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Game 149: Marlins at Nats

Sep 16, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats try to extend their winning streak to six tonight against the Marlins.

If you've set foot outside at all today, you know there's a hint of fall in the air. The temperature has dropped, the humidity is down, the sun is starting to set earlier in the evening. Which also means baseball season is winding down.

The Nationals are down to their final four series of the year, beginning tonight against the Marlins. They'll travel to Philadelphia next week, host the Braves next weekend, then travel to Florida for the final three games of the year.

John Lannan will be on the mound tonight, looking once again to secure his career-best 10th win. He'll be opposed by veteran Javier Vazquez, who is 3-0 with an 0.45 ERA over his last three starts.

I'm back at the ballpark all weekend, so please check back for updates throughout…

MARLINS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN2
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 186
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 63 degrees, Wind 4 mph in from RF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (71-77)
SS Ian Desmond
LF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Laynce Nix

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  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Simply, GNFNG!!With a parka.

  2. Bowdenball - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    No Morse, no Werth in the Nats starting lineup.Translation: Davey is content with the winning streak and he wants everyone rested and ready to back Strasburg in front of a big crowd tomorrow, so this game isn't high-priority.

  3. JaneB - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Bowdenball writes: '…so this game isn't high-priority."But that doesn't mean we don't win. We DO! I'm on the record. I'm breaking out the long johns and heading to the stadium soon!GYFNG!!!!!!!!

  4. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    We're sure to get a win with TBA in the lineup. Oh, wait. Fish sticks. It's what's for dinner. Go, LannEn! Go, NATS!!

  5. Bowdenball - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    JaneB-If anything, recent history suggests we are MORE likely to win. Seems like we always break out when we run out those Alex Cora, Wil Nieves, Alberto Gonzalez type lineups. Here's hoping- it would be a lot of fun to come up on another Strasburg game with a six game win streak behind us.

  6. Steve M. - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Still no Lombardozzi and totally agree with Davey to rest Morse. He is overdue for another day off.Bernadina batting 2nd

  7. Anonymous - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    No Morse, no Werth in the Nats starting lineup.Gives Bernadina and Ankiel some reps? Nix? Harper will be there soon enough.

  8. Steve M. - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    In Lannan's last start against the Fish, he allowed the leadoff man to get on in 5 of his 6 innings of work. Even with help from double plays Lannan needs to keep Bonifacio off of the basepaths. The last time Lannan faced the Fish he walked Bonifacio and of course he scored later that inning.Stanton is 2-6 career against Lannan and one of the hits is a HR. Stanton's favorite Nats pitcher is actually Livan Hernandez who he has had his most career HRs against (3).John's key to success tonight is keeping the leadoff man off-base and staying out of the Big Bopper's power zones.Lannan needs to turn his recent bad starts around and get into the 6th inning tonight. I think the same can be said for Strasburg tomorrow night keeping his pitch count low.

  9. baseballswami - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Time to pound some guppies!

  10. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Heads up for SABR members and/or stat heads who get MLB Network (cut and pasted from a SABR email):MLB Network will premiere "Behind the Seams: The Stat Story", a special on the evolution of statistics in Major League Baseball, at 10 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, September 18, 2011. The hour-long program will be narrated by 22-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas.An MLB Productions crew spent five days at the 41st annual SABR convention this summer in Long Beach, California, filming interviews with SABR members for the show.Among the interviewees are Elias Sports Bureau's Steve Hirdt, MLB's official historian John Thorn, Baseball-Reference.com's Sean Forman, Sports Illustrated's Joe Sheehan, Fangraphs.com contributor Jonah Keri, New York Times writer Alan Schwarz, Rotisserie League Baseball creator Dan Okrent and SB Nation's Rob Neyer.

  11. Traveler8 - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Mark, two left fielders?

  12. jeffwx - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    And the Nats get only 2 hits against Vasquez tonight…the lineup and the weather looks too cold

  13. JaneB - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    natsfan1a says:MLB Network will premiere "Behind the Seams: The Stat Story", a special on the evolution of statistics in Major League Baseball, at 10 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, September 18, 2011. The hour-long program will be narrated by 22-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas.I'm not smart about stats, but I will be watching. Thanks for the alert!

  14. Analytical Nat - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    With two left fielders, no balls should drop in. You can have one play shallow and the other deep. On the other hand, you can expect a couple of inside the park home runs for hits down the right field line.

  15. A DC Wonk - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Davey wanted to give Werth a day off yesterday, but Werth talked him out of it. In any event, Morse and Werth went a combined 0-for-10 yesterday, with 3 K's, and 10 men LOB.

  16. Anonymous - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Isn't this game #149 ? Bernadina RF?Nix LF?Ankiel CF ?

  17. NatsLady - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Nix RFhttp://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_09_16_flomlb_wasmlb_1&mode=gameday

  18. Mark Zuckerman - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Bernadina in LF, Nix in RF. Sorry. And it is indeed Game 149. Sorry.

  19. Anonymous - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Mark, I know from experience how hard it is to type when you are trying to hold a baby bottle in one hand and a baby in the other. :-))

  20. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Yes, new dads definitely get a pass. :-)

  21. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Natsfan1a reports:An MLB Productions crew spent five days at the 41st annual SABR convention this summer in Long Beach, California, filming interviews with SABR members for the show.What, I wonder, was second prize?

  22. waddu eye no - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    second prize, ten days

  23. waddu eye no - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    btw. saw debbie talking to desi on masn pregame. here's my desmond story…i was singing the anthem at a game, and hanging by the BP area waiting for a sound check when a woman in a wheelchair was wheeled down to the area. i assumed there was some kind of special favor for a handicapped fan going on. she had her back to the plate and was posing for a picture when desmond saw her, waved at the friend to wait on the picture, jumped up and ran behind the lady in the chair. knelt down, said hello, put his arm around her and smiled for the picture with her. then said goodbye and ran back toward the plate and back to work. the woman was thrilled.he had nothing to gain by being nice, other than to make a fan happy. it was really a nice moment.

  24. Dave - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Johnny and FP in the booth tonight. Sounds like a good night to synchronize the radio/MLB App audio and the DVR.I heard Dave Jags interview Todd Coffey on the radio pre-game as I was driving home from work. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good Coffey sounded on the radio. Very confident, articulate and witty. I don't think I heard a single cliche answer in a 7- to 9-minute interview.

  25. sunderland - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    waddu eye no – thanks, nice story

  26. jeffwx - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    go big Johnny Holliday…Bonafacio must be hitting .500 against us

  27. Drew8 - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Throw strikes, Meat!

  28. Drew8 - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    I know Lannan is a virtual lock for next year's rotation, but I'd rather see Peacock or Detwiler. You can't teach 93 and it's nice to have a heater when you need to get out of a jam.

  29. Johnny Holliday - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Some people say baseball is a game that moves too slow. Not me, though. I can barely keep up!

  30. Johnny Holliday - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Can someone wake me when this game is over. I need to take my pills. If I can remember where I put them….

  31. sunderland - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Ok, who is ling man today?

  32. Anonymous - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Long man? Who knows? Can Gorzelanny pitch again? and — How about some !@##$$$%%^^ offense please.

  33. Dave - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Boy howdy, I'm having an unpleasant flashback to last Saturday, the last game I saw live.Three runs in three innings is an ERA of 9.00. Nice throw to first by Desi to end the inning, but Lannan needs to figure out how to get outs.

  34. Dave - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    FP and Johnny are talking about the Nats ending up in third place, as if they can't see the game going on in front of them.Uh, guys? It's 3-0 Fish after three innings. Losing to the fifth place team won't keep them in third place.

  35. sunderland - Sep 16, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Time to warm up Stammen.

  36. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Yikes. I have to switch to radio soon. I'm in my kitchen, where the main source of baseball is the TV, but I think it's time to move downstairs where I can sync the iPhone with the DVR.

  37. Johnny Holliday - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Having trouble keeping up. I'm switching to every-other-play-by-play man. If this game drags on I'll be shifting to inning-by-inning man. Just so you know…

  38. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Charlie and Dave with pictures. Ah, that's better!

  39. Johnny Holliday - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    You can criticize my play calling all you want. But remember, I'm your last line of defense before having those W. B. Mason guys in the booth.

  40. Gonat - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Steve M. said… In Lannan's last start against the Fish, he allowed the leadoff man to get on in 5 of his 6 innings of work. Even with help from double plays Lannan needs to keep Bonifacio off of the basepaths. The last time Lannan faced the Fish he walked Bonifacio and of course he scored later that inning._________________________I think Lannan has allowed the leadoff hitter of each inning on 4 of the 5 innings so far.

  41. baseballswami - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Stammen or Gorzelanny? Although, even though he is struggling, they didn't score in the 4th or 5th. Maybe he just stays out there tonight and eats it – throws about 120 pitches and gets his ship righted. It really must look like batting practice to them after facing Cliff Lee last night, though. I think the offense got left behind in NY. Usually when we have a big offensive game it evaporates on the next one.

  42. Gonat - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    If Ankiel came charging out of the box Infante would have had an error, instead it is a harmless 4-3.That may be the first time this year I have seen a position player dogging it to 1st.

  43. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    But MASN said Johnny Holliday was just as good as Carpy.

  44. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Just as good? He's nevah, nevah, NEVAH just as good.

  45. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    "mild hot water" that's a new one.

  46. baseballswami - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Johnny Holliday seems like a nice enough man but his role is to be the yes-man for Ray Knight. He compliments him, laughs at his jokes and agrees with everything he says.Maybe he is better at college football.

  47. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Tepid water? Lukewarm water?

  48. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Lukewarm water.Derek Smalls's place in the Spinal Tap trio.

  49. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Well, now that Lannan has settled down in the sixth inning, it would be nice for his teammates to get some runs. He could still "win" this game.

  50. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Isn't Javier Vazquez the other active pitcher besides Livo who has never been on the DL in years and years? I think that was a TV trivia question last year.

  51. baseballswami - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    You know — 96 pitches, 6 innings, 3 runs is really not all that bad. He did seem to settle down. Dave is right – if his teammates could just get some runs…

  52. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    No win for Lannan – pitching change. That number 10 for him looks like the Great Wall of China about now. Maybe if everyone ( media) stopped making such a big deal about it.

  53. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    The problem is, of course, that Vazquez has totally shut down the Nats' bats. Lannan ended up being okay, but Vazquez is brilliant.

  54. Anonymous8 - Sep 17, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    The Houston Astros may have secured the #1 pick in 2012. They lost their 99th game today.

  55. baseballswami - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Did we give up on Bonifacio because he was such light hitter or because we had too many middle infielders? Now he is a great hitter, Nyger is hitting a lot better. Do these people just have better batting coaches now or did we not give them enough time to learn? Not that I want the whole tplush act back in town – just wondering if the people who leave us get better – Hanrahan? Do we not give them enough of a chance or do they need a change of scenery? Milledge never got better in Pittsburgh, I think he might be out of the game now, as are many players who had their final chances here, or shortly after. I always feel badly about Ryan Church's career – I really liked him and feel that the Mets ruined him by pushing him back after a serious concussion.

  56. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Charlie and Dave are riffing on hard-to-pronounce player names. They're going nuts with "Marrero," which apparently Dave messed up earlier.Reminds me of when Dave and FP were in the TV booth last night and earlier. Funny stuff.

  57. Anything Can Happen in Baseball - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    The Mets have responded to Terry Collins' rant – they lead the Braves 10-2 in the 4th inning.

  58. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Okay then. With Bixler getting picked off to end the inning, I am beginning the slow process of officially giving up on this game.

  59. baseballswami - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    I was right there, Dave, until FP reminded me of the Mariners game when we were down 5 runs in the 9th and staged a stunning comeback. Nice to see Craig Stammen doing well, I have always liked him. Time, though,is ticking away…tick,tick,tick. ACHIB @9:14 – his rant was pretty epic.

  60. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Wow – our offense is really anemic. Have to remember that Morse and Werth are not playing, too.

  61. ehay2k - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Why is Bonifacio not out on that play? He clearly ran inside the baseline to interfere with the okay and succeeded! Earlier this year, Bernadina got called out on a similar play but his route had no impact on the play.

  62. ehay2k - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Interfere with the PLAY, not the okay. Anyway, baseball gods read this blog because they immediately caused the awesome double play!

  63. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Nice double play. If only the offense were that good. Will our boys get shut out, the day after a 10-1 win?

  64. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Vazquez out again to go for the complete game shutout.

  65. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    And Vazquez gets his first CG of the year.Glad we could help, Javy.

  66. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    Depleted fish beat us. Awful.

  67. baseballswami - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    As it turns out – it wouldn't have mattered if Lannan had only given up one. The Nats pitchers continue to be dogged by lack of run support. They trotted some out for the rookies, then it went away. Of course, we were playing the Mets at their absolute worst. I thought maybe the fish were, too, but they were playing the Phils so that has something to do with it. It would be nice to see SS put a good game together and have some offense – all in the same game.

  68. Mick - Sep 17, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    oh well, one of those nights, thanks for the compliment natsfan 1a about my childhood Nats.

  69. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    This is one of the worse, most uninspired performances I've seen from the Nationals.They should be embarrassed by this.

  70. NatsLady - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    Bowdenball @3:58. Good call.

  71. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Well, it was a one-error game by the Nats (Desi), and only 3 left on base. One bad baserunning error and one very good double play.The problem was that the Nats could not get any hits when it made any difference.Ever hear tell of that before?

  72. Oldguy - Sep 17, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    On the way home we heard Phil say Davey wants to see what he has. When We saw Cora in the on-deck circle, we were wondering what Davey needs to see about a 35-year-old .220 hitter. And Pudge standing next to him who hasn't seen an at bat since JC was a corporal. Pudge deserves a shot now and then, to say the least.

  73. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    Dave at 10:04–um, one bad baserunning error? Bixler and…did you see Danny get nailed at second, when he had no reason to stretch it and was doomed? When we had two hits AFTER we had a man on first and failed to score?I laugh about all the Nationals hype. Boswell, Wood, Zuckerman. Check the paper tomorrow and see how FEW teams in MLB are further out of first place than we are! But according to the hype, we are RIGHT THERE. Check the standings tomorrow and see how RIGHT THERE we actually are!

  74. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    The Danny at second base deal was because Davey suggested (postgame)that the coach thought they would try to get Ankiel at 3rd and told him to go.

  75. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    @Anon 11:01, according to what Nationals hype? I do not read any hype about the Nationals–certainly not from the people you cited. None of those guys say that we are "right there." FP and Carp do over-hype the team rather frequently, and I just couldn't keep listening to Holliday and Santangelo last night.But I don't hear Mark Z., Phil W., or Boz say the Nats are "right there." I consistently hear them say the Nats are a year or two away. Which seems about right to me, too.And I'm looking at the standings right now. The Nats are tied for third place–albeit tenuously, since they're playing their all-time nemesis team this weekend–behind the team with the best record in all baseball and the NL wild-card leader.Any hype, I think, is probably your hyperventilating about how far out of first place we are.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 18.5
x-Clinched NL East title

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
LOS ANGELES 87 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 85 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.0 +2.0
PITTSBURGH 82 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 74 9.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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