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Nats (ss) vs. Braves – 3/29/12

Mar 29, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Braves come to Space Coast Stadium this afternoon.

VIERA, Fla. — There are a couple of interesting additions to the Nationals' lineup today: Adam LaRoche is back starting at first base, and Xavier Nady is back starting in left field.

This is LaRoche's first game appearance since March 15. His sprained ankle/bruised foot has healed, and he's been cleared to run the bases, so it certainly looks like he'll be good to go by Opening Day. Nady, meanwhile, is throwing his hat into the ring for the Opening Day left fielder's job with Michael Morse expected to be on the disabled list.

Nady actually was supposed to start in right field, with Mark DeRosa in left field. But DeRosa was a late scratch. No reason has been given yet, but he was dealing with a calf cramp the other day, so it might just be a recurrence of that.

Edwin Jackson is on the mound, hoping to bounce back from his troublesome start Saturday against the Orioles. Plenty of updates to come…

ATLANTA BRAVES vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss)
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: Braves feed via MLB Gameday Audio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to CF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (ss)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
CF Jayson Werth

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134 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MicheleS - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Hmmm.. Werth in Center…

  2. Section 222 - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    The Nats have presumably had someone designated as emergency catcher every year they've been in town, whether they announced it or not. But has an emergency catcher ever been used in all that time? I can't recall an instance where that happened.The date was May 25, 2006, in RFK. When Frank Robinson pulled Matt LeCroy out of the game after the Astros had stolen seven bases and LeCroy had made two errors, the replacement was emergency catcher … wait for it… Robert Fick.If Flores pinch hits in the bottom of the 8th, putting the Nats ahead, we'll just hope that Storen (or H-Rod) is lights out in the 9th and no one gets on base….

  3. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Binx Bolling said… October 3, 2012 Nats line-upLombardozzi 2BEspinosa SSZimmerman 3BMorse 1BWerth RFRamos CHarper LFAnkiel CFZimmermann P March 29, 2012 12:04 PM I would be very surprised if the Nats are in the hunt that Ankiel would still be the starting CF. I have to believe that Rizzo picks up a CF at the trade deadline. Then again, maybe this CF platoon will work well.Lombardozzi at leadoff, seems I have heard that on this board before.

  4. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/03/offseason-in-review-washington-nationals.htmlNot much new but a decent summation of the Nats off-season.

  5. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Edwin Jackson slithers out of trouble in the 1st. Dan Uggla is locked in and hitting everything hard.

  6. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Espinosa with another K. Minor is another lefty pitcher.Quick bottom of the 1st 1-2-3

  7. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Confirmed that DeRosa was scratched with tenderness in his calf muscle.Any Ankiel updates?

  8. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Braves announcer just described Lannan as "crafty" and noted the trouble they had against him.

  9. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Nice 1-2-3 with a K for Jackson for the top of the 2nd

  10. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/brett-carroll-what-its-like-to-become-an-emergency-catcher/2012/03/28/gIQAp1UnhS_blog.htmlThis is nice article on Brett Carroll as the 3rd catcher which fits in well with our discussion yesterday as clearly whichever catcher isn't starting (Ramos/Flores) probably becomes Davey's best RH bat on the bench.

  11. DFL - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    From the Braves point-of-view, it would seem that veteran Jack Wilson has fallen into the starting shortstop job and the two youngsters who had auditioned for the job will begin the season in the minors. Wilson won't lead-off, however.

  12. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Dang, I missed it. :-)Hinske wasn't particularly happy about that, as evidenced by the loud expletive he screamed that could be heard throughout the stadium. Stay classy, Eric.

  13. sm13 - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Mark – I thought Nady had a hit late in his first game

  14. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    EJax City w/ another nice 1-2-3

  15. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    You beat me to it, sec 222. I was otherwise and just posted about the LeCroy/Robinson crying game in a prior thread. :-)In other news, endangered? Dude must be thinking of the spotted owl or something.Section 222 said… The Nats have presumably had someone designated as emergency catcher every year they've been in town, whether they announced it or not. But has an emergency catcher ever been used in all that time? I can't recall an instance where that happened. The date was May 25, 2006, in RFK. When Frank Robinson pulled Matt LeCroy out of the game after the Astros had stolen seven bases and LeCroy had made two errors, the replacement was emergency catcher … wait for it… Robert Fick. If Flores pinch hits in the bottom of the 8th, putting the Nats ahead, we'll just hope that Storen (or H-Rod) is lights out in the 9th and no one gets on base…. March 29, 2012 1:04 PM

  16. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Sorry sm13, Nady did single in his final at-bat yesterday. I knew he was 1-for-4, even tweeted it correctly. Not sure why I typed it wrong here.

  17. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Also on a broadcasting note, maybe there is a lot of news about "our" owl, but I'd rather have ST news about that than news about whether a decrepit 3B will be retiring. (I've actually grown to respect Chipper but they've got my dander up, daggone it. Okay, I feel better now. :-))natsfan1a said… In other news, endangered? Dude must be thinking of the spotted owl or something.

  18. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Its Nady's first real hacks against MLB hitting so I won't be overly critical but my apprehensions are that Nady's last 2 years in the Majors were real bad.

  19. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    uh, MLB pitching

  20. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Men on 1st and 2nd with no outs and the Nats don't score. That is frustrating.

  21. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Another quick 1-2-3 for EJax City. He is cruising!

  22. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Oh, boy. LaRoche gets to run.

  23. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Or not, DP. Just as well, maybe.

  24. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Didn't EJax once pitch a no-hitter but with about 8 walks??? I don't know that much about him yet, but I seem to remember it. Which of his many teams was that?

  25. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    LaRoche with a single followed a Nady double play.

  26. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Danny Espinosa this Spring has a .328 average only this is the average K's he has. He has K'd in 32.8% of his ABs this Spring.Its still Spring but by now I would be expecting better contact.Not sure why so many will bash Desmond while giving Espi a free pass.

  27. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Jayson Heyward with a solo HR

  28. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    It was with the Diamondbacks.Anonymous said… Didn't EJax once pitch a no-hitter but with about 8 walks??? I don't know that much about him yet, but I seem to remember it. Which of his many teams was that? March 29, 2012 2:03 PM

  29. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Anon @ 2:03 EJax threw that no-hitter in 2010 with Arizona http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/edwin-jackson-no-hitter-statistically-absurd-062510

  30. Natsochist - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    @Anon 1403, yes he did, with the Diamondbacks. 2010, I believe.—-Anonymous said…Didn't EJax once pitch a no-hitter but with about 8 walks??? I don't know that much about him yet, but I seem to remember it. Which of his many teams was that?

  31. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Yay, I can has two cokes!

  32. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Interesting broadcast tidbit about the upcoming Reds/Brewers ST game, where Randy Wolf will pitch and his brother Jim will be the HP umpire.

  33. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Oops, evidently they changed their minds and that's not going to happen, even in a ST game.

  34. Knoxville Nat - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Mark says,"Time for Rick Eckstein to get to work with Jackson and Gio Gonzalez on their technique."Another suggestion would be for Jordan Z. to give bunting tips to his fellow pitchers. He was one of the best in MLB I saw last year or any time in the recent past.

  35. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Edwin Jackson finishes a nice day if this was his last inning. 1 Earned in 6 innings natsfan1a, yah, I don't think having a relative behind the plate when another relative is pitching goes over well in any league including Little League.

  36. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Espinosa walks on a 3-2 pitch to start the 6th

  37. gonatsgo - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I actually don't like it all that much when JZim bunts – I think he handles the bat really well and could probably rack up some actual hits if they let him.

  38. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Z-Man– with a "lazy" fly ball that cleared the fence. OK, that's fine.

  39. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    NICE HR by Zim! 2-1

  40. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    The Z-man with a two-run dinger to put the good guys up by a run.

  41. Feel Wood - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Steve M. said… http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/brett-carroll-what-its-like-to-become-an-emergency-catcher/2012/03/28/gIQAp1UnhS_blog.htmlThis is nice article on Brett Carroll as the 3rd catcherAgain, he's not the third catcher. He's the emergency catcher. That means he's not a catcher. Just like the position player who pitches an inning in an extra-inning game because all the pitchers have been used is not a pitcher, or the safety pin you use to hold your suit pants up when the button pops off right before your big meeting is not a button.And re the 2006 LeCroy incident, Robert Fick was not an emergency catcher. Fick was a utility guy who had catcher as one of his positions throughout his career. Indeed, he appeared as a catcher in over 20 games in 2006. He wasn't an emergency catcher, he was a third catcher.

  42. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Braves radio guy called it a pop-up initially to RF then changed it to a lazy fly. Which is it? Answer: Its a 2 run jack!

  43. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Feel Wood, if Carroll is the guy called on in the depth chart to go in after Ramos and Flores, that is the 3rd catcher aka emergency catcher.Hopefully he will never be called upon.

  44. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Atlanta's broadcasters are hometowners. They talk about Mike Minor with his 5 walks like he is an ace. The fact is the Nats are just offensively bad as a team.

  45. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    When it's our team it's a lazy fly ball or wind-aided. When it's their team it's a bomb.

  46. Feel Wood - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Not sure why so many will bash Desmond while giving Espi a free pass.Because the haters (They don't like to be called haters? Okay, let's call them snipers then because all they do is lie in wait to take their shots.) can't multi-task. They didn't take shots at Desmond until Guzman was gone. When/if Desmond is gone, they'll start taking shots at Espinosa.

  47. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Steve, why bother answering Feelwood? He has to flex his muscles here and tell you something about baseball. Now thats funny.

  48. Shedd - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Everytime I hear the words "emergency catcher", I think about the Orioles game when Lenn Sakata was called upon to catch. Tippy Martinez picked off three Blue Jays at 1st base in one inning because they were all taking huge leads thinking Sakata couldn't throw them out if they attempted to steal. Supposedly, the fact that Sakata had caught some in little league made Earl Weaver designate him as the "emergency catcher". Classic.

  49. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    And if Desi is the "Goat du-jour" , then Lannan gets a rest also.

  50. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    To both Anon's at 2:34, Mark's description is the best one:2:28 p.m. — Ryan Zimmerman sure didn't look like he got all of Minor's sixth-inning pitch, sending a fly ball to right field. But Parraz kept backtracking to the wall, then turned around to watch the ball sail over the fence. The two-run shot is Zim's third homer of the spring and it puts the Nats up 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.

  51. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Yes, I was aware of the implications, as were the broadcasters. Nonetheless, I found it interesting.natsfan1a, yah, I don't think having a relative behind the plate when another relative is pitching goes over well in any league including Little League.

  52. gonatsgo - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Is there anyplace on the gameday page that shows how many pitchers EJax has thrown?

  53. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Wow, Carroll clears the bases with a 3-run triple, then scores on the throw home.

  54. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    No. 22 on first base and another No. 22 on second base. Ha, double-steal but it was a walk. Aw, too bad, apparently he was out==>and then not out.And a triple and an error–guess that's not an inside-the-park HR.

  55. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Bases loaded – wouldn't you love to see some runs come out of this? Even if it is Spring Training?

  56. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    A Little League Grand Slam for Brett Carroll

  57. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    We just did see that, or hear it. :-)

  58. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Gameday is obviously behind?

  59. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Yes, it must be running late.

  60. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    But – thanks for that, anyway! Sounds amazing!!!

  61. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    NatsLady, you are a click ahead of me! 6-1 game now. How quick things change and Mike Minor's line looks fairly bad with 4 Earned in 5 1/3

  62. Feel Wood - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Feel Wood, if Carroll is the guy called on in the depth chart to go in after Ramos and Flores, that is the 3rd catcher aka emergency catcher.You won't see Carroll's name on any catcher depth chart, because he's not a catcher, nor is he being trained to be a catcher. Just like you didn't see Werth listed on the depth chart as a catcher last year, even though by all accounts he was the emergency catcher. That's the difference between a third catcher and an emergency catcher. The emergency catcher only catches if there's an emergency, when the manager needs someone to catch and there's no real catcher left. The third catcher will come in as a late-inning substitute, or even start an occasional game, because he is catcher.

  63. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Gameday says "Chris McConnell" running for Ramos. "Chris Rahl" running for LaRoche. Who are these people?And Desi, with a hit.Gonatsgo, I don't think Gameday shows pitch count.

  64. MicheleS - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    First, thanks for play by play on NI. Access is ltd today.And WOO HOO we are beating the braves

  65. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Ian Desmond with another single!

  66. gonatsgo - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Just wondering how efficient he was – nice to see a good effort by him. My only access today is gameday.

  67. Steve M. - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Feel Wood, lets call it the depth chart in Davey Johnson's brain and leave it at that.

  68. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Espinosa with another K

  69. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    I'll listen to see if the announcers give a pitch count, but they didn't give one for Mike Minor.

  70. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    I think McConnell came to the plate (late?) in yesterday's game.

  71. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Davey's got a deep depth chart in his brain. Here is a tweet from Amanda:Asked by @AdamKilgoreWP if he'd decided on Opening Day LF if Morse on DL, Davey said "Fairly well." Then listed 5 different players.

  72. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I think this is him (the Mets game thread):TimDz said… Who is McConnel (no. 1)? He just struck out to end the top of the ninth… They had a close up of him…looked like it was "bring your kid to work" day. He looked to be maybe 14… March 28, 2012 3:21 PM ehay2k said… McConnell's hat, in the MLB Gameday pic, had a *blue* curly W!?!?! I thought he was a Marlin at first! Go mpHRod! March 28, 2012 3:24 PM gonatsgo said… I thought he looked 12, actually. Did you hear the Mets broadcasters chuckling over HRod? His pitches were just not fair. March 28, 2012 3:27 PM

  73. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    There you go Feel Wood. Davey has the depth chart enbedded in his cranium. You keep pushing your 3rd catcher theory. Who the F cares. If Davey needs a 3rd catcher in a game he turns to Brett Carroll.

  74. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Error for Rahl in RF. Announcers couldn't see it but apparently he misplayed the ball somehow.

  75. DWS - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    "A season to remember" for the Braves. Last year would be "A season to forget" perhaps?

  76. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Is Rahl in left or right. Is Carroll in left or right.

  77. Cease the Opportunity - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Durb!

  78. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Wait a minute. Chris Rahl is a minor-league pitcher? He sure has played all over the lot. Guess I'm not worried if he makes an error.Chris Rahl Minor League statsI notice Davey has quit running out of players. He must have to them not to travel when the Nats are in Space Coast and bring along an extra busload when the Nats travel.

  79. Section 222 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Again, he's not the third catcher. He's the emergency catcher. That means he's not a catcher. … And re the 2006 LeCroy incident, Robert Fick was not an emergency catcher…He wasn't an emergency catcher, he was a third catcher.Boy, you will pick a fight whenever there's not even a fight worth picking. Talk about snipers. Actually, according to the article, Fick wasn't the third catcher, LeCroy was. (Brian Schneider and Wiki Gonzalez were hurt.) So I guess under your hair splitting theory, Fick was technically a fourth catcher. Ok, fine, whatever. So since Werth and Harper were once catchers, are they still catchers now (4th, 5th, or 6th), or could they be emergency catchers? Does Carroll become a third catcher rather than the emergency catcher once he actually catches in a game? If not, how many times do you have to catch to become a utility guy who can catch rather than an emergency catcher? And how many years have to pass since you last caught in a game for you to return to emergency catcher status? I want us to get this all straightened out so that no one makes a fatal mistake like poor Steve M., who was just trying to call an interesting article to our attention. Sheesh.

  80. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    er, told them not to travel…

  81. DWS - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    The Atlanta Braves announcers are pathetic. Is this their regular season people?

  82. Feel Wood - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Davey's got a deep depth chart in his brain.Nice to have a manager with such a big brain for a change. Davey's got a brain big enough to play chess. The last guy was just playing checkers. Barely.

  83. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    DWS, it's spring training for the broadcasters, too. But, yeah. :-)

  84. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I did like the Bobby Cox plumbing commercial, though.

  85. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    btw, "yeah" related to the personal opinion, not whether it's their regular broadcast team. I joined the game in progress and don't know who has the call.

  86. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Boris Pasternack just scored. Or something.

  87. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Er, Pasternak.

  88. Section 222 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Didn't Don Sutton join the Braves' radio team after he left MASN?

  89. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Bobby Cox is taking the Bob Dole route and doing commercials about ED in his retirement? Won't that hurt his HoF chances?

  90. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Can't recall whether it was tv or radio, but yes, I think he did join them.

  91. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    No, it was about household plumbing. I should have been more precise. :-)

  92. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    The Orioles claimed INF Zelous Wheeler off waivers from the Brewers.Just for the O's fans in the room. And also because the guy's name is Zelous Wheeler.

  93. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Not an O's fan but interesting name. If some other IF makes the team instead, I guess you could say he was over Zelous.

  94. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Is anyone jealous that the O's signed Zelous?

  95. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Nah, I'm happy with our fellas.

  96. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    (Sorry, that was the best I could do.)

  97. NatinBeantown - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Feelwood,I, for one, recognize the 3rd/emergency distinction you are making. One thing I do wonder is if we'll actually see a lot of appearances from Flores in double switches as a PH who stays in the game to catch, or if DJ will stick to more traditional off-days with a single PH AB.

  98. DWS - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Cool, Zelous was picked up. I wonder if he's got a semi-famous actress like Cutter. Where do these parents come up with these handles? Oh the third baseman just made a play. Oh that's Ryan Zimmerman still in the game. Pathetic announcer.

  99. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Uh-oh, sounds like a throwing error for RZ.

  100. DWS - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Lolly gagged? Sorry I just…..

  101. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    But Lidge gets the last batter and the Nats hold on for the win, 6-3. The end.

  102. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    imo, the worst part of listening to a Braves broadcast is hearing the commercials with that *#&$% chant. Ugh.

  103. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    That they stole from Fla. State

  104. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Nats signed Zach Duke to a minor league deal…he was just released by the Astros.

  105. Tcostant - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    I always like Duke when he played with the Pirates… Worth more of a flyer than Oliver Perez.

  106. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Duke's a decent major league pitcher. Worth it for experience at AAA in case someone gets hurt.

  107. CN - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Zach Duke adds some insurance as he was the rubber-armed whipping boy for the Pirates for a few yrs. I think he's got a solid bat too, drilling 2 HRs last yr…

  108. Mick - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    We are going to suck, I know it, too many injuries to overcome and it will get worse before it gets better. I have been around too long and I know I am right. We will finish 70-92

  109. NatinBeantown - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Anon 3:38, FSU stole it from the KC Chiefs. When it comes to mocking stereotypes, there are very few original ideas, I guess.

  110. Section 222 - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    One thing I do wonder is if we'll actually see a lot of appearances from Flores in double switches as a PH who stays in the game to catch, or if DJ will stick to more traditional off-days with a single PH AB.I doubt DJ will take one of our most productive bats (Ramos) out of the game in order to do a double switch involving Flores. That would certainly evoke memories of Riggleman and his legendary doubleswitchitis, which included double switching Morse out of a game after he had already hit two homeruns. In any event, I would guess that Flores will appear as a PH mostly in the late innings to further reduce the chances that Carrol will have to be called on to catch. And since Flores is not a defensive upgrade, there would be little reason for him to replace Ramos "in the squat" after pinch hitting. And by the late innings, doubleswitches are less necessary since the relief pitcher probably isn't going to go more than an inning anyway.

  111. Mick - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    DC is cursed period. Caps make no sense and Nats will continue the the curse.

  112. Section 222 - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Duke started 32 games, pitched 219 innings, and, believe it or not, was an All-Star for the Pirates in 2009. Who knew?

  113. Cwj - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Anon 3:21- haha "Zelous Wheeler", there's a name for ya :-)

  114. A DC Wonk - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Mick said… We are going to suck, I know it, too many injuries to overcome and it will get worse before it gets better. I have been around too long and I know I am right. We will finish 70-92Oooh, oooh, can I be the first one to bet you on that?

  115. A DC Wonk - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    (unless you were talking about the O's)

  116. Section 3, My Sofa - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Mick, I see what you did, there–you're going for the reverse whammy. Could work.

  117. Cwj - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Not that it matters, but shouldn't Lidge have gotten a save today?

  118. Cwj - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Oh wait, it was 6-2 when he entered. Gave up an unearned run.

  119. Section 3, My Sofa - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Cool, Zelous was picked up. I wonder if he's got a semi-famous actress like Cutter.He used to have, but he broke up with her. It's ok, though, because now she's over Zelous.Badabing!@

  120. Don - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Anon 3:51 said…"Duke's a decent major league pitcher. Worth it for experience at AAA in case someone gets hurt."I wonder if he could catch in an emergency? Would the be the 4rd or 7th backup catcher?

  121. CN - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Cwj, didn't see the box score, but did he inherit the runners that scored? if they're his runners, than the answer s/b no, as he entered w/ a 5 run lead, i think.

  122. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Zelous Wheeler is definitely no Wonderful Monds.

  123. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    uh, I already used that one. :-)natsfan1a said… Not an O's fan but interesting name. If some other IF makes the team instead, I guess you could say he was over Zelous. March 29, 2012 3:23 PM Section 3, My Sofa said… Cool, Zelous was picked up. I wonder if he's got a semi-famous actress like Cutter. He used to have, but he broke up with her. It's ok, though, because now she's over Zelous. Badabing!@ March 29, 2012 4:11 PM

  124. Mick - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I am just bummed about Storen,Wang, Morse and LaRouche (who is not even 50% ready)

  125. CN - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    looks like b meyers isn't even close to making the 25-man roster for the yanks. that'll add even more depth to the farm system.

  126. LoveDaNats - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Mick said…"We are going to suck, I know it, too many injuries to overcome and it will get worse before it gets better. I have been around too long and I know I am right. We will finish 70-92"Mick, you seem tired. Have some of my koolaid. :)

  127. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Lyndon LaRouche is injured?

  128. Section 3, My Sofa - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    natsfan1a said… uh, I already used that one. :-)Dang. Another Coke. I might as well buy you a fountain for it.

  129. Section 3, My Sofa - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    BTW, decidedly off-topic, but anyone with some spare time and scorekeeping skillz can get in some work this weekend at an adult rec game in Silver Spring this weekend. There's carfare and lunch money in it. I'll supply the pencils and scorebook. You don't need to respond if you're NOT interested.

  130. Feel Wood - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Section 222 said…Boy, you will pick a fight whenever there's not even a fight worth picking.Well, if questioning the veracity of an answer someone gave to a question I posed is "picking a fight" then I plead guilty. (And goodness knows you'd never do anything like that, would you, Section 222?)Third catcher/emergency catcher semantics aside, the question I posed was whether any Nationals manager had ever had to use a player who wasn't normally a catcher as the catcher in an emergency. The Weaver-Sakata situation someone mentioned is a perfect example of that. But Frank Robinson replacing LeCroy with Fick does not qualify, because as I mentioned already, Fick was a catcher. He caught multiple games every season throughout his career. I'd venture to say that few if any of those situations were "emergencies" either. Can anyone come up with a situation where an emergency catcher was used by the Nats?

  131. Hondo69 - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I just discovered that our other split-squad game is being televised on FSD (Fox Sports Detroit), Ch. 663 on DirecTV live at 6pm. It's also live on MLB.TV.

  132. Section 3, My Sofa - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Thanks, Hondo! I assume Mark isn't hitting the road to cover the nightcap?

  133. A DC Wonk - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I am just bummed about Storen,Wang, Morse and LaRoucheYeah, me too. But I'm psyched about Stras, JZimm, Gio, EJax, Lannan, Clip, MPHRod, Lidge, RZim, Ramos, Flores (the preceding would get _any_ team up to more than 70 wins), and the potential of: Lombo, Renden, and of course Harper, and the eventual return of: Storen, Wang, Morse, and LaRoche.

  134. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Awesome.Section 3, My Sofa said… natsfan1a said… uh, I already used that one. :-) Dang. Another Coke. I might as well buy you a fountain for it. March 29, 2012 4:39 PM

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