The Washington Nationals haven’t been very good after winning the 2019 World Series.
It was a special year in franchise history, but it marked the beginning of a period of rebuilding, though the franchise probably didn’t really realize that until last year.
After 2019, many stars began leaving the organization, through free agency or trade.
Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon and other key parts of that championship winning team are gone.
The Nats have struggled ever since.
They did, however, have a moment of joy this week: they won a series against the defending World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves.
The series win was good enough to snap a bad streak.
“The Nationals just won a series against the Braves for the first time since May 28-29, 2019. Since then they were 0-10-4 in series with Atlanta,” NBC Washington’s Matt Weyrich tweeted on Wednesday.
The Nationals are coming off a series win over the Braves for the first time since May 28-29, 2019. Since then, they were 0-10-4 in the series with Atlanta.
— Matt Weyrich (@ByMattWeyrich) April 13, 2022
You can read “2019” and think it’s not that long.
They couldn’t beat Atlanta in the last 14 series
However, consider that teams in the same division play against them a lot; meaning the Nationals play the Braves about 19 times a year.
It’s five or six series against them, per season: the streak was actually quite difficult.
They played 14 series against Atlanta after this one in late May 2019 and lost 10.
The other four ended in a tie (sometimes the series lasts four games).
It was a small moment of joy for the Nationals in what is shaping up to be a long season for them.
They have star outfielder Juan Soto, but not much else for them.
Stephen Strasbourg is dear and hurt, and some of their prospects have failed to develop properly.
Right now, Washington is 3-4, fourth in the NL East ahead of the Miami Marlins 1-4.
They will struggle to top the Braves, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in the standings.