The Nationals have 6 games left. Their max win total is 84; their minimum is 78. Based on the entire season, it seems like they’re a .500 club, so 81-81 seems like the right outcome here.
Here’s the scoop from South Capitol, where the Nats are playing meaningless baseball for the first time in three years and Bryce Harper is making his potential final stand:
On base running and how young players change the Nationals’ game (WaPo)
Wilmer Difo is still missing signs. Many other Nats are young, and are making baserunning gaffes. Can they improve next year to weaponize their crazy speed?
Players react to Nats' elimination from NL wild card - Byron Kerr
"It’s not what you want to do, but can’t win every year." "We just didn't win enough games this year." And more!
Heyman: Inside Baseball MLB Notes (Fancred)
"It would be a shocker if the Nats don't have a legit shot at re-signing Bryce Harper, [who] could actually wind up with better numbers than Manny Machado."
Trea Turner sets Nationals stolen base record (MLB.com)
Turner surpassed Ian Desmond on Sunday with his 123rd swiped bag.
All-Star teams of the second half of 2018 (MLB.com)
One Nationals’ outfielder is on here. It may not be who you think it is?
Victor Robles’s center field defense is a work in progress (WaPo)
Robles is still using flashcards to figure out where to stand hitter-by-hitter — but the Nats expect him not to rely on them for long, seeing as he has stellar instincts in the outfield.