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Game 41: Mets at Nats

May 19, 2010, 7:28 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
After an eventful road trip, the Nats return home to face the Mets.

If it feels like a lot's happened since the Nationals last hosted a ballgame, it's true.

When last you saw your home team, it was 17-14, about to embark on a difficult road trip. John Lannan's elbow was a major question mark. Brian Bruney was still pitching in meaningful situations. Willy Taveras was on the roster. Tyler Clippard was winning games more than he was losing them. Drew Storen was in Syracuse.

All of that, of course, has changed. The 20-20 club that takes the field tonight against the Mets is on a five-game losing streak (three of them by one run). Lannan's elbow appears fine. Bruney and Taveras are gone. Clippard is struggling, but Storen is here to stay.

Adam Dunn is back in the lineup, as well, after missing the last three games. We'll see if he sheds any light into the "minor procedure" that required him to return home yesterday. Cristian Guzman's also in the lineup at second base, a bit of a surprise move considering he is a career 0-for-5 against Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey while Adam Kennedy is 4-for-15 with a homer and a double. Perhaps Jim Riggleman didn't want to sit Guzman after his 3-for-5 showing last night in St. Louis.

Check back for updates throughout…

METS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN-HD
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 67 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to RF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (20-20)
CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Steve M. - May 19, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Wow, Adam Dunn back in! That is news!!!!

  2. Steve M. - May 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    No David Wright….

  3. Anonymous - May 19, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    I like having Desmond 8th as a way to get Bernadia a few more strikes to put in play. Livo is good enough at the plate that Ian won't be pitched around. I'll bet we get as much production tonight from 789 as we do from 456.Ben

  4. Grandstander - May 19, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    And no Barajas!

  5. Crabby Appleton - May 19, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    OBP of .333 in the #1 spot, OBP of .346 in the #2 spot. OBP of .363, .376, and .411 in the 3, 4 and 5. Shouldn't that be reversed?

  6. Cwj - May 19, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    I'm not sure Clippard is struggling as much as he's just returning to Earth, so to speak. For heavens sake Rigs needs to give this guy at least 3 days off. Let's see Storen fill in a bit.

  7. Apple Crabbyton - May 19, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Long time, no see.

  8. Souldrummer - May 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Nice to see the A-team lineup against the Mets B-team lineup and Livo on the hill vs. their just called up knuckleballer. If we can't score tonight, we've got some real issues. Just hope Livo can get us a quality start and we can handle this. Let's Go Nats!!!

  9. Cwj - May 19, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    A few interesting stats from the bullpen:Capps has not issued a walk in his last 11 appearances (12 innings). Clippard has a 9.00 ERA in his last 6 games (6 Innings). Walker has a 10:1 K/BB ratio. And Burnett is underrated :-)

  10. JB - May 19, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Mark,Any word on if the FO is going to to be in the DR on Friday to watch Yunesky Maya work out?

  11. Fred's World on UTube - May 19, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Mini Bar! All this free food in hotels is awesome!!!

  12. AndrewStebbins - May 19, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Off to see Strasburg.

  13. Dr. Anonymous - May 19, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    Speaking of Syracuse and "bats for hire" Chris Duncan hit is fifth home run and raised his average to .260.

  14. Dryw - May 19, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Never seen one of those before. Too bad it was one of their guys who hit it….

  15. Anonymous8 - May 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Nyjer Morgan doing his best immitation of Nyjer circa 2009 and coming up empty once again in 2010 and costing his team.

  16. Doc - May 20, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    As far as SS, I like what Curt Schilling said about him to Buster Olney on ESPN—once he's in the Bigs, he's the game's best pitcher!!!

  17. Doc - May 20, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    MarkMeister its not a coincidence that things happen when you head down to get some pictures. I think that you'll have to disguise yourself, like maybe be Rob Dibble!

  18. Mark Zuckerman - May 20, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Doc: Yeah, but I made it back to the press box in time for the triple play!

  19. LoveDaNats - May 20, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    didn't Emilio Bonifacio have an inside the park home run at Nats park? And not when he was playing for the Nats.

  20. Cwj - May 20, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Storen looks good. He's definitely nervous (ie wild) tonight. But what great movement on his pitches!He's a keeper

  21. Aussie Gus - May 20, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Trade Guzman now! Eat the contract and get a prospect or two. You know you want to.

  22. Anonymous8 - May 20, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    Bonifacio had one against the Nats. Can't remember if it was in DC or Miami.

  23. Doc - May 20, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    Mark you need to interview Nyjer, find out what's goin' on. His fielding, hitting, baserunning,and stealing bases are all a lot less than what he did last year. He was the lead runner on that triple play. Has he stopped thinking???

  24. LoveDaNats - May 20, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    It was opening day 2009. I was there to see Bonifacio's inside the park homer. .

  25. natsfan1a - May 20, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    It was in Miami.

  26. natsfan1a - May 20, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    Kearns had one at RFK.

  27. Mark Zuckerman - May 20, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    You guys are correct about the Bonifacio and Kearns inside-the-parkers (I saw them both, Kearns at RFK, Bonifacio on Opening Day in Florida).

  28. LoveDaNats - May 20, 2010 at 2:36 AM

    My Bad. His inside the park homer was in Miami.

  29. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_for_Me - May 20, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Alumni News on Kearns:Austin ".195" Kearns is reverting to mean:O-for-four with three strikeouts tonight.Still batting .304, though. Anybody want the over on .204 by the end of the season?

  30. NatsNut - May 20, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    "He was the lead runner on that triple play. Has he stopped thinking???"Actually, Livan was the lead runner on that one, not Nyjer.

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