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Game 124: Nats at Phillies

Aug 22, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
A massive storm hit Citizens Bank Park in the seventh inning today.

PHILADELPHIA โ€” Good morning once again from Citizens Bank Park, where the skies are gray and there's plenty of rain in the forecast. (Who knew god was a Stephen Strasburg fan and is crying over the rookie's latest setback?)

There's no official update on Strasburg yet this morning, though at this moment he's at the ballpark and there are rumblings he may actually conduct some type of light workout before heading back to Washington to get an MRI on his forearm. I'd caution against anyone drawing any conclusions yet, though, because this could mean anything.

You can, however, draw some conclusions on the weather here in Philadelphia. Namely, it's not good. It began raining a little while ago, and it's only supposed to get worse. The forecast shows anywhere from a 60 percent to a 100 percent chance of thunderstorms until 7 p.m. That doesn't look promising.

We'll have to see whether they'll try to wait this out all day, or whether they might just call it off early. The Nats return here September 17-19, so a Saturday doubleheader wouldn't be too difficult to cobble together.

If they do play, Scott Olsen will be attempting to pitch the Nationals to a rare series victory in this ballpark. The Phillies sent No. 2 ace Roy Oswalt to the hill, but the Nats have had plenty of success against him this season, both when he was still in Houston and when he made his Phillies debut last month.

Check back throughout the day for updates both on Strasburg's condition and the weather…

NATIONALS at PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m.
TV: Ch. 50, MASN
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Thunderstorms, 80 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to RF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (53-70)
CF Nyjer Morgan
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam Dunn
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. Nervous Nats Fan - Aug 22, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Conflicting accounts coming through on twitter – one with the dreaded "Dr. James Andrews," and the other that he's fine. Ahhhhhh.

  2. Doc - Aug 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Looking at the bottle as being 'half-full', I'm really impressed with The Kid in the second half of the season. Desmond's hitting the ball to RF when the pitch warrants it, his BA is well over .300, and his OBP is inching up towards .350.And while I don't have any hard data, it appears that The Kid has cut his errors to half the rate before the All-Star break.Given his speed, and the fact that he is probably the best bunter on the team, Desmond is shaping up as real good hitter in the 2nd spot in the batting order.

  3. BQ - Aug 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    I don't like my chances in today's game because Olsen is on the mound. He has terrible numbers against most of Phillies lineup, with lots of HR served to their big hitters such as ryan, chase, etc. We have done well against Oswalt in past two starts but anything can happen on a given day in baseball.

  4. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Same tendon irritation a John Patterson and Shawn Hill…we were told their injuries amounted to nothing too at first and look what happened!!!

  5. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    From Twitter-Expecting showers to end around game time and Roy Oswalt should throw his first pitch as scheduled at 1:35. Gates open at 11:35. Go Phils! (Hey, I didn't put Go Phils in there, I just report t as I see it.) Any new word,Mark?

  6. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Seriously, why is Bernadina batting 5th instead of Morse and why is Wil Neives still with the team, does he have dirt on Riggleman or Rizzo that would result in embarassment…blackmail is the only explaination!

  7. Sec3MySofa - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Anon at 12:34, you'd DFA him on the radio, wouldn't you? Admit it.

  8. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Now I'll agree that Olsen isn't a go to guy. I'm just hoping for the same productivity that he had with Atlanta. Yes he was credited with 3 runs and thus the lost, but it wouldn't have mattered who pitched when your bullpen gives up 7 more.With a win today we will be 500 with both the Braves and the Phillies. Go Nats!

  9. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    We wont win this game if we cant score Niger from third. Hope that 1st inning wasn't a replay of Friday night.

  10. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    @ManassasThe old bug a boo 0 for 7 with men in scoring position. The mental approach to batting in those situations has to change. Obviously whatever approach Rick Eckstein preaches in that condition doesn't work ir the players do not repsond to his teaching either way, we need a new approach when it comes to hitting, the present approaches is not good.

  11. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Right now Dunn is out before he even hits; he is completely off skelter.

  12. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Morse is a moron, why did he throw home when a throw to first would have got Oswalt out…it is this sort of mdental midgetry that HAS and will continue to keep Morse from being an everyday player in the majors…time to make the call to Newark and add Elijah to the roster in September and send Mikey Mo back down to Little League where he will be working with his mental peers!

  13. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Has rigor mortis set in for Dunn!? He doesn't even move anymore when a ground ball is not hit right at him!!!!

  14. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Now 0 for 9 with RISP. 0 for 5 with a man on third. That is just patheticMorgan 0 for 0Desmond 0 for 2Zimmerman 0 for 1Dunn 0 for 2Bernadina 0 for 0Morse 0 for 1Kennedy 0 for 2Nieves 0 for 1Olson 0 for 0

  15. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Maya got smoked in Potomac.

  16. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 22, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Orlando Pena at first base next season is looking better and better.

  17. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    NatsJack,I think you mean Carlos Pena. If you do I don't really agree. 32 years old .213 batting average and very expensive.He can play 1st though.

  18. NatsJack in Florida - Aug 22, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    My bad. Yes, Carlos Pena. The thing is, we could sign him for less than Dunn and probably for only 2 years.

  19. Richard - Aug 22, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    The Dunn Slump is approaching epoch proportions. Biblical. How can a guy do such damage and then — nada for two weeks … or more, glup? And can we keep are sanity with these ups and downs?

  20. Jeeves - Aug 22, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Dunn has done this his whole career. I've said before I was disappointed the Nats didn't trade him for Dan Hudson. It was a bad no move by Rizzo. Three or four more years of his inconsistency and poor fielding is more than this fan wants to endure. I can't believe Boz wants the Nats to sign him or there are so many fans with the same sentiment.

  21. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Dunn had a terrible August and September last season too. The Nats will have to offer him arbitration (to get draft choices as compensation) and if he accepts, they might get stuck paying him $15 million next season.

  22. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    All season long, the Nats have had a nasty pattern of going several consecutive games with absolutely no offense (just like today), then for one game (usually against a marginal starter) they will tee off for 8 or 10 runs and 15 hits. The next game they go right back into their offensive funk.

  23. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    and mighty Casey strikes out again.

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