Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Game 40: Nats at Cardinals

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats and Cards wrap up their series at Busch Stadium tonight.
The Nationals reach the quarter-pole of the season tonight, Game 40 of 162, with a chance to come home with a winning record.

Of course, to do that, they'll have to beat Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, no small challenge. (Carpenter is a career 5-1 with a 3.56 ERA against the Nationals franchise.) John Lannan, meanwhile, takes the mound for Washington, hoping his elbow/forearm doesn't flare up as it did in the fifth inning Thursday at Coors Field. Lannan has his own impressive track record against St. Louis' best hitters -- Albert Pujols is 0-for-5 with a walk against him lifetime, Matt Holliday is 1-for-6.

The Nationals won't, however, have their best power hitter once again. Adam Dunn is out of the lineup for the third straight day, still hampered by flu-like symptoms. Adam Kennedy again starts at first base in Dunn's place.

Since Drew Storen made his debut last night -- and that was the reason I went to St. Louis in the first place -- I flew back home this morning. I'll be back at Nationals Park tomorrow when the Nats open a two-game series against the Mets. In the meantime, enjoy conversing with each other about tonight's game from Busch...

Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 8:15 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Mostly sunny, 68 degrees, Wind 11 mph in from LF
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Josh Willingham
1B Adam Kennedy
SS Ian Desmond
RF Roger Bernadina
C Wil Nieves
P John Lannan

SS Felipe Lopez
RF Ryan Ludwick
LF Matt Holliday
1B Albert Pujols
3B David Freese
CF Colby Rasmus
C Yadier Molina
2B Skip Schumaker
P Chris Carpenter


Janner33 said...

OK "Natinals"... I know you've been off since the rain delayed game against the Rox, but make this island boy proud with a win against Carpenter, then come home and start another win streak against the Nyets! GO NATS!!

K.D. said...

I am a little bit surprised Pudge isn't in the line-up. He has a pretty good history hitting against Chris Carpenter.

Knoxville Nat said...

Jet lag must have caused Mark to list two CF's in our lineup tonight. :)

Dan said...

The absence of Adam Dunn again in tonight's lineup and the obvious difference that makes overall will, I hope, serve as a nudge to management to work hard to re-sign him soon.

Grandstander said...

No Dunn and no Pudge make Grandstander go something something...

Go crazy?

Don't mind if I do!


natsfan1a said...

Those are some beautiful pics you've been taking, Mark.

yankish2 said...

I am starting to wonder about Dunn's 'flue-like symptoms'. Is there more to it than the flu? Just a thought...

Souldrummer said...

That there is one awful lineup. We need Dunn back and we need some more depth. Mike Morse you're on notice to show something as a PH so we can keep you around.

Sec3 Mice Ofah said...

"flue-like symptoms" is from smoking like a chimney?

K.D. said...

I am new to the Nats and even I don't think Dunn would play games. Rizzo doesn't seem like the kind of fellow to take kindly to holding out. Besides that Dunn was starting to heat up, wouldn't make any sense.

meixler said...

Oooh, Nyjer didn't like that Cards fan stealing his glove. Got get 'em, Tony Plush!

Anonymous said...

The lineup is a grim flashback to 2006-2009. A flaccid, doomed lineup against a team that over-matches us at 8 positions on the field.

We have the same odds of winning this game as the Orioles have a reaching 3,000 in attendance at tonight's game at Camden Yards: zero.

meixler said...

Via ESPN.com:

The New York Mets are planning to start right-hander R.A. Dickey on Wednesday. Dickey is scheduled to be called up from Triple-A Buffalo [and] he'll start the opener of another brief series at Washington. The knuckleballer has previously pitched in the big leagues with Minnesota, Seattle and Texas.

meixler said...

Stop me if you've heard this before... Nats have a runner on third with less than 2 outs and can't get him home. D'oh!

Sec3 said...

Man, lose a couple of games and it's right back to the doom and gloom. Geez.

Aussie Gus said...

So I am at work, someone flicks on the TV, and it's Nats v Cards on Aussie Pay TV!!! The first game I've actually been able to see ALL YEAR!

Anonymous said...

It's exactly like watching someone strangle your beloved cat in your living room. Slow, painful, certain.

meixler said...


Dryw Loves the Nats said...

Same thing is wrong with Willie as with the rest of the team. A sudden allergy to hits with men on base.

JohnD said...

ever since you wrote about how well this team has been hitting after the 14 run game they have been TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!! I love your writings and read them everynight but you jinxed them!! they can't hit with runners in scoring position for their lives! Willie Harris is completely lost at the plate and Rigs continues to go to him!!! Man i feel bad for my remote control right now. Pathetic baseball of late.

meixler said...

If this is still tied in the bottom of the 9th, who's going to be pitching for us? Personally I'd rather not see Capps.

meixler said...

As soon as I typed that I knew I jinxed us. My bad. Sorry y'all.

Sec3WithATuxedoCat said...

only if you have 162 cats every year.

Anonymous said...
It's exactly like watching someone strangle your beloved cat in your living room. Slow, painful, certain.

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