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"The Nationals go to Citi Field this weekend with a chance to step on the Mets’ necks. The Nats could put some distance between themselves, currently two games clear of the second wild-card slot, and the pack, while blunting the 'Mets momentum' stories. Whatever happens this weekend, though, the Nationals have the fourth-best team in the NL, arguably third-best, and should find themselves in no worse than the NL Wild Card Game in October, able to put one of the best pitchers in baseball on the mound in that contest. This is a dangerous team, probably the team not leading its division right now with the best chance to win the World Series."