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Game 80: Mets at Nats

Jul 1, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals open a 10-game homestand tonight against the Mets.

What an absolutely gorgeous day here in D.C. After experiencing all the heat and humidity of the last few weeks, especially in Baltimore and Atlanta, I can't tell you how refreshing it was to step off the plane at Dulles today and actually feel a cool, dry breeze.

Perhaps the Nationals will be reinvigorated by the nice weather. Hey, whatever it takes at this point, right? With a wretched 8-19 June now behind them, they will attempt to close out the season's first half on a much more pleasant note. They've got 10 straight games at home, beginning tonight against the Mets.

Unfortunately, Johan Santana is on the mound for New York, and far lesser pitchers have dominated the Nats in recent weeks. Jim Riggleman is going with his conventional lineup vs. left-handers (Michael Morse in right field). Wil Nieves also is behind the plate after Ivan Rodriguez caught all three games in Atlanta.

Check back for updates before, during and after the game…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Sunny, 78 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to RF

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


  1. LoveDaNats - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    OK boys. You're back with your loyal fans. Before each game, I'm always sure this will be the game when you guys break out! Tuesday's game was a thing of beauty. I'd like to see that again. Go Nats!

  2. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    God I dread another certain loss.

  3. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    You forgot the ones about turning the page on the calendar and home cooking. :-) Go NATS!(Oh, and death/taxes, anon.)—Perhaps the Nationals will be reinvigorated by the nice weather. Hey, whatever it takes at this point, right?

  4. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    In some ways this is worse than last year…Last year, we knew they weren't going anywhere…What, with re-buildin' n all…but, this year, they strung us along– We startedto believe- to hope– & it's come to this… Hope that nice weather &a home cooked meal will result in competitivefire & skill. Better be some durn good cookin'

  5. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    It's my birthday! Best reason of all for the Nationals to win!

  6. A DC Wonk - Jul 1, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Trying to think of some bright sides . . . let's see, Johan is not himself this year, and we're getting a series with the Mets right _before_ Beltran comes back . . . and, and, anything's possible with Livo, and, and . . . Hey, it's a beautiful night for a ballgame!

  7. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    I was heartily expecting Pete Orr to be called up for this game, considering it's Canada Day.

  8. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    I was hoping Pete Orr and Justin Maxwell would spend the 4th of July naked in my hottub. Why are so many of you obsessed with these two? They're minor league players who haven't yet shown they can consistently produce at the major league level, just like half of our lineup.

  9. NatsNut - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    game in Puerto Rico? Did I miss something?

  10. Mark Zuckerman - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    NatsNut: Yes, the Mets-Marlins series was moved from Miami to San Juan because they actually drew more fans there than they would have in Florida.

  11. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    COME ON METS. Take a win

  12. Aussie Gus - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Hate to say it, but trade the big man now. Surely his value surely has peaked.

  13. Aussie Gus - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    and stop calling me Shirley.

  14. Les in NC - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    I hope you're talking about Livan. As much as we could probably get for Dunn, I would hate to see the Donkey in another uniform. Unless we can talk him into playing for another team through the rest of the year, and then re-signing with us once FA begins….

  15. Aussie Gus - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    What about a big man double deal. Dunn and Livan for 6 skinny prospects? In body weight, it would be a fair swap.

  16. Doc - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    Another dumb 'Adams running for Dunn' move. Heading towards extra innings, nothing like having Adams at the plate for Dunn. Besides that, at this point Dunn is the better fielding 1st baseman. No wonder Riggs is a less than .500 manager.

  17. Dryw - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Now if Nyjer could just get all of the pitchers to miss his bunts, I'd feel better about him attempting it. And if there's always a guy on ahead of him, he's less likely to make a stupid base-running decision. I like this!

  18. Smatt1001 - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    Wow. Harris does something for the team!

  19. Michael J. Hayde - Jul 2, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    "Wow. Harris does something for the team!"Actually, it was Harris driving Mets fans crazy, which is par for the course with him.

  20. Smatt1001 - Jul 2, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    True. How could I forget the overplayed "the Mets must hate Willie Harris" commercial on MASN?

  21. natsfan1a - Jul 2, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    Nice look with the wig and all, Nyjer. ;-)

  22. LIstach must go - Jul 2, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    What was Pat Listach thinking stopping Willie Harris at third with one out? A team that can barely score needs to be aggressive to make something happen. The throw turned out to be off line and the game would have been over that much sooner — and Willie would probably have beat it out anyway. He has to have the worst judgement of any 3rd base coach in baseball.

  23. Willie Harris Rocks! - Jul 2, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    Yay for Willie Harris!! If only Pat Listach had sent him earlier…worst decision ever!

  24. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2010 at 3:24 AM

    Stunning! Was driving my wife's car (no Xm) in upstate NY spinning the dial looking for scores and 1500AM came inon skip in top of 8th. Fabulous listening!

  25. Traveler8 - Jul 2, 2010 at 3:35 AM

    The thing we've never seen before, though, was 5 infielders – Mets' LF along the third base line to defense against a grounder. His big fly ball to RF was a thing to behold, so the 5 infielders did not figure.

  26. Steve M. - Jul 2, 2010 at 3:42 AM

    MR. WALK OFF does it again!!!!!!!

  27. A DC Wonk - Jul 2, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    Folks must be in a quandary tonight! Bash Livo? He pitches a gem. Bashing Nyger and Guz and Desmond? Each of three got two hits each.And, ha! Harris scores the winning run!Yes — the Nats did score as many runs off of Johan as the Mets scored off of Livo.

  28. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    Anyone know where I can find team and individual stats that include average RISP Runners in scoring Position). Also would love to compare that to other team's. I believe it is our biggest weakness now. That stats is not among those listed in mlb.comThanks

  29. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:28 AM

    Happy Birthday Anon 445pm!

  30. N. Cognito - Jul 2, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Anonymous said… "Anyone know where I can find team and individual stats that include average RISP Runners in scoring Position). Also would love to compare that to other team's. I believe it is our biggest weakness now. "ESPN

  31. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Who to bash? It's quite a nit but a line drive single instead of a sac fly makes a better highlight.

  32. natsfan1a - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Maybe we could bash Debbi Taylor for saying that Kenny G is one of the best saxophone players of all time? (Sorry, Kenny G, fans but…dang)

  33. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    I went to the ESPN stats and they do not have RISP. Any other suggestions?

  34. N. Cognito - Jul 2, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Anonymous said… "I went to the ESPN stats and they do not have RISP. Any other suggestions?"You're not looking hard enough.



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