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Nats vs. Cardinals — 3/14/10

Mar 14, 2010, 2:52 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
A near-sellout is expected today at Space Coast Stadium.

VIERA, Fla. — Happy Selection Sunday to everyone out there. Before you start filling out your brackets, though, we've got some more Grapefruit League action to enjoy.

Stephen Strasburg makes his second start this afternoon, facing a Cardinals lineup that won't include Albert Pujols or Matt Holliday but will feature Yadier Molina, Colby Rasmus, Skip Schumaker and everyone's favorite ex-Nat Felipe Lopez. Adam Wainwright on the hill for St. Louis, providing a good test for a Nationals club trying desperately to get into the win column for the first time this spring.

Strasburg will throw three innings, but you don't need to abandon the park immediately after he's done, because Livan Hernandez is due to follow the rookie. Livo is making his first appearance in an actual game this spring and will throw at least three innings. Manager Jim Riggleman said the veteran righty will most likely get to start his next time out, further indication Hernandez is a strong candidate to wind up in the Opening Day rotation.

Check back all day for updates…

Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla.
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: KTRS-AM (Cardinals radio via XM and MLB Gameday Audio)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 67 degrees, Wind 20 mph out to LF

CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Adam Kennedy
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. JayB - Mar 14, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Mark,Am I a bad person for thinking about the possibility of PLOP taking a 100MPH Fastball in the ass? OK, I am….how about Lopez looking at 3 straight pitches and sitting down thinking it is the Fans fault he is not motivated to swing?

  2. Positively Half St. - Mar 14, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    I am also filled with distaste for FLop. What is really a fun thought is having the power of Strasburg followed by the floating junk from Livo. That should really mess with the Cardinal hitters' minds.May we please have a win today? Please?

  3. natsfan1a - Mar 14, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    I don't know. Am I a bad person for wishing that Pudge was playing so he could throw F-Lo out again? Nah.Yeah, a curly W in the books would be nice. With a Bang! and a, um, what comes after Bang! again? Trying to nudge the memory bank here. uh…I got nothing… :-)

  4. Doc - Mar 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    To-day's lineup without ID, looks like its missing something! Oh, that's Gonzalez in there.Guess Riggleman still needs some more time–hasn't had a chance to see what Al can't do!

  5. peric - Mar 14, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Or ..He is playing Alberto today because "Guzzy" isn't ready and hey … if I play any more of Desmond he is going to make the case for keeping "Guzzy" at short very, very, very unpopular with fans and players alike.Boooooo Riggleman. You're going to get fired with that mentality and approach.

  6. peric - Mar 14, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Hilarious Mark …

  7. Doc - Mar 14, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Mark, ya jest gotta be patient. 10 losses is still a long way from 103. There's lots of time to win a couple.

  8. Jim here for Nats games - Mar 14, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    OK. Losing just gets to us all. We can not forget that no one cares about these games no matter what!! We should be looking at what individuals do and their progress. Fundamentals like throwing strikes, errors and defense in general, base running, and good at-bats. It is time now with 40% of the ST games behind to say good by to those guys who have continued not to perform. Send them to the minor league camp or release them. This will give those who will be regulars more at bats and the pitchers who will stick more innings to get ready. The GM should continue to try to sign a solid arm if one is actually available. There are three more weeks to bring together a team that will be competitive, not in June but starting in April. We real Nat's fans will not except less this season.I believe that Stan, Mike and Jim all realize this. And we must understand this isn't easy given where we started after JimBo.

  9. peric - Mar 14, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    If they lose 10 at that start (and its possible given the schedule) you know they will be calling it 20 .. and looking back to that 103. They need to weed some guys out now and get started on putting together something competitive … NOW is the time for all GM's to come to the aid of their fans.

  10. Anonymous - Mar 15, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Should it be a foregone decision that SS starts the season in the munor leagues? He's the best pitcher they have, based on spring training to date. If he proves to be the pitcher they think he will be, they're going to have to mortgage White Flint Mall to keep him. What difference should it make whether it's in 2014 or 2015?





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