Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nats (ss) vs. Braves - 3/29/12

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Braves come to Space Coast Stadium this afternoon.
VIERA, Fla. -- There are a couple of interesting additions to the Nationals' lineup today: Adam LaRoche is back starting at first base, and Xavier Nady is back starting in left field.

This is LaRoche's first game appearance since March 15. His sprained ankle/bruised foot has healed, and he's been cleared to run the bases, so it certainly looks like he'll be good to go by Opening Day. Nady, meanwhile, is throwing his hat into the ring for the Opening Day left fielder's job with Michael Morse expected to be on the disabled list.

Nady actually was supposed to start in right field, with Mark DeRosa in left field. But DeRosa was a late scratch. No reason has been given yet, but he was dealing with a calf cramp the other day, so it might just be a recurrence of that.

Edwin Jackson is on the mound, hoping to bounce back from his troublesome start Saturday against the Orioles. Plenty of updates to come...

ATLANTA BRAVES vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss)
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: Braves feed via MLB Gameday Audio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to CF
STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (ss)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
CF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Xavier Nady
C Wilson Ramos
RF Brett Carroll
P Edwin Jackson

BRAVES
SS Jack Wilson
3B Martin Prado
1B Freddie Freeman
2B Dan Uggla
LF Eric Hinske
CF Jason Heyward
C David Ross
RF Jordan Parraz
P Mike Minor
1:04 p.m. -- And we're underway as Edwin Jackson fires a fastball high to Jack Wilson for ball one.

1:12 p.m. -- Better stuff from Jackson in the top of the first, but still a few issues. He got a couple of groundballs to start the inning, but then he walked Freddie Freeman and allowed a double to Dan Uggla down the left-field line. Jackson buckled down, though, and got Eric Hinske to loft a foul pop to third to end the inning. Hinske wasn't particularly happy about that, as evidenced by the loud expletive he screamed that could be heard throughout the stadium. Stay classy, Eric.

1:22 p.m. -- A nice, 1-2-3 top of the second for Jackson, with a couple of flyouts to left (the first one by Jason Heyward to the warning track) and a swinging strikeout of Jordan Parraz. Scoreless here in the middle of the second.

1:30 p.m. -- First chance to see Adam LaRoche against a big-league pitcher in two weeks. He grounded out to second base. Couldn't really tell a lot from that. Xavier Nady, meanwhile, took a mighty hack at a Mike Minor fastball ... and whiffed. So Nady is now 1-for-4 with three strikeouts since joining the big-league roster yesterday. Scoreless after two.

1:38 p.m. -- Jackson is getting better as this start progresses. He retired the side in the third, getting Wilson and Prado to ground out in the process. He's retired seven in a row now and has completed three scoreless innings putting only two men on base.

1:49 p.m. -- I don't believe I've ever covered a ballgame with Sean Barber calling balls and strikes. If I had, I'd probably remember it, because Barber's strike zone stretches all the way from Viera to Lake Buena Vista. Players on both sides haven't been too happy with all the called strikes. That said, you've got to be able to adjust to the conditions, and the Nats certainly haven't. It would also have helped had Edwin Jackson been able to get a sac bunt down in his first plate appearance of he spring. Time for Rick Eckstein to get to work with Jackson and Gio Gonzalez on their technique. Scoreless after three.

1:56 p.m. -- Jackson continues to get better. Set down the heart of the Braves in order in the fourth, so he's now retired 10 in a row. This game remains scoreless in the middle of the fourth.

2:02 p.m. -- LaRoche with a nice, well-struck base hit up the middle off Minor, a tough lefty. And you'll be happy to know he made that all-important "inversion" turn around first base with no apparent problems. At the other end of the spectrum, Nady followed by bouncing into a 5-3 double play to end the fourth. It's only five at-bats, but so far the veteran doesn't look so great at the plate. We head to the fifth, still 0-0.

2:08 p.m. -- Sweet sassy molassey, did Jason Heyward just crush a pitch from Jackson. It sailed well over the batter's eye in center field, which stands probably 30 feet high. Just a towering shot. And there's no wind to speak of here today. That was all Heyward. It's 1-0 Braves in the middle of the fifth.

2:17 p.m. -- Guess Jackson got a quick bunting tutorial from Eckstein between innings, because he looked much better dropping a sac bunt in the bottom of the fifth. Unfortunately, Desmond popped out, stranding Carroll on second base. Braves still lead 1-0 after five as Jackson comes back out for the sixth.

2:22 p.m. -- I'm not sure Edwin Jackson could've experienced a more dramatic turnaround from one start to another. Really looked sharp today, the Heyward blast aside. His final line: 6 ip, 2 h, 1 er, 1 bb, 1 k. He'll take the mound at Nationals Park on Tuesday to face the Red Sox, then will be good to go for the regular season.

2:28 p.m. -- Ryan Zimmerman sure didn't look like he got all of Minor's sixth-inning pitch, sending a fly ball to right field. But Parraz kept backtracking to the wall, then turned around to watch the ball sail over the fence. The two-run shot is Zim's third homer of the spring and it puts the Nats up 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.

2:48 p.m. -- Brett Carroll was going to make this team anyway, but a bases-clearing triple -- with Carroll eventually scoring as the shortstop's throw got away from the catcher -- probably just sealed the deal. It's a four-run play and it puts the Nats up 6-1 as the bottom of the sixth finally comes to an end.

3:58 p.m. -- So, um, yeah, it's been a little while since you last heard from me. We were down in the clubhouse talking to Edwin Jackson, then waiting for Adam LaRoche, at which point the game had ended. Nats win, 6-3. Plenty of stuff -- including the signing of left-hander Zach Duke to a minor-league contract -- to come, so check back on the homepage shortly.

134 comments:

MicheleS said...

Hmmm.. Werth in Center...

Section 222 said...

The Nats have presumably had someone designated as emergency catcher every year they've been in town, whether they announced it or not. But has an emergency catcher ever been used in all that time? I can't recall an instance where that happened.

The date was May 25, 2006, in RFK. When Frank Robinson pulled Matt LeCroy out of the game after the Astros had stolen seven bases and LeCroy had made two errors, the replacement was emergency catcher ... wait for it... Robert Fick.

If Flores pinch hits in the bottom of the 8th, putting the Nats ahead, we'll just hope that Storen (or H-Rod) is lights out in the 9th and no one gets on base....

Steve M. said...

Binx Bolling said...
October 3, 2012 Nats line-up

Lombardozzi 2B
Espinosa SS
Zimmerman 3B
Morse 1B
Werth RF
Ramos C
Harper LF
Ankiel CF
Zimmermann P

March 29, 2012 12:04 PM


I would be very surprised if the Nats are in the hunt that Ankiel would still be the starting CF. I have to believe that Rizzo picks up a CF at the trade deadline. Then again, maybe this CF platoon will work well.

Lombardozzi at leadoff, seems I have heard that on this board before.

Steve M. said...

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/03/offseason-in-review-washington-nationals.html

Not much new but a decent summation of the Nats off-season.

Steve M. said...

Edwin Jackson slithers out of trouble in the 1st. Dan Uggla is locked in and hitting everything hard.

Steve M. said...

Espinosa with another K. Minor is another lefty pitcher.

Quick bottom of the 1st 1-2-3

Steve M. said...

Confirmed that DeRosa was scratched with tenderness in his calf muscle.

Any Ankiel updates?

NatsLady said...

Braves announcer just described Lannan as "crafty" and noted the trouble they had against him.

Steve M. said...

Nice 1-2-3 with a K for Jackson for the top of the 2nd

Steve M. said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/brett-carroll-what-its-like-to-become-an-emergency-catcher/2012/03/28/gIQAp1UnhS_blog.html

This is nice article on Brett Carroll as the 3rd catcher which fits in well with our discussion yesterday as clearly whichever catcher isn't starting (Ramos/Flores) probably becomes Davey's best RH bat on the bench.

DFL said...

From the Braves point-of-view, it would seem that veteran Jack Wilson has fallen into the starting shortstop job and the two youngsters who had auditioned for the job will begin the season in the minors. Wilson won't lead-off, however.

natsfan1a said...

Dang, I missed it. :-)

Hinske wasn't particularly happy about that, as evidenced by the loud expletive he screamed that could be heard throughout the stadium. Stay classy, Eric.

sm13 said...

Mark - I thought Nady had a hit late in his first game

Steve M. said...

EJax City w/ another nice 1-2-3

natsfan1a said...

You beat me to it, sec 222. I was otherwise and just posted about the LeCroy/Robinson crying game in a prior thread. :-)

In other news, endangered? Dude must be thinking of the spotted owl or something.

Section 222 said...

The Nats have presumably had someone designated as emergency catcher every year they've been in town, whether they announced it or not. But has an emergency catcher ever been used in all that time? I can't recall an instance where that happened.

The date was May 25, 2006, in RFK. When Frank Robinson pulled Matt LeCroy out of the game after the Astros had stolen seven bases and LeCroy had made two errors, the replacement was emergency catcher ... wait for it... Robert Fick.

If Flores pinch hits in the bottom of the 8th, putting the Nats ahead, we'll just hope that Storen (or H-Rod) is lights out in the 9th and no one gets on base....
March 29, 2012 1:04 PM

Mark Zuckerman said...

Sorry sm13, Nady did single in his final at-bat yesterday. I knew he was 1-for-4, even tweeted it correctly. Not sure why I typed it wrong here.

natsfan1a said...

Also on a broadcasting note, maybe there is a lot of news about "our" owl, but I'd rather have ST news about that than news about whether a decrepit 3B will be retiring. (I've actually grown to respect Chipper but they've got my dander up, daggone it. Okay, I feel better now. :-))

natsfan1a said...

In other news, endangered? Dude must be thinking of the spotted owl or something.

Steve M. said...

Its Nady's first real hacks against MLB hitting so I won't be overly critical but my apprehensions are that Nady's last 2 years in the Majors were real bad.

Steve M. said...

uh, MLB pitching

Steve M. said...

Men on 1st and 2nd with no outs and the Nats don't score. That is frustrating.

Steve M. said...

Another quick 1-2-3 for EJax City. He is cruising!

natsfan1a said...

Oh, boy. LaRoche gets to run.

natsfan1a said...

Or not, DP. Just as well, maybe.

Anonymous said...

Didn't EJax once pitch a no-hitter but with about 8 walks??? I don't know that much about him yet, but I seem to remember it. Which of his many teams was that?

Steve M. said...

LaRoche with a single followed a Nady double play.

Steve M. said...

Danny Espinosa this Spring has a .328 average only this is the average K's he has. He has K'd in 32.8% of his ABs this Spring.

Its still Spring but by now I would be expecting better contact.

Not sure why so many will bash Desmond while giving Espi a free pass.

Steve M. said...

Jayson Heyward with a solo HR

natsfan1a said...

It was with the Diamondbacks.

Anonymous said...

Didn't EJax once pitch a no-hitter but with about 8 walks??? I don't know that much about him yet, but I seem to remember it. Which of his many teams was that?
March 29, 2012 2:03 PM

Steve M. said...

Anon @ 2:03 EJax threw that no-hitter in 2010 with Arizona

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/edwin-jackson-no-hitter-statistically-absurd-062510

Natsochist said...

@Anon 1403, yes he did, with the Diamondbacks. 2010, I believe.

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Anonymous said...
Didn't EJax once pitch a no-hitter but with about 8 walks??? I don't know that much about him yet, but I seem to remember it. Which of his many teams was that?

natsfan1a said...

Yay, I can has two cokes!

natsfan1a said...

Interesting broadcast tidbit about the upcoming Reds/Brewers ST game, where Randy Wolf will pitch and his brother Jim will be the HP umpire.

natsfan1a said...

Oops, evidently they changed their minds and that's not going to happen, even in a ST game.

Knoxville Nat said...

Mark says,

"Time for Rick Eckstein to get to work with Jackson and Gio Gonzalez on their technique."

Another suggestion would be for Jordan Z. to give bunting tips to his fellow pitchers. He was one of the best in MLB I saw last year or any time in the recent past.

Steve M. said...

Edwin Jackson finishes a nice day if this was his last inning. 1 Earned in 6 innings

natsfan1a, yah, I don't think having a relative behind the plate when another relative is pitching goes over well in any league including Little League.

Steve M. said...

Espinosa walks on a 3-2 pitch to start the 6th

gonatsgo said...

I actually don't like it all that much when JZim bunts - I think he handles the bat really well and could probably rack up some actual hits if they let him.

NatsLady said...

Z-Man-- with a "lazy" fly ball that cleared the fence. OK, that's fine.

Steve M. said...

NICE HR by Zim! 2-1

natsfan1a said...

The Z-man with a two-run dinger to put the good guys up by a run.

Feel Wood said...

Steve M. said...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/brett-carroll-what-its-like-to-become-an-emergency-catcher/2012/03/28/gIQAp1UnhS_blog.html

This is nice article on Brett Carroll as the 3rd catcher


Again, he's not the third catcher. He's the emergency catcher. That means he's not a catcher. Just like the position player who pitches an inning in an extra-inning game because all the pitchers have been used is not a pitcher, or the safety pin you use to hold your suit pants up when the button pops off right before your big meeting is not a button.

And re the 2006 LeCroy incident, Robert Fick was not an emergency catcher. Fick was a utility guy who had catcher as one of his positions throughout his career. Indeed, he appeared as a catcher in over 20 games in 2006. He wasn't an emergency catcher, he was a third catcher.

Steve M. said...

Braves radio guy called it a pop-up initially to RF then changed it to a lazy fly. Which is it?

Answer: Its a 2 run jack!

Steve M. said...

Feel Wood, if Carroll is the guy called on in the depth chart to go in after Ramos and Flores, that is the 3rd catcher aka emergency catcher.

Hopefully he will never be called upon.

Anonymous said...

Atlanta's broadcasters are hometowners. They talk about Mike Minor with his 5 walks like he is an ace. The fact is the Nats are just offensively bad as a team.

Anonymous said...

When it's our team it's a lazy fly ball or wind-aided. When it's their team it's a bomb.

Feel Wood said...

Not sure why so many will bash Desmond while giving Espi a free pass.

Because the haters (They don't like to be called haters? Okay, let's call them snipers then because all they do is lie in wait to take their shots.) can't multi-task. They didn't take shots at Desmond until Guzman was gone. When/if Desmond is gone, they'll start taking shots at Espinosa.

Anonymous said...

Steve, why bother answering Feelwood? He has to flex his muscles here and tell you something about baseball. Now thats funny.

Shedd said...

Everytime I hear the words "emergency catcher", I think about the Orioles game when Lenn Sakata was called upon to catch. Tippy Martinez picked off three Blue Jays at 1st base in one inning because they were all taking huge leads thinking Sakata couldn't throw them out if they attempted to steal. Supposedly, the fact that Sakata had caught some in little league made Earl Weaver designate him as the "emergency catcher". Classic.

Anonymous said...

And if Desi is the "Goat du-jour" , then Lannan gets a rest also.

Steve M. said...

To both Anon's at 2:34, Mark's description is the best one:

2:28 p.m. -- Ryan Zimmerman sure didn't look like he got all of Minor's sixth-inning pitch, sending a fly ball to right field. But Parraz kept backtracking to the wall, then turned around to watch the ball sail over the fence. The two-run shot is Zim's third homer of the spring and it puts the Nats up 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.

natsfan1a said...

Yes, I was aware of the implications, as were the broadcasters. Nonetheless, I found it interesting.

natsfan1a, yah, I don't think having a relative behind the plate when another relative is pitching goes over well in any league including Little League.

gonatsgo said...

Is there anyplace on the gameday page that shows how many pitchers EJax has thrown?

natsfan1a said...

Wow, Carroll clears the bases with a 3-run triple, then scores on the throw home.

NatsLady said...

No. 22 on first base and another No. 22 on second base. Ha, double-steal but it was a walk. Aw, too bad, apparently he was out==>and then not out.

And a triple and an error--guess that's not an inside-the-park HR.

Anonymous said...

Bases loaded - wouldn't you love to see some runs come out of this? Even if it is Spring Training?

Steve M. said...

A Little League Grand Slam for Brett Carroll

natsfan1a said...

We just did see that, or hear it. :-)

Anonymous said...

Gameday is obviously behind?

natsfan1a said...

Yes, it must be running late.

Anonymous said...

But - thanks for that, anyway! Sounds amazing!!!

Steve M. said...

NatsLady, you are a click ahead of me! 6-1 game now. How quick things change and Mike Minor's line looks fairly bad with 4 Earned in 5 1/3

Feel Wood said...

Feel Wood, if Carroll is the guy called on in the depth chart to go in after Ramos and Flores, that is the 3rd catcher aka emergency catcher.

You won't see Carroll's name on any catcher depth chart, because he's not a catcher, nor is he being trained to be a catcher. Just like you didn't see Werth listed on the depth chart as a catcher last year, even though by all accounts he was the emergency catcher. That's the difference between a third catcher and an emergency catcher. The emergency catcher only catches if there's an emergency, when the manager needs someone to catch and there's no real catcher left. The third catcher will come in as a late-inning substitute, or even start an occasional game, because he is catcher.

NatsLady said...

Gameday says "Chris McConnell" running for Ramos. "Chris Rahl" running for LaRoche. Who are these people?

And Desi, with a hit.

Gonatsgo, I don't think Gameday shows pitch count.

MicheleS said...

First, thanks for play by play on NI. Access is ltd today.

And WOO HOO we are beating the braves

Steve M. said...

Ian Desmond with another single!

gonatsgo said...

Just wondering how efficient he was - nice to see a good effort by him. My only access today is gameday.

Steve M. said...

Feel Wood, lets call it the depth chart in Davey Johnson's brain and leave it at that.

Anonymous said...

Espinosa with another K

NatsLady said...

I'll listen to see if the announcers give a pitch count, but they didn't give one for Mike Minor.

natsfan1a said...

I think McConnell came to the plate (late?) in yesterday's game.

NatsLady said...

Davey's got a deep depth chart in his brain. Here is a tweet from Amanda:

Asked by @AdamKilgoreWP if he'd decided on Opening Day LF if Morse on DL, Davey said "Fairly well." Then listed 5 different players.

natsfan1a said...

I think this is him (the Mets game thread):

TimDz said...

Who is McConnel (no. 1)? He just struck out to end the top of the ninth...

They had a close up of him...looked like it was "bring your kid to work" day. He looked to be maybe 14...
March 28, 2012 3:21 PM
ehay2k said...

McConnell's hat, in the MLB Gameday pic, had a *blue* curly W!?!?! I thought he was a Marlin at first!

Go mpHRod!
March 28, 2012 3:24 PM
gonatsgo said...

I thought he looked 12, actually. Did you hear the Mets broadcasters chuckling over HRod? His pitches were just not fair.
March 28, 2012 3:27 PM

Anonymous said...

There you go Feel Wood. Davey has the depth chart enbedded in his cranium. You keep pushing your 3rd catcher theory. Who the F cares. If Davey needs a 3rd catcher in a game he turns to Brett Carroll.

NatsLady said...

Error for Rahl in RF. Announcers couldn't see it but apparently he misplayed the ball somehow.

DWS said...

"A season to remember" for the Braves. Last year would be "A season to forget" perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Is Rahl in left or right. Is Carroll in left or right.

Cease the Opportunity said...

Durb!

NatsLady said...

Wait a minute. Chris Rahl is a minor-league pitcher? He sure has played all over the lot. Guess I'm not worried if he makes an error.

Chris Rahl Minor League stats

I notice Davey has quit running out of players. He must have to them not to travel when the Nats are in Space Coast and bring along an extra busload when the Nats travel.

Section 222 said...

Again, he's not the third catcher. He's the emergency catcher. That means he's not a catcher. ... And re the 2006 LeCroy incident, Robert Fick was not an emergency catcher...He wasn't an emergency catcher, he was a third catcher.

Boy, you will pick a fight whenever there's not even a fight worth picking. Talk about snipers. Actually, according to the article, Fick wasn't the third catcher, LeCroy was. (Brian Schneider and Wiki Gonzalez were hurt.) So I guess under your hair splitting theory, Fick was technically a fourth catcher. Ok, fine, whatever.

So since Werth and Harper were once catchers, are they still catchers now (4th, 5th, or 6th), or could they be emergency catchers? Does Carroll become a third catcher rather than the emergency catcher once he actually catches in a game? If not, how many times do you have to catch to become a utility guy who can catch rather than an emergency catcher? And how many years have to pass since you last caught in a game for you to return to emergency catcher status? I want us to get this all straightened out so that no one makes a fatal mistake like poor Steve M., who was just trying to call an interesting article to our attention. Sheesh.

NatsLady said...

er, told them not to travel...

DWS said...

The Atlanta Braves announcers are pathetic. Is this their regular season people?

Feel Wood said...

Davey's got a deep depth chart in his brain.

Nice to have a manager with such a big brain for a change. Davey's got a brain big enough to play chess. The last guy was just playing checkers. Barely.

natsfan1a said...

DWS, it's spring training for the broadcasters, too. But, yeah. :-)

natsfan1a said...

I did like the Bobby Cox plumbing commercial, though.

natsfan1a said...

btw, "yeah" related to the personal opinion, not whether it's their regular broadcast team. I joined the game in progress and don't know who has the call.

natsfan1a said...

Boris Pasternack just scored. Or something.

natsfan1a said...

Er, Pasternak.

Section 222 said...

Didn't Don Sutton join the Braves' radio team after he left MASN?

Anonymous said...

Bobby Cox is taking the Bob Dole route and doing commercials about ED in his retirement? Won't that hurt his HoF chances?

natsfan1a said...

Can't recall whether it was tv or radio, but yes, I think he did join them.

natsfan1a said...

No, it was about household plumbing. I should have been more precise. :-)

Anonymous said...

The Orioles claimed INF Zelous Wheeler off waivers from the Brewers.

Just for the O's fans in the room. And also because the guy's name is Zelous Wheeler.

natsfan1a said...

Not an O's fan but interesting name. If some other IF makes the team instead, I guess you could say he was over Zelous.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone jealous that the O's signed Zelous?

natsfan1a said...

Nah, I'm happy with our fellas.

natsfan1a said...

(Sorry, that was the best I could do.)

NatinBeantown said...

Feelwood,

I, for one, recognize the 3rd/emergency distinction you are making.

One thing I do wonder is if we'll actually see a lot of appearances from Flores in double switches as a PH who stays in the game to catch, or if DJ will stick to more traditional off-days with a single PH AB.

DWS said...

Cool, Zelous was picked up. I wonder if he's got a semi-famous actress like Cutter. Where do these parents come up with these handles? Oh the third baseman just made a play. Oh that's Ryan Zimmerman still in the game. Pathetic announcer.

natsfan1a said...

Uh-oh, sounds like a throwing error for RZ.

DWS said...

Lolly gagged? Sorry I just.....

natsfan1a said...

But Lidge gets the last batter and the Nats hold on for the win, 6-3. The end.

natsfan1a said...

imo, the worst part of listening to a Braves broadcast is hearing the commercials with that *#&$% chant. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

That they stole from Fla. State

Anonymous said...

Nats signed Zach Duke to a minor league deal...he was just released by the Astros.

Tcostant said...

I always like Duke when he played with the Pirates... Worth more of a flyer than Oliver Perez.

Anonymous said...

Duke's a decent major league pitcher. Worth it for experience at AAA in case someone gets hurt.

CN said...

Zach Duke adds some insurance as he was the rubber-armed whipping boy for the Pirates for a few yrs. I think he's got a solid bat too, drilling 2 HRs last yr...

Mick said...

We are going to suck, I know it, too many injuries to overcome and it will get worse before it gets better. I have been around too long and I know I am right. We will finish 70-92

NatinBeantown said...

Anon 3:38, FSU stole it from the KC Chiefs. When it comes to mocking stereotypes, there are very few original ideas, I guess.

Section 222 said...

One thing I do wonder is if we'll actually see a lot of appearances from Flores in double switches as a PH who stays in the game to catch, or if DJ will stick to more traditional off-days with a single PH AB.

I doubt DJ will take one of our most productive bats (Ramos) out of the game in order to do a double switch involving Flores. That would certainly evoke memories of Riggleman and his legendary doubleswitchitis, which included double switching Morse out of a game after he had already hit two homeruns.

In any event, I would guess that Flores will appear as a PH mostly in the late innings to further reduce the chances that Carrol will have to be called on to catch. And since Flores is not a defensive upgrade, there would be little reason for him to replace Ramos "in the squat" after pinch hitting. And by the late innings, doubleswitches are less necessary since the relief pitcher probably isn't going to go more than an inning anyway.

Mick said...

DC is cursed period. Caps make no sense and Nats will continue the the curse.

Section 222 said...

Duke started 32 games, pitched 219 innings, and, believe it or not, was an All-Star for the Pirates in 2009. Who knew?

Cwj said...

Anon 3:21- haha "Zelous Wheeler", there's a name for ya :-)

A DC Wonk said...

Mick said...

We are going to suck, I know it, too many injuries to overcome and it will get worse before it gets better. I have been around too long and I know I am right. We will finish 70-92


Oooh, oooh, can I be the first one to bet you on that?

A DC Wonk said...

(unless you were talking about the O's)

Section 3, My Sofa said...

Mick, I see what you did, there--you're going for the reverse whammy.

Could work.

Cwj said...

Not that it matters, but shouldn't Lidge have gotten a save today?

Cwj said...

Oh wait, it was 6-2 when he entered. Gave up an unearned run.

Section 3, My Sofa said...

Cool, Zelous was picked up. I wonder if he's got a semi-famous actress like Cutter.

He used to have, but he broke up with her. It's ok, though, because now she's over Zelous.


Badabing!@

Don said...

Anon 3:51 said...

"Duke's a decent major league pitcher. Worth it for experience at AAA in case someone gets hurt."

I wonder if he could catch in an emergency? Would the be the 4rd or 7th backup catcher?

CN said...

Cwj, didn't see the box score, but did he inherit the runners that scored? if they're his runners, than the answer s/b no, as he entered w/ a 5 run lead, i think.

Anonymous said...

Zelous Wheeler is definitely no Wonderful Monds.

natsfan1a said...

uh, I already used that one. :-)

natsfan1a said...

Not an O's fan but interesting name. If some other IF makes the team instead, I guess you could say he was over Zelous.
March 29, 2012 3:23 PM


Section 3, My Sofa said...

Cool, Zelous was picked up. I wonder if he's got a semi-famous actress like Cutter.

He used to have, but he broke up with her. It's ok, though, because now she's over Zelous.


Badabing!@
March 29, 2012 4:11 PM

Mick said...

I am just bummed about Storen,Wang, Morse and LaRouche (who is not even 50% ready)

CN said...

looks like b meyers isn't even close to making the 25-man roster for the yanks. that'll add even more depth to the farm system.

LoveDaNats said...

Mick said...

"We are going to suck, I know it, too many injuries to overcome and it will get worse before it gets better. I have been around too long and I know I am right. We will finish 70-92"

Mick, you seem tired. Have some of my koolaid. :)

Anonymous said...

Lyndon LaRouche is injured?

Section 3, My Sofa said...

natsfan1a said...
uh, I already used that one. :-)

Dang. Another Coke. I might as well buy you a fountain for it.

Section 3, My Sofa said...

BTW, decidedly off-topic, but anyone with some spare time and scorekeeping skillz can get in some work this weekend at an adult rec game in Silver Spring this weekend. There's carfare and lunch money in it. I'll supply the pencils and scorebook. You don't need to respond if you're NOT interested.

Feel Wood said...

Section 222 said...
Boy, you will pick a fight whenever there's not even a fight worth picking.


Well, if questioning the veracity of an answer someone gave to a question I posed is "picking a fight" then I plead guilty. (And goodness knows you'd never do anything like that, would you, Section 222?)

Third catcher/emergency catcher semantics aside, the question I posed was whether any Nationals manager had ever had to use a player who wasn't normally a catcher as the catcher in an emergency. The Weaver-Sakata situation someone mentioned is a perfect example of that. But Frank Robinson replacing LeCroy with Fick does not qualify, because as I mentioned already, Fick was a catcher. He caught multiple games every season throughout his career. I'd venture to say that few if any of those situations were "emergencies" either. Can anyone come up with a situation where an emergency catcher was used by the Nats?

Hondo69 said...

I just discovered that our other split-squad game is being televised on FSD (Fox Sports Detroit), Ch. 663 on DirecTV live at 6pm. It's also live on MLB.TV.

Section 3, My Sofa said...

Thanks, Hondo! I assume Mark isn't hitting the road to cover the nightcap?

A DC Wonk said...

I am just bummed about Storen,Wang, Morse and LaRouche

Yeah, me too. But I'm psyched about Stras, JZimm, Gio, EJax, Lannan, Clip, MPHRod, Lidge, RZim, Ramos, Flores (the preceding would get _any_ team up to more than 70 wins), and the potential of: Lombo, Renden, and of course Harper, and the eventual return of: Storen, Wang, Morse, and LaRoche.

natsfan1a said...

Awesome.

Section 3, My Sofa said...

natsfan1a said...
uh, I already used that one. :-)

Dang. Another Coke. I might as well buy you a fountain for it.
March 29, 2012 4:39 PM

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