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When the Orioles open a three-game series against the Nationals tonight in Washington, it should confirm the special place that this area holds in the sports pantheon. The Mid-Atlantic region is now at the center of the bad baseball universe.

Both teams are in last place in their respective divisions and both teams do not combine for as many victories (28) so far this year as the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers (29), who are rolling in spite of the loss of one of the best hitters in the game to a 50-game suspension.

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Can't wait to get to the ballpark. Maybe we'll know by then what they're planning to do about the starting rotation.

Radio plug: Tune in today at noon for The Week in Review with Clarence Mitchell IV and me on WBAL (1090 AM). We'll be tossing around the issues of the day and I'll be trying to provide some insight along with the insults that fly every Friday afternoon. It's meant to be fun and it's even more fun when you join in. If you're out of signal range, go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon.

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