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Game 69: Cardinals at Nats

Jun 16, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats go for the sweep and a six-game winning streak tonight.

The Nationals don't often find themselves in this situation: Winners of five straight, with a chance to sweep a front-line opponent. Yet here they stand entering tonight's game against the Cardinals.

Can the resurgent lineup keep it up after scoring 18 combined runs the last two nights? Jim Riggleman isn't tinkering with much these days; he's using the same starting nine as last night except for Wilson Ramos behind the plate and John Lannan on the mound.

Speaking of Lannan, he's been on the best roll of his career, having allowed only two total earned runs over his last four starts. He'll be seeking to get his record (4-5) back to .500 with a win tonight.

Updates to come…

CARDINALS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 186
Weather: Thunderstorms, 75 degrees, Wind out to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (32-36)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Laynce Nix

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109 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Anonymous - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    GO NATS!!!

  2. Knoxville Nat - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    I hope Holiday's return to the lineup doesn't do for St. Louis what RZ's return did for the Nationals.Got the broom out and ready to use!

  3. Anonymous8 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Time to exploit Lance Berkman in rightfield. The guy makes Adam Dunn in the outfield look good.

  4. HHover - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Here's hoping Holliday's a little rusty and doesn't immediately return to form. Another bit of news in the Cards line-up – Theriot is sitting, Greene is in at SS, presumably bc of Theriot's atrocious defense of late. Greene is weaker offensively, tho, so I hope that helps Lannan.

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    P John LannEn – fixed it for you.Let's go NATS!!!!

  6. DFL - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Game 69 and Laynce Nix is the clean-up hitter for the Nats. I would have thought that happening about as probable as Anthony Weiner exposing himself on his cell phone or the Washington Wizards winning half their games.

  7. Hack 'em, smack 'em - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:22 PM

  8. N. Cognito - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Since the Nats have done so well with the pitcher batting 8th, imagine how much better they'd do if the pitcher was the leadoff hitter.

  9. TimDz - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Tuesday's attendance was 26,000+ but was a $2.00 ticket day.Wednesday's attendance was 27,000+Was that due to buzz about the first game?RZ's returnbetter weather?The fact that the Cards have a decent following?Just wondering what others think…(I'm going with the Card following…)

  10. Nats Outsider - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    TimDz, I think you are right. There were quite few Cards supporters where I was sitting in Section 117. Of course, that's near the visitor dugout, but it is also an area dominated by ticket plan holders. I also saw a lot of Cardinal fans in the vending areas. It wasn't like a Mets or Phillies game, but it was far more than a sprinkling.

  11. Anonymous8 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Tim, I actually pick games based on the opponent and the Cardinals and Cubs and inter-league are some of my favorites to go and watch.The Cubs fans can be a little more boisterous but like mentioned, the Cardinals fans are nice to have as our guests in the stadium.

  12. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Not a lot cards fans there (not like Phillies and BoSox etc). Some, but the Buzz was about the Nats@ Big Cat you got your broom ready?

  13. Slidell - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Thanks to the Marlins loss today (for awhile at least) the Nats are no longer in the basement! Let's hope it stays that way.

  14. Anonymous - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    when is riggleman gonna realize that demsmond has to go?

  15. Gonat - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/stats/index.jsp?team=cubI found this interesting about Yunesky Maya in the 2009 World Baseball Classic (WBC) when he pitched for Cuba. He only started one game and was a relief pitcher in 2 games.He is another player in the Nats system that will most likely end up being a spot starter or may be worth looking at him as a reliever.

  16. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    5:10, Riggleman will be gone long before Desmond, unless something really unlikely happens. Glad I could clear that up for you,

  17. Sunderland - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Wil Nieves outrighted by Brewers to Nashville…

  18. Gonat - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Sunderland, who?

  19. Unkyd - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Sec3 5:47…. Nice try. I don't think much is clear for him…

  20. SonnyG10 - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Hope they get the game in tonight. I really need my Nats fix!

  21. Knoxville Nat - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    5:10, if the Nats keep on winning like this they most likely will extend Riggleman's contract. So I guess you will root against the home team, is that right?

  22. Wally - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    OK, Tuesday was 'Hit it to Theriot', and last night was 'Hit it to Pujols'. Who gets the horns tonight? I am guessing Schumaker

  23. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Who?Milwaukee Brewers!

  24. Anonymous - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    There weren't many Cardinals fans at the Tuesday night game. I believe the $2 seats were limited to a couple of sections in the upper deck.

  25. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Knoxville, if they keep winning, he deserves to get extended.

  26. Wee Willie - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Wally @ 6:35I'm kinda partial to hitting it where they ain't…

  27. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    And hit it to Holliday.

  28. Gonat - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Nice start to the game Lannen!!!

  29. Sunderland - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Werth and Bernadina hit it where they ain't

  30. Gonat - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Werth sets the tone known as the submarine horn!!!! Bernadina doesn't get the bunt down but does some yack 'em smack 'em of his own!!!!

  31. Bud Selig - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Ok boys, after the game tonight I need you and you and you and you to p in these cups…

  32. waddu eye no - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    who are these guys? where have they been? mom, can we keep 'em?

  33. Bud Selig - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    And you too Holliday.

  34. Anonymous8 - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Lannan struck out Holliday in my opinion but didn't get the call and you know what happens on the next pitch…

  35. FS - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Technically speaking we should win tonight's matchup because Lannan has good numbers against Cards and Lohse has struggled recently. We are on a hot streak and Cards are in a slump. Let us see where we end up.

  36. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Anonymous8 said… Time to exploit Lance Berkman in rightfield. The guy makes Adam Dunn in the outfield look good. June 16, 2011 4:05 PM ____________________________Yep, glad they hit one to Berkman. He got it so shallow in RF and skipped the throw to the catcher!

  37. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    I hope Lannen sees that he can pitch on the black outside to RH batters and get that call like Lohse.

  38. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    That was great. Lannen goes Strike 1 to Holliday on the outside black! Gets Holliday on the 2 strike count and then gets him to roll owver the Huge double play on Holliday!

  39. Wally - Jun 17, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    I have been trying to understand why Lannan has been getting such good rsults this year, when at first glance he doesn't look like he is pitching all that differently. Luck is an obvious guess, and maybe that is part of it.But he also seems to be a tick faster, touching 90-91 more often than I recall. But the biggest thing that I see is this big, two plane slurvy pitch. It is slow and goes through several eye levels, making it appear very different from his other pitches. Very tough for lefties. I don't recall him having that pitch before. Does anyone else?That could elevate him as a pitcher.

  40. JaneB - Jun 17, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    I think Anon at 5:10 had to be kidding. Ian is great defensively and he's had a hit in the last nine or ten games. By now, everyone knows he is a keeper.

  41. Anonymous - Jun 17, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    But Desmond seems lost at the plate (in spite of the hitting streak). It looks like he's jumping out of his shoes on every swing. He isn't near the hitter he was last year.

  42. Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Wally, not to take anything against Lannan, he has been pitching better, keeping the ball down, etc. but I think first LaRoche, and then Morse, have made The whole infield look better, which has helped make the entire pitching staff look better.

  43. Knoxville Nat - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Joe,While I do not discount the contributions of LaRoche and Morse in our infield defense, lets also acknowledge Desmond's improvements (significant in my opinion)and especially what Espinosa brings to the table. A future GG if you ask me.

  44. HHover - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Alas, JaneB, Anon isn't kidding at all. I liked the way he was going for a 2-fer with that first complaint, tho–Desi has to go, and Riggs is at fault for not realizing it. A real economy in the whining there….

  45. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Joe Seamhead, the increased range and defense has definitely helped all the pitchers especially in pitch count and run count. Lannan was victimized often by errors and mis-plays that cost him in extra pitches and runs given up.

  46. Wally - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    One run surrendered but we are through Rasmus, Pujols, Holliday and Berkman.Ok, I can live with that.

  47. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Well Wally, I was in agreement with you but Storen just served up a MEATBALL to the catcher.

  48. FS - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Wally I thought the exact same thing and Drew goes and does this.

  49. FS - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    and the errorless streak comes to an end. wheels are coming off? LOL, hope not.

  50. Wally - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Yeah, that sucked. I don't care too much about the streak, but that definitely was a meatball.C'mon boys, let's bring it home right here

  51. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Not a great time for an error. Some of these guys who had received these All Star accolades really didn't look All Star in the last inning and a 1/2 particularly Clippard, Storen, and now Espinosa….Now time for an exciting Walk Off Win!!!!

  52. HHover - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Coupla thoughts about Morse and his hitting streak:He's benefiting from a very high BABIP (.359 this season), but he's also having better at bats. He's striking out less. His 2d homer last night came in an 8-pitch at bat in which he was down 0-2. He had gone something like 15 PAs without a K until tonight, when he was called out on a third strike that pitchFx says was a ball. I don't think he can stay that lucky on his BABIP, but hopefully he can maintain a good approach at the plate.And oh yeah – it's time to pick Drew up, hitters!

  53. Anonymous8 - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Matt Stairs time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Nope, just the usual out of Stairs, meaning an OUT…

  55. Wally - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    Everyone is swinging from their heels. Althpugh with Stairs, I welcome itI guess its 'hit it to Pujols' night again.C'mon Shaggy, time for the walk off

  56. Unkyd - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    "A real economy in the whining there…."Snork!….:)

  57. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    Free baseball gives me a chance to get in something I've been meaning to note. I'm really impressed that Albert Pujols would agree to play third. He stays at third and he probably goes to the all star game on habit alone, and he's almost certainly losing money on that point.

  58. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    *stays at FIRST

  59. JaneB - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Maybe Sean is back to being Sean?!?

  60. A DC Wonk - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Nice inning by Burnett (a welcome change)

  61. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Great inning by Sean Burnett. That was encouraging!Now some Nats offense!!!!

  62. Nats Lifer - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Storen's first pitch to Molina, called a ball, was much closer to being a strike than that third strike to Berkman. That call rattled Storen, and I think led to him grooving that HR pitch. This ump's strike zone has been floating somewhat.

  63. Anonymous - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Here we go another game in x-tras. Here's where we find out if the situational hitting in the Sabermetric lineup has improved.

  64. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Cmon Zim you slacker. Werth, Bernadina, Nix — where's the tater?

  65. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    how old do you have to be for Nix to look like Spuds McKenzie to you?

  66. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    38 — the number of the beast mode….

  67. Andrew - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    ESPINOSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    I was just about to say, Espinosa is going to end the game or K …BUH BYE

  69. Andrew - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    41 RBIs!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    and for the record, I don't care if he hits .212 all year… Pie, anyone?

  71. A DC Wonk - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    If he's not in the all-star game — at least he's _our_ all star! Espy!!!!And he'll attract notice around the league soonNot bad for a rookie. 41 RBI's for a guy who doesn't bat in the middle of the order.Yeah, baby!! Six in a row baby!

  72. Unkyd - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    DANNY WALKS IT OFF!!!!!

  73. Anonymous - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Sabermetric line up: STILL WORKING!(Energizer bunny that looks like Danny Espinosa careens across home plate … )

  74. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    Well that is the way to end the game! LaRussa throws Salas for 2 innings and give an assist to Zim on really working him so Espinosa can make everyone forget about the 8th and 9th innings!

  75. FS - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    I say retire his number already in the other 29 teams. :DLove the guy…

  76. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    but we are going to have to redefine a particular exception to the Mendoza Line (.214, technically) — the Espinosa Line.

  77. JaneB - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    These guys won't win every game, but for the first time it feels like they could. Like it won't have to be a miracle. Like they are playing to win, fighting to stay in it. I love the Nats!

  78. Andrew - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    8.33 runs per game since Zim's return!!!!

  79. Smatt1001 - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Awesome hit by Espi and a good inning by Burnett as well. Great way to sweep the series.

  80. Nats Outsider - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    I think it's great how the Nats finally took the advice of all the negativos around here and got rid of Riggleman. Obviously, the man knows nothing about the game, what with his weird lineups and such. The new manager is so much better. What a relief!!

  81. Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Wow! Danny sure can't hit left handed, eh? I'd say that he more then made up for the earlier error. Oh, how sweet it is to be out of the cellar!

  82. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Another observation, Storen may have given up the tying run but he held it at just that run to give the Nats a chance.

  83. Anonymous - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    I don't think he can stay that lucky on his BABIP, but hopefully he can maintain a good approach at the plate.Morse has been pretty consistent since 2009. From AAA to the majors. You know he is going to hit around .300. OBP wise is a question mark due to the dearth of walks. What is different is that the home run output has increased. Doubles have decreased. Although the last two games he has been getting some good line drives off the wall instead of pop ups. He's still a work in progress.But Espinosa, if he conquers the platoon bat nothing is stopping him from becoming a super star.

  84. A DC Wonk - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    What's Danny's slugging average now?And let's remember to give our props to Lannan — yet another quality start — seven innings, two runs. That's five starts in a row where he's given up two runs or less.

  85. Andrew - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    Here's another point that if the Nats were scoring their 2 runs per game like last week, there is no margin for error.This looks like a good team. Never gave up!

  86. A DC Wonk - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    Nats Outsider said… I think it's great how the Nats finally took the advice of all the negativos around here and got rid of Riggleman. Obviously, the man knows nothing about the game, what with his weird lineups and such. The new manager is so much better. What a relief!!Yeah — after all, Rizzo's hasn't improved the team at all in two years. And they finally dumped Lannan because he's a "pitching to contact" guy that would never amount to anything. And etc etc etc

  87. natsfan1a - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Hey, guys. Did I miss anything while I was out sweeping the porch? :-D Wooohooo!!

  88. A DC Wonk - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    And, hey, attendance just under 20K — not bad for a night that had threats of thunderstorms, etc.Someone up above was asking why — some of the reason is that the Nats are playing well, and that makes going to the park a whole lot more fun.

  89. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Joe Seamhead said… Wow! Danny sure can't hit left handed, eh? I'd say that he more then made up for the earlier error. Oh, how sweet it is to be out of the cellar! June 16, 2011 10:15 PM _____________________________Here is the latest adjustments that Danny has made from the left side. He had shortened his swing in mid-May and then he seemed to go back to the long swing. He has worked this last homestand on shortening the swing again but he also isn't taking that long stride where he and Eckstein thought it was too much going on in his set-up. Tonight you also saw him take an outside pitch to left field which really shows he is going with the pitch.Nice to see everything coming together for him.For as much crap as Eckstein takes, 3 guys just speak his praise in Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa. I know the offense has suffered but you need good hitters to get good hits.

  90. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:32 AM

    Wow, Skip and Joe Torre on the postgame for the prostate cancer challenge. http://www.pcf.org. A fathers day promo.As a lifelong Giants fan, man, I've missed Tommy LaSorda.

  91. FS - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:32 AM

    A DC Wonk, his OPS right now is .784 so slugging should come around .460. Also Lannan has allowed total 4 ER in past five starts.Time to watch some highlights.

  92. Unkyd - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    In the spirit of Wonk and Outsider, from the previous thread, this morning: Unkyd said…Oh…and that new hitting coach is working out well, too!!! Clearly nothing was gonna change, with that clown, Eckstein, running things… What's that? Eck is still here?! Well, he must have switched brands of chew, or something… maybe a shot of Genius Juice, in his coffee?June 16, 2011 10:16 AM hehehe…

  93. Exposremains - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    There was an article about the same time last year on the MASN website saying that Pat Corrales had stated that Espinosa was the best player in the Nats system. I remember that it came off as a surprise because nobody had ranked Espinosa as a no.1 prospect on those fancy lists. We knew that he was good but I guess Corrales sure knew what he was talking about.

  94. A DC Wonk - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Also Lannan has allowed total 4 ER in past five starts.(Thanks FS)After what he's been through, including that send-down to the minors, it's nice to see Lannan put together a nice string of starts.Also — you know what's really great? You know that guys like Clip and Store are going to have some bad outings. It's awesome that on a nice where they both gave up a run, that the Nats still were able to win.

  95. Nats Outsider - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    DC Wonk, I think you are right on the money: when the Nats (or, any home team) is winning, it makes it easier to decide to head down to the ballpark. Right now, the Nats are 17-12 at home, which is second only to the Phillies in the NL east.

  96. Manassas Nats Fan - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    Tonight Espinosa put in his effort to make the all star team.

  97. Mark'd - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:42 AM

    I honestly don't know this team. Riggleman was playing chess tonight!

  98. FS - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:44 AM

    You know during this win streak or since that road trip, every win still amazes me. I mean, WOW what took over these guys to perform this well. It is great to be watching them right now. Another season series victory for Nats (4-2 against STL I believe).

  99. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:46 AM

    Manassas, I don't see Espi as an All Star but there are still 2 more weeks to make a good case for himself and certainly as a Rookie of the Year and Gold Glove winner.

  100. natsfan1a - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    About as old as me, I reckon. I kinda thought he looked like Patton's dog, Willie, but good call. Did I mention the senior special next Thursday? ;-)Oh, and nice to see that good inning from Burnett.Sec3MySofa said… how old do you have to be for Nix to look like Spuds McKenzie to you? June 16, 2011 10:03 PM

  101. natsfan1a - Jun 17, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Okay, this is for all of you whippersnappers:http://www.petpublishing.com/dogken/breeds/bullterr.shtmlThey're actually the same breed. Huh. Now I gotta go to bed.

  102. Cwj - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:12 AM

    DC Wonk- Agreed. Clippard and Storen are outstanding. Can't really complain when they give up a run every now and then.(I still say Clip for the All Star Game).Next up, time to pound the Orioles dreadful pitching.Go Nats!!!

  103. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:24 AM

    OK, this isn't really a beer commercial, cuz it isn't really beer, but:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deqx2VeiLaY

  104. SonnyG10 - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:28 AM

    Wow! Now that was a proper Nats fix!

  105. Sec3MySofa - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    Espinosa is making a strong case so far for Rookie of the Year. Too bad they don't have an Old Guy of the Year award for Livan.

  106. sjm308 - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    Just got home!! What a game. Did any of you think Riggs was just going to use Burnett for one batter and then bring in Coffey. He had him ready in the bullpen and in my opinion, getting Pujols to pop up was huge. Desmond made two very nice plays in the late innings and I just believe I have my red hat on for another day!! Lots of Card fans who got really excited during the 8th and 9th innings left just a little dejected How sweet it is.In reading over the comments I too am saddened by the switch in General Manager, Manager, Hitting Coach and shortstop. Is there anyone else that the anons can call out? I mean if we win 8 or 9 in a row I am sure they will find something to whine about. Sweep the O's and we are at .500Go Nats!!

  107. Will - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Espinosa leads all rookies in XBHs, HRs, RBIs, OPS and SBs. He also leads all 2B in UZR. Think that makes him a pretty clear cut ROY candidate.

  108. Gonat - Jun 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Will said… Espinosa leads all rookies in XBHs, HRs, RBIs, OPS and SBs. He also leads all 2B in UZR. Think that makes him a pretty clear cut ROY candidate. June 17, 2011 6:45 AM————————I know Turner from the Mets and Collmenter from Arizona are looking good too and some kid named Wilson Ramos!!!!If Espy gets that Batting Average over .250 which is that line of respectibility then he certainly looks like the ROY. Still over 1/2 a season to go.A shame he had that error because it is him and Brandon Phillips for the Gold Glove at 2nd base.

  109. Tcostant - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Gonat said… @ June 16, 2011 5:22 PM http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/stats/index.jsp?team=cubI found this interesting about Yunesky Maya in the 2009 World Baseball Classic (WBC) when he pitched for Cuba. He only started one game and was a relief pitcher in 2 games.June 16, 2011 5:22 PM He is another player in the Nats system that will most likely end up being a spot starter or may be worth looking at him as a reliever. Me: I was at all the games in San Diego, and Maya didn't impress me (Aroldis Chapman impressed a little more). But the most impressive I saw during that week of games was Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish; he is a #1 in the Majors when he gets over here. Dice-K was on that team and Darvish was way better.

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