For the Washington Nationals, there may be no better place to enjoy a stretch run than at home. Of all the teams in contention for a playoff spot, the Nationals have the most home games remaining. They have 44 contests to go, and 27 of them will come at Nationals Park.
The Nationals return from a 10-game road trip in which they went 8-2 and pushed their major league-leading record to 73-45 and National League East lead over the Atlanta Braves to four games. But they have achieved those new heights by playing on the road more than just about any team.
Sure, they have succeeded, with a major league-best road record of 41-23. But now, it’s time for the Nationals to reap their rewards at home, in front of larger crowds than they’ve seen in the past. Playing in a friendly environment isn’t just an anecdotal advantage. Based on major league averages, teams this season have a winning record at home (31-27) and a losing record on the road (27-31). The Nationals have a 32-22 record at home.
The Nationals welcome the New York Mets and Braves for a six-game homestand beginning Friday. Then, after three games in Philadelphia and Miami, the Nationals get an 11-game homestand.
The Braves, on the other hand, sit 20 games above .500 and have only 19 home game remaining. You do the math.