Elfin: Subtract Strasburg And You’re Left With A First Place Team

Posted: September 12, 2012 in Nationals
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CBS DC

Major league baseball’s regular season ends three weeks from tonight. However, for the first time in 79 years that won’t mean the conclusion of baseball in the nation’s capital until the following spring.

Sure, I know that the Nats haven’t officially clinched a postseason berth, but let’s be real, people. With 20 games left, Washington is 14 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team that’s closest to qualifying for the National League playoffs without currently holding one of the five spots. That means that even if the Nats utterly collapsed without the now-shut down Stephen Strasburg, going 5-15 the rest of the way, the Dodgers would have to go 19-1 just to catch them and force a 1-game playoff.

Folks, that’s just not happening. The best team in baseball over 142 games isn’t going to blow a 14-game lead over the final 20 games.

In fact, unless the…

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