Tracking the Nats’ historic chase of the ’62 Mets

Current Record: 3-9 (.250, 5.5 GB)

Projected Record: 40-122

Difference Between Speed of Wind Gusts in New York Last Night and Matt Chico’s Fastball: 42 mph (advantage: Chico)

Parsing the Rainout: Frankly, the gods must have been mighty freaked out by the events of the past weekend. The Nats lost on Friday but actually looked pretty good. Then they creamed arguably the best team in baseball the following day (and Felipe Lopez stole the team’s first base of the season). Clearly, when long-suffering sportswriters wistfully look at yesterday’s rained out game and opine, “Considering the way things have gone recently for the maligned Nationals rotation, [Matt] Chico might have beaten the Mets,” Mother Nature’s services are required.

Even More Good News: The 3-8 Phillies, who come to town Wednesday and Thursday, are nearly as bad as our boys!

Barry Svrluga Adjectives of the Day: “maligned,” “abominable,” “more than respectable”