The Nationals’ disappointing season dropped to another low this weekend. They were swept in a three-game series by the Los Angeles Dodgers and their record fell to two games under .500. Nearly 100 games into the season, the Nationals are a third place team. A hot two or three-week stretch could mask many of their ills, but for now the Nationals continue to tread water and even slip. It’s obvious the Nationals have struggled, but some of the numbers behind the season are even wacky and revealing.

-24: The Nationals’ run differential is nearly identical to the New York Mets (-26). Only 10 teams have a worse run differential than the Nationals and, of course, none of them have a winning record. Based on the run differential and the Pythagorean record, the Nationals’ record should actually be 46-52. (The early-season 15-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds still makes a considerable dent in the run differential.)

.682: The Nationals OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) is third-worst in the majors. Only the Houston Astros (.672) and Miami Marlins (.623) are worse.
9-11: The Nationals’ record over the past 20 games is the same as, among others, the lowly Milwaukee Brewers and Marlins. The Nationals are also 2-8 in the past 10 games, tied for the Astros for the worst in baseball during that span, and 14-16 over the past 30 games.
.237: The Nationals’ average with runners in scoring position, ranked 24th in the major leagues. They don’t just struggle to hit overall (.240 average) but slightly worse when runners are on base.
48-50: The Nationals’ record is half a game worse the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East standings and only three games better than the Mets. They trail the Atlanta Braves by seven games. Through 98 games last season, the Nationals were 59-39 and five games up on the Braves in the NL East. Even though two games under .500 matches the lowest watermark of the season, the largest division deficit of the season is still eight games. The Nationals are closer to the Mets than they are to the second wild-card spot (seven games behind the Reds.)