The Nationals may talk about how big their series is this weekend with the Braves all they want, but early in their game at Turner Field tonight, they came out like an overmatched prizefighter with wobbly knees.
They've made four errors so far - three of them in the first inning and three of them by first baseman Michael Morse - and trail the Braves 5-1 in the third inning.
And with Tim Hudson on the mound, the Nationals will have a hard time coming back. Hudson is 11-3 in his career against the Nationals, and though he's given up five hits, he's managed to stop rallies before they've led to much. The Nationals' only run came in the first inning.
Livan Hernandez has also been less than sharp - he's left some pitches up in the strike zone, and he's already thrown more than 60 in the first three innings. Ross Detwiler is warming in the Nationals' bullpen, and they're left with the unenviable task of trying to rally against Hudson.
It's safe to say things couldn't be going much worse for them tonight.