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"It can’t get worse"

Mar 4, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Nyjer Morgan went 0-for-4 in the Nats' 15-5 loss to the Astros.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Those were the words of Jason Bergmann following the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener today, a 15-5 shellacking at the hands of the Astros that wasn't easy on the eyes for anyone among the crowd of 1,742 at Osceola County Stadium.

Obviously, these games don't count for anything, and nobody's paying serious attention to the results. That said, I think Jim Riggleman and Co. would have preferred a slightly better showing for their exhibition debut.

Let's run through some players of note, with some analysis and quotes along the way…

GARRETT MOCK: No complaints here. The right-hander did what he needed to in his first outing. He threw strikes (13 of 21 pitches), let his defense do the work and didn't allow a run in his two innings on the mound. "I think it was a decent place to start out," he said. "I feel like I accomplished some of the goals I had set for attacking guys andRead more ยป

  1. Anonymous - Mar 4, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Joe Beimel is still a free agent!

  2. Anonymous - Mar 4, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Matt Chico will turn things around for the staff!!

  3. peric - Mar 4, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Looks like JD Martin and Garrett Mock made a statement today. As did Desmond, Storen and Wilkie. Sure looks to me like these guys want to make the club … perhaps that's why they brought in these veterans? To get the guys they know can perform to trot out their best stuff?

  4. HabsProf - Mar 4, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Well, who in the world is Atilano anyway? With the exception of Capps, the people we are counting on (or hoping for) came through: Mock pitched well, Martin pitched well, and Storen blew them away. Desmond hit well and Bernadina had a good day at the plate to accompany great work in the field. Maybe throw Martis into the mix as a disappointment, but really, no one expects him to contend for a rotation spot this season.

  5. Jim Webster - Mar 4, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    It can get worse — and it has been worse. Marlins cleaned our clock 22-12 on March 7, 2006. Frank Robinson told Florida Today it was the worst he'd ever seen. I stopped keeping my scorebook after 5 innings with the Fish up 15-1. But I keep it as a souvenir.

  6. markfd - Mar 4, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Jim Webster – I was at that game, I remember they ran out of numbers to use on the manual scoreboard because there were so many runs and hits. I also believe that day was very windy and the numbers kept blowing off the scoreboard…ah what fond Spring Training memories.

  7. Dave - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    I was at the Marlins game, so let me give a few positive words, mostly about defensive plays. Maxwell made an ESPN dive catch to save runs. I hope the guy can get on base because he fields well, and has power.Harris at second and Bruntley at third made plays that were worthy of big applause (hard to say big applause at Jupiter; small crowds like at MIami)J.D. Martin mowed down six pretty easily Ballester gave up the homer but was otherwise perfect.On offense, Pudge hit the ball hard. So did Morse. Desmond got on base and ran well.Running: Three SBs but both contested ones, the runners (Desmond and I forget) both ran in head first. So much for feet first training.As for crowd: As thin as normal Miami crowds. I was wearing a Nats cap and saw two others. I'm sure there were more but this was behind the Nats dugout.

  8. Anonymous - Mar 5, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    First game(s) out of the way, unfortunately with bad results. Martis, Atilano, Peralta, Guardado & Villone didn't do themselves any favors today, but nobody's going to start cleaning out lockers after one appearance. Let's see what the pitching looks like in another 7-10 days.-BinM-

  9. alm1000 - Mar 5, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    I was at that game in 06 also – I had blocked it out but when markfd mentioned the wind it all came back to me. It was funny watching the scoreboard guy chasing the numbers as they blew off.Man I wish I was down there.

  10. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is-Too_Pessimistic_for_Me - Mar 5, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    "To be honest with you, I'm past looking at numbers," said the right-hander who went 3-10 in 2009. Maybe Garrett Mock's IQ is higher than today's high temperature, after all.

  11. Sam - Mar 5, 2010 at 5:18 AM

    I can get plenty worse. It could have been April, and this came could have actually counted. Fortunately for everyone involved, the score doesn't matter in games in March.

  12. Andrew - Mar 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Sam said… I can get plenty worse. It could have been April, and this came could have actually counted. Fortunately for everyone involved, the score doesn't matter in games in March.The first 2 innings were great though ;-)

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