Washington Nationals: NLDS Game 4 a must win

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The ghost of Drew Storen and 18 Giant innings floats in the back of every fan and Nats player’s head. It has too when you consider how a loose team in the regular season plays tighter than a pickle jar lid in the playoffs.

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Pop that jar open and create new history.

Fear and doubt are crippling effects, but Washington has a chance to write their own destiny. Tuesday is only about Tuesday. Get an early run, ride those pitchers and get this series back home. Comebacks are possible.

After being embarrassed at Fenway Park 19-8 in Game 3 of their ALCS, the 2004 Boston Red Sox fought off a three-game hole to win. In 2011, the San Francisco Giants lost the first two games of their NLDS at home before sweeping the Cincinnati Reds. No one needs to explain the tortured history of the Chicago Cubs.

Although this NLDS feels like a giant blowout, the margin is razor-thin. Whatever has not bounced Washington’s way so far is water under the bridge. No one can change the past. Not 2012 or Monday.

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If the Nats score first, they are in great shape. They must take this game to Chicago and make the Cubs earn a tough one. Remember, Washington won the regular season series against every NL playoff team. For our sake, let’s hope the team remembers too.