Washington Nationals: 5 takeaways from the 2018 schedule

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 13: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches to Kelby Tomlinson #37 of the San Francisco Giants in the third inning during Game 2 of a doubleheader at Nationals Park on August 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 13: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches to Kelby Tomlinson #37 of the San Francisco Giants in the third inning during Game 2 of a doubleheader at Nationals Park on August 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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NL Central matchups highlight second half

During the second half of the year, the Washington Nationals will be seeing a lot of the NL Central. If things stay true to form like they are this year, that division could continue to be tough as three teams (Cardinals, Cubs, and Brewers) are still in the mix for a playoff spot.

From August 1 till the end of the year, the Nats will play NL Central teams 21 times. Out of those 21 games, seven of them are against the Cubs and the Cardinals and three of them are against the Brewers (August 31-September 2 at Nats Park).

With that being the case, the Washington Nationals could end up playing a huge factor deciding which teams win that division if all three teams are in that same position next year. From August 31-September 9, the team plays every game against NL Central opponents.

As for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nats will finish all their games against them by the All-Star break. That is a contrast to this year since the Pirates will come to Nats Park for the final four games of this season. The only thing that might decide is whether or not the Nats get the number one seed in the postseason.

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