The Washington Times - August 7, 2013, 11:44PM

The Washington Nationals lost for the sixth time in the last eight games Wednesday night. They got swept by the Atlanta Braves, in a series they absolutely could not be swept in if they were to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. 

The Nationals, who are now six games below .500 at 54-60, have won just six games since the All-Star break. The losses are coming in bulk now. 

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While there is plenty more about the Nationals’ standing, their season and the future in the game story recapping all of Wednesday’s loss, Jayson Werth offered some interesting comments about his view on where the Nationals are at as the calendar inches toward mid-August. 

He sounded like a man who, while not giving up hope entirely, has begun the process of thinking more about the future than the present.

Here are his comments:

“As far as where we’re at, and where we’re going, I read something the other day, I found some notes from before I signed here,” Werth said. “I had written some stuff down about the different teams I was going to eventually play for. I was just kind of reading over the notes and for the Nats one of the things said ‘We would be good toward the end of my contract.’

“It kind of put things in perspective, with the success last year and really where we’re at now with the guys. We’re still in the building-type phase. I know with all the expectations it didn’t really seem like that, but we’ve got a lot of young players. The direction’s still good. We’ve got a lot of young talent and there’s a lot of things to look forward to here in Washington.”

Asked if what he was implying was that this year was getting to be out of the question, Werth clarified his comments.

“It’s not over, you know?” he said. “We’re not there yet. And even when you get to that point, it’s not like you’re going to give up. As long as there’s a pitcher on the mound and I’m in the lineup, I’m going to give it the best effort. Right now it’s just, it’s not lining up for us.”

“Atlanta, they’re playing really good right now, obviously,” he said. “I think the whole year they’ve played really well and they’ve really proven themselves as being a championship-caliber team, from where they started with some of the unknowns, new guys, and the whole thing. But they’re playing really well and you’ve got to give it to them. They’re a good club and they’ve got great players. They’re going to be tough to beat. 

“You play games everyday so when the game’s over and you go home, you erase that one and wake up the next day and you’ve got a ballgame to play. The record and the standings, that stuff is kind of easy to put aside because we play so many games and we play everyday. Really, at the end of the season, or when you get to a point where you’re eliminated or whatever that is, that’s really when it kind of hits home. But we’re not there yet.”