Can the Nationals catch the Braves? Probably not, but I remember some time ago (2013, I think?) the Braves and Red Sox both held commanding leads late into the season and then proceeded to blow it. Assuming the Nats make it through the Wild Card they'll have to play the Dodgers, which might actually be a close series. I'd almost rather than play the Dodgers instead of the Cubs or Cardinals.
So we seep the Rangers in Texas. It's an ugly sweep, but it's wins.
Then we promptly come home and lose to the White Sox.
News today that Buxton is out until late August/early September. Having read these announcements from the Twins before about other star players (aka Joe Mauer) I have a feeling he's out for the season. It's like they are slow dripping bad news about his injury. Today they gave the dates and added on that he might need a rehab stint in the minors before he comes back. Well...that sounds like he's not ready to come back to me if he needs cuts in AAA.
A lot is being made of his reckless fielding and attacks on walls in CF. Tori Hunter said during a game that it's 'Bryon being Byron', and that there is little they can do to change how he plays.
So I guess Twins fans better get used to him playing 40-50 games a year and being hurt the rest of the time?