Washington Nationals: Why the Team Will Win 100 Games This Season

Kyle CaseyCorrespondent IIIAugust 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21:  Bryce Harper #34 and Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves 4-1 at Nationals Park on August 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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After defeating the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals own a 77-46 record, which is currently the best record in MLB.

But just how good could that record be by season's end?

Right now, the Nationals could reach the 100-win mark. With 39 games left to play, the team would have to win just 23 more games to reach the impressive milestone. A 23-13 record is certainly possibly, and the team could even exceed the targeted 23-13 record.

To determine whether or not the Nationals can reach 100 wins, here's a look at their schedule for the rest of the regular season:

Aug 22: vs. Atlanta Braves

Aug 24-26: at Philadelphia Phillies

Aug 28-29: at Miami Marlins

Aug 30-Sept 2: vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Sep 3-6: vs. Chicago Cubs

Sept 7-9: vs. Miami Marlins 

Sept 10-12: at New York Mets

Sept 14-16: at Atlanta Braves 

Sept 18-20: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Sept 21-24: vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Sept 25-27: at Philadelphia Phillies

Sept 28-30: at St. Louis Cardinals

Oct 1-3: vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Seem pretty easy? Well, that's because it is. Of the 12 remaining series for the Nationals, eight of them are against teams that currently have losing records. To have about two-thirds of the remaining games against teams below .500 seems like a pretty simple task for Washington. 

It also helps the Nationals that nine of their final 39 games are against the Philadelphia Phillies, who currently stand at 57-66.

The road to 100 wins is a fairly easy one for the Nationals, and there's no reason to believe that the team can't reach that goal.