Washington was leading the East after one month official

Now is it time to start worrying about the Nats’ division title hopes

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The Nationals ended a lackluster canada goose uk shop April uk canada goose on a high note, with a 3 2 win over the Pirates on Monday in the fourth game of a 10 game homestand. Canada Goose Parka By improving to 2 8 in one run decisions, Washington pulled within 5.5 games canada goose black friday cheap canada goose uk sale of the idle canada goose black friday sale Mets, who have cooled off considerably since their 11 1 start.

The Mets are only one of the goose outlet canada teams standing between Manager Dave Martinez’s squad and a third consecutive division canada goose outlet canada title, however. At 13 16, the banged up Nationals are closer in the standings canada goose coats to the canada goose outlet online uk cellar dwelling Marlins than they are to the surprising Phillies and Braves, who are 3.5 and canada goose outlet 4 games ahead of the Nationals, Canada Goose online respectively.

[Boswell: For the Nationals, there’s no ill communication, just positivity run amok]

A year ago at this time, ESPN researcher Sarah Langs asked, «What do the standings mean on May 1?» The answer: Not enough canada goose clearance to completely panic if you’re a uk canada goose outlet canada goose outlet sale Nationals fan. Including last year’s division winners, 73 of the 132 division champions Canada Goose Jackets (55 percent) since the first wild card was introduced buy canada goose jacket cheap canada goose outlet reviews in 1996 held at least canada goose jacket outlet a Canada Goose Online share of the division lead entering games on May 1. Leading the divisionat the end of Aprilhas been less predictive of a division title since the Nationals’ first season in 2005. Over the last 13 years, 38 of the 78 division winners (49 percent) entered May 1 with at least a share of the division lead.

Of course, not all division leads are created equal. Washington was leading the East after one month official canada goose outlet in three of its four division title winning seasons; Manager canada goose outlet canada goose jackets Matt Williams’s club overcame a two game deficit on canada goose outlet in usa May 1 Canada Goose Outlet to win the team’s second division title in 2014. Eightof those teams weremired in fourth or fifth canada goose factory outlet place when the calendar canada goose outlet uk sale flipped to May, as the Nationals are, which presents a greater challenge. canada goose outlet store The 2016 Indians, who were in fourth place and five games behind the White Sox Canada Goose sale in the AL Central on May 1, were the only buy canada goose jacket one of those eight teams to win UK Canada Goose a playoff series, eventually losing in the World Series that year.

The canada goose outlet parka 2015 Rangers provide a reminder that things could get worse before canada goose outlet black friday they get better for the Nationals. Texas was in last placein the NL West, 7.5 games behind the Astros on May 1, and trailed by nine games three weeks later. After pulling canada goose factory sale within 1.5 games on June 3, the canada goose outlet new york city Rangers fell nine games back for a second time canada goose outlet uk on July 22 before rallying to win the division by two cheap Canada Goose games. Talk about a roller coaster season.

The other teams to jump at least three other teams in the standings canada goose outlet toronto factory and overcome a deficit of at least five games on May canada goose coats on sale 1 since 2005 are the 2011 Diamondbacks, 2007 Phillies, canada goose uk black friday 2007 Cubs, 2006 Padres, 2006 Twins and 2005 Yankees. canada goose clearance sale Nats blogger Harper canadian goose jacket Gordek, canada goose store who took a similar look at division canada goose outlet shop leads on May 1 canada goose outlet store uk Canada Goose Coats On Sale going back to 2000, notes the Twins’ comeback was particularly impressive and perhaps most comparable with what Washington faces. Minnesota trailed the AL Central leading White Sox by eight games, second place Detroit by 6.5 games and third place Cleveland by 3.5 games on May 1, 2006. That same year, the Padres jumped four teams while overcoming a 5.5 game deficit on May 1 to canada goose outlet online win the NL West.

It could be worse for the Nationals, who aren’t even the canada goose outlet nyc most disappointing team in the National League. That title belongs to the Dodgers, who are in fourth place in the NL West, eight games back of the Diamondbacks, and announced Monday salecanadagooseoutlets that all star shortstop Corey Seager will undergo canada goose uk outlet Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

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