Despite how freakin' sad their overall record is, let's take a look at how the Nats stand compared to the other dregs of the league (we'll be using the loss column to track Washington's progress up the slippery slope of sucktitude):
- Baltimore Orioles, 45-63, 9 up
- Pittsburgh Pirates, 45-63, 9 up
- San Diego Padres, 45-65, 7 up
- Kansas City Royals, 42-66, 6 games "up"
- Washington Nationals, 37-72
(Cleveland, Cincy and Oakland, all 10+ games better than the Nats right now, avoid the list this week. But the way Dusty Baker skippers a club, don't be surprised to see the Reds giving the Nats a run for their money very soon.)
I need to avoid getting my hopes up though, just wait...Dunn might clear waivers, so he'll be gone. The young arms might stink it up even more than Craig Stammen yesterday (1.2 IP, 5ER). Elijah Dukes might physically assault Rob Dibble over the weekend (we can only hope). Somehow, someway, these guys are gonna tie one of these shit teams in a couple weeks, then tear off an epic losing streak to end the year, costing me a case of Golden, CO's finest beverage. Because, after all, they are the Nats.