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The Nationals are the hottest team in baseball

Jun 10, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

Washington Nationals AP

Up in San Francisco to face the team with the best record in baseball, the Nationals didn’t miss a beat and perhaps took the title of baseball’s hottest team from the Giants. Stephen Strasburg tossed six innings of one-run ball, striking out seven as Washington cruised 9-2.

It wasn’t all pitching, of course. Ian Desmond had three hits including a triple and a double while driving in five. Denard Span ripped two doubles and a triple. Jayson Werth drove in two himself. It was a total team effort.

The Nats have won eight of ten, outscoring their opponents, 62-18 in that span. Over their last 7 outings the Nats’ rotation has a 1.23 era with 51 strikeouts and only 1 walk. Most importantly, they have climbed 3.5 games up in the standings to tie the Braves.


  1. tbutler704 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    They’re 4 games over .500, the Giants are 20 games over.

    • danfitzger - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      That’s why he said “hottest” and not “best”.

  2. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Well, they would be the hottest, if it weren’t for the Indians being 9-1 in their last 10…

    • voteforno6 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      I think Craig is just trying to jinx the Nats.

  3. dizzale34 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    UNTIL…. They play the Braves!! Because Atlanta OWNS their sorry Asses!! Don’t Forget that!!

    • robmar924 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      But does anyone believe they are really the better team? Just because the Braves have dominated the Nats since last year does not mean it will continue. The Braves pitching and offense has looked pretty poor recently and there aren’t many indications that it will get better. So in 162 being able to “dominate” one team seems pretty irrelevant at mid-season.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      You seem to have a problem with a simple concept–things change. Trends don’t continue forever. Because the Braves have dominated the series of late, doesn’t mean they will continue to dominate.

      The Nats have been playing much better of late, the point of Craig’s post. However, just as they need to show they can beat top teams on the road (this week at the Giants and Cards), they need to show they can beat the Braves. Last night’s win was a start in that direction.

    • xmatt0926x - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Since the Braves usually don’t do well in the postseason, should they just stop playing or perhaps they’d like to try and reverse that trend? The Braves owning the season series means nothing unless it keeps the Nats out of the playoffs.

      I’ll still take the talent to win out in the long run, no matter what the trend so far has been.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Go Expos Go!

  5. nogoodtomedead - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Of course you won’t ever find an article about the Giants winning on HBT. 20 games over and not a peep- lose a series opener to the Nationals and its a headline.

    • paperlions - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      It is odd, isn’t it? Seems like the Giants are ignored in general this year when it comes to coverage, I guess they are just winning but aren’t doing/saying anything interesting to build a narrative around….just winning games.

  6. Jackofallsports - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    More like the Nationals are relevant again….

  7. idahonick - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    The Giants lucked into two WS championships in the past four years, isn’t that the narrative? Pshaw.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      I wish my team could “luck” their way to a WS championship.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

  8. goawaydog - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    I know I am a biased Giants fan but any one who gets to watch them on a regular basis cant he but like that team and the way they play the game. There is infectious enthusiasm throughout the dugout.
    Needless to say the Nats had there number last night though and the Giants wore out their track shoes chasing balls into the gap.

  9. 18thstreet - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Not only are they the hottest, they’re also the most humid. It’s really miserable here.

  10. pjmulloy - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Last 10 games:

    Indians 9-1
    Nat’s 8-2

    I’m not math expert but….. ???

    • missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      BUT……it’s the Indians.

      • Old Gator - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        More to it than mere numbers. The Gnats punched out another very hot team with a big lead in their division. Extra credit accrues.

  11. kbmdmv - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    For those comparing the Indians to the Nats: You are basing your opinion solely on recent record. Perhaps you need to look a little further into the numbers.

    Indians last 7 games (since that’s the parameter set in the article):
    47 runs scored vs. 27 runs allowed
    Starting staff ERA: 4.25 (20ER across 42.1 IP)
    Starting staff K:BB: 36:14

  12. moogro - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Now if Strasburg would stop being such a fascist, he wouldbegoodintheeighthtoo.

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