Looking forward to seeing some of those kids on the 40 for the first time tomorrow.
The Marlins series was the killer. 1 more win over Miami or 1 more win at home over the Mets and they'd probably still be going to the post-season, however feebly. But the Nats series was a shock. That's where the injuries really started to catch up with them compared to the other times they'd played the Nats (we were 6-0 against them at that point).
The first series of the season turned out to be the story of the season. Nola didn't pitch well enough to win Game 1 and the bullpen gave away Game 3. On top of that the COVID stoppage seemed to ultimately help the Marlins: the expanded roster kept them above water, the guys who missed time were sharper later in the season and a few of their replacement players turned out to be keepers (we probably could have put together a better bullpen from their back half of their 60-man pool than we did from those two trades).
I guess it would be nice if tomorrow's game counted.