The Nationals’ Lost Weak-End: Nearing a Milestone

July 20, 2009 by  

Today, I felt like I was seeing something pretty rare in pro sports—a team has completely, totally given up.

Manny's teams never did that in 2007 or 2008, and though there were days that they seemed to be mailing it in, he had a knack for pulling them back and re-focusing them on the task at hand.

If Jim Riggleman can't do that, if the effort we saw today becomes par for the course over the next 70 games, the Nationals could be just the third team since World War II to lose 75 percent of its games.

That's something I've always assumed couldn't really happen.

The collapse started last night. Going into the sixth on Saturday, the Scats were up 4-2. Cubs starter Randy Wells was done for the night. F...

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