If it feels like you've been watching the Nationals' worst stretch of baseball in a long time ... well, you're absolutely right.
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.
It's just one game at the start of a very tough road trip, and it came against a Dodgers club exhausted after playing Sunday night in Pittsburgh that decided to sit several key regulars.
Life as a late-inning reliever is such that whenever a miscue occurs -- however rare it might be -- it'll tend to be remembered far more often than a long stretch of dominance.
The Nationals returned home last Monday with an opportunity ahead of them. They had just been swept by the New York Mets to close a road trip where they lost seven of 10 games.