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Nats vs. Mets — 3/7/10

Mar 7, 2010, 3:02 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Tradition Field, the spring training home of the New York Mets.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A very pleasant Sunday morning to you from Tradition Field, home of the Mets. It's Game 2 of the home-and-home series between Washington and New York, and the Nationals can only hope they put on a better showing today after getting smoked 14-6 yesterday in Viera.

Jason Marquis make his spring debut today, with Matt Chico following him in relief. Several other relievers in the mix for roster spots are here as well. I'll post lineups as soon as I get them, so check back for updates.

Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie
Gametime: 1:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: WPIX-11 (New York), WFAN-AM (Mets radio via XM and MLB Gameday Audio)
Weather: Sunny, 73 degrees, Wind 13 mph in from RF

CF Justin Maxwell
SS Ian Desmond
RF Elijah Dukes
1B Mike Morse

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  1. Jim - Mar 7, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Mark, it isn't clear whether Chico is out of options. Do you know anything definitive?

  2. peric - Mar 7, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Courtesy of the NFA:LHP Matt Chico: Added to Nats 40-man in November 2006; first option used in 2007, second option used in 2008, third option used in 2009. Option years remaining: None (he could possibly have a 4th option year but I don’t believe so)

  3. peric - Mar 7, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    No options for Chico, Bruney, Bergmann …. if these guys don't make it (Bruney seems almost a sure thing) they have to run them through waivers. My guess is someone would grab them.

  4. Doc - Mar 7, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Glad to see that Morse is again in the lineup today. Someone must like him. Still think that he should be up front of all the other subs.

  5. JayB - Mar 7, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Mark,What is the Nats love affair with Alberto Gonzoles all about….He has consistently proven to be an air head on the field over the past few years. Yesterday Wfan guys were killing him for covering the wrong base and letting one of the Mets just walk to 2nd base on a single. Not the first time he has spaced out. Last year he had several mental errors as well as physical ones….missed sign, failed sacrifice bunts…I know he has good defensive skills but he just seems to be a liability once he gets into a game. If indeed he has MLB skills then other team would want him right? If so trade him now. He will never help this team because we already have more than our share of head cases.

  6. peric - Mar 7, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Guzman's shoulder gets the test on Monday … wonder if Olsen pitches on Monday?

  7. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 7, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Peric: Olsen is tomorrow's scheduled starter.

  8. Spike94wl - Mar 7, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Mark, is it more important that Desmond play well or Guzman plays badly this spring to get Desmond to be the starter?

  9. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 7, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Spike: I think it would need to be a combination of the two, plus perhaps some evidence that Guzman is not 100 percent healthy.

  10. HabsProf - Mar 7, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Improvement – this time the first pitch only went to the warning track instead of over the fence!

  11. natsfan1a - Mar 7, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    So, I wasn't listening at that point but the insider-the-parker sounds kinda like the one by Pagan in the Mets-Phillies game that also featured an unassisted, game-ending triple play (by a current Nat) some years ago?

  12. natsfan1a - Mar 7, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    "inside-the-parker," rather

  13. natsfan1a - Mar 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    um, and last year rather than some years ago. Gosh, time flies when you're having fun. heh.

  14. natsfan1a - Mar 7, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    And "last year" rather than "some years ago." Gosh, time flies when you're having fun. heh.

  15. natsfan1a - Mar 7, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Dang. I really need to lay back a bit on those pitches.

  16. peric - Mar 7, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    This is a case where :Nats pitching: 5 walks and 2 strike outs.Mets pitching: 1 walk and 11 strike outs, 6 by AAA Takahashi.So, will the Mets "suck" at the beginning of the season?Will the Nats suddenly become 'good"? Inquiring Minds want to know.





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