Friday, July 19, 2013

Game 96: Dodgers at Nats

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It's been a long four days without baseball, but at last the Nationals are back on the field tonight, determined to open the second half of their season on a positive note. The challenge right out of the blocks isn't easy: the Dodgers have MLB's best record since June 22 at 17-5, and they send Ricky Nolasco (career 11-7, 3.66 ERA vs. the Nats) to the mound for the opener.

Stephen Strasburg gets the start for the Nationals, coming off the worst start of his career and also dealing with some oppressive heat and humidity tonight. As I type this, the heat index in Washington stands at 110, with the dew point an insane 78. We've seen Strasburg struggle with heat in the past; it'll be interesting to see how he deals with this tonight.

If you've got tickets to the game, please be prepared yourself for the conditions and plan to drink lots of water. If you're staying home to watch in the comfort of central air conditioning, you're in luck. I'll be sweating it out here and will have updates and analysis throughout...

LOS ANGELES DODGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 184
Weather: Humid, 92 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to CF
NATIONALS (48-47)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Chad Tracy
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Stephen Strasburg

DODGERS (47-47)
LF Carl Crawford
RF Yasiel Puig
1B Adrian Gonzalez
SS Hanley Ramirez
CF Andre Ethier
C A.J. Ellis
3B Juan Uribe
2B Mark Ellis
RHP Ricky Nolasco

UMPIRES
HP Paul Schrieber
1B Chad Fairchild
2B Jeff Kellogg (cc)
3B Eric Cooper

7:08 p.m. — We are underway. Stephen Strasburg's first pitch (94 mph) actually topped the gametime temperature (92 degrees) but barely. The heat index at 7 p.m.: 105.

7:16 p.m. — And already we've seen the conditions have an effect on Strasburg, who lost his grip on a 90-mph changeup to Hanley Ramirez and threw it behind the cleanup hitter's head. No intent there, just a sweaty right hand. Strasburg immediately went to the rosin bag, and he bounced back to get Ramirez to pop-up on a nice curveball. Jayson Werth also made a nifty catch in foul territory, reaching over the wall to snag Yasiel Puig's foul pop. Overall, 17 pitches (11 strikes) for Strasburg in a scoreless top of the first.

7:24 p.m. — The good news: Denard Span drew a walk in the bottom of the first, the third straight game he's done that when leading off. The bad news: Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman each grounded out to second, with Rendon's grounder turning into a 4-6-3 double play. Scoreless after one.

7:33 p.m. — Strasburg has put four men on base through two innings, but he's managed to limit the damage to three singles and a walk and got help with a 6-4-3 double play in the bottom of the second. He's at 32 pitches (19 strikes) through two scoreless.

7:47 p.m. — Wow, lots of stuff going on in the bottom of the second. It began with Bryce Harper's leadoff double, making him 6-for-7 with two doubles and two homers this season against Nolasco, not too shabby. Harper then took third base on Jayson Werth's flyball to right, though by no fault of Puig, who fired a perfect strike on the fly to third and actually appeared to get Harper just in time. Umpire Eric Cooper called him safe, and that proved significant when Nolasco uncorked a wild pitch to bring Harper home with the first run of the night. But that throw by Puig ... wow. The ballpark was buzzing after that. Nats lead 1-0 after two.

7:56 p.m. — Just when it looked like Strasburg was finding his groove — he struck out Crawford and Puig back-to-back to begin the third inning — he gave it back with a two-out rally. Gonzalez singled up the middle. Ramirez then crushed the very next pitch to right-center for a two-run homer. It wasn't a terrible pitch by Strasburg: 95 mph on the outside corner, but Ramirez is certainly capable of doing damage on pitches like that. So just like that, the Dodgers are up 2-1 in the third.

8:13 p.m. — Strasburg has been walking a tightrope all night. He's allowed seven hits and a walk through four innings, but so far Ramirez's homer is the only actual damage. The right-hander is already at 67 pitches, though, and under these conditions you've got to wonder how far Davey will let him go tonight. Still 2-1 Dodgers heading to the bottom of the fourth.

8:29 p.m. — Yikes, if you wanted to encapsulate the 2013 Nationals into a single half-inning, that was it just now. They loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the fourth ... and came away with nothing. Desmond grounded out weakly to third on a check-swing. Tracy lofted a shallow fly ball to left field, and though Harper decided to test Crawford's admittedly weak arm, he pulled up after 20 feet ... only to watch as Crawford's throw sailed way up the first base line. He would've scored easily. So now it was up to Ramos, to grounded out to the pitcher. You don't usually hear very many boos directed at the home team in this ballpark, but there were plenty at the end of that fiasco. It's still 2-1 after four.

9:10 p.m. — Well, on the bright side, the Nats have tied the game. Singles by Zimmerman, Werth and Desmond produced a run in the bottom of the sixth and knocked Nolasco out. But with a chance to take the lead, Tracy took the first pitch from reliever Jose Dominguez and grounded into a 6-3, inning-ending double play. I think it's about time we add "veteran, left-handed bench bat" to Mike Rizzo's July 31st shopping list. It's 2-2 after six.

9:16 p.m. — Nice job by Strasburg. On this sweltering night, he battled and has retired 11 in a row since the fourth inning. He's now through the seventh, having allowed just the two runs on Ramirez's homer. Nice job by the right-hander in really tough conditions. Still 2-2 at the stretch.

9:30 p.m. — Man, this Yasiel Puig kid is something in the field. There's obviously the arm, but he also just made a remarkable catch down the right-field line, slamming into the wall to rob Rendon and end the bottom of the seventh. Just remarkable. Still 2-2 as we go to the eighth and Tyler Clippard enters.

9:39 p.m. — A dominant eighth inning from Clippard. He struck out Puig on a changeup, got Gonzalez to hit a weak flyball to left field and struck out Ramirez on a fastball. Good stuff from the righty. Now it's up to the Nats lineup to get the go-ahead runner across the plate in the bottom of the eighth.

9:49 p.m. — And we go to the ninth inning, the game still tied. And here's a head-scratcher: Rafael Soriano is now in, even though Davey had double-switched out Rendon earlier, ostensibly so Clippard could pitch two innings. I'm not quite understanding this one.

9:56 p.m. — And Soriano serves up a go-ahead homer to Ethier to lead off the ninth. It wasn't a bad pitch from the Nats closer - a slider way down in the zone - but Ethier managed to golf it off the top of the fence in right field. So now the Nats trail 3-2 and are down to their last three outs.

10:07 p.m. — That'll do it. The second half of the season begins with a 3-2 loss that sure felt a lot like plenty of losses from the first half of the season. The Nats are back at .500 and, with the Phillies cruising in New York, are about to fall into third place in the NL East.

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jshai said...

Status of ALR?

Section 222 said...

Interesting lineup. No explanation? I was hoping the days of having sub-Mendoza hitters in the lineup were gone forever.

There are lots of ways to look at the road ahead, but here's another that might make those rose colored glasses fog up. Suppose the Braves play like they have for most of the season, rather than how they played in the first two weeks. If they go just 33-34 the rest of the way, they get to 87 wins. To beat that record and avoid a one game playoff, the Nats have to go 40-27 (.597). And that's if the Braves play just mediocre baseball the rest of the way. Every little bit of improvement they make over what would be a limp to the finish line makes our climb that much harder.

Our collapse right before the break against the Phillies and Marlins really put us behind the eight ball.

natsfan1a said...

Go, NATS!! And stay cool, folks. (It's air-conditioned comfort for me tonight. Just a little splash more of iced tea? Why yes, that would be lovely, thanks. ahhh...cheers...[clink])

hiramhover said...

Maybe ALR has a dewpoint rider in his contract?

bowdenball said...

Wow. Either LaRoche is hurt, has a family situation that demands his attention, or has been traded. Or Davey puts WAY too much stock in matchup numbers- Tracy is hitting .333/.385/.500 vs. Nolasco over 12 ABs. Those are the only explanations I can come up with.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

ALR doesnt need rest so tgere is anotger explination.

On Sunday Span needs to be back to 7th.

hiramhover said...

See Mark's latest tweet--"LaRoche appears not to be injured, just under the weather."

Ain't we all.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Charlie Sclows on MLB said ALR was ill yesterday including fever.

baseballswami said...

Then how about keeping him away from everyone else? Not like he should be out in this heat with a fever.

David Proctor said...

Well that's an interesting lineup. Even taking away that Tracy is in for ALR, Harper hitting cleanup after Zim? That's new.

Tcostant said...

Looks like Paul McCartney stage really did a bad job on the OF. Any comment Mark, is that just a bad pic?

baseballswami said...

Hey, maybe Chad Tracy will rock our world tonight! And I have seen some pics of the field- nasty.ALR sick. Welcome back to the Nats 3013 season!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Stage for mcCartney caused problems? That is not good.

Section 222 said...

Hey, maybe Chad Tracy will rock our world tonight

Hope springs eternal.

I remember Davey saying he liked having Harp 1st and ALR 4th to make it harder for the opposing manager to match up with a lefty pitcher in the late innings. So maybe that's his thinking for Span/Harper tonight. In any event, Tracy sure shouldn't hit 1st or 4th, so I guess the new fangled lineup of last Sunday wasn't an option.

David Proctor said...

I wonder if Hairston gets a start against Kershaw.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

David Hairston on Sunday I would think would be appropriate.

JD said...

Hairston instead of whom?

David Proctor said...

Span, I guess. I'm not sure what Hairston's numbers against Kershaw are like though.

hiramhover said...

No Det til next Friday at least, per Mark's tweeter, and Davey is "not hopeful" about that. Ouch.

JD said...

HH

That's OK. Jordan has been very solid for a 5th starter.

David Proctor said...

Well the problem is there's a double-header so we need 6. Davey says Ross O. is going to get that start.

hiramhover said...

JD

Agreed--I've been pleased with Jordan, but I'd be more comfortable to have Det available too.

A DC Wonk said...

I'm guessing the Mets will be using their #6 that game also?

Section 222 said...

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MrsB loves the Nats said...

Thank goodness baseball is back... I got tired of watching some of the games on the DVR....

Anywho, I missed you folks! Why Chad Tracy is playing... *sigh*

I really hope Rizzo makes a move or 2 before the deadline...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Lets get this 2nd half started off correctly... No more losing series... Lets take the 2nd half by storm...

Really looking forward to seeing SS vs Puig tonight...

Section 222 said...

From Nathan Fenno in the WT:

Reliever Ryan Mattheus is three games into his minor-league rehabilitation assignment as he recovers from the broken pitching hand he suffered in May. Over those three games with three different affiliates, Mattheus allowed five hits, two runs and struck out three in four innings. He reportedly did not punch a locker after any of the games.

Actually, I made up the last sentence.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I don't think Mattheus will make the roster right off the bat.... Unless Stammen is injured...

baseballswami said...

I just hope Adam has not breathed on anyone!!! Last thing we need is a flu epidemic in the clubhouse. Ick!!

TheManBearPig said...

222, I was hoping the days of Denard Span at leadoff were over. It would be nice to see someone better suited to the leading off batting 1st - you know, someone whose OBP is better than the league average. I would love to be proven wrong on this one.

Section 222 said...

MPB, frankly I'm less concerned about Span batting leadoff than about Tracy batting at all. But I certainly agree that Span has been less than adequate, particularly against lefties. If Davey isn't going to permanently move him down in the order, maybe he will move him down, or platoon him, against lefties. We may get a sense tomorrow night vs. Kershaw.

David Proctor said...

I mean, Span is hitting over .300 at home and against righties. This is at home and against a righty. It makes sense.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nats 6 Dodgers 3 tonight.

David Proctor said...

Agree with Ray Knight. We need 7 of this homestand. 8 would be nice.

baseballswami said...

Fabulous scouting report on Puig on MLB. He wants to swing!!! We have got to let him get himself out. We saw it with Bryce- until they channel it, they can be their own worst enemy.

David Proctor said...

The book on Puig is to pitch him inside. If you pitch him away, he will hit it. You need to get inside. But make sure you get in there and not leave it out over the plate or he'll hit it a long way.

baseballswami said...

They showed him and Cespedes swinging at pitches in the other battery's box. The trick to outside is waaay outside.

JD said...

And yet he is hitting .390.

David Proctor said...

He's hitting .240 over his last 10 games. It took some time for people to figure out how to pitch to him. You can get him out as long as you don't make mistakes.

Secret wasian man said...

SPAN BACK TO LEADOFF????? WAKE UP DAVEY

Secret wasian man said...

Anybody else a little nervous about STRAS? I cant get last Friday out of my head.

baseballswami said...

They clearly showed smart pitchers getting him out pretty handily. Takes a while for the league to figure you out. Happens to every player. Happened to Stras and Harper. Humbling game. Cespedes has not hit a home run in like six weeks in a game.

baseballswami said...

SWM-- I am nervous about almost everything involved in this game.

hiramhover said...

Puig is not a Vladdy type who can swing at anything and still make contact.

Puig's overall swing rate is 57.4% and contact rate is 66.7%.

2013 average is 46.3% and 79.7%

Vladdy was 58.4% and 81% career.

Vladdy's numbers make me smile.

David Proctor said...

SWM, Span is batting over .300 against RHP and at home. This is both at home and against RHP.

Knoxville Nat said...

Secret,

See DP's post at 6:06. Span is hitting well at home and against righties. Just what is on the menu tonight.

Knoxville Nat said...

DP, charge me with a drink!

hiramhover said...

David P and Knoxville

Don't underestimate the extent to which some folks want to make Span the goat for all that ails the Nats.

David Proctor said...

Span has been a disappointment, but I think people have a tendency to make one person the cause of all that is wrong. People were just CERTAIN that getting Espinosa out of here would make the team better. Well, Rendon is certainly an improvement, but is the team really playing that much better? Baseball isn't as simple and plugging in someone new. Ask the Angels about that.

David Proctor said...

Nice play Jayson

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good play Werth.

Ump squeezed Stras early.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now score

Knoxville Nat said...

Span walks! Maybe this is truly a "second season".

David Proctor said...

Dammit Anthony. Bailed out a guy who can't throw strikes

paul brandt said...

harper out at 3b!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Mattingly got off the bench. Did the Nats see the Puig highlights?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Is that small ball or smart ball?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Kemp catches that ball...........

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nolasco could live up to that nickname No Last Long. Let's hope.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Spending a lot of time on Desi at 2nd.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

3-1 count leverage and Tracy rolls it over. Sheesh.

Teddy Rochlis said...

And nats are the mystery team for garza ugh

David Proctor said...

Source Teddy?

Teddy Rochlis said...

Mlb traderumors

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Just saw the throw by Puig....

#sick

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part, but I sense a much greater sense of urgency on the part of the Nats. Stras seems dialed in, despite the humidity he despises. Harp takes the extra base (barely). I'm liking it. It's time.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nats have been rumored for Garza for years. Just say NO!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Strasburg buries strike 3 right down the middle on Puig. I would call that a challenge fastball.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Strasburg goes back over the middle outside to Hanley. OUch.

baseballswami said...

Apparently that fastball just not something he could resist. Or hit.

David Proctor said...

Wow that ball got out FAST. Wasn't a bad pitch either. It was away.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Ouch Strass.... ouch...

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Oops. Maybe Hanley has that same sense of urgency as well.

paul brandt said...

Hanley Ramirez is another Nats killer...sh%^!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We have never pitch Ramerez well. Killed us since 2005.

baseballswami said...

Just when you think the danger has passed with Puig..... Can't let down after that huge at bat because the next couple of guys can hit also. Let's hope the guys have Nolasco figured out.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What did he pitch Gonzalez. I stepped away and he was on bench. A solo homer doesbt hurt a 2 run one does.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MNF, solo HR hurts, its just that 2 run HRs hurt more.

E said...

Span is good at grounding out to second.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MNF, AGonz singled on a 4-seamer down in the zone if I recall.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Our hitters looked clueless that inning.

Strasburg second consecutive inning when we score for him, he gives up even more.

A very bad habit has started.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

E said...
Span is good at grounding out to second.

July 19, 2013 8:02 PM


Nolasco threw him an outside pitch and he pulled it. That's just poor hitting.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

RZim steals away a single there.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Whe he pulls outside pitches his chances of getting a hit are slim and none.

Seems so obvious, but he keeps doing it, and I don't see Eck fixng it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Ramos calling a terrible game. Throw fastballs by batters 7 and 8

Knoxville Nat said...

Anybody else think SS looks sort of flush, as if the heat and humidity was getting to him already? He looks really red in his face.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MNF, I wonder if Span has always pulled the outside pitches. The opposing pitchers know it too. Those are pitches he just can't seem to foul off and waste as he has to see them.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Not really.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Zuki calls a better game than Ramos, IMO...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I wonder too, but it so obvious to us, how can not be detected by Eck or Davey etc. They are suppose to be professionals.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Ramos calling a terrible game. Throw fastballs by batters 7 and 8


Uribe hit a flat changeup. Ellis singled off of a curveball.

What are you talking about?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

But his offesnse is so inferior.

Secret wasian man said...

Strasburg is not good. Please don't read me stats. He looses games that's all that matters. He would be fine on a good heating team. But with this awful oftense he just cant win. Its time to be sellers with some of these guys

E said...

I don't remember Span ever going the other way. With that speed, I don't get it.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Ghost - MnF may be saying it becuz the bottom of the order is hitting off SS....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Carp what you talki.g about.



Some lefties talking ALR's slack? What lefty besides Harper does he mean?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Way to go Bryce! Great running and slide RZim!

Knoxville Nat said...

Secret said,

"...time to be sellers..." Seriously?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB loves the Nats said...
Ghost - MnF may be saying it becuz the bottom of the order is hitting off SS....


He threw a flat changeup to Uribe instead of the big dipper but the curve to Ellis was good. Credit to the batter.

Secret wasian man said...

Kids worth the price. Gotta score aime runs now. Cant blow this.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hit one like last time Ian.

Secret wasian man said...

Yeah Knoxville. Really sick.pf span and Tracy. Get themoutta here. Let t Bernie play

Secret wasian man said...

Gotta score at least 3 here. If not that's your season in a nutshell. Just a hit. Don't swing out of your shoes here.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Damn you any where but 3rd or pitcher

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Now it's up to Chad Tracy.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Tracy you idiot.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Tracy. Are you kidding me? 1st pitch popup. SMH

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If we just knew how bad that throw eas

Secret wasian man said...

What an absolutely disgusting hitting team. Wow disgraceful. Not even a sack fly. What else do you need to see.

paul brandt said...

this team is just so disappointing sometimes, i mean come on, bases loaded and 0 outs and we don't even score a run?!!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Situational hitting is terrible...

David Proctor said...

Un.

Be.

Lievable.

Wow.

kc21 said...

Painful.

kc21 said...

Painful.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Got to love Eck's hitters. Desi swings at one low and outside and dinks to third, then Tracy swings at a high first pitch, and Ramos reaches and tries to pull and outside one.

All three were terribly execured at bats, and I bet Eck will say nothing.

The hitters are not being coached at all.

Matt Lee said...

Solo HR's are the only way this team scores any runs.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I know you dont believe it but with a good hitting coach we would be fine.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That was gross...

Knoxville Nat said...

Ghost,

A week or two ago I floated Raul Ibanez on here as a potential trade target. Good LH bat off the bench, can play a decent outfield although a weak arm, and if I'm not mistaken can also play first base if needed. IIRC you kind of soured on that saying he would want to play regularly. Don't you think Ibanez would welcome the chance to get into a possible playoff situation? I mean Seattle isn't going to contend this year and Raul is on a one year contract I think.

Certainly beats the heck out of Tracy anyway.

David Proctor said...

Well Desi's was a check swing. I don't think he meant to hit it.

pedrocerrano said...

lol you guys thought we would score?

Secret wasian man said...

They are begging you tontake the game. And you don't. Cant polish a turd. Season over. Stras deserves better. Char Tracy makes me sick.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Tracy's AB was so poor it's hard to believe he is a MLB batter. 1st ball swinging on an elevated 1st pitch fastball begging to be fouled or popped up.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Desi or Tracy all you needed was a nice fly.

kc21 said...

This has the all too familiar look of yet another 3-1 or 2-1 loss. We desperately need a few clutch bats.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Still shocked he is on the team

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I'm a little shocked... Seriously... Bases loaded and no outs...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Our hitters just do not execute well. I say poor coaching is tolerant of this poor execution.

David Proctor said...

I think Tracy was TRYING to hit a popup. He wanted the sac fly. He just didn't get it deep enough. Poor AB regardless. That was a disgusting inning.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David Proctor said...
Well Desi's was a check swing. I don't think he meant to hit it.


He didn't but Tracy sure meant to hit his and it was pathetic. I still can't believe he made this team. What did Rizzo see after the All Star break last season to extend him before the season ended?

Again, a nice guy but you also have to play and clearly he can't at this level about 90% of the time.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The hitters have done this all season. How could you be shocked? I am not shocked I am ticked off.

More ticked off as the hitters are willing to be this poor.

You all think care more than the fans. I see no proof that they do

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

It's also bad luck that Desi's dribbler went right to Uribe. That could've been a check swing bunt hit also.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Look at that. Soft grounder to short.

Secret wasian man said...

And yet Davey keeps putting him out there. Daveys is a fool. Does he even care. And tendon even has the bug now. He cant hit.

E said...

At a boy Span!

David Proctor said...

Lol Rendon is 0-2 and suddenly he can't hit anymore.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Had a fast runner been at third he probably scores

David Proctor said...

Rendon is not having a good night though.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

So now Rendon is in a funk, too.... Great....

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Span gets on base... 2 gets him out with a DP... Not understanding the flack Span is getting tonight...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

My worse fears have occurred. Eck has got a hold of Rendon.

Why is Span not stealing maybe that breaks up these double plays.

Secret wasian man said...

Great post manassas. Ticked off is right. Gut less. Is that 3 Dps for ren

paul brandt said...

still watching but getting harder & harder by the inning...#painful #ruF-nkiddingme

MrsB loves the Nats said...

We are doing nothing but helping Nolasco out...

Secret wasian man said...

I cant believe I missed baseball. Heck I still miss baseball. Same s. T diffeewnt day. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I'm pissed

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Jurickson Profar playing LF tonight. He's played 2nd, SS, 3rd, and LF this season.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Our hitters act as if they never played before when most have played since tgey were 6.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

It good thing i love baseball, because this lack of hitting is sickening.

Secret wasian man said...

Cant hit there worst pitcher. I see a sweep this weekend guys. Sorry. I cant take anymore tonight. Wake me if we score.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB loves the Nats said...
We are doing nothing but helping Nolasco out...


You think? It's awful. I can't figure it out. Tracy batting .153. Yah, he's due. He capitalizes on balls on the inner half. Why are you swinging at up and out? Work it to your pitch.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We are 0 for 6 RISP. What is new.

Greg Essner said...

IM NOT GOING TO SPEND ANYMORE OF MY MONEY TO WATCH THIS TRASH.TILL THIS TEAM FIRES ECK AND OUR GM GROWS SOME BALLS AND DOES SOMETHING TO HELP THIS TEAM.THIS IS AN OBSURD JOKE.

BigCat said...

Yes. It's just pitiful watching this team hit. Who is the hitting coach? He's gotta go. Shoulda been gone a loooooooooooog time ago.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Go back read what i wrote on Tracy nothing has changed.

BigCat said...

If we don't catch them here they are going to the pen. And they got some good arms out there

paul brandt said...

ok Bryce, pretend its your old man out there!!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Way to go Jay Dubb!

Secret wasian man said...

Sac fly

BigCat said...

God that Crawford has a horrible arm. Worse than Ny....er ....Morgan's arm

Secret wasian man said...

Des trying to hit it to texas

paul brandt said...

SWM/ "wake me if we score"...thought you went to bed?! haha...well we finally scored!

David Proctor said...

I'll take it. See what happens when you put the ball into play?

Secret wasian man said...

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh. More more more

BigCat said...

Watch with risp how we expand the strike zone. That ball was low too. Eck gotta go

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Good hit.... Simple contact... See what happens...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Contact protect mode. Great job Desi. I hope Espi gets that videotape.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Try to hit it far until you get to 2 strikes. That's what many Nats need to do.

Secret wasian man said...

Hahahaha. I never quit Paul. Just say I am. Frustrating though. Lets go.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Tracy needs to drive a mistake pitch here.

paul brandt said...

BigCat, come on, what do you want him to do?? he hit the ball where it was pitched, put it in play, and we scored a run...geeeezzzzz...would rather Ian do what he did there then rely on Tracy!!!!

David Proctor said...

Chad Tracy is absolutely useless.

paul brandt said...

and on cue, hangin Chad hits into a DP...lose him now!!!!

Secret wasian man said...

Chad. Need I say more. What a stiff. He may be worse than Matt stairs

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

OMG, Tracy rolls another over. Inning killer. I can't take this much more. It's Matt Stairs.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Tracy is worthless.... Ugh, I can't stand him... He serves no damn purpose on the roster...

hiramhover said...

Personally, I blame whoever gave LaRoche the flu.

Secret wasian man said...

If that guy is on the team in themorning Davey should be fired

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I thought Big Cat was joking.

David Proctor said...

I think Tracy is better than Stairs because he does have a few big hits. But he needs to go, period. This is just unacceptable.

Knoxville Nat said...

I'm telling you Ghost Ibanez is out there for the taking. Tracy? Do we really need two plus months more of this?

BigCat said...

Jeeez. Why is Tracy still on team. He has had a good career. But it's time. It's been time. A loooooooog time ago

Knoxville Nat said...

Matt Stairs was kept on the team out of spring training in 2011 for one reason and one reason only, Rizzo wanted him because Werth wanted him. I have no idea what the excuse is for keeping Tracy this year.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB loves the Nats said...
Tracy is worthless.... Ugh, I can't stand him... He serves no damn purpose on the roster...


Here's the problem. Nobody to take his spot in AAA or AA. He never should have been signed. That's on Rizzo. What was he thinking? Seriously. That throw from 3rd in Miami was a back breaker and I probably would've replaced him over the All Star break. Here he is with his $&*%$#@ again.

paul brandt said...

anyone else hear Bob there on the fly ball to Span? "...he just runs to the spot where he knows it's coming down."...huh? isn't that what an OF is supposed to do?

Secret wasian man said...

Tracy makes a heck of a quiche. He must. Although I blame Davey. This isn't little league there isn't a must play rule.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Knoxville Nat said...
I'm telling you Ghost Ibanez is out there for the taking. Tracy? Do we really need two plus months more of this?


Great point and that's a name to consider. Should have been done on Monday. Still can't believe Tracy is on the active roster.

alexva said...

Carp on Span "he just runs to the spot that he knows it will come down"

there's some high level analysis right there mister

BigCat said...

Where did this guy come from. 99 mph? Come on man

Secret wasian man said...

Ramos not hitting. Man

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

paul brandt said...
anyone else hear Bob there on the fly ball to Span? "...he just runs to the spot where he knows it's coming down."...huh? isn't that what an OF is supposed to do?

July 19, 2013 9:17 PM


As bad as Carp is there are so many worse. Let's be glad Gary Thorne the drunk isn't the Nats guy.

jeffwx said...

I can't imagine how Moore could do any worse. But agree a poorly put together bench that has caused the team several wins.

paul brandt said...

alexva, funny, i think i owe you a drink.

David Proctor said...

Moore is a right handed bat. We have that in Hairston now. We need a lefty to replace Tracy.

And Moore wasn't any good anyway.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Ghost - you have seen me call Tracy a bum... I'm done with him.... I was done with his terrible self earlier this year....

I was livid when we resigned him... I wanted us to keep Flores, for what it's worth....

Secret wasian man said...

Alex va. Hahahahaahahajajaha. Everybldys bad this year. Even catp

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Does Davey stick with Span here in a lefty/lefty as Span batting around .130 I think in these situations? Davey always thinks his "guy" is due.

BigCat said...

Mattingly taking out 99 mph. Who's coming in. Bob feller?

jeffwx said...

And it's amazing how other teams can find a Byrd, Ibanez, Hafner,Overbay, Gattis, Schaffer, Paul...
while we stood pat.

jeffwx said...

Yes, and Tracy's numbers against Rightys is so much better ???

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

This is the spot you got Scott Hairston for. You still have Bernadina to insert. I don't get it.

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