The Washington Nationals have watched the calendar turn to August and continue to see their name atop the NL East. With two months left in the season, the Nationals are focused on doing everything possible to remain in first place and keep the surging Atlanta Braves at bay.
The 2.5 game lead is a small lead over Atlanta but a lead nonetheless. The Nationals have to continue to be successful in a few areas to ensure that they have that lead when the season comes to a close.
The Nationals have been finding their stroke on offense since the All-Star break while their pitching has not been quite as dominant as before the break. Heading down the stretch, it is pivotal to the Nats' success that they click on all cylinders and do the little things right to continue to win ball games and stay in front of the Braves.