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Game 51: Nats at Padres

May 30, 2010, 5:31 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Livan Hernandez and Jon Garland square off in the series finale at Petco Park.

SAN DIEGO — The Nationals came west at the beginning of the week, facing a difficult road trip that kicked off with six games against the tough Giants and Padres. Four more games in Houston against a wretched Astros club still await before this road trip is over, but the toughest leg ends today at Petco Park.

A win in the series finale against the Padres would leave the Nats at 3-3 on this west coast swing. It would be hard not to be satisfied with that. Even a loss today would leave them at 2-4, hardly an embarrassment given the competition. So a victory today could be looked at as gravy, and certainly the Nationals have to like their chances with Livan Hernandez on the mound. Jon Garland, who spurned Washington in favor of San Diego last winter as a free agent, has enjoyed a fine season as well. So this is no pushover.

Jim Riggleman sticks with his regular lineup. Nyjer Morgan remains in center field. Roger Bernadina remains in right field. Wil Nieves remains behind the plate.

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Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Sunny, 72 degrees, Wind 5 mph LF to RF

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

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  1. Andrew Stebbins - May 30, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I'd like to see Harris gets some starts and hit in the bottom third of the order.

  2. Doc - May 30, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Beat the Pads to-day, 4-straight over the Stros, and sign The New Babe in the MLB Draft——GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NATS!!!!

  3. BinM - May 30, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    @Andrew: The problem with Willie right now is that he's not hitting, and has been squeezed out at his natural positions (LF, 2B, 3B). If Riggleman gives him a start in CF, there's a hole in the lineup at leadoff, and he's not good in RF, imo. If they're going to give him a start, it would mean moving Bernadina or Desmond to leadoff, just to get Willie into the starting 9.

  4. rmoore446 - May 30, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Agree that he's being squeezed at LF, 2B and 3B. It's hard to hit when you are seldom playing long consistently enough to get it going–even so he's won a couple of games with his bat and others with his glove. Sometimes, as Nyjer demonstrates, it can be hard even when you are playing well. The most likely spot for him, barring injury, is in center field if Riggleman ever believes some time on the bench would do Nyjer some good. Willie was a decent CF in the past and, right now, he'd be an improvement over Morgan.

  5. NatinBeantown - May 30, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Livo vs. Garland should be called the Fangraphs Fraud Game. Both guys are dominating so unexpectedly, and with such frightening peripherals, it has all the sabre guys undies in a twist. I don't know what will happen today, I'd be willing to bet that Livo is the guy still standing in August.

  6. Souldrummer - May 30, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    @rmoore446Willie Harris plus an inventory arm should be the move to get a decent right handed hitting RF.

  7. Grandstander - May 30, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Way to go, Zim!!!That dude loves this park!

  8. Doc - May 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    How about Desmond at Leadoff anyway? ID can do a lot of things, including laying down a bunt, which is more than poor ol' Nyj can do.

  9. Doc - May 30, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Hard to say what a routine catch for Morgan is anymore.

  10. Sec$39.99 - May 30, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    eschewed?? Gesundheit!

  11. rmoore446 - May 30, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    @souldrummerI wouldn't be surprised (nor would I be unpleased) to see Harris bundled with someone else in a trade that brings in a solid right fielder. I like Willie but a trade now might be best for all parties. We do have a lot of versatility on the bench and could spare him.

  12. Sam - May 30, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Bob Davidson's strike zone was absolutely awful today. How was the 1-2 pitch to Hundley not a strike after it had been all day? I guess he got his wish. He wanted the game to end, and it did on the next pitch.

  13. natsone_va - May 30, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    That pitch was a freaking strike all day. It's upsetting.





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