Which is our long way of saying: It was worse. Much worse.
A night after losing their 100th game for the third time since moving to Washington from Montreal 17 years ago, Dave Martinez’s ragtag Nationals host the defending World Championships, the Atlanta Braves, who beat them ahead of them.They lost 8-2their 14th loss in 18 games against the Braves – with another chance to boost that number Wednesday.
“The losing part of it, it’s hard to accept,” Martinez said. “It really is.”
Especially when he has not been accepted here for a long time. Sometime during the next week, these players will likely surpass the 2009 edition, which lost 103 games of all shapes, style and size – including when the team released two of its best players jerseys emblazoned with “Natinals”.
The pit was bottomless in those days. those The Nats were one game worse than the 2008 set, which went 59-102 – and he didn’t play match 162 because, well, who wanted to watch that?
So yeah, with a streak complete against the Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Mets—all of the Eastern National League’s foes vying for the post-season position—these Nats are almost certain to end up with Washington’s worst baseball record since 1963. 106. (Claude Austin and Don Locke, anyone?) These natives have given up the second most innings in baseball, scored the fifth least and made the third most fouls. Yes, it smells over 100 losses.
“Regardless of everything,” Martinez said, “I had so much fun with this group because they’re so involved.”
Now, it’s hard to put it everything An aside, because this season involves a gut punch Juan Soto’s trade The strange feeling is that the World Championships Parade, which took place less than three years ago, somehow feels a decade late. There is work to be done, and Explore the Lerner family franchise sale A continuous process with an indistinct end point that obscures everything from the future.
But the record doesn’t always show exactly where the franchise is in its development. Yes, from here, 2019 seems like a long time ago. But not since 2008 – which was the absolute depths.
Most often that group knocked out Aaron Boone at the start, Felipe Lopez in second, and Christian Guzman short with Zimmermann in third. Willie Harris Stadium, Lastings Millage and Austin Cairns were the most popular. It featured in the rotation Tim Reading, John Lannan, and Perez—who you may remember dumped the pitch that opened Nationals Park—along with a group of Jason Bergman, Colin Pallister, and Sean Hill together to piece together the rest of the starts.
Search that collection – in real time at the time and with the wisdom of history – and find pieces that may have contributed to something that could become a winner. There was Zimmermann, who became a veteran. There was hope for Midge, who was once a precious prospect. Lannan became a serviceable jug.
Beyond that? Hill was repeatedly injured. Balester was a pick in the first round and it didn’t work out.
The present was bleak. The future can only be seen through a telescope released by NASA.
Which is why, by the time the 2009 season ended, it was a small but obvious step ahead of its predecessor. Zimmerman became an All-Star for the first time. Ian Desmond finished the season as the shortstop. Jordan Zimmerman made his league debut. Michael Morse arrived in a business deal with Seattle. Craig Stamen appeared in the rotation, and Tyler Kleppard came off the bulls. The chosen club Stephen Strasbourg With the first choice in the draft. The 2009 team lost one game more than the 08 team. They were clearly in a better position.
Which brings us to this tough, and sometimes ugly, summer.
“A lot has changed, of course, since I first came here,” said the leftist. Patrick CorbinShe is one of the characters that embodies this decline. (Corbin in 2019, when he helped win the World Championship: 14-7, 3.25 ERA over 202 effective runs. Corbin in 2022: 6-18, 6.08 ERA with more hits and kicks allowed than anyone in the league. )
So yes, Patrick, a lot has changed. But this is not the bottom. Oh man, I felt it, before the Soto trade when players who had no past and no future here – Michael Franco, Cesar Hernandez, Alcides Escobar, Dee Strange-Gordon, Lucius Fox, etc – threw the ball around the yard with alarming regularity.
But as this season draws to a close, two things are true: The Nationals are playing a more palatable brand of baseball than they did when the season began, and they are doing so with more players who could positively impact their future. In record terms, they’re nowhere near the 2010 group that went 69-93 — a small step toward contention. List-wise, they’re way better off, because that group was full of veterans who were hanging out: Pudge Rodriguez, Adam Dunn, Adam Kennedy, and Josh Willingham.
Here and Now, Citizens May Have Both Shortstop And Mask In A Competitor In CJ Abrams And the Kibert Ruiz. Abrams’ arrival allowed Luis Garcia to move into second place, instantly making his future brighter. Josiah Gray He’s struggled — allowing attendees and walkers more than anyone else in the league — but if he continues his successful career as a rookie, he won’t be the first to look back on a rookie year like this.
Kid Cavalli And the Mackenzie Gor Wrap up the year they are treated to white gloves, but at some point they will develop and evolve. In addition, it’s not hard to imagine two or more of an effective combination of analgesics – Kyle Finnigan, Hunter Harvey, Mason Thompson and the injured Tanner Rennie – to be useful in the future.
And this not only touches the farm system which still has holes but also has new life.
“These guys, if you watch them play, you can’t tell me they thought they were out of it or thought they lost 100 games,” Martinez said. “They are playing hard every day and in every run. …
“They want to make sure that when we get new players, we establish something here now, so when players come in they can say, ‘Hey, look, we’re here to think ‘compete and win’. I like that about them, because they talk about it. I hear them talking about that “.
It is modern, of course. But as a lousy year comes to a close, it’s important to note that it’s not wasted. Citizens and their fans know the lost seasons. It was the end of baseball in Washington when the senators left — twice — or the ugly summer of 2008. This year wasn’t as bad as it had been.