the holiday weekend, sweeping the lowly Miami Marlins and running the winning streak to four.
If the good times are to continue, they’ll need to roll uphill.
A 19-7 August put the Nationals back in the playoff picture and in control of their postseason destiny, but this 2.5-week stretch in September will define their season.
The Mets may be in fourth place in the division, but they are still very much in Wild Card contention, just four games back of the second spot. More importantly, they have already beaten the Nats 10 times this season, securing the season series win. This is a revenge opportunity for the Nationals, who can torpedo the Mets' playoff chances.