The Nationals have overcome a tough start to their season by winning eight of their last 10 games, as the top of the NL East has slid back to reality.
Their recent run of success has been aided by the heavy-hitting bat of Matt Adams, who the division-leading Braves let go this offseason. The Braves really missed on this one and this stat is enough to prove it.
According to @EliasSports, Matt Adams joined Bryce Harper (2x: 5/5-5/12/2015 and 5/6-5/13/2015) & Ryan Zimmerman (9/7/-9/13/2013) as the only players in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to hit 7 HR in a 7-game stretch. Adams is the only player in MLB to do it in 2018.— Kyle Brostowitz (@KyleBrostowitz) May 8, 2018
Seven home runs in seven games is an outrageous hot streak and that rings more true when you see Adams' company (by the way, Harper doing it twice in his career is ludicrous).
The Braves may be content with their current position, but it must hurt knowing that they should have Adams slugging alongside young superstars Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuña. They'd most likely be extending their division lead opposed to fending off the Mets, Phillies and Adams' Nationals.
All four teams are within 1.5 games of each other in the division and the Nationals will soon reclaim their NL East throne if Adams continues to produce like this.
The Braves are on a three-game skid and will need to get their early season mojo back if they want to stay in the driver's seat of the division.