The Nationals have lost eight of nine games, their worst stretch of this season, which has dropped them to 63-72. Nine games under .500 matches their worst mark relative to .500 this season, but it’s an improvement over last season. The Nationals could go 7-20 in their final 27 games and still beat last year’s win total.
They could also finish third for the first time since baseball return, and this weekend’s series could have a significant bearing. The Mets, at 66-69, are 2 ½ games ahead of the Nationals in the National League East. Neither team’s season means anything to the postseason race, but there is that.
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