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Game 7: Nats at Mets

Apr 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It's cold and gray at Citi Field for the Mets' home opener against the Nats.

NEW YORK — Fresh off last night's exhilarating, 11-inning win in Florida, the bleary-eyed Nationals are back in action this afternoon. It's Opening Day for the Mets at Citi Field, so we've got a rare 4 p.m. Friday afternoon start.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the nod for the Nats. I asked him after last night's game if he had given any consideration to flying in early on his own so he could get a full night's sleep. He said he much preferred to stay with his teammates, watch the game in person and get some rest on the late-night charter flight.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, a revelation for the Mets last season, starts the home opener. Our old friend Willie Harris is in the lineup, batting sixth and playing left field with Jason Bay still on the disabled list.

Updates to come throughout…

Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 4:10 p.m.
Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM)
Weather: Light rain, 51 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from RF

SS Ian Desmond
RF Jayson Werth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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  1. Anonymous - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Go Nats!UNTERP

  2. josh f - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Last series Desmond got going, now Morse has to do it.

  3. Knoxville Nat - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    And Desmond needs to keep hitting and stay away from base running mistakes.

  4. JaneB - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Mets get a wet opening day, too – but ten extra degrees!

  5. Dave - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Did Desmond have a baserunning mistake last night? I didn't see the first part of the game, only the 8th through the 11th.Of course, it was Espinosa who got caught stealing third late in the game yesterday.

  6. sparky - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    If we win tonight, and the Braves and Marlins lose, then we're tied for 2nd, and probably within a game and a half of a wild card spot!

  7. Knoxville Nat - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Dave,I was referring to Wednesday night's game when he tried to go from second to third on a ground ball to his right and he was easily thrown out by Hanley Ramierz. Not a smart play by Desmaond at all.

  8. JD - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    'Last series Desmond got going, now Morse has to do it' BA is .261 OBP is .261; no walks no HBP. We need to see steady OBP in the high .300's before we agree that Desmond got going.

  9. N. Cognito - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Desmond also screwed up the other night when he went from 2nd to 3rd on the sac fly that scored Ramos (?). Desmond slid into third with his lead leg up in the air. His back leg is the one that touched the bag first. Even after replays, it looked to me as hewas tagged before that back leg touched the base.

  10. Tim - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Geeze. Some fans on here. 1 week in and we are already defeated back biting bunch. Think I might go back to WaPost.

  11. John O'Connor - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    "'Last series Desmond got going, now Morse has to do it'BA is .261 OBP is .261; no walks no HBP. We need to see steady OBP in the high .300's before we agree that Desmond got going."——–In fairness, the poster said Desmkoind got it going "Last series." Last series, Desmond's OBP was .600, which is pretty good. I do not mexpect him to maintain a .600 OBP that is all batting average though.

  12. Anonymous - Apr 8, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    JD said… 'BA is .261 OBP is .261; no walks no HBP. We need to see steady OBP in the high .300's before we agree that Desmond got going.'The guy just went 6 for 10 over the last 2 games. I would say that is getting things going just as much as everyone else was calling for his head after the first 3 games where he was 0 for 13. Both are small sample sizes and people should just stop talking about stuff like that til May 1st.

  13. Jeeves - Apr 8, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    You're right Tim, but those fans are in the minority. (I think!) Desmond has been playing well defensively and yes, I believe he 'got going' offensively. Some people here have a difficult time with the half full concept.For example, a blogger, on a previous post complained all the way through last night's game about how the Nats would lose. Of course, when they won, there was no comments from him at all.

  14. DFL - Apr 8, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Desmond needs to hit second. Espinosa first. How can I pound that into Riggs?

  15. JaneB - Apr 8, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Tim, stick around. It's not all bitterness and rage here. In fact, people are usually pretty supportive of our Nats. Really. And you don't get Mark Z at WaPo, either — that should be reason enough to stick around here!

  16. JD - Apr 8, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    DFL Espinosa – same problem as Desmond; no walks, no HBP; just hits. If you them 1,2 there is a strong possibility that Werth will come up with 2 outs and no one on too often.

  17. TimDz - Apr 8, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Tim…Jeeves & Jane are right. There are negative comments, but they're in the minority. And having Marks insight male it worth putting up with a bit of carping from the minions. There is also less troll infestation here…

  18. DFL - Apr 8, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Who else does the Nats have as a leadoff batter for right now? Leadoff batters with On Base Percentages over .330 don't fall off trees, about as common as catchers who can run. Espinosa should get the job by default. I like the idea of three fast men ahead of Zimmerman and LaRoche.

  19. natsfan1a - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    I second (um, fourth?) Jeeves, JaneB, and TimDz.

  20. Rob Dibble - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Mark — Is there any way to stream Nats radio broadcasts on the PC?Seems like 106.7FM and 1580AM have other programming on their internet feeds.Gotta get my Charlie and Dave fix here at work.

  21. Manassas Nats Fan - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    WJFK has been pathetic so far as a flagship station. mark what is the deal with them. No Wizard game to interfere with.Chad Dukes and Lavar aren't talking baseball what is the deal here?

  22. Anonymous - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    You have to pay to get streaming radio broadcasts.

  23. Wally - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    I have to say, I am a little disappointed in some of the base running decisions lately. Several times in the last few games runners have been thrown out at third which, if it happened before the other runner scored, would have prevented a run. Pudge just did it today. Aggressive is good, but some sense of the situation needs to be there too.

  24. sjm308 - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Can anyone explain how I can sync the tv broadcast with Charlie & Dave? Just can't stand Bob and the radio guys are terrific. My radio broadcast comes in at least one and sometimes two pitches ahead of what I am watching and that is no fun.Tim: hang in there with us, most fans are supportive and even the negative ones are passionate about our Nats. We have a couple that continue to harp on the same issues over & over but Mark is worth the price of admission alone.Now for the game. They rocked Jordan in the 1st inning but all right at people. Nice to see us jump out in front but who was trying to move our catcher from 1st to 3rd on a single? if that was Porter, thats two mistakes in the last few games. I love being aggressive but we need to run the bases well the way we are struggling. Go Nats!!!

  25. Wally - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Wow, Zimm looks great.

  26. Anonymous - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Agreed with Manassas Nats fan…JFK apparently didn't look up "flagship" before they signed up.

  27. Anonymous - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    But he's throwing too many pitches!! His 100% arm is going to explode into a million pieces!

  28. Rob Dibble - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Anonymous said…You have to pay to get streaming radio broadcasts.^^ Saw this. Looks like there's a blackberry app but nothing available for Android or iPhone? Hmmm

  29. Wally - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Ok, gotta say this. When they do a closeup of a RH batter, they show the stands behind the plate a little up the 3B line. There is a girl towards the top side of the screen (wearing a gray sweatshirt) that is a dead ringer for the girl friend from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Anyone, anyone?

  30. rmoore446 - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    The MLB audio subscription is the way to go on radio and its a bargain. Gives you all the radio feeds and sometimes late at night I listen to West Coast games and right now I'm listening to the Mets broadcast. I like to hear it from the other side at times and I know others do as well.

  31. Wally - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    RISP has luck to it, I know that, but all these missed chances are really getting to me.

  32. The Ghost of Tony Plush - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Rmoore446: Is through a computer the only way to stream? It looks like the mobile options are limited.

  33. Grandstander - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    It's becoming crystal clear that Pudge's bat has become a huge liability in our lineup. Riggleman saying "we'll take the hits when they come" doesn't justify why he can't get the ball in the air. He seems capable of only hitting weak infield grounders.

  34. SCNatsFan - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    I don't care how good a career Pudge has had, I don't care if he's a future HOF, I don't care how well he handles pitchers… if he can't hit the ball anywhere but on the ground – weakly – to 2B over and over then its his time to move on.Sad part is most teams walk the 8 hitter and get to the pitcher… no need to do it 1/2 the games the Nats play.

  35. Anonymous - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Pudge looks pathetic at the plate. It's sad when players of his caliber hang on too long.

  36. Grandstander - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Why didn't they have Pudge bunt there? Everyone knew he would ground it weakly to second to set up the play. Why not just admit it and bunt?

  37. JD - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Better yet; give him the take sign and Espi the steal sign. Can't keep this automatic out in the lineup too much longer.

  38. Matt - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:02 PM


  39. fpcsteve - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Nice to see Ankiel having a good day. re: Rodriguez… Manny Ramirez juts retired because he got caught cheating again (PED). Maybe Rodriguez (who has not been caught but has been suspected of using PED's) is one of the smart guys not tempting fate. Maybe this is all he has left. Maybe… Just a thought…

  40. Grandstander - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    I'm making this a petition to hereby refer to our relief pitcher as "Gas Can Gaudin" – Why, oh why, did Riggleman leave him in?

  41. Wally - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Flippin' Gaudin is making me switch to the Masters

  42. Jim Webster - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Ah Pudge … so sorry I doubted you.

  43. Smatt1001 - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    And Pudge DIDN'T gidp!!

  44. Wally - Apr 8, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Ok, finally some luck. Pudge hits his obligatory GB to 2B, but Emaus playing too much up the middle, so it is a two run single. Hooray.

  45. dj in Fl. - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Now shut up about Pudge!He shortened up and got the hit we needed.He has a role, to get Ramos career going the correct way, and fill in until Flores is in playing shape. Winning vets are needed to end this losing mindset that is all our youngsters have experinced.

  46. Anonymous - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    At this rate, Clippard is on track to appear in 116 games…

  47. Anonymous - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Might want to be a little more respectful of our Hall of Fame catcher, Mark.

  48. Natsochist - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    @Grandstander, sorry…that nickname will forever be reserved for the one and only Joel Hanrahan. Or gascanrahan, as we not-so-affectionately grew to call him.On a more positive note, very happy to see Pudge break through finally.

  49. Mark'd - Apr 8, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    What is up with Bob Carpenters hair? Blonde, Gray, Brown and Black

  50. Anonymous - Apr 9, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    "Anonymous said…You have to pay to get streaming radio broadcasts.^^ Saw this. Looks like there's a blackberry app but nothing available for Android or iPhone? Hmmm"MLB At Bat app is available for iPhone. $15 for the season gets you streaming audio for every single game plus playoffs and WS.

  51. Manassas Nats Fan - Apr 9, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Anyone figure out why the Flagship station was worthless today. Listening on the computer is great when I am at home, but not in my car. I have Sirius vice XM so that doesn't help either.

  52. Manassas Nats Fan - Apr 9, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    I just wrote WJFK to see what their problem is. I old them there is only 2 sports season in my book.Baseball season, and waiting for baseball season. The other sports just take during the waiting for baseball season period.

  53. Anonymous - Apr 9, 2011 at 2:45 AM

    I'm in Manassas too, and the signal on 1580 AM actually came in on my car. Which is great for days when the games aren't on 106.7, because 1500 AM is just static here.





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