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Nats vs. Cardinals — 3/10/10

Mar 10, 2010, 3:39 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Adam Dunn started at first base today against the Cardinals.

JUPITER, Fla. — Hello from Roger Dean Stadium, spring home of both the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins. The Nationals, fresh off yesterday's hubbub in Viera, made the trip down I-95 this morning to face the Cardinals, and I would imagine there will be slightly less interest in this game than there was yesterday for the GSSSTD.

Not that there aren't significant matters taking place today. For one thing, Garrett Mock takes the mound for his second start of the spring, hoping to build off his solid debut last week against the Astros. J.D. Martin, technically also in the running for a rotation spot, is slated to follow Mock out of the bullpen. And Drew Storen will look to keep his fabulous spring (two perfect innings, 19 total pitches) going with another inning of relief on the schedule.

So check back throughout the day for updates, and any other news that crops up will magically appear in new posts…

Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Fla.
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: None
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees, Wind 16 mph RF to LF

2B Willie Harris
SS Ian Desmond
DH Chris Duncan
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. natsfan1a - Mar 10, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Not that I've ever been a fan of either the Cardinals or Pujols, but the recent Fantasy Baseball issue of ESPN magazine had a great piece about his philanthropic work, of which I am now officially a fan. There's also an interesting piece about the origins of Rotisserie baseball (not that I'm into that stuff either).There's an excerpt of the Pujols article here, but you have to be an Insider or buy the issue to read the whole thing.'s go, Nats!p.s. Forgot about Greene and Penny being with the Cards. Kinda looks like an NL West game what with them and Holliday in there. And check out that third baseman. hmmm…

  2. StressFree - Mar 10, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    "Mock … hoping to build off his solid debut last week. J.D. Martin, technically also in the running for a rotation spot. And Drew Storen will look to keep his fabulous spring (two perfect innings, 19 total pitches)." All of these guys have pitched quite well. I'm surprised you don't give JD some credit, since he has done as good or better than Mock and Storen. "technically in the running"? Come on now.

  3. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 10, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    StressFree: I meant that as … Even though Martin has only pitched out of the bullpen so far this spring, technically he's in the running for a rotation spot.

  4. Anonymous - Mar 10, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Now that week one is out of the way, let's wipe the slate clean and start all over again.At least let's see if we can do better that 0-7 (actually 8 if you count the split sqaud game).I still do not take any stock in won/lost records during early March but, come on, nobody else is getting hammered consitently like us.Go Nats!

  5. Anonymous - Mar 10, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Mark…I believe that is Tyler Greene starting at SS for the Cardinals not Khalil Greene.

  6. HabsProf - Mar 10, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Desmond at short! Yeah!

  7. Kim - Mar 10, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Atta boy! Pudge. That should fire up the team a little bit.

  8. Anonymous - Mar 10, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Maybe this is skewed by the other teams scoring so much, but it doesn't seem like the Nats have been doing much in terms of hitting so far. Would you agree with that Mark or are you seeing something we can't see from thousands of miles away?

  9. Barney - Mar 10, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    I remember when the Redskins' preseason featured opponents who walked through the lines like they weren't there and people making excuses saying that it was "just preseason". But it was a harbinger. Now the Nats can't hit the throw-away pitching that gets tossed when the teams move north. The W-L may not matter, but HOW the games are played does…worrisome…

  10. Scooter - Mar 10, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Did Pudge earn every single dollar of his contract, just in today's game?

  11. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 10, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Regarding Rizzo's comment, I took it to mean: "I'm not paying attention to team results, but I am paying attention to individual performances."

  12. Nervous Nats Fan - Mar 10, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Rats. I was really looking forward to "seeing" Storen pitch again today.

  13. Scooter - Mar 10, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    In case it wasn't clear, my question about Pudge referred to throwing out Lopez twice, and the answer is yes.

  14. NatsGirl - Mar 10, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    It's like a new children's book: See Felipe. See Felipe not hustle. Hustle, Felipe, hustle. Felipe is lazy. Lazy, lazy Felipe. See Felipe get unconditionally release. Fail, Felipe, fail. Sorry, couldn't resist the reference

  15. Doc - Mar 10, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Rizzo isn't concerned about individual performances. Gee, talk about whistling in the dark!!

  16. BaseballinDC - Mar 10, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    (a) Pudge is awesome. I've been a huge fan since he went to my hometown team in Detroit and helped build a pennant winner out of nothing.(b) I agree with Riggleman that wins and runs aren't what you look at in Spring. In fact, I'd argue that the ONLY score that matters in spring training is how many of the 25 man roster you were planning to start with that gets injured. So far, I'd rather be the Nats than the Twins based on what's happened in Spring Training.

  17. Philip - Mar 10, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    If Rizzo isn't concerned with an 0-8 record, terrible starting and relief pitching, poor defense and weak hitting, he's sticking his head in the sand. This happens every spring; ths Nats lose in the Grapefruit League then they keep right on losing during the regular season.

  18. Doc - Mar 10, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    Fair analysis, Mark. After one week, the newbees (Capps & Walker) are treading water. Except for Desmond and Morse (and thery're supposed to be subs)nobody's hitting. Stasburg is doing great but he's not going north with the team. What's Rizzo waiting for, the baseball fairy???

  19. BaseballinDC - Mar 11, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    "This happens every spring; ths Nats lose in the Grapefruit League then they keep right on losing during the regular season."Last year Washington finished two games ahead of the Phillies in the Grapefruit League.





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