By Sam Bush

Last night’s Nats 8-6 loss to the Phillies was more of the same.

The starting pitcher, Erick Fedde, sucked for the get-go.

And even when it looked like the first late-inning comeback of the season was possible, a reliever, Wander Suero, handed momentum back to the opponents and all but sealed the loss.

Having now lost six of their last seven, the Nationals are 12-20 and barely ahead of the Pirates for the stigma of owning the National League’s worst record. With only 28 games to go, the odds of a late surge are diminishing by the hour. And Rizzo’s strategy of standing pat instead of either buying or selling at the trade deadline – while a relief to some within the clubhouse – doesn’t look likely to have much impact.

“I think all of us in this clubhouse believed from day one that we have the guys in here to win,” Turner said during a postgame Zoom session with reporters. “I don’t think any of us thinks we need somebody or something to help us get going. We’ve got it right here. It’s just a matter of playing good baseball and getting on the right track and getting on the winning side. It’s easier said than done, but I think we’ve got the guys in the clubhouse to do it.”

They may have the guys, but the guys who are taking the mound at the start of each game aren’t consistently giving everyone else a chance. Tonight’s culprit was Fedde, who allowed six runs by the fourth inning.

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