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Series preview: Nats at Marlins

Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. — RHP Jason Marquis (2-9, 6.60 in 2010) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (13-12, 3.55 in 2010).
TV: MASN Radio: WHFS (1580 AM)

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. –- RHP Livan Hernandez (0-1, 2.84) vs. RHP Chris Volstad (12-9, 4.58 in 2010).
TV: MASN Radio: WHFS (1580 AM)

Thursday, 7:10 p.m. –- LHP John Lannan (1-0, 1.80) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (1-0, 2.70).
TV: MASN Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM)

MARLINS UPDATE
While the Phillies and Braves drew most of the headlines over the winter as the powerhouses of the NL East, the Marlins quietly made some shrewd moves that could keep them in the mix all season. New catcher John Buck is off to a strong start, as are relievers Clay Hensley and Mike Dunn. Veteran right-hander Javier Vazquez struggled in his season debut Sunday, but Florida hopes he'll be a key contributor to a deep rotation that boasts a true ace in Josh Johnson (who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Opening Day). Throw in one of the best all-around players in the game in Hanley Ramirez and stud right fielder Mike Stanton, and the Marlins look well-positioned to competeRead more »

  1. Softball Girl - Apr 5, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    So our consistently worst hitter against the Fish is our new $126M man?

  2. Avar - Apr 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Maybe I'm nit picking but I think every defensive metric out there rates Hanley as below average to awful on defense so why do you say he is one of the best all around players in the game? I always think of him as one of the best 3 or 4 hitters in the game but a lousy defender who needs to move to 2B or the outfield. But, I have read you enough to know you don't say things idly (sp?) so thought I'd ask.

  3. citizen16 - Apr 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Did Mike Stanton get injured over the weekend?

  4. Doc - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Gettin' ready for the Fish, that was a great post Mark!I always thought that Handless Ramirez was a SS in name only!Does BallyStar keep his return ticket in his wallet?

  5. natsfan1a - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    I'm behind in my reading, so apologies if this has already been posted (and Kearns haters may wish to avert their eyes).Was looking at the Indians site to see footage of the triple play from the other day, and found this piece about Austin's son, who evidently was diagnosed with autism during Kearns' injury-plagued year of 2009. Good luck to Brady and to the Kearns family.http://tinyurl.com/4ya6yftOh, and I like the series preview format! Maybe the Braves will now own us rather than the Marlins due to Freddi's dugout move? Heh.

  6. Tim - Apr 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Marquis vs. Sanchez… Game goes scoreless through the 7th… Then in the top of the 8th, Desmond lays down a bunt down the 3B line for a single (his first hit of the year), steals second, and is plated by a gapper to RCF that Werth tries to stretch to a triple but is thrown out.Marquis throws a strong 7 innings and in the 8th and 9th, the "Clip n' Burn" combo shuts down the hated Marlins the rest of the way. Nats win 1-0.

  7. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Desmond's not starting tonight. Hairston is. You need to revise your scenario.

  8. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Is hairston also leading off or is that espinosa?

  9. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Anything less that 2 out of 3 wins against the Fish is unexceptable!

  10. Rob Dibble's Ghost - Apr 5, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Since it seems like the Marlins have always dominated it us (hopefully that changes, starting with tonight), Jayson Werth should fit right in! Sanchez has owned him with 13 Ks in 19 ABs. Wow.

  11. NatsHat - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    1) Wonder how Marquis will start out his season 2)Curious to see if Desmond, Michael and Ivan do better offensively on the road. They all have different roles this year and seem to be pressing at the plate.

  12. Tcostant - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Word on the street has Ian Desmond being benched tonight for Jerry Hairston. If you had Desmond getting benched before he got a hit – you won.

  13. Avar - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Not a fan of Riggleman playing bench players "to keep them sharp". Which guys to start is one of the most important decisions a manager makes and I tend to disagree w/ Riggleman's philosophy on that. I'm a big proponent of playing the best players – every day.Riggs is a class act but I'm glad they haven't extended his contract. I would like to see someone else fill out that lineup card and choose who/when to pinch hit.

  14. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Riggleman lies awake at night trying to decide which is his most important task. Is it to double switch or get his guys some ABs? No wonder he never seems to have a clue about how to win the game.

  15. The Joker - Apr 5, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    So begins the agony of another awful season. Let me invite the baseball fans of DC to drive up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and see a dynamic ballclub play, my beloved Baltimore Orioles. Remember, when the Natinals' fans are crying in their overpriced beer by the mistake on the Potomac sewerfront, the smells of Blue Plains wafting in the air, you can see a real team sitting on top of the American League East playing a brand of baseball unmatched in the annals of the sport.

  16. N. Cognito - Apr 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Anonymous said… "Anything less that 2 out of 3 wins against the Fish is unexceptable!"Face PalmThe Joker said… "…you can see a real team sitting on top of the American League East playing a brand of baseball unmatched in the anals of the sport."FIFY

  17. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    FYI: I updated the radio listings for this series. Though the Nats' official website has 106.7 FM broadcasting every game this season, that's not accurate. They'll be bumped off 106.7 and over to 1580 AM a couple of times this month when the Wizards are playing. And they'll be bumped off 1500 AM when the Capitals are playing, as is the case tonight and tomorrow.

  18. naterial guy - Apr 5, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    I can deal with be bumped for the caps, but the wizards?! Ugh, I can't wait 'til we start winning enough to get the respect we deserve.

  19. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    The Joker said………."…..you can see a real team sitting on top of the American League East"We'll see how long that one lasts………..

  20. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    The Joker said… So begins the agony of another awful season. Let me invite the baseball fans of DC to drive up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and see a dynamic ballclub play, my beloved Baltimore Orioles. Remember, when the Natinals' fans are crying in their overpriced beer by the mistake on the Potomac sewerfront, the smells of Blue Plains wafting in the air, you can see a real team sitting on top of the American League East playing a brand of baseball unmatched in the annals of the sport.You seem to know it all, but Nationals Park is not a "mistake" on the Potomac. It is a mistake on the Anacostia…UNTERP

  21. Steve M. - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/mike_rizzo_explains_his_bench/2011/04/05/AFDkGKjC_blog.html?wprss=dc-sports-bogI have been very critical of the last cuts and how the bench was constructed and what I called the Rizzo FAIL in regards to not having a true CF in place during the Winter when Rizzo took his chance on a better Nyjer. I am glad to see that the Bog detailed Rizzo squirming about the bench.You paid $126 million for Jayson Werth and another truckload for Adam LaRoche's cash and you need guys like Cora, Hairston, Nix, and Stairs on your bench for veteran leadership? What happened to improved athleticism to go along with leadership.

  22. Jim Webster - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    The Joker said … may be overstating his case for the Os but one personal observation supports the argument for the rejuvenation in Baltimore. I noticed several Os in the dugout last night (on MASN) standing at the railing paying attention to the game. Sunday, from my seat high in Sec 313 in Nats Park, I could clearly see several Nats players sitting in the dugout, their feet up on the base of the railing, chatting with each other. A real contrast, and it has to change.

  23. Wally - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Mark – is Stanton playing tonight?

  24. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    "N. Cognito said…———Anonymous said… 'Anything less that 2 out of 3 wins against the Fish is unexceptable!'—-Face Palm" As opposed to "unexceptional" — sorta.Hey, I'm trying to work with it here.

  25. NatsFanTom - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    The Joker is a troll. Besides, anyone from Baltimore criticizing the smells of another city is doing what psychologists call "self-projecting". Ignore him, and all trolls.

  26. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    "I could clearly see several Nats players sitting in the dugout, their feet up on the base of the railing, chatting with each other. A real contrast, and it has to change."Apparently not, if it hasn't by now. More's the pity.

  27. PAY TO PLAY - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Steve M. said… You paid $126 million for Jayson Werth and another truckload for Adam LaRoche's cash and you need guys like Cora, Hairston, Nix, and Stairs on your bench for veteran leadership?What happened to improved athleticism to go along with leadership. ——————————–Can't argue with that logic and to Jim Webster's point Sunday, from my seat high in Sec 313 in Nats Park, I could clearly see several Nats players sitting in the dugout, their feet up on the base of the railing, chatting with each other. A real contrast, and it has to change. Maybe clubhouse leadership is also supposed to get these guys interested in the game!

  28. Tcostant - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Mark -Can you post all your radio appearance times on the home page? I know you did a post about it a while back, but it would be much better if we had easier access to that info (at least a link to the original post on the home page). Thanks – we just don't want to miss your spots.

  29. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Tcostant: Check the left side rail of the homepage. My daily appearance schedule on ESPN 980 is listed there.

  30. Tcostant - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Wow – I don't know how I missed that. Thanks

  31. citizen16 - Apr 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Jon Heyman from SI just tweeted that Stanton is not in the lineup tonight. I thought I read that he got injured over the weekend. Apparently the Fish are hoping Stanton will avoid a trip to the DL.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Monday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (3) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.0
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 --
SAN FRANCISCO 85 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 5.0
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
(End of regular season)
MON: OFF
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