Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 15-26 (.365, 11.5 GB)

Projected Record: 59-103

Jimmy Buffett Song You Can Hear Playing in the Nats’ Clubhouse During Barry Svrluga’s Post-Game Podcast: “Volcano”

Sample Lyrics From That Song:

No time to count what I’m worth, cause I just left the planet Earth. Where I go I hope there’s rum. Not to worry mon soon come.

Parsing the Win: Nats 4, Atlanta 3. Grateful Dead keyboardist. Murphy Brown’s assistant. Sheryl Crow’s boyfriend. Sure, there are less secure positions than Nationals starting pitcher, but as long as the Spinal Tap drummer model is working, who are we to complain? Heading into this weekend’s forced regional rivalry, the Nats have won six of their last seven games, and I’m completely out of jokes. As much as I’d hate to see the Nats lose to the Os (hey, I’m trying), a skid would get this column back on track. That or remaining starting pitcher Matt Chico accidentally catching his foot in the head on his bearskin rug, then falling into his fireplace, Inspector Clouseau-style.

Barry Svrluga Description of the Nats a Week Ago of the Day: “zigged when they needed to zag”