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Good test for Nats on West Coast

Apr 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Davey Johnson and his club play their next six games in Southern California.

Until enough games are completed this season for us to make a reasonable determination how good the Nationals really are, each week will present a new challenge and an interesting test of this club's legitimacy.

The latest test begins tonight in San Diego, with Davey Johnson's team opening a six-game, West Coast road trip that concludes Sunday in Los Angeles.

Not that these are the two toughest teams the Nationals will face this season (though the Dodgers have gotten off to a fantastic start) but trips out west have never been easy for this franchise.

Consider the Nationals' all-time record at Petco Park (8-14) and Dodger Stadium (5-15). They've won only one series at either ballpark in theirRead more »

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  1. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    It all depends on starting pitching and you have to feel good starting out with Gio as long as he continues to pound the zone. I just hope the lineup gets off it's duff and provide Jordan with some serious early run support. It gets old watching him have to be perfect every start.

  2. Will - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Well, if the Nats play .500 ball the rest of the way, they'll finish 85-77. All it will take over the rest of the season is a .534 winning percentage (78-68) to hit 90 wins.Hopefully the league worst Padres will give us a bit of a boost before we play the league best Dodgers!Also, no more anonymous posts? I'm ok with that.

  3. MicheleS - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Amen on the run support for Jordan!Everything will come down to pitching this year. Let's hope we get some timely hitting to back it up. I am sure the team would like one laugher. Hopefully we get at least one on this road trip.In other good news, the Braves/Phillies/Mets all lost last night. And a pitcher that we beat up quite a bit last year – Jurrjens got sent down to the minors.

  4. JaneB - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    My thoughts exactly, about Jordan, NatsJack. The kid needs a win. GYFNG,

  5. MicheleS - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Just wanted everyone to give the link on the MLB Network feature on Nats/Davey:http://mlbnetwork.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20861759&topic_id=7417714Link:MLB Network

  6. MicheleS - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I need coffee.. I wanted everyone to HAVE the link to MLB Network.

  7. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Really? Jurrjens got sent down? He was supposed to be their wunderkind. I watched Livo pitch. Freddi got four excellent innings out of him and then got greedy, let him bat for himself and that was that, the game went from 5-2 to 7-2. Still a pleasure to watch Livo field, so effortless on those bunts and infield nibblers.

  8. Gonat - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    All the NL East teams lost yesterday. Nice to see the Nats pick up games while they have a day-off!

  9. natsfan1a - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    OMG, Pudge *did* throw the first pitch from home to second! Awesome.

  10. Navy Nats Fan - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Should be interesting against the Padres. Surprising stat of the day – they lead the NL in walks with 68, and are second (tied with NYY) overall, only behind the Tribe with 76. But they are also 4th (overall) in strikeouts with 134. I guess don't expect a whole lot of balls in play for the home team.

  11. jcj5y - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I like the Nats' chances the first two in San Diego behind Gio and Zimmermann, and Saturday in LA behind Strasburg (though Billingsly has given them fits in the past). It's hard to pick them Friday against Kershaw.The pivotal game for the road trip may be Jackson's start in San Diego. If he can rebound and pitch well, they have a very good shot at a .500 or better trip.

  12. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    If you have MLB.tv, check out the end of the 6th inning in the Stros-MIL game. Nyjer got HBP, and it's unbelievable what the announcers say (how great a teammate he is, how he doesn't let his slump affect the team, etc. etc.)The bases are loaded and the Weeks hits a shallow popup, Gamel tags from 3rd, and slams his shoulder into Castro's head. Gamel is out, Castro seems OK and Mil announcers claim it's a "clean hit" but boy it sure looked scary.

  13. Gonat - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Mark wrote….But until Zimmerman's name appears on the lineup card that will be handed to umpires shortly before first pitch at 10:05 p.m. EDT, there will be at least some fear that Zimmerman's injury is more severe than he's acknowledged.__________________________I'm thinking not only that but then playing each game after that without pain.

  14. Gonat - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    NatsLady said… Really? Jurrjens got sent down? He was supposed to be their wunderkind. April 24, 2012 7:39 AM ______________________________Where did you hear JJ was sent down? Remember when the Braves were trying to trade him to the Orioles. Many thought at the time the Braves were trying to move "damaged goods".

  15. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    MicheleS posted it, it startled me so much because he was an All-Star and so good last year (except against us). I checked it out, it's true.Here is an article on Jurrjens and why he was sent down, in a year when he will be a free-agent.jair-jurrjens-to-the-minors-how-does-a-good-pitcher-go-so-badhttp://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2012/04/24/jair-jurrjens-to-the-minors-how-does-a-good-pitcher-go-so-bad/

  16. Gonat - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    MicheleS, thanks for the link. Kind of surprising some of these players didn't Google Davey and do a bit of research on his career.I can guarantee you Bryce Harper knows all about Davey's playing career and hitting 43 HRs when he got traded to Atlanta.

  17. original Nats Fan - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I'm happy we have a game today, but I hate these west coast series. Way past my bed time, but I will try to watch at least part of the game. This Nats team is fun to watch.

  18. natsfan1a - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I watched it on tv yesterday. Funny that Gio was the only one to get two of Davey's teams. :-)

  19. MicheleS - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Gonat, the thing that I like most is how much they all GUSH about Davey. I particularly like RZ's comment on how Davey believes in them and that had never happened in the time that he has been on the team. I think that is very telling. As long as Davey and Rizzo are the same page, this team will be really good. All we have to do is look up to Boston to see how a bad Manager/Player or Manager/GM relationship can impact a season. Thankfully, the Lerners are not as meddlesome as Lucchino/Henry – or at least they don't appear that way in public – which is how I like my owners.

  20. whatsanattau - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Regarding Morgan, I think announcers from all (many) teams talk about all players being great teammates regardless of whether they really are. I'm not saying Morgan is not a good teammate, just that the testimony has lost it's veracity. More specifically on Morgan, if he got hit by a pitch and went down to 1B like he's supposed to then good for him. Those who don't learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

  21. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Michele–thanks, I enjoyed the video. You can get in a double-header today if you want to watch the Chiefs or Suns. Chiefs have Maya scheduled to pitch, which seems odd to me because I thought he pitched Sunday in the first game of the double-header. Maybe that's old information.Nationals affiliates schedule for April 24http://www.milb.com/milb/schedule/index.jsp?leagues=l120,l121,l110,l122,l113,l123,l124,l117,l118,l127,l126,l112,l128,l116,l111,l109

  22. natsjim - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    The beautiful thing about what Rizzo's done the past couple of years is that the template he's laid down here with the strong scouting and minor leagues can remain in place even after the current front office has moved on – Mark Lerner has gone to school on how to run a quality organization and we stand to benefit for quite some time.

  23. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Whatsanattau–yes, agreed. I went into see why/how Morgan got hit. He got hit in the leg, and trotted down to 1B–no drama that I could see. With the bases loaded, and knowing from the score that MIL wasn't going to get any runs, I watched the rest of the inning to see how the Stros got out of the jam. That's when I saw the collision and started wondering–my impression was that would be a penalty in football for aiming your shoulder at a guy's head like that.

  24. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Question — did Zim hit that home run before or after he did his football-ish dive? I hope all is well and he is going to heat up. Not sure if this layoff is a good thing for rest and rejuvenation or a bad thing for loss of momentum and rustiness.

  25. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    After.

  26. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Welcome back SteveM. I know you've been posting but it's good to see your name.And it's safe, or at least monitored.

  27. RickH - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Yeah, that was great … Pudge throwing out the "first pitch" from home plate.

  28. SonnyG10 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Boy, its great to not have to deal with the anonyms on here. Sorry for the inconvenience to the good posters, but I'm liking this.

  29. SonnyG10 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Natsjim, good observation about the template. I agree with that.

  30. whatsanattau - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    So this is the third week of the season and so by weekend, Morse will be 3 weeks into his 6-8 weeks with no baseball activity. Followed, I assume by 2 weeks of baseball activity before he can be activated (assuming the rest has helped). So still looking like late June/early July right? Shirley, there must be an outfielder available for trade to tide us over?

  31. terpman33 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    This westcoast road trip will serve as a great barometer of how our pitching will be against great competition (the dodgers anyway) Im thinking if we can go 3-3 or 4-2, that will be good. On another note, when we go back home, enough with the gatorade showers. It was cool the first time, but after the third, it's starting to become pathetic. Enough with the boys will be boys crap. Lets save the gatorade shower until after we at least capture a playoff berth.

  32. NatsJim - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I'm with you swami; Saturday seems like forever ago, while I'm glad Zimm didn't have to miss another game I hope the team isn't adversely affected by the "extended" layoff, you hate to miss a day when you're playing as well as we were. Silver lining is that the big 3 are lined up for the Phils so hopefully that holds up, not to mention the bullpen is now well rested for the west coast swing.

  33. smurff - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

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  34. Theophilus T. S. - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

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  35. Theophilus T. S. - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Sort of have this posting figured out. Bloody inconvenient, if I do say.

  36. ehay2k - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Thanks for the link Michele – I tried the one on MLB.com last night and it just kept showing a Grass Clippings video. Too bad for Jurrjens, there was a time when he pitched well against us – until Livo called and hit that home run! Oh, and then wasn't there that double play Livo turned on Jurrjens' bunt attempt? Livo goes to Atlanta, you knew Jurrjens was in trouble one way or another. ;-)

  37. sm13 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    It's great that Gi-O gets two starts in sunny CA. His issues at Wrigley may have been due to the cold – a curve ball takes exact "feel" to throw it right. Let's chalk up 2 more series wins. Go Nats!!I, too, was thrilled to see all the love that Pudge got in Texas. The Rangers and their fans did it up right. His first pitch fom behind the plate to 2nd base wad a great touch and great idea by one of our Nats Insiders.

  38. JaneB - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I feel so bad for Jair. Still feel bad for Perez — these guys who are good, and then suddenly all scrambled. I know it happens in all roles and professions, but it is so much more visible in pitchers. On another note, I'm feeling so grateful that we had Pudge in our park so often these last few years. Also glad to see Steve M back…

  39. sm13 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Who killed Jurjens? Livo in the parlor with a baseball bat??

  40. Theophilus T. S. - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    "Shirley, there must be an outfielder available for trade to tide us over?"Pay the man, Shirley?There is an endless supply of .230 hitters — and at this point of the season it's impossible to tell who is a .230 hitter and who is a .275 hitter.

  41. NatsNut - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Did you guys see this yet?Wandering Wang

  42. natsfan1a - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    While I did "call" the first pitch configuration on here the other day, I saw where Pudge told a Yankees writer that it was his idea to throw from home plate. I'll chalk that one up to great minds think alike. :-)

  43. bowdenball - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    whatsanattau-I may be wrong but I think the six week shutdown clock started a week into the regular season, not on opening day. Remember he experienced a setback on his rehab assignment, not in spring training. The announcement came a day or two before the home opener on April 12. So I assume the shutdown won't end until Memorial Day weekend. After that he'll have to test it slowly, get back to baseball activities, and then do a week or so rehab assignment. My guess is that best case scenario we still don't see him until late June.

  44. sm13 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Great call 1a!!

  45. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    peric posted this link yesterday but it was very late, so here it is again. Interesting about the techie glasses Corey Brown is using–I assume not allowed in games?When Corey Brown thought he was blindhttp://syracusechiefs.mlblogs.com/2012/04/17/the-eye-of-the-beholder/

  46. LoveDaNats - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Oh, I get it. You CAN'T post anonymously any more. Nice idea. I would love to have Pudge coaching our young catchers. What are the odds?

  47. NatsNut - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    These series' are a big test also because in the past I recall the "rested and rejuvenated" that's supposed to come from a nice break like this never came like it should have. Seems like they always tanked when they got a break coming off a tear so I've got my fingers crossed.

  48. LoveDaNats - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Oh, and MicheleS…..great link on Davey. Thanks.

  49. bobfromalexandria - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Two hanky event — Retirement ceremonies in Texas for Pudgehttp://texas.rangers.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20857667&topic_id=29307512&c_id=tex

  50. sm13 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    I heard that Pudge will go to work for the Rangers. I'd like to see the Nats give Pudge a day st Nats Park.

  51. Theophilus T. S. - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Re: Morse . . . I was confused by Rizzo's comment, "We didn't have a viable surgical solution." At first, I thought he meant, "This isn't something that can be fixed w/ surgery." After repeated rumors that Morse will require surgery, I'm thinking he meant, "We don't have a surgical solution that will get him back on the field this season." I am totally speculating but, if this turns out to require surgery, I'm ready to blame the player for following a lifting program that resulted in a deep tissue injury that won't respond to rest and conventional therapy. It's my belief that, unless players are under the direct supervision of the team's strength and conditioning staff, their tendency is to go hog wild and confuse building muscle with conditioning. Does anyone know whether Morse spent his winter working out in Washington or whether he was home — wherever that is? I recall Ripken talking about Brady Anderson's 3-4 hour post-game lifting sessions. Other than making him look good in a short-sleeve uniform, I don't know that it really did much for his career (after the 50 HR season).

  52. Theophilus T. S. - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Thanks, Nats Lady, for the Corey Brown link. It gives context to Rizzo's (?) comment a few days ago that Brown seemed to have "a new strategy" (rough paraphrase) at the plate.

  53. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Re: Morse. I believe only Lombo, RZ, and Werth live around here in the winter. When Ramos came here for that press-conference, I recall discussion of RZ and Lombo working out daily at the Nats facility.

  54. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Lots of late nights coming up with the West Coast swing.

  55. Navy Nats Fan - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Re: Morse, Brady Anderson, and lifting – don't forget that Brady was using Creatine at the time of his 50 HR season. That may have abetted his lifting program.Did you see the segment on the MLB Network before the season opened with Joe Morgan and Bryce Haper in the weight room? Talk about lifting scary amounts of weight – Morgan even cracked something like "hey Mike Rizzo, do you see what your boy is doing in here?"I completely agree – the job of the strength and conditioning coach is as much to rein them in on a safe and effective program as it is to challenge them.

  56. whatsanattau - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I set the whole thing up and nobody took the obvious … Stop calling me Shirley. … do I have to do everything here?

  57. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I believe it was Harold Reynolds doing the Bryce Harper piece for MLB.

  58. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Navy Nats Fan, definitely core training with flexibility for all players. Need to add muscle to all muscle groups for position players not just upper body while pitchers can concentrate more on core training and lower body strength training.

  59. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Count me as one who thought that wierd contortioning thing Morse does before every entry into the batters box was just asking for trouble.

  60. NatsNut - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Speaking of Harold Reynolds, does anyone else here want to marry that guy? =)

  61. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Not going to comment on CMW (you all know I am a big fan) except to say I hope his family forgives him, that is tough. Speaking of FLorida, I notice Storen didn't go to the West Coast(he was spotted at a Caps game). Does this mean he will be heading down to Viera to resume baseball and pitching activities?

  62. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    NatsJack, trust me, the Steve M above is not the Steve M who you talked to on the cell in Florida. Someone trying to be funny like Ghost Of SteveM.My techie friend set this up with the password for me so Hi to everyone.I did swipe the Ghost Of Steve M. so that person will need a new name. My buddy gave me the funny Avatar from Spring Training that he took.

  63. A DC Wonk - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Great play — Andre Ethier singles into a double play. (with gif video)

  64. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Mark, anyway to ban this impostor Steve M? Then I can take my name back? Thanks

  65. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Wonk, yes, I saw that last night. Very srange! Not the best baserunning…

  66. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Wait, Steve M was posting anonymously? I think my head is going to explode. That story about Wang reminded me for some reason of Mark Sanford and hiking the Appalachian Trial. Hope this one has a happier ending.Very glad the Pads scheduled tomorrow's game for a weird 3:30 PST start time. Otherwise, this would be an even more painful week at work. Looking forward to seeing Gio go to work in a nice spacious park that's even more pitcher friendly than the Oakland Coliseum. We're 5.5 games ahead of the Phils!

  67. Navy Nats Fan - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    You're absolutely right, it WAS Harold Reynolds. As they say, memory is the second thing to go…

  68. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    What's the first, thing, Navy Nats Fan?Who says we don't pick up cues?

  69. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Section 222, I wasn't posting anonymously. This new Steve M is some clown. Someone took what I wrote on another site and posted it as The Ghost of Steve M.I guess that is my name for now.

  70. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I think announcers from all (many) teams talk about all players being great teammates regardless of whether they really are.That includes the Nats' announcers of course.

  71. Navy Nats Fan - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I can't remember…

  72. MicheleS - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    The springsteen email just got sent out!

  73. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Steve M, the handles are not exclusive, go ahead and use it.

  74. Navy Nats Fan - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    And in REALLY important news – The STH presale for the Springsteen concert has been announced. Special one-time use passcode for season ticket holders. 10am tommorrow. Expect light posting.If you haven't received an email call your STH rep!

  75. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    These series' are a big test also because in the past I recall the "rested and rejuvenated" that's supposed to come from a nice break like this never came like it should have. I remember the same thing. Plus, all the starters are now going to be pitching on two extra days rest — and we've heard Davey say that an extra day is not necessarily a good thing for some of them. Hopefully, the break has been good for our over-taxed bullpen.

  76. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Hmmm, there's a perq that doesn't come with my season tickets.

  77. MicheleS - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Sec3, are you splitting tickets with someone? Then they got the email. I am a partial STH (Teddy plan) and i got it.

  78. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Just got an email about a pre-sale for Springsteen tickets for STHs. It starts tomorrow at 10 am. The email says that if the tickets (max of 6 per customer, and 2 parking passes) purchased through this opportunity appear on the secondary market they are subject to cancellation. First time I've seen anything like that.

  79. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Michele, my "season tickets" are for the sofa. I'm splitting them with a cat at the moment.

  80. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Could the people who have registered as "Steve M" and "Ghost of Steve M" please email me so we can get this straightened out? zuckerman12@gmail.com. Thanks.

  81. MicheleS - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Yes, but your Sofa is PFB!

  82. MicheleS - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Navy Nats or anyone else: Do you have any idea what prices will be for the concert? Any idea what they were for other concerts?

  83. NatsNut - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    @sofa,maybe I can answer for Navy Nats Fan: "memory is the second thing to go. I can't remember the first." =)It's my favorite quote from a guy I used to work with and said it all the time.

  84. DCGuy7 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    does anything say how much the springsteen tix will be?

  85. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    @MichelleS — No info on ticket prices. Tune in tomorrow at 10 am to find out. One thing's for sure — the handling charges, "convenience fees," and other extra costs will be exorbitant and infuriating.

  86. Navy Nats Fan - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Thanks NatsNut – it took me awhile to remember the punchline, but I think I answered at 1031, but I can't remember for sure.Sec 222, on the Springsteen sale, where did you get the 6 tix / 2 parking pass info? It's not in my email. Can you click through to the sale site? I can't – I wonder if I have a firewall issue. May need to take leave tomorrow.

  87. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Mark Zuckerman said… Could the people who have registered as "Steve M" and "Ghost of Steve M" please email me so we can get this straightened out? zuckerman12@gmail.com. Thanks. April 24, 2012 10:43 AM Mark, in the email is my personal email address. If you want to email me there I will give you my cellphone.Its a shame someone wants to play games and take my name.

  88. smurff - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I think it's PFB that Mark comes on here and works so hard to keep this blog user-friendly.Thanks again, Mark!

  89. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    It's also PF not bueno that Mark has to spend his valuable time dealing with things like this. Come on people.

  90. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Ghost of Steve M……. Yep. I know it's you and the other is the imposter. Sorry for getting fooled like that.Just a little more crud to be banished from our Nats family here at NI.

  91. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Talking about Morse's weightlifting routine, he wrote a response to someone who is leaving the country in August that he should be back before July.I'm hoping that means we will see Michael Morse in games in June 2012. From Ladson: Regardless of the impressive record the Nats have, should we be worried about their lack of offense? — Alex C., Montreal After Sunday's action, the Nationals ranked 20th in the Major Leagues in offense, with a .243 batting average. It's too early to panic. Let's see what happens in the next couple of weeks. If they don't get Michael Morse back soon, then I would start to worry about the offense. The Nats haven't received any production out of left field. You can't say the Nats haven't received "any" production out of left field although it has been light. Bernadina the last week has started to produce and like I said early in Spring Training, how's about this Lombardozzi kid getting some reps in Left field?

  92. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Ghost of Steve M……. Yep. I know it's you and the other is the imposter. Sorry for getting fooled like that.Just a little more crud to be banished from our Nats family here at NI. April 24, 2012 11:20 AM Thanks. Some troll saw an opening to swipe my name and make some jokes.Thanks to a friend who doesn't post here but reads all the time and signed me up and notified me. Certainly there are many duplications of names and some like SJM is another Steve M., but don't take someone's name they have posted under consistently for years here and try to assume my identity.

  93. whatsanattau - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Brett Carroll is retained and outrighted to AAA.

  94. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    It will be interesting for the pitchers how the 2 extra days of rest will help them. I think EJax needed the extra days and with Detwiler, I am hoping we can see some 7 inning performances out of him.To see him at #2 in ERA behind Kyle Lohse and ahead of all the Cy Young candidates makes for some interesting conversation.Still too early to make a lot out of 2 weeks of stats although nothing wrong with being cautiously optimistic.

  95. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Section 3, My PFB Sofa said… Steve M, the handles are not exclusive, go ahead and use it. April 24, 2012 10:33 AM I think the other person has gone away. The Ghost of Steve M. is fine for now. My friend that set it up said he couldn't do it on the site. Not sure what that means. As you know, I'm far from computer literate and far from literate on other subjects. I do have a face for radio!

  96. sm13 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Cautiously optimistic, but really excited about the first two weeks!

  97. peric - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Interesting …Now that we all are using our registered accounts, and I have several, have had many for many years … people ARE STILL masquerading as other posters?I suppose you're going to blame me for that as well Mark? I'm still waiting for you to start policing the people who post far too many times as you did me?As someone who actually is technically literate I can say this whole deal was silly. This is nothing compared to what happens on the Redskins blog on the post site. Doesn't even compare. I suspect that may be due to the significant age difference and range here. IMO that's not a good thing for the Nats. They need those younger fans to embrace them as much as they have the Redskins. Doubtless those poor fools will never see a Superbowl game with the Redskins in it as long as Snyder owns the team. Now, there's a guy you would have serious problems with on this or any other blog based on some of the things I've heard him say.As someone who is technically literate all I'll just say what my dad likes to say, "fooey on you you should be using your heads for something besides a hat rack". I found the anonymii entertaining and enjoyed poking at them as much as anyone I suppose. But that's me.

  98. sjm308 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    DearGhost – I would never take anyone's name & besides, they would know immediately by my lack of knowledge. It has always been kind of interesting that we have myself, sm13 , and SteveM.While I love our start, I will take 3-3 on this trip.

  99. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Requiring logins won't have any effect on a determined troll, but if it keeps people from whinging about the anonymous posts, I'm all for it.

  100. Max L - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    For some reason, whenever the schedule comes out before each season I immediately look to see when the Nats are going out West. Just love the late-night West coast trips for some reason: nothing better than watching my team claw back at 1:30 on a Friday night. Can't wait for this series in LA, should make national headlines. Go Nats!

  101. 417b620e-8e2f-11e1-b06f-000bcdca4d7a - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Trying something here, hope it works

  102. 417b620e-8e2f-11e1-b06f-000bcdca4d7a - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Yikes, that is NOT what I was expecting. Let me try again.

  103. sm13 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I don't know,sjm308, I find you pretty knowledgable…

  104. MicheleS - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Testing from phone

  105. Ron In Reston - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Ok, I think I've got it now. Since I completely forgot that I had a Blogger account, I had just been posting as RPrecupjr. So this is my handle from now on then. Still the same font of useless knowledge that I've always been and still the same rabid Nats fan. While I agree with those who have said thay'll take 3-3 on this West Coast swing, I'd LOVE 4-2, though it will probably take a sweep of SD to accomplish that. Detwiler may pitch his butt off on Friday, but we'll still be facing Kershaw with our wet noodle bats. Here's hoping he has his one off day of the month against us.

  106. Ron In Reston - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Actually MichelleS, I was trying to sign in using my AOL IM account, which was one of the choices, but you see what it gave me instead of my AOL screenname of RPrecupjr. Blech.

  107. Ron In Reston - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    I agree about the Friday night games Max, it's the extra-inning, not-over-until-2:30am Tuesday night/Wednesday morning games that kill me. I'll be hitting the store for Diet Mountain Dew after work today.

  108. TimDz - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    God….I'm turning into a baseball junkie…Three days without Nats baseball…

  109. TimDz - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    417b620e-8e2f-11e1-b06f-000bcdca4d7a said… Trying something here, hope it works April 24, 2012 1:02 PM 417b620e-8e2f-11e1-b06f-000bcdca4d7a said… Yikes, that is NOT what I was expecting. Let me try again. April 24, 2012 1:03 PM _____________________Safe to say that NOBODY will try to hijack THAT name…

  110. peric - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Hmmm … I notice that D C Wonk one of the loudest when it came to anonymous posters has yet to make an appearance …~smiles~Makes you wonder eh Mark?

  111. TimDz - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Hmmm … I notice that D C Wonk one of the loudest when it came to anonymous posters has yet to make an appearance …~smiles~Makes you wonder eh Mark?_________________I think it may take some folks a while to register on the new system…It took me some time to figure it out and I suppose there are more like me (the techno-impaired)

  112. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Mark, thanks for the email and SJM thanks.

  113. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    By the way, I didn't have a Google account and I couldn't figure it out either. DC Wonk, if you need help I got someone who can help you establish without a Google account.

  114. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Or being a wonk, he could have, like, yanno, a J-O-B.

  115. sjm308 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Thanks to my fellow SM'sI just read Wangs apology and I realize there is a cultural divide but it is a true apology. None of that "if I offended anyone I am sorry" crap.Two years ago I made a very serious mistake. I will not and cannot excuse myself for this mistake,” Wang said, according to translated accounts. “To my family and friends who love and support me, I will not even dare to ask for your forgiveness, but I want to express my most deep apology.”If only other people (not just athletes) could step up and offer that type of apology. I am all about forgiveness and second chances and this guy just got that and more from me.Peric, you will never let it go but just breath easy and things will get better. Go sharpen your rapier or something. We are doing fine here with or without you.

  116. peric - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Job? Never seemed to stop A D C Wonk from posting before? If he had the audacity to question Boz's use of Pythagorus in comparison to his daughter's parabola he is smart enough to have one of these.

  117. peric - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    SJM you can defend A D C Wonk and I'll defend Gorzelany from the lot of you and then we'll see who is better off.

  118. sjm308 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Peric – you and I agree more then you realize – I like Gorzelanny a bunch and always have. I have agreed with you that he throws hard, can fill many different roles and is a valuable piece. I remember how really good he was in Pittsburgh and think they probably misused him as a young starter.I am better off no matter what is said on the blog. Retired, happy, a spousal equivalent that allows me to enjoy baseball, and more luck then one man can have.

  119. Adam - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I'm taking my son out to Doyer Stadium Sunday to see Gio! GO NATS!!!!

  120. naterialguy - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    I would like to see Lombardozzi see more time in the outfield. He seems to be enough of an athlete that given an opportunity to get comfortable he could excel. I have been extremely dissapointed in LaROsa's hitting and underwhelmed by his play in the outfield.

  121. naterialguy - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    gyfng

  122. ejs1111 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Trying to figure out how to post…

  123. ejs1111 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Woo hoo! It's working… I usually just post as an anon, and sign my name at the end.

  124. realdealnats - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    How does Davey look and sound healthwise to you guys?

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 80 15.5
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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x-WASHINGTON (3) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 68 3.0
y-ST. LOUIS 88 69 4.0
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PITTSBURGH 85 71 --
SAN FRANCISCO 85 71 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 5.0
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