Tom Boswell makes a legitimately great point in his column today: for the Nats to regain a record-setting 120-loss pace, they'd have to lose 20 straight. It's only May, and that quest is finished. In the early moments of this season, I had great fun pretending the Nats would smash all sorts of historical pitching records. That's looking impossible, too. They're last in the majors in slugging and runs scored, and tied for last in HR's and OBP, but they're not last in any pitching categories, and they're not setting any records. To give just one example, the Nats are on pace to score 523 runs, which would be 60 more than the '68 White Sox, who have the fewest in a 162- game season. History is dead.
As for yesterday's hero, Nook Logan says if fans call him "Nuke" he ignores them. So don't make that mistake.
Anyhow, while Boz is talking glass half full, Baltimore Sun columnist David Steele calls for Sam Perlozzo to be fired. Fellow columnist Peter Schmuck says anyone who thinks Perlozzo is the problem "is either infected with some insidious new strain of Orioles Fever or just hasn't been paying close attention."
Fredberg beat guy Todd Jacobson points out that Battle of the Beltway is a dumb name. I suggested Battle of the Belt Tightening. Other WaPo staffers gave Todd other ideas. (Adam Kilgore: "The Heist Bowl.")
Ray King attempts to befriend new Cap Nicklas Backstrom by asking him if he's lost any teeth yet. I was told that's a bad thing to ask an NHL player; some sort of superstition. This photo of the first pitch shows conclusively that Backstrom throws right but shoots left. (Japers' Rink)
The Hershey Bears are just smashing the Manchester Monarchs.
If you took the weekend off, you might have missed the Giant Racing President Heads kicking the Segways. The consistent level of creativity amazes. (From Nats 320)
While facing a team they previously lost to by 78 points, the Baltimore Blackbirds will hold Faith Night. Really.