Rotten umpiring is often excused by people who say, "Well, at least he was bad for both sides." Well, no, that just means the ump was bad.

And to hear both sides tell it, CB Bucknor was rotten Tuesday night.

Bucknor had the plate for the Nationals-Braves game in Atlanta. Let's just say his strike zone judgment was . . . impaired, especially on this Jayson Werth at-bat.

The arguments about camera angles/strike zone technology being misleading don't hold water here. That's just not good work.

There was also this blown call on what everyone but Bucknor thought was a game-ending strikeout. Bucknor called it a foul tip, which is not reviewable.