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Nats vs. Braves — 3/15/10

Mar 15, 2010, 6:36 PM EST

Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Garrett Mock allowed two runs in the first, then retired nine straight batters.

VIERA, Fla. — Here's a rarity for spring training: a Monday night game. Actually, this is the Nationals' first night game of the spring, a 7:05 p.m. tilt against the Braves.

Garrett Mock becomes the first member of the rotation to make his third start and he should become the first to go four innings. The right-hander has been stating his case from the first day of camp to make the Opening Day rotation. Tonight would be a good opportunity to really distinguish himself with a solid performance, perhaps even to lock a spot up.

Mock will be battling a similar crosswind that Stephen Strasburg and Livan Hernandez had to deal with last night. Right now (2:30 p.m.) it's blowing from right to left at a vicious 29 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph. Supposed to diminish somewhat this evening, but it's still going to be a factor.

Check back all afternoon and evening for game-related updates. I'll have other news and thoughts in other posts, so make sure to check for those as well…

Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla.
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: MASN/no radio
Weather: Mostly sunny, 64 degrees, Wind 15 mph RF to LF

CF Justin Maxwell
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. erocks33 - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Mark — any reason why the Nats have yet to have their pitcher bat? I've noticed that in a few other games against NL teams, the opponents have had their pitchers bat while we still use the DH. I understand it is an option during ST, but at some point shouldn't we see what out pitchers can do with a bat? Do we really need Eric Bruntlett up there hacking away??

  2. Bill C-H - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Who else is scheduled to pitch?

  3. David - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    I'm sure this will be covered in your subsequent updates, but any idea who the other pitchers tonight will be?

  4. Anonymous - Mar 15, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Mark – Please post your thoughts on Jason Heyward, both in batting practice and in the game.Thanks

  5. peric - Mar 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Hopefully, Destin Hood will turn out better than Jason Heyward.

  6. SpringfieldFan - Mar 15, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    With Mock scheduled to go 4 innings, this is really the first time this spring that it makes sense to have the pitcher hit. If your starting pitcher is only going to throw 2 innings in his first game, he's not going to get an AB — might as well see what the Bruntletts of the team can do. Perhaps that's why Mock is batting tonight, with no DH.

  7. Anonymous - Mar 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    This is a picky question, but is there anyway you could put "Next" and "Previous" buttons on each story? Once you have to click on the story to get past the jump, then you have to go back to the main page to get the next story. Not a big deal, but kind of a pain on my phone (I clearly need Nats news available at all times). Thanks.

  8. Anonymous - Mar 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    It will be interesting to see what Mock can do agains the Braves A-team!

  9. Anonymous - Mar 15, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Scroll all the way down past the comments to find the Older Post and Newer Post links.

  10. BinM - Mar 15, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Even minus Morgan & Willingham, this is a decent representation from the Nationals. I'll be interested to see if Bernadina can generate anything from the #8 slot tonight.

  11. Bote Man - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    re: Jesus Flores at Dr. James Andrews' facility, you forgot the scare quotes around the word "treatment".Although from the description it sounds as though Flores is enjoying tropical drinks served by exotic girls to his lounge chair in a lush setting.

  12. Anonymous - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Blast from the past to hear Tony Schiavone on the Braves radio broadcast. This could only be improved with "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes on color commentary. Can Derek Lowe get the Braves to the paywinda?

  13. Jim Webster - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Sat next to another Nats fan tonight (through 4 innings when he left) and had to concur with his observation: "These guys are lifeless. They don't have any spark." Then I left after 5 and Storen's melt. Just too cold to enjoy much more. Let's hope Tuesday brings warmth, sun and better fortunes.

  14. peric - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    But JimBo still has his Joy. Or at least that was what I thought his message was when he kept zooming in on her photos in his wall collage and framed on his desk … and wow, he had a Nats pennant all by itself in the back behind him to the right of his photo collage.

  15. Anonymous - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Mark,I'm getting angry at how blase' the Nats organization is over all this losing. All the front office people, all the players, all the MASN people say losing 10 or 11 in a row doesn't matter in spring training.I disagree. Hundreds of thousands of people in the DC area are hearing Nats commercials (to buy tix) on the radio. For every one commercial they hear, they are hearing and seeing 5 news reports that say the Nats lost again and they suck.All this losing is hurting the Nationals, especially their ticket sales.Matt

  16. Doc - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    Joe Beimel is still available. Maybe Storen is thrown into the closer role. Afterall, Chad Cordero became a closer of a brief minor league stint. Storen has a closer's mindset, to go along with the pitches.

  17. LoveDaNats - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    So Mark,What are the odds of a team that never wins a spring training game doing really well in the regular season? Don't answer that. I still need hope.

  18. peric - Mar 16, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    Execs Name Best, Worst Moves Of The OffseasonNominated for the worst moves: free agent deals for Jason Bay, Matt Holliday, Brandon Lyon, Jason Kendall, Aubrey Huff, ***Jason Marquis***, Randy Wolf, and Garrett Atkins. All the execs polled mentioned Holliday's seven year, $120MM deal when choosing their worst deals of the winter. Said one: "The fear that he would sign a one-year deal elsewhere and take his chances a year from now — that just doesn't make sense to me."

  19. peric - Mar 16, 2010 at 3:03 AM

    Above attributed to MLBTradeRumors





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