The 2012 MLB standings may show that the Washington Nationals lost to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night (April 14), but it still reveals that they have the best record in baseball. The 6-1 loss may have added another game to the loss column, but that only dropped Washington to 72-45 on the season.
The next closest team to the Nationals is the Cincinnati Reds, owners of a very impressive 70-46 record so far. Both records are better than anything that the American League has to offer this season and it could show that the dominance that the NL has exuded in the World Series is ready to get extended for another year.
Washington has still won eight of their last 10 games and holds a 4 1/2 game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. That's not a safe lead by any means and some analysts might point to the upcoming resting of Stephen Strasburg as a reason that fans should be worried in Washington. Strasburg certainly has some impressive numbers going for him, including a 13-5 record and 2.90 ERA to his credit. That is in addition to hitting better than 0.300 at the plate.
Having Jordan Zimmerman and Ross Detwiler certainly helps the outlook for the team, but losing their ace to rest is certainly going to force them to take a step back. Can the Nationals continue this torrid pace of winning games once Strasburg is given a month off? That is the ultimate question as baseball heads into the stretch-run of the 2012 season.
Do you think that the 2012 MLB standings will still have the Washington Nationals with the best record at the end of the regular season? Does this team have enough talent to win the World Series this year?