- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 2, 2022

The 2022 Washington Nationals are in the history books — but not in a good way.

The Nationals lost their 104th game of the season on Sunday to set the club record for most losses in a season. 

Since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington, the most losses the Nationals have had in a season was 103 in 2009. 

The 104th loss was an 8-1 defeat against the Philadelphia Phillies in a rain-shortened contest that was called after six innings. 

The 100-loss campaign is the third in Nationals history. Washington also lost 102 games in 2008 — its fourth season in the District. 

Washington still has three games remaining on its schedule, but even if the Nationals fall in all three to end the season with 107 losses, they can’t set the franchise record for single-season defeats. That number is 110 in the Montreal Expos’ first season in 1969. 

However, the Nationals (55-104) can tie the second-highest loss total in franchise history if they are swept by the Mets to end the season. The Expos lost 107 games in 1976. 

The 2022 season marks the first full campaign of the Nationals’ rebuild. After selling away eight veterans at the deadline last year, including Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, Washington entered this season projected to be one of the worst clubs in the major leagues. Then, general manager Mike Rizzo traded Josh Bell and superstar Juan Soto at the deadline to further entrench the team in the cellar just three years after winning the World Series.

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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