Getting to 100 losses seemed inevitable for the Washington Nationals and last night they reached that mark. Clearly not a good thing unless you consider a key draft pick in 2023 to be the best consolation prize. For the players on the field, they have to dig deep to finish these final eight games. Playing for pride, playing to win, and playing for a roster spot on the 2023 team should be motivation enough to give it everything you have.
Manager Dave Martinez wanted to celebrate his birthday last night, and he has his first 100-loss season now on his résumé. That is not the type of 3-digit number you do not want next to your name, but it is what it is. While it is easy to be pessimistic in all of the negativity, there is much to gather in who you can count on for next year.
Obviously the team is missing catcher Keibert Ruiz who is still on the IL with a contusion. Add to that, both Cade Cavalli and MacKenzie Gore are on the IL. In the coming weeks and months, we will go through roster machinations over and over with names and wish lists.
If you are the optimist, you probably only see one way to go which is up.
Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 7:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN; Bally Sports South, MLB App (out-of-network only)
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Lineups (subject to change without notice):