Despite Washington’s hopes of turning the tide, May has been ruthless to the Nationals, who have yet to win a series in the second full month of the 2019 season.
The Phillies enter May holding first place in a tightly-contested NL East for the first time since 2012. Here's a quick look on how they got there.
The Nationals are only 1 1/2 games back from first place in a contested NL East division despite their bullpen – an expected strength – performing at the cold bottom of Major League Baseball.
The Nationals have seen leads disappear and tied games decided in the eighth inning this season, which has reaffirmed the notion that their bullpen is their most vulnerable spot early in 2019.