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Game 24: Diamondbacks at Nats

May 2, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats hope to end their five-game losing streak tonight.

Desperate to put an end to this offensive funk before it really gets out of control, the Nationals can only hope things pick up tonight against Diamondbacks lefty Joe Saunders. Unfortunately, the Springfield, Va., native currently leads the NL with a 0.90 ERA.

As was the case Sunday against Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano, Bryce Harper will be in the starting lineup (in center field again). Unlike that game in L.A., Tyler Moore will not start. Instead, it'll be Xavier Nady (batting .130) in left field.

For those who missed Davey Johnson's explanation yesterday of how he intends to use Moore … "Unless somebody has a little injury, I'll probably just use him off the bench, probably pinch-hitting. I liked what I saw. They were pitching us in, he was the only guy in our lineup that got the head out and hit one nine miles foul. I like that. But there's a lot of players ahead of him that need to play. We need to get Nady going. I still have a lot of confidence in him."

Edwin Jackson is on the mound for the Nationals. Plenty of updates and analysis to come…

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WNEW (1580 AM), XM 186
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (14-9)
SS Ian Desmond
3B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche

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  1. baseballswami - May 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    And just why does Nady need to play? I think the person who can hit and is part of the future plans of this team needs to play. Pinch hitting and platooning are batting average killers. Players hit well with regular playing time. I understand the concept of the bench players staying fresh because of that, but they are bench players and limited at-bats come with the territory. Nady has had his career, it's time to play the kids. And it's time to play the people who make contact. This is counter- intuitive.

  2. Marty - May 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Well, we'll get to see Harper in center tonight. Given his throw last night, as long as he doesn't take crazy lines he should be fine out there.One of these series i'd like to see Davy give Flores 2 out of 3 starts instead of Ramos.

  3. Tcostant - May 2, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Davey what are you doing. Harper need to bat at least 6th and Moore needs to be in the OF!

  4. do1teach1 - May 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I'm afraid that our region has been known for some lousy sports executives and coaches. Snyder, Angelos are HOFers in this category. Add Wes Unseld and Ernie Grunfeld for true basketball futility, and it looks like Edsall at Maryland will put our (geographic) name in dim lights in college football coaching.To this list I would add the name Rick Eckstein. It would be hard to imagine a specialty coach in any sport who has worse results over an equal length of time.When I watch them go down looking time after time, as Espi did to end the game last night, I ask myself: Who is telling these guys to watch the closest pitch possible with two strikes? Who is NOT telling them to put the ball in play and guard the plate with two strikes?The same guy: Eckstein. He has got to go.

  5. JayB - May 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    DJ sounds a lot like Riggs…."got to get Nady AB and get him going…..He was on the scrap heap and nobody wanted him for a reason. Njack…I told you this was going to happen…..costing the team wins and this is just want is going to keep them out of meaningful games in September……Stupid and pointless…..Typical Nats thinking….Baseball is a team game where you need pitching and hitting….you need starters and bull pen…you need bench and everyday players……this team was not built to win….it has huge holes that were not addressed…even though Rizzo identified them and said they were top priorities in the off season……by his own words he failed.

  6. Section 222 - May 2, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Davey gave Matt Stairs a bunch of starts when he took over last year, saying he "had to get him going." He even started a game at 1B if I'm not mistaken. Thankfully, that experiment didn't last long. Mr. "John's my guy" has the ability to change his mind. So we'll see how many more chances Nady gets.

  7. Exposremains - May 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    sect 222. I was thinking the same thing

  8. Kenz aFan - May 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Instead of complaining about Davey's lineup choices, why not show up at the game and let him know (loudly) of your displeasure.I doubt very much that Davey Johnson sits around reading fans suggestions and I doubt even more that he cares one iota about those suggestions.If you want to be heard and noticed, the park is where you be vocal. After all the complaints of a park full of fans always get heard.

  9. natsfan1a - May 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Maybe it means I've been reading baseball blogs too long but I had the same thought on reading that quote.DJ sounds a lot like Riggs…."got to get Nady AB and get him going…..

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Tcostant said… Davey what are you doing. Harper need to bat at least 6th and Moore needs to be in the OF! May 02, 2012 3:44 PM Lefthanded starting pitcher

  11. bowdenball - May 2, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    I'm usually a guy who defends the manager and front office from all the nattering nabobs of negativism, the posters who think they know everything and that there are quick and easy fixes to the ballclub's problems.But this time around, not only the decision to start Nady over Moore but to put him in the five spot, I'm totally speechless. Have at it, ladies and gents.

  12. natsfan1a - May 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    On a game note, as Samuel L. Jackson once said (more or less): Enough is enough! I am tired of these [highly annoying] snakes on this [#our house] field! Let's go, bats and NATS!! :-)

  13. Mickey Vernon - May 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    First time I've agreed with "All of the above." Nady is done. Play Moore, bat Harper above Espi, and for the love of God let Flores be the primary receiver. I'm realy tired of watching Ramos lunging for pitches on the outer half because he stands too far from the plate,fumbling tags, and bouncing throws to second. Come on Davey!

  14. whatsanattau - May 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    I share the frustration over Nady being in the lineup and not Moore, but I do not share the frustration with Davey over his choices. I'm willing to admit that he knows better. I would imagine that he expects Moore to go back down to AAA in a few days. Nady will likely still be on the team. So from Davey's point of view, why not try to get Nady going. Why should Moore go down you ask? Again, because the scouts and coaches for the Nationals believe he should. Why invest more time in Nady? Because he has a track record of significantly better performance that he has shown in April.

  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 2, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    bowdenball, it is interesting. I don't think its broken. Its a game of momentum. Davey needs to get a lead and keep it so it turns into a W.It sounds simple, and its not. Breaking the losing streak is tough.Not only has Saunders looked like a Cy Young, if the Nats don't play aggressively tonight, it could get uglier.Keys to the game, get aggressive with some steal attempts, a good bunt, and a nice 2 run HR to put the game away.

  16. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Could it be that Davey is putting Nady in to figure out if he should be the one that goes when RZ (figure Moore goes 1st) or DeRosa come off the DL. I was thinking about Stairs, too. DJ tried to get him going (I mean how often did Stairs play or even PH before DJ was here), it didn't work, Stairs was gone. I think he is doing the same thing with Nady.Th

  17. 164abb6e-9075-11e1-aba1-000bcdcb471e - May 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    It's one thing when you're leaving in an underperforming guy like Espinosa who is part of your future and also has huge defensive talents. There, you have a big investment in "getting him going." But Nady? At a time the team is desperate for offense and needs to break a losing streak before it squanders the benefits of a hot start? Of course, a manager also needs to keep the support of his clubhouse and it may be that a lot of the guys would resent veterans being sat for the shiny new thing. And if the Nats weren't hitting this badly as a team, I would understand the need to indulge that. But not now — they need to do every reasonable thing possible to score runs, and Xavier Nady isn't it.And I will say yet again that one needn't conclude that the offensive futility is Eckstein's fault in order to conclude that the team might benefit from trying something new. What's the downside?

  18. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    That being said..MLB Network is about to do a spot on the Arms in the Outfield!!!!

  19. natsfan1a - May 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Thanks, MicheleS! (Running downstairs to watch.)

  20. 164abb6e-9075-11e1-aba1-000bcdcb471e - May 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    I also have no idea why Nady and Espinosa are hitting 5-6 and Harper and Ramos — two better hitters with power — are hitting 7-8.I understand that the statheads say batting order doesn't mean that much, but there's one thing we know about batting order: the guys at the top typically get more ABs in a game. Last night, when Espinosa looked at a third strike, Harper was on deck. A team without a lot of power, where runners go station to station, needs to cluster hits or at least cluster hits with productive outs. This lineup does not strike me as optimally designed for that purpose. I hesitate to criticize this sort of thing because Davey Johnson forgot more baseball than I will ever know, but I don't understand it.

  21. 164abb6e-9075-11e1-aba1-000bcdcb471e - May 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    And, finally, yes, Davey's quote about Nady instantly reminded me of Riggleman.This is not Little League, folks. Not everybody always gets to play.

  22. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    said… I share the frustration over Nady being in the lineup and not Moore, but I do not share the frustration with Davey over his choices. I'm willing to admit that he knows better. Nady won't make that big of a negative vs having Moore. It is placement in the lineup thats a head scratcher. In the 5 hole w/ his recent approach at the plate behind your 2 best OBP guys, seems unconventional. Kind of like Ankiel in the 3 hole last night, but Davey may know something we don't. Nady and Saunders were former teammates so who knows.Espi should be better from the right-side, I would have moved him up and Ramos and put Nady in the 7th or 8th.Almost have this feeling for the last 6 days that Davey is trying to tell the bloggers that he knows more than we do, and of course he does. Eventually he will look right just like he did having Chad Tracy go lefty/lefty in that pinch-hit appearance when I was like "WHAT IS HE DOING".If you "stand" on 12 long enough when the dealer has a King up, you will win eventually, just not often.I wish Davey luck because with him standing by Nady as a starter is reminding me too uncomfortably with Riggles going to Stairs.Go Nady!

  23. NatsJack in Florida - May 2, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Seeing how a roster move will more than likely be made Sunday, this could (and should) be Nady's last hurrah. Nady doesn't show the bat they saw in ST, in the words of Hawk Harrelson, "he gawn."

  24. do1teach1 - May 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    We're getting slammed for low attendance during the Harper debut. The 106.7FM guys really smoked us on this this morning–I think they relish the act of slamming us.My theory is that, for the 90 percent of people who are not baseball addicts, most Nationals games have been really really boring. It's no disrespect to our great pitchers, but game after game with no scoring for either team a couple of hours into the game…just gets very boring.And when something is boring, people change the channel or stay home.

  25. JamesFan - May 2, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Are we saving Moore for Philly? It is beyond crazy to play a utility player probably in his last career ml job over a 25 year old who hit 60 bombs in the past two years and 5 this year in AAA. What are we doing?

  26. erocks33 - May 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Egads, the team starts 14-4 and most everyone is happy as all get out and JayB is almost nowhere to be found. Then the Nats lose 5 in a row, JayB re-appears to blame this all on the bench and now others want Ramos gone and Espi to be sent down. Perspective people. If, at the beginning of the season, you were told the Nats would be 14-9 and in first place at this time, how many of you would be ecstatic??And please don't think I'm picking on you JayB. I do agree that the bench has not been great, but I've asked this of you before and I'll ask again:Who would you have picked up in the offseason to be on the bench? Also, can you tell me which NL team has the best bench this season (and why)?

  27. Tcostant - May 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Lefty or Righty, I don't care – play Moore and bat Harper no less than 6th.As stated on a prior entry, I'd sent Espinosa to the minors, if he doesn't heat up by Sunday for Zimm's roster stop. I do remember how good he hit the first half last year (I thought he should have been an All-Star), but it's not happening right now and the guy is averaging more than a Strike Out per game. Serenity Now!

  28. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Can we lobby to get Harper moved up in the Order? Not for any reason other than I want to see him more. Plus he may get a homer before Pujols!!!

  29. A DC Wonk - May 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    To repeat some answers up above:I also have no idea why Nady and Espinosa are hitting 5-6 and Harper and Ramos — two better hitters with power — are hitting 7-8.Harper does have a hard time against lefties — he batted .190 against 'em in AAA this year.And for all groaning about Nady — I had the exact same thought as MicheleS above:Could it be that Davey is putting Nady in to figure out if he should be the one that goes when RZ (figure Moore goes 1st) or DeRosa come off the DL.I was thinking about Stairs, too. DJ tried to get him going (I mean how often did Stairs play or even PH before DJ was here), it didn't work, Stairs was gone. I think he is doing the same thing with Nady.Yep — I remember that, too. Davey started Stairs a couple times in a row for one of the (if not the) first time last season, he failed, Stairs was gone.

  30. bowdenball - May 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    The logic behind the batting order is that Harper struggles with lefties and also should be kept in low-pressure situations, and Ramos is always put at the back end so be can concentrate on the defensive side of the game first and foremost. But even so, if those principles result in someone like Nady batting fifth, it might be time to revisit them. Brian McCann and Matt Wieters seem to be able to hit a little higher in the order without sacrificing defense.

  31. A DC Wonk - May 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    We're getting slammed for low attendance during the Harper debut. The 106.7FM guys really smoked us on this this morning–I think they relish the act of slamming us.What a bunch of jerks. They smoked us on the same issue during the last homestand, despite the good stats.Consider: Except for the Marlins (new stadium) the Nats have the largest average increase in attendance in the league.It's up 30 percent! for crying out loud!Sorry I had to call them jerks . . . decency prevents me from using more adequate words to describe them.

  32. A DC Wonk - May 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Lefty or Righty, I don't care .190 — I do care.I'd like to see Harper moved up — but I'd like to see it done against a RHP, not a lefty.

  33. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Mark just tweeted that RZ won't be back until Tuesday at Pirates.ugh.

  34. Tcostant - May 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    DC Wonk -Okay – fine bat Harper 5th vs. RHP and 6th vs. LHP. Bo no less than 6th!

  35. bowdenball - May 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    MicheleS-We all want to see Zim against the Phillies, but holding him out until Tuesday means only one extra game off to buy the guy two extra days of rest, to recover from an injury for which rest is the means of healing. It's the right move.

  36. NatsLady - May 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Ghost, your comment is why I think Davey should have played for the win in Harper's debut. Maybe there was no good time to remove Henry, maybe it wasn't conducive to Henry's mindset to have a pitcher warming the minute he stepped out of the bullpen, BUT, Davey should have figured out a way to win that game.I trace the loss Sunday directly to the loss Saturday night. (Exactly the same reason the Rangers lost game 7 of the WS).I was hoping that the plane trip home and off-day would put it out of the boys' heads, but I fear it hasn't, especially with RZ out of the lineup. I'm hoping they get a little mad tonight. Everyone was hopped up for that game, in front of 54K screaming Dodger fans, and Davey is "saving his bullpen" ??????(that's what he said!!). OK, it's not the playoffs, but it was the most important game we have played to date and Harper and Stras and everyone did their part and we should have won it. I'm not calling Davey out for the lineup order or Ankiel bunting/not bunting last night. We are going to lose games, 60+ games. That's small potatoes. I'm calling him out for not recognizing that all wins are not the same.

  37. Exposremains - May 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I don't believe there is anybody here that was glad that Harper got 3AB yesterday. I think it says it all.

  38. Wendell - May 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Michele SI totally agree on why – much as I hate to see it – Nady is in the lineup tonight. If Nady doesn't get it going he's gone when RZ or Derosa comes back. If you play Moore over Nady against a lefty it seems like you'va already made the decision. Might as well have as much information as possible before you make the call.Davey is playing for the season & to keep the team psyched & confident. That said, not sure about the batting order

  39. Doc - May 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Davey said in ST that he liked the sound of the ball coming off of Nagy's bat—he must be hearing echos now!

  40. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 2, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    erocks, you must not follow this site. I was calling for Espi to be sent out in Spring Training. Go back and read. Most wanted Desi's head on a platter. My 2nd baseman is Rendon. Wait to you see this kid. He won't be a power hitter but he will be a gap hitter.Espi is so lost right now from the left-side of the plate that he is almost an automatic out now. If it is a slump, which it may be, then he has been in it all Spring.I heard the BS on the hamate bone and the batter's eye bull, and I see just bad mechanics and a bad eye. That combination usually keeps a player in "A" ball and a quick retirement.This is a serious problem. Are his eyes ok? Is his head ok?

  41. Wendell - May 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    ghost,you do wonder about Espi's eyesight

  42. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 2, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    NatsLady, we are on the same page. By the way, there was a large contingent of Harperstown people there who all saw Saturday's game and one guy said that Henry was gripping the balls so hard he thought the seams were going to rip.Like I said, get the 1st run and build from there. These pitchers are going to lose their mojo as you saw with JZim last night. No question his demeanor was different toeing the rubber still behind 2-0 to begin the 7th when the Nats couldn't buy a run in the bottom of the 6th when the Ankiel dp happened.Its the same with football teams where the defense has to hold their opponents to 10 points or less because the offense can't score 2 TDs. It doesn't work long-term. Its been the Redskins problem for years now and they weren't the 2nd coming of the Monster of the Midway.

  43. Exposremains - May 2, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    anybody want to see something scary ?look at Milledge 2008 stats and Espinosa 2011 stats

  44. Marty - May 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    @ erocks33 – If, at the beginning of the season, you were told the Nats would be 14-9 and in first place at this time, how many of you would be ecstatic??I think that your post gets to the unique season that the Nats are having and the divergent opinions people are having about it.There is the "we're in 1st place, what more do you want???" camp and the "we're doing really well, but is it really tenable when multiple everyday players are struggling to hit .200???" camp. I happen to think that the two are not mutually exclusive. Then of course there is the JayB "All of this could have been solved by that idiot Rizzo if he had signed magical nameless hitter X" camp…I want the Nats to have a good season this year, I mean you don't not go for the playoffs or anything (pardon the double negative), but what I really want is for them to show that it can really all come together next year.I'm of the opinion that you can be really happy that the Nats are 14-9 and have some pretty valid opinions about the hitting (or lack thereof) of Espinosa and Nady.

  45. A DC Wonk - May 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Ghost, your comment is why I think Davey should have played for the win in Harper's debut. Maybe there was no good time to remove Henry, maybe it wasn't conducive to Henry's mindset to have a pitcher warming the minute he stepped out of the bullpen, BUT, Davey should have figured out a way to win that game.NatsLady — Davey's job is to figure out a way to get us into the playoffs. Sometimes short term pain gets long term gain. That's something that Davey's strong enough to do — that's what he did with the Mets in the '80's.As I wrote last week — better to test HRod now in high pressure situations than throw him into the fire, untested, in a super-high-pressure situation in a Sept playoff race. Because, I have no doubt we will be in the thick of a playoff race in Sept.As Wendel said: "Davey is playing for the season & to keep the team psyched & confident."

  46. A DC Wonk - May 2, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Its the same with football teams where the defense has to hold their opponents to 10 points or less because the offense can't score 2 TDs.Remember that month when the Ravens didn't score a single offensive TD, but still went undefeated that month? (Or something like that)Pitching will get you through the lean times. Obviously, only for finite stretches.

  47. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 2, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Wendell said… ghost,you do wonder about Espi's eyesight May 02, 2012 5:02 PM I remember when Guzy was struggling on seeing the ball in 2005 and it turned out that part of it (besides taking walks) was his vision.Dr. Smithson who is the eye doc for the Nats has the ability to increase eyesight to 20/15 or better. He calls it bionic eyesight and its totally within the MLB rules.

  48. natsfan1a - May 2, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    No offense to any bloggers or commenters, but I for one hope that Davey doesn't give a rat's patootie what any of us thinks. I'm positive that he knows more than I do as well. :-)Almost have this feeling for the last 6 days that Davey is trying to tell the bloggers that he knows more than we do, and of course he does.

  49. natsfan1a - May 2, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    otoh, hope that all our bellyaching about the lineup will guarantee a sort of reverse-blog-comments whammy wherein Nady and the Nats will have a great game and a nice win. (Hey, it could happen. :-))

  50. Another_Sam - May 2, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    How about some of you GM wannabes proposing a trade of some of this pitching talent for someone who can get a hit now and then.

  51. erocks33 - May 2, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    @Steve M — I've been around since day one. And I do agree that Espi has some problems (and I've mentioned them since his "slump" last season). My concern was mainly for those that are now jumping on every player after every game. Guess what folks? Some nights, a player will go 3-4 with a HR and 4 RBI. And some nights, they'll go 0-4 with 3 K's. And, unfortunately, some of these nights will be strung together. It happens. I just don't wish to speak badly of one person because he didn't get a hit last night.And I am all for Rendon. Unfortunately, his broken ankle will preclude him from helping out any time soon. And I also think that a couple/few weeks in AAA just might be what Espi needs to straighten himself out. Lord know it hasn't been working with Eck for about 2/3 of a season now (including last year, of course).The worst part of all of this is the waiting. Waiting to see if RZim will come back 100% healthy (and soon). Waiting to see if Morse will ever be back this season. Waiting to see if Harper is the real deal this season (in the long term, yes I think he is, but wouldn't it be great if he has a ROY type of season now?). Waiting to see if Moore is a diamond-in-the-rough and can help this year. I hate waiting.

  52. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    1A.. Stairs had that walk of hit (and then shortly there after was DFA). Maybe Nady can have that same moment.

  53. Section 222 - May 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    If he didn't have a better track record than what he's shown in April, he would not have been an MLB player. Not hard to do better, or even significantly better, than .130/.161/.204. But he had only had 56 PAs so far. How many should he get before Davey gives up on trying to get him going? I vote for 60. Stairs got 74 last year.

  54. Section 222 - May 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    I'm afraid that Nady has already had his one big hit.

  55. baseballswami - May 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Re – the attendance "issue" – it's not summer yet for one thing, school is still in and in Virginia, it's testing time – can't take the kids out on a school night. Also – the DBacks are not going to draw like teams like the Cubs and Phils. When Strassie started, it was summer and he only pitches every 5 days. Harper will start every night and if you are going to go to one or two games this week you will probably go this weekend, on a weekend, to see the big Phils, take back the park showdown.Those people on that station just frost me big time. They know so little that they have nothing real to talk about and so they make up little stupid stuff. Now – let's hope tonight is the reverse lock and the so-called major league lineup shown above can score some runs off of Joe "Cy Young" Saunders.

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    I agree Harper 5th against righties and 6th against lefties. Or better yet 2nd against righttes, and second against lefties.

  57. Section 222 - May 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Absolutely right baseballswami. Also, the Strasburg start was rumored for that night in June for weeks. By contrast, most people found out that Harper had been brought up, and therefore would debut last night in DC, on Saturday night or Sunday. Not much time to make plans to see it, and why bother if you could go tonight or any other time this week.

  58. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 2, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    erocks, I like sure things and that means a trade right now and its not happening. I suggested over the Winter that the Nats needed 4 solid outfielders, all who could start and that was before we knew about Michael Morse's injury and that Rizzo wouldn't get a real centerfielder—not that there were any extras floating around anyway so the way I see it, the Nats have Werth and a bunch of bench jockeys.It makes 3 years in a row being at least 1 outfielder short with fill-ins that can't do it. Counting on a 19 year old as a savior isn't fair to Bryce, the team or the fanbase. Arizona got on the advanced scouting in the Dodgers series and devised the anti-Harper game plan and the way Bryce has to approach it is work the count and get his fastball to drive. They are going to work him with off-speed to get him to bite, then high and away heat to make him chase or beat them going oppo boppo. If Bryce pulls the ball, he will roll it over.I wasn't overly impressed with Bryce's bat in Spring Training. I was impressed with his attitude, his hustle, and his arm. He has a lot to learn and while many were excited by what you saw in LA, if he can't do it with the bat, isn't he the 2nd coming of Ankiel?

  59. ExposedinDC - May 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    It has become increasingly clear that an arm will have to be moved to acquire a bat or two, I love this pitching but without bats it is tough to win ball games, it would really be a shame to waste this good start.

  60. NatsLady - May 2, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Wonk, I don't agree. You have to win the playoff games. That game Saturday night was the closest thing to a playoff game we have had. You have to win it. You have to show the boys what it feels like to WIN that game, what it takes. You need to sacrifice Sunday's game to win Saturday's, it's fine if the guys are letdown and tired after Saturday.And if it takes more sacrifice, like taking Henry out, fine, you gotta learn not just to play the playoff games, but to WIN them.What happened when you didn't win is the guys saying, hey, we had our Ace, we had our phenom, we had the lead…WHAT MORE DOES IT TAKE TO WIN A GAME? We are losers. We are losers when the stakes are high. No, you don't want them thinking that way.

  61. Gonat - May 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    ExposedinDC, those bats are Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse

  62. Gonat - May 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    NatsLADY, I agree with you. National audience with a playoff feel and coming from losing 2 straight.

  63. jeffwx - May 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Amen Expose….I see some action on MLB Trade rumors. Yanks/A's looking for more offense with Adonis Garcia ?(like they need it and we don't ).We will have the luxury to make some trades when Wang/Storen/Kimball/Lidge come back in June-July.Not touching our current 5 starters, that still leaves us with an abundance of pitchers (HROD, Clippard, Matheus, Burnett, Stamman, Gorz, Lannan in 'cuse ) or a total of 11 extre not including the starting 5. We'll have 4 or 5 of these guys could be used to make up a trade and/or inventory in the minors come July.

  64. Gonat - May 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    SteveM, Sadly on Harper I think you are right but he will be better than Ankiel if he never gets sent down.

  65. jeffwx - May 2, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Right on Nats Lady.GONAT, given my 6:01 PM post, I think we have enough room to strengthen the bench/offense as we will have to do something with 4-5 additional pitchers when Wang/Storen/Kimball/Lidge come back.

  66. erocks33 - May 2, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Nats Lady said:What happened when you didn't win is the guys saying, hey, we had our Ace, we had our phenom, we had the lead…WHAT MORE DOES IT TAKE TO WIN A GAME? We are losers. We are losers when the stakes are high. No, you don't want them thinking that way.And that's why Teddy MUST win! (smile)

  67. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Rant starting, so skip if you are tired of the topic:Swammi.. I was listening to MLB Radio on the way home and they were talking about this. Making the Bandwagon, comments, Where are the fans. Then I got REALLY FROSTED when it dawned on me that one of the guys talking was BOWDEN! That guy was part of the reason we stunk for so long. For the life of me I have never wanted to call into a radio show, but I figured that they would hang up on me when I started pointing out all the issues he caused (along with MLB, Minaya, etc)106.7 The Flagship – that is a pathetic. On the way to the game last night about 2 hours before hand, I turned it on to see if they were promoting the game/harper, etc. Nope talking about the Redskins draft.Rant over (sorry,that's been eating at me)

  68. NatsLady - May 2, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Lannan pitched OK in his last start. I wonder if Rizzo talked to him when he was there watching Harper and Moore, and told him, "Hey, guy, there will come a time. Keep yourself in shape, there will come a time…"

  69. baseballswami - May 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I did not see this coming — Harper has played three games for us and he is getting attention for — his arm. With Harper, Ankiel and Werth in the outfield – go ahead – try to run. I want to watch. Did you guys all know he could do that? I also did not know how fast he is. All that has been talked about is his hitting. This could be fun. Well -if we stop losing.

  70. P. Cole - May 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is raffling off a Tyler Clippard autographed ball. Donate online at http://spring2action.razoo.com/AlexandriaAnimals between 6PM and 9PM to be automatically entered in the drawing. Minimum $10 donation.

  71. jeffwx - May 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    The R Sox just signed Mark Prior….Just another example of teams in dire need of pitching already. There will be a place for Lannan

  72. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Swami, take a look at the MLB archives later tonight. They did a nice little piece on the Arms in the Outfield (John Hart/Matt Yaloff on the Rundown talked about this)

  73. NatsLady - May 2, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    P. Cole, thanks! I went to the site and didn't see the raffle, but I will donate anyway because it's a good cause. Boy I would love me a Clippard autographed ball though, I would go for that!

  74. SFNats - May 2, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    The next time the Nats face a righty, Harper needs to hit third.

  75. Grandstander - May 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Like it or not, they have a point RE: attendance. I'm at the game right now and its practically empty. Probably won't break 10K tonight even with $1 dog night. At least I get some room in some nice seats!

  76. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 2, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Until schools out many do not go during the week (or at least I don't).

  77. Gonat - May 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Rockies Walkoff over Dodgers

  78. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Giambi just crushed one to beat the Dodgers!

  79. baseballswami - May 2, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    I think I like anyone who beats the Dodgers. The Astros also slaughtered the Mets.

  80. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 2, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    If we score more than two runs with this lineup against this pitcher, I nominate Grandpa Davey for manager of the year.Completely agree with NatsJack (and others) that this is last hurrah for X-Man .160. It's Nady or never, sir.The analogy to Stares is entirely appropriate.

  81. NatsLady - May 2, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Congrats to Stras on NL Pitcher of the Month! Great job.

  82. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Edwin is dealing tonight. That was nasty.

  83. NatsJack in Florida - May 2, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Watching this team hit hurts my head

  84. Gonat - May 2, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Davey didn't bunt Lombo with the leadoff double by Desi. He is anti bunt and the promising start is quickly snuffed out.

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 2, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Typical Nats inning. Lead off double, and then three worthless at bats. 0 for 3 RISP.

  86. baseballswami - May 2, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    The bad news – stranded runner already. Gonat – agreed on the bunt. Lombo would have had Desi on third. Every base is precious – even if you would prefer big hits, sometimes you just have to "take what the game gives you". The good news – we won't be no hit.

  87. Gonat - May 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    baseballswami, well said, well said.

  88. nwells2 - May 2, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    As soon as Ryan Zimmerman gets back, they better bench Espinosa for Lombardozzi, I absolutely can't take it anymore. Enough already.

  89. A DC Wonk - May 2, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Bryce with the classic 60-foot hit ;-)

  90. jeffwx - May 2, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    The speedy Harper….good number 2 hitter when Zimm returns.

  91. MicheleS - May 2, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    And maybe Bryce gets the assist if he knocks the pitcher out with that 60 Foot Hit!!!

  92. jeffwx - May 2, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Quality abs for Harper…not so many anymore for Espi

  93. Gonat - May 2, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Many firsts for Bryce. Lefty pickoff

  94. SFNats - May 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Was that another Harper hit off a lefty?

  95. Gonat - May 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Dave Jaegler said Harpers lead at 1st base was the largest he has seen at Nats Park

  96. Scott from Burke - May 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    way too many throws..that was awful

  97. NatsJack in Florida - May 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Two throws is too many? Not hardly.

  98. jeffwx - May 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    ladies and gentlemen…your new starting 2b when zimm returns…Lombo

  99. baseballswami - May 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Yeah – a run before the seventh!!! You know, I love Danny Espinosa's make up but he may just need some time out of the spotlight in a far away place in NY. Lombardozzi can handle it when Zim returns and will probably be equal defensively and an upgrade offensively.

  100. Marty - May 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    How much does Ramos weigh right now?

  101. NatsJack in Florida - May 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Finally, somebody turns on that inside heater.

  102. jeffwx - May 2, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Dreamin of June:LomboHarperZimmMorseLaRocheWerthRamosDesmond

  103. nwells2 - May 2, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    ok Lombo needs to be an everyday infielder, period.

  104. TimDz - May 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Well …..THAT was a short lived lead…

  105. jeffwx - May 3, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    The arm heard round the league

  106. NatsJack in Florida - May 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    The D-Backs barreled up more balls in that inning then the Nats do in an entire game.

  107. jeffwx - May 3, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Holy Moly!!!!!!!!!!

  108. jeffwx - May 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Holy Moly Duex !!!!!

  109. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 3, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    great hustle by the kid. he belongs, all right.

  110. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Umm.. may need to buy a new shirt (since the first Harper shirt has paint splotches on it)

  111. TimDz - May 3, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    The kid stays…

  112. LoveDaNats - May 3, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Yeah, Harper's never going back down!

  113. JD - May 3, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I love the way this board makes personnel changes at bat by at bat.

  114. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    JD.. it's the inner arm chair GM in some of us.

  115. waddu eye no - May 3, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Karma at home plate!

  116. LoveDaNats - May 3, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Lombo MUST play every day!

  117. baseballswami - May 3, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Bryce Harper – the definition of Natitude. Wow. and yes, Lombo needs to play.

  118. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 3, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    WOw harper move him to seecond hole

  119. jeffwx - May 3, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Lombo-tude.Harper is Hobbs-esque at the moment.

  120. baseballswami - May 3, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    I see gorzelanny warming up (why?) — I have been out of town and missing games – has Stammen pitched in a while? Please tell me he doesn't have a hang nail or something.

  121. peric - May 3, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Lombo IS playing … he is filling the role they defined for him.

  122. jeffwx - May 3, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Speaking of which…I wonder how many great baseball books I could have read instead of this post…Favorite baseball book boys and girls.Big fan of Mickey Mantle books (eg: the last american hero)and The Natural.

  123. LoveDaNats - May 3, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    They need to change his definition.

  124. UnkyD - May 3, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    I see we have 3 three runs…. Is that allowed…?

  125. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    UnkyD. and those 3 runs came before the 7th inning…

  126. LoveDaNats - May 3, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Harper is the oldest looking 19 year old I've ever seen. I bet he never gets carded.

  127. John - May 3, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Ok, I understand Johnson keeping the faith with Espinosa. He is a superior defender who works well with Desmond and is still young. But please explain why it is such a high priority to get Nady going when he is a reserve player who is not part of the future and would not even be getting this many at-bats if not for an injury to Morse? Surely, the team can do better than to invest in a back-end, non-versatile roster filler?

  128. jeffwx - May 3, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Need to read the Last Good Season…Nady is Nada

  129. Marty - May 3, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    The Diamondbacks are really good. Xaiver Nady is not.

  130. NatsFan05 - May 3, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Romos needs to learn how to throw to second base or we're going to have a congo line going everytime someone gets on first.

  131. UnkyD - May 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    (grits teeth, like Seinfeld….)Nady!

  132. baseballswami - May 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    john – amen to that.Marty also. Sheesh

  133. jeffwx - May 3, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    We met the enemy and he is…the pop fly

  134. Grandstander - May 3, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    I hope this night officially ends Nady's career. There's a reason no other team wanted this guy. $10 says he just ignored a hit and run or bunt sign with ALR running there

  135. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    I would like to Remind Adam LaRoche, he is not 19 and should NOT try to steal a base.And if Nady missed a sign, he paid for it, Moore is now in

  136. JD - May 3, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    ignored or missed; either way there is no reasonable explanation for sending him out there and batting 5th.

  137. John - May 3, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Perhaps Johnson was trying to challenge Nady by inserting him in the 5th hole. Instead, it has made the manager look foolish and naive. There's no sense in prolonging the inevitable. Rizzo needs to release Nady before he drags the entire team down.

  138. Exposremains - May 3, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    im afraid the next injury could be Ramos. His throws are awful.

  139. mick - May 3, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    As I said yesterday, 2012 is a sort it out one last time season before the the next 10 years of seriously challenging for a pennant annually. Davey will figure out the final needs this year and who has to go starting with Nady. Harper is simply a BEAST

  140. Marty - May 3, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    @exposremains – im afraid the next injury could be Ramos.That's why I was asking how much Ramos weighed. When he lumbered around third and headed from home, it wasn't too difficult to picture him getting injured.

  141. Exposremains - May 3, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    he does look heavier

  142. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 3, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    wait what would have been Joe's era if Ramos had scored? would ss have taken NL lead?

  143. baseballswami - May 3, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Davey Johnson thinks he can inspire any player to perform by the sheer force of his personality and will. Having confidence in someone can help, it's nice – but it's not magic.

  144. sm13 - May 3, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Craig Stammen is on fire. It seems like he only tjrows throws strikes and ground balls.

  145. NatsLady - May 3, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Ramos– he lost weight during the episode, but he's put it back on. Maybe his Mom's cooking?

  146. A DC Wonk - May 3, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    If we score more than two runs with this lineup against this pitcher, I nominate Grandpa Davey for manager of the year.I presume you'll be sending your nomination in, in the morning? ;-)

  147. A DC Wonk - May 3, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Comment of the day. My nomination:I love the way this board makes personnel changes at bat by at bat.yeah — no kidding — perhaps we have to change "it's a marathon not a sprint" to "it's a marathon, not a 2 yard dash"

  148. John - May 3, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    I was hoping Stammen would hit. He knows how.

  149. Exposremains - May 3, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    laroche smoked that ball, can we catch a break..

  150. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    So I have a question for our Stat friends: Is Ramos benefitting at the plate since Harper came up? It seems like the last few days Ramos is getting some hits, seeing the ball better, getting better pitches. Is this an impact of hitting behind Harper? I could be wrong, but it just seems like it. And yes, he does look like he put a little bit of weight. But considering the super hot summer we have. I would rather have him pudgy now and work it off in August.

  151. Exposremains - May 3, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    I had hopes, I don't know what I was thinking. Pathetic.

  152. SCNatsFan - May 3, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    How much worse does Espinosa have to look before he gets sent down and Lombo gets solid ABs at 2nd base. Since the all star break last game he has looked overmatched at the plate.

  153. LoveDaNats - May 3, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    It's called situational hitting. And they don't have it. This is really getting frustrating. And I hate knowing that 90% of the time Espi comes up, it is all for naught. Doesn't matter if he bats left or right, the outcome is the same.

  154. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    I have a feeling that the minute RZ comes of the DL, Danny gets a mental break day or two

  155. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 3, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    This loss if it occrs goes on the pitcher as he was given two leads and blew it both times.However the 8th is typical of our problem. 2 on no out, and pathetic hitting. Espi really needs to go get some training. takes two pitches that are striles (that's what people want), and swings at one that is high to strike out. that is the danger of taking so many pitches. His problem is he doesn't have a clue right now the strike zone.

  156. Matthew J - May 3, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Time to jettison Danny Espinosa. Lombardozzi has proved he can hit…something Danny can't do.

  157. John - May 3, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    A lot of it is mental I'm sure, but the mechanics of his swing leaves plenty to be desired as well.

  158. Matthew J - May 3, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Time to jettison Danny Espinosa. Lombardozzi has proved he can hit…something Danny can't do.

  159. Matthew J - May 3, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Time to jettison Danny Espinosa. Lombardozzi has proved he can hit…something Danny can't do.

  160. JaneB - May 3, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I gues he's feeling hitterish tonight.

  161. A DC Wonk - May 3, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Maybe our baby-Nat should be batting clean-up? ;-)

  162. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Can we lower that wall out there? Kid is staying!

  163. John - May 3, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Johnson was an Earl Weaver disciple.

  164. mick - May 3, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Bryce deserves better, what bunch of stiffs and losers Ankiel, Espinoza and Ramos, get em the hell outta here!

  165. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  166. A DC Wonk - May 3, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Ian!!!!

  167. mick - May 3, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    not Ian, you can stay baby!!!!

  168. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    THANK YOU!!!! We needed that! and it was DESI! of all people!!!

  169. NatsLady - May 3, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    I'm happy.

  170. UnkyD - May 3, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Can I pat My Boy on the back?

  171. JaneB - May 3, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    IAN! Awesome. So so glad! And so glad it was him!

  172. A DC Wonk - May 3, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    You know, didn't they just say JJ Putz had converted something like 44 of his last 45 save opportunities?

  173. sm13 - May 3, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Yay!! We needed that!

  174. A DC Wonk - May 3, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    And HRod with the win — nice return after the disaster in LA.

  175. NatsLady - May 3, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Now, THAT will wipe out the memory of LA!!! What the h*** is going on in Atlanta? 12-9?

  176. John - May 3, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Tonight's three stars:3. Craig Stammen2. Bryce Harper1. Ian Desmond

  177. Exposremains - May 3, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Thank you desmond for saving the face of many players tonight

  178. sm13 - May 3, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Someone needs to show Ian the Kendrys Morales tape – no jumping into home plate, please.

  179. NatsLady - May 3, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    12-10? Well, they can't knock us out of FIRST PLACE if we don't lose!

  180. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Wild one in ATlanta.. Tied at 12 in the bottom of th 8th. Burn up that Phillies bullpen

  181. Exposremains - May 3, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Desmond got the big hit but the Nats don't win tonight without Harper.

  182. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 3, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    oh yes!!!!

  183. nwells2 - May 3, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Desmond is going to make the all-star team this year. Fact. But seriously, I love Davey Johnson, but he reaallllllllllllly needs to start bunting.

  184. sm13 - May 3, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Ian on Bryce: "the kid is good". Understatement?

  185. A DC Wonk - May 3, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    3. Craig Stammen2. Bryce Harper1. Ian Desmond Perhaps give a #4 to Lombo (who never played 3rd before last Sept), and a double and RBI

  186. A DC Wonk - May 3, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Exposremains said… I had hopes, I don't know what I was thinking. Pathetic.They _do_ play nine innings, ya' know . . ;_

  187. natsfan1a - May 3, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Yes. Yes, they do. Also, Woooooooooooo Hoooooooooooo!!

  188. LoveDaNats - May 3, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Now that's the way to get a win! Ray Knight, you are right. It's the best game in the world!

  189. Exposremains - May 3, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    yes, Im glad. but that 8th inning was really sad

  190. sm13 - May 3, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    DC Wonk – agree with your last two posts. Lombo-zim played a heck of a game and a walk-off win cures all ills

  191. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Expsoremains.. Let my get you a glass of koolaid, it's been a little weak lately, but I have a feeling it is starting to gain some strength again.

  192. MicheleS - May 3, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    How great is this Braves/Phillies tied at 13 in the 9th now. I want the Phillies bullpen to be TOAST when it gets here on Friday.

  193. LoveDaNats - May 3, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    MicheleS……make a big batch. We all could use a refresher.

  194. Exposremains - May 3, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Thanks Michele!can you imagine harper hitting between Zim and Morse..

  195. natsfan1a - May 3, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Hopefully the Phillies bats won't have any hits left in them, either.MicheleS said… How great is this Braves/Phillies tied at 13 in the 9th now. I want the Phillies bullpen to be TOAST when it gets here on Friday. May 02, 2012 10:30 PM

  196. baseballswami - May 3, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Ok — pre-season if someone had said — who will the 3 heroes of the game be on May 2? — No one at all would have chosen those 3. You just never know who is going to get it together, break out, go on the dl or slump. So unpredictable – so exciting! Add Lombo as a fourth and that would have been inconceivable. I will confess that the entire off season i said that Adam La Roche could not possibly come back after being off for so long and play well — I am shocked that he is playing well and playing every day. Is it a good idea that he is playing every day, though? My heart rate has not yet returned to normal.

  197. Tcostant - May 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    DC Wonk, di you still think Harper should be batting 7th vs. LHP?

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