NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas was joined by ESPN's Jeff Passan on the latest episode of the Racing President's Podcast.
Despite a rough and I mean rough start, the Washington Nationals have been the best team in baseball since May 24. While fans are looking for an event to attribute that to, many are giving manager Davey Martinez some credit for how he's handled the rough start and the comeback, including ESPN's Jeff Passan.
"If he can keep that clubhouse together, if he can keep it cohesive, if he can motivate the guys the right way, then he’s doing the vast majority of his job,” Passan said on the Racing Presidents Podcast.
The theme of the 2019 season for the Nationals has been the injuries and the struggling bullpen. But now with a healthy roster and some improvement in closing games, the Nats have rebounded in a big way.
“They have so much talent on that Nationals team, if they get a couple relief pitchers in there, I think they might be favorites in the East and that’s saying a lot," Passan said. "Not just considering where they were, but considering how good the Atlanta Braves are. "
The Nats are the current Wild Card favorite for the NL East and if things continue to go well for the once-struggling clubhouse, Passan thinks they have a real shot in the playoffs.
"The Nationals have the talent to be one of the five best teams in baseball and with the pitchers they’ve got, really to be the most legitimate threat to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League pennant," Passan said.
The Nationals return from the All Star break Friday with a game in Philadelphia against the Phillies at 6:05 p.m.
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