Things have not been going well. And they haven't been going well since Opening Day.
The issues are numerous and familiar through: base running mistakes, injuries, lack of hitting, and bullpen woes.
And the Nats were in the game after scoring two in the seventh to cut the Cubs lead to 5-4. However, the bullpen.
The bullpen, the bullpen, the bullpen. Eleven runs allowed in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings.
Eleven runs off Justin Miller, Joe Ross, Kyle Barraclough, Dan Jennings, and Matt Grace.
Another defeat in a close game following a bullpen implosion.
Martinez frustration after Friday night's defeat was noticeable to all.
"It’s frustrating. Trust me,” the Nationals' manager said. “It’s frustrating (for the bullpen to pitch like this), especially when the game’s within reach.”
"We were right there," Martinez said. "If the bullpen holds us it's a different ballgame. They just couldn't do it tonight."
So, can big changes be far behind?
"And you fully expect those (bullpen guys) to come in at that point and keep you in the game. Unfortunately, that's not happening on a reasonably consistent basis right now. So it's time, it's probably time, for Mike Rizzo to at least do some shopping."
Of course, in the face of the struggles, Rizzo has remained defiant.
"I'm not settling on lowering my expectations," Rizzo told The Junkies. "My expectations are still: Win this division, the National League East, which is a tough division. It's gonna be nip-and-tuck the whole way. And go deep in the playoffs. And I think we have the roster, when healthy, to do so, and I think that we have the personnel to be a really competitive team in the National League.
"That's my expectations. That's my thought process. And obviously, we have to play a lot better baseball than we are right now to achieve that."
"Right now, they gotta re-group. This is the bullpen we have," Martinez said Friday.
Or will Washington wait for more guys to get healthy to see if the team can return to form?
Rizzo, Martinez, and the Nats have 118 games to figure out the best course of action.
The clock is ticking.