If the Washington Nationals end up making the 2019 MLB Postseason, they can point to this past weekend as a defining series.
Winners of six of the last seven games, the Nats take their hot streak on the road for four games in Pittsburgh and three in Chicago vs. the Cubs. Seven road games in seven days is a tough stretch, especially when the bullpen pitched 17 innings vs. the Brewers.
Sweep the four-game series and the Nationals could pull within two games of the division-leading Braves (who play three games vs. Miami). Get swept by the Pirates and the Nats could fall back into the five-team scrum battling for the Wild Card.
Here’s how the Nats can help their Hunt for Red October in Pittsburgh: