Saturday, June 8, 2013

Game 60: Twins at Mets

Photo by USA Today
Chase here posting the game thread today as Mark is actually recovering from getting his appendix removed. He had the procedure today and might need a few days. I am not able to attend the game today as well because of prior commitments, but I will be back on the beat tomorrow for the doubleheader.

After two games being postponed, Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.64 ERA) will finally take the mound for his first start since June 1. Throughout his career he has had trouble with extra time off, going 7-8 with a 4.85 on six or more days of rest. Gio also has an unfortunate history with the Twins with a 2-3 record and 7.80 ERA in six career starts.

Pitching for Minnesota is veteran right-hander Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.09 ERA). The 32-year-old has faced the Nats 13 times in his career, including six starts, and holds a 3.33 ERA against the club.

Enjoy the game...

MINNESOTA TWINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, WUSA-9, MLB Network, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 185
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 75 degrees
NATIONALS (29-30)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche



SS Ian Desmond
2B Anthony Rendon
LF Roger Bernadina
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Gio Gonzalez

TWINS (26-31)
3B Jamey Carroll
C Joe Mauer
RF Ryan Doumit
LF Josh Willingham
1B Justin Morneau
CF Aaron Hicks
2B Brian Doziers
SS Pedro Florimona
RHP Kevin Correia


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sometimesitrains said...

if the Twins are at Mets, can we at least win one by default?

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

That's the new strategy -- it's the last thing they'll be expecting heh heh heh ...

TexNat said...

Impossible for the Nats to lose that matchup!

Doc said...

I agree, let's fool the Twinkies and let them think that they'll be playing the Mets.

Maybe even have our guys dress up in Mets' unis!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

But seriously, before we get started ...

Mark's in the hospital getting cut open, and Chase, bless him, has a hard enough time posting the correct teams to have to police this thing. Please don't post stuff you know is going to get nominated for a deep six. Just for a day or two, at least.

Thanks.

NatsLady said...

Got that hole in the lineup again, I see.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Speedy recovery to Mark Zuckerman! And well said, Sec. 3.

Following up earlier threads -- and not that you should read too much into a couple of games -- Aaron Voth lost a 1-0 game to a very good U. of Oregon team early in the NCAA season, then beat an exceptionally strong Oregon State team in late April (giving up three runs).

Flying to Minneapolis today; too bad (for me) this series wasn't in the Twin Cities. Oh well.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Cutting and pasting out of Word, probably.

baseballswami said...

I agree. The very worst possible thing we can do is allow things to get nasty right now. No matter what, I am not going to snipe or insult, and I am going to ignore anything like that. Just scroll right on. At least Mark is not going to Dr. Andrews!!!

Doc said...

Yeah you're right Sec.3.

It was probably some of our previous dyspepsic posts that caused our mostly fearless leader to bust his gut--as it were.

Get well MarkMeister, and eat lots of matzo!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

swami, I'm amazed he isn't already seeing Dr. Phil, after three years of this.

baseballswami said...

LOL !!!!!!!!!

SonnyG10 said...

NatsLady said...
Got that hole in the lineup again, I see.
June 08, 2013 1:34 PM


Took me a moment NatsLady, but I finally get it, the hole between the fourth and fifth batters. :)

Gonat said...

The Tweeter is full of Davey stuff

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Gonat, f'instance?

Gonat said...

Harper swelling is down and Strasburg felt no pain after his bullpen.

NatsLady said...

Conor Glassey ‏@conorglassey 5m
#Nationals 14th-round #mlbdraft pick David Masters is the nephew of Jon Hamm.

Mad Men? Guess that goes with Giolito--actors in the family.

waddu eye no said...

get well mark z-man!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I wonder if Clint Eastwood or maybe Kevin Costner or at least Lori Petty has a young relative worth scouting?

dcvelobrew said...

Wow, Jamey Carroll leading off for the Twins! One of my all-time favorite ex-Nats. To think that we sold him to the Rockies for cash and he is STILL playing!

Gonat said...

Get well soon MarkZ.

baseballswami said...

Mark just tweeted that he is fine!! What a guy. I almost thought I heard the littlest hints of possible good news today about Stras and Harper. Could it be that they are really both getting back soon? Emotional boost for sure.

Laddie Blah Blah said...

Sorry to hear about Mark, but there may be no more routine surgery around than that. He should be good to go in no time.

Was thinking about the draft, and the Nats already have JZ as a stellar former no. 2 pick and Ian Desmond as an outstanding former no. 3 pick. Rizzo and all of Nats nation will be tickled pink if 2 guys like that emerge from this year's picks.

baseballswami said...

I like the way they draft guys with natural ability but a need for finishing school. So odd to have our first pick sign so fast. Not something we are used to. I remember Storen signed and got going right away.

Section 222 said...

Mark's like Reagan cracking jokes in the hospital. Impressive.

The Nats could use some good news today. I'm headed to the park and will look for 308 in, well, Section 308.

NatsLady said...

Mark brought his Tweeter with him to the hospital? That's dedication!!!

do1teach1 said...

Our season, speaking from a competitive standpoint, ended with our 10-1 loss to the Mets. We are still going to win some games and have some nice evenings at Nats Park, but this team will not go to the post-season.

That game was a perfect microcosm of everything that has gone wrong in the organization. I think the Nats are a case study in how to take a winning organization and turn it into a loser. If Rizzo took over Apple the company would be bankrupt in a year.

If our Opening Day outfield were Worth, Harper (CF) and Morse, we would be in first place today. What did our leadoff hitter (Werth) bat last year? -- .300. And how many steals does our leadoff have this year? 6. That ties Span for 40th place in steals in MLB. Rickey Henderson is getting nervous.

After the 10-1 euthanasia, the Post pinned the loss on Haren. He left the game after 4, down 5-1. And every fan in the stadium knew the game was over. This team was not going to score 4 runs to tie the game in the next 5 innings. Haren must know if he left the game after 8 innings, down 2-1, the outcome would have been the same.

The Nats are like the fat girl looking ahead to her high school reunion. She has 90 days until the event, and figures if she loses a pound a day, she’ll be at 150 pounds for the reunion. Nats fans are seeing fanciful projections of what the team needs to do to win 90 or 95 game, but like the girl, now a week before the reunion, having lost zero weight and thinking she’ll be okay if she just loses 20 pounds a day, the Nats have absolutely no chance of winning high percentages of games from here on in. What we saw in the 10-1 surrender was an entirely broken team.

I read something in the Post after that game I couldn’t believe. Span said, correctly, that after the big, come-from-behind win the night before, he “expected to see more intensity” than the Nats had in the 10-1 collapse. Please try and remember a Nationals player having to say something like that last year. It’s unimaginable. It was just like reading the post-game interviews with Wizards players.

For some reason I thought the Nats might be protected from the Redskins-offseason-hype-syndrome. But the Nats got hype fever and PR’d themselves into the ground. We were told we were the deepest and best team in baseball at catcher—so why is Solano on our team? Deeper at starting pitchers through every level of the organization—is Karns really evidence of this? Or starter Zach Duke? Best bench—all nonsense. Best bullpen—even as Rizzo destroyed it. The list goes on and on. Now we have post-game press conferences where we celebrate the new reliever phenom Davis—after ONE outing—and he promptly gets shelled next time out. Then it was Ian Krol—the bright spot of the loss. Back to the fat girl, it’s like her proudly telling her parents she didn’t have that 5th milkshake--that’s how important Davis and Krol really are in the big picture. In the 10-1 disaster’s post-game show, they celebrated Rendon making three routine plays on grounders—these were our VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS.

The mismanagement of Harper’s injuries, combined with his randomized placement in corner outfield positions, was something hideous to watch. The young man was perfectly content in center field and said so. So what does Rizzo do? – Remove him from center. Then randomly put him in left or right, depending on that night’s need. And so he gets hurt—twice—playing right in unfamiliar parks. It is like watching the Taj Mahal defaced with indelible criminal clown graffiti.

Something happened to the 2012 vibe. It is so entirely gone, so over, that, without irony, we sing Take On Me at the 7th inning stretch! Has anyone reflected on how pathetic that is? Burnett is gone, Kristina Akra is gone, Bo Porter is gone, and the fun is gone. Right before our eyes, Rizzo took a 98-win team and turned it into this.

Gonat said...

Section 222 said...
Mark's like Reagan cracking jokes in the hospital. Impressive.

The Nats could use some good news today. I'm headed to the park and will look for 308 in, well, Section 308.
______________________________

I'm in Section 103 next to the bullpen in Row B Seats 1 to 6 with a bunch of NIers.

Gonat said...

Next to their bullpen.

JaneB said...

YIkes! Now MARK is on the DL, mend well!

And GYFNG,

mick said...

do1teach1

POTD!

I hate to say...your post should re posted on about August 15 when the team is probably eliminated. we will get to most of the minor league players in September at least. I agree with you on Rizzo and whatever the Lerners decide to do with him, I am fine with. If he is back, let us see if he can right what he destroyed this season starting with putting in place a new medical staff and conditioning coaches and a solid manager

This would be the ideal time for the Nats to win all 3 this weekend and go 2 over 500 AT HOME!! If they lose this series....it is truly over in 2013

Drew said...

I'm glad Mark's feeling better. Best wishes to Mark and Family Z.

When someone asks about the scar, say "moray eel."

natsfan1a said...

Now that's funny. Maybe check that all your joints are intact after the anesthesia wears off.

Thanks for the game post, Chase.

Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

Thanks for well-wishes. Appendectomy went well. Maybe it was meds but could swear surgeon introduced self as Dr. James Andrews.

baseballswami said...

Yeah, whatever on the post season thing. I don't know and neither do you. I will be watching today 's game . And tomorrow I will watch that one. Keeping it simple. Go Nats. Whatever the score I would like to see them play the game hard and fundamentally sound.

mick said...

do1teach1

In terms of DC sports disasters, I would equate trading Morse on par with the following stupid moves made historically in DC sports

Redskins after the 1999 playoff season letting Brian Mitchell go.
they sign washed up Jeff George and crap on future Super Bowl Champion QB Brad Johnson who played like an all pro in 1990

Bullets trading Kevin Porter for Dave Bing after a 60 win season in 1975

Obviously, the 1971 McClain deal


I could on and on... the Haren deal showed me how bad the judgement of both Davey and Rizzo's are... this young man is lazy period, he does not prepare worth a darn for each outing, he looks uninterested out there and frankly he looks buzzed most of the time.

mick said...

meant 1999 on Johnson

baseballswami said...

I thought we were on fix or ESPN today. So happy we are not!

baseballswami said...

That would be. FOX.

natsfan1a said...

Agreed.

baseballswami said...

I thought we were on fix or ESPN today. So happy we are not!
June 08, 2013 2:53 PM

Faraz Shaikh said...

I am with Swami.

btw do you all know what Morse is doing with Ms? he isn't exactly having an MVP season that having him instead of Span would have put Nats in first place.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I'm in Section 103 next to the bullpen in Row B Seats 1 to 6 with a bunch of NIers.

SO I guess there's no chance of somebody helping me finish painting this bedroom today?

Get well, Mark, we miss you.

natsfan1a said...

I would, sec3, but I have to wash the cat. Some other time, perhaps.

Section 222 said...

I hate to say...your post should re posted on about August 15 when the team is probably eliminated.

It should also be reposted on Aug. 15 when the Nats are in a dogfight with the Braves for the NL East title, after Stras and Harper come back and they go on a tear. And I promise you, it will be.

You're obviously entitled to your opinion, and you certainly have plenty of company here in your pessimism, but I doubt I was the only one who found the fat girl analogy offensive. That kind of nasty writing kind of reminds me of someone else who posts here. Yuck.

Section 222 said...

I think we're one of the games on MLB network. No blackout implications.

baseballswami said...

Seems like Mikey is doing ok but is dinged up on and off, here and there. Nothing major.

mick said...

Section 222

I did not post the fat girl... post for the record

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I was going to say Mark moved to the DL but when Mark comes back we will not option DFA Chase.

Will be at the day game tomorrow ection 313

Gio pitch great today.

Rabbit34 said...

So, Gio has trouble with extra time off. Has trouble if it is a cloudy day and then the sun comes out, but only on Saturdays. The excuses for losing have already begun and the game hasn't started. But, why wait until after the game. These guys are just really bad.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Nice try, 1A. But I've been told otherwise.

natsfan1a said...

Eh, the sink was too small, anyway.

SonnyG10 said...

do1teach1 and mick: Wow, that's quite a burdon you've been carrying around. Hope you feel a little bit better now.

EmDash said...

Fat girl jokes! We're getting the exciting period where poor Mark will be unable to moderate off to an excellent start.

This season will be no fun if we focus on whether and how they'll make the postseason, I think. Letting go of expectations has made things much more pleasant for me.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Well, if the old Senators had been this awful, no one would be talking about how they remember so-and-so doing such-and-such. Kids won't learn baseball from or follow teams that don't win the World Series at least every other year--it's just no fun.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

EmDash, I agree. Life is much easier since I gave up hope.

It took me years to realize that was what Yoda was talking about, with the "Do. Or do not. There is no 'try'."

Caps Fan said...

Do1overreact1, I don't think Rizzo had anything to do with Kristina Akra leaving.

baseballswami said...

The sun is out and it's summer and there is baseball at Nat's Park. Good place to start.

SonnyG10 said...

EmDash said...

This season will be no fun if we focus on whether and how they'll make the postseason, I think. Letting go of expectations has made things much more pleasant for me.
June 08, 2013 3:22 PM


Same here EmDash. I let go of the expectations and I'm enjoying the season a lot more. Doesn't mean I don't root for them to go on a hot streak and make a run for the post season, but I'm not letting the Nats woes ruin my summer either.

NatsJack in Florida said...

There are those of us love watching baseball. And there are those of us that love watching the Nats.

And there are those of us that love the ebb and flow of any teams season.

Then there are those that love to be miserable.

I like associating with the first three. That fourth, not so much.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Why do those who think we are so bad need to show up.

I am assuming we will today 8-4

NatsJack in Florida said...

And there are those of us with fat thumbs.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

"I spent ten bucks on this movie! If it doesn't win an Oscar, that money was wasted."

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

And there are those of us with fat thumbs.

Some of them quite surprised to see it, too

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am the first two. Prefer coast to coast leading. As for the 4th i hate being misirble, but when hitters dont hit I find myself as misirble.

SCNatsFan said...

Today might just be the day things start to click. Until they prove me wrong that's what I'm thinking.

JaneB said...

Great post NatsJack. And yours of 3:35 made me snort wine,Sec 3. Hurts more than Diet Coke, as it happens.

Dan Haren in not lazy. None of these guys are lazy, and that's just a fact. Whatever you want to say about them, "lazy" does not fit! But he IS dreamy, I will add that. And I know MicheleS agrees.

NatsLady said...

Funny. I thought our season ended last year when I stood cold and miserable in the rain, and Fredi Gonzalez refused to let the umps call the game, and we blew a nine-run lead. Over, man, it was OH-VER.

NatsLady said...

Actually, I didn't think the season was over, but I was pretty miserable and MAD at Davey!

David Proctor said...

Interesting:

Today, Johnson hinted that he felt he believed the plan to use Duke as the only lefty was doomed from the start.

“I like it much better now than the way it set up earlier,” Johnson said. “At the major league level, you just have to have a strong left and right side of the bullpen. I like what those two youngsters have shown up here so far. It just takes the pressure off the right side of the bullpen. It’s unfortunate. We liked Zach Duke, but it’s unfortunate that it didn’t work out, turning from a starter to a reliever. But these two guys are more suited for that role than Zach Duke was.”

natsfan1a said...

"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is." -- Bob Feller

Also, the game, or the season, is not over 'til it's over.

NatsLady said...

Harvey left the Mets game with trainers. Came out for the 8th, threw a few warmup tosses and left. No word what happened.

NatsLady said...

I hope Davey is just saying that to encourage the lefties. Because he was off traveling the world when Rizzo set up the bullpen. He gets on my nerves sometimes.

Knoxville Nat said...

Harvey with some kind of lower back problem.

baseballswami said...

Just saw Chelsea Desmond on the pre- game promoting the equipment drive. She is one special lady. No wonder Ian is so happy all the time! If you are going to the game tomorrow, bring something.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Taking a mitt tomorrow

baseballswami said...

Centerfield gate-- 11:30- the third inning for the equipment drive. Also- you don't have to be going to the game, you can drop things off.

David Proctor said...

Could've done without that double play Jayson...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth's direction off meant to hit down the line.

What a difference in the first. Gio 25 pitches Correia 9

baseballswami said...

Our games are always so binary. 0000100010000. Lots of zeroes and a few ones. Would love to see some other numbers.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Close, but an easy call. What the hell was ump looking at

baseballswami said...

When was the last time Davey got tossed? It time?

David Proctor said...

Nice feed by Rendon!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The guy was just as safe the second time. Why call him out not safe like last guys.

Just remembered how I hate umps

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Right David that is first time he fed second.

baseballswami said...

So the kid can turn the DP! Now let's see some of that hitting.

David Proctor said...

Why does Johnny Holliday call everything a line drive when it's clearly popped up?

baseballswami said...

So I am noticing that the approaches at the plate have not improved with the days off.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zim throw on run good as usual

David Proctor said...

Ian has always been a first pitch swinging type and I don't mind it usually. LaRoche got a pitch to hit but missed it, I think.

David Proctor said...

Rendon! Good approach, take it the other way.

baseballswami said...

Well, ok kid!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Endon's approach fine, ball outside drive to right.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

David and I saw same thing

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

First strike to Shark was inside, but the last strike quite hittable.

37 pitches for Gio 24 for Korreia.

Second inning not as bad as first.

UnkyD said...

222@3:02..... Thank you, and Amen.

do1teach1 said...

I didn't mean to give offense on this beautiful day, plus my computer-protection software is indicating my post got picked up by the NSA, so I do want to amend this paragraph:

The Nats are like the (Reader Warning: metaphorical allusion ahead) overweight OAF looking ahead to a high school reunion. The (reader note: fictional) OAF has 90 days until the event, and figures if said OAF loses a pound a day, the non-actual being will be at 150 pounds for the reunion. Nats fans are seeing fanciful projections of what the team needs to do to win 90 or 95 game, but like the OAF, now a week before the reunion, having lost zero weight and thinking everything will be okay if the (reader reassurance: fictional character follows) OAF just loses 20 pounds a day, the Nats have absolutely no chance of winning high percentages of games from here on in.

NO offense is intended to any oaf or oaves.

David Proctor said...

Well I now whose posts to skip now...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That inning is example of why Gio's pitch count gores up so fast.

Irst 8 pitches quick and efficient, and then suddenly pitching all over and takes 8 more pitches to finish the inning.

baseballswami said...

I like National League baseball, really I do, but these pitcher's duels are getting old. I feel like if the Nats score a run- anything at all-- the angels will start singing and rainbows will appear over the stadium. Runs feel like tiny miracles.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I hope not mine David.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The runs are at a premium. Hitters need some guidanceabout how if you score more runs, your chances of winning much greater.

baseballswami said...

And maybe, some day, a pitcher will have a bad day against us. It could happen.

David Proctor said...

Not yours, MNF.

SCNatsFan said...

I agree. Span has to go. Lead off hitter on with two outs has to try to steal.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I think he got that one.

David Proctor said...

JAYSON! Killed that.

RickH said...

WERTH!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That is better Jayson.

SCNatsFan said...

Unless you can get Werth to hit a bomb

baseballswami said...

I hear the angels!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span stole the easy way

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Lead off hitter on with two outs has to try to steal.

Tough break there, SCNF.

baseballswami said...

Not trying to be biased or anything -- is the strike zone a little inconsistent or are the guys looking for a gift?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zim off his hot streak? Was just above .300 now dropped to .274.



Need to get backto the way he was up to the 3 homer game.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

That last one to Zim might have been outside, just judging by the tv.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Strike zone seems about the same for both teams to me.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

There goes the real no hitter.

David Proctor said...

LaRoche has to make that play. Not easy, but you need to do it.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

E-3 maybe on the first one, but HTF do you let Willingham score from first on that?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That is a double play ball.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

LaRoche has let 4 grounders he should have fielded by him this home stand. Is he not healthy too?

The Mets found the hole and kept hitting it tgere.

This needed to be a shutdown inning. Already screwed up.

Exposremains said...

STOP Nibbling

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Is McCatty waiting to late to come out again?

baseballswami said...

Boooooooo. Cannot let them answer right away. Especially with miscues and error. BABIP hates us.

David Proctor said...

How in the world are these balls getting through?

baseballswami said...

Gio need Desi, ALR, et al to come out and slow him down.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He is pulling a bad Stras screwing around after an error.

Damn you Gio quit screwing around

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Keep it together, Gio. A ball off an infielder's glove, a ball through an infielder's legs, a walk and another ground ball, and he's tied again. Man.

Exposremains said...

Really doesn't take much to rattle these pitchers

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Strike them out if you have to.

baseballswami said...

Why are these balls getting through?? You have to admit that it's just weird. Now we need to score more runs. Need two outs first.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

This is NOT Gio's fault. He's gotten four outs already.
Five.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

For being called good pitchers you are right, they do let errors bother them.

High school pitchers have that problem and we have at least 2 pitchers who have same problem

David Proctor said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Strike them out if you have to.
June 08, 2013 5:11 PM


He heard you...

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Willingham's was just luck, off Zim's glove. Morneau hit a GIDP, and Dozier's was clean in the 5.5 hole because Zim was even with the bag, which is not unreasonable but it did cost them there.

baseballswami said...

Yes, he has, but he has also walked a few already. He has to pick up his team now. They pick him up usually. He needs to bear down and get out ofthe inning.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The error not his fault, but like Stras he needs to bail fielders out and dudnt.

baseballswami said...

I am starting to think the Nats need an exorcist instead of a new hitting coach.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Johnny just all we need to know. correia averages 3 k every 9 innings and has 5 k in 10 out.

That is the hitting approach we are talking about.

EmDash said...

Granted, bottom of the order, but he pulled it back together eventually. Here's hoping be calms down back in the dugout. He probably will only be able to go 6, with a ceiling of 7, though.

I know what the problem was, I was watching on channel 9. Never works out well. *g*

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

The error not his fault, but like Stras he needs to bail fielders out and dudnt.

I disagree. He got a ground ball--he can't control where it went. Then he struck out the next two guys. That's about all you can ask anybody.

baseballswami said...

Anyone been watching the college ball? Some of those kids put together some smart, tough, at bats. I just do not understand what is happening. I find it very puzzling. Now I am just shameless and I want a pitcher to start walking us and serving up gopher balls. Just one game . I promise.

David Proctor said...

That was inside to Rendon. Sigh.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

WHAT IS WITH the house-by-the-side-of-the-road with two strikes approach??

Gracious.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am guessing last pitch to Rendon looked inside.

However now 6 k.

baseballswami said...

At least the bullpen is rested. Soriano has not thrown a pitch in the month of June. Really. You can look it up.

Dan Strong said...

That was an awful third strike call on Rendon.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

That was inside to Rendon. Sigh.

And the one to Zim was probably outside. Lesson #3,284,109,202 in why it doesn't pay to have a better strike zone than the umpire.

BigCat said...

Im not watching, but reading these posts it sounds like Eck's Marauders are flailing again

BigCat said...

Just hard to watch our hitters anymore.....so I don't

David Proctor said...

"At least the bullpen is rested. Soriano has not thrown a pitch in the month of June. Really. You can look it up."

I suspect he'll pitch today no matter what. I know he doesn't like pitching "for work", but this is against an AL team he won't see again after this series.

Dan Strong said...

Also, our guys like to treat these pitchers like young Roger Clemens.

EmDash said...

They've adjusted from being too aggressive (going after first pitches, refusing to take a walk) to being more selective. They're just not identifying the pitches well. It's odd.

David Proctor said...

This is so frustrating.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Now THAT was a meatball.

Dan Strong said...

Man... After a mistake this team just loves to sh*t the bed.

baseballswami said...

Puzzling to be sure. Same guys as last season. Wow.

David Proctor said...

Gio has always been prone to this throughout his career. The difference is we rarely saw it last year because the defense was so crisp.

David Proctor said...

I thought that a home run. Bizarre camera angle.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

CANDYGRAM

baseballswami said...

Did not move the runner.,

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Well Gio was given a lead and did not appreciate it too much did he.

Back to my ALR point 4 balls have got by him this homstand. All were fiekdable all missed all cost us runs.Is he healthy or just a bad week.

baseballswami said...

If Suzuki had, the the run would have scored. Now two outs.

David Proctor said...

I think it's just a bad week. He's been hitting pretty well.

phil dunton said...

Observation......since Ramos went down and Suzuki started catching every day, Suzuki has stopped hitting.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Thanks Suzuki for nothing.

Mauer a great play.

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Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

WOW. Now THAT was a great catch by Mauer.

Now he's just showing off.

mick said...
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Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Second play by Mauer was Houdini like.

Dan Strong said...

Yet another stranded...

mick said...

observations so far... Rendon has already justified playing ahead of Espi period.. grant it, teams do not have a book on him yet so that is why the rest of 2013 he should start

what was Zim and ALR looking out on strike 3...pathetic at bats especially ALR after his error.

Gio just is not mentally tough, his team gets 2 runs and verse a 26-31 team he blows it. Exception of J Zim, our pitchers are P-----s!!

Roger who never hits, gets a lucky 2b and your lead off guy who should hit, whiffs ....

2 mediocre teams playing, and we are the worst of the 2 that is reality

very sad From First to Worst

mick said...

hmm... I may have to get some First to Worst T-shirts printed up, by August, I could make a killing, lol

David Proctor said...

"Roger who never hits, gets a lucky 2b and your lead off guy who should hit, whiffs ..."

Span is hitting .365 with RISP and 2 outs. He's not going to bat 1.000.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I had a play a little like that, catching with a guy on second, and the pitch is way wild outside on a lefty, so the runner on second takes off for third. I jump up and start to spin around to my left to go get it, and the ball hit a pole in the backstop and rebounded perfectly, straight into my right hand, a little above belt high. Nailed the runner at third, and he came off the field mad at ME for being so ridiculously lucky. Which was pretty funny.

mick said...

can not wait to read the excuses iin here, they are now a form of entertainment they are so comical

"its early"

"its baseball"

"its 1 game"

"its injuries" (even though every other freaking MLB team has them


best excuse is simply: WE STINK

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The hitting approach kills the again Suzuki needs to advance runner and hits one ight to short. Boooooo.

Gio flies iut Shark gets to third.

Then the wild pitch some how Houdini caught it before it hit tge ground. Hundred times harder play than ALR' E-3 that should have been a double play.

Why we dont have a winning record. Other teans out fiekd us . And we have terrible RISP.

I thought Shark all the way as he didnt start fast early.

baseballswami said...

Seems like we often have games where we have equal hits to the other team or more hits, but they have more runs. Another oddity I. This 2013 season. Now let's see how they handle a runner on second with no outs.

Dan Strong said...

Let's see if the twins can pick up their leadoff double... My gut feeling is yes.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We are playing stinkingly, i dont think we stink.

That is why I am frustrated. If i thought we stunk, losing wouldn't bother me.

David Proctor said...

Not the worst idea to walk this guy and setup the double play. Doubt he gives in though.

baseballswami said...

You have got it right there. I know they are talented and hard working. Such an enigma. Watching them play badly hurts my heart. They do need to do the fundamentals better, though. Correct process until the results come.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Johnny is an idiot

David Proctor said...

Johnny Holliday is stupid.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Uh, yeah, not a very stealthy pitch-out there, Johnny... Four in a row, in fact.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

A pitch out with 2 outs man on second with pitcher on deck. My god how stupid

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

That is why I am frustrated. If i thought we stunk, losing wouldn't bother me.

I'm tellin' ya, give up hope and just watch the games. The future doesn't exist, and nobody knows what will happen, especially in baseball, where nobody knows nothing.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

RISP. Twins 1 fir 6. Nats 0 for 4. The 1 is the difference in the game.

EmDash said...

The RBI hit in the 4th was fluky, off Zimm' s glove. The Mauer homerun and the leadoff double seem like products of fatigue. I think mound presence is blinding people to the results and making it seem like a meltdown more than it is. Personally, I don't care how a guy's body language looks. It's about the results.

Don't like the intentional walk there, but it worked...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now get the line moving

David Proctor said...

Potomac Nationals ‏@PNats42 7s
Detwiler has tossed 37 pitches, 24 for strikes. Potomac leads 4-1. Nationals scored four times in 1st frame. Detwiler has 3 K's going in 3rd

baseballswami said...

I am really tired of the continuous pitch count tally. Carpenter does it somewhat. I can tell he has thrown a lot. Tell me once in a while , but otherwise can it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Ok Zim get me off your case

Dan Strong said...
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EmDash said...

Zen and the art of watching baseball, sec 3. I like it. :)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Swami I am the opposite I have sent MASN complaints I want it all the like lots if team do.

baseballswami said...

Good news on Det!!! Now more of the same with the bats. Are we tipping our cap to the pitcher yet? He is just pitching a fantastic game. We are not helping him at all.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

RALR you owe us

Dan Strong said...

How exactly has one of our aces thrown 114 pitches to 75 for the other guy?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I believe opposing team starters have pitched good against us 80-85% of yhe time.

We are the common donominator

EmDash said...

I wish MASN showed the pitch count all game like a lot of channels, personally. It's a big part of modern baseball strategy.

They're not saying anyone is warming up. Surely Gio's not coming out for the 7th right?

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