Friday, April 13, 2012

Game 8: Reds at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The first-place Nationals host the Reds in the first night home game of the year.
Do you remember the last time the Washington Nationals hosted a game while in sole possession of first place? Let's turn the way-back machine to July 21, 2005, when Frank Robinson's fast-fading, 54-41 Nats held a slim, 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East and welcomed the Astros to RFK Stadium. That night, Roy Oswalt shut out Washington over eight innings, out-dueling Esteban Loaiza. And though he served up a two-run homer to Preston Wilson in the bottom of the ninth, Houston closer Brad Lidge wound up retiring Brad Wilkerson and Brian Schneider to seal a 3-2 victory.

Since that day nearly seven years ago, the Nationals have spent a total of four days in sole possession of first place. All came during the first week of the 2008 season, when Manny Acta's club stormed out of the gates to a 3-0 start ... before ultimately losing 102 games. All four of those days in first place came on the road.

So that makes for quite a backdrop to tonight's contest at Nationals Park, where the first-place Nats look to make it four in a row. Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound, hoping to duplicate his stellar effort from his season debut (with perhaps a little run support thrown in for a change). Veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo starts for Cincinnati.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back...

CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM), XM 188
Weather: Clear, 65 degrees, Wind 4 mph LF to RF
NATIONALS (5-2)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
LF Mark DeRosa
CF Roger Bernadina
C Wilson Ramos
P Jordan Zimmermann

REDS (3-4)
CF Drew Stubbs
SS Wilson Valdez
1B Joey Votto
3B Scott Rolen
RF Jay Bruce
LF Ryan Ludwick
2B Willie Harris
C Ryan Hanigan
P Bronson Arroyo

UMPIRES
HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Tim Welke (cc), 2B Laz Diaz, 3B Mike Everitt

5:30 p.m. -- As you wait for the start of tonight's game, be sure to read my update on Rick Ankiel, who has been cleared to come off the DL before tomorrow's game.

7:06 p.m. -- And we're underway on a gorgeous, 65-degree night in the nation's capital. The crowd's still filing in; looks like it'll be a nice-sized group tonight.

7:10 p.m. -- It looked like Jordan Zimmermann was going to have a really quick top of the first, but then he issued a two-out walk to Joey Votto. No harm, because he got Scott Rolen to line out to center, ending a 14-pitch (10-strike) inning.

7:17 p.m. -- Nothin' doin' in the bottom of the first. Ian Desmond once again puts the first pitch he sees into play and flies out to left. Danny Espinosa grounds out weakly to first. Ryan Zimmerman sent a flyball to deep right, but not nearly deep enough to do any damage. We go to the top of the second.

7:28 p.m. -- What do you know, we've got another pitchers' duel brewing here. Only one baserunner for the Nats through two innings (Mark DeRosa, who drew a walk). Only one baserunner for the Reds (Votto, who drew a walk). Good stuff from both starters so far.

7:40 p.m. -- The answer is: "Bronson Arroyo." The question: "Who will record the first base hit of this game?" Who figured that would be the case? Arroyo's one-out single to center, though, caused no real trouble for Zimmermann, who has now extended the scoreless innings streak by Nationals starters to 22.

7:45 p.m. -- Another 1-2-3 inning for Arroyo, so it's still scoreless through three.

8:23 p.m. -- We're through five innings now, and the Nats' rotation scoreless streak has come to an end at 23. Old pal Willie Harris led off the fourth with a double to left-center, moved to third on a groundball and then scored on a sac fly by ... Arroyo. Man, that guy has turned into an offensive force. The Nats' offense, meanwhile, has done next-to-nothing against Arroyo. They've got two hits through five. On the bright side, the defense has been spectacular, from Desmond and Zimmerman and LaRoche. So it's 1-0 Reds as we go to the sixth.

8:38 p.m. -- One of these days, the Nationals are going to score a run for Jordan Zimmermann. I mean, the law of averages says it's got to happen eventually, right? Through six innings tonight, it hasn't happened. Despite a leadoff single from Desmond, they couldn't get him home. Kind of a questionable move for Danny Espinosa to sacrifice bunt Desmond over to second. That backfired. We go to the seventh, still a 1-0 Reds lead.

8:49 p.m. -- The Nats' infield defense had been absolutely spectacular through the first six innings of this game, with all four guys making highlight-reel plays. So of course LaRoche and Desmond just committed back-to-back errors with two outs in the seventh. Credit to Zimmermann for getting out of that jam. We're at the stretch, and it's still 1-0 as Arroyo returns to the mound.

8:55 p.m. -- Arroyo is just carving up the Nats lineup tonight. Made Werth and DeRosa look ridiculous in striking out both in the bottom of the seventh. We go to the eighth, and Jordan Zimmermann's night is complete. His final line: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 100 pitches, 71 strikes. The right-hander also allowed one earned run over seven innings in his season debut. And he will not have a win yet. Unreal.

9:05 p.m. -- Ryan Mattheus completes a scoreless top of the eighth. Arroyo is back out for the bottom of the inning, now six outs from a shutout. It'll be Ramos, a pinch-hitter and Desmond due up for the Nationals, who still trail 1-0.

9:14 p.m. -- Wow, what was Dusty Baker doing? Arroyo was absolutely cruising, sitting on 94 pitches, and the Reds manager yanked him in favor of left-hander (and former Nats first-rounder) Bill Bray to face pinch-hitter Chad Tracy. So Davey Johnson countered with Xavier Nady, and guess what happened? Solo home run into the left-field bullpen, Nady's first with the Nats. We're tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth, folks.

9:25 p.m. -- A 1-2-3 top of the ninth for Henry Rodriguez. We go to the bottom of the ninth, and Ryan Zimmerman will lead off for the Nats.

9:36 p.m. -- Big chance for Bernadina to be the hero after Werth and DeRosa deliver two-out singles. But after working the count full against Logan Ondrusek, Bernadina struck out with a mighty swing. So for the second straight day, we're going to extra innings on South Capitol Street.

9:45 p.m. -- Nice to see Brad Lidge rebound from his blown save yesterday. Just mowed through the Reds in the top of the 10th, retiring the side and striking out Drew Stubbs to give the Nats another chance to win on a walk-off. But they'll have to do it against flamethrower Aroldis Chapman.

9:52 p.m. -- Nothin' doin' against Chapman, who pretty much overwhelmed Ramos, Brett Carroll and Desmond. We go to the 11th, and it'll be Tom Gorzelanny on the mound.

10:03 p.m. -- Five Nationals pitchers have held the Reds to three hits in 11 innings tonight. I mean, seriously, if this lineup can't scratch out just one more run and reward them for their effort...

10:18 p.m. -- Who's up for 12 innings on a Friday night!

10:30 p.m. -- A couple of big-time strikeouts from Tom Gorzelanny with men in scoring position in the top of the 12th. He got both Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs swinging. So now it's DeRosa, Bernadina and Ramos due up as Alfredo Simon returns to the mound for his second inning of relief.

10:46 p.m. -- Good lord, what just happened there in the bottom of the 12th? Bernadina was thrown out on a 6-2-5-6 fielder's choice, yet he kept the rundown alive long enough for Ramos to go all the way to third base. No matter, because Steve Lombardozzi struck out looking to end the inning. We go to the 13th inning of a ballgame neither team has any intention of winning.

10:56 p.m. -- What has gotten into Craig Stammen? He just struck out three more batters in the top of the 13th. That means the last six outs he's recorded over the last two days have all come via strikeout.

11:10 p.m. -- Jayson Werth wins it! Bases-loaded single up the middle in the bottom of the 13th. The Nats win 3-2 and remain in first place in the NL East.

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Anonymous said...

Lets's Go Nats! Looking forward to a lovely evening at the park!

CN said...

Curious to see if Bernie stays in the lineup against RHP when Ankiel comes back. That makes the most sense IMO, as Bernie provides the most offense & defense of the other options on the current bench.

UNTERP said...

Zombie 3, here we go...


Signed

93 - 69, all season

Ernie said...

Mark - On behalf of those of us who keep score at the games, thanks for adding the umpires to the game preview.

Grandstander said...

Grandstander's Fun Fact of the Day™:

The Nationals have had 19 PAs with a man on third and less than 2 outs. They've gotten only 2 hits, both singles, and struck out 8 times while only drawing 1 walk. They have 2 sacrifice flies, which is the same amount they've grounded into a double play.

In a situation in which most people agree you must drive home a run, they've failed to do so 15 out of 19 times.

natsfan1a said...

I also second the thanks for including the umps. Wait, was that a Mr. Peabody reference? Because Mark is too young to know about that. :-)

Let's turn the way-back machine to July 21, 2005

Anonymous said...

Mark,

Is there a reason the Nats continue to trot Derosa and Nady out there in LF? Isn't it worth it to give Lombardozzi some reps out there? At least he puts together quality at bats. Nady and Derosa are just free swinging out there

Section 3, My PFB Sofa said...

Peabody's WABAC machine...
Not that you were wondering.

NatsJack in DC said...

Grandstander.....you forgot to add "and they're still winning".

Section 3, My PFB Sofa said...

"continue to trot out"?? This is what, game 8? But Ankiel comes off the DL this weekend, if memory serves. You'll probably see some changes then.

MicheleS said...

I just want to say THANK YOU Mark and the rest of the Nats Insiders for having this blog. I haven't looked at comments NJ on WaPo for over 2 years. I accidentally did it today. Thank you for being polite and actually adding to the conversation instead of the venom filled rants that I saw over there (most of which pertained nothing to the article written and were personal attacks)

Paxelpete said...

Thanks for the memories Mark, I was at that 2005 game marveling at Oswalt's curveball from right behind home plate, reveling as my childhood hero Astros would go on to their only NL pennant that year. My fandom has now completely turned thanks to a slow motion Houston meltdown (inept owner and GM, Clemens' steroids, dismantling the team, and a coming switch the AL - the DH should die) and the slowly building baseball excitement here in DC. I've been a season ticket holder ever since the new park opened, and will be there in section 310 when Strasburg gives my old faves a beatdown next Monday night. Go Nats!

MicheleS said...

Wait.. We have a NatsJack in DC sighting? Where will you be all weekend?

Section 222 said...

Speaking of umps, anyone know if there have been any reversals of trapped ball calls under the new replay rules yet? I'm wondering if there will be big disputes when a ball is ruled a trap instead of an out over how many bases are awarded the batter and runner(s).

I wouldn't hold my breath to see Moore or Brown anytime soon. Rizzo and Davey will probably give DeRosa, Nagy, Tracy, and Bernadina a good long look before cutting ties with any of them.

Grandstander's fun fact is a very telling reminder of how important our excellent pitching so far has been. We're 5-2 notwithstanding our impressive impotence at the plate with a runner on third

Candide said...

Regarding the umps:

UMPIRES
HP Paul Schrieber, 1B Tim Welke (cc), 2B Lax Diaz, 3B Mike Everitt


What's the "(cc)" after Welke's name? Closed caption...?

natsfan1a said...

Paxelpete, my Cubs fan baseball buddy couldn't watch the postseason that year (kinda like me when it was the Yanks and the Phils), but I rooted for Biggio and his teammates. Was happy for him that he got to a Series, even if it didn't end well.

natsfan1a said...

I'm guessing "crew chief."

Waddu eye no said...

Ernie said...
Mark - On behalf of those of us who keep score at the games, thanks for adding the umpires to the game preview

And thanks for letting us know who we'll be cursing at ;-)
Gyfng

Candide said...

I think you're right, 1a - thanks.

natsfan1a said...

You're welcome. (I suppose it could stand for "crummy calls," depending on whose name is there. Nah. :-))

baseballswami said...

Please, please, oh, please my beloved Nats - I promise to cheer for you from my chair the whole game if you would please just give Jordan some nice run support tonight. Granpa Davey has requested a laugher. In our favor, please - not the other way around.Please. Pretty please.

m20832 said...

Let's just hope HP Paul Shrieber has a better strike zone. Tired of postage stamp strike zones. Go Get'em Nats!1

GYFNG!!!

swang said...

cc = crew chief

Grandstander said...

Yeah, I didn't mean to be a Debbie Downer, it really is a testament to how lights out our pitching staff is. But don't expect it to keep going like this. A couple calls/plays going against us and this could just as easily be a 2-5 team.

MicheleS said...

Quesiton To the STH's out there: When a band came to play Nats Park (Like the Dave Mathews band or Elton John/Billy Joel), did the STH's get a shot before the general public to purchase tickets in advance? Because BRUCE is coming to town and I want to go - I can never get tickets when he goes to Verizon. Scalpers get them before the masses can get to them.

baseballswami said...

I think we have to get 10 people on base for every run scored or something. Since we can't seem to hit them in maybe we just have to get twice as many people on base! 40 on = 4 runs, right? I never was very good at math, so perhaps we will get some actual r's bi tonight. By the way, can you actually win a game without anyone getting an rbi? I am guessing that you can. I am also guessing that someone has access to that kind of obscure information - like what was the highest scoring game with no rbi?

Section 222 said...

MichelleS -- Yes, I believe that in the past STHs have received advance notice and the ability to purchase tickets before the general public can to concerts at Nats Park. That doesn't mean they'll follow that practice in this case, of course. Might be worth a call to your ticket rep to make sure.

Pete said...

Man the new sideline reporter is so much hotter than Debbie. Excellent upgrade.

Mark Zuckerman said...

natsfan1a said...
I also second the thanks for including the umps. Wait, was that a Mr. Peabody reference? Because Mark is too young to know about that. :-)

Let's turn the way-back machine to July 21, 2005


Hey, I grew up watching Rocky and Bullwinkle ... re-runs!

Candide said...

baseballswami said...By the way, can you actually win a game without anyone getting an rbi?

Sure:

******************************
Rule 10.04:

(a) The official scorer shall credit the batter with a run batted in for every run that scores:

(1) unaided by an error and as part of a play begun by the batter's safe hit (including the batter's home run), sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, infield out or fielder's choice, unless Rule 10.04(b) applies;
(2) by reason of the batter becoming a runner with the bases full (because of a base on balls, an award of first base for being touched by a pitched ball or for interference or obstruction); or
(3) when, before two are out, an error is made on a play on which a runner from third base ordinarily would score.

(b) The official scorer shall not credit a run batted in

(1) option when the batter grounds into a force double play or a reverse-force double play; or
(2) when a fielder is charged with an error because the fielder muffs a throw at first base that would have completed a force double play.
******************************
So a run that scores because of an error or on a GIDP is not an RBI.

sm13 said...

Ankiel will see a lot of playing time when he returns. Roger, once again and disappointingly, hasn't really done anything at the plate. Ankiel should get a shot to see if he can hit like he did in Florida and in his rehab.

Anonymous said...

Grandstander's fun fact also neglects that the 5 teams below Washington include Yanks, Brewers & Diamondbacks and the Nats are 5-2.
RDexposfan

Anonymous said...

Section 222 uhmmm right now NO ONE is hitting for power ; if Moore hits 10 HR before
April is over or just thereafter it would be the
height of naïveté to think Davey wouldn't find a place for him in the lineup. Limbo just isn't that kind of hitter, Werth is on the decline and you really can't rely on LaRoche and Nady to generate it.


Moore and Brown might be on tap for the majors. Both are older players and Harper is struggling in AAA right now.

Anonymous said...

baseballswami said...By the way, can you actually win a game without anyone getting an rbi? It has happened 20 times since Sept 24 2001 as per baseball reference. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/5654

RDexposfan

SFNats said...

Let's turn the way-back machine to July 21, 2005, when Frank Robinson's fast-fading, 54-41 Nats held a slim, 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the NL East and welcomed the Astros to RFK Stadium.

Roughly a month before that, I got to see the Nats in person for the first time. In Anaheim. The night after Frank's big fight with Scioscia. If I remember right, the Nats won 1-0 on a Brian Schneider home run. And the Chief literally fell off the mound in the 9th, but still got the save.

Rabbit said...

If we can only get some productive hitting, we'll see many days in first place! GO NATIONALS!!!!

RPrecupjr said...

Lax Diaz? Is that Mark's Freudian slip way of describing Mr. Diaz's knowledge of the rulebook?

Anonymous said...

Do who gets to be Sherman?

natsfan1a said...

Ah, that explains it. :-)

SFNats, ah, the immortal pine tar game.

Mark Zuckerman said...

natsfan1a said...
I also second the thanks for including the umps. Wait, was that a Mr. Peabody reference? Because Mark is too young to know about that. :-)

Let's turn the way-back machine to July 21, 2005

Hey, I grew up watching Rocky and Bullwinkle ... re-runs!
April 13, 2012 4:58 PM

natsfan1a said...

I don't know but can I be Nell Fenwick? No, wait. Natasha.

In other news, seems like every time I channel surf to a game on MLB Network, there's an ex-Nat on the field. The other day it was Jonny Gomes having a walk-off HBP. Today it was Joel Peralta, who was not having a good outing. Also, I didn't recall Cody Ross going to the Red Sox. I liked him better when he was a Giant, but not when he was a Fish. Being a fan can sure give you whiplash sometimes. :-)

Anonymous said...

Do who gets to be Sherman?
April 13, 2012 5:17 PM

natsfan1a said...

Er, pun not intentional.

Being a fan can sure give you whiplash sometimes.

Mark Zuckerman said...

As you wait for the start of tonight's game, be sure to read my update on Rick Ankiel, who has been cleared to come off the DL before tomorrow's game.

Section 3, My PFB Sofa said...

Do who gets to be Sherman?

George, George, George of the Jungle
Sits in Section 3...

Section 3, My PFB Sofa said...

And I well remember that P-Dub dinger off Lidge. I always liked that guy.

Section 222 said...

if Moore hits 10 HR before
April is over or just thereafter it would be the
height of naïveté to think Davey wouldn't find a place for him in the lineup.


I can see DJ finding a place on the bench for Moore (perhaps in the Stairs/Tracy role) at some point if he keeps up his torrid pace, but "in the lineup"? Very doubtful. He's a 1B who has played a few innings in LF. Are you really going to bring him up and throw him out there? That seems more naive than keeping him in minors until you're sure that the current cast isn't going to produce.

I imagine you and I are equally skeptical of the the likely hitting prowess of our bench, but I'm way less impressed with stats from a few games in AAA than you are. Bernadina hit .296/.373/.445 in five seasons in AAA. If that translated to the MLB, he'd be our answer in CF. So let's give Moore at least a few months before we assume that he's going to be a big league slugger.

MicheleS said...

Wainwright getting shelled in STL home opener. Cubs 8-0 in the top of the 3rd.

SFNats said...

And I thought drafting Wainwright was a smart move for my fantasy baseball team. For the record, I also drafted Josh Johnson, who got shelled yesterday. Reclamation projects. Clearly, I'm the Jim Bowden of fantasy baseball.

NatsFan05 said...

And I thought drafting Wainwright was a smart move for my fantasy baseball team. For the record, I also drafted Josh Johnson, who got shelled yesterday. Reclamation projects. Clearly, I'm the Jim Bowden of fantasy baseball.

April 13, 2012 5:52 PM

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Please tell me you also have Holiday and Lee.

jd said...

Section 222,

Thank you for introducing some sanity. I see people discussing Eury Perez and Kobernus based on 1 week of AA.

Like I said before; do it for a month and the let's see. You are exactly right on Moore; unless they move LaRoche there is no place for him at 1st. Brown might be more interesting but let's see a larger sample.

SFNats said...

LOL...no Halladay and Lee, sorry.

It's funny because I've played in this particular league for more than 10 years, and I've always been pretty much able to get any Nat I've wanted in every draft since the Nats were born. But this year, the Yankee and Red Sox fans that dominate my league were taking Nats off the board earlier than I expected. I got RZ in the third round, and then got shut out. Gio, JZimm, Desmond, Espy, Ramos all went earlier than I had them, and I thought I was overvaluing them. I'm just glad I got LaRoche late.

But if that's a sign that the Nats will win and my fantasy team will lose, I'll take it any day of the week.

natsfan1a said...

Was it Wilson whose batting helmet was always falling off as he rounded the bases?

Section 3, My PFB Sofa said...

And I well remember that P-Dub dinger off Lidge. I always liked that guy.
April 13, 2012 5:45 PM

natsfan1a said...

Yes, I saw that, too. True to ex-Nats channel surfing form, as soon as I turned to the game, Soriano was up.

I liked the MLB 2012 Cubs WS commercial, but it made me cry. (Is that so very wrong? :-))

MicheleS said...

Wainwright getting shelled in STL home opener. Cubs 8-0 in the top of the 3rd.
April 13, 2012 5:49 PM

natsfan1a said...

If memory serves, the do-rag he wore underneath it was a factor.

natsfan1a said...

Was it Wilson whose batting helmet was always falling off as he rounded the bases?

MicheleS said...

1A.. as a recovering Cubs fan, I cry every time I see that commercial.

natsfan1a said...

I'd never seen it before, MicheleS. Glad I'm not the only one who did.

fpcsteve said...

I would like to agree with a few of the points earlier posts have made. I think (even though I am a Bernadina fan) that Roger may be the odd man out tomorrow. I think DJ really likes Carroll. And I think Lombardozzi is on for the ride. He is the supersub. Corey Brown may end up making the Willingham trade a steal. It looks like he is getting it. Larger sample size? That's probably right, too. 1B looks to be set with LaRoche. Go Nats!

natsfan1a said...

lol, this time when I surfed back, it was Marlon Byrd at the plate. Wainwright's out, and it looks like Smze, Smazar, Jeff S. might not get into the 9th for the Cubs this time. Funny that the Cards broadcasters were speculating about the possibility of a Marmol WP resulting in a Cards win. They must heart Marmol, too. Dang, I wish we had Sundae Sundays. Free frozen treats for two hours before every Sunday game. :-(

natsfan1a said...

Okay, time to shift into Nats game mode.

Anonymous said...

I can see DJ finding a place on the bench for Moore (perhaps in the Stairs/Tracy role) at some point if he keeps up his torrid pace, but "in the lineup"? Very doubtful. He's a 1B who has played a few innings in LF. Are you really going to bring him up and throw him out there? That seems more naive than keeping him in minors until you're sure that the current cast isn't going to produce.

Let's put it this way ... it behooves LaRoche to continue his SMALL sample size "torrid pace". I think I'd be betting on a guy with 66 homers in slightly more than 2 years over Adam LaRoche ending up at first base before July. If Moore is ready, he's ready. LaRoche could still end up as a bench player until the trade deadline. Its still early.

Anonymous said...

I think (even though I am a Bernadina fan) that Roger may be the odd man out tomorrow.

Look at Zimmerman's batting average? Bernadina isn't striking out constantly the way JMax did. He actually he the ball well yesterday. I think he starts in left-field with Ankiel in center. DeRosa and Nady off the bench.

Lombo goes to Syracuse ... Espinosa becomes backup shortstop and DeRosa returns to being the super sub utility guy for third, second, and first base.

Anonymous said...

66 homers in the minors over a guy who is a proven player at the MLB level? No thanks. I'll stick with LaRoche. Moore is in the minors for a reason.

Anonymous said...

i live in vaa beach,have cox cable and cant hear the game on masn 2,is this happening to everyone else?

MicheleS said...

Anon in VA beach.. I have Verizon and can hear it, so it must be the cable provider.

Anonymous said...

MicheleS - try the radio - Charlie and Dave are much better anyway. 102.1FM or 1490AM but I'm not sure if they're carrying the game tonight. I'm in NOVA.

Jimmy said...

Silly to complain about, I know, but really, only one FM game this season. 1500AM again?! Of course I'm grateful to hear it one way or another, but sheesh. Come on 106.7. You finally have a team worth airing and talking about, and nothing.

Ok, end rant.

Love this pitching and defense heavy Nats team. Brass tacks baseball at its finest. I love the vibe our Nats park gets behind good pitching - getting loud on two strikes, even early in the game.

Anonymous said...

Oops - that was for Anon, not MicheleS

MicheleS said...

JZ looks really solid today. Love seeing Gio and Stras hanging together in the dugout!

Cwj said...

J. Zimmermann's games always seem to fly by.
He definitely doesn't nibble at the plate, or walk around the mound 3 times between pitches.
I like his style a lot.

Anonymous said...

my only problem with the nats is that if the inverted w thing turns out to be true,the nats will be affected by it more than most teams(gio,zimm,stras,storen,clipp,stammen,mattheus,purke,burnett and hrod all throw with it) The only signifigant pitchers who throw with it in our division are josh johnson,and craig kimbrel

Cwj said...

My Fun Stat of the Day: Nats runs scored by inning so far.
1- 2
2- 1
3- 2
4- 2
5- 2
6- 4
7- 2
8- 8
9- 4
XIn- 1

SFNats said...

Cardiac Nats

MicheleS said...

Anon in VA beach.. Apparantly MASN reads our blog...on Twitter:

Nationals on MASN‏@masnNationals
Cox Cable is having audio issues in the Hampton Roads/Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. They are working to fix it asap.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy, yeah, it's sickening. The "other team" has 980 in DC and I can't even hear the Nats in Baltimore. Jeeze. When are we ever going to get some REAL radio coverage??? yes, I'm an old timer and love listening to games on the radio!

UnkyD said...

7:44... Do you have a smart phone?

MicheleS said...

And that is why Desi will have fewer errors this year. ALR!

Candide said...

Two games in a row Desmond's made a play like that. I may have to rethink my hatred for him...

Anonymous said...

No, data charges too expensive for me!

Anonymous said...

7:53 was at UnkyD. Sorry.

Wally said...

jd said...
Section 222,

Thank you for introducing some sanity. I see people discussing Eury Perez and Kobernus based on 1 week of AA.

Like I said before; do it for a month and the let's see. You are exactly right on Moore; unless they move LaRoche there is no place for him at 1st. Brown might be more interesting but let's see a larger sample.


JD & Sec222 - you must listen to me. Do not do this thing, or the curse of the Ancient Angels will fall on you too. Anon will find you wherever you are. You cannot hide from him. That little girl from the Ring has nothing on him.

Repeat after me, and maybe you can be saved : Corey Brown is Jim Edmonds. Tyler Moore is Paul Konerko.

As for me, alas, I fear that I have already 'watched the video', and am doomed.

MicheleS said...

Candide.. let go of the hate.. Have a glass of Koolaid with the rest of us!

SFNats said...

my only problem with the nats is that if the inverted w thing turns out to be true,the nats will be affected by it more than most

That could be true, but only if you looked at the arm angles of every pitcher for every team in all of baseball. Over a long period of time. And if that analysis proved not only that the incidence of injury for "inverted W" types of pitchers was not just more predominant, but also that the Nats had more of those types of pitchers than the norm, and that losing those pitchers to injury hurt the Nats more than losing other pitchers with different types of arm angles/injuries hurt other teams.

Or, it could all be confirmation bias.

Navy Nats Fan said...

MicheleS - on the concerts, I don't know about Joel / John, but DMB tickets were available to STHs before the general public. Unfortunately, there's no mention of it in the press release for The Boss. I'm calling my STH rep Monday to find out!

Favorite line from the DMB concert - the t-shirts had an odd font for the printing so the D looked alot like an O - leading to a "Why are all these people wearing Office of Management and Budget shirts?"

Only in Washington...

Cwj said...

It was mentioned earlier that the Nats are on pace to score 24 more runs this year (648) than last season (624).
Another way to look at it is going by the first 7 games this year (28 runs) divided by last year (25 runs) X 162.
This would translate into the Nats scoring 699 runs, or 75 more than last year.

Make of it what you will. :-) Basically though, the offense is better than last year. But the pitching is MUCH better than last year.

Nats gave up 31 runs in their first 7 games in 2011. This year they've given up a mere 17!

MicheleS said...

Thanks Navy! I am calling too, I didn't get my Red Carpet Rewards card either, so I can ask about that! and your right .. only in DC.. OMB

Candide said...

Hey, MicheleS, I SAID I'm rethinking it...

:-)

MicheleS said...

What's with the agressive RZ base running? At least he slid feet first

Cwj said...

Good base running by Zimm! Second to third on a deep fly by LaRoche.
Good hustle Zimm!

Candide said...

...and I'm drinking a glass of Quattro Goombas white (Leesburg winery), so the KoolAid will have to wait.

Anonymous said...

Mark, thoughts on Ian Desmond saying "he does not care about OBP" when leading off?
Has someone asked Davey about this?
(Yes, quote was truncated, but for a leadoff hitter to say anything remotely in that direction is very troubling)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jayson.......:(

MicheleS said...

Candide.. Cheers.. I have a nice New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!

sm13 said...

Actually, with two outs it was not a great decision by Ryan. He came within a foot of being the 3rd out at 3rd base. Ryan may be trying a bit toooo hard.

Anonymous said...

Why aren't the nats on masn HD?

Anonymous said...

does anyone else think flores is a better hitter than ramos?

Cwj said...

Sm13- True, but he was safe so it was good :-)

baseballswami said...

Why do we force our pitchers to be perfect? Jordan can't buy any run support. Again...sheesh.

Cwj said...

Anon- Because the Orioles are playing on MASN1 HD.
MASN 2 is also HD, I believe. At least it appears to be on my tv.

sm13 said...

CWJ -- as in "oh no, oh no, oh good"?

Anonymous said...

masn2 on directv is not hd.

Cwj said...

Anon 8:10- Yeah I think Flores is a better hitter than Ramos. Remember, pre-injury Flores was a budding star catcher.

I do think Ramos is a good hitter though, and wouldn't mind a 50/50 split with he and Flores.

MicheleS said...

I have MASN2 HD on Verizon and it's great. We aren't on MASN1 because Angelos owns the network.. sigh.. I hope we stick it to him on the rights fees.

Cwj said...

SM13- Sure why not? :-) I like aggressive base running.
He was a wild pitch away from scoring, instead of needing a hit to drive him in. Seems like a runner needs to be at third to have any chance to score so far for the Nats :)
A moot point though, as he was stranded.

Cwj said...

Just confirmed that MASN2 is HD here on Xfinity as well.

MicheleS said...

What are the odds that some day soon, JZ just goes nuts and screams on the mound.. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET SOME RUN SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!

on the Ramos vs JFlo.. I think Ramos calls a better game or at least the pitchers seem more comfortable with him.

Anonymous said...

What really sucks is. that on directv the O's are in hd and the nats are not.

baseballswami said...

MicheleS - have you ever seen Jordan question a ball/strike, glare at a hitter, or show an emotion on the mound? He needs to rip someone's head off. The "hitting" is terrible. Just atrocious against a Livan-wannabe.

Anonymous said...

And that's why the O's and Nats get rotated between MASN and MASN2 - to give each some HD time.

MicheleS said...

So anyone complaining about our signing RZ to +100m vs Votto +200M? I know we got the better deal

MicheleS said...

SWEET DOUBLE PLAY BY ESPI!

Anonymous said...

The Nats 5-2 record masks the sad fact that this tem can't score runs. Without Morse, there is no offense and it looks like Rizzo is hiding Rick Eckstein, just like he did last year.

MicheleS said...

Swammi.. nope never seen him do any of that, that's why i am expecting a complete melt down at some point.

sm13 said...

I do like the aggresive defense from Espi. And the indecisive baserunning from Votto.

Anonymous said...

I thought last year both masn 1 and 2 were hd

Candide said...

Note to self: Stop hating on Desmond.

MicheleS said...

Candide.. CHEERS! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Not all systems have enough HD room to give MASN 2 HD channels. If not for that, one tean would always be on MASN and the other always on MASN2.

Anonymous said...

Lannan implodes in the fifth as usual. 3 run homer followed by a walk. Four earned runs and 84 pitches. 8-4 Syracuse ... 4 runs were unearned.

Anonymous said...

this is frustrating.

Anonymous said...

8-4 Syracuse ... 4 runs were unearned.

8-4 Ironpigs. sorry.

Anonymous said...

God, this team is frustrating to watch.....

Candide said...

What's Arroyo's pitch count? Looks like we're not going to get doodlysquat until we get into Cincy's 'pen.

Section 222 said...

Anon@8:15 -- MASN2 is in HD on DirecTV. It's channel 641-1.

Arryoyo is pitching a pretty darn good game here. Time for the Nats to get some hits.

Anonymous said...

Tyler Moore is Paul Konerko.

Tyler Moore with another 2 RBI on a double tonight. Mississippi guys seem to have no problem with XBH with men on.

MicheleS said...

Yup they are very frustrating. But this is what we got, so let's enyoy Jordan and pray the Cardiac Kids come back.

MicheleS said...

That's it.. I am spiking the koolaid. The bourbon and Maalox are coming out. GOOD LORD! Desi's firs error! UGH!

Anonymous said...

thanks. never saw that there was 2 x 641 channels on directv. thanks again.

sm13 said...

What a bizarre at-bat -- Jordan buzzes Arroyo and Arroyo tries to bunt for a base hit!

Now, we need a couple of runs. Jordan deserves a curly W tonight.

Anonymous said...

Scratch that ... Lannan only got to the 4th inning tonight and has been relieved.

Anonymous said...

Just got home to see that Bronson "Cy Young" Arroyo is shutting down this prolific offense. Can't even hit bad pitchers...just wait until we see the Phillies, Giants, D-backs, Braves and Rays pitching. J Zimm has pitched 14 innings and given up just 2 ER and is staring at 0-2. Get him some #($*&% runs!!!

Wally said...

Jordan is not getting a lot of help tonight. Let's see some late game magic again.

Candide said...

Carp: "Tough hitters - Werth, DeRosa, Bernadina..."

And he sounded like he was serious.

Anonymous said...

Werthless-12th highest paid player in baseball...not even the 12th best player on his own team. That is some irony!!!

Marty said...

It's tough when you have to try and get 4 outs :)

Anonymous said...

Why, Jayson, why?

Dave said...

Holy moley! Are the Nats never going to score a run? How can Jordan have an ERA like that and not win?

Candide said...

Need more wine.

baseballswami said...

I am guessing that Jordan will be pulled now and take another loss after giving up 2 runs in 14 innings. That just really sucks.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that piece of crap pitcher is shutting out the nats - or maybe I can believe it.Michael Morse - you are missed greatly. I hope he is not watching this, but guessing he is.

Anonymous said...

How is this team 5 and 2?

sm13 said...

Wow that Lannan box score is ugly -- 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 9 hits in 4 innings. Ouch!

Section 222 said...

I wonder if I'll ever have confidence again in Zim's arm, especially when he's not throwing sidearm on the run.

lesatcsc said...

It would be interesting to see if any team in the entire history of MLB has given a specific starting pitcher as little support as this Nats team gives Zimmermann. It has to be close to a record. I'm not sure why they carry bats to the plate when he's pitching because they've completely forgotten what to do with them when they get there. We have a chance to win now that he's no longer pitching. Zimmermann would have won 12-15 with any other team in baseball last year, and he might win 20 this year with a different team. As it is, the best he can hope for is an 0-5 season with the leagues best ERA. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but if he doesn't pitch a shutout, it seems like he has no chance.

Dave said...

Okay, there goes that goose-stepping Arroyo. Maybe now the Nats hitters will get down to business.

MicheleS said...

WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!

Candide said...

I understand Zimmermann is retaining a lawyer to look into the possibility of suing the rest of the Nats for nonsupport.

sm13 said...

X,X,X takin' Jordon off the hook!!! Alright!

MicheleS said...

GOON SQUAD!

Dave said...

Nady!

Let's recall that Jimbo gave up Bray & Majeski to get Kearns and Lopez.

Candide said...

Can we get a look at the Reds' dugout, see if Arroyo has punched anyone in the face...?

Anonymous said...

yyyyeeeessssss

lesatcsc said...

There you go! Zimmermann's night in the books and out come the bats.

UnkyD said...

God bless Dusty Baker.....

Candide said...

See what happens when I switch from white wine to red?

Anonymous said...

If Rodriguez comes in to pitch, I am going to get sick.

Candide said...

Heh. Shot of the Reds' dugout; nobody seems to want to go anywhere near Arroyo.

Anonymous said...

this is unrelated but i think the nats have messed up harpers swing,watch his high school and college videos,he used his legs and core more effectivly and actually pulled the ball,now he has a new stride,his swing looks off balance and long at times and he hits the ball to left field because he is late,i dont really care about the numbers,he just isnt hitting the ball hard as much

to some extent eckstein has screwed up zims swing,he doesnt seem like hes able to pull a fastball like he used to,look at zims videos from 2009,his hands were lower and he just turned on fastballs

MicheleS said...

Anon 9:16.. get the barf bag ready.. MPHRod is coming in..

Bourbon Check
Maalox Check

Anonymous said...

Time to give Lombardozzi a shot at 2B. Espinosa isn't cutting it.

sm13 said...

You gotta have faith in Henry!!

UnkyD said...

Oh, HENRY!!!

UnkyD said...

9:18... To quote AI:
GET OUTTA MY FACE WITH THAT CRAZY NONSENSE!!!!!!

MicheleS said...

oh god, we are going to extras.

Candide said...

First hard-hit ball from Werth since... when? Timely. C'mon. finish them!

Anonymous said...

Jayson with a hit in a clutch situation?

Ztown17 said...

Let's score some runs. Never be satiated, fellas!

Dave said...

Sad to say I don't feel great about Roger at bat in this situation. Hope he proves me wrong.

Anonymous said...

Agian espinosa is another example of why eckstein needs to go,look at espy's swing from 2010,he had so much more bat speed back then,in 2010 he used to swing with his lower half,now he looks like its an all upperbody swing
If i hear the carpenter praise the hitters for hitting the ball the way ill change the channel,they hit the ball the other way all the time because thier late,not because their miguel cabrera

Wally said...

So, what is going thru Roger's mind now?

I am going with 'please walk me'.

UnkyD said...

Wasn't too comfy with Werth a second ago, either, Dave....

Go Shark!!!

sm13 said...

Roger may have just DFA'd himself.

Dave said...

Alas, he proved me right. A wasted opportunity

jeffwx said...

last time
i have to see Bernadina at bat for the Nats....yeah

Candide said...

Dang - look at the stands, how many people are still there. Lots of games last year you didn't have that many people at the game on Saturday afternoon.

Bernie... he's going down when Ankiel comes up tomorrow.

MicheleS said...

Seriously, it's the first week of the season, I will end up in a fetal position quivering and my liver will be shot by May 1 if they keep this up.

Dave said...

Somebody's going somewhere tomorrow when Ankiel's added. Who? The Shark?

Ztown17 said...

groan. where is bryce harper when you need him? i would feel much better having harper strike out in that situation than bernie. at least we go down swinging with our best, as opposed to blowing an opportunity because our fringe CF couldn't come through.

Candide said...

...what MicheleS said. I'm too old for this stuff.

Mick said...

Berdina cant get out of DC fast enough, he has noooooo stick

jeffwx said...

We got the A bullpen, the B bullpen and the F Outfield

MicheleS said...

Oh.. And the Mets beat the Phillies.

Anonymous said...

Bernadina is never going to cut it with the Nats. With Ankiel and Morse out he had yet another golden opportunity and he has proved once again he is not a major league hitter.

Wally said...

The Shark is my guess. But not because of this AB, obviously. I just think he and Ankiel are such similar players that it doesn't set up the bench well. My guess is Davey wants to keep Nady and Tracy, at least for now, because of their bats.

Some are saying Lombo, because he is getting enough plate appearances. Maybe that is right, although I can't see them willing to be so thin up the middle.

Candide said...

I really wanted to like Bernie, but he's (at best) no better than Ankiel at the plate, and not on the same planet in the outfield. Sorry to see him go, but he has to.

(I'm sure that Rizzo and DJ are earnestly soliciting my opinion...)

sm13 said...

Tough call for Rizzo -- if Bernadina goes, he's likely gone for good. He has no options and I bet some team will pick him up off the waiver wire. The team needs a genuine utility guy -- Lombo -- more than another lefty outfielder.

Dave said...

@Unkyd-- Werth BA .290. Bernadina BA .143.

I think Werth's going to be okay this year.

Wally said...

Man, Chapman looks hard to hit. The combination of the delivery and the stuff. Wow.

Kind of like Henry, though. Not sure where it is going.

baseballswami said...

This is just not a pitcher's duel -- it's a "nobody can hit" duel.

NatsLady said...

It's cold here but lots of people staying.

Anonymous said...

Gorzelanny - oh..

MicheleS said...

NatsLady/1A.. the THING in the Marlins park went off tonight. I can't find it on line yet, but I am sure we will have highlights

Section 3, My PFB Sofa said...

It's cold here but lots of people staying.

26,959 paid, and it looks like better than half of them are still there. Good for them.

Wally said...

You really have to give it to Gorzy on that Votto AB. He never gave in and made great pitches.

Fabulous pitching all night for Nats. This is a good Reds offense, too.

Dave said...

Very good-looking crowd there.

Candide said...

Nice play by Werth.

baseballswami said...

Danny, Danny, Danny - don't you know that Steve Lombardozzi is just waiting for a shot? By the way, has he been in the game yet - seems like almost everyone has been.

Anonymous said...

we should try to trade bernadina for torres,torres hit 16 homers,42 doubles,and 27 sb's in 2010 despite battling injuries,and the dimensions of at&t ballpark.in 2011 he was had nagging injuries and a problem with his swing,the story of how he was almost out of baseball and how he turned his career around is interesting and could help many of the nats players,here it is
http://www.chrisoleary.com/projects/Baseball/Hitting/RethinkingHitting/Essays/MyExperienceWithAndresTorres.html

MicheleS said...

Natslady/1A.. My mistake. A houston guy hit the first home run. The THING didn't go off. darn.

UnkyD said...

Dave said...
@Unkyd-- Werth BA .290. Bernadina BA .143.

I think Werth's going to be okay this year.



Yep. I was just crossing my fingers, for Bernie...

Cwj said...

The Nats team ERA just dropped to 1.97!!!
It's early, but man that is not bad at all :-)

Candide said...

Okay, bedtime for me. Cunegonde and I will see you at the park tomorrow - section 219/C.

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