It doesn't matter how many All-Stars make up their roster, how much experience their manager brings to the table, how many savvy moves their GM has made to address various areas of need. And it certainly doesn't matter how many people predicted this 98-win ballclub from one year ago would take it up another notch this season and experience October jubilation.
You are what your record says you are. And right now, the Nationals are 28-29, a full 6 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Braves.
"We deserve to be where we're at right now," first baseman Adam LaRoche said. "We've played like crap."