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Game 15: Rockies at Nats

Apr 21, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The tarp has been covering the infield at Nationals Park all day.

It's been a miserable day around the D.C. area, but they're hoping to play baseball tonight on South Capitol Street.

Actually, looking at the radar and the extended forecast for the evening, it looks like there's a pretty good chance the Nationals and Rockies will be able to get this one in. There's a 35 percent chance of showers at 7 p.m., but that number drops to 25 percent and 15 percent the next two hours before picking up again to 30 percent around 10 p.m.

With a 4:35 p.m. getaway game scheduled tomorrow — and the Rockies not scheduled to make any more trips to Washington this season — you've got to believe they're going to do everything they can to play tonight.

Check back for updates (both weather and game-related) all afternoon/evening…

ROCKIES AT NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN-HD
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Chance of showers, 59 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (7-7)
CF Nyjer Morgan
SS Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. LoveDaNats - Apr 21, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    So, is it looking like Pudge gets the night off every time Lannan pitches?

  2. Knoxville Nat - Apr 21, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Certainly appears that way doesn't it?

  3. Juan-John - Apr 21, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Possible rain vs watching the Caps game? Be interesting to see what the announced turnout is….

  4. Moe Greene - Apr 21, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Under 8,000?

  5. Sam - Apr 21, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    LoveDaNats: Pudge is either playing tonight or tomorrow. He won't play both games with the day game after a night game. I believe it's just a coincidence that Lannan is pitching tonight.

  6. David - Apr 21, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    yeah it seems that way, Riggleman tried to make it sound like tonight was just a night to give Pudge rest, but Nieves has caught every single Lannan start, i find that hard to believe it's just a coincidence

  7. PDowdy83 - Apr 21, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Pudge caught opening day, David, which was a Lannan start. People are digging too deep into this. Lannan has started a day game twice and the other 2 starts (including tonight) have had a day game following them. Pudge is going to have a day off either the night before a day game or the day game itself.

  8. K.D. - Apr 21, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    I think Lannan is a major league pitcher and takes responsibility for his own mistakes.

  9. NatinBeantown - Apr 21, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Look at that Rockies infield: Giambi, Barmes, and Mora? Sheesh! Brings back memories of Vidro and Castilla posing for portraits the '05 Nat IF.

  10. David - Apr 21, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    you are right, he never blamed Pudge for his bad opening day start, but that was his least succesful start, it's not uncommon for pitchers to have favorite catchers, this is now 3 in a row with Nieves

  11. Section 222 - Apr 21, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Pudge could have taken tomorrow off, but Riggleman decided to rest him tonight. I don't have a problem with that since Lannan's last good start was with Nieves. But I wonder who will start on Saturday (day game after night game).

  12. K.D. - Apr 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Okay, no energy in the stands = no energy on the field. Come on Nyger!

  13. K.D. - Apr 22, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    That's what I'm talking about!

  14. Suicide Squeeze - Apr 22, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Just turned the TV on after having been listening in on the radio….Looks like the seats behind home plate finally aren't standing out in stark contrast to the rest of the stadium. Evvverrry section looks empty….

  15. meixler - Apr 22, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    Can't watch the game because my cable is out and for some reason when I try to tune in to 1500am via the internet I get the Capitals game… who cares about playoff hockey when it's baseball season?… Anyway, I've been following through ESPN Gamecast, which really doesn't give the vibe of the game… BUT, Lannan made it through 6 and only gave up 4 SO, we should win or break with tradition.

  16. Anonymous - Apr 22, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    The Nats live in denial.They lose 100 games two years straight and act like it won't affect attendance. Their product on the field got worse every year for five years and they acted like it wouldn't affect attendance or season ticket sales–which are made in the off-season.They lose what, 10 straight games in spring training, and act like that shouldn't affect ticket sales. They preside over an utter disaster on Opening Day and again, say it'll have no impact on fan loyalty.They hire uninterested people to work in every part of the ballpark. Any discussion with a Nats fan will come around, sooner not later, to miserable experiences with stadium staff.Yes, a cool and rainy day, a school night, an April weeknight, and a Caps game all contribute, but I think they've underestimated many of the factors that give us an empty stadium tonight.If they had only built on the 33K a night they had at RFK in 2005. Now this.

  17. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 22, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    Mark, like I said, please stay in the press box. Maybe you could suggest that the team buy you a long distance lens to help them win more games. Thanks for considering.

  18. Mr. Doggett - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    Anon 9:19:Please stop being a negative nancy and just enjoy the fact that the team is exceeding expectations. You sound like a Philly fan.

  19. Sunderland - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    Mr. Doggett, I appreciate your desire to avoid negativity, but it looks to me like Anon 9:19 has just spoken the truth.

  20. K.D. - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:32 AM

    Mark, What's up with Marquis to the DL? Thought he wasn't hurt?

  21. Sec310 - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    Last I checked, (about 5 minutes ago) 3 of Rizzo's new acquisitions are currently leading the NL in BA (Pudge), ERA (Livo), and saves (Capps). A team that many thought would be lucky to win 5 or 6 in the all of April weeks is above .500 and not already eliminated from contention. I'm not saying this won't change–it's early in the season and it certainly will not stay this rosy–but it's tough to complain about the overall results on the field when you consider expectations for the year. Could anyone honestly say this is a letdown so far over last year? This is a team that plays hard and gets results when the starting pitchers don't blow up.And since I'm already commenting, I know a lot of people are down on Riggleman playing Guzman so much, but if the dude's hitting over .300 now and you want him benched, when DO you want the guy to play? Is he ever going to perform better than he is right now?I am confident that this year will become a typically disappointing year, but it's not here yet. Let's enjoy it for a few more days (weeks?) while it lasts!

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
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ATLANTA 54 44 --
NEW YORK 46 52 8.0
MIAMI 45 52 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 43 55 11.0
Through Sunday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
MON: Nats at Rockies, 8:40 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Rockies, 8:40 p.m.
WED: Nats at Rockies, 3:10 p.m.
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
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