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Nats vs. Cardinals – 4/1/12

Apr 1, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez makes yet another start at Roger Dean Stadium this afternoon.

Since it's looking more and more like both Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel will open the season on the DL, the lineup Davey Johnson has put together for today's exhibition against the Cardinals might well be the same one we see Thursday in Chicago.

The outfield alignment: Mark DeRosa in left, Jayson Werth in center, Xavier Nady in right. Perhaps the only change would be Roger Bernadina in center, with Werth in right and Nady bumped to the bench, since the Cubs will be sending right-hander Ryan Dempster to the mound on Opening Day. But today's lineup still is pretty close to the one the Nationals should field come Thursday.

Gio Gonzalez, meanwhile, makes one final start in Jupiter today. Incredibly, it's his fourth start at Roger Dean Stadium, his third against the Cardinals. As was the case with Stephen Strasburg yesterday, Gonzalez won't go all-out and will be pulled after only 60-70 pitches.

I'm no longer down in Florida. Flew back to D.C. last night so I can spend a couple of days with the wife and baby before hitting the road again. So no updates forthcoming. Enjoy the game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: Cardinals feed via MLB Gameday Audio, XM 186
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

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

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169 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Mark'd - Apr 1, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Great, Cardinals radio dopes again.

  2. DWS - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Mark'd said…Great, Cardinals radio dopes again.Ditto, still one day closer…

  3. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    We have had the ability to listen to multiple radio teams and other TV guys. Charlie and Dave are amazing!

  4. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Looks like Nady has made this team. Both he and DeRosa are remarkable stories. A month ago no one, absolutely no one, would have dreamed that either would be in the starting lineup opening day, but that could happen, with both men.Laddie_Blah_Blah

  5. Anon 503 - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Davey has been vocal and explicit in wanting DeRosa on his bench since last fall, so that's no surprise, but then again, Laynce Nix was last year's "Where'd HE Come From?" winner, so here's hoping X-man works out at least as well. (As opposed to last year's "Is HE Still Here??" winner, Matt Stairs.)

  6. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    How is it that we have few major league outfielders, that we are starting an almost embarrassing outfield to begin the season,and yet a guy from our organization (Komatsu)has made the team for the world champions (yes, I know Morse is injured and Harper is coming sometime later). Couldn't this have come out better to begin the season? Is this just another "developmental" season, or are we trying to actually win something?

  7. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    And what JayB said in an earlier thread is correct. The pitching is here now; it may not be in 2013,so it seems a now-existing opportunity is being squandered. With the well-known mechanical questions surrounding Stras, Storen, and Gio (google pitching mechanics and these names), you simply cannot assume that all of them will be healthy in coming years, and I would wager that the will not all be so.

  8. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Lots of strikeouts in our lineup. Only one missing is the Big Dunn-key. But ALR is a worthy 125 K replacement. I am worried about scoring.

  9. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Why on earth would anyone think Bernadina will play center ahead of Werth? Bernadina is a terrible center fielder. He may start in left or right, though.

  10. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Desi amd Espi are gonna kill this club at the plate. No idea why Davey sees that 1-2 as playoff quality.

  11. bdrube - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Desi and Espi are 1-2 because there are no other candidates. Lombardozzi is as green as a rookie gets. He needs to prove he can hit at the MLB level in the regular season before they'll consider benching one of the other two as starters.

  12. Anon1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Love the Sofa King!Enjoy getting reacquainted with the wife and kid, Mark, and be ready to get after it at Wrigley.

  13. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Speaking of 503 issues, just turned up a (non-Insider related) blog post via a quick web search. Perhaps it may speak to the origins of the issue on this blog as well.

  14. Anon1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Dang, I forgot to wear my Anon cloak.

  15. Section 222 - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    As was the case with Stephen Strasburg yesterday, Gonzalez won't tgo all-out and will be pulled after only 60-70 pitches.I understand the 60-70 pitches concept, but are the starters really "not going all out"? What exactly does that mean? Do they really cut back on their velocity or how hard they try to command their pitches?Our lineup without Morse isn't going to scare anyone that's for sure. The very concept of Werth as a cleanup hitter is kind of scary. But it's not like there's much of a difference between Nady and Ankiel at the plate. And DeRosa could be the feel good surprise of the year. So that Pretty Frickin' Bueno is a great idea for a t-shirt, but $31.99?? Dear Skreened, I don't appreciate businesses who take advantage of Nats fans like that. Lower the price to $15 or even $20 and I might buy one.

  16. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Komatso was a rule five pick and he has to make the 25 man or he would have to be returned to the Nationals. They had no choice but to put him there.

  17. NatsNow - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    20 minutes until Gameday. Even though he's probably still drunk from yesterday, Mike Shannon is busy getting trashed before the broadcast starts. Here are some good examples of his finest work: http://arachnerd.wordpress.com/mike-shannon-quotes/

  18. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Sec 222- Good question about "not going all out".It probably means something like: "no pressure, just get your work in and don't get injured".

  19. #4 - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    We are now officially at the point where we divide into Kool-aid drinkers and Chicken Littles. Put me in the Kool-aid camp. It amazes me how high a standard some of you are holding this team to. You are criticizing them for starting Derosa and Nady in the OF when three players Morse, Ankiel, and Bernadina are hurt. Additionally they have been light in the OF knowing Harper will be in DC at some point. This is just one example of the insanity. It's certainly better than Nook Logan, Lastings Milledge, and Elijah Dukes.Are they a 100 win team? No. 85 wins though is very doable with a shot at contending. They won 80 last year and have a much better rotation, a better bullpen, a better bench, a full year of Ryan Zimmerman, and a full year of Adam LaRoche. I think that should be worth 5-10 wins.

  20. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Yeah, I'm not inclined to fork over that much either.So that Pretty Frickin' Bueno is a great idea for a t-shirt, but $31.99?? Dear Skreened, I don't appreciate businesses who take advantage of Nats fans like that. Lower the price to $15 or even $20 and I might buy one.

  21. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    #4- Yeah put me in the Kool-Aid camp as well.I'm thinking 87-75 this season, and 90+ in 2013.I think the Marlins are overrated, the Braves probably similar to the Nats, the Mets are bad, and this will be Philly's last year of winning the division.

  22. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    I've only heard a few Cards broadcasts (with Mr. Shannon at the mic), but I will note that having hoisted a few is not the only thing that might cause slurred speech (e.g., stroke, speech impediment, what have you).

  23. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Natsfan- Slurred speech?

  24. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I'm in the Glass Half-Full camp myself (in fact, I'm one of the camp counselors ;-)).

  25. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Anon 11:34"How is it that we have few major league outfielders, that we are starting an almost embarrassing outfield to begin the season,and yet a guy from our organization (Komatsu) has made the team for the world champions (yes, I know Morse is injured and Harper is coming sometime later). Couldn't this have come out better to begin the season? Is this just another "developmental" season, or are we trying to actually win something?"Huh? We also have Ankiel, Morse, Bernadina (all current major leaguers) plus Harper, Brown, Goodwin, Taylor, Perez and Hood in the minors. I would not take a 25-year-old slap hitter like Komatsu for any of them, and certainly not for DeRosa or Nady, both proven "major leaguers," while Komatsu hit .234 for our minor league team last year. Nady is hitting .400 for us against ST "major league" pitching and is a former "major league" All-Star, and DeRosa is hitting well over .400 with a spectacular OBP to go along with it.If the Cards want to keep Komatsu they must name him to their 25-man roster, or send him back to us. He belongs in the minors until he proves that he has "major league" ability, and that is where we would send him if he comes back, which could very well happen before the end of the season. Just because he is on their roster does not mean that he has demonstrated "major league" ability. He hasn't, while Nady and DeRosa most definitively have, in spades. Davey would laugh at the idea that he would be better off with Komatsu than with either Nady or DeRosa, and with good reason. The WaPo's Kilgore reported this morning that the young Nats hitters, like Spinner and Desi, crowd around DeRosa's locker talking hitting with an experienced "major league" pro who has proven his mettle. If Komatsue were in our locker room, he would be one of the guys doing the listening, too.Your comment is ridiculous.Laddie_Blah_Blah

  26. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Cwj, there were comments about the broadcaster's slurred speech in yesterday's game thread, which I read after the fact (having been out all afternoon yesterday).

  27. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Oh ok thanks Natsfan.That's interesting. I didn't hear the broadcasters, but who knows they may have been drunk.I remember Phil Wood mentioning how broadcasters and beat writers used to get sloshed during games :-)

  28. Tim - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    #4, Pass the kool-aid.

  29. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    The Marlins are playing the Yanks in Marlins Park. Gonna watch while I listen to our game.

  30. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    I'd like to see what the rest of you guys think the Nats record will be. Just for fun, though one of us may hit the mark. :-)#4 has them at 85-77, I have them at 87-75

  31. Harry Caray - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Did somebody call me?I remember Phil Wood mentioning how broadcasters and beat writers used to get sloshed during games :-)

  32. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    In addition to not taking on armchair GM duties, I don't do predictions, so no numbers for me. :-)

  33. Ben - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I'm not gonna lie, I am almost excited to hear how sloshed Shannon is today. I wonder if he will be talking about the audio/ sound room again….

  34. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Good National Anthem at the Marlins game. Not sure who the guy is. They allowed 25K in today, and 30K tomorrow, for gearing up. They showed the roof closing, it's pretty cool.

  35. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Keep us posted on the HR "feature," NatsLady.

  36. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Keep us posted on the HR "feature," NatsLady.

  37. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    They have big windows with sort of Venetian blinds that look out on the Miami skyline. So it's light even though the roof is closed.

  38. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Ralph Kiner (Mets) had a bout with Bell's palsy that affected his speech, for example. I'm just saying. (Okay, I'll stop now.)

  39. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Crud, that link re-set to the first item in the slide show. Here's a better one.

  40. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Dang, that GameDay graphic embedded video commercial is annoying. Anyhoo, Gio has a 1-2-3 inning (GO, K, K). (In the top of the inning, the Nats went FO, GO, 1B, GO).

  41. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Nats in the 2nd: 1B, FO, GIDP.

  42. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Nats in the 2nd: 1B, FO, GIDP.

  43. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Natsfan- I understand :-) I don't do the GM thing either, but I love doing my own little projections just because I like stats.NatsLady- Yeah I'm watching the Miami-Yankees game as well.I like the look of those windows behind the outfield.Pretty nice looking stadium, aside from that silly thing in center field.

  44. DWS - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Must say the announcers are a little more on the ball today.

  45. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    No problem, Cwj. I always give that disclaimer in prediction threads.Bottom of the 2nd: FO, K, K.(I think Shannon just forgot how many K's Gio had.)

  46. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Pretty funny about the truck giveaway. The fans were cheering about it, but turned out it was Wainwright's truck (courtesy of Berkman). Pretty good April Fools' joke. :-)

  47. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    The 503 error is occurring more than usual today.

  48. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    haha, Gio with a base hit!

  49. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Gio got a single???? I thought he couldn't hit?

  50. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    So Gio has 4 Ks through 2 innings? Nice!I'll have to double check, but I think he's leading the team in strikeouts this spring.

  51. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    No joke: GO, 1B (Gio), DP.

  52. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Yes, I have gotten 503 a dozen times so far. No homers in the Marlins game.

  53. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    He must have taken Mitch Williams' advice about closing your eyes and swinging as hard as you can :)

  54. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Me, too, on the 503. On Gio, maybe they had him watch some video of Livo swinging the lumber. :-)

  55. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Broadcaster mentions how Gio has been dealing the 0-2 counts since the 1st inning.

  56. NatNow - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Marlins hit a homerun, but they didn't show the monstrosity illuminated fruit hat come to life :(

  57. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Sanchez with a dinger but they either didn't light up the machine or they just didn't show it. Boo. CC not looking like his usual greatness.

  58. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    NatNow- "Monstrosity" haha that's definitely an apt description alright :)

  59. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Geez, why even have a fancy schmancy HR feature if you aren't going to show it? :-)Bottom of the 3rd: GO, GO*, K.*Evidently a nice pick by LaRoche.

  60. NatsNow - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Marlins are apparently waiting until the season starts before they fire up the Ricky Martin stage.

  61. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    NatsLady- Yeah I like Sabathia. He's a good guy too.

  62. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I liked "fruit hat," too. The Carmen Miranda Memorial HR Feature.

  63. Anon in Florida - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Someone forgot to plug in Carmen Miranda's hat in left CF in the new Marlins Stadium.

  64. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I liked "fruit hat," too. The Carmen Miranda Memorial HR Feature.

  65. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    It really is ridiculous looking. Also odd how the outfield wall curves around it.

  66. NatsNow - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    I'll take the sub horn any day of week.

  67. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    First 1-2-3 inning for Garcia: GO (Espi's second bounce-out to short), GO, K.Me, too, on the sub horn, which I didn't like at first.

  68. Rabbit - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    The cost of a baseball game..$100.The cost of Werth pulling a hamstring..priceless.

  69. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Huh?

  70. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Back to back doubles to start the inning and the Cards draw first blood. Gio rebounds with a FO and two K's. It's 1-0 Cards after 4.

  71. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Er, make that FO, K, FO.Bottom of the 2nd: FO, K, K.

  72. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Rabbit- Werth got injured???

  73. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Thanks for the play by play Natsfan :)

  74. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Nats in top of 5th: K, LO, 1B, FO.

  75. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    No problem, Cwj. I figure it could be of interest to people who can't listen on GameDay and read the thread after the fact.I'm not aware of any Werth injury.

  76. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Cwj….At Bat 11 still has Werth in CF.

  77. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Seeing as how Mark isn't there to do updates.

  78. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Jeez, it was all over MLB.com that the Nats named Stras their opening day starter. Where has this guy been?

  79. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Ok, glad about Werth. Was worried there for a second.I guess Rabbit was just having a laugh.April Fool's Day and all…One of my favorite days when I was a kid :-)

  80. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Natslady- Yeah sounds like MLB.com is a little behind in the times.Wasn't that announced like 2 weeks ago?

  81. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Gio walks the leadoff hitter but no problem, as the next guy lines into a DP. Then there's a single and, just to mix it up a bit, another K. Sounds like Gorz may come in for him next inning. PFB for Gio.

  82. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Marlins D not looking great, now. Outfielder misjudged a fly at the fence, and Reyes for some reason missed a ground ball throw.

  83. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Go Gio!I guess he didn't listen to Davey about holding back, and decided to bring his A game :)

  84. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Gio's line: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR.

  85. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    MLB.com wasn't behind, it had Stras as Opening Day starter as their headline. Apparently this Cards announcer doesn't read MLB.com.

  86. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Gio has become one of my favorite Nats.Seems like he is always smiling and happy.

  87. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    HR by Espy!!!! Gio won't lose the game!!

  88. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    So maybe it is the Batters Eye ;-)

  89. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    News bulletin, Danny Espinosa has just hit a HR to tie the game.

  90. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Natslady- Oh ok, sorry I thought you were talking about something else.

  91. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Go Espinosa! Prove the haters wrong!

  92. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    To fill in the rest of the top of the 6th: GO (Flores PH for Gio), K, HR (atta way, Danny), GO.I really like Gio's personality, too.

  93. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Or "doubters", I should say. "Haters" is a bit to strong a word :)

  94. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Sounds like the game is flying by pretty quickly.Another reason I like the NL better than the AL, the games are faster.

  95. NatsNow - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    NatsLady said…"MLB.com wasn't behind, it had Stras as Opening Day starter as their headline. Apparently this Cards announcer doesn't read MLB.com."This is the same guy who called Brad Lidge Strasburg multiple times in the 9th inning of yesterday's game.

  96. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Yeah, Spinner!Laddie_Blah_Blah

  97. Rabbit - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Come on guys…I was just playing around with the Master Card commercial; remember the one???!! Werth really frustrates me. Somebody say it will be OK!

  98. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Espinosa is a much better hitter when batting right handed. It's a real struggle from the left side.

  99. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Bottom of 6th for Gorzy: LO, GO, GO.

  100. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    I got the commercial, but not the theme of injury to one of our own. But that's just me.

  101. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Rabbit, it will be OK. Really.And if CMW comes back soon, our rotation is REALLY SCARY!

  102. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    For Marte: GO, K, BB (atta way, Adam), LO.btw, Komatsu now in LF.

  103. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    NatsNow, yes, I heard that, too. Maybe Lidge and Stras look alike? Maybe Stras is the only pitcher he's heard of.

  104. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Bottom of the 7th for Gorzy: LO, GO, LO.

  105. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Well, they didn't set off the Carmen Miranda machine for a Yankees HR either. Now, what kind of hospitality is that?

  106. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Top of the 8th for Salas: GO, GO, FO.Sounds like it's H-Rod for the bottom of the inning.

  107. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I think that's quite inhospitable on the part of the Fish.

  108. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    btw, that was 2 perfect IP for Gorzy.

  109. Erik - Apr 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Well, hopefully our rotation will produce 5 guys with sub 3.00 ERA because the way this team hits we are going to have to shut teams out twice a week to have a chance to win games. Watching the O's on TV, and we only have 2 position players that would even start on THAT team and 1 of those is hurt.

  110. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Nick Johnson just hit a homer for the O's and he didn't get injured rounding the bases.

  111. sm13 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Erik, not sure what O's team you're watching, maybe a replay from 83? I'll take my chances at Nats Park. You can spend the season at Camden and we'll check back at the end of the season and see who has more fun.

  112. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Well, Henry keeping his ERA perfecto. PFB!

  113. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Still 1-1 after H-Rod's bottom of the 8th: 1B, sac bunt, K, K (leaving Komatsu in the on-deck circle).

  114. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Gio and H-Rod, both PFB today. :-)

  115. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    1A.. don't forget Gorzo too.. PFB!

  116. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Go Danny! Go Danny!

  117. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    All Right Danny!!! Scored the run!

  118. Nattydread - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    DeRosa comes through. The Bench?

  119. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Boy, you could hear that fan, "That was a terrible call, Blue!" (Umpires wearing blue.)

  120. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Oh.. By the way.. Drinking Koolaid (and hoping that I don't end up on the Bourbon and Maalox)

  121. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Tried to get Henry's jersey last year, but they only had Pudge in the store. Hope that will be rectified this year.

  122. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Nats up by one after the top of the 9th: 1B (Espi, from the left), K (backwards, for "Lambardozzi"), 1B, 1B, K, GO.That heckling fan was funny.

  123. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Good point. :-)MicheleS said… 1A.. don't forget Gorzo too.. PFB! April 01, 2012 3:06 PM

  124. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Anybody seen Clipp lately? I can't recall him pitching recently.

  125. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Sm13….Eric's post doesn't warrant a response. It was just plain silly.

  126. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Has anyone seen or heard from Clipp lately? I can't recall if he has pitched in the last couple of days.

  127. sm13 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    You are correct Natsjack. I should a known better.

  128. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Michele S…Clip had a solid 2 innings against the Tigers Thursday night.

  129. Erik - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    What a bunch of "homers"-SM13 and NJ. I never said the Orioles were a better team!!! But, please tell me who would start over Reynolds at 1B, Roberts, Hardy, Wieters, Jones, and Markakis. And no, Werth is not better than Markakis or Jones.

  130. JaneB - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    NatsFan1a says:Gio and H-Rod, both PFB today. :-)Espy too! I would buy the PFB shirt, too, but not at that price. Soon we will need a NatsInsider shirt that contains BeastMode, GYFNG, Hitterish, Gulp! Bang!, B25GN, and Gorse Hacking. Probably other things I've lost rack of.

  131. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Good on Ryan Matteus getting out of that one. Hope he has nerves of steel like that in real life (er, real season).

  132. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Erik, I think the only one I would take is Jones. Is Roberts playing? I hope so, he has had such a rough couple of years with the concussions.

  133. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Eventful bottom of the inning for Mattheus (BB, K, K, 1B, K), but he holds on and the Nats win, 2-1.

  134. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    MicheleS, Clipp pitched two perfect innings Friday against the Tigers.

  135. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Um, *Nats* Insider = we're supposed to be "homers" for the Nats. We're fans, not broadcasters, so it's okay to root, root, root for the home team. :-)

  136. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    OK, folks, FWIW, that's a win. Laundry time.

  137. DWS - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Watching the Yankees Marlins game as I check in on the Nats…good win BTW. The monstrosity according to the Miami announcers is a "sculpture" and David Sampson says it will not "light up" until the regular season. Sorry if this was already mentioned.

  138. MicheleS - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    NJ.. Thanks for the info on Clipp.. Forgot about that game (short term memory sucks)

  139. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Line for Mattheus: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR.He gets and save and H-Rod the (curly) W.

  140. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Jones is the only Bird everyday player I'd want off that team.

  141. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I hear you MicheleS. Who are we playing this afternoon, again? Oh, um, never mind.MicheleS said… NJ.. Thanks for the info on Clipp.. Forgot about that game (short term memory sucks) April 01, 2012 3:30 PM

  142. sm13 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Nice way to finish out the Florida schedule. Good to see Gio close out strong. Can't wait to see him at the home opener. Gi-O, Gi-O!

  143. bdrube - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    @Erik – "And no, Werth is not better than Markakis or Jones."WRONG – Werth's WAR each of the last three years has been higher than Markakis and Jones for each of those years. And yes, that includes 2011.

  144. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I'd take Jones, too, btw. Rizzo, make it happen. Cue the music, me and Mr. Jones, we got a thing going on…

  145. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    sm13, I think they're at the Red Sox, in FL, tomorrow, then the exhibition vs. the Sox at Nats Park on Tuesday.

  146. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    But I'm with you on the Gi-O chants! (Maybe we should do that whenever somebody grounds out against him. For K's it would be K-O, of course.)

  147. Positively Half St. - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    If Corey Brown could have an epiphany like MPH, then we will have won the Willingham trade in a walk-off. I am pretty happy about it now, as it is.+1/2St.

  148. sm13 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    1a – right again

  149. NatsLady - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    We have to get a PFB chant going. Totally bewilder the opponents.

  150. Cwj - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Natsfan- I think you're on to something, K-O Gonzalez :) I like that one.Bdrube- Werth also topped Markakis in defensive runs saved. Somehow Markakis won a gold glove in right field, but finished a distant 12th in the Fielding Bible Awards.I was actually shocked when I looked it up. But Markakis is apparently vastly overrated defensively.

  151. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    That would be good, NatsLady. :-)

  152. Joe Seamhead - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    I credit Johnson for the change that happened to H-Rod late last season. All of a sudden gone was the guy that came out hoping to throw strikes, and on came a guy that looked cool & confident. Many on this board wanted to throw Henry under the bus after two months,repeatedly throwing out the phrase "Rizzo fail." I'm not ready to say that he'll be Fireman of the Year yet, but I certainly wouldn't go back on the Willingham trade, if I could, either. I also would not be surprised to see Corey Brown making serious contributions before long. As to Danny Espinosa, I see a guy that goes on streaks and they go from horrid to torrid. He'll get hot. I'm not in the Desi hate camp either, but the sand is flowing out of his hourglass. I still stick to my earlier prediction: Davey Johnson will be the NL Manager of the Year. Spike the kool-aid and pass it on over to me, my friends!

  153. Erik - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    BDRUBE-Looking at the player rater averages of 5 different baseball websites, Jones is 15 spots higher (OF alone) and Markakis is 10 spots higher. WAR is a meaningless statistic. If you want to go by WAR, then Robert Andino was better than Ryan Howard, Nelson Cruz, and Eric Hosmer. Bottom line is that Markakis hits .295 vs.264 (career averages) averages more RBI and Runs Scored, and is just now entering his prime. And Markakis is a Gold Glover. And he makes $7 million less per year. And he didn't hit .232 last year. And he doesnt' strike out 170 times per year. And he didn't get to hit behind Utley and Howard. And he doesn't stand in the OF with his hands on his knees for entire AB's. Watch him out there one day. Nice Ready Position!!! Good example for the little leaguers out there. Maybe if he was ready more often he wouldn't have to slide and miss balls by a few feet so often. Sorry for the rant. I love the Nats, but I just can't stand Werth, and it's not because of his batting average. Just think how much better they would be with another $126 million to spare.

  154. JaneB - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    NatsLady, good idea on the PFB chant!

  155. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Troll Alert!!Reminder. DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS

  156. Gonat - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Espinosa is a much better hitter when batting right handed. It's a real struggle from the left side. April 01, 2012 2:33 PM____________________________Agreed. I am also in with those saying batting him 2nd RH and 7th LH. MPHRod handled that the leadoff hit well. Very impressive.Bernadina back from bereavement and delivers in a 0-2 count with a single.Gio Gonzalez seemed masterful today. A couple of pulled doubles past 3rd and nothing else.

  157. natsfan1a - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Thanks for the HR "sculpture" scouting report, DWS, as nobody had mentioned that it was not yet in regular season form. :-)DWS said… Watching the Yankees Marlins game as I check in on the Nats…good win BTW. The monstrosity according to the Miami announcers is a "sculpture" and David Sampson says it will not "light up" until the regular season. Sorry if this was already mentioned. April 01, 2012 3:30 PM

  158. SonnyG10 - Apr 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    26 Million for Werth, 100 Million to transform Nats image to other free agents. :)

  159. Gonat - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Julio Teheran's Spring went down the tubes finishing with a 9.37 ERA. I think his only highlight of the Spring was striking out Bryce Harper.Tommy Hanson becomes the Braves fill-in #1 with Tim Hudson on the shelf.

  160. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    One of the disappointments in today's game was Lombardozzi in the 9th. Espinosa started the inning with a single and Lombo had to lay down the bunt and couldn't and struck out.This may have meant nothing with Lombo or you have to wonder how he does in the more stressful "clutch" moments. It is something to keep and eye on to see how Lombo does in the clutch.

  161. realdealnats - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Looks like last week's suicide watch has been cancelled. Too much ST time on everyone's hands. Pitching is deep. Super deep. IMO it can withstand a number of arrows of outrageous fortune. CWJ–With the possibility of fielder I thought 90 wins but am glad we it worked out as it did given the details. I told a friend a month ago 86 wins. During "The Suicide Watch of the Dead Arms" week, I mentioned 84 here. I'll stick with that. I'd be disappointed under 84. If De Rosa or Corey Brown–or especially Harper–is a Story–it could go as high as 90, but I'm not counting on that. Especially with unforeseen injuries to position players. Put me down for 84, and I'll happily buy you a beer when they get to 87. After that it's a shot per win I guess!In the spirit of kicks and fun, I predicted the first five games here a week or so ago. I got us at 3-0 coming out of the gate and at 3-2 after the first five. For me, Harper is as good a touchstone as any to account for every win over .500. If he rakes, we approach 90. If he hits .267 like many rookie greats in the making, we're a few over.Next year: keep the starting rotation together but hopefully Det has forced his way to #5. And get that left handed big bat at 1B. When Rendon forces his way into the starting lineup, then we are truly a force to be reckoned with. Hopefully this year…we steal a WS. Why not? Who knows which team Lady Luck will favor. And Davey's got them loosey goosey and, I'm hoping, ready to open them up to some luck.

  162. realdealnats - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Looks like last week's suicide watch has been cancelled. Too much ST time on everyone's hands. Pitching is deep. Super deep. IMO it can withstand a number of arrows of outrageous fortune. CWJ–With the possibility of fielder I thought 90 wins but am glad we it worked out as it did given the details. I told a friend a month ago 86 wins. During "The Suicide Watch of the Dead Arms" week, I mentioned 84 here. I'll stick with that. I'd be disappointed under 84. If De Rosa or Corey Brown–or especially Harper–is a Story–it could go as high as 90, but I'm not counting on that. Especially with unforeseen injuries to position players. Put me down for 84, and I'll happily buy you a beer when they get to 87. After that it's a shot per win I guess!In the spirit of kicks and fun, I predicted the first five games here a week or so ago. I got us at 3-0 coming out of the gate and at 3-2 after the first five. For me, Harper is as good a touchstone as any to account for every win over .500. If he rakes, we approach 90. If he hits .267 like many rookie greats in the making, we're a few over.Next year: keep the starting rotation together but hopefully Det has forced his way to #5. And get that left handed big bat at 1B. When Rendon forces his way into the starting lineup, then we are truly a force to be reckoned with. Hopefully this year…we steal a WS. Why not? Who knows which team Lady Luck will favor. And Davey's got them loosey goosey and, I'm hoping, ready to open them up to some luck.

  163. Section 3, My Sofa - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Eric is not a troll. He's arguing on the merits. We have real trolls, and he's not one of them.

  164. Anonymous - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Nats 92 wins, 70 losses.Corky

  165. Anonymous - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Espinosa is a much better hitter when batting right handed. It's a real struggle from the left side. He gets 1000 at bats in the majors then they ask him to not to switch hit if it doesn't seem like he is getting it.

  166. Anonymous - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    If Corey Brown could have an epiphany like MPH, then we will have won the Willingham trade in a walk-off.He'll be better this year … there will be some good chemistry in that lineup. Where that will lead? Who knows?

  167. Anonymous - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Eric is not a troll. He's arguing on the merits. We have real trolls, and he's not one of them.Perspective is everything as ObiWan told Luke. Sec 3 may be a Troll from one perspective.

  168. sjm308 - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Erik might not be a troll but he is dreaming if he thinks more then two of the current O's would help us. Roberts has not played an inning in ST. You can't be serious about Reynolds at any position with his strike outs and errors. I do like Wieters but I am fine with our two young catchers so that is a wash. Jones is superior to anyone we have on our roster in CF so that is your one win. Werth did not have a good year statistically, but we went from 69 wins to 80 and he was one reason for that even with his poor stats. It's a tough call but I think I would take Werth over Markakis. The bottom line is the O's are headed toward 15 straight years of losing while we have a legitimate chance at 85 wins or more. It was never mentioned but is there even ONE pitcher you would take from the O's top 12 to replace any of our top 15? I don't think so.

  169. Cwj - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Thanks for your predictions Realdeal and Corky!So far Insiders have the Nats finishing:85-77, 87-75, 84-78, 92-70.Not bad at all :)

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