Nationals finally playing as expected but it may be too late

Friday September 13th, 2013
Jayson Werth and Washington's rejuvenated offense have kept the team's playoff hopes alive.
AP

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.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.