Monday, July 22, 2013

Game 99: Pirates at Nats

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
With Rick Eckstein out as hitting coach, the Nationals will move forward under the tutelage of Rick Schu, though the former minor-league coordinator won't arrive in Washington until tomorrow. Whether the move makes any sort of difference at all will be hard to judge tonight, but perhaps the players respond from the wakeup call. They host the Pirates in the first of a four-game series, with right-hander Charlie Morton (1-2, 3.19 ERA) on the mound for Pittsburgh.

Morton is making just his seventh start this season, his sixth year in the major leagues. He has faced the Nats three times in his career, going 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA across 15 1/3 innings pitched. However the Nats respond to the hitting coach change, they will likely need a good deal of runs anyway. Dan Haren (4-10, 5.61) is making the start as he continues to try and turn his season around.

To be fair, Haren is coming off two consecutive solid outings. He allowed two earned runs in five innings at Philly on July 8 and pitched six scoreless frames in Miami on July 13, but both games were losses for the Nats as the offense scored a combined three runs in the two games. The Pirates have scored the least runs of any team in the month of July (47), so perhaps tonight presents an opportunity for Haren.

Updates to come...

PITTSBURGH PIRATES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 186
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 89 degrees, Wind 5 mph RF to LF
NATIONALS (48-50)
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 Dan Haren

PIRATES (57-39)
LF Starling Marte
2B Jordy Mercer
CF Andrew McCutchen
1B Pedro Alvarez
C Russell Martin
RF Garrett Jones
1B Gaby Sanchez
SS Clint Barmes
RHP Charlie Morton

UMPIRES
HP Laz Diaz
1B Tim Timmons
2B Mike Estabrook
3B Mike Winters (cc)

7:06 p.m. — And we are underway with a ball from Dan Haren to Starling Marte.

7:16 p.m. — Guess it's time to update Andrew McCutchen's career numbers against the Nats. He just sluged a two-run homer to right-center off Haren, who had walked Jordy Mercer moments earlier. So, here you go: In 26-plus career games against the Nats, McCutchen is now hitting .439 with 12 homers, 24 RBI, a .504 on-base percentage, .908 slugging percentage and 1.412 OPS. Nats down 2-0 in the middle of the first.

7:25 p.m. — Well, Bryce Harper did his job as a leadoff man. He drew a walk off Charlie Morton to get things started. And was immediately erased on a fielder's choice by Anthony Rendon, who was then erased on Ryan Zimmerman's 6-4-3 double play. 2-0 Pirates after one.

7:37 p.m. — Morton is making quick work of the Nats so far. He's recorded five straight outs since the Harper leadoff walk, getting four groundballs and a strikeout. Looks like his sinker is working tonight. Still 2-0 after two.

7:49 p.m. — Andrew McCutchen, ladies and gentlemen. 2-for-2, two 2-run homers. So, his up-to-the-second career numbers in 26-plus games against the Nats: .444 AVG, 13 HR, 26 RBI, .509 OBP, .939 SLG, 1.448 OPS. He has the Pirates' only two hits tonight in three innings, but he's given his team a 4-0 lead.

7:54 p.m. — Three innings in the books, and the Nats have yet to get a ball out of the infield against Morton. Eight of the nine outs have come on groundballs, the other a strikeout.

8:04 p.m. — Make it 5-0 Bucs after Russell Martin led off the fourth with a single and Garrett Jones followed with a double to the right-field corner. Not much else to say at this point.

8:20 p.m. — Stop the presses: Haren struck out McCutchen! Pretty remarkable development, if you ask me. Still 5-0 in the middle of the fifth.

8:31 p.m. — Wow, not only did Adam LaRoche hit the ball out of the infield to lead off the bottom of the fifth, he actually hit it out of the park. There goes Morton's no-hitter and shutout on LaRoche's 14th homer of the season. But the Nats squandered a chance to do more damage when Roger Bernadina (pinch-hitting for Haren) struck out with two on and two out. So Haren's final line is: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 2 HR. That's pretty much his season in a nutshell. It's 5-1 Pirates after five, with Craig Stammen entering.

9:23 p.m. — The Nats are trying to make this a game again. After two scoreless innings from Stammen, LaRoche and Werth combined to make it a 5-3 game in the seventh. LaRoche was awarded first base after getting struck by a pitch from Morton. Werth then blasted his 13th homer of the season, a two-run shot into the Red Porch. That's Werth's third homer in his last seven at-bats.

9:41 p.m. — And the Pirates get a big insurance run in the top of the eighth. Ian Krol, in a rare poor outing, gave up a single and a walk. Drew Storen nearly got out of the jam, but he uncorked a wild pitch, and even after Ramos retrieved the ball and got it back to him in time, Storen couldn't hang on to make the tag. So it's 6-3 Pirates as the Nats are down to their last six outs.

9:53 p.m. — Now they're down to their last three outs. Though Rendon singled to center to snap an 0-for-15 slump, Zimmerman grounded into his second 6-4-3 double play of the night to end the eighth. It remains 6-3 and most of the 29,200 fans who remain here are wearing black and gold.

10:07 p.m. — Whoa, Werth goes deep for the fourth time in two days, a two-run blast to right that trims the lead to 6-5. That Storen wild pitch really looms large now. It's 6-5 in the 9th.

10:19 p.m. — Oh yikes, with two outs and an 0-1 count on Steve Lombardozzi, Jason Grilli is in serious pain. He's out of the game and reacted like he felt something serious happen to his elbow or shoulder. Vin Mazzaro is now in to finish the at-bat, with the game on the line.

10:20 p.m. — And Mazzaro gets Lombardozzi to ground out to second to end the game. The Nats lose 6-5, their fourth straight and ninth in 11 games. They're three games under .500 for the first time since 2011.

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mick said...

arghhhh...the Pirates

lol

mick said...

allright Davey...walk the plank....

JT said...

Ryan Braun suspended for rest of season. Just announced.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Ryan Braun suspended for rest of season (seemingly authoritative reports all over Twitter). Mr. Braun opted not to appeal. Telling. More to come, almost certainly.

MicheleS said...

And JT.. Braun is not fighting the suspension

mick said...

so after Braun, whose next

MicheleS said...

And onto something happier.. The game!

GO Haren! GO BATS! GYFNG!!!!

djinFl. said...

Ryan Zimmerman said that, if the Nats do get it going, it will be up to the players and not Schu.

Why would Schu want this job.

Eugene in Oregon said...

When you think about it, it's a fairly logical move by Mr. Braun. The Brewers are completely out of it, so accept the penalty for the remainder of a meaningless year rather than challenge, lose the appeal in a month or so, and then have to serve the suspension (at least part of it) extending into next season.

phil dunton said...

Rick Schu has some awful career hitting stats! At least he did play professional baseball, as opposed to Eckstein.

Sec. 1 D, 10 T, My Sofa said...

"Why would Schu want this job?"

You never carry your own bags in the Show.

Rabbit34 said...

I don't need anyone to turn into .300 hitters, I just want them to barrel the ball! A hit ball at least has a chance of doing something good. Maybe Schu can lower our strikeouts and get guys to make more solid contact. That's what a coach can do. A good one anyway.

Kirbs said...

I like Bryce as a lead-off...trying to stay positive. Pirates are scary though....I almost said "Let's take one"....ah, I said it.

And here is to good Haren (fingers crossed).

Kirbs said...

Rabbit the problem is, I swear everytime I see a strikeout, it is looking. I just don't get it...especially Zim with that swing back fastball...every time looking.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Garza to the Rangers?

Traveler8 said...

Who is playing 3 rd base for the Pirates?

MicheleS said...

Ex Nats news:
@FollowThePadres: #Padres Jason Marquis has significant ligament damage to his right UCL, said manager Bud Black....

Geesh Marquis can't catch a break

NatsJack in Florida said...

Alvarez is playing 3rd. Mistake in Mark's line up.

MicheleS said...

So an AZ DBacks player had a comment on Braun:

Mark Teahen‏@ESPY_TEAHEN
As a player there's temptation to cheat to keep up, chase fame, success &/or riches, but like all temptation in life there is right & wrong.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I guess I was wrong on Rick Eckstein. I thought there was no way Davey would allow his removal but like I said over the weekend the Nats were out-coached in every facet of the game and that didn't escape Rizzo.

Baseball is about results and it will be a wait and see on how and if Schu can positively impact the Nats.

Traveler8 said...

Natsjack, thanks - now the scorecard is already to go.

hiramhover said...

Couple of posts on the last thread about how often the Nats do--or don't--swing at pitches.

They went from the team with the highest swing rate last year (48.4%) to #22 this year (45.6%).

Tom Veruducci mentions the Nats approach in a piece last month:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130604/dustin-ackley-eric-wedge-sabermetrics/

Funny thing is (in a sad/ironic/infuriating kind of way), Verducci was arguing that the patient approach has gone too far in MLB as a whole, and cites Davey's Nats as a team with a more aggressive approach.


MicheleS said...

And a funny on Braun (and the sad state of the Marlins)

clarkspencer‏@clarkspencer
Logan Morrison: "You know we're clean. We haven't scored a run in 37 innings." #marlins #braun

Eugene in Oregon said...

MicheleS: The same might be said about the Nats (knocking on wood).

David Proctor said...

If any of our hitters are juicing, they're doing it wrong.

MicheleS said...

Eugene.. whistling past the grave yard with that comment

Joseph Rizzo said...

Mark just tweeted this photo from Nats Park, and before clicking, I suggest you make sure you don't have a full stomach:
pic.twitter.com/TUgAe6gHf9

djinFl. said...

Braun did his best to ruin the reputation of a man trying to earn some extra cash with a second job. He should be banned for those actions alone. The next guilty party might just step up and admit it.

Faraz Shaikh said...

my first pick in fantasy draft this year was Braun. Thanks for that Ryan. My team needed that kick in the gut when close to out.

MicheleS said...

and something to hope for:

Greg Schimmel‏@Greg_Schimmel
Three years ago today, the Phillies -- seven games behind Atlanta -- fired their hitting coach. Won the NL East by six games.

Don said...

Man, do I hate this Harper as leadoff man idea.

A DC Wonk said...

like I said over the weekend the Nats were out-coached in every facet of the game

Out-coached?! No -- we were out-scored.

Davey's been telling them: be aggressive, swing more.

Verducci shows we went to first to the bottom third in swinging at pitches.

We keep taking called strikes, and a whole lotta called strike threes.

We weren't out-coached. We have a bunch of guys who are way too selective and let too many pitches go by. Werth knows how to do that correctly. Most of the other guys don't.

Kirbs said...

Rabbit the problem is, I swear everytime I see a strikeout, it is looking.


We see the stats. That's not a problem of getting out-coached.

NatsJack in Florida said...

You can't walk the hitter in front of McCutchen.

A DC Wonk said...

On WTOP they played a clip of Braun saying in 2012 "I'd* bet my life that no foreign substance entered my body"

(Couldn't tell whether it was: "I", "I'd", or "I'll")

David Proctor said...

Typical Dan Haren. I'm so through with him.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And there you go.

MicheleS said...

OH Good lord Haren!!!

Faraz Shaikh said...

From gameday, mercer did seem to have a good at bat.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Dan Haren turn Amish over the All Star break?

joemktg said...

I leave for a minute for a refill, and there's two. My fault.

BigCat said...

Didn't you just know when "Boom Boom" walked that guy that McCutchon was gonna go deep? He is 4-10 with a 5.61 era. It's just pitiful that he is still out there chucking gopher balls

Nats106 said...

Nats106 said...
sjm, you're dreaming, but it could happen. It's why we love baseball. That's the dreamer side. Reality: Pitssburgh is almost as inept offensively as we are. If Haren pitches around Mccutcheon and keep Marte off the bases it could be the start of something good.

July 22, 2013 2:22 PM

Sometimes I hate being right. Why pitch to a guy who owns you?

djinFl. said...

Firing Eck did not help Haren

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Fired the wrong guy.

David Proctor said...

The league had adjusted to Anthony Rendon. Which was always going to happen. Up to him to readjust now. I know he will.

Joe Seamhead said...

I really don't lie this lineup. I hope they prove me wrong and kick some blarney a**!

BigCat said...

Bring back eck!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Morton is painting the corners low. Nats won't hit him at all unless he starts missing up.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Nick Johnson just tweeted " Nats kicked a real good one to the curb today".

One class act commenting on another class act.

joemktg said...

You've got to be kidding. What the hell is Haren thinking???

NatsJack in Florida said...

McCutchen again. This is starting to be funny.

djinFl. said...

You got that right NJ

nats guy said...

Nats have to pray that they don't get swept.

pedrocerrano said...

LAUGH OUT LOUD

phil dunton said...

Pow!

pedrocerrano said...

it's a good thing Haren was so concerned with holding Marte at first base. God forbid...

BigCat said...

Do you think someone might knock him down? I have never see one guy wear out a pitching staff this bad. Yes jack. It's almost comical

djinFl. said...

I meant the class act statement NJ. So know we know Eck wasn't the one calling for pitching to players that hammer us.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Nats need to trade Haren to a team they play so they can get a chance to bat against him.

Nats106 said...

Mick, you were right earlier today. There is no approach to hitting, no approach to pitching.

This is crazy. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
Oh well. I think spiderman 3 is on.

nats guy said...

I t dawned on me last night that the problems they have with holding runners,bunting, and shaky defense all come from Nats organization players. The onus for that is on Player Development. They aren'being taught very well. Has nothing to do with talent. Bad coaching at lower levels. Eckstein firing is cosmetic. These guys are so dead they don't even notice.

BigCat said...

Span loafed

Nats106 said...

amen natsguy

NatsJack in Florida said...

I'm thinking Morton can no hit this lethargic bunch tonite.

Nats106 said...

On the plus side I picked up Morton in my fantasy baseball league

mick said...

hey, I said it would be justice if for Eck if Nats were no hit, lol

phil dunton said...

Nats Jack, Haren would no hit the Nats.

BigCat said...

NJack. Jake used to teach that sliding stop

VP81955 said...

Depressing. The 2014 season can't come soon enough.

hiramhover said...

Wow. Who gets fired tomorrow?

Joe Seamhead said...

OK, boys,, 5-0, 7 games back.I think we've spotted them enough..

NatsLady said...

So, I'm sorry? Someone said we could "make do" with Haren/Jordan/Ohlendorf et al, and still have a chance? What is the point of firing Eck?

mick said...

nats106...starting to wonder if the players have packed it in mentally? subconsciencely they want a new manager?

NatsJack in Florida said...

BigCat.....Yep. I used it rounding first back in the day but never third.

mick said...

sell sell sell

lol

TimDz said...

Bob: No way the pierogies are going to win in OUR ballpark....
Me: Wish we could say the same thing about the Pirates...

mick said...

well, lets talk about Kate's baby..ha ha ha

phil dunton said...

Bryce has caught the Danny Espinosa disease.

mick said...

symbolic nats are playing the pirates as the franchise is walking the plank
arghhhhhhh

NatsLady said...

Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela 2m
Last time the Dodgers knocked out 2 straight starting pitchers with 2 IP or less was Omar Olivares & Juan Acevedo (Rockies) May 5-6, 1995

Almazar80 said...

What a great team Rizzo put together.

hiramhover said...

NL

Don't know if you were thinking of a comment I made earlier, but I said there was no point in doing a trade before the deadline *if* they decided they were realistically out of contention.

nats guy said...

Just a conjecture, I think if they get swept DJ will retire early. I just have a feeling. Not that I want him to, because at this point it really doesn't matter. But his interview before the game sounded very depressing.

NatsFanSinceStart said...
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Nats106 said...

Mick, 24 hours ago, I'd have said no way. However when your manager says that he'd rather be fired than have the hitting coach be fired then I'd be letting down.

I think it's human nature to let down when the boss doesn't care anymore unless you're totally self motivated. Maybe it's an adjustment period for the players and they will pull out of it. I can't imagine they would just flat out give up, but it sure looks like it.

Glad I didn't go tonight. I'd be surrounded by a bunch of Steve the Pirates and if I wanted that I'd watch dodgeball again.

mick said...

this is painfull

mick said...

nats106...there you go!

very funny movie, arghhhhhhhh

mick said...

dodge, duck, dive and....dodge

NatsJack in Florida said...

This goes to the Rizzo contract. The Lerners hold the option for the next 2 years and already said they are invoking the 2014 option.

Rizzo thought he was getting a raise.

NatsLady said...

hh, no, I don't think it was you, I think it was last week. But generally, several times when I've suggested we are very thin at SP, I've been pooh-poohed.

Nats 128 said...

"NatsFanSinceStart said...
Time to switch channels now; there's a real game over on Masn 2"

Then you have comments like this to throw in the face of all the loyal Nats fans. You create a "name" like you were a Nats fan in 2005 but you never say a nice word and only show up when things arent going well.

mick said...

.does that mean Rizzo could be done as well??

nats guy said...

Actually Rizzo was reportedly upset about the option pickup without a raise.

mick said...

would be cool to see a no hitter

mick said...

reminds me of when Fred Flintstone asked Mr Slate for a raise and he got one

Nats106 said...

Mick, if you can dodge a homer, you can dodge a ball.

NatsJack in Florida said...

You used to see Rizzo sitting in the box with Mark Lerner at home games but not this year.

hiramhover said...

Did Carp really say "You've got a fighting chance at five nothing" a minute ago?

What team does he cover?


Nats 128 said...

No hitter gone and the shutout

Nats106 said...

Really, you don't expect even the most ardent fan to keep watching this, do you? At least not without copious (sp) amounts of alcohol.

NatsLady said...

If it's any consolation, Dillon Gee is no-hitting the Barves through 4.

NatsFanSinceStart said...
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mick said...

FP is the black knight from monte pyhton

only a flesh wound

Nats 128 said...

FPs comments about the firing of Eckstein being the right move is the opposite of what he was saying up until today.

Im not disagreeing however was today the day to make the change any different than 2 weeks ago or a month ago.

Nats106 said...

What are you going to do? Bleed on me?

Sorry Mick. I think this is my last post at least for the night. I am contributing too much to a carnival atmosphere and I think we should take this more seriously.

That honey bourbon tasting has got the best of me.

nats guy said...

I don't know about that but there are bad vibes. Things need to be looked at. The only player I have really gotten pi**ed at is Espinosa. I thought he lied and cost the Nats an awful lot of games early when they were playing better. I personally hope he never comes back. The other stuff is just the way it goes. People get hurt, have bad games, and bad seasons. I do wish they hadn't signed Haren. However, he is at least a stand up guy.

Nats 128 said...

If Stammen is brought in its the right spot to do it with the team behind.

SCNatsFan said...

I keep hoping, I really do.

Nats 128 said...

If Bernadina hits a HR here Carp will look like a genius.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

How is that consolation when the Mets are about to tie the Nats in the loss column?

hiramhover said...

128

Carp looking like a genius? Now we are talking the truly impossible.

joemktg said...

Frustrating

David Proctor said...

Thanks Shark. Swung at Ball 4 twice, robbing Bryce a chance with the bases loaded.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Nats128: Quit lying. FP never came out and said firing Eck was 'the right move." He only complimented Schu as being a good coach.You really should be more careful - lying is not a positive character trait.

David Proctor said...

FP did say he thought Rizzo made the right move. Perhaps you didn't hear him, NatsFanSinceStart.

I disagree with FP though.

SCNatsFan said...

Freaking roger swings at ball 4

hiramhover said...

Did clint hurdle go to a lobster bake and get mistaken for a lobster?

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Any baseball fan should be a baseball fan first and a team fan second. I try to see a game whenever I visit another MLB city or venue. It is stupid and obnoxious to deride people for watching the only other free game on television.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Nats128: Duh of course its the right time to bring in Stammen. and not because the team is down. He is the main 'long reliever' along with Ohlendorfer. And Ohlie was just used up over the weekend.

Maybe you didn't know Stammen role, being a new fan and all.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

I guess I did, DP. I'm watching, but didn't catch that.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I am afraid that we are going to find out that Rizzo's 3 big acquisitions and one big subtraction completely ruined the clubhouse vibe on this team. Soriano's stats look decent but obscure the fact that he has blown several games. Haren has been pathetic and Span has been awful on offense and appears to simply be going through the motions.

Knoxville Nat said...

This goes to the Rizzo contract. The Lerners hold the option for the next 2 years and already said they are invoking the 2014 option.

Rizzo thought he was getting a raise.

NatsJack,

I seem to recall you telling me before that the Lerners play real hard ball on contracts. Could this be a case of what goes around comes around?

NatsFanSinceStart said...

This forum will be next to empty come Aug. 30th. I wont be surprised to see 80 comments max a game after that date. We're going to lose all the Newbies -- who talk a good game, but are really fair weather fans, not tuning in until last year. They'll be gone soon -- thank god

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Damn! Nice Play Rendon!! Obviously I judged his fielding prowess a little tough yesterday. I honestly didn't believe he was capable of making a play like that. Good job, kid!!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I seem to recall the Lerners refused to pay on the stadium lease based upon what some said were penny ante violations by the City, and then there was that tiff over the Metro. They seem to have been perfectly willing to pay market rate or above market for Werth, Zimmerman, Harper and Strasburg....

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

But we "negative" types will stay at least until Labor Day....

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Stammen used to a starter. Who wouldn't rather see Stammen starting in place of Haren. Stick Haren as the mop up 'long man." a waste of Stammen if you ask me. Maybe Stammen has been in the bullpen too long and cant go 6 innings, but I'd sure try to get him to.

mick said...

NatsFanSinceStart

agreed

David Proctor said...

About the Metro thing, it wasn't the Lerners who didn't want to pay. MLB didn't want them to pay because they were afraid that it would set, in their eyes, a bad precedent for other cities.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Right William. We, the card carrying members of the 'Legion of Doom' will still be here -- probably right up to the last day and into the winter trading season.

mick said...

William O

I don't know

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Whatever happened to Christian Garcia? Did he get hurt again? and I sure wish they could make Kroll a starter -- if he could pick up an extra pitch though

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Carp announces the "nationals have the top of the order ready in the sixth." Striking fear in the hearts of no one.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I am on the road and only looking at the ESPN Gamecast but it seems like not much to see, and even if the Braves loss, the Mets tie us in the loss column. We could be looking at a 5th place finish and that is not LOD. That is just the standings.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Rendon makes that great play, and then a routine three hopper comes to him and almost eats him up. I don't know about him defensively.

David Proctor said...

Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 8m
Random Danny Espinosa update: After a scorching-hot stretch at Triple-A, Espinosa is now 2-for-his-last-22 with an RBI, 2 BBs and 8 Ks.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Wow the room is now empty.

Washington has some pretty attention deficit fans -- the Nats will be replaced by the newest fad, whatever that may be. Maybe they'll all go renew their D.C. United season tickets

joemktg said...

Need baserunners here.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Rizzo sure is touchy about Espi, isn't he?

joemktg said...

There you go. Move him over. Don't need a five run HR here.

joemktg said...

For cripes sake.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Harper at lead off ... Span in the 7-hole.

All the machinations it took to get Span here; all the ramifications that trade had for them -- all the failures of expectations concerning Span, the 'key to the World Series", the "answer to all our problems." And he's batting 7th ... I guess management is now acknowledging that yes, indeed, it was a bad move.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Ground ball double play -- strikeout

yes, it can get worse.

wait until get back to teams that can hit.

mick said...

gang

i'm outta here tonight...to painfull

Knoxville Nat said...

Zim swings at another pitch low and away out of the SZADY. No he doesn't need a pep talk but perhaps a kick in the rear end would do the trick.

Knoxville Nat said...

Out of the SZ......hate this auto correct thing.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

I'll be four rows behind the Pirates dugout tomorrow night. Any nice folks who want to say hi, that's great. Any computer/forum bullies who want a piece of me, now is your chance!!! haha

Another_Sam said...

i had plenty of time to ride the bike tonight -- didn't have to be home by 7:05.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

I do wish Carp and FP would stop talking so much about how frustrating it all is. It is what it is. I wish they would just call the game and enjoy the game for its own sake. Its baseball! Enjoy the game and quit talking to us as it you need to convince us to stay tuned.

A DC Wonk said...

NatsFanSinceStart said... (re: newbies)

They'll be gone soon -- thank god


Who the heck are you to decide that new fans are a bad thing?! Weren't you ever a new fan?

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Wow the room is now empty.


Gee, I wonder why. After getting a welcome mat like you put out for them . . .

NatsFanSinceStart said...

The Orioles have what we need, but no longer have: young stars to bring up. Our young stars are already up and our pipeline of players is getting thin. The O's, already a powerhouse team, just brought up Urrutia, the Cuban defector, who his .367 at AA and AAA. He's 2-2 already tonight. Lets bring up Corey Brown -- maybe? anybody else down there?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Breaking News: Nats catcher throws out runner trying to steal!

VP81955 said...

The Nats actually threw out a stolen-base attempt!

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Haha Oh, Its my job now too put out Welcome mats? You are too funny -- thin skinned too.

David Proctor said...

Hey we threw someone out

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Wonk, hard to make sense of a troll. Clearly one of Angelos people trying to be slick. You can see right through it in the 9:06 post.

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MrsB loves the Nats said...

Got roped in to coming to Nats Park with the man-friend... I swore off all D Haren starts....

MrsB loves the Nats said...

NFSS - were you that guy Less Platu at 1 point...

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joemktg said...

There you go!

Nats106 said...

As much as anyone can, Werth is carrying this team

NatsFanSinceStart said...

B - Lesplatu? what does that mean? Been here, maybe -- I don't know -- 3-4 years -- off and on. I don't live here like so many of you all. In april I was basically run out for predicting a 500 season. Returned off and on -- since then. I suppose you can somehow look up my comments --

Who did you used to be?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsFanSinceStart said...
Ghost: (yawn) You and Wonk are complete idiots. How old are you?


I'm in my mid-50's and it's clear you're an Os fan.

You promised us you were turning to MASN2 so why don't you do it.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Werth is a true Pro -- and our best player at this time!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Werth has had a damn good stretch of baseball... Too bad he is the only 1...

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Lets watch Span put it in the air --

note: what will Carp and FP be talking about mid-sept. Cant wait to listen to it -- its got be funny

NatsFanSinceStart said...

How did we score the two runs? Ive been watching the Orioles game

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Come on Hurdle. Morton is gassed. oh forgot, span is up easy out

BigCat said...

Span has absolutely no pop at all in his bat. Plays with no passion, no intensity etc.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Haha that's "The Answer" the "Key to the World Series"

.250 hitter with OBA close to .299

what a weak weak player

joemktg said...

Big hit. Worst case Harper leads off next inning.

BigCat said...

He doesn't seem to cover the ground in center that he did early in season

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Didn't the Sabermetric people pick the Nats as the overwhelming frontrunner to win the World Series?

And didn't those same genius' predict the Orioles would finish last in the Al East?

Sabermetrics: last refuge of a person who never played baseball

MrsB loves the Nats said...

BigCat - Span had a good battle until the end... Looked like he was trying to do too much there... He swung at 2 balls/fouled off 2 ball, at least that is what it looked like right from my seat...

NatsFanSinceStart said...

tracy: career .236 pinch hitter.

And this we needed to resign for a million a year?

haha

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Rizzo firing Eck is a little weird. Why did he feel he needed to make that move at this time? Do you think Rizzo loses sleep thinking about how his perfect 2012 went to $#$% in 2013? Or is he too dull, stupid and cocky to think reflectively?

David Proctor said...

Oh my, does Krol have a pornstar stache going?

BigCat said...

Yea mrs B. I'm just down on him. On that sac bunt the other night he slowed up and they got him at second. I swear tonight he slowed up on the grounder to first, then was still out when the guy bobbled it.

slidell2 said...

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Rizzo executive office.

OTOH, the Nats are making this one mildly interesting.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

The base running has been bad BigCat... Harp looked like he slowed up his last at bat too....

I can say something about each and every Nat right now, with the exception of Werth....

They all got issues...

BigCat said...

Can't give them anymore

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Ghost - you here????

BigCat said...

Just been a long long disappointing season B

BigCat said...

Frickin storen. Have a clue out there

joemktg said...

dear lord...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Unh... Gotta catch that Storen....

BigCat said...

I like drew, but he is one of the poster boys in this god forsaken season. I don't think he has ever recovered from game 5....... For whatever reason

SCNatsFan said...

Start the fire sale. Figure out who we need next year and sell the rest. These parts just don't mesh.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB loves the Nats said...
Ghost - you here????

July 22, 2013 9:34 PM


Oh I'm here. Just grinding my teeth after that wild pitch.

SCNatsFan said...

Start the fire sale. Figure out who we need next year and sell the rest. These parts just don't mesh.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Where's Abad with the lefty on deck?

BigCat said...

Davey should have lefty in now

pedrocerrano said...

This team has no shame whatsoever

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Storen gets out of it with 1 given up. That hurts.

BigCat said...

Both that pop to Harper and that last one, those guys were dead on them Just got under them

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Did Drew shake up becuz he was scared of contact????

Knoxville Nat said...

Ghost,

Did you receive a private message from our host recently?

David Proctor said...

Not a good day for Ryan.

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