If it seems like a familiar script for the Washington Nationals to have lost a decisive fifth game at home in the playoffs, that’s because it is. In five trips to the playoffs, the Nationals have never once won a playoff series. To make matters worse, the Nationals have had home-field advantage every single time, but have managed to lose a Game 5 at home in every instance but one, the exception coming in 2014 when the San Francisco Giants didn’t let the Nationals get the series back to Washington and finished them off in four games.

The Nationals added yet another failure to a city and a franchise that have been full of them in the playoffs. Since D.C. United in 2004, no Washington-based team has even made it to the last four of a league’s playoffs. Here’s a look at what’s gone wrong for the Nationals when it’s mattered most.

1981 NLCS vs. Los Angeles

The Nationals’ home playoff failures aren’t limited to their time in the nation’s capital. Back in 1981, the Montreal Expos had the NLCS where they wanted it after splitting the first two games in Los Angeles. Upon taking the third game in Montreal, …read more

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