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Ask Boswell: Concerned about series sweep?

(David Goldman/AP)

In his weekly online chat, columnist Thomas Boswell answered the following question about the Nationals being swept by the Braves: Hiccup or concern?

Boz’s answer? Both.

The Nationals needed one win during the three-game series in Atlanta to essentially win the NL East crown.

But they lost all three, the most important being Sunday with their post-Stras ace, Gio Gonzalez, against inconsistent Mike Minor. Gio was nibbling or wild from the start, lots of 3-2 counts even when they weren’t walks, and set a poor tone that continued the shakey play of the 1st two games.

It’s almost hard to believe how much difference one win makes — the difference between 7 1/2 and 5 1/2.

Boz also says there is ample opportunity during the next seven home games for the Nats to get very close to clinching. Click here to see a transcript of the complete chat.

What do you think? Is it time to worry?

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