Ryan Zimmerman probably put it best late Sunday night, after the Nationals had been swept by the Braves to see their once-commanding lead in the NL East suddenly appear in jeopardy.
"There's two weeks left of playing baseball," Zimmerman said. "Everything's right in front of us."
Indeed, despite the frustrating weekend in Atlanta, the Nationals still control their own destiny. The task, really, is simple: Keep playing respectable baseball and the division title will be theirs.
Though the lead over the Braves may look tenuous -- it's now down to 5 games after the Braves won in Miami last night -- it's still a sizable margin at this late stage of the season.
Some perspective: If the Nationals merely play .500 ball the rest of the way (8-8) they'll finish 97-65. For the Braves to surpass them and steal the NL East crown, they'd have to go 13-1.
More perspective: Even if the Nationals collapse and go 4-12 down the stretch, they'll still finish 93-69, forcing Atlanta to go 9-5 to leapfrog them.
Even more perspective: The Nationals' worst 16-game stretches of the season (April 26-May 13, June 13-30) resulted in 7-9 records.
In other words, if they can only avoid their worst 16-game stretch of the entire year right at the end, the Nationals are all but certain to win the East.