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Game 21: Nats at Cubs

Apr 27, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It'll be another cold, windy night at Wrigley Field when the Nats and Cubs meet.

CHICAGO — It's pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday weather-wise here in Wrigleyville. There isn't a cloud in the sky, but the temperature is struggling to get out of the 40s and the wind is blowing in straight from the north again.

That wind certainly wreaked havoc with players on both sides during last night's game. We saw some pop-ups move 40-to-50 feet back toward the infield, and we also saw some line drives carry over outfielders' heads. Just requires a lot of concentration on the part of everyone in the field.

Ryan Zimmerman is out of the Nationals' lineup for the sixth straight day. I don't think that's a huge surprise, and I don't think it would be a huge surprise if he comes off the bench to pinch-hit again tonight. The real question is whether he'll be cleared to play in tomorrow afternoon's series finale, with the weather a little warmer, or whether they'll just hold him out til Friday in Miami.

Ivan Rodriguez, however, is back in the lineup after getting scratched last night with lower back tightness.

Check back for updates throughout the game…

Where: Wrigley Field
Gametime: 8:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Clear, 49 degrees, Wind 15 mph in from LF

CF Nyjer Morgan
SS Ian Desmond
2B Cristian Guzman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Tcostant - Apr 27, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Night game at Wrigley, just seems wrong. I think when they first put those lights up, they were suppose to limit the night game to something like 16 in the regualar season. I did a quick look at the Cubs home schudule and looks like more than half are night. Mark – Can you find out if there is still a limit and anything about when the limit was lifted or increased? I think it would make a great topic to look into.

  2. Capitol Baseball - Apr 27, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    I agree with Tcostant. Wrigley is a day park. The outrageously cold temperatures/wind chills at night prove way in the spring and fall.

  3. Anonymous - Apr 27, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    The limit is 30 night games.

  4. natsfan1a - Apr 27, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    All right. No more free passes. Let's go after 'em tonite!

  5. Souldrummer - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Guzman batting 3rd will be the death of this organization. Switch Pudge and Guzman if the out machine must play.

  6. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Tcostant: You're right about the restrictions on night games at Wrigley. It used to be 18 night games per season, limited to only Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. It's since been increased to 30 night games per year, and the Cubs would like to add another 10. They'd like for Fridays to be included in the mix, but so far the city hasn't allowed that.I agree: Day games are what make this place so special.

  7. NatsNut - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    I don't get the emphasis on the new address, Mark. I keep typing it in and it keeps coming to blogspot.??

  8. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    NatsNut: Yes, for now it still redirects you to the Blogspot page. But I'm hoping to move off Blogspot sometime in the near future and operate only on the URL, so I want to start getting people conditioned to that address now.

  9. Suicide Squeeze - Apr 28, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    "Strasburg's final line: 5 ip, 0 h, 0 er, 0 bb, 6 k. His updated total numbers for the season: 0.52 ERA, 17.1 ip, 7 h, 1 er, 3 bb, 23k."Welcome to Syracuse, Mr. Strasburg.

  10. Anonymous - Apr 28, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    Where did these bats come from?

  11. Suicide Squeeze - Apr 28, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    Anon: Louisville, I believe.

  12. Positively Half St. - Apr 28, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    Mark-Did Nyjer overslide 2nd on that successful steal? MASN is out for me.

  13. Positively Half St. - Apr 28, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    Mark-Another thing- when you direct us to CSN, I go immediately. Wouldn't it be to your advantage if we all did?

  14. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 28, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    Positively Half St.: I didn't see Nyjer overslide second. Did someone say he did? Regardless, they didn't call him out, so no harm done.

  15. Sec3JustSittin - Apr 28, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Looked to me like he did not overslide.

  16. NatinBeantown - Apr 28, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    Send Tyler to the All Star game!

  17. NatsNut - Apr 28, 2010 at 2:56 AM

    Thanks for the response. ^Also, I didn't get a chance to tell you: I'm so glad you've worked your gigs so you can go on the road. We're all very lucky. Be sure and let us know if you need more funds later in the season to keep you on the road.

  18. natsfan1a - Apr 28, 2010 at 3:37 AM

    Second that, NatsNut. Keep up the good work, Mark!





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