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Game 47: Nats at Giants

May 26, 2010, 10:45 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Luis Atilano takes on Tim Lincecum tonight at AT&T Park.

SAN FRANCISCO — As you can tell from the above photo, it's an absolutely gorgeous day here at AT&T Park. You can also see how spectacular this ballpark is from the upper deck, with the complete view of the bay beyond the outfield fence.

The Nationals hope to bounce back from last night's 4-2 loss to the Giants, though to do so they'll have to beat Tim Lincecum. I detailed the reasons the Nats could take down the two-time Cy Young Award winner (most of them with tongue firmly planted in-cheek) earlier today, so I'll refrain from more of that. Let's just say it's going to take a superb effort both from the Nats' lineup as well as starter Luis Atilano, who has been shaky his last two times out.

Only one change to the starting lineup from last night's game: Adam Kennedy starts at second base, with Cristian Guzman (who is about to become the NL's leading hitter) getting the night off. Otherwise, it's the status quo for a Nats offense that has averaged just 3.4 runs over its last 11 games.

Check back for updates throughout…

Where: AT&T Park
Gametime: 10:15 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Mostly sunny, 51 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to LF

CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Adam Kennedy
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn


  1. Brian - May 26, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Great…let's sit our best hitter against the league's best pitcher. What is Riggs smoking? I know Kennedy deserves some playing time, but tomorrow's day game might have been a better time to make the switch.

  2. Anonymous - May 26, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    What's your take on the rumor that Strasburg won't start until the Pirates series? Any idea what the Post's source is on that one?

  3. natsfan1a - May 26, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Source, as cited on WaPo's Nationals Journal, is Bill Ladson, the Nats beat writer at

  4. Souldrummer - May 27, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    I believe Ladson is virtually an agent of the organization. At this point, with 6/4 almost sold out, it's to their advantage to stoke some speculation on some other days for that homestand.

  5. Anonymous8 - May 27, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Do you realize how often Bill Ladson is wrong?I remember the day Adam Dunn signed that Ladson wrote a piece in the morning that the Nats probably weren't going to sign Dunn and then after it was announced that same day that Dunn signed with the Nats then Ladson edited his own piece as if he had the right story all along which I guess was in hopes nobody would notice.

  6. Maddy - May 27, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Sounds like something someone who posts anonymously might do

  7. K.D. - May 27, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    Chalk one up for Maddy.

  8. natsfan1a - May 27, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Hey, Maddy. Good to "see" you over here.

  9. Michael J. Hayde - May 27, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    Desi's doing his best to earn the Silver Elvis wig tonight. And it was just pointed out to me that, should the Nats hold on and win, the NL East will be the only MLB division where EVERY TEAM has a winning record.So what's all this rubbish about the AL East being so tough? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Doc - May 27, 2010 at 3:36 AM

    Mark I've been looking up in my older Bill James Book, and I can't find any stats on duck farts. Do you know who holds the season record?

  11. K.D. - May 27, 2010 at 3:37 AM

    The team must read your blog Mark, speed kills! Great game for the good guys.

  12. Les in Nc - May 27, 2010 at 3:39 AM

    With a 6 run cushion, and our bullpen being pretty dominant thus far, I'm going to bed with a good feeling about this one. Knock 'em dead Atilano!

  13. Anonymous - May 27, 2010 at 3:40 AM

    just how unusual is it, for every team in a division to have a winning record? i don't remember seeing this in other divisions, in recent memory.

  14. Carl in 309 - May 27, 2010 at 3:42 AM

    Let's send Mark to the All-Star Game–the guy is prescient! Either that or he should be on the Nats coaching staff. I know it's early, but the Nats appear to be walking around the bases–a little like Carl Crawford heisting bases against the Red Sox (he apparently stole another tonight). Alas, Lincecum has been pulled.

  15. Anonymous - May 27, 2010 at 3:47 AM

    On this date in 2006, all five NL West teams were over .500:

  16. nattaboy - May 27, 2010 at 3:59 AM

    Props, Mark. Major props. Lincecum looked rattled out there. Great that Nyjer started it off as we really need him to get going – including his defense with huge outfields to roam in San Fran and San Diego.Go Nats! Who's still up?

  17. greg - May 27, 2010 at 4:41 AM

    Brian… Brian, Brian, Brian… did you really just call Guzman "our best hitter?" He has a good batting average, but that does not make him our best hitter (and it's only one facet of hitting). I would venture to say he is, at best, the 5th or 6th best hitter on the team (and I'm not sure he's really that good). Certainly behind Zimm, Dunn, Willingham, and Rodriguez. And I wouldn't put him ahead of Desmond right now, either. And Bernadina is right there with him, too.

  18. Kyle - May 27, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Guzman is a great hitter. He may not have great plate discipline but he literally puts wood on the ball with great frequency. I know its some type of fad to hate on Guz, but woah folks, he's second in the NL with batting average (which, unlike you know sabermetrics gets you a hitting title at the end of the year)

  19. Anonymous - May 27, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Freddy Sanchez won a batting title.



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