Washington Nationals sweep Phillies, could reach .500

Brad Peacock shut 'em down last night.

We know that, with the football season having started (and the Redskins being 2-0), you're probably not paying much attention to the Nationals, but you should be. With a 6-1 win last night, they swept the best team in all of baseball — the Phillies — and, with six games left, could even finish above .500. They are, dare we say, looking like a very good ballclub.

And this was no regular sweep; the series was four games rather than three, and in Philadelphia, where the home team was 52-25 until our club rolled into town. The Nats have won 10 of their last 12 games, and they'll have to keep up that pace, as they need to go 5-1 to earn their first .500 season since 2005. They'll close out the season against the futile Florida Marlins, and then play the wild card–leading Atlanta Braves, who just dropped four of six games to the two teams at the{ }bottom of the N.L. East — the Mets and Marlins.

So it's possible! And the way the Nationals are closing out this season, there's no despair in saying, "There's always next year."