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“They played great. If we play a little better, we’d probably put ourselves in a better position. We got a good taste of what they’re bringing to the table this year.”

When the season is a little older, and the postseason doesn’t seem so incredibly far away, perhaps this weekend will look like a blip on the radar for a team widely expected to be a juggernaut. As Johnson put it, “It’s a whole lot of battles to win this war.”

The Braves are 11-1. The Nationals acknowledge they are fierce competition. But in the quiet of the clubhouse Sunday afternoon, they also acknowledged that’s an unsustainable pace. And with 16 more games between the two, they want to be there when that tide turns.

“I still don’t think that they’re better than us,” Espinosa said. “They’re hot right now. They’ve come back on people. They’re playing well. It doesn’t last forever. I’m not worried about it.

“I’m going to be real confident going into these next 16 games.”

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