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Game 150: Marlins at Nats

Sep 17, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg makes his third start of the season tonight.

Tonight marks the 15th start of Stephen Strasburg's big-league career, a small sample of outings that has seen the right-hander face 13 different opponents. In fact, there's only franchise that has gone up against Strasburg more than once: the Marlins, who tonight see him for the third time.

Interestingly enough, Strasburg has already enjoyed both significant success (six scoreless innings) and endured a significant beating (six runs in 4 1/3 innings) against Florida. Not that the current incarnation of the Marlins looks like the one that faced him in 2010; only Mike Stanton, Gaby Sanchez and Logan Morrison have batted against him before tonight.

We'll have to see if Davey Johnson lets his prize right-hander go a bit deeper in this game than he has his first two starts of the season. I suspect Strasburg's pitch limit will be roughly 70, so if he can be a bit more efficient than his last time out, he should be able to get into the fifth inning.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

MARLINS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN2
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 186
Weather: Partly cloudy, 66 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from RF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (71-78)
SS Ian Desmond
RF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse

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  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 17, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Happy Strasmas to all. And to all a good night.And, of course, GYFNG!!!

  2. NatStat - Sep 17, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    The Beast is back! Looking forward to him putting The Hammer down on a HR ball!

  3. CBinDC - Sep 17, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Well see you all that can be seen at the ball park tonight off to Metro I go GYFNG

  4. NatsLady - Sep 17, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    It can't possibly be game 150. Off to the game, will be in sec 230 tonight.

  5. Drew8 - Sep 17, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    While we wait… With the emergence of Peacock and Milone, it's interesting to look back at the Nats' drafts and note the talent they've found in later rounds.Weeding out the busts and including some still-promising prospects, which years do you like best? It sure seems like they've had three dynamite classes in a row.2005ZimmermanLannanStammen2006MarreroKimballArnesenTyler Moore2007DetwilerBurgess (dealt for Gorzy)J. ZimmermannNorrisBrad Meyers2008Crow (unsigned)HoodEspinosaMiloneT. Moore (again)Lombo2009StrasburgStorenA.J. Morris (dealt for Gorzo)Taylor JordanDanny Rosenbaum2010HarperSolisHague (injured)A.J. ColeMartinsonKevin KeyesRobbie Ray2011 (top six picks)RendonMeyerGoodwinPurkeTurnbullSkole

  6. Drew8 - Sep 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    NatStat said… The Beast is back! Stone cold sober, as a matter of fact….

  7. Frediemac - Sep 17, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    In 2 weeks my heart will be heavy

  8. Frediemac - Sep 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    I always thought the 06 draft was a weak draft. Drew8 Can you tell us a little about Arnesen? I don't remember ever hearing his name? What is his story?

  9. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Erik Arnesen Stats:Year Team Lea W L ERA2010 HAR EAS 2 2 2.81 2010 SYR INT 6 8 3.95 2010 Minors 8 10 3.63 2011 HAR EAS 8 4 2.43 2011 SYR INT 0 2 3.57 2011 Minors 8 6 2.57 EXPOSFAN

  10. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Its interesting that Arneson isn't going to the AFL even as a backup. He did have a breakout year.

  11. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    It'll be interesting to see where they fit LaRoche, Marerro, Rendon, Morse and Harper. Davey appears to have pretty much verified what I saw in his moves. Your outfield will have Werth in CF with two guys TBD to his left and right. And those two look to be Morse and Harper unless trades are made in the offseason. And then there's the infield where Rendon would be a wasted glove moving him to the outfield … so … Its going to be interesting …

  12. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    What makes you think Harper starts the year with the big club? Most pundits I've read/heard say that the Nats play to start him off in Syracuse next year.

  13. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Erik Arnesen had 3 spot starts for Syracuse 1 in April and 2 in June. In Harrisburg, worked both out of the bullpen 10 games and started 16 games.08/15/2011 EAS Pitcher of the Week07/12/2011 EAS Mid-Season All-StarEXPOSFAN

  14. NatsLady - Sep 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    OK, we got 3rd (Mets lost). Let's keep it that way. Go Nats!!!!o Nats!!!!

  15. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Can someone (Mark!?) please ask about the abysmal radio deal? Luckily I have Gameday Audio because 1500AM has the Navy football game and 106.7FM has Virginia Tech. I mean, I love college football, but you would think ONE of those stations would have the Nats….especially Strasburg….

  16. natsfan1a - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Let's hook some fish tonight, fellas!

  17. Dave - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Strassy puts 'em down nicely in the first. As soon as somebody gets a run on the board, I'll feel good about this one.Too bad about that first out, Desi.

  18. Anonymous - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    What makes you think Harper starts the year with the big club? Most pundits I've read/heard say that the Nats play to start him off in Syracuse next year.Brand new manager, NO MORE respect the veterans, respect the game, "smart small ball". "Veterans must play or you'll lose them".Instead?Speaking about Marerro and Morse … suddenly Bryce Harper enters the picture:"I'm trying to let the picture become clearer by what he does this year," Johnson said. "I think if you would have asked the general manager without the opportunity for him to play this year, he would probably say to you, 'I want him to go back and play every day. He's a young player.' But given the fact he's come up here and been successful, the new manager, the GM, will probably think, 'You know, he could be that complement to Adam LaRoche if he can't go, or if it's a tough left-hander.' It wouldn't be bad to have a guy that's proven he can handle it up here, even if he's 18 years old. Well, he's not 18. He's 23. Get the picture?"

  19. Knoxville Nat - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    I'm thinking that Harper will be starting out at Harrisburg next year given the Nats philosophy of wanting to see him dominate at one level before moving him up to the next. If he has a strong start there like he did in Hagerstown than maybe he moves up to the 'Cuse around June. I'm not sold that he will be with the Nats in June 2012 just yet.

  20. jd - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Harper is not starting in DC in April; probably Harrisburg a level he did not dominate by any means. September at the earliest IMO.

  21. baseballswami - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Harper is NOT ready for the big leagues yet in oh so many ways. Maybe next year at this time. I am also looking at the calendar with sadness, but I am also starting to check in on the pennant races to see what's up for the post- season. I have already been wondering how I will deal with it mentally and emotionally when we are in the race. I am used to there not being any pressure and need to step up my mental game!

  22. Drew8 - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Ian Desmond walks! I don't believe what I just saw!(Attaboy Ian.)

  23. gonatsgo - Sep 17, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Other teams use the bunt over, sac fly the run in so much more and better than we do. Believe me, I get the whole not giving up outs mentality. But low-scoring teams like us really should use it sometimes to scrap out a run. I am not saying every time someone is on base. But sometimes? Waiting for the big inning just doesn't work all that much for us.

  24. Anonymous - Sep 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    I got it Drew8 -I'm a beast, I'm a beastCause I'm better than youIt's the way that I moveThe things that I doWo-o-o

  25. SCNatsFan - Sep 18, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    C'mon Nats bats, wake up already. Even with SS pitching the lack of offense and boneheaded baserunning is making this difficult to watch.

  26. baseballswami - Sep 18, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    And, after a brief shining few days in New York City – we are back to same old, same old.

  27. Navy Nats Fan - Sep 18, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Oh by the way, SCNATSFAN -Navy 21 – SC 17 at the end of the 3rd.Looks to be an exciting finish!

  28. Drew8 - Sep 18, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    I can't do this again.Hamlet to hapless.I'm finding a movie until the car wreck kid is gone.

  29. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 18, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Do my ears deceive me or did I just hear Carp exclaim: "Good inning for MPH-Rod."WPH-Rod would be more like it, Carp.

  30. MikeD - Sep 18, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Crap I'm in FLA and the locals are not covering the game, and MASN is blacked out here, so I have to watch the game on the MLB Game Mix on Direct TV, one of eight small squares.

  31. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 18, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Sunshine @ 8:43 p.m.,Yes, you did hear him say that. And did I just hear him suggest that Georgetown University (and, by extension, Georgetown the area) was somehow named after George Washington?

  32. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 18, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    @Eugene: Thanks for clarifying that. I totally was lost there with Carp on that one. Don't forget. This is the same guy when going to a break and MASN showing an aerial shot of the Kennedy Center once exclaimed: "Great night to be going to the Lincoln Center."

  33. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    To be fair to Carpenter, I guess your mind does get a bit mushy when you've had to come up with the 1000th variation of 'another groundout to second' when doing play-by-play on Nats' hitters…

  34. Anonymous - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Monotonous to be sure.

  35. George Washington - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    You mean Georgetown WASN'T named after me? Rats – that's how I squired Martha. So what about Little Washington? Is that not a cute name for the little general?

  36. A DC Wonk - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    I only see the stats — but I see that HRod threw a shutout inning with no walks, no hits, and only 10 pitches. How is that not a good inning for HRod?

  37. waddu eye no - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    it was named after george michael, right? King George?speaking of venue names, my favorite used to be the First Union center in Philly. known to the genteel phans as the F U center

  38. SCNatsFan - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Navy Nats Fan – you were one play away from beating us like you did 30 years ago. Impressed by the way the Middies played.C'mon Nats… I know you can do it.

  39. Cwj - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    For those unable to watch, Stras looked very good tonight. Fastball was back to normal velocity, ZERO walks once again.Man I can't wait til nest year. JZimm and SS will be quite the duo.

  40. Cwj - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    * "next" year, I meant

  41. A DC Wonk - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Stat of the day (from tv broadcast) — after the top of the 11th inning — the Nats bullpen has now pitched 22-1/3 consecutive scoreless innings

  42. Drew8 - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    I don't like thoseMy God, what's that?Oh it's full of nasty habitswhen the Beast gets back….

  43. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Was that as ugly and unproductive as I think it was?

  44. Anonymous - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    sigh…

  45. NatsFanJim - Sep 18, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Interesting night — Looking at Bernie — it finally hits me: Bernie will never make it in the bigs. Yes, he's fast, lays down a phenomenal bunt — field superbly. BUT he cant hit. Just cant hit — end of Bernie.

  46. NatsFanJim - Sep 18, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    If we cant beat hensley …

  47. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 18, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    One run in the past 20 innings, right?

  48. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 18, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Make that 21 innings with only one run scored…

  49. baseballswami - Sep 18, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Does anybody else get the feeling that if the Marlins go another 21 without scoring -so will we?We should rename our team the Washington Missed-Opportunities.

  50. Dave - Sep 18, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    Boy, I'm glad I didn't go to the Picnic in the Park at 12:00 noon today and stay the entire day in Nats Park to see that mess.Very frustrating game. Very frustrating day.

  51. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 18, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    @Eugene: It's one run in 22 innings, exactly. Against these bums, which we make look like the 1961 New York Yankees.And NatsFanJim: You're right about Bernie. I love the guy, but…No Can Hit.

  52. bdrube - Sep 18, 2011 at 2:43 AM

    I have to admit, with one game to go on my ST package, I've attended about six fewer games this year than last, and the reason is this atrocious offense. We can get excited about z double nn and Stasburg all we want, but if the team doesn't score we still aren't going to win.

  53. NatsLady - Sep 18, 2011 at 3:49 AM

    Anybody want tickets to tomorrow's game? Guy has good seats he wanted me to ask around. Sec 133.

  54. Mick - Sep 18, 2011 at 4:25 AM

    Again, Davey leaves a pitcher in too long, Clippard should have come in after Ballestor's 2 very good innings and at least after the lead off single. Having said that, I love the beast but that was a choking dog, culture of losing double play.I am so sick of this, the team comes home to two excellent crowds and they cant hit worth a shi-!!! The only positive is Strassburg who may be the next Dick Bosman in losing a record number of 1-0 games unless we get some players who can hit when it counts. Werth is Werthless and Davey just can not manage anymore at the level he did 20 years ago.

  55. Scooter - Sep 18, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    OMG, I have to stop skipping over the rants. A "culture of losing double play." Just awesome, my man. Don't ever change.

  56. lesatcsc - Sep 18, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    How does Eckstein have a job????? Can you imagine an offensive coordinator on a football team keeping his job when his team never scores? The job is about results; Eckstein's are amongst the worst in recorded history. The bottom line is that he couldn't teach a drunk to hit the ground. He's completely and totally useless. If the rest of us did our jobs as badly as he does his, we would be very unemployed. I don't care how great a guy he is or how hard he works. Like an Air Traffic Controller that crashes every plane, it is time for him to find a new career! Hopefully, a long, long, long way from Nationals hitters!This is mortifying.

  57. natsfan1a - Sep 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    I can only hope to aspire to such prose. The best I could do when I went upstairs to let my husband know the game's outcome was "the ownage continues."

  58. Anonymous - Sep 18, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Davey Johnson is clueless when it comes to when to remove a starting pitcher. I thought Riggleman was bad but Johnson is worse. It doesn't take a genius to know that the Nats do not have a starting pitcher capable of pitcing beyond six innings. Johnson almost blew another game today. Beyond that, he clearly left Balester in too long last night.

  59. Chien-Ming Wang - Sep 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Uh, dude, I just pitched 6.2 innings??

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 90 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.0
NEW YORK 75 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 80 16.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Saturday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (5) 90 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 2.5
ST. LOUIS 87 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 75 10.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
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