This means D.C. fans are in the rare position of having to pay close attention to their NL East rivals.

Heck, many fans stayed up late on Wednesday night to watch the Giants topple the Braves, adding to Washington’s division lead.

So in that spirit, let me present to you Wednesday’s post-game comments from Mets pitcher Miguel Batista, the former National and former Miss Iowa.

“I believe this team is way, way better than what it’s been playing. And regardless of the fact what other people might think, October is not here yet. We’ll see at the end of the season....

“Right now [the Nats are] playing good baseball, but I don’t believe they’re a better team than us. They’re playing great baseball. But better team? I believe we’re the better team. We just have to play as we’re supposed to. Every team goes through a bad stretch, from the greatest to the worst....We just have to believe how good we are and just go out there and perform. I believe we are the best team in baseball. We just have to play like one.”

The Mets have lost six straight, are one game above .500 and are eight games back of the Nats.

Also, hahahahahahaha.

(Via ESPN New York.)

Analysts say the Redskins improved their odds of success by signing RGIII before training camp begins.

Kilgore: “Somehow, the Nationals will figure out a way to score some runs, hold the lead and send everyone home happy, ready to come back and watch another ace the next day.”

Boz on Davey Johnson: “The state of Florida has two major league teams. Johnson has called the manager of one a weird wuss” and told the other to get the [expletive] away from me.”


Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld was taken by Michael Morse’s Samurai Cobra Ninja Coil routine.

Love Michael Morse little rehearsal swing. It’s like a kid pretending he’s in slomo.#mets

— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) July 19, 2012

Davey Johnson on Jordan Zimmermann:

“He’s a man out there. He has a great presence. He knows what he wants to do. There’s no muss, no fuss. Here, hit it.”.”

Here’s Ryan Kerrigan manning the anchor desk during the 6 p.m. SportsNet Central broadcast on Comcast SportsNet. Way, way better than I would have predicted..

D.C. United tweeted out this photo of Ethan White and Chris Pontius with Gio Gonzalez before Wednesday’s game. The most notable part?Gio is wearing an Ian Desmond super hero t-shirt.

The Nats host the Mets at 12:30 on MASN. The Orioles are in Minnesota at 1 on MASN2. Pops Mensah-Bonsu vs. USA Basketball at 2 on ESPN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.

The New York Times profiles Davey Johnson: “He is, simply, Davey, a boy’s name for a 69-year-old manager who has seen it all.”

Jayson Werth compares being injured to purgatory; here he is swinging a bat on Wednesday.

Cal Ripken: “Strasburg, I hope they don’t shut him down.”

Hulk Hogan tells Adam Carriker to keep pro wrestling in mind.

On the Kevin Anderson-Stanford mess: “After speaking with a Chronicle editor, Anderson said it was his understanding that two Stanford sources confirmed the story.”

Chad Cordero will throw out the first pitch Friday at Nats Park. Mega ovation.

The NBA gives the D-League Select Team the Wizards’ logo.

This is what Ryan Zimmerman looked like in Little League.

How did Nickelodeon make its Green Slime? Fascinating read if you’re exactly my age.

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