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Game 20: Nats at Dodgers

Apr 28, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

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Ross Detwiler faces Clayton Kershaw tonight at Dodger Stadium.

The stars will shine bright in Hollywood tomorrow night, when Bryce Harper makes his major-league debut with Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nationals. But tonight's series opener at Dodger Stadium is no slouch of a ballgame.

Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, starts for Los Angeles. Matt Kemp, last year's NL MVP runner-up, has been playing out of his mind so far this season. And Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler only boasts an 0.56 ERA entering his fourth start of the year.

Davey Johnson will try out a new-look lineup for this one, trying to stack up as many of his best right-handed hitters as he can. Jayson Werth gets bumped up the No. 3 spot. Danny Espinosa gets bumped down to the 6-hole. Adam LaRoche hits cleanup, but he's the only left-handed batter in the lineup.

I'm not in town for tonight's game, but I've got good news: I just booked a morning flight to LAX, and I'll be reporting live from the scene at tomorrow's extravaganza (as well as Sunday's series finale). Until then, enjoy tonight's game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Where: Dodger Stadium
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 189
Weather: Clear, 66 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (14-5)
SS Ian Desmond
3B Steve Lombardozzi
CF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche

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244 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Get Some Players - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    The batting order makes sense tonight.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Lucky you! Just heard the local talk-sports-radio guy give a very positive spin on Detwiler ("the best pitcher you've never heard of"). This is a guy who normally only talks about Ducks football, pro-basketball, and hockey. He then gave a plug for tomorrow's Nats-Dodgers game, mentioning Harper's debut without saying anything about eye-black or blowing kisses. I was surprised and impressed.

  3. Cwj - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Have a safe flight Mark!Kershaw is due for a rough outing. Then again, so is Detwiler.Go Nats!

  4. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    I guess Davey told Lombo to man up and play 3rd base for a week and Espy he was going down in the order until he improves his OBP…Have a 7:15 flight tomorrow a.m. (not to LAX unfortunately) so I will get about 4 hours of sleep tonight. Please, please, no extra innings!

  5. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    YEA!!! Mark will be there!!! WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!

  6. natscan reduxit - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    … when one of my hockey-room buddies tells me he can't 'get into' baseball this early in the year "when it's so meaningless", I simply smile and think of weekends like this: is there anywhere else to be but in front of my TV/radio/laptop? Can't think of any…. God, I wish I lived in La-La-land!Go Nats!!

  7. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Travel safely, both NatsLady and Mark. Glad to see CSN parting with some of my subscription fee $$$.GYFNG!!

  8. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Johnny Holliday just GUARANTEED Clippard will get it done the rest of the year..so we got that

  9. JaneB - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    So glad you get to go! I was hoping they'd see the light. What a fun day!

  10. JaneB - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    PS…I admit I'm ascared of Matt Kemp.

  11. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    The Phillies lost to the CUBS!!! Roy Halladay lost to a Pitcher whose ERA is 6.20!!!!

  12. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    I like how the Cubs play so many day games…it was cool how long they went before they got lights.

  13. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Showing Harper on MASN..he looks like a 'fin hitting machine..should have been in San Diego last night

  14. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    If you have Gameday, take a look at this catch in the Pirates/ATL game. Be nice if the Bucs got some runs!Uggla catchhttp://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_04_27_pitmlb_atlmlb_1&mode=gameday

  15. waddu eye no - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    sic 'em dess rotweiler!

  16. phil dunton - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Kershaw has a good shot at a no hitter tonight.

  17. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Phil.. so does Ross.

  18. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    NatsBlog is optimistic based on sabermetrics:Clippard’s FIP, or Fielding Independent Pitching, this year is an incredibly low 2.34 despite his astronomical 6.00 ERA. FIP basically tells you what a pitcher’s ERA should be based on league average BABIP, timing, and home runs surrendered. FIP is a future predictor, which indicates Clippard’s ERA stands to go way, way down.Clippard’s SIERA, or Skill-Interactive ERA, is an above-average 3.72. SIERA is designed to be an even more accurate model of evaluating pitching than FIP, and FanGraphs describes it as “an attempt to more accurately model what makes a pitcher successful.” While a bit higher than his FIP, Clippard’s SIERA also indicates that he is set to improve drastically.Is anything wrong with Tyler Clippar?http://www.thenatsblog.com/2012-articles/april/is-anything-wrong-with-tyler-clippard.html

  19. Dave - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    I like that nickname, waddu eye no!

  20. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    on dodgers broadcast not by Scully…Strasburg described as the flavor of the month and Kershaw the real deal. Kershaw is the real deal and so is Strasburg. Idiots.

  21. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    NatsLady.. Hope the blog is right, because when I heard Rizzo was having a press conference, the first thing I thought was Clipp's shoulder was worse than we thought.

  22. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    did you see that swing by Desmond on 2 strikes?

  23. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    They didn't give Lombo a hit for that??? Booo.

  24. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Was that Pat Sajak?

  25. sm13 - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Phil – Dodger's official scorer has the same idea…

  26. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Kershaw has a good shot at a no-hitter tonightWith scoring like that, he should have a shot most nights.

  27. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    that 2 strike pitch to werth moved A LOT….i love the nats and have followed them since the day they were born..but my fave team is the LAD

  28. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    i hope Detwiler gets the same strike zone

  29. sm13 - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Ump is giving high strikes to Kershaw. Ross needs low strikes to be called – that could spell trouble.

  30. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Vin Scully "Ross is a long drink of water"

  31. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    This team is going to be lucky to be .500 by June 1st. Very lucky. We have one of the worst offenses in the league and have played 4 or 5 of the worst teams in the NL and can only score 3+ runs a game. Have we even faced a top 40 pitcher yet??? Kershaw could get 20 K's tonight. I am so sick of this offense. Record setting pitching with record setting offense.

  32. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Oh, Ross. That was not wise.

  33. waddu eye no - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    relax ross.

  34. Dave - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Ouch! That was certainly an unpleasant 2-run dinger by Ethier.

  35. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Gee, I am thinking Kemp and Ethier should be IBB for the rest of the game.

  36. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    F&I losing his mind tonight

  37. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    I hope this isn't an insurmountable 2-0 deficit.

  38. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    this game is already out of hand

  39. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    there goes the no-hitter

  40. Dave - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Okay, now that Espi has a clean double, let's change that Lombo hit to a hit. Which it was.

  41. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    F&I losing his mind tonightIf he's willing to lose some money in the process, we can accommodate him. Exposremains, I assume you are going for the reverse…

  42. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    After 1 inning… we could not hit our way out of a paper bag and it looks like Detweiler's pitching BP

  43. JaneB - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Ooooooof. Going directly to the bourbon and maalox.Thanks for those stats on Clip, Natslady. I learn lots from you.

  44. BaseballDude - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Grew up watching the Giants so I hate the Dodgers. But I really do enjoy listening to Vin Scully. One of a kind.

  45. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Okay, you all realize that Kershaw is really good, Right? It's not like he is some scrub

  46. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Mick: Kemp is fitting around 450 and Ethier has a SWEEEET swing…you gotta throw Ethier outside inthe dirt and get him to chase…1st and 2nd with the rest of the lineup coming up is not that bad..unfortunately the Dodgers don't have a Harper to call up

  47. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    which brings up an interesting queston: If Bryce Harper was on every team, who WOULDN'T have called him up by now?

  48. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    I'm taking the pledge on the Maalox, and going hitterish. Geez, people, you're supposed to root FOR your own team. I won't insult cats by commenting further.

  49. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    if i didn't know who Kershaw was, i'd say he's as good as every other pitcher the Nats faced this year

  50. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Grew up watching the Giants so I hate the Dodgers. But I really do enjoy listening to Vin Scully. One of a kind.Seconded.

  51. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Scott…. I agree about Kershaw, but Det is pitching BP

  52. BaseballDude - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Michele, yes, could be a long night. 2-run deficit, Kershaw on the mound will be difficult to overcome. How are Dodger relievers? Can we make a post-7th inning comeback?

  53. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    how fast is detwiler throwing on Masn? he's at 91mph on Dodgers broadcast

  54. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    the pitch to ethier was terrible…don't let him pull

  55. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Dude.. Apparantly Donnie Baseball wants to strangle the closer, so we have a shot. We just need to take a bunch of pitches, keep it close, get Kershaw out of the game an feast on the bullpen.

  56. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Dodgers have a reliever named Jansen..he is a 9.5..everything else is ok

  57. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    The Angels just called up Trout and released Abreu.

  58. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Just saw 92 on MASN. Have it on mute because FP WILL NOT STOP TALKING!

  59. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    your killing me Desmond!

  60. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Thanks NatsLadyDesmond is driving me crazy

  61. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    good Lord…. we really cant hit

  62. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    NatsLady: Good call..i watched the last 2 minutes of the ny rangers game last night on mute..couldn't deal with the stress of the announcers screaming

  63. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    4 pitch inning…well done boys!!!

  64. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    FP, why, why did I turn off the mute… admiring Desi swinging on the first pitch, "Kershaw is dominant on a 2 strike count so why wait around?" Kershaw has a 4-pitch inning.Maybe so Ross can have a rest? Maybe to run up the pitch count?

  65. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Kershaw has a better average than Nagy, Bernadina, DeRosa and Tracy combined, lol

  66. BaseballDude - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Michele, I'm sweating this series and the early May series vs Phillies because they are significant tests for this Nats team. Is our pitching good enough to compensate for our below average offense? So far not so good. But Detwiler can be forgiven for that hanging curve to Ethier if Strasburg and Gio can deal this weekend. Not giving up on this game just yet :)

  67. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    So tomorrow night at Dodger Stadium, it's Bryce, Stras, plus they are giving away Maury Willis and Don Drysdale Bobbleheads. I want to get on a plane…

  68. Unknown - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    I'm taking the pledge on the Maalox, and going hitterish. Geez, people, you're supposed to root FOR your own team. I won't insult cats by commenting further.——————————-Who wouldn't be excited about a 250 hitter that commits an error every 4 games?I hope I'm wrong, just not feeling this one, but I do trust Rizzo and Davy. I guess we'll cross our fingers and hope it was the right decision. Other than errors he can't be much worse than what's in left already.

  69. sm13 - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Kershaw is almost good enough to pitch for us…

  70. Steady Eddie - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Actually, Scott, that's a really good question — and a fun mental exercise — except for one thing. What team in any situation would trade three weeks of a 19 year d, still learning Bryce Harper for a year of team control at age 25?Take that issue away and it's interesting to think about.

  71. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    I'm not advocating this, but he's available:CLEVELAND (AP) — The struggling Los Angeles Angels released slumping outfielder Bobby Abreu on Friday night.The 38-year-old two-time All-Star had been relegated to part-time duty and was batting .208 in 24 at-bats for the last-place Angels (6-14).Abreu is in the last season of a $27 million, three-year contract and is due $9 million this year.

  72. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Nice play, Lombo!! Take away the bunt…

  73. Unknown - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Ooops – pasted the wrong quote. Was supposed to be…which brings up an interesting queston: If Bryce Harper was on every team, who WOULDN'T have called him up by now?

  74. Dave - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Lombo! That one-handed play was Zimmy-like.

  75. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    baseballdude, I look at it this way, if we win the series' against teams we are suppose to this year and still come up short verse Dodgers, Cards, Phils and Braves, that shows us how much more work Rizzo has to do. We are still not that far off, but we are still far enough away to be a League Champion

  76. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Kemp to leadoff next inning, no one will be on base. Nice going. Now Ross, don't be afeered of him. We can get two runs. We've done it before. I've witnessed it.

  77. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    I know a few who would…Dodgers, Mets, Reds, Orioles, Royals, really…who wouldn't? Maybe the tigers? the Yankees?

  78. BaseballDude - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    MicheleS said…So tomorrow night at Dodger Stadium, it's Bryce, Stras, plus they are giving away Maury Willis and Don Drysdale Bobbleheads. I want to get on a plane…Absolutely! You've essentially described my plan for retirement.

  79. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    natslady has a point about FP

  80. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Some news on the braves as well (so we aren't the only ones with injuries):Buster Olney‏@Buster_ESPN Braves announced rib cage strain for Brian McCann. Same kind of injury he had last year. Day-to-day, Braves say.

  81. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    I hate to keep bringing up the NYRangers (I dont actually) but they signed a player to a 3 year contract about 2 weeks ago and activated him, burning one year of his contract, so he could contrinbute in the playoffs..you have to put whats best for the team over money..as bad an owner as dan snyder has been he's not cheap (see Angelos, p)

  82. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Kerwin the next Koufax?

  83. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Well, that ALR Shirsey is going to look really nice.

  84. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Kershaw is good so expect difficulty in scoring even tying this game. yeah, that was the breaking news I was dying to post here.

  85. sm13 - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Abreu, another washed up player wr don't need.

  86. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Scott you are spot on about Angelos, biggest ahole in sports

  87. BaseballDude - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Mick, totally agree. Just need to beat the bad teams this year. The hardest part will be adjusting our expectations back to hoping that the Nats can win 88 this year.

  88. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    With Messrs. Trout and Harper both coming up tomorrow, we can see how accurate those 'best prospects' lists are…

  89. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    please dont write anyone is the next koufax…there will never be such a thing

  90. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    im ready to go to ocean city

  91. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    the catcher reacted to the poor bunt and how quick det got to the ball but the play was to first

  92. Dave - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Wow, Kemp and Ethier are all the Dodgers need.

  93. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    This is better for us than Kershaw vs. Stras. Stras in the dugout, he is formulating his plan for pitching Kemp et al. He gets a whole game to watch them.

  94. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    isn't andre weak against left handed pitchers?anyways, I am kinda worried about Nats.

  95. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Smart play by LaRoche

  96. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Real nice play by ALR. Can we all just imagine what the Big Dunn-key would have done on that ball? Crawl in the fetal position and cry?

  97. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Yes. Ethier is why you can't pitch around Kemp like we did Votto.

  98. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    All right, minimal damage, but three runs seems like what? Need FP for this–if a one run lead is like a five run lead, are we in a fifteen-run hole?

  99. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    baseballdude, I have thought all along Nats will win 85-86 this season. In 2013 I expect 90, however these injuries this season i hope are not a bad omen for the future.

  100. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Nady is just sorry

  101. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    If Dodgers make this 4-0 then I may as well go watch some porn, lol

  102. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Suddenly, the Dodgers are just throwing the ball all over the infield.

  103. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    cant you do both at the same time?

  104. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Got to take advantage of two consecutive errors.

  105. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    These are the first-place Dodgers? They play like, well, you know.

  106. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    come on Desmond, now is your chance

  107. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    both bad throws that could have been handled

  108. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    hey, it will be neat to watch Nats Talk tomorrow with Phil and cueball head

  109. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    g damnnit Desmond

  110. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    we suck

  111. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    The Dodgers tried to give us a gift, but we're not having any.

  112. Fear and Ignorance - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Give 'em five outs in an inning and they still can't score.

  113. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    dodgers tried really hard to give runs to Nats

  114. sm13 - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Feeling good about the Phillies series – Halliday pitched tonight, so we'll miss him next weekend and, of course, Lee is on the DL. Makes the Phil's sound less intimidating.

  115. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    if we had 5 strikes we could'nt hit

  116. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    we need Chico Rodriguez, LOL

  117. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    baseball been bery berry good to me, its Friday!

  118. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    mick said… we suck Dude, they have won EVERY SERIES THEY HAVE PLAYED…and they have two good starters going sat sun with the biggest prospect since kerry wood playing…and this game is in the 5th inning…things could be so much worse

  119. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    ROSS!

  120. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Hey.. we got Matt Kemp out…

  121. Section 222 - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Actually, I don't think there's a single team in baseball that would have called Harper up before now. It was an absolute no-brainer to ensure team control for his age 25 season. Check that, it would have been flagrant baseball malpractice to do otherwise. But Rizzo's decision to bring him up now was gutsy and totally unexpected. We spent the last two days talking about options to improve our hitting — Tyler Moore (can he really play LF?), Corey Brown (he has options, right?), possible trades (is Span still out there? should we have gone for Marlon Byrd?), and the answer was staring us right in the face. We thought Rizzo went to Syracuse to see whether Tyler Moore was ready and it turns out he was assessing Harper. Amazing. Whatever happens, this year just got a lot more interesting. I can't wait to see what Rizzo decides once Morse is ready to come back if Harper is playing reasonably well and LaRoche is still hitting? Does Bryce move to CF? I'm sure that will be grist for a few 200 comment posts sometime in June.This Kershaw guy is pretty good….

  122. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    Jeez, Werth has the good eye.

  123. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    The NY Mets fan base is growling..Madoff..low payroll…but they are grinding this year..if you think that fan base and the ny media would have sat back while stras was kept in the minors as jason bay and whever else did ntohing you don't know New York

  124. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    OH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  125. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    LaRoche!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  126. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    ALR!

  127. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Man.. I really can't wait to buy that ALR Shirsey!!!!

  128. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Now it gets interesting…Way to go, ALR.

  129. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    222: Very well put. Also, I give Mr. Detwiler a lot of credit here. He's the youngest (in experience, at least, if not age) of the rotation and he's handling himself well despite giving up the runs. Just as he did against the Reds. This year was supposed to be about 'learning to win' and that means taking some losses along the way. And with those losses come learning experiences. As you say, bringing Mr. Harper up only makes things more interesting — as did that HR!

  130. Exposremains - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Wow Laroche..pulls a Ethier

  131. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    What happened? I thought, and every stat shows it, that ALR was a slow starter? Off a lefty too.

  132. sm13 - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    And Adam erases some negativity from this thread…

  133. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    the porn will have to wait now, lol

  134. John - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Section 222, I think once Morse returns, Werth will move to CF, Harper in RF, and Ankiel to the bench, just like the rumored plan all along.And Davey Johnson, please admit you're wrong: DeRosa can no longer hit at the major league level.

  135. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    DeRosa is the new Stairs. At least he can play in the field.

  136. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    john, agree with 100 pr postercent with you

  137. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Harper in RF, Werth in CF and Morse in LF

  138. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    You can wish, but I think Harper coming up means Rizzo thinks Morse won't be back.

  139. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Both DeRosa and Nady being seasoned pros swung at first pitches. Unreal

  140. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    hope your wrong Nats lady, I think big boy is coming up because Zim and Morse are out

  141. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Nice pick by Espi!

  142. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Ghost, yeah. Whoever gave Espy the talking-to should talk to that pair.ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Cool play!! Thank you, Danny!

  143. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Both DeRosa and Nady being seasoned pros swung at first pitches. UnrealWell, seasoned pros who know somebody's getting released in 15 days.

  144. FS=Faraz Shaikh - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    nice heartache for all stat geeks of splitsville of lefties.i am going to bed but hoping for a nice W+ next to our name tomorrow morning.

  145. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Ross, listen to me. When a guy makes a great play behind you, don't walk the next batter.

  146. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    exactly nats lady

  147. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    NatsLady: You could be right, but I think you can just as easily interpret it as the front office looking at how teams like the Phillies and the Marlins are playing and concluding that a playoff berth is a realistic possibility. Not a guarantee (by any means) and only realistic with some additional offense — even if/when Mr. Morse returns. At least that's the way I'm spinning it.

  148. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Feed him the DP pill.

  149. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    also how is Morse injury season ending??

  150. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    You can wish, but I think Harper coming up means Rizzo thinks Morse won't be back.NatsLady, I hope that's a good insight that turns out to be wrong, but yes, the thought occurs.

  151. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    catch the ball Steven

  152. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    tough play

  153. Drew - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    After LaRoche's blast and Danny's battle, Kershaw was up to 86 pitches. And the X man swings at the very first pitch.()$$&&@@"".,??!!

  154. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    nice pitch Det, see ya!!!!!

  155. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Nice effort by Lombo on that foul pop, but it just highlights how good a jump Zim gets on those.

  156. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    I am not willing to right Morse off for the season until he actually gets to that 6 week mark. I think we are only week 2 possibly 3

  157. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    OK, Danny. Never mind hitting!!! I heart Danny Espinosa!

  158. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    its the 7th!! time to rally

  159. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Thank you, Espi! Two great plays in that inning.

  160. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    natslady!!! You can wish, but I think Harper coming up means Rizzo thinks Morse won't be back. this is just laughable

  161. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Drew, great point and that is why X man cant even hot 100

  162. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Its 18-9 CO over the Mets. The Mets have 5 errors. it's only the 7th inning

  163. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    hit

  164. Section 222 - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Harper in RF, Werth in CF and Morse in LFThat seemed to be the plan early in ST, but by the end, they seemed to change their tune, particularly because of a concern over how playing CF every day would wear on Werth. And Harper was playing 1 of every 3 days in center, right? Anyway, that decision is at least a 6 weeks down the road I expect.

  165. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Not writing Morse off, mick and MicheleS. I just don't like mysteries. I don't feel we have gotten to the root of Morse's injury, unless it's, y'know, a delayed case of vertigo or strep throat.

  166. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    Scott, that is what I say, Harper is up only because both Morse and Zim are out, no other reason

  167. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    whats with the first pitch crap?

  168. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    ok natslady

  169. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    come on Ian please

  170. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    mick, just what I talked about 10 minutes ago and this afternoon talking about a plan before you approach the plate

  171. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    NatsLady.. understand and Lord knows we have had the mystery injury/illness way too many times not to be skeptical.

  172. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    fffffffxcxbgagsgsg dammit!!!!!!

  173. waddu eye no - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    Desi is due.

  174. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    natslady comes out with some bizarre theories, but the nats have an outfield hole even with Morse…they're not happy with centerfield..and they need some offense…

  175. Dave - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    Okay, the LA fans are doing the wave in a 1-run game in the seventh inning. Boooo!

  176. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    well said ghost of steve

  177. waddu eye no - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Overdue

  178. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    NL is speculating, not theorizing, but whatever.

  179. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    I know nothing about Ryan Perry, someone help me out

  180. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    I bet Boston sports fans are hating life, lol

  181. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    google him

  182. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    already know Burnett DOES NOT HAVE IT!

  183. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Wasn't he the lead singer of Journey?

  184. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    she's all over the place…like Nuke LaLoosh

  185. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Sorry, Scott, but a 'bizarre theory' would be that Mr. Morse has been infected with an unknown malady by the CIA or space aliens. Expressing doubts about the Nats' medical diagnoses is perfectly reasonable. Yes, it's speculation, but not outlandish speculation.

  186. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Scott, Im lazy, can someone compare him to what we have on our staff, who is he similar too?

  187. NatsLady - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Sean, weren't you watching yesterday? Relievers not supposed to walk the leadoff hitter. That was lucky, now Kershaw is on the basepaths.

  188. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    Scott, it hard to google when Im on nats insider with y'all, watching the game and porn, lol

  189. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    Good play by Burnett to get the lead runner.

  190. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    I'd like to think to Harper move is a direct plea for more offense. But, Nats Lady, you have now planted a nasty seed in my brain. If Zimm was just a minor day-to-day thing that landed him on the DL, Storen and that strep throat cockamamie story, then the dots connecting Morse and the words "season-ending injury" are fairly easy to connect. Who knows? Between the Nats Baghdad Bob PR machine and their CVS Minute-Clinic approach to sports medicine, you may actually be spot on.Folks, thanks to Nats Lady, I'm holding the Maalox. Tonight, out of fear and trepidation over Mickey Morse, it's straight bourbon.

  191. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Eugene in Or, Lol, I say its something to do with the UFO NASA photoed by the sun. That is actually pretty wild

  192. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    @Mick: Perry is the warm body we got straight up when we unloaded Bally-Star to Detroit. He's right-handed, has a heartbeat, and is vertical. After that, don't expect Mariano Rivera.

  193. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Perry was born in Pomona, California and played collegiate baseball at the University of Arizona. While at Arizona, he pitched alongside Tigers teammate Daniel Schlereth. Ryan Perry was drafted by the Detroit Tigers with the 21st overall selection in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] On April 1, 2009 it was announced that Perry would make the opening day roster for the Tigers for the 2009 season.[3] On April 8, Perry made his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays. He threw a scoreless eighth inning in the Tigers' 5–1 victory.[4] On June 8, Perry was sent to the Toledo Mud Hens when Jeremy Bonderman came off the disabled list. He began the 2010 season as the middle relief pitcher for Detroit. He recorded his first career win May 1 against the Los Angeles Angels by pitching two-thirds of an inning. On June 10, Perry was placed on the 15 day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis.[5] After rehab in Toledo, he was called back up on July 3.[6] After starting the season with a 12.19 ERA through 13 appearances, Perry was optioned to Toledo on May 28, 2011 to make room for spot starter Andrew Oliver.[7]

  194. Gonat - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Burnett, really?

  195. MicheleS - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Lets just take a look at last year and the injuries that we had (ALR and RZ), NatsLady has a basis to speculate on Morse's injury. We have had too many times in the past were we have been told, it's nothing and then two days later, someone is going under the knife.My position on this, is until we know Morse is trying to play baseball, then is when I will start to worry about Morse.and what the HECK IS BURNETT DOING WALKING THAT GUY.

  196. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    I hate to say this, but before the season began, I predicted that this could be one of these season where several of our stars are out. I posted this the day Mark informed us that Storen and Morse were out. I never thought this would extend to Zim and Lidge. If Zim and Morse are out for good, this would just be typical DC sports fan luck

  197. SFNats - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    He walked the guy in front of Kemp. With two out.

  198. UnkyD - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    I left specific instructions for our relievers NOT to walk guys…. Especially in front of Kemp…

  199. Scott from Burke - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    mick, you have to learn to multitask

  200. mick - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    are you kidding me

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