Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 17-29 (.369, 12 GB)

Projected Record: 60-102

Opposing Relief Pitchers With Vaguely Dirty Names: 1 (Jon Coutlangus)

Nats Utility Men With the Same Problem: 1 (Robert Fick)

Parsing the Win: Nats 8, Reds 4. The Nats clubhouse is violently divided between chess fans and American Idol watchers, so it’s a testament to Manny Acta‘s managerial prowess that the team has been able to pull together over the past few weeks. (Felipe Lopez, last night’s hero, hasn’t been able to focus since Chris Sligh got the boot at the end of March and may have been frustrated with John Patterson‘s constant between-inning quotes from Tim Gunn‘s book.) Expect Giambi-size jitters as tonight’s game overlaps with the series finale.

Mark Zuckerman Adjectives of the Day: “most-satisfying,” “satisfying,” “extra-satisfying”