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Record: 24-18, 3rd in NL East
Not being at full strength isn't stopping the Washington Nationals from becoming the team they are supposed to be.
A 13-2 stretch is putting a slow start in rear view, and it has everything to do with a pitching staff that's churned out a 2.22 ERA during that time.
The shoe fits. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg headline the best starting rotation in the National League. And not to be overlooked is how Ryan Madson has re-established himself as a shutdown setup man in front of Sean Doolittle.
All the Nationals need is a more consistent offense. They know Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner will do their part, and there will come a time when they're reunited with Daniel Murphy (knee) and Adam Eaton (ankle).
The rise of the Braves and Phillies will make it tough for the Nats to earn a third straight NL East title. But that's what they're trending toward, and a wild-card spot will be an attainable fallback.
All records and stats are accurate through play on Tuesday, May 15.
Source : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2775358-2018-playoff-odds-for-every-mlb-team-at-seasons-quarter-mark