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NJ blog entry No. 1004, all time. (I wish I'd noticed the big quad-zero, but it passed without recognition.) Thanks to Svrluga for the first 900-some.

About two hours after the Nats lost their seventh game in eight yesterday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies dropped a game to the Brewers, 3-2. I only mention this because Colorado's loss prevented the Nationals from becoming the worst team in the National League, a designation they already deserve, even if it's not yet numerically true. With the talent the Nats have to depend on right now, they are certainly -- for the moment -- the most beatable team in baseball. (Agree?)

Anyway, the bottom of the NL ladder.

(It looks similar to the NL West.)

13. San Francisco (28-35, .444)
14. San Diego (28-37, .431)
15. Washington (25-39, .391)
16. Colorado (24-39, .381)

Maybe it should be taken with a heavy dose of salt, but after Rob Mackowiak was released, I asked him if he had any thoughts on the team he was leaving behind. In other words, Did he see any hope? Mackowiak just offered a sad laugh and said, "I'm not going to make any comments about anything." He added that the guys in the clubhouse were good people, and he enjoyed his time here. But he left plenty of space within the lines of those words to indicate that, well, he didn't see much reason for excitement in DC this summer.

So to compensate, let me provide a list of things -- a short one, granted -- that are very much worth your interest. Some of these things will happen quickly. Some will unfold over the year. No matter.

* Zimmerman's shoulder. How do the Nats handle their star's injury? All indications from Bowden and Acta are that they'll use every precaution before playing him again. Zimmerman should find out more today, after his latest examination, what his status will be.

* The young guys. Mock yesterday. Clippard today. I could tell Acta liked Mock, and thinks he'll be back soon in the big leagues. Acta compared Mock (in his make-up) with Jesus Flores, an Acta favorite. That's a good indication.

* The deluge of returning veterans. When Johnson, Cordero, Kearns, Belliard, et al get healthy, then we'll suddenly be able to assess just what kind of team the Nats were supposed to have all along.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 9, 2008; 8:49 AM ET
 
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