In case you hadn't noticed, this is becoming a heated race for the bottom. The Nats have gone 13-17 over their last 30 games, picking up a full 5 games on the Royals in that span. Reread if necessary. The Royals are now in sight of Dead Last, six-and-a-half ahead of the Nats in the standings. You can root for such an outcome or not, depending on your personal ethos, but Dead Last is doable. Do not even dare to doubt this.
Draft standing could mean several things at the conclusion to this season, depending on whether Stephen Strasburg signs before the August 17 deadline, whether (if he hasn't signed) he waives his right to not be drafted next year again by the Nats, and whether Bryce Harper gains draft eligibility. Of course to ensure KC gets a shot at one of these "once-in-a-lifetime" prospects, the Boys in Blue need to finish behind the entire field (I'm watching you, Cincinnati). Signing and developing the players are further challenges, but at some point you just gotta believe in something, and I believe that either one would make the Royals a better team.
So cheer the hometeam on to victory or pray for defeat, either way the long-term prospects of the club may be very much at stake when the final standings are decided.