The countdown continues to the end of the 2009 baseball season.
With 19 games still on the books, the Nationals can certainly do some damage and either spoil or put on the back burner, post-season plans for the Phillies, Mets, Dodgers and Braves.
Washington plays the defending World Champions three times and the Mets six times; the Dodgers are in DC for three; then the Atlanta Braves still have seven games against our ballclub. Spoiler? You bet.
But even more important is the fact that Jim Riggleman gets to witness a lot of the younger guys getting tested against the best in the National league.
Ian Desmond, Justin Maxwell and Pete Orr are three Nats to keep an eye on. If these past few games are any indication, all three should figure in February's plans in Vierra.
Also the shortstop-second base situation will be watched closely. Will the ballclub suggest to Cristian Guzman that he would help the team by moving from short to second to let the youngster Ian Desmond handle the duties at short?
Throw in next year's pitching rotation and offseason acquisitions, and I believe Nats fans will have plenty to look forward too.