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Game 68: White Sox at Nats

Jun 18, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats are back home, and Stephen Strasburg is back on the mound.

Hello again from Nationals Park, where the Nats return following a brutal 1-5 road trip through Cleveland and Detroit that included a sweep at the hands of the Tigers. Actually, the only game this team has won in a week was Stephen Strasburg's last start.

Fortunately, the kid's on the mound tonight, looking to stop yet another losing streak. He was originally due to face Mark Buehrle, but then Jake Peavy was dealing with some shoulder problems and was bumped back two days, so Buehrle and Gavin Floyd were bumped up. Thus, Floyd starts tonight, with Peavy (Strasburg's favorite pitcher growing up in San Diego) starts tomorrow.

Jim Riggleman returns to his conventional lineup for this one. Nyjer Morgan is leading off in center field. Cristian Guzman is batting second and playing second. Michael Morse is back on the bench.

Check back for updates throughout…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN-HD, MLB Network (outside of D.C. and Chicago)
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Sunny, 81 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to LF

CF Nyjer Morgan
2B Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. swang - Jun 18, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    The whining starts, in 3…. 2…. 1….

  2. Jim Webster - Jun 18, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Apologies to Will Shakespeare and Richard III: "My kingdom for a Morse." (groan . . .)

  3. Grandstander - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    His splits for the season are:.405/.476/.595Since he started getting regular playing time he's gone 8 for 16 with 2 HRs!Even if it's just a hot bat, you've got to play it til it goes cold!This is madness…THIS IS RIGGLES!!!! :kicks logic down abyss:

  4. Cwj - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    My prediction for Strasburg tonight: 6 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 10 Ks.Oh, and I think the Nats will win :)

  5. Les in NC - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    @ Cwj, will those 2 runs come on a long ball? That would keep his streak alive….

  6. Cwj - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    @ Les- Most likely. I'm sure one of the White Sox hitters will close his eyes and swing as hard as he can at a 99mph fastball, resulting in another HR given up by S.S.

  7. Anonymous - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    So the big decision is…..Morgan or Morse. Because thats the only difference in the lineup. I just dont understand how he can look at his lineup and choose Morgan !?!?!?! Its just mind-numbing.

  8. A DC Wonk - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Over on Nats Journal they're saying that J-Zimmermann threw hard from a mount at Nats Park this afternoon.Any more info?

  9. Cwj - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Just for fun, does anyone wanna take a guess at how Stras will do tonight? My own prediction is several comments above. (6IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 10K) Come on guys and gals, let's enjoy the fact that the Nats own one of the best pitchers in baseball.

  10. Cwj - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    I can't believe some of you are quibbling over the starting lineup when Strasburg's pitching.The only necessary is Pudge catching.

  11. swang - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    He's Due. 4IP, 8H, 5ER, 2 BB, 5K

  12. cadeck13 - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    I'm in and full of hope and excited he's on our team. Plus it seems to me the boys behind him perform better when he's pitching.7IP, 3H, 2ER, 1BB, 11K

  13. natsfan1a - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Go get 'em, boys!

  14. Anonymous - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    I say we beat the Sox, but the lineup struggles. 7IP, 7 Hits, 3ER, 0BB, 12KNats win 4-3 but rally late to get Clippard the win.

  15. natsfan1a - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    I don't do predictions. Surprise me.

  16. Doc - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Managers, including Riggleman, are quoted as saying they'll always play the hot hand. Which of Morgan's hands is hot?

  17. Anonymous - Jun 18, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    The first game I went to in 2005, W was there. But they never announced it, so I didn't know until I got home and saw it on TV. He may have done an interview in the booth during the game, but the crowd at the ballpark was blissfully ignorant of his visit. In 2007 I was at another game with W in the house, but again it wasn't announced. That time though I figured it out from the snipers mounted next to the light stands on the RFK roof.I suspect that if Barack is actually here tonight it will be handled exactly the same way. You'll see him on TV, if at all.

  18. Cwj - Jun 18, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    The tally so far is 24IP, 22H, 12ER, 5BB, and 38K.Divide that by the 4 who responded and you get: 6IP, 6H, 3ER, 1BB, 10K. Seems reasonable :)

  19. meixler - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    The last time the President was here, didn't he get embarrassed by Dibble? I think he was asked who some of his favorite White Sox players from years passed were and he couldn't even name one. I wonder if he's studied up since then.

  20. A DC Wonk - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Question to anybody: they just put up a list of the most K's ever for a pitcher's first two starts. Does anyone know what the record is for the first _three_ starts?

  21. Anonymous - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    WH press pool report that President is at the game.

  22. Jim Webster - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    NJ says POTUS got there in bottom of first. Haven't heard Bob & Rob mention it as of bottom third.

  23. meixler - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    As for all the questions about starting Morgan over Morse: something to consider is that Morse has home run potential which Riggs might like to be able to place anywhere in the lineup bard on late game situations. If we had any other bench players with that legitimate power potential then I think Morse would be given more opportunities to start.

  24. meixler - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    based* on late game situations

  25. dj in Fl. - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    Now if our bats would show up.

  26. A DC Wonk - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    ok, they just flashed the records for first three starts — 29 by JR Richard — which Strasburg just tied.

  27. NatinBeantown - Jun 19, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    8 pitches, 2 Ks in one inning? I guess Boz's article this week was off the mark… you can keep pitch count down and get Ks. Just gotta keep the BBs low (booo Cleveland's groundscrew!)And, um… let's get some runs?

  28. meixler - Jun 19, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Dolly Parton is writing a new song about Stephen Strasburg. It's called "9 through 5."

  29. swang - Jun 19, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Why'd Riggs send out Capps? Is Clippard that over used?

  30. dj in Fl. - Jun 19, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Glad to hear it is electric in the park tonight.Hope they can go home happy and show up again, no matter who pitches.

  31. Cwj - Jun 19, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Strasburg outdid the predictions. Closest would be Cadeck13.

  32. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 19, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    All-time low for Bobby Carpenter:MASN showed a shot of the Kennedy Center and Bobby Haircut called it the Lincoln Center.What an absolute freakin' AAAA embarrassment.Go back to Tulsa, you boob.

  33. swang - Jun 19, 2010 at 1:56 AM

    Please don't PH Harris in there, don't we have anyone else? what about AG?

  34. Richard - Jun 19, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Hanging the ninth inning on Guzman is too much, IMHO. The left-handed pitcher was throwing hard and looking directly at Morgan. Given Morgan's success ratio, there was very much no guarantee he'd be able to steal second. He runs himself off the bases frequently. And, in that spot against mid-90s heat the free-swinging Guzman's got to find a pitch to hit and he almost did, pulling it over third but just not hard enough to get it into left field. Morse and Dunn did strike out, too.





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