At 69-67, the Nationals are 14 games behind the Atlanta Braves, whose magic number to clinch the NL East is down to 13. Plus, Washington is 6.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second and final spot in the NL wild-card standings.
As far as postseason probabilities go, the Nationals have a zero percent chance of winning the NL East and a 3.6 percent chance of earning an NL wild-card spot.
For the Nationals, the 2013 season looks to be a lost cause.
But there are still several compelling reasons to watch the Nats—from September call-ups to a possible batting champion to a brewing controversy involving one of the team's young stars.
Here are seven reasons to keep watching the Washington Nationals with an eye on 2014.
Note: All statistics updated through Sept. 1 and courtesy of MLB.com unless noted otherwise.