Aug 8, 2013, 5:10 AM EST
The Nationals took the field Monday night still clinging to the hope — ill-fated as it may have been — they could save their season with a dominant showing against the Braves.
They trudged off that same field Wednesday night all but acknowledging that hope has been dashed, and suddenly taking a long-term view about this franchise’s potential. In some cases, even looking beyond 2013.
“It’s getting to a point where we’re just not winning games,” right fielder Jayson Werth said following a 6-3 loss that completed a three-game sweep at the hands of Atlanta. “You hate to accept losing at any point. But the losses are definitely piling up.”
The losses, and the deficit. The Nationals came out of the All-Star break trailing the Braves by six games, a legitimate hole but certainly one that could be overcome. Less than three weeks later, they now sit a staggering 15 1/2 games back in the NL East.
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