Like a lot of D.C. baseball followers, I generally compare the current Nats to previous Washington baseball teams, and not to the Montreal Expos. The current team and its current supporters have virtually no remaining ties to Montreal; the fan base, though, has plenty of members who rooted for or learned about the Senators.
Still, this was a kind of interesting nugget dug up by STATS LLC after the Nats’ insane win Monday night: the Nats now have a six-game lead over the Braves atop the NL East. The franchise hasn’t had a six-game divisional lead since the last day of the strike-shortened 1994 season, when the Expos had, yup, a six-game lead over the Braves atop the NL East.
And it gets better. Because, as the famous Batting Stance Guy recently pointed out, the other division leaders at the end of that aborted season were the Reds, Dodgers, Yankees, White Sox and Rangers. As of Monday morning, the current division leaders were the Reds, Dodgers, Yankees, White Sox and Rangers. Kind of weird.
(The Dodgers lost a game to the Giants on Monday, meaning the Giants inched a half-game ahead of L.A. But still.)
Anyhow, if you prefer your historical comparisons have a Washington flavor, those oft-mentioned 1933 Senators never led their league by more than 10.0 games. Which...you never know.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Hey, 30 games over .500. Weird.
New to me: one of Davey Johnson’s nicknames is “Wack-O.”
Mike Jones on how RGIII “subjected his body to unnecessary pounding because he didn’t simply throw away the ball more quickly.”
Tracee Hamilton: “The Redskins’ list of needs is eerily similar to what it was six months ago, with the word “quarterback” scratched out.”
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
He’s not famous, but this made me legitimately laugh out loud.
Dan Uggla's Brain: buffering ... buffering ... buffering— Mathew Brown (@mathewbrown) August 21, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Mike Rizzo knows what fans say. Here he is, to Boswell:
“How’s our ‘dumb’ hitting coach doing these days? He sure seems to be getting smarter.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Until it disappears, here’s the highlight of the Nats winning in 13 on weirdness. Via here.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the Braves at 7 on MASN. The Orioles are in Texas at 8 on MASN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.
Michal Neuvirth has harsh words for Alex Semin and Dale Hunter, and says Alex Ovechkin “isn’t what he used to be, that’s for sure.”
CHARLES F. PIERCE BLAST
The famous writer person takes on the Nats for Grantland, and calls Nats Park a “gunmetallish ballpark that cost this spavined metropolis a preposterous amount of money” and a “ridiculously expensive ballpark that sits like a huge tin corral along the shores of the District’s second-biggest river.” Cool.