Another day has come and gone and the Washington Nationals are still five games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. It appeared they had momentum and were gaining on the Braves but then they lost a few when the Braves won a few and once again were six games out. Today they gained another game with Gio Gonzalez on the mound. As their reliable starters go over the next couple of days they might gain more ground but then they will likely lose some with the back of the rotation once again.
This kind of two steps forward, two steps back routine is not going to win them the N.L. East or even the wildcard in all likelihood. They obviously need a little boost. They have only right now improved their bench a little bit but that isn’t where the main problem lies with the Nats. I think they need some help on the back of the rotation but they don’t really seem willing to make a big move for a Matt Garza or Yovani Gallardo right now.
If they are not willing to give something up to improve the Nats will just need to hope that the back side of their starting five improves down the stretch or that the Braves hit a skid. Either way they could lose or win really, depending on how things go. They actually have themselves in a bit of a rare lose-gamble situation. Stranger things have happened though and it is possible that they will catch fire or the Braves will fall apart. If I were in control of the Nats, I would feel much better with one more starter from the trade market.