Once again, the division is nice, and it's a virtual certainty, but the real goal of the regular season is home field advantage.

I've watched so many losing Washington teams, always called "the Nats" for short, that I won't consider the division a virtual certainty until it's a physical certainty. Get the nine!

For that matter, I consider a division championship a modern equivalent to a pennant, since it marks the winner of the regular season. (The schedule puts more games inside the division).

Playoff baseball is chancy...the regular season shows the best team.

Maybe it was sitting at Shea II (aka CITI Field) and seeing all the division championship flags hanging on a line in left field. Let's start a new Nats line!