By Sam Bush
For Nats fans, this year’s woeful start is quite familiar.
A 10-3 loss to Atlanta yesterday dropped them to 14-25 on the season.
Washington famously started 19-31 last year before going on to win the World Series.
In this shortened season, the Nationals don’t have much time to right themselves. Even with an expanded postseason, Washington is five games behind the final playoff spot in the National League.
In the NL, only Pittsburgh (13-26) has a worse record than Washington. The Nationals have had some bright spots — Trea Turner (.365) leads the majors in hitting, and Juan Soto (.354) would be close behind if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.
Other numbers aren’t as pretty. Washington has a 5.27 ERA as a team — even Max Scherzer’s is just a tick under 4.00. Stephen Strasburg made two starts and is now out for the season. Anthony Rendon left in the offseason.
Actually, this year’s Nationals kind of resemble Rendon’s new team, the Los Angeles Angels — with a couple guys playing like MVP candidates while the team as a whole struggles.
The defining moment so far in Washington’s frustrating season may have come Sunday, when general manager Mike Rizzo was ejected for yelling at umpires from a luxury suite.