WASHINGTON â?? The Nationals crossed a new milestone this week, though you may not have noticed.
Never before in team history have the Nationals held a nine-game division lead so early in the season, as they did heading into Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh, a feat that’s somewhat extraordinary to accomplish by May 16.
“Nine-game leads, they’re few and far between,” Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told The Sports Junkies Thursday. “I don’t know in our three division-winning seasons if we had a nine-game lead the whole season. I know one year we won the league by nine, but that was towards the end.”
Previously, the earliest the Nats ever held a nine-game lead was Aug. 18 of last season. They peaked with a 10.5-game lead on Sept. 2, and finished the season with an eight-game lead over the second-place Mets.
Prior to that, their earliest nine-game lead was Sept. 19, 2014. …
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