Monday, June 27, 2011

Game 79: Nats at Angels

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Davey Johnson makes his return to managing tonight at Angel Stadium.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hello from sunny Southern California, where tonight Davey Johnson manages his first big-league game in 11 years, having taken over the reins of the Nationals for the remainder of this season (and possibly beyond).

Johnson's first lineup looks a lot like those John McLaren wrote out over the weekend in Chicago. Roger Bernadina leads off. Jayson Werth bats second. Laynce Nix is batting cleanup, though he's in left field. Matt Stairs does make his first appearance in a long time, serving as DH.

One thing to remember: Drew Storen is not with the club tonight. He was in Indiana for his grandmother's funeral. He's expected to rejoin the team in time for tomorrow's game. We'll have to see who would get the call in the ninth inning if the Nats hold a tight lead.

Plenty of updates to come, including highlights from Davey's first press conference. Also, catch me live from the ballpark on CSN at 6 p.m...

NATIONALS at ANGELS
Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Gametime: 10:05 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 182
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to RF
STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (40-38)
CF Roger Bernadina
RF Jayson Werth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Laynce Nix
1B Michael Morse
2B Danny Espinosa
C Wilson Ramos
DH Matt Stairs
SS Ian Desmond
(P John Lannan)

ANGELS (39-40)
SS Maicer Izturis
SS Erick Aybar
DH Bobby Abreu
RF Vernon Wells
LF Howie Kendrick
1B Mark Trumbo
3B Alberto Callaspo
CF Peter Bourjos
C Bobby Wilson
(P Ervin Santana)
8:09 p.m. -- Davey Johnson concluded his first press conference at Nationals manager about 30 minutes ago. I'll have a full article on what he said shortly. The highlights: He hadn't given serious thought to managing this team until Jim Riggleman resigned, though he had never lost his love of managing (evidenced by the amateur teams he skippered in recent years). He's not thinking beyond 2011 yet: "The challenge that I'm finishing right now is not one where I'm looking ahead." He's asked Pat Corrales to take over as bench coach, though Corrales probably won't join the club until this weekend. Trent Jewett is serving as interim bench coach. Johnson insists his 11-year layoff between big-league jobs won't be an issue: "The game hasn't changed." Plenty more detail to come...

8:15 p.m. -- Oh, and in the biggest Nats news of the night: Chien-Ming Wang pitched three innings in a rehab start for Hagerstown. He allowed two runs on four hits, striking out three without issuing a walk. Got six groundball outs (perhaps a sign his sinker was working well).

8:33 p.m. -- And in the most-bizarre news of the night: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that MLB has suspended John McLaren one game and fined him for his altercation with the umps Friday night in Chicago. Uh, how exactly do you enforce that punishment? Sorry, Mac: You can't watch tonight's game on TV from your living room sofa, only from a skybox above your house?

9:30 p.m. -- Read my full story from Davey Johnson's first press conference, and watch video of my earlier live shot from the ballpark on CSN.

10:08 p.m. -- And the Davey Johnson Era is officially underway with a ball from Ervin Santana to Roger Bernadina.

10:15 p.m. -- Not much happening in the top of the first, aside from a two-out single by Ryan Zimmerman, who certainly needed that. He was hitting only .167 since coming off the DL.

10:33 p.m. -- Michael Morse goes Beast Mode on Anaheim. Just crushed a ball to right-center for his 15th homer of the season, putting the Nats up 1-0. Morse's updated numbers for June: eight homers, 22 RBI, .305 average, .389 OBP, .642 slugging, 1.031 OPS. NL Player of the Month?

10:49 p.m. -- Jayson Werth strikes out for the ninth time in 17 plate appearances on this road trip. He's now hitting .159 in June. Not a candidate for NL Player of the Month. John Lannan, meanwhile, is off to a strong start. He gave up back-to-back singles in the first but got out of it. Gave up a leadoff single in the second but got a double play. Then retired the side in the third. Nats lead 1-0 after three.

10:58 p.m. -- Hmm, maybe that first-inning single got Zimmerman going. He just homered himself down the left-field line, only his third in 21 games this season. Nats take a 2-0 lead. And now Morse goes Beast Mode again, drilling a double off the center-field wall. I think he may have left a permanent dent in that fence.

11:10 p.m. -- The Angels have been hitting Lannan pretty hard all night, and though he had avoided damage through the first three innings, it finally caught up to him in the fourth. Four singles produced two Angels runs, though they might have not scored at all had Laynce Nix not thrown a worm-burner to the plate in a failed attempt to get Bobby Abreu. On the bright side, Werth did fire a laser to third to get Alberto Callaspo to end the inning. It's now 2-2 after four.

11:21 p.m. -- For some reason, the Racing Presidents are here. I have no idea why. And the best gag they could come up with was Teddy riding around the warning track on a bicycle. So this act is officially lame on two coasts of the country now.

11:38 p.m. -- Middle of the sixth now, still 2-2. The way this is going, Davey may have some interesting decisions to make before it's over. How long does he stick with Lannan, who has allowed seven hits but has escaped without suffering major damage? And how does he use his bullpen with Drew Storen not here? Davey said before the game Tyler Clippard would probably be his closer tonight. That could come into play before night's end.

11:45 p.m. -- Wow, that was as impressive a 5-4-3 double play as you'll ever see. Zimmerman dives to his left to snag Trumbo's hot shot, throws a bullet sidearm to Espinosa, who fires his own bullet to Morse. That right there is why you don't move Espinosa to shortstop. Having a second baseman with that kind of arm is a great thing to have.

11:50 p.m. -- All the hits finally caught up to Lannan, who surrenders an RBI single to Bobby Wilson with two outs in the sixth. That's 11 hits allowed, and Davey Johnson is out of the dugout to make his first pitching change. He motions to the right-field corner for Ryan Mattheus. Only problem: Both bullpens here are in left field. Angels up 3-2 in the sixth.

12:15 a.m. -- Crisis averted in the bottom of the seventh. Mattheus put two on, so Davey came out and signaled for Henry Rodriguez to face Callaspo. He induced a routine grounder to short, ending the inning. Angels still up 3-2 heading to the eighth.

12:26 a.m. -- Pretty feeble showing from the top of the lineup in the eighth. Bernadina grounds out to second. Werth strikes out again. Zimmerman taps a check-swing grounder to first. Nats are down to their last three outs.

12:31 a.m. -- By the way, Scott Boras (as he always does) has been watching this game from his suite directly behind the plate. How do you think he's enjoying Werth's struggles?

12:35 a.m. -- OK, last chance for the Nats. It'll be Nix, Morse and Espinosa to face Angels closer Jordan Walden. Still trailing 3-2.

12:40 a.m. -- Welcome home, Danny Espinosa. Two-out, ninth-inning bomb off Walden. This game is tied 3-3, and Nats Magic is back. That's Espinosa's 15th homer of the season, his 48th RBI. And remember, we're only in Game No. 79, not quite to the halfway point yet. Do the math.

12:50 a.m. -- Extra innings again? Why not? Let's go to the 10th! Props to Henry Rodriguez who recorded seven outs to extend this game. This would be an appropriate time to point out the Nats have outscored opponents 26-6 in extra innings this season. Their record is 8-4.

1:00 a.m. -- Big chance for Werth to be the hero. Two outs, Brian Bixler on second. Lefty Scott Downs on the mound. ... And he takes strike three. That's his 11th strikeout in four days, five of them looking.

1:03 a.m. -- On the bright side: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Danny Espinosa's 15 homers before the All-Star break are the most ever by a rookie second baseman. So he's got that going for him. Which is nice.

1:10 a.m. -- Oh well. Sean Burnett gives up the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th. After intentionally walking Wilson to load the bases with one out, Burnett gave up a sharp single up the middle to Maicer Izturis. Angels win in walk-off fashion, 4-3. And Davey Johnson becomes the losingest manager in Nats history, with a .000 winning percentage.

170 comments:

MIcheleS said...

Wow.. Stairs is in the game! And batting 8th!

Anonymous (who else?) said...

How can he bat Stairs 8th? Johnson has to be fired!

erocks33 said...

Who thinks the Nats might actually do better if the pitcher batted 8th tonight instead of Stairs?? Just kidding, of course.

Let's hope LannEn has another good outing and that the bullpen can get a little more rest (preferably without the need for us to worry about who's going to close the game).

Take The Elevator said...

Matt Stairs does make his first appearance in a long time, serving as DH
________________________________

UGH, how I wish this guy would make his ultimatum and resign like Riggleman and just go take an elevator out of the park today.

It would be funny though if he did something today that meant something towards a WIN.

Nats Outsider said...

Here's a cheer for CSN, for sending the best baseball writer in DC to cover the Nats-Angels game. Thanks CSN, and I will be looking forward to the in-game updates!

Grandstander said...

Stairs has a good record against this guy. I actually like him batting 8th here too. Think of Riggs batting the pitcher 8th, Stairs is like our pitcher, except he just doesn't bat as well. That allows Desmond to hit before our high OBP guys Bernadina and (hopefully a no longer slumping) Werth. I think Davey will give Stairs three days at DH to prove he deserves a spot on this team and will convince Rizzo to release him if he doesn't.

Hey, a guy can dream...

Bill B said...

Zim-Nix-Morse-Danny-Ramos-Stairs-Desi: R-L-R-S-R-L-R. There's your explanation. And I suppose Johnson wants to give Sairs a chance before cutting him.

J. said...

I like the option of giving Stairs some ABs. If you're going to have him on your roster you should really use him, and it's hardly fair to cut a guy when he hasn't been playing.

SilverSpring8 said...

BillB, I had the same thought. Could this series be Stairs' swan song with Da Nats?

Manassas Nats Fan said...

Stairs actually has hit well against tonight's and tomorrow night's pitchers.

Doc said...

Congrats on your trip out west Mark. We don't have as much fun without you.

Hope they give you a free media pass to Dizzy Land.

Gonat said...

Stairs has more at-bats then some of the pitchers who have out-performed him.

He has done nothing to tell me he deserves a spot in front of a guy like Bixler or one of the 'hot hitting' Minor Leaguers.

Grandstander said...

I'm not kidding about Stairs either...

Matt Stairs - 5 for 43, 0 RBI

Jason Marquis - 8 for 35, 3 RBI
Jordan Zimmermann - 4 for 25, 3 RBI
Livan Hernandez - 4 for 25, 4 RBI

Anonymous8 said...

Let's see Lannan hasn't gotten any hits this year but at least he can bunt. I prefer Lannan to Stairs but I really would have liked to see LH Marquis to Stairs.

Gonat said...

Grandstander, I was getting ready to give Jason Marquis stats.

I bet Marquis would do well as the DH.

NatsLady said...

I've wondered why they don't pinch-hit or DH Marquis more, since he loves to hit. I thought maybe it was because they don't want a pitcher injured on the basepaths, but they are forever letting Marquis pinch-run, and he gets his uniform dirty sliding, so, any thoughts on why they don't use him more?

NatsLady said...

P.S., why is it so hard to post on this blog?

Anonymous8 said...

Grandstander, thanks. There you go NO RBIS for Stairs. Looks like Jason Marquis would be more productive and there is a guy who only bats 1 game every 5 days.

I am sick of people whining about how MLB veterans need lots of at-bats to be effective. True for some but a guy who is put on the roster to be ONLY a PINCH HITTER should be very well prepared for his high paying job. Such a waste of a roster spot.

Not Werth It said...

Here's hoping that in the death rattle of his amazing career Matt Stairs can come up with a couple big hits tonight.

A red hot LannEn against a bunch of guys that have never seen his stuff before? Yes please.

MicheleS said...

MLB is showing DJ chatting with Werth.. Start using that great mind of yours to get him out of that FUNK!!!

oldguyjim said...

Using starting pitchers as a DH is playing with fire. One bad slide and they may be on the DL. Go with Stairs since that is his job. If he doesn't do his job Davey will take care of it. I like the lineup. Should have some pop is Werth and Zim can start to hit. Big if!!

Grandstander said...

wRC+ is probably one of my favorite statistics for measuring offensive value. It stands for Weighted Runs Created, adjusted for park/league averages. It's easier than it sounds.

Without getting too bogged down in the different stats, it's a way of taking all of a guys offensive production stats (doubles, walks, ks, steals, everything).

What you need to know about this stat is that 100 is league average. Each point above or below 100 can be thought of as a percentage point. So Michael Morse at 143, is 43% better than league average. And this is all adjusted for the park they play in and so forth. Very fair stat and highly useful. Here's today's lineup with their wRC+:

Bernadina - 115
Werth - 107
Zimmerman - 86
Nix - 124
Morse - 143
Espinosa - 120
Ramos - 94
Stairs - 14
Desmond - 67

And because I know you're all wondering, Marquis' wRC+ is 28. Jerry Hairston, who should be playing LF with Nix DHing (or vice versa) is 91.

Here's the kicker.

Only 6 players have had a lower wRC+ all season (min 50 PA). All 6 were DFA'd and are no longer on the roster.

Stranded_in_Philly said...

Everyone beat me to it. I'd rather Marquis DH than Stairs. And I don't mean that pejoratively. I think at this point in their careers, Marquis is the better hitter. And can lay a bunt down.

Also, once Stairs DOES get on base (by a walk, I'm sure, if at all), he doesn't exactly do a whole lot of moving around out there.

NatsLady said...

No, when Stairs gets on base, Marquis comes in to pinch run for him. :)

Anonymous said...

Quit knocking Matty Stairs. He has as much change of getting a hit as Jason Werthless does.

MIcheleS said...

Grandstander...
Are you related to Boz? All those stats reminds me of him! And it's a compliment

Grandstander said...

Thank you. Nope, not related to Boz, just a firm believer that some statistics are better than others.

Watching the press conference, who was that jerk who stepped on Mark's question to ask about Mike Scioscia? Get those LA beat guys outta there!

MicheleS said...

PLAYOFFS BABY!!!!

MicheleS said...

Anybody need a glass of the Koolaid? Well Belly up to the bar, because Davey is now serving! I hope the guys were listening...they need that confidence in them!

Slidell said...

For those interested, Wang looking okay at Hagerstown. Two scratch hits in 2 innings, Hagerstown up 3-1. According to Suns' announcer, Wang "throwing nice and easy".

Joe Seamhead said...

Stairs? What a hoot! And if he gets a game winning hit? (drum roll here). We'll be riding a stairway to heaven.
Sorry.
So, with the Dodgers in such bad straights, is there still any room left for a stadium in Brooklyn? Whadda coup that would be for NY, eh?

Manassas Nats Fan said...

"Playoffs, Did you say Playoffs?" Playoffs got to love Jim Mora.

Get Some Players said...

Why is Harper not playing again?

natsfan1a said...

Let's go, LannEn, Nats, and Davey!!

Also third the thanks to CSN for sending Mark to cover this and the Chicago series. How awesome is is to have him on a multi-managerial regime road trip? :-)

Slidell said...

Less-than-stellar fielding leads to a triple and double and Wang gives up run number 2 in the 3rd.
Don't know why Harper isn't playing; hope it means he is on the way to Potomac. I have tickets for the Potomac visit to Frederick next week.

Waddu eye no said...

Do three games make a regime?

Section 222 said...

Nothing Stairs can do now can make up for his appalling showing so far this year. It's time for him to go. (Actually, it was time over a month ago.) I sure hope that Davey Johnson recognizes that. But he has to, right? He's a genius, one of the all time best managers, etc. etc.

JaneB said...

I know, natsfan1a (and others who commented on Mark being there). Iy makes a huge difference to have mark with the team, instead of at home. Especially now. And especially after the All Star break, when we start seeing teams make moves. Basically, he should be covering every game no matter where it is. There isn't anyone covering this team better.

Go LannEn. GYFNG!

Slidell said...

Wang is done for the night after 3. Two runs on four hits, zero walks and three strikeouts.
"Throwing without pain" according to the announcer.

SonnyG10 said...

I hope Davey wasn't one of the people that wanted Stairs on the team. If so, hope he realizes what a mistake that has been.

MicheleS said...

@Slidell.. any comment on why Harper isn't playing?

NatsJack in Florida said...

Slidell.... Wangs been throwing without pain for several months now. And by "nice and easy" I think they mean 85 - 87 MPH which is nowhere near what he used to throw.

It sounded like his sinker was working though. I won't give up yet but I don't have alot of hope.

On the other hand, I loved Davey's presser.

Slidell said...

MicheleS: Haven't heard anything. Maybe he's still resting his injured thumb.

TimDz said...

Couple of thoughts...some random...some...not so much:

NatsLady...I'll take the posting process here over NJ's clunkiness and "fecal matter" any day..

Re: Stairs...It's my hope that he will, in this series, pull a Crash DaviS...hit that one last dinger and hang'em up.

I have lost any faith at all in CW Wang making it to Nats Park (and there wasn't much to begin with). I think the closest we'll get to a Wang sighting will be if someone goes into 1970's Ray Stevens mode (bonus points to whoever gets the reference without doing a google search).

I watched some of the baseball games on ESPN and I really don't like the strike zone box that they keep up during the at bat. I much prefer the pitch trak that shows some of the more debatable calls.

Alan_A said...

Not sure why the MASN guys were complaining about Davey's lack of energy. What I saw was that the lights were on and the wheels are turning. Quick answers, no hesitation. And reminded me of the way he carried himself in NY. What were they expecting? Cheerleading? Fireworks? "Passion"?

Me, I'll take what he gave us.

Unkyd said...

Tim.... DONT LOOK ETHEL!!!!!

TimDz said...

+1 to Unkyd...

John O'Connor said...

The Streak.

MicheleS said...

Mark has really been bringing it this weekend...

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that MLB has suspended John McLaren one game and fined him for his altercation with the umps Friday night in Chicago. Uh, how exactly do you enforce that punishment? Sorry, Mac: You can't watch tonight's game on TV from your living room sofa, only from a skybox above your house?

LMAO

Unkyd said...

Buditwuz too late......

NatsLady said...

Gotta go home, hopefully get home in time to watch the whole game. LOVE these West Coast trips!!! Later, folks.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone see Kilgore's post on the plane ride.. very insightful on what is going on behind the scenes...

Unkyd said...

Somebody needs to go upside my haid!! All of a sudden I'm having thoughts of championships... What are we, like, 14 of the last 16, or something? Talent stacked up down on the farm, like jets waiting to land at Reagan.... Jeezus, Prince Oppo Boppo.... Rendon.... Peacock, Milone, Robbie Ray....

GET THAT KOOL AID AWAY FROM ME!!!!! MY MOM TOLD ME ABOUT YOU PEOPLE...... YOU'LL JUST PULL THAT FOOTBALL AWAY AT THE LAST MINNIT... AND I'LL FALL ON THE BACK OF MY HAID!!!!

Anonymous said...

My first post on this site, just have to finally say something after being a loyal reader since its inception. Thank you Mark, you're the best... but wanna say hope that Stairsy does OK tonite... I don't mind watching the old guy get few last chances.

Unkyd said...

um.... go you freakin' nats guys......gogogo....

natsfan1a said...

Heck, yeah. The man himself called it an era. ;-)

Waddu eye no said...

Do three games make a regime?
June 27, 2011 8:00 PM

DannyEllinosa said...

GYFNG

Grandstander said...

I, for one, would like to give props where they are due. Mr. Zuckerman, in a game thread I can't recall at the moment, correctly predicted that Pat Corrales would be Davey's bench coach. Well done, sir. I hope you put money on that with some of the other writers.

Kilgore transcribed it for me so I didn't have to, but one thing Davey said really brought a smile to my face.


I definitely think this club has been an underachiever offensively. I don’t like to give up outs. I’ll bunt when I have to. I’ll hit and run when I feel like it. I think this club hasn’t quite come into it’s own. It doesn’t really know how good an offensive club it can be. It definitely has a chance to be a good one.”

YES!!! Finally someone who gets it!

All this Riggleman "smart ball" nonsense has been giving me fits. If you play for one run, you may or may not get it, but you won't get any more than one. There's so much power on this team, it's insane how we've been giving away outs. You only get 27.

Look up and down that lineup, every single guy has homerun power. We've got the pitching, we've got the defense, time for some 3-run homers. Espinosa knows what I'm talking about, amirite?

Anonymous said...

Grandstander..
AMEN... in the words of Coach Herm Edwards... YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!

Anonymous said...

Unkyd: calm down, dude. This is a .500 team, at best. And baseball is a game of averages and the averages have played out - the Nats are a tad over .500.

But that's it for now. Don't get so excited about a 42-40 team. School's been out just a week and already your crazy.

Unkyd said...

Knew I could count on you, 9:37.... ;)

Drew8 said...

Oh the West Coast Gorse is hip....

Anonymous said...

Still taking a wait and see attitude. Kind of finding the drooling over Davey Johnson to be a bit premature. First Matt Stairs in the line-up , now Pat Corrales as bench coach - blech.Not impressed. Motivate Jayson Werth and then we'll see.

SonnyG10 said...

Time to rumble!!! GYFNG!!!

Unkyd said...

I really dig those thorns they wear....

Waddu eye no said...

This is our first series w angels since the Soscia vs. Robinson bout?
One of my favorite NATS memories.

baseballswami said...

Sounds like we're facing another cy young-like pitcher tonight. Has a manager ever been no-hit in his debut? GYFNG! One inning for me and since we never hit until at least the seventh, I will be asleep. My goal for the Nats - score a run before the sixth inning in the near future.

RickH said...

Where else do you get Beach Boys AND Ray Stevens allusions in the same thread! GYFNG!!!

MicheleS said...

GORSE!!!

DannyEllinosa said...

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-R-S-E!

Anonymous said...

Yeah Morse!! Now it looks like Danny is due for a HR, considering he and Michael are always tied!

TimDz said...

Gorse Power!!!!
GYFNG!!!!!

Drew8 said...

Michael Morse HACKS THE GORSE!!!!!

GYFNG!!!

Anonymous said...

Come on, Stairs, prove us all wrong and Davey right... oh wait, another strikeout... that's what I thought.

Grandstander said...

Let's try not to mention how that inning just ended. We all knew it would happen as soon as he walked to the plate.

sjm308 said...

People, we are two games OVER .500 and all you want to do is crush Matt Stairs, give me a break. Lets see if we can just play 500 ball until the All-Star break and then go from there. If we end up at 2 games over 500 then we finish 83 - 79 and how good would that be!!! Finish this road trip 3-3, go 5-4 at home and now we are 3 games over .500!! Just take things one day at a time and it will all workout. Has everyone forgotten what we have gone through the last few years. We are playing great ball, we have improved our defense, and pitching, we have signed a big time player who other teams coveted, our minor league teams are all improved and yet most of what I read is negative or coulda shoulda. GYFNG!!!

nationals7 said...

Matt Stairs. The new Adam Dunn.

baseballswami said...

Beast mode, right on cue as per my request - a run in the early innings. Now I can go to sleep.Thanks, MM!

Exposremains said...

Love how Boras is chatting on the phone watching all of his team/clients and trying to figure out how he can get MOrse as a client

Joe Sommer said...

Beast mode?
Why not just say "bestial" and be done with it.

Anonymous said...

Morse and Espinosa: All Star Game 2011. Expect it.
Or at least, that's how it should be. Name a 2nd baseman in the NL who's better than Danny, and he's just a rookie!

nationals7 said...

Oh, wait... Jayson Werth. The new Adam Dunn.

Gonat said...

From Bob Carpenter: Jayson Werth looks at another strikeout. He is 11 for his last 74.

JaneB said...

Werth 11 for 74. There is no way he doesn't care this is going on. He is a pro. He hates it. I feel bad for him.

And I hope Morse never signs with Boras. Spread the wealth a little.

GYFNG!

TimDz said...

Jayson....
SWING THE FREAKIN' BAT...

(i'm just sayin'...)

Big Oil said...

Grandstander -

Thanks for the wRC+ stat earlier. That and wOBA are my offensive go-to's; you must frequent Fangraphs as well. I too enjoyed the no-giving-up-outs comment by DJ.

FWIW, Livo has an FIP around 3.6. Sure, it is a depressed run environment, but that is l-e-g-i-t.

Section 222 said...

Rumor is that one of the reasons Stairs has stuck on the roster for so long is that he's tight with Werth from their days in Philly. Maybe if Stairs is finally cut, Werth will start hitting...

sjm308 said...

Natsjack - if Wang can't get it over 90mph is he done? read a little on Nat's Prospects and although he gave up 2 runs in 3 innings he did get 6 groundouts and was in no pain. If nothing else, he does know how to win and this probably is it for him. Not sure who he would replace but I am guessing that when Zimmnn reaches his inning count he might be someone (along with Detwiller) that we look at.

Lannan just threw an 8 pitch inning as we go into the 4th

GYFNG

Exposremains said...

Please move Werth down the lineup it hasn't worked for 79 games

Andrew said...

Nice Zim!!!!

MicheleS said...

Davey is working magic on RZim... 2 for 2 and a HR!

Drew8 said...

Zim joins the party!

Girardi is hearing Davey's footsteps....

(.564 to .565)

Grandstander said...

Yeah, I check out Fangraphs. They definitely won me over with wOBA, wRC+ and wRAA. I'm a believer.

Santana has been throwing lots of first pitch strikes, nice to see the Nats jumping on those instead of letting them float by like a couple players on this team.

Gonat said...

Anonymous said...
Morse and Espinosa: All Star Game 2011. Expect it.
Or at least, that's how it should be. Name a 2nd baseman in the NL who's better than Danny, and he's just a rookie!

June 27, 2011 10:47 PM
__________________________________
Sorry to disagree but Morse is either the 3rd or 4th best 1st baseman depending on how you want to pick 'em

1. Fielder
2. Votto
3. Sanchez
4. Morse

Danny Espinosa is the 3rd best 2nd baseman although maybe you can argue he is better than Phillips. That BA and OBP loom large usually.

1. Weeks
2. Phillips
3. Espinosa

Still, very impressive to see 2 Nats infielders amongst the league's best and not named Ryan Zimmerman!

MicheleS said...

Umm.. ground balls please....

Grandstander said...

If you throw out the idiotic and antiquated BA stat, he's a clear-cut AS. I really wish the league would start moving away from it, but it seems stuck with us. Curse you Henry Chadwick!

Calm in Cali said...

Yikes! What was with that throw from Nix?

Gonat said...

Laynce Nix with a John Wall throw to home. UGLY

Gonat said...

Jayson Werth with a nice play at 3rd. Did you see Scott Boras all happy behind home plate. LOL Count that money Bora$

Exposremains said...

Leading off: speedy Matt Stairs

Drew8 said...

Laynce might have killed six worms with one throw.

nationals7 said...

Is Matt Stairs making more $$ than Riggleman did?

Joe Seamhead said...

Great throw by Jason to end the 4th.

Anonymous8 said...

How bad is this Matt Stares guy. That is twice he walked rapidly from the batters box before the ump even signaled strike 3. What a gentleman!

Grandstander said...

CMW is making more money than Riggleman did.

MikeD said...

Goodbye Matt

SonnyG10 said...

Atta boy, Jayson. At least you swung the bat.

JaneB said...

Section 222, I said that yesterday. I think you move out Stairs and Werth gets well. I really do,

Gonat said...

Ramos with that bazooka!!!!!!!

Gonat said...

11:21 p.m. -- For some reason, the Racing Presidents are here. I have no idea why. And the best gag they could come up with was Teddy riding around the warning track on a bicycle. So this act is officially lame on two coasts of the country now.
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Now that is funny but I am sure the 5 year olds liked it even though they have no clue what they are watching.

Section 222 said...

Sorry @JaneB. It was unintentional plagiarism. I think we all know that Werth will turn things around, and we know that Stairs won't.

Grandstander said...

I'll say this, Lannan clearly doesn't have his stuff tonight, but he's somehow avoided giving it all away. The leadoff man has reached every inning but one and he's allowed 7 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings but only gave up 2 runs.

You get the feeling if he can just push us through the 6th we can get this.

TimDz said...

Pretty much have the same thought, Grandstander...
As he just gave up a lead off single, I don't think he is a long for this game...

JaneB said...

No, SEction 222! I was thinking, "great minds think alike!" I think they are both trying to bring some Phillies juice into our clubhouse. They are looking back at when things were" good"...instead of being Nationals, and being in THIS MOMENT. When Stairs moves on, Werth can become a Real Nat, instead of living in the in between. He won't have anyone tugging him into the past.

Does it sound to you all like those Angels fans are screaming when nothing is going on? The evil small part of me hopes they are doing the wave. :-)

Gonat said...

What a double play to save Lannan's butt!

FS said...

Loved the 11:21 update. Nats need to get going at the plate and Lannan needs to stop bleeding.

Gonat said...

Well, the double play just saved a bigger inning as I thought John would get out of it. Lannan just didn't have it tonight. A shame.

Grandstander said...

Was it my imagination, or was Davey Johnson walking up to get Lannan when Jewitt called him back. After that there was 3 straight hits to give the Angels the lead.

Now, Davey isn't going to say that was the case, but I swear the camera cut to him walking up the steps when Jewitt called him back and I thought I saw him point to home plate and say but we've got righties coming up.

Really want to see that again.

Drew8 said...

Laynce Nix makes Johnny Damon look like Roberto Clemente.

dj in Fl. said...

@Grandstander
I saw that also, actually called to my wife "here comes Davey". Jewitt did point to the on deck or their bench and said something, and Davey came back down the steps.

Drew8 said...

Grandstander: I had the same thought. Davey was going to make the move and then he waited one batter too long.

BTW, as we search in vain for a leadoff hitter, that smoke on the horizon is coming from Syracuse, where Steve Lombardozzi is on fire.

Since his promotion to Syracuse he is 15 for 34. He is batting .441 with a .457 on base percentage.

Sec3MySofa said...

too early to run for Stairs, I suppose?

Gonat said...

Grandstander, he talked with McCatty who seemed to tell him something. Davey definitely rocked on the step.

Section 222 said...

@JaneB - From your lips to DJ's ears.
@Grandstander -- I rewound and had a look. That was McCatty pulling DJ back, if that what he did. I'm not a lip reader, but didn't see any indication they were talking about RH batters.

Sec3MySofa said...

nevermind.

Gonat said...

Sec3MySofa said...
too early to run for Stairs, I suppose?

June 28, 2011 12:02 AM
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I thought the same thing. Oh well.

Exposremains said...

little surprised johnson left lannan and no pinch runner for stairs.

Grandstander said...

Why do you not PR for Stairs? He's the go-ahead run with 1 out in the 7th. Ultimately, it didn't matter, but I'm just not sure why you don't throw Bixler or Hairston in there at that point.

Section 222 said...

But if you pinch run for Stairs, you lose his bat for the next time around the order.... oh wait. Hahahaha.

Grandstander said...

Glad we're all on top of our games at this late hour. Thanks for the clarification!

hotrod said...

Davey's made 2 mistakes so far tonight.Not having a hot Hairston in left field(he throws that runner out easy) with Nix dhing and Leaving Lannan in to pitch to those 2 rh batters at the bottom of the lineup.

Exposremains said...

maybe johnson is doing the gentleman thing and letting Stairs play his last game all the way

Gonat said...

HotRod - I have to agree with you on both but probably didn't want to go to the bullpen so early with Storen out. It didn't work out. It happens.

On Nix, I'm just not feeling it. He has cooled down from that hot streak and his fielding and arm just aren't good. He takes a looping path to balls sometimes instead of aggressively going straight to them allowing them to fall in front of him.

Probably was thinking Nix over Hairston for the RH/LH matchup.

Grandstander said...

At least he went and got Mattheus right there. That 3-2 pitch was pathetic. I'd like to see how HRod bounces back from a less than stellar outing last time.

dj in Fl. said...

I was thinking Nix leg must not be 100%. He has always fielded much better than tonight.

Anonymous8 said...

dj in Fl. said...
I was thinking Nix leg must not be 100%. He has always fielded much better than tonight.

June 28, 2011 12:21 AM

Then it is a big mistake by Davey to put him in there.

Grandstander said...

That McCatty callback is now looming large. What a shame that we probably had this game if Davey trusts his instincts. Methinks the Cat will be in the doghouse for awhile after that.

Gonat said...

Stranded_in_Philly said...
Everyone beat me to it. I'd rather Marquis DH than Stairs. And I don't mean that pejoratively. I think at this point in their careers, Marquis is the better hitter. And can lay a bunt down.

Also, once Stairs DOES get on base (by a walk, I'm sure, if at all), he doesn't exactly do a whole lot of moving around out there.

June 27, 2011 6:55 PM
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Well, you called it early.

Drew8 said...

Don't think; it can only hurt the ball club.

Grandstander said...

Nix, Morse and Espinosa are the 3 guys I want coming up in this situation.

Andrew said...

WOW, Espinosa....are you kidding me!!!! That is unreal.

Drew8 said...

D.F.E.!

GYFNG!!!!!!!!!!

Grandstander said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5X5IrA0zEs&feature

SilverSpring8 said...

Superman wears Danny Espinosa underwear.

JaneB said...

Danny! I love love love this game and this team!

dj in Fl. said...

Anonymous said...
Yeah Morse!! Now it looks like Danny is due for a HR, considering he and Michael are always tied!

June 27, 2011 10:30 PM

Excellent call, just under the wire.
Way to go Danny!!!!!

Gonat said...

Drew8, I thought Danny's middle initial was R. for Richard....

D.R.E.! as in Dr. DRE

FS said...

LOL you guys are funny.

Someone did mention that Danny was due for one tonight because Morse homered earlier.

TimDz said...

Thanks Mike for pulling Santana...
You and Eric Wedge have the same scouting crew?

Grandstander said...

Gonat - I believe Drew8 was conferring upon Danny the same middle name Red Sox fans confer upon Bucky Dent. Just in a more positive light.

Grandstander said...

Ok, another game of "did you catch"

Did you catch Stairs looking back at Davey with a face that screamed, "do you really want me to go back out there to leadoff the inning?"

natteringnabob said...

come on Stairs... do something

Exposremains said...

D. Johnson sure loves to live on the edge he's perfect for this team

natteringnabob said...

oh here comes the lefty

Grandstander said...

HA! Bring in the Lefty? THANKS Scioscia! You just took our worst player out of the game.

Gonat said...

Love Bixler. Who called him over the weekend the X Factor. So true.

Cwj said...

Is H-Rodriguez fun to watch or what?
He can miss the plate by as much as 6 feet at times, but even the other day when he got hit, they were bloops and seeing-eye singles.

Come on Nats!
Win one for the night owls!

Drew8 said...

Farfegnugen.

Driving pleasure.

Gonat said...

Jayson Werth is soooo due.

Grandstander said...

Well, we turned the lineup over and got past that huge 8-2 hole. Zim, Nix, Morse, Espy coming up if we can make it through the 10th.

Anonymous8 said...

Note to Jayson Werth: You have to swing at those pitches....

Exposremains said...

so due to K looking, wow its frustrating. 3 times he finished an inning tonight

Anonymous said...

Fahrvergn├╝gen

Gonat said...

Oh well, good night NatsTown.

Grandstander said...

We were playing with House money this game the way our pitching was going. Tough loss, but 16 hits in one game? I just wish McCatty didn't call off DJ pulling Lannan.

SonnyG10 said...

Oh well, good game anyway. We can still win the series.

Drew8 said...

Here's job one for Davey: Find some way, somehow, to get baserunners at the top of the lineup for the beastly bats that stalk the infield.

Bringing up Lombo is unlikely because it would disrupt the greatly improved defense in the middle of the diamond.

Gotta believe Rizzo will pull the trigger on a deal for a center fielder.

JaneB said...

I think the TV guys were right about maybe sitting Werth. He knows he's not doing the job.

But they were in it to the last. Tomorrow is another day. Well, on the west coast, at least. Had fun reading you all tonight!

Manassas Nats Fan said...

First order of business for Johnson will be to get Werth to an eye doctor. He swings at ones not in the zone, and lets ones in the zone go by. If the doctor says nothing wrong his vision, it is time to bench him as his mind is not in the game. I have been giving him the benefit of the doubt up to now, but no longer, this has to stop.

You would think one would feel guilty for taking money like he has and produced so little in return. Humor nature is that way.

Manassas Nats Fan said...

At least Dunn swings at most of his strike out. You have at least a chance to get a hit. I bet over half of Werth strike outs are called.

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