ATLANTA — In the wake of yet another series loss at Turner Field, it's easy to look at the Nationals and declare that they squandered an opportunity to step on the reeling Braves' throats and create some major distance between themselves and their NL East rivals.
And, to be sure, the Nats would have loved to do just that over the weekend. They would have loved to take 2 of 3 instead of losing 2 of 3. They really would have loved to sweep the series.
But the fact they didn't do that doesn't suddenly alter the overarching storyline of this pennant race. The Nationals, believe it or not, still lead the division by 3 1/2 games and still sit in a decidedly advantageous position in the big picture.