Washington Nationals: Takeaways from California

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June 6, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Koda Glover (30) reacts during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
June 6, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Koda Glover (30) reacts during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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WHAT TO EXPECT

You get the sense the Nats are hitting their stride.

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Trea Turner is stealing bases again. The offense can win when they do not score runs by the bucket load. Stephen Strasburg is quietly having a Cy Young campaign and Tanner Roark has found his 2016 form.

When they had to fight, they did. Washington weathered a bullpen that could get no one out and has the second-highest win total in the league.

Some have waited for the Nats to come back to earth, highlighting what trades must happen and focusing on the negative.

Instead, focus on a team scoring over 5.5 runs a game featuring multiple candidates for MVP and Cy Young. This team is a championship team. Do they need tweaks? Yes, but they have time.

If you are worried about a collapse, remember the second-place Atlanta Braves are a last place team in four of Major League Baseball’s six divisions. Since the first of May, they are 20-13 and 21-14 without Adam Eaton.

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Years from now, this will be the team others in Washington are compared to. Enjoy what is ahead. Worry about October when it comes.

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