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HBT Daily: Do the Nats have hope?

Sep 18, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

I kinda doubt it, but I suppose weirder things have happened. But before you say they do, please tell me which of the Reds, Pirates or Cardinals are going to collapse?

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    The Pirates are magic and are not allowed to fail. The Cardinals are the team that will win despite being in a small market, thus pissing off television executives. The Reds will fall because their hitters are selfish and get on base and do not drive in runs or hit home runs while striking out.

  2. Stiller43 - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Nats have no chance. It would take a COMPLETE collapse AND a stellar finish…and even then its dicey at best

  3. paperlions - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    The Nats have to go 9-2 to get to 90 wins….that requires Cinci to finish 4-6, Pittsburgh to finish 3-8, or StL to finish 2-9 just for the Nats to just tie one of them….not impossible, but a pretty tall order….thus the 4% chance of making the playoffs….which would likely require at least a play-in game just to get to the official play-in game.

    • someguyinva - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      I’m unable to view the video for reasons that I can’t fathom, so if this is covered in the video, I apologize.

      The Reds and Pirates play each other six times down the stretch. The Nats’ best hope is that there’s a 5-1 or 6-0 split in those games, with the Pirates on the winning side of that split. Even that might not do it, because the Reds other four games are against the Astros (1) and the Mets (3).

      If those six games break 3-3 or 4-2 Reds, it’s not gonna matter what the Nats do, I don’t think.

      • stoutfiles - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        It still matters, because the Cards could lose all the rest of their games.

      • spudchukar - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Yeah, that is why the Nats chances are so slim. Plus the Nats still have to go to St. Louis and the Cards may very well be playing for the Best Record in the NL.

      • paperlions - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        If you have ad block plus on, it kills the video when the ad is blocked….if you temporarily disable ABP for HBT, you should be able to watch the video then turn ABP back on.

      • someguyinva - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        Thanks, paperlions. That did the trick.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        If you are using any sort of ad blocking software in your webbrowser, that’ll stop the video from playing.

  4. thehoagster07 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Obviously the Nats will have to play out of their minds to sneak in, but it’s possible.

    I don’t expect them to make the playoffs, but it’s pretty clear that they can gain 3 games by sweeping STL (unlikely, but they’ll probably have to in order to make the playoffs) and Pittsburgh and Cincy are guaranteed to combine for 6 losses in their remaining games against each other.

    If the Nats can go 9-2, they should be in good shape. But 9-2 ain’t easy.

    • NatsLady - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Neither is 13-3 (September record).

  5. Francisco (FC) - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    But before you say they do, please tell me which of the Reds, Pirates or Cardinals are going to collapse?

    None of them, it will be Atlanta. Hyuk, Hyuk, Hyuk.

  6. 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Maybe if they get some sucker to buy a bunch of their lame hats, clothing, and other crap that the fans piss away their money on.

    FO SHOOO that will give the Nats hope.

  7. tcostant - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I hope the Nats can do it, even if I agree it is unlikely.

    As for the host, I just realized that she is same person who gives sage fantasy football advise on Thursday’s fantasy football on NBC Sports netowrk. That girl nows here stuff!

    • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      advice*
      network*
      knows*
      her*

      Please try and rise above 2nd grade spelling.

      • tcostant - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Does hurting others make you feel better about yourself? English isn’t everyone’s first language. Don’t build yourself up by tearing others down.

      • cur68 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        Please try and rise above being a 1st grade asshat.

  8. steelers88 - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I’m betting the Pirates collapse. Not enough hitting and pitching not as good as it was. I predicted the Nats would be in a 1 game wildcard playoff and everybody laughed well who’s laughing now!

  9. billgatesbarber - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Nobody wants to give them a chance because they were disappointing for the first 4 and 1/2 months but they are rolling right now. They are guaranteed that the Reds or the Pirates are going to lose at least 3 and as many as 6 before it ends since they play 6 games head to head. It isn’t over.

  10. thebadguyswon - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    They’re going to fall short. Not enough time. You can’t play like ass for four months and then turn it on in August. I mean, you can sometimes, but not very often.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      I still hear people every year say the games in April, May and June don’t matter. Ha.

  11. Stiller43 - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Steelers88,

    THIS from the guy a couple days who said theyre “getting it all together at the right time?!!”

  12. perryt200 - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I am going to root for them tonight so StL can pull even with Atlanta’s record but then it gets dicey.

    StL is currently 48-27 at home, or .640. If that holds the Nats drop 2 in StL and it is all over. StL swept the Nats at Washington back in April if that matters.

    I would say that 4% is about right.

  13. scotttheskeptic - Sep 18, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I know this is anathema to Craig, but wouldn’t Braves collapse also work?

  14. steelers88 - Sep 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Stiller 43,
    I was just JOKING around. It was supposed to be sarcasm but obviously I didn’t do a good job at it! Of course the Pirates aren’t putting things together! There offense is terrible! Their pitching has regressed! They are NOWHERE close to putting things together.

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