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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Two days off could help the Nationals

Tropical storm Andrea drenched the Washington D.C area Thursday night and Friday afternoon forcing the Washington Nationals to post-pone both Thursday and Friday’s game. Thursday’s being the last of three gamesagainst the New York Mets and Friday’s being the first of three against the Minnesota Twins. The two day break may just be what the Nationals need to get back on track.

While the Nationals need wins in a bad way, a few days off will help the team cope with various injuries and get healthy. Players like Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, and Wilson Ramos are all absent from the roster due to injuries. Being without three regular players and two starting pitchers can make a huge difference for any team. While they would not have been available this weekend, they could be available when thegame against the Mets game is made up, obviously giving the Nationals a needed edge. Also, veteran Jayson Werth,who just returned from injury early this week, will have a chance to rest. These two days off will also allow players who have been playing through an injury or two to rest up and get healthy.

The Nationals have also had several players who have been slumping the last few days who could use a break and a dayor two off. Roger Bernadina, Tyler Moore, and Denard Span have all been struggling at the plate recently and could use a few days to re-focus as the season nears the 60 game mark. The off days will give players a chance to take their minds off of baseball and regroup. Baseball is a game that is mostly mental and a clear head for a player can make all the difference.

As of 7 PM on Friday June 7, the Nationals sit 7.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East and one game behind the Philadelphia Phillies for second. This “mini-all break”, will give Nationals players a chance to reflect, get healthy, and re-focus on the task that they face with a little over 100 games left in a long season. These two days off could prove critical to whether the team is able to take off, or stumble down even farther.

Mac Cassells

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