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Game 90: Nats at Marlins

Jul 16, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Sun Life Stadium, the cavernous home of the Florida Marlins.

MIAMI — Good afternoon from the home of the Florida Marlins, which during the 17 years of their existence has boasted only seven different names: Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, Pro Player Park, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Land Shark Stadium and now Sun Life Stadium.

You think the Marlins are just a wee bit eager to move into their new baseball-only, retractable-roof ballpark in 2012? They've already begun the countdown, with a sign on the left-field fence declaring only 118 more games at this monstrosity until the big move.

The real shame of this place is that it seats like 70,000 people. So even though the Marlins are expecting an above-normal crowd of 25,000 for the second-half opener featuring Stephen Strasburg, the stadium will be only slightly more than one-third full.

Jim Riggleman goes with his standard lineup for the first game back from the All-Star break. It'll be real interesting to see how he splits up playing time at second base during this first road trip. Before the break, he suggested that Adam Kennedy will start playing more in place of Cristian Guzman. That's not the case tonight, but we'll see how this plays out.

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

Where: Sun Life Stadium
Gametime: 7:10 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Chance of storms, 85 degrees, Wind 12 mph RF to LF

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

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  1. Anonymous - Jul 16, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Glad to see we are so happy with our 39-50 record that we have made ZERO adjustments at the All-Star break! GEEZ!!!

  2. Daniel - Jul 16, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    It could be worse, you could be a Marlins fan like me and have to hear that management is considering using Emilio Bonifacio as a lead-off hitter again.Time for me to start praying that our offense doesn't get totally embarrassed by Strasburg.

  3. Drew - Jul 16, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Obviously, Riggleman is learning impaired.

  4. Les in NC - Jul 16, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    …No, just managing impaired! *rolls eyes*

  5. Section 222 - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Hey come on, why mess with a good thing? With a little luck we might have been 41-48 in the first half. We have the league's best 3-4-5 hitters. Who cares that 1 and 2 are awful.I sure hope we don't see Bonifacio much in this series. He always seems to forget what a terrible hitter he is when he plays against us. The Rauch-Bonifacio-Willingham (and Olsen) trade has to be ranked as Bowden's best move. (Well, signing Dunn was pretty good too.)

  6. natsfan1a - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Nice shot of the historic tarp, which OSN (Onion Sports Network) reports will be part of the new ballpark. :-D,17445/

  7. natsfan1a - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Ditto re. seeing Bonifacio, sec. 222.

  8. DCJohn - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    What's the over and under that the Nats win 40 games this second half?

  9. Section 222 - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Since there are only 73 games left, I'd say the chances we go 40-33 are slim to none. Hope I'm wrong though.

  10. Anonymous - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    If your question is "what is the over/under on the number of post-all-star break wins for the nats", if there are 73 games to go, the over/under has gotta be around 30 to 34.

  11. natscan reduxit - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Mark said it: "They've already begun the countdown, with a sign on the left-field fence declaring only 118 more games at this monstrosity until the big move."… I'll believe it when I see it. Ask any Montrealer or Expo fan how dedicated Jeffrey Loria is to any stadium plan? I know, I know, anyone who wants to can stand and look upon the actual construction. Well, I stick to my original scepticism. Just sayin'.Go Nats … and beat the fish … a lot!!

  12. Anonymous - Jul 16, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Drew, As someone with learning disabilities I do NOT find that funny at all.

  13. phil dunn - Jul 16, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Ray Knight is much better in the booth than Dibble and he teams up better with Carpenter.

  14. Doc - Jul 17, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Darn tootin beat the fish! Loria is a disgrace to baseball ownership (I'm a former Expo fan.)

  15. dj in FL. - Jul 17, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    That is a good way to open up the "second half".We only had the Marlins crew as an option in FL. tonight, but they had some positive views of the Nats, which is always nice to hear from our competitors.

  16. LoveDaNats - Jul 17, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    Could Guzman have made that pick to end the game? They should play Gonzo more

  17. Doc - Jul 17, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    Whenever Gonzo's name comes, last year is always the issue to exclude him from playing this year. Last year he reportedly played with injury to his hamate bone. This year he doesn't have that issue impeding his performance. He's a better fielder than Kennedy or Guzman. He might even be a better hitter than either, at this point. So ya, he should be playing more!

  18. Anonymous - Jul 17, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Ditto on what Doc said, in fact they should be starting him at second base. If they want a Dunn (for his bat) at first Genius Boy Riggleman ought to know better than to populate the right side of his infield with guys that aren't going to play well enough to make up for Dunn's lack of expertise fielding at first base. One weak guy on the right side (for his bat) is enough. Guzman's .290 avg and LOW OBP DO NOT constitute enough of a reason to start the guy at second. And especially with a rookie at shortstop!? Jim Riggleman if you want to "respect" veterans how about "respecting" Dunn? He could use the help dude!

  19. natsfan1a - Jul 17, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    LoveDaNats, I agree re. the pick. In fact, in the immediate aftermath I was commenting to my husband that it likely would have been "past a diving Guzman" (I love Guze but…). :-)





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