Here is a look around the league with analysis of each team from Nats Insider Mark Zuckerman, Steve Roney and myself, Chase Hughes.
Gio Gonzalez came home to Miami on Thursday, pitched a gem and continued his case to make the Nationals' playoff rotation.
The Nationals played most of their regulars, but still got off to a slow start despite solid pitching by Gio Gonzalez. All of that changed in the fourth inning.
Adam LaRoche, currently in an 0-for-17 slump, got a second straight day off to rest his ailing back.
The Nationals have reserved a spot in the postseason by winning a second NL East title in three years. The road to the World Series will feature the NL's premiere superstars and could cause trouble for the Nats. What players will pose the biggest threat to the Nationals as they prepare to take one the National League's best ball clubs?