Nationals in a familiar spot — another early-season hole

For a third straight year, the Washington Nationals have dug themselves an early hole. Two seasons ago, they recovered and won the World Series. In 2020, they couldn’t overcome their poor start, finishing under .500 in that 60-game season. They have more time to rebound this year, but there aren’t many positive signs at the moment. The Nationals are in last place in the NL East, and Washington’s run differential of minus-31 suggests this team has earned its current predicament. The Nationals are 24-32 — although they did have that same record after 56 games during their championship season.