Just a few weeks ago the Nationals vaulted to the top of Sports Illustrated's power rankings and on Thursday they reached the top of another major media outlet's list.
Yahoo! Sports now ranks the Nats as the best team in all of baseball, ahead of the Texas Rangers who slot second and the New York Yankees in third. The writer for some reason includes jokes instead of real explanation, so we'll have to speculate as to why the team jumped from third to first this week.
The Nationals do have the best record in the majors at this point at 68-43, an amazing 25 games above .500. They have two more wins than the next-best team, the Cincinnati Reds who have lost four straight games.
The Nats have been near the top of many MLB power rankings this season, but just recently have won the respect of being considered number one. As we get closer to the middle of August, it has become clear the Nats are a legitimate contender, at least for the division this season.
The Nats seem to get better by the month and the national media is taking notice. There may have been a reluctance to call them the best team in baseball, but that sentiment is fading with each and every win. The Nats are in the middle of a five game winning streak and don't appear close to slowing down.