Sunday, July 28, 2013

Game 106: Mets at Nats

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The way things had been going around here only a couple of days ago, the fact the Nationals today have a chance to win four of their last five is rather remarkable. But that's the position they find themselves in after walk-off wins Thursday and Friday and then yesterday's 4-1 victory over the Mets. Funny how this game works.

If they do find a way to take today's series finale against the Mets, they may just hand Taylor Jordan his much-awaited first career win. The rookie right-hander certainly has pitched well enough in his first five starts (3.68 ERA) to deserve better than an 0-3 record. Today presents a new challenge for him, facing an opponent for the second time for the first time (if that makes sense).

Check back for updates...

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 187
Weather: Scattered storms, 80 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to LF
NATIONALS (51-54)
LF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
CF Denard Span
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Taylor Jordan

METS (46-55)
LF Eric Young Jr.
3B Josh Satin
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Marlon Byrd
1B Ike Davis
C John Buck
CF Juan Lagares
SS Omar Quintanilla
RHP Carlos Torres

UMPIRES
HP Victor Carapazza
1B Wally Bell
2B Kerwin Danley
3B Lance Barksdale

1:37 p.m. — We are underway.

1:44 p.m. — A solid, 18-pitch top of the first for Taylor Jordan, who retired the side. He struck out Josh Satin looking at a nice slider, a pitch he seems to be using more effectively with each passing start.

1:49 p.m. — Some unfortunate news to report: Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty was taken to the hospital a little while ago. We don't know what happened, but a team spokesman said he wasn't taken in an ambulance, so it doesn't appear to be a life-threatening emergency. McCatty was here this morning, so whatever happened must have happened in the last hour or two. Hopefully we'll get a positive update later.

1:57 p.m. — Two innings, six batters, six outs and 29 pitches for Jordan. Good stuff so far from the rookie.

2:15 p.m. — Whoa, it's a genuine rally by the Nats' lineup! They scored three runs in the bottom of the second via four base hits, three of them coming with runners in scoring position. Ian Desmond doubled, Denard Span singled, Wilson Ramos poked an 0-2 pitch to right field for an RBI single and after a Jordan sac bunt, Bryce Harper poked a 3-2 pitch to left field for a two-run single. Just like that, it's 3-0 Nats after two.

2:24 p.m. — Nine up and nine down for Jordan. Impressive in its own right, even more so considering he's facing the Mets for the second time. Still 3-0, middle of the third.

2:37 p.m. — Sweet Fancy Moses, the Nats lineup is on fire. They just put up five more runs in the bottom of the third, torching Carlos Torres. They're now 6-for-8 with runners in scoring position today, and the most encouraging part of that is the fact the first four of those hits all went to the opposite field. Guys weren't trying to pull the ball into the stratosphere for a change. ... Of course, Wilson Ramos absolutely pulled the ball into the stratosphere when he blasted a grand slam to cap the inning. Ramos got a curtain call for his efforts, though Jordan didn't know he was supposed to step out of the batter's box to allow for it. No problem, Wilson just waited until between pitches to accept the fans' love. It's 8-0 after three.

2:52 p.m. — Well, there goes Jordan's perfect game. And his shutout. The Mets scored in the top of the fourth on three singles, including Marlon Byrd's RBI base hit off a diving Rendon. So it's now 8-1 Nats.

3:09 p.m. — Make it 10-1 Nationals thanks to four more hits in the fourth off reliever Gonzalez Germen. They're now 8-for-11 with RISP, and their 6-8 hitters today are 7-for-7 with a walk, a homer and seven RBI. That'll usually work. Onto the fifth.

3:24 p.m. — Jordan has completed five innings, striking out seven, so he's officially in line for his first career win. That's assuming the Nats can hold a 10-1 lead, of course.

3:58 p.m. — Sweet Fancy Moses, Denard Span has homered twice in as many days! This one was a 2-run blast, giving the Nats a commanding, 13-1 lead after six innings. Remarkably, this is the second time in a month the Nats have led the Mets by 12 or more runs in a game. That deserves another Sweet Fancy Moses!

4:13 p.m. — Craig Stammen enters with a 13-1 lead and proceeds to load the bases on a single, two walks and a wild pitch. Come on, Craig. He did manage to get out of the jam, so the lead remains at the stretch.

4:30 p.m. — Meanwhile, a spring training game has broken out here. Mass changes on both sides as they just try to keep the big names healthy. Zimmerman, Harper and Werth are all on the bench now. Still 13-1 as we go to the bottom of the eighth.

4:39 p.m. — Make it 14-1 as Desmond doubles in another run. Unbelievable game from the bottom of the lineup today. Ryan Mattheus in to close this one out.

4:54 p.m. — Good lord, Mattheus loaded the bases in the ninth and had to be pulled out of the game by Davey in favor of Fernando Abad. But Abad finished off a 14-1 victory. The Nats take 3 of 4 from the Mets and have won 4 of their last 5. Pretty crazy, when you think about it.

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JD said...

Pitch ahead in the count Taylor and you will be fine.

Doc said...

I haven't heard Bob Carpenter's bootleg weather report yet, but some alternate postings suggest that the T-storms won't start until about 3-3:30 pm.

Yeah, 4 out of the last 5 sounds good. Man, are we desperate, or what!

baseballswami said...

Haren got a win, Span hit his first home run as a Nat, we had our first two walk off home runs this season- in two days. Next up- a curly W for Taylor Jordan. Let's just break all those barriers down.

David Proctor said...

Let me just say this: the Mets radio crew is very unprofessional. The SNY cast is fine, but I heard snippets of their radio broadcast yesterday. They referred to the Nationals throughout as "the Washington Underachievers" and basically took stupid jabs at the team the entire game.

Joe Seamhead said...

No David Wright is usually a good thing. Come on Taylor Jordan! Come on all you hitters! Three in a row would be encouraging.

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Meanwhile, down on the farm:

At Syracuse :

Tyler Moore is hitting .309

Last night Erik Davis came in in the 8th with the bases loaded and nobody out and nobody scored scored. I really like the whole Erik Davis story and I hope he makes it.

Espy struggling again @.196

---------------------------

Down in Hagerstown:

Brett Mooneyham: IP 8, 0 runs on 2 hits, 8 K's

David Proctor said...

Tyler has really been raking but I'm so hesitant to say call him up because he's already been up here twice.

natsfan1a said...

(Never [mess] with a streak.)

natsfan1a said...

In the immortal words of Bryce Harper, let's go!

July 27, 2013 11:56 AM

Joe Seamhead said...

David Proctor @ 12:27, That sounds like bulletin board fodder, even if it is true.

David Proctor said...

Not that it really matters, but just wondering:

One of those double-header games is considered part of the other Mets' series because of the rainout. If the first game was the make-up game, then technically we'd be going for a sweep today.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

I hope Tyler pitches into the eighth as he did last time. And I surely hope we get the Kid some runs.

GYFNG!!

And somebody please reaffirm to me that the Barves cannot sweep, right?

David Proctor said...

This answers my question from the last thread. From Byron Kerr:

Rizzo also said Jordan will get the opportunity to compete for a 2014 starting role.

"He will get every opportunity to be in the mix for the rotation next year, certainly," Rizzo said. "He has pitched extremely well. I like his demeanor on the mound. He shows poise of a major league pitcher and has the stuff for it."

Section 222 said...

Espy struggling again @.196

Yeah, remember when Espi had that little mini hot streak? 9 games where his slashline was .469/.528/.844/1.372 with 2 HRs and 7 XBH? Some of us said, "small sample size," and said we'd want to see consistent raking for a month at least before even considering bringing him back up. In the 13 games since then, he's 9 for 53, with no extra base hits and 16 Ks. His slashline is .170/.224/.170/.394.

SonnyG10 said...

David Proctor said...
Not that it really matters, but just wondering:

One of those double-header games is considered part of the other Mets' series because of the rainout. If the first game was the make-up game, then technically we'd be going for a sweep today.
July 28, 2013 12:34 PM


David, I don't know if there's an official definition of series or not, but I have chosen to consider back-to-back games with the same team as a series, no matter when originally scheduled. Thus I consider this a four game series. However, I don't object to other definitions.

David Proctor said...

Jon Heyman:

The Nationals made a run this spring at trying to lock up star shortstop Ian Desmond but didn't reach an agreement, sources connected with the team said.

While nothing appears imminent, with talks apparently stopping once the season began, the Nats still hope to keep Desmond, who's had a very nice year and barely missed making the All-Star team a second time, with an extension.

Joe Seamhead said...

I'm much more concerned about Anthony Rendon's slump right now. He has 2 hits in his 32 AB's

For July: .190/.238/.342/.580

His BA has gone from .308 at the beginning of the month down to .262
I'm sure he'll be fine, but he is struggling big time right now.

Joe Seamhead said...

I hope he breaks out today!

baseballswami said...

Tyler has a track record of being good after he has time to get his stroke back. Seems like he needs a period of time with consecutive at bats and then he has it. He has done it before. Can he, with that history, be a worse bet than Tracy and Hairston? The real question for me is whether or not they have been training him to be an outfielder. He was put in a terrible position being stuck out there. He is good at 1b-- no, not ALR good, but certainly better than Dunn and probably Morse. If they plan on him ever playing the outfield , he needs experience out there.

David Proctor said...

Can he, with that history, be a worse bet than Tracy and Hairston?

Well Hairston hits lefties well. We're judging him on an extremely small sample size...and he's been put in against righties way too much. Tracy is irrelevant because Tracy is a LHB and Tyler is a RHB. Apparently Rizzo is looking for a LHB Bench bat to trade for.

baseballswami said...

And Joe- if you look at the numbers, Rendon would be a concern. But he has had games where he was scorching the ball and getting robbed by amazing defense. The league has made adjustments to him and now has scouting reports on where to position. I think he will start to have some of those fall in.

baseballswami said...

David-- excellent point.

A DC Wonk said...

They referred to the Nationals throughout as "the Washington Underachievers" and basically took stupid jabs at the team the entire game.

I don't know which guys you were listening to -- but I happen to like Howie Rose (who's one of the Mets announcers. Well, at least he's the guy who I hear when I hear a Mets game on XM) -- I think he's very good, insightful, and knows his stuff.

As for being "the Washington Underachievers"-- well, I mean, if the Schu fits . . . . ;-)

A DC Wonk said...

(I've been waiting a whole week to use that lame pun!)

Joe Seamhead said...

swami, on Moore, he is mainly playing 1st base.

On Anthony, I agree he is also having bad luck at the plate, and eventually when you keep hitting the ball it evens out. But, by the numbers he has had a very unproductive July at the plate.

Joe Seamhead said...

Meter comes back today and hits a homer in his first AB. Some guys just have a flair for the dramatic.

NatsJack in Florida said...

JD has got it right concerning Taylor Jordan. Strike 1 is his best friend.

Joe Seamhead said...

Damn auto correct! Jeter hit a homer in his first AB

David Proctor said...

Woah, I hope McCatty is okay.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Getting ahead of the count will be priority number 1 for T Jordan to work on in ST next year...

Hope all is well with McCatty....

David Proctor said...

Perfecting the slider is the key. It's already shown A LOT of progress in just the few starts since he's been called up.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

How I get sucked in to going to D Haren starts... Idk... I go to 1 game every home series and it seems most times it's when D Haren pitches...

Anyway, great game yesterday... Had a blast at the fan appreciation digs...

Was psyched Span got his first HR....

baseballswami said...

Concerning news about McCatty. Same as Adam and Drew?

Nats 128 said...

SectionTriple2, yes on Espinosa. Small sample sizes appear larger in the rear view mirror to those that support him.

Rizzo was correct when asked last week about him when he didn't seem overly excited.

David Proctor said...

LaRoche is down to the .230s. I know he had the awful April and hot as heck May, but I don't think he's done much since. He needs to get it going.

His track record suggests he will, but it's concerning at this point. It's almost August.

A DC Wonk said...

baseballswami said...

Concerning news about McCatty. Same as Adam and Drew?

Oh, then it must be a conspiracy, because "who gets the flu in the summer"? ;-)

A DC Wonk said...

Rendon BABIP in July: .200 -- sure seems like a month-long string of bad luck for him. In June it was absurdly high: .387

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Okay... FP is hilarious with the 'shut down T Jordan' talk... Bwahhhhahhhhhhh....

Nats 128 said...

DC Wonk, ground balls vs line drives on Rendon.

Joe Seamhead said...

DP, ALR

May BA = .330

June .287

July .173 (coming into today)

Nats 128 said...

Miggy Cabrera and Leyland ejected in the middle of a at bat

Nats 128 said...

Smart baserunning by Desi.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Opposite side hitting by Span... Nice...

David Proctor said...

A hit with RISP!

Nats 128 said...

Ramos!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Oh yeah.... Situational hitting baby!!!! Go Wilson!!!

Nats 128 said...

How come Span doesn't get to 3rd

Joe Seamhead said...

Because Byrd got to it quickly, and it wasn't that deep. He would've been dead meat, 128.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

A Nats pitcher that bunts well....

Nats 128 said...

Phillies got out of bases loaded no outs against the Tigers and scored no runs. It even happens to the best teams in baseball. Pettibone pitching for them.

David Proctor said...

Another hit with RISP!

Nats 128 said...

Taylor Jordan gets the bunt down and is rewarded with a +2.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wow... I'm amazed that Ramos wasnt out.... Way to go guys!!! Scoring without the long ball so far.....

paul brandt said...

Harp's diggin the high ball again today, hit one to right yesterday with similar location.

David Proctor said...

Rendon can't catch a break right now.

A DC Wonk said...

Interseting choice to pitch some good pitchers to Harper with two out -- with first base open and Rendon on deck

Joe Seamhead said...

Thundering buffalo! Did you see Ramos.Great job, Harper!

Man, Anthony getting no luck.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Rendon is hitting the ball hard.... Just right at someone....

Drat... I was hoping to keep the line movin'!!!

slidell2 said...

This is what I was referring to in last post; a string of constructive at-bats. A good sign.

David Proctor said...

I'll say this about Rendon: he's been slumping big time, but he's put together some solid ABs and hit the ball hard. He's NEVER looked overwhelmed or frustrated to me. He'll get it going.

Nats 128 said...

FP bragging again about his BFF Schu. "All about mechanix approach and relaxation"

Does he teach it during yoga in Rizzos zen garden?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

But am I only one surprised the Mets didnt walk Harp with Rendon next and 1st base open...

Drew said...

Cue Michael Corleone:

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."

A DC Wonk said...

How in the world is Jordan Taylor keep falling behind 2-0, 3-0, and still getting everybody out?

David Proctor said...

Harper is hitting .343 since the break, per Comak.

A DC Wonk said...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

But am I only one surprised the Mets didnt walk Harp with Rendon next and 1st base open...

I think you owe me a beer! -- see my comment at 2:14 ;-)

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Dangit Wonk... Sorry.... This is what I get for not F5'ing....

baseballswami said...

As long as Rendon is having good at bats and staying confident. Things will come around. Not sure i like having a pitcher whose initials are TJ. Ouch .

David Proctor said...

LaRoche may be thinking TOO MUCH about going to left field now. There's a balance. I hate when he pulls everything, but now it seems like he's making all his outs to left. Odd.

Joe Seamhead said...

And yet he's only thrown 37 pitches after 3 innings. Amazing.

paul brandt said...

ALR with a poor AB, at the very least, move the runner over.

Joe Seamhead said...

I was referring to Taylor Jordan's pitch count @ 37.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Adam's at bat was so fast, I missed it.... What happened?

I wonder if he is completely over the flu...

David Proctor said...

ANOTHER hit with RISP!

paul brandt said...

nice Desi...man, Jewett is not afraid to send em!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Are we seeing small ball right now???? Gosh, these have been some productive at bats....

UnkyD said...

So.... Apparently, when we put the ball in play, good things may happen. I hope somebody is taking notes....

David Proctor said...

RAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nats 128 said...

Grand Slam Ramos!

Joe Seamhead said...

Grand Freaking Salami!!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Well, I'll be damned!!!!

Yesssszzzssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Drew said...

Buffalo goes BOOM!

paul brandt said...

love when Desi takes off the helmet after someone hits a HR...2-1 count and that kid just served it up.

slidell2 said...

Looking like payback for Friday afternoon.

Secret wasian man said...

KATUNKA< KATUNKA!!!!!!!!

Secret wasian man said...

MRS B hahahahahaha KATUNKA

Dances with wolves KAtunka!!!

Joe Seamhead said...

I tell you what those Mets announcer's what they can do with their "underachieving" trash talk...

David Proctor said...

Now let's just hope TJ can eat some innings. He's looked fantastic so far and with CLip and Soriano both going 3 days straight, it'd be a big pick-me-up. Especially with this lead.

Secret wasian man said...

HAHAHHA easy seamhead its only the 3rd inning.

KATUNKA!!

A DC Wonk said...

Taylor Jordon, looks like you're in decent position to break your own streak!

I like all these ugly streaks coming to an end.

BTW -- Ramos - lifetime against the Mets (not including today's game): 20 games, .453, 10 2b, 3 HR, 12 RBI, .750 SLG, 1.228 OPS. Sure to get a big jump by the time today's stats get figured in.

BigCat said...

I knew it was just a matter of time before the new hitting coach would make a difference. Its all downhill from here boys. Where do I order playoff tickets!!!!!!!!!

Bartender....set em up....on Big Cat!!

Brandon Wedel said...

THAT'S THE WAY - UH HUH - THE NATSIES LIKE IT!!!

Steady Eddie said...

Drew @ 2:20 -- exactly what I told my wife after I convinced my 12-year old to come with me to the game yesterday.

Oh well, I'm back in now, I guess!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Hahahahahahahah BigCat - I'm with you!!!!!

Nats 128 said...

Ramos must own a frame shoppe. A K Masterpiece!

David Proctor said...

C'mon Rendon, you have to get that ball.

Alphabet Soup Erik said...

Tatonka!

David Proctor said...

For somebody just coming back from TJ surgery, Jordan's command is impressive. Usually that's the last thing to return.

Doc said...

MLB needs to check Byrd for his chronic use of steroids.

Not normal for his career at 37 years old to be hitting 17 dingers and having all those ribbies.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Well 1 run wont hurtvif we keep playing solid.

Was wondering if Rendon,'s real problem is no mullet.

David Proctor said...

Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez on hot seat over allegations of verbal + physical abuse

What the hell?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I juSt called and got a recording, but asked when playoff tickets went on sale.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Bet you he didnt do it to Stanton.

David Proctor said...

Not Rendon's most solid contact, but he'll take it however he can get it at this point.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That should have been an error charged to Rendon... He has got to make those routine plays...

Extends the SP pitch count...

Joe Seamhead said...

I'm very, very happy for Rendon getting thy at hit!

A DC Wonk said...

*IF* Nats win today, that would be three straight wins when Strasburg, Gio, and JZ aren't pitching.

#youcantpredictbaseball

They've done that two in a row before, but not three in a row this season.

BigCat said...

What section you trying to get manassas?

A DC Wonk said...

David Proctor said...

Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez on hot seat over allegations of verbal + physical abuse


Perhaps Tino was reading some comments, eh? As we learn from some guys here -- the way to get through to a team in a slump is to show some emotion and get angry, right?

(snark mode=off)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

214

David Proctor said...

Yet another hit with RISP

BigCat said...

Yep. Those 2 out RBI hits are daggers. Werth my boy

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Whew... Adam is in a serious slump... Need him to get going...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We have lots of hits, but lots of our outs are grounders where the batter pulked an outside pitch.

Pull inside pitches not outside ones.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He is rolling over on a lot of pitches.

BigCat said...

W-w-we're actually hitting like a big league club.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Maybe Schu is fixing some issues.

BigCat said...

What is jordons pitch count limit for season? Other words.... How many more games is he here for

paul brandt said...

MNF, then Schu needs to start working on ALR next, he's really struggling.

ExposedinDC said...

All of a sudden we are flush with starters.....hoping JZimm shakes his recent woes

BigCat said...

Darn.... You need a back-hoe to fill that divot that Ramos left

A DC Wonk said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Maybe Schu is fixing some issues.

It seems like he's just saying the same things as Davey and Eck were saying (i.e., swing at good pitches!). But perhaps with Eck's firing, some batters are paying attention now.

In pre-game show, Davey pointed out that he's been trying to get Span to swing at first-pitches if they are center cut fastballs and not fall behind in the count so much, and that Span seems to be able to do that better when he's not batting lead off.

And, sure enough, Span's HR yesterday -- Davey noted -- was on a first pitch.

==========

OTOH - Span has taken a first pitch strike all three times thus far today!

And yet he's 3-for-3!

#youcantpredictbaseball

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Jordan has only 2 or 3 more starts, I think, based on what Davey said, assuming they go to the bullpen after 5 today.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

And the storms are crossing 64 coming up from Charlottesville area now, so I'm guessing they have an hour or maybe 90 minutes before they get here, if nothing pops up before that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Taylor Jordan's chance of picking up his first in 99.7%

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Any word on McCatty?

David Proctor said...

Phillies are down 4 to the Tigers (with bases loaded, 1 out). If they lose, it'll be their 8 loss in a row.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

OK, KID! It's official, and they aren't making errors behind you. A little offense, just one TD and a FG, that's all. Good day for the kid--I hope it's not raining when they interview him.

David Proctor said...

And Jhonny Peralta hit a Grand Slam. Phillies down big.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Pulling a sluder heading sway almost guarentee gounder.

Schu has work to do still.

Joe Seamhead said...

I am very happy for all our boys, especially Ramos,Span and Jordan. And for Jordan's folks.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Charlie y Dave said the 8 RISP hits today are as many as the rest of this homestand combined.

So I'm glad they got that today, but like slidell said earlier, I'll be happier when they start spreading them out.

Joe Seamhead said...

Nuts! I thought that might go.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

AGAIN Rendon crushes one, and wins a free consolation trip to the dugout to get his glove.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nice drive by Rendon, ball in the middle drive to middle.

Harper was outer half of middle was hit to left, just not barrelled up, but the right direction.

Joe Seamhead said...
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David Proctor said...

Well Verlander has been scuffling. He's still good, but he's not immortal like he once was.

Joe Seamhead said...

Sofa, I'll be happy when they do it against Detroit and Atlanta next week!

Joe Seamhead said...

Terrific play, Rendon!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I was hoping we wouldn't face Verlander.... Time to take this hot offense on the road, I guess...

BigCat said...

Should get Byrd to pee in the jug

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Joe, they're pretty much going to have to do it from here on out for the next two months, and they (and we) know it.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Did someone mention that Taylor Jordan's folks are in the stands today? I suppose I'd be surprised if they weren't, but do we know? I hope they are.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Should get Byrd to pee in the jug

I would prefer they use a specimen cup--somebody might re-use that jug for the Gatorade.

; )

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Oooh, maybe that's what happened to McCatty...

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

87 pitches for Jordan through 6. Good work, kid. Go get cleaned up.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

*standing ovation for T Jordan*.

Good going, kid!

A DC Wonk said...

BigCat said...

Should get Byrd to pee in the jug

Given that he lost, what, 50 games? last year to PED problems -- I'm sure he's doing it often.

A DC Wonk said...

9-12 RISP!

David Proctor said...

HAHAHA Span does it again!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span likes hitting for Schu

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I love D Span....

Joe Seamhead said...

Denard Span? Where are you today, WODL?

BigCat said...

Span might have 15 if Schu was here all year!!

David Proctor said...

15? Span would be on pace for 162!

BigCat said...

Wonk. Look at Braun. You think he woulda went clean.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span hit a low insude half fast ball so right center is fine on that pitch.

Candide said...

Tweeted this to Denard yesterday:

@thisisdspan Tell Davey you want to bat cleanup against the Tigers next week!

Wish I was that smart EVERY day.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Of the primary 8 only one is batting below 260

Joe Seamhead said...

MrsB, you & my dear wife have something in common when it comes to Mr. Span. Like me, Mrs. Seamhead loves watching good outfielders.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Yeah... Pitching duals and D win me over all day... I'll take good offense but I'm all about the D...

I'm glad to see Span locked in... Now if only Rendon and Adam can get hot...

Watch out!!!

A DC Wonk said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Of the primary 8 only one is batting below 260

Wow . . . remember when 3 of the 8 were batting below .200 ?

A DC Wonk said...

Biggest attendance month for Nats in Nats history.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wonk - re your post at 4:05 - injuries will do that to you....

But we still got hope the goon squad can get better....

David Proctor said...

Stammen is annoying me.

Joe Seamhead said...

Ok, I want to know if anybody here said at the beginning of July that Span would have a higher batting average than Rendon by the end of the month?

David Proctor said...

Are you kidding Stammen? THROW STRIKES. A home run doesn't matter until you put men on.

Joe Seamhead said...

Me,too, DP.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I'm so serious... Does Stammen have an injury???? He hasn't been right since ATl...

Joe Seamhead said...

Man, Stammen is not the same guy we were used to.

jeffwx said...

was at the game yesterday standing behind the sect 313 cheerleading squad and ALR scorched a ball so I thought he was coming out of it, but maybe not.

Need to get WODL's thoughts on Span

Nats 128 said...

Taylor Jordan with a heck of a statline. 3.31 ERA

A DC Wonk said...

Joe Seamhead said...

Ok, I want to know if anybody here said at the beginning of July that Span would have a higher batting average than Rendon by the end of the month?


WODL ? ;-)

PChuck said...

A beat writer needs to ask Davey what's wrong with Stammen.

Joe Seamhead said...

Wonk, you are funny!

David Proctor said...

Davey has been asked. He basically says that Stammen is fine but he's been the victim of bad luck. Which has been the case in a COUPLE of his games, but on the whole, he looks different to me.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Does Scott Hairston have any hits after the first game with the team?

Joe Seamhead said...

128, ain't too shabby for Taylor, eh?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Stammen hasn't looked sharp ever since pitching that gem for SS in Atl....

David Proctor said...

Looks like everyone gets the day off for the rest of the game.

BigCat said...

Roger still terrible. Guess Schu can't walk on water

Joe Seamhead said...

The answer to your question is "no" Manassas.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I wouldn't have pitched Krol here.... I would have used Abad...

jeffwx said...

With those goals accomplished, the Cubs will move bullpen pieces and are "definitely" listening to offers for right fielder Nate Schierholtz, Sherman reports.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I dont think so

JD said...

MrsB

Why?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span not hitting well enough for WDOL

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Was going to say that, but decided to let it ride.

JD said...

Jeffwx

I wouldn't go crazy and be a buyer.our odds are still very long.

Joe Seamhead said...

I have another question/statement. Is it just my perception, or has this been about as civilized of a game blog as we've had in months, or what?

jeffwx said...

so all the guys (Haren, Span, Soriano)I cussed Rizzo out for On Thursday (in the 9-7 win) are doing awesome. One day a bum, next day a genious...baseball a crap shoot

MrsB loves the Nats said...

JD- I'm assuming you're asking why use Abad... Well he hasn't been the sharpest and I would have given him the work...

I know Krol didnt have a great outting his last time out...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lombo hitting like Schu taught him.

David Proctor said...

Lombardozzi is hot right now. Rendon is still the better player, but given the scuffle he's in, I'd consider riding the hot hand until Lombo cools down.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Defensively place Lombo second, rendon 3rd and Tracy first in 9th

jeffwx said...

Old Crow Medicine Show

jeffwx said...

Now's a great time to experiment with tracy at 3rd...not when the game is tied in the 9th.

jeffwx said...

I like to sit behind first to play catch with Chad when he's at 3rd

David Proctor said...

jeffwx said...
I like to sit behind first to play catch with Chad when he's at 3rd


LOL. That's the funniest comment in this thread.

jeffwx said...

18 hits...what!

BigCat said...

No walks mattheus!

David Proctor said...

Throw strikes Mattheus

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