For the Nationals stretch run, homes games aplenty


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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.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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