The Washington Nationals were baseball’s biggest disappointment in the first half of the 2018 season, putting together a 48-48 record after being projected to win around 95 games and easily win the NL East.

Well, things aren’t looking much better through one game in the second half.

The Nats lost 8-5 to the Braves on Friday night in DC, and Stephen Strasburg had a rough return to the mound after not pitching since June 8 due to a shoulder injury.

Strasburg allowed eight hits, two walks, and six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings. And when Strasburg was removed from the game, he got into what appeared to be an argument with teammate Max Scherzer.

Maybe there’s a motivational/supportive thing going on here between two competitive teammates and friends or something, but that video doesn’t look great, and you know Strasburg wasn’t in a good mood after his outing.

The loss moves the Nationals to 6.5 games behind the Phillies and 6 games behind the Braves in the NL East. There’s still plenty of season left and the Nats are incredibly talented, but they probably can’t afford to fall much more in the standings, especially when they’re chasing *two* teams.

Update: Here are some tweets and quotes postgame on the incident.

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