Posted by KilgoreTroutIII
The Nats’ magic number in the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes Race is now one. One more loss for the Nats or one more win for the Pirates and it’s over. The Nats won Monday, but the Pirates are on a two-game win streak, blowing their chances.
Meanwhile, despite a valiant 11-game losing streak, the Orioles have been eliminated. They simply won too many games before their streak. The Nats and Orioles both have six games remaining and Baltimore is seven games behind. The Pirates have seven games left and are 6.5 games back. Only if the Nats win their remaining six and Pittsburgh loses its remaining seven could they tie with the Nats.
Although the Nats improved to .391 (27-42) under interim manager Jim Riggleman, their solid .299 (26-61) start under Manny Acta was enough to keep it out of reach for all the other teams.
Riggleman, a graduate of Rockville’s Richard Montgomery High School, alma mater of Suckafish, has earned a contract as the full-time manager.
After Monday’s games, the standings:
The Bryce Harper Sweepstakes Race
Team Record GB STRK To Reach 59-103
Nats 53-103 .340 – W1 6-0 1.000
Pitts 59-96 .381 6.5 W2 0-7 .000
Orioles 60-96 .385 7 L11 Eliminated