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Game 20: Nats at Cubs

Apr 26, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It's going to be a chilly, windy night at historic Wrigley Field.

CHICAGO — Hello from the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, otherwise known as the coldest place on earth right now.

It may look like a gorgeous day from that above photo, but look closely at the flags flying high above the center field scoreboard. The wind is whipping furiously, straight in from left field with gusts up to 30 mph, and it's only going to get colder when the sun goes down. By the time tonight's game gets underway, the wind chill could be in the upper 30s.

For that reason, Ryan Zimmerman is once again not in the Nationals' starting lineup. Had they been playing in Florida tonight, perhaps he would be cleared to go. But not with these conditions. I wouldn't be surprised if he's held out tomorrow night as well.

Check back for updates throughout the game…

Where: Wrigley Field
Gametime: 8:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 49 degrees, Wind 20 mph in from LF

(UPDATED AT 6:41 P.M.)
CF Nyjer Morgan
SS Ian Desmond
2B Cristian Guzman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 26, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Perhaps the cold will keep you in the press box – except for when Dunn is up and the wind is blowing out, of course.

  2. LoveDaNats - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Wow, Mark. The sacrifices you make for us……..stay warm :)

  3. NatinBeantown - Apr 26, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Mark – Listening to today's podcast now. Only Nats fans can appreciate an analysis that says the Nats .500 start is legit IF they can maintain their worst-in-MLB pace of starting pitching.If other readers haven't heard it, it's a good listen. If you're not a subscriber, browse on up to the top right corner of the homepage and get clickin'.

  4. Grandstander - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Would that position player be Bernadina?

  5. CM Nats - Apr 27, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    The wind must have blown down the cameras or something. The live feed is down on TV here in DC.

  6. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 27, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    ugh. throw a strike.

  7. Anonymous - Apr 27, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Dear MASN: appreciated.

  8. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 27, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    That could have been so much worse.

  9. Sunderland - Apr 27, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    So the Phillies signed Ryan Howard for $25M a year for 5 years.The takeaway for me on this is that Dunn will get traded or leave via free agency. If Howard is worth $25M, Dunn and his agent and the Nats are not going to be able to settle on a number that they are all happy with.

  10. CM Nats - Apr 27, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Alright Nats, rally time.

  11. Jeff Wang - Apr 27, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Dunn was looking for that much over 2-3 years. I agree, this ain't gonna happen.

  12. Grandstander - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Dear MASN: You suck! You suck! You suck!It is much nicer listening to Charlie and Dave though.

  13. Dave - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    MASN fail this evening, absolutely. But WFED cannot be heard on regular AM in Vienna, VA (one mile from the Beltway).

  14. Nervous Nats Fan - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    It's strange, because the MASN video feed through MLB TV is working just fine.

  15. Doc - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    Lannan not having his "best stuff" is an understatement. He threw nothing but 88 mph fastballs in the last inning.

  16. Waddoo eye no - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    Even w picture back on,masn sux. radio is only about a second behind. Worth it not to hear dribble. Used to like carpenter w sutton, but now all he does is kiss dibbles fat ass.Ok Willie. Hit one

  17. Bobby Oler - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Why has ESPN's gamecast been stuck on Wil nieves' at bat for 20 minutes??

  18. K.D. - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:37 AM

    Watching game with MASN feed on Didn't have audio for first 5 minutes, otherwise it has been fine. Great game.

  19. Anonymous - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    Man we're paying a price for lack of range at 2B tonight. Two single went right by Guz, and he looked lost on that pop by Bird. Bad things just find Guzman in the field.

  20. K.D. - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:01 AM

    Can't blame Guzman for the pop-up, with the wicked wind gusts.

  21. Grandstander - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:15 AM

    Can't blame Guzman for the pop-up, with the wicked wind gusts. Is that a joke? If he runs at all he makes it. Lazy and stupid. Plus he's not hitting anymore. I see no reason for him to be in the lineup anymore once Zim comes back. I also think Bruney should be sent down for Bernadina until he can start to throw strikes consistently.Too bad I know neither of those things will ever happen.

  22. Michael J. Hayde - Apr 27, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Mark: "The Million Dollar Quartet" is a musical now playing in Chicago. It's based on an impromptu jam session by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at the Sun Records studio in December 1956: that context the title makes sense, although if they need seven people to pull it off, maybe they should have called it "Memphis Boys."

  23. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 27, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Michael: Thanks for the info. I figured there had to be more to it!





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