Greetings, sports fans. Another NFL week is behind us, and it included another disheartening — even mystifying — performance from the Washington Football Team’s defense. The Ryder Cup was a rarity: An American blowout. Clemson nearly fell out of the Top 25. Undefeated Maryland hosts a top-five opponent Friday night. There’s a lot going on!

But this is also the last week of baseball’s regular season. Given everything that has meant for the Washington Nationals — high hopes in spring, a complete dismantling in summer — we thought it would be appropriate to invite Jesse Dougherty, our Nationals beat writer, to join me and go over what’s behind and, more importantly, what’s ahead. Jesse will be live in Denver, where the Nats are playing Colorado in their last road series of the season.

Remember how this works: Every week, I’ll be joined by a guest from The Post’s Sports staff to discuss the biggest story or the latest headlines from across the sports world. I’ve been with The Post since 2003 and been the beat writer on Maryland athletics, national college football and basketball, the Nationals, the Washington Football Team, golf, Major League Baseball and have been to every Olympics dating back to 2004.

Read the transcript below.

Correction: A previous answer in this chat said that the Nationals had not replaced Paul Menhart as their minor league pitching coordinator. In fact, Brad Holman filled the position in 2021.

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Tramel Raggs, a sports reporter for The Post, produced this Q&A.