You wouldn’t have known it was the most highly anticipated home debut since Stephen Strasburg in 2010, but tonight was Bryce Harper’s home debut. It was probably partially because he had already debuted in the league, but a 22,000+ attendance saw the Nats lose their fifth straight game.
Lack of offense continued to be a problem for the Nats, who lost 5-1 to the Diamondbacks. This recent string of losses is bringing the Nats crashing back down to earth after and impressive start to the season that saw them hold the best record in baseball for a big chunk of April.
The Nats still hold first place in the division with the Braves slumping as well, but what is concerning isn’t the losses or even how they are coming about, but it is the change in play with the change in competition.