Nationals finally playing as expected but it may be too late

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Jayson Werth and Washington's rejuvenated offense have kept the team's playoff hopes alive.

Jayson Werth and Washington's rejuvenated offense have kept the team's playoff hopes alive.

It's not that unusual for bad teams to play well in September. Over the previous five years, of the 73 teams that entered September with a losing record, 22 of them played winning baseball in that month. That's 30 percent of all bad teams suddenly becoming winning teams. It seems there may be something to the idea of playing September spoiler.