When it comes to this juncture of the 2014 season, the Nationals sure have good timing. Just days before they embark on a 10-game road trip mostly on the West Coast, they’ve put together their best stretch of baseball so far this year. Five wins in six games, all five as convincing as victories come. Not only have they beaten the likes of the Texas Rangers and the Philadelphia Phillies – the latter in a three-game sweep – they demolished them. Even with their 2-0 loss to Yu Darvish and the Rangers on Sunday, the Nationals have outscored their opponents 38-12 over the last week. They are finally healthy, finally scoring runs, and finally seeing their starting rotation live up to the expectations that earned World Series predictions in spring training. Everything has appeared to come together right when they fly out to face three tough teams. First is San Diego, who split a four-game series at Nationals Park back in late April. Second is San Francisco, current owners of the best record in baseball with a stingy rotation and deep lineup. And third is St. Louis who is 9-2 against the Nats dating back to Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS. The Nationals sense a big test looming, which holds them back from all the ‘turning a corner’ talk. “We have a really hard road trip coming up against some really good teams,” manager Matt Williams said. “So without going too far, we’re happy with where we’re at right now and with the way it’s gone, but we have to continue to push. Guys know that, they’ll do that. They’ll be prepared. We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.” Team veterans Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche went so far as to directly say it: the Nationals will find out a lot about themselves over the next 10 days.
Nats complete sweep of Phillies before big ‘test’
CSN Washington | Jun 6