Friday, September 16, 2005

Hope Springs Eternal

Nats 6, Mets 5 (10 innings)



Well, I suppose I should probably say something. After all, I had practically proclaimed the Nats to be dead. St. Barry must have killed and resurrected them about ten times now. Even Tom "Foam Finger" Boswell can't believe they're still breathing.

Just when I thought the Nats were going to let me and Churchy get hitched in peace, they had to go and sweep the Mets in a three-game series at Shea this week. Now, with 15 games remaining, Washington is 76-71 and 2.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the hunt for the Wild Card.

No less than a sweep of the Mets this week probably would have been acceptable. But we did it, somehow coming back to win yesterday afternoon on clutch hits from a number of players, but especially from the ghosts of Third Baseman Past and Third Baseman Yet To Come. (Sorry, Mr. Dickens.)

So, with 15 games remaining, what will it take to win the Wild Card? About 86-88 wins is probably the magic milestone. That means the Nats have to win 10-12 of the last 15 games. Check out the fine post from Chris for a more detailed breakdown.

Does it defy all logic that we can do this? Oh, definitely. But since when have the Nats -- and for that matter, baseball itself -- ever been about logic?

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