With today's 4-1 loss to the Phillies the Nationals have now lost four games in a row for just the third time this season. The last being between June 15-19 to the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. One of the benefits to having a great pitching staff is that it is very difficult to have long losing streaks. Only once this season have the Nationals made it all the way through the rotation without a win, and they have had no losing streaks longer than five games. It is remarkable if thought about and demonstrates greatly the difference between a winning team and a losing team.
Put things in perspective with this losing streak and until the Nationals lost to the Phillies on Friday night they hadn't lost back to back games in the month of August, and with their 15 victories in the month the Nationals have clinched their fifth straight winning month on the season. Before the losing streak started the Nats were playing .700 ball since the All-Star break. They are a good team, but they aren't that good, and in reality they were due for a losing streak. Teams don't stay as hot as the Nationals were for an entire half of a season.