There seems to be a sense among many that the Nationals haven't really taken off as a team this season, that there's a much higher level of success yet to reach for a talented ballclub that hasn't achieved its full potential.
And perhaps that's true. Maybe the Nationals are still capable of going on some kind of record-setting run, the kind that draws the attention of the entire baseball world and solidifies their standing as one of the sport's elite contenders.
But here's the thing: The Nats might not need to do that. As they have proven over the last four months, consistent — if not jaw-dropping — performances are good enough to catapult this team to the NL's best record.