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Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Game 88 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Cubs

The Nationals have gone 17-7 in their past 24 games, and that has not done them a whole of good in the National League East standings. Before that run, they were 10 games out of first place. Today, they’re 11 games behind the Phillies.

If the Nationals played in any other National League division, they’d be in the thick of the race. Instead, they’re trailing second-place Atlanta – the second-best team in the NL, record-wise – by 6 ½ games.

So the Nationals will have to keep winning at a torrid rate if they want to keep within striking distance. Tonight, they’ll try to win their third straight over the Cubs and ensure a series victory. Tom Gorzelanny, who’s allowed one earned run in 14 innings over his last two starts, will face his former team. Randy Wells will take a 6.59 ERA to the mound for Chicago.

As always, talk about the game right here.

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