Washington Nationals Rumors: Can Bryce Harper Lead Nationals To NL East Title?

Ryan DeVault

Washington Nationals rumors reveal the team could still catch the New York Mets. These Nationals rumors were aided by another win on Sunday (September 6), moving the team to within four games of leading the National League East. The 8-4 victory included Bryce Harper going 2-for-4 with his 34th home run of the season. He also had another walk, increasing his impressive on-base percentage to.470 during the 2015 MLB season.

Harper has a statistical line, which will come up in the discussion for the NL MVP this season. He has 101 runs scored, 83 RBIs, and a.339 batting average to his credit. In the world of fantasy baseball, he may have already won the MVP award for his owners, but now Nationals fans will have to hope he continues to put up big numbers down the stretch. If he can do it, the deficit in the NL East could quickly disappear.

The updated MLB standings give even more credence to the Washington Nationals rumors about making the postseason. With a nice five-game winning streak, the Nats are just four games back from the division crown. The New York Mets have been scuffling recently, winning just five of their last 10 games to allow the Nationals to draw closer. Now a big series in Washington surfaces, with everything on the line for both teams.

The Nationals vs. Mets series runs from September 7 to 9 and marks the toughest span of games that Washington has left on the schedule. The teams will then finish the regular season against each other from October 2 to 4 in New York. In between those two meetings, the Nationals play the Philadelphia Phillies six times, the Miami Marlins seven times, the Baltimore Orioles three times, and the Atlanta Braves three times. That's about as easy a schedule as any team in MLB will have.

When it comes to exciting match-ups, baseball fans will get just that as the Mets and Nationals battle it out for the National League East title. The 78-57 Chicago Cubs hold that second wild card slot if Mets fans hope that there is something to fall back on for the 2015 MLB Playoffs. With how many head-to-head games are left on the schedule, it looks like only one of the Mets or Nationals will make the postseason this year. There had been many Washington Nationals rumors about the team needing to tear things down if they failed to make the playoffs, but a hot-hitting Bryce Harper may have turned it all around.

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