Well that sucked. Not only did the Nats get swept but the Braves stopped the freight train that was the San Francisco Giants and picked up a game and a half on the Nats. As I noted on Thursday the Braves have a bit of a scheduling advantage from here onto the next series. Not much, but enough to keep you scoreboard watching.
Why did the Nats get swept? Because their offense isn't great. Sorry those that believe otherwise but it isn't. It is better than I thought it would be because the lack of anyone underperforming for the year has led to a lineup where there isn't a particular hole outside of catcher. But it also doesn't have great bats that can carry a team (well maybe Zimmerman, he kind of skirts that). The success it sees is because of its mild relentlessness. From 1 to 7 they might not kill you but you can't take a batter off. What happens though when two of the bats go out and you don't catch a lucky break with everyone else being hot? The offense stops dead in its tracks. Six runs in 4 games. The Nats need a healthy Morse and Desmond back ASAP.
To help with the freaking out that might happen if the Nats lose another one tonight let's put this season in some perspective.
Nats Record & Standings on August 26th
2006 : 55-74, 24.5 games out of NL East lead, 11.5 games out of the playoffs
2007 : 58-73, 16, 13
2008 : 47-85, 26, 30
2009 : 45-82, 29.5, 27
2010 : 54-74, 19.5, 17
2011 : 62-68, 21.5, 15.5
2012 : 77-50, 4.5 games UP in the NL East, 8.5 games away from being out of the playoffs.
I'm not saying you can't complain about the lousy play, or the hot-headedness of Rizzo, or the Nats injury luck, etc. etc. But at the same time you should be enjoying the hell out of this.