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"The Washington Nationals were 20-32 when I wrote that column, the latter number the reason they were left out. I could foresee a 29-31 team in the playoffs, but not a 28-32 one. Two days later, after three wins over the Phillies, the Nats are 23-32, and they at least demand an exploration of the idea."