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Game 30: Nats at Pirates

May 9, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Lefties Ross Detwiler and Erik Bedard square off tonight at PNC Park.

PITTSBURGH — With his lineup struggling to score runs, and with left-hander Erik Bedard on the mound for the Pirates tonight, Davey Johnson is going to trot out as many right-handed hitters as he can. That means Tyler Moore gets to make his second career start in left field, with veteran Xavier Nady in right field.

That also means Bryce Harper, a left-handed batter, will shift into center field. Pretty amazing how much he's been able to bounce around between positions. This is his 10th big-league game, during which time he's made six starts in left field, three starts in center field and one start in right field.

Ross Detwiler takes the mound for the Nationals in search of his team-leading fourth win. If he's fortunate to be given a lead late, it'll be interesting to see how Johnson handles the back end of the bullpen in the wake of Henry Rodriguez's ninth-inning meltdown from last night. The hunch here: Rodriguez still gets the ball in a save situation.

Check back for updates throughout…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where: PNC Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 62 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (18-11)
SS Ian Desmond
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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209 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. REW - May 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    My wish has been granted. Now if we could just get Lombo in at 2b or LF and get either Nady or Espi out of there…

  2. bowdenball - May 9, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Glad they're gonna give Espinosa a chance to get the job done against a lefty. He's clearly more comfortable on the right side and he hasn't had many chances this year, only 25 PAs so far.If he comes up empty again tonight against a lefty, I have a feeling he may lose a good deal of the support he has left both inside the organization and out, and at least a short term benching could be in his future. Really hope he can break out tonight.

  3. sjm308 - May 9, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    this has nothing to do with this post in general. Just got back from driving a decent amount and was tired of listening to the same old "crap"on both of our supposed sports stations. 105.7 in Baltimore actually talks baseball and they talk a lot of baseball. Of course its not Nationals but how refreshing to hear actual baseball talk. I realize they don't have hockey or basketball but they do have the Ravens and yet the conversation was pretty much all Orioles. Interesting question about how fans were or were not rooting for Hamilton to hit that 4th home run. Also interesting insight into how far he has come and the demons he has overcome. god, I wish we had a station like that. Mark gives us 10 good minutes every time he is on and then they are back to our number 6 draft pick and his influence on next year. Looking for Detwiler to totally shut these guys down, and hoping we don't need a save situation.Go Nats!!

  4. That old-school, prestigious way of Scooter - May 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    sjm, thanks for sharing.Bowdenball, you're a pretty smart fella, so I assume you know why Espinosa has so few PAs against southpaws. (I'm only asking because you refer to the team giving him a chance.)

  5. Section 222 - May 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Haven't been able to read the blog today (and was too disgusted to last night), so haven't read all the comments. But I wanted to give my 2 cents on the closer situation — I'm still an H-Rod supporter. He has incredible potential should get some more chances before we give up on him in that role. Even after Storen returns, there needs to be a secondary closer for days when Storen isn't available. Hopefully that Plan B will be H-Rod.HOWEVER, we need to win games that we lead going into the top or bottom of the 9th and making H-Rod the closer doesn't mean that Davey has to live or die with him if he's not in good form. Just like in L.A., when he left him in too long, Davey should not have let him pitch with the tying run on 3rd. That eliminated one of his pitches, as Barajas well knew and took advantage of. Davey needs to have someone up and ready in case H-Rod falters. Last night it could have and should have been Burnett, and/or Stammen. I'llbet Stammen would have struck Barajas out. We could have and should have won that game. What a shame to waste LaRoche's heroics. Davey has to be ready the next time.Espi should bat 8th if Davey insists on keeping him in the lineup.

  6. Will - May 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    There has to be a point where situational splits don't make a difference. In his career, Ankiel bats .232/.282/.370 against lefties.Over the past 3 seasons, Nady bats .239/.285/.338 against all pitchers.Nevermind that Ankiel plays very good defense, and Nady is terrible.Time to give up on Nady, Davey. He's been awful for 4 years now!

  7. bowdenball - May 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Sure I do, and obviously it's not something that anyone can change any time soon either!I suppose I just meant that with all the recent questions about Espinosa and his performance, I'm glad he'll get a chance against at lefty tonight after that terrible showing last night. It's good timing, and I'm sure that there were some who would like to see him take a seat in favor of Lombo even against a lefty. This gives me reason to hope, for at least one more day, that he'll get this thing turned around.

  8. sjm308 - May 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    OK, one last Baltimore reference and I will let things get back to WASHINGTON NATIONALS. I am pretty sure I am correct but I think the Post and others made a big deal about our attendence during the Astro series where we were drawing about 16,000. Lets see, Tuesday night, Two first place teams, and the attendance at beautiful downtown Camden Yards…. 11,000. Please don't write any more stories about disappointing attendance at Nationals Park.

  9. That old-school, prestigious way of Scooter - May 9, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Thought so, bowdenball. Just making sure, lest I need to educate you by burying one in your ribs.

  10. TimDz - May 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I think if there is a save situation, MPHRod NEEDS to be out there. He is inconsistent, yes, but the team needs to see what he can do given multiple opportunities. The other thing of interest is that Bob and FP were discussing the balls being used yesterday, if they weren't rubbed enough (apparently, teams have people that prepare the balls that will be used on a given day)…Their point was that EJax had difficulty with his slider and so did Henry. Henry with an ineffective slider is NOT going to get the job done. When he has the slider going, he is unhittable. He clearly didn't have the slider last night.

  11. Theophilus T. S. - May 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I am optimistic about tonight. Nothing against Bedard but it seems that he has trouble being consistent, game after game. So, he's had a couple of decent outings, due for a clunker. They need to get on him early so that Ankiel can bat for Nady, Bernadina (ugh) for Moore. Otherwise the ball could rattle around the outfield a lot. Be pretty ugly if it works out any other way.

  12. Theophilus T. S. - May 9, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Much as people want Espinosa in the 8th spot, Johnson has to bat someone there that can roll the lineup over to the pitcher, avoid pitcher leading off the next inning. The way Espinosa is hitting, the pitcher will never get up, will always be leading off.

  13. Drew - May 9, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Nice bathroom break between LaRoche and Moore.

  14. That old-school, prestigious way of Scooter - May 9, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    sjm308 said…Please don't write any more stories about disappointing attendance at Nationals Park.Dammit.***Tears up just-finished copy***

  15. Tcostant - May 9, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Harper is sandwiched between Nady and Moore; I hope he has his running shows on. I do like Moore in the lineup, but am sick of Espinosa and Nady hitting like pitchers.

  16. Theophilus T. S. - May 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    OMG; Nats signed Mike Gonzalez. If there's anybody that could match Henry dirt-ball for dirt-ball, they got him. I hope nobody is really serious about this.

  17. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Dusty Baker just pulled his closer. It happens more than some think.

  18. JamesFan - May 9, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Tcostant,You're insulting our pitchers. Most of our starters are outhitting them.

  19. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Tcostant. Take that back! Our pitchers would be insulted by your comparison to Espi (sigh) and Nady(ugh)

  20. Tcostant - May 9, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    What do you think of this 'pen idea. Instead of 'Pen A & B; how anout home and away, where H-Rod is the home closer only. My toung is in cheek, but he seems to like the crowd behind him…

  21. JamesFan - May 9, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    This weekend I watched Papelbon issue a walkoff to a rookie who got his first hit/homer to win the game. Henry has the potential but was thrust into the closer role. I'm fine with it; DJ should talk to him, give him one of his pep talks and put him back out there.

  22. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    James owe you a beverage

  23. baseballswami - May 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Since the Nats have been winning with regularity I can see that my attitude is changing.The possibility of falling out of first seems like a major tragedy. Not winning a series seems downright depressing. My, my – how I have forgotten how it feels to wonder if we will ever win another game. Lost in the horror of last night's implosions — Zim and LaRoche did not need much time to start swinging again and Ramos went deep. If the pitchers can just keep them at bay and we can eke out some offense than most of the time we are in business. I also realize often how much we miss Morse and Storen. Now Jayson. Will the other guys step up?

  24. Tcostant - May 9, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Two comments like that. I was saying pitchers in general, not our fine hitting Nationals pitchers, who can hit (love watching Gio hit :))

  25. natsfan1a - May 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    They also opined that perhaps Jackson didn't like the rosin bag, as he didn't use it. So, what's not to like about a rosin bag? (Serious question, kind of.)TimDz said… I think if there is a save situation, MPHRod NEEDS to be out there. He is inconsistent, yes, but the team needs to see what he can do given multiple opportunities. The other thing of interest is that Bob and FP were discussing the balls being used yesterday, if they weren't rubbed enough (apparently, teams have people that prepare the balls that will be used on a given day)…Their point was that EJax had difficulty with his slider and so did Henry. Henry with an ineffective slider is NOT going to get the job done. When he has the slider going, he is unhittable. He clearly didn't have the slider last night. May 09, 2012 3:59 PM

  26. natsfan1a - May 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    sjm, great minds, as I commented to that effect in an earlier post. (Well, actually, I said that the Post should write a similar article on that team up north.) :-)sjm308 said… OK, one last Baltimore reference and I will let things get back to WASHINGTON NATIONALS. I am pretty sure I am correct but I think the Post and others made a big deal about our attendence during the Astro series where we were drawing about 16,000. Lets see, Tuesday night, Two first place teams, and the attendance at beautiful downtown Camden Yards…. 11,000. Please don't write any more stories about disappointing attendance at Nationals Park. May 09, 2012 3:54 PM

  27. natsfan1a - May 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Next up, a Phillies pitcher goes "old school" on that rookie. (If so, hope that he gets "old schooled" by the rookie, kinda like Bryce did to Hamels. :-)JamesFan said… This weekend I watched Papelbon issue a walkoff to a rookie who got his first hit/homer to win the game. Henry has the potential but was thrust into the closer role. I'm fine with it; DJ should talk to him, give him one of his pep talks and put him back out there. May 09, 2012 4:18 PM

  28. natsfan1a - May 9, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Oh, and from your mouth to the baseball g*ds' ears, Theo. I'm going with optimistic as well, until proven otherwise.Theophilus T. S. said… I am optimistic about tonight. Nothing against Bedard but it seems that he has trouble being consistent, game after game. So, he's had a couple of decent outings, due for a clunker. They need to get on him early so that Ankiel can bat for Nady, Bernadina (ugh) for Moore. Otherwise the ball could rattle around the outfield a lot. Be pretty ugly if it works out any other way. May 09, 2012 3:59 PM

  29. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    BRAVES LOST! ! WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!! (getting desperate )

  30. sjm308 - May 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    natsfan1a – does that mean I owe you a coke?I have a hard time buying a beverage that is not good for you so I would prefer to buy you a beer but I understand that would not be your preference. In that same vein, I think MichelleS owes me a beverage for steering her to Justin's.Go Nats!!!

  31. natsfan1a - May 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!! (me, too)

  32. sjm308 - May 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Michelle – you can trot out your Woooo Hoooo anytime its appropriate and this certainly is. We will be in first place for yet another day!!

  33. natsfan1a - May 9, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Oops, that was for Michele's post.I don't drink, sjm, so I wouldn't want a beer. But I don't think you owe me one for that, anyway.Go, Det!! Go, NATS!!

  34. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 9, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    I am not so much off the MPH Rod boat, as I am the Ramos boat. That ship has sank, IMHO. The reason MPH Rod had to go with his fastball against Barajas was Ramos is incapable of blocking sliders in the dirt. Again last night, he wasn't using proper technique. He was stabbing at the ball instead of getting his entire body in front of it to block it. Admittedly, MPH Rod was not helping with his 58-foot control. But he was getting no help behind the dish, just like in L.A.So when the Desi ship finally sails off at 2B, I say it's time to give Kid Flores more than two games a week behind the plate. Offensively, I think they're a wash. Defensively, it's all Flores.I won't even get into Moose's inability to throw out runners…or his complete lack of ability to hold onto throws from the outfield.

  35. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    I meant Espi ship. Sorry. Got carried away with the Braves loss. WOOOO-HOOOO (Copyright, MicheleS, 2011).

  36. NatsJack in Florida - May 9, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    As an ex-catcher, I'm going to defend Ramos on both those balls last night.During ST, Henry was throwing his slider in the strike zone and it was a knee-buckler. Now he seems to want to throw it as a swing and miss pitch in the dirt. Ramos would have needed to wear a king size posturepedic matress as a chest protector to keep last nights pitches in front of him.

  37. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    NatsJack, I always respect your opinion. And you're probably right. I'm just down on the guy. I really don't want to be, given his offseason ordeal and what-not. I just am. But you bring up some great points. Thanks.

  38. whatsanattau - May 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Bad pitches in the dirt nothwithstanding, Ramos' ability to throw out runners, block pitches, catch throws, and hold on them is an ongoing concern. I do believe it is just a fieldin slump, as opposed to ability, since he was rock solid last year, but slump or not, Flores is quite capable and still on the team. No disrespect to Ramos – none whatsoever – but Flores has skills too. (P.S., I'm lazy, someone lookup cathers ERA and tell me if there is a significant difference between them – please)

  39. NatsLady - May 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Can Ramos wear a knuckle-ball type catcher's mitt, or is that just silly?

  40. baseballswami - May 9, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    FP Santangelo tweets — to send well wishes to Jayson Werth by email write Jayson Werth on the subject line and email to Community.relations@nationals.com

  41. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    I totally defend Ramos and as pointed out in the last post, even Pudge couldn't stop Henry's wild pitches last year. I just checked the Reds game. Sean Marshall came into to close in a 2-0 game. He gave up a HR to Ryan Braun to make the lead 2-1 in the 9th. Dusty got Ondrusek warming immediately. 1.Ryan Braun homers (10) on a fly ball to left center field. 2.Aramis Ramirez strikes out swinging. 3.Corey Hart flies out to center fielder 4.Jonathan Lucroy singles on a line drive to left fiel 5.Norichika Aoki singles on a soft fly ball to left fielder Chris Heisey. Edwin Maysonet to 2nd. Pitcher Change: Logan Ondrusek replaces Sean Marshall, batting 6th. Coaching visit to mound. 6.George Kottaras walks. Edwin Maysonet to 3rd. Norichika Aoki to 2nd. 7.Travis Ishikawa flies out to left fielder Chris Heisey.

  42. Tom in AR - May 9, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    HRod throws 100mph, I don't think you want to catch that with a regular mitt. Not like a 70 mph knuckleball from Tim Wakefield.

  43. John - May 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Will said, "Over the past 3 seasons, Nady bats .239/.285/.338 against all pitchers."I believe Nady also only had a handful of at-bats this spring and, yet, Johnson saw something to judge him worthy of a reserve role on the team. But if in reality he is only on the roster until Morse returns, then wouldn't it make more sense to just release him now and give the opportunity to Moore, who is younger, hungrier, and was swinging a hotter bat in AAA?

  44. JZimm's only fan... - May 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    why is Nady out there and not Lombo?

  45. whatsanattau - May 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Because Nady has been playing outfield his whole life and Lombo has been doing it since Tuesday.

  46. whatsanattau - May 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    BTW, Moore might have only started on Monday….

  47. Section 222 - May 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Dusty got Ondrusek warming immediately.The Pirates replaced Hanrahan last night. The Cubs replaced Marmol the other day (wouldn't you have someone warming if your closer was Marmol?) The point is that closers aren't sacrosanct or entitled to any more "confidence" than other pitchers unless they've really earned it. H-Rod has had some great outings, but he hasn't earned it yet. So get someone up at the first sign of trouble — after a walk, or a wild pitch, or a well hit liner that ends up being an out, or even when the bullpen coach says, "he may not have it tonight." If you do it all the time, it won't seem like a slap to the closer, it will seem like what managers do when they really want to win a ballgame and they are ahead in the 9th. We should not have been in a situation last night where everyone in the park, including, especially, the hitter, knew that H-Rod couldn't throw another slider. That's just receipe for disaster.

  48. alm - May 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Ramos has missed alot more that Henry's 2 sliders in the dirt. I am not an ex-catcher but when was the last time he caught a throw from the outfield?He misses alot of balls, including balls not in the dirt. When no one is one is doesn't matter, but lots of them. He seems to have gotten lazy on balls to his side and more often than not he gloves them without moving. Love the guy but no one is raving about he D like they (we) were last year.And what happened to his arm? The Pudge influence is weraing off and someone needs to get him back into a defensive frame of mind.

  49. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    The wild pitch talk with trying to pin it on the catcher is bunk. It's on Henry. Make the pitches without burying them in the dirt. We tolerated last year when this wasn't a potential playoff team. Facing a bunch of .170 hitters in the bottom of the lineup, NO EXCUSE Average knuckleball is 25% slower than Henrys fastballs. Huge difference in reaction time.

  50. TheManBearPig - May 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Without another MI sub (De Rosa's out), I don't think we're going to see Lombo in the outfield.

  51. TheManBearPig - May 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Ghost, ditto. There are a lot of HS pitchers with better command than Henry. If he's throwing to the wall behind the plate, or hitting the bull, or whatever, he's not giving his team a chance to win.

  52. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    alm said… I am not an ex-catcher but when was the last time he caught a throw from the outfield?May 09, 2012 5:18 PM ___________________________You either have a short memory or don't watch the games. Bryce Harper's 1st home game last Tuesday. Harper throws on a fly to Ramos and he put the tag on the runner. Called safe.He has had 3 throws to him at home in bang bang plays and one ball was thrown into the path of the runner, one was caught for the tag, and the other in the Dodgers Hairston play was dislodged from his mitt.I don't see a problem there. This is an issue league wide.

  53. Section 222 - May 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Without another MI sub (De Rosa's out), I don't think we're going to see Lombo in the outfield. Why not? If he's needed in the infield, he can move there and a replacement outfielder comes in. I'd actually much rather see Lombo at 2nd than in the outfield (because Roger is a better hitter than Espi, and a better LF than Lombo), but a utility guy can move around during the game if needed.

  54. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Gonat, thanks for the play by play on the Reds pulling Marshall.

  55. natsfan1a - May 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    I sent a note this a.m. via USPS but thanks for this, swami. baseballswami said… FP Santangelo tweets — to send well wishes to Jayson Werth by email write Jayson Werth on the subject line and email to Community.relations@nationals.com May 09, 2012 5:04 PM

  56. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… The wild pitch talk with trying to pin it on the catcher is bunk. It's on Henry. Make the pitches without burying them in the dirt. We tolerated last year when this wasn't a potential playoff team. Facing a bunch of .170 hitters in the bottom of the lineup, NO EXCUSE Average knuckleball is 25% slower than Henrys fastballs. Huge difference in reaction time. May 09, 2012 5:19 PM ___________________________Whoa, bunk? You must be pissed!Seriously, you are correct. Its 60'6", not 55'6".

  57. A DC Wonk - May 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    With all the talk above about other teams removing relievers in the ninth — and asserting that removal of same is not sacrosanct . . . with all due respect, I don't think you get what Davey is trying to do.Davey thinks that HRod is benefiting from this, and that the Nats will benefit in the long run from this. Will it cost s couple of games in the short run? Obviously. It already has.But Davey's not afraid of "short term pain for long term gain." That's the way he managed the Mets in the early 1980's (when he had a slew of young pitchers, and when he left them in sometimes a fan could tear his hair out) . . . and he ain't going to change now.HRod's a young 25. He's got some learnin' to do and experience to accrue, and Davey's letting him do that learning.Explaining how 30-year old Joel Hanrahan got relieved last night . . . that's just irrelevant.

  58. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Why are Espi and Nady both in the lineup tonight.Lombo has one of the team's highest OBP.

  59. whatsanattau - May 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    … I sent a note this a.m. via USPS but thanks for this …Proving once again that you might be the nicest, most thoughtful person that ever blogged.(if your real. you could be a fictional character devised by some romantic living in the attic)

  60. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    What is best for the player…to continue putting Espi in losing situation night after night. Maybe he should be checked out…Is he hiding an injury….c'mon Davey do what's best for the player for a change.

  61. sm13 - May 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    222 — I agree that it is one thing to give Henry the ball in the 9th inning and another to leave him out there when he clearly doesn't have his good stuff. Henry is still young and still learning, but DJ must have seen what we all saw that Henry had no command of his breaking stuff. With a fastball hitter coming to the plate, he should have had Stammen or Burnett ready to take the ball and preserve the win. I'm hoping this will be his approach going forward. We're gonna have to survive with Henry until Druuu is back, but that doesn't mean he isn't going to need help sometimes.

  62. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    jeffwx said… What is best for the player…to continue putting Espi in losing situation night after night. Maybe he should be checked out…Is he hiding an injury….c'mon Davey do what's best for the player for a change. May 09, 2012 5:41 PM _____________________________He could be hiding an injury but that doesn't change his bad "eye" and poor mechanics

  63. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    I thought Davey was thinking closer A and B and not to put the pressure on one guy. I think that makes sense…now that Lidge is down, he can make a choice on who is new closer B is, and to reduce the pressure on Henry a bit.

  64. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Could be he needs to see an eye doctor. It helped Harper a year ago.It's time for the adult to step in and get him checked out regardless of what he says.

  65. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    sm13, McGhee .246Pressley was .241 prior to his hitNavarro .192Barajas .128 before his HRis not exactly Murderer's Row. I said it after the Dodgers meltdown. Lett has to let McCatty know immediately how Henry is warming but the bigger issue is Henry is not a closer "yet".

  66. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Seriously, you are correct. Its 60'6", not 55'6".————————————Maybe Henry's playing real old school.Before 1891, the pitcher's "box" was five feet closer and the pitcher could get a running start within the rectangle before tossing the ball (underhanded however).But then again, any ball hit in fair territory was fair, and a ball caught on one bounce in foul territory was an out.Hamels should really think about bringing back some of these old school rules too.

  67. JD - May 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Even after you throw 2 wild pitches you can't give in and throw anything but your best pitches. I think that a veteran catcher would have reminded him that Barajas can't hit anything but a room service fast ball and if you throw half decent off speed pitches he will get himself out; you don't have to make perfect pitches to Barajas he's not Matt Kemp.

  68. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    And Gonat, even after last night's brilliant performance by A.J., his E.R.A. is still above 6. Not exactly Cy Young out there.

  69. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    jeffwx, LOL on that one!

  70. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    JD, as I pointed out earlier, Henry didn't throw his best pitch to Barajas, it was in between his hottest fastballs and changeups at 95.7. Strange.

  71. Section 222 - May 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    DC Wonk, with all due respect, the same could be said to people who think that Espi should be sent down, or Nady should never see another start. Pulling the "Davey knows best" card just isn't an answer. If that's what Davey is trying to do, then I get it, and I think it's dumb. The game last night was eminently winnable, as was the game in LA. All we needed was one more out against a very weak hitter, and H-Rod didn't have the tools, nor was he in the right frame of mind, to deliver. The all-knowing Davey should have figured that out and replaced him. And if anything, it's the older, more established closer like Hanrahan or Marmol who should get more rope, not the guy who has closed 10 games in his life, or whatever it is.

  72. JD - May 9, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Steve, I agree. I think that both he and Ramos panicked.

  73. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Steve & JD, here's the speed chart from Henry last night. His speed was a little lower anyway but clearly he went 2 to 3% below to Barajas and allowed him to go to the shortest porch. Its a game of inches. http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/speed2.php-pitchSel=469159&game=gid_2012_05_08_wasmlb_pitmlb_1&batterX=&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=.gif

  74. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    A veteran catcher should have reminded him the proper distance from the mound to the plate. Catchers these days….

  75. NatsFanJim - May 9, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Nady? Another start? Hey Davey: there was a reason why the X-man was sitting home watching the t.v. when the Nats called: he is, regrettably, washed up.Hey Davey: When do you grow tired of the Mega-Disaster called Espinosa and start playing Lombo?

  76. NatsNut - May 9, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Why is nobody else cracking up at this? Well, for my part, Drew, I think it qualifies as post of the day. :DDrew said…Nice bathroom break between LaRoche and Moore.May 09, 2012 4:05 PM

  77. NatsNut - May 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    I can confirm that she is real and is just as nice, and consistent, as she is on the blog. Funny as hell, too. whatsanattau said…Proving once again that you might be the nicest, most thoughtful person that ever blogged.(if your real. you could be a fictional character devised by some romantic living in the attic)May 09, 2012 5:41 PM

  78. NatsFanJim - May 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    If memory serves me right — no one (meaning McCatty) ever came out of the dugout to visit and calm Petrified HRod down during this meltdown.Henry's got some of the best stuff in the big leagues, but unfortunately, he's not ready for closer role yet. And why did Ramos stick with the two fingers and realize his breaking ball wasn't happening? Stupidity/

  79. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Section222, well said on Davey. He's not God. Hate to say, in a different media market (like NY) they would ride him on the Espi and Henry issues.It isn't like he doesn't have Lombo who could step in at 2nd and Burnett/Matteus/Stammen to try to close. If you don't try something different, you may keep getting the same lousy results. I respect his loyalty but at a point it becomes stupidity (Ref: See Matt Stairs circa 2011)Good points earlier that compounded the situation, he had Espi in the 5 hole who left 3 men on base. Worse than that, ESPI IS NOW 0-14 WITH RISP. YES, THAT IS A .000 BATTING AVERAGE

  80. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 9, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Gonat is on a stat roll, go get 'em!

  81. phil dunton - May 9, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Not Nady and Espinosa. Johnson has a death wish.

  82. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 9, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Weather report: storms south and east of DC are much worse, but they'll get some rain in Pittsburgh. Should be able to play.

  83. NatsNut - May 9, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    NatsFanJim, you reminded me, why DIDN'T McCatty come out to calm Henry down last night? It sure worked on Friday night. When Henry came out Friday I said to my buddy, "we'll know in about 3-4 pitches whether we got Good Henry or Bad Henry." I was right, we had Bad Henry in 3-4 pitches. But McCatty came out, talked to him, and I'll be darned if we didn't get Good Henry back again.What DID McCatty say to him, anyway? I'm dying to know. And I'm dying for him to KEEP saying it.

  84. baseballswami - May 9, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    HRod has some stuff, agreed. His problem appears to be between his ears. The whole organization needs to come up with some strategies and coping skills to use just as soon as he starts to fall apart. The catchers speak his language, McCatty needs to come out sooner rather than later, even the infielders should know if maybe they should throw the ball around to try to slow things down. He's going to need some help out there.

  85. Theophilus T. S. - May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    NatsJack — going way back in this thread, I agree Ramos deserves some indulgence on the balls in the dirt — up to a point. Some folks say Ramos MUST be able to block balls in the dirt, so that HRodriguez can throw his "out pitch." Once the ball is in the dirt, the outcome is essentially random. It has a mind of its own and will go wherever it wants. I.e., no outcome can be guaranteed. The conclusion is, Rodriguez needs to learn to control his "out pitch." Having said that, however, the second "wild pitch" was eminently blockable. It bounce directly between Ramos's legs and bounced up, well, directly between his legs. And he still couldn't control it. His defense this year is immensely disappointing. I don't think he's anywhere close to his appointed 250#. Closer to Carlos Maldonado's 290# — and I don't want Maldonado anywhere near my home plate. In addition to other advanced metrics I think the SABRE people should publish BMIs.

  86. mick - May 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    hey gang, Pudge would not have stopped any of HRod's wild pitches last night

  87. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Theo, well said—-its exactly what Joel Hanrahan did as the Nats closer with the sliders in the dirt that became Wild Pitches at a pace of 6 WPs in 32 innings in 2009 for the Nats and Henry is well ahead of that pace. UGH-LEE

  88. natsfan1a - May 9, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Aw, shucks. I'll try not to let this go to my head, y'all. :-)NatsNut said… I can confirm that she is real and is just as nice, and consistent, as she is on the blog. Funny as hell, too. whatsanattau said… Proving once again that you might be the nicest, most thoughtful person that ever blogged. (if your real. you could be a fictional character devised by some romantic living in the attic) May 09, 2012 5:41 PM May 09, 2012 6:15 PM

  89. natsfan1a - May 9, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    We totally need him to do Wired Wednesday. hmmm…probably gonna need a tape delay on that. :-)NatsNut said… NatsFanJim, you reminded me, why DIDN'T McCatty come out to calm Henry down last night? It sure worked on Friday night. When Henry came out Friday I said to my buddy, "we'll know in about 3-4 pitches whether we got Good Henry or Bad Henry." I was right, we had Bad Henry in 3-4 pitches. But McCatty came out, talked to him, and I'll be darned if we didn't get Good Henry back again. What DID McCatty say to him, anyway? I'm dying to know. And I'm dying for him to KEEP saying it. May 09, 2012 6:25 PM

  90. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    SJM308.. Justin's owes you a commission! I have been over there a few times since I saw you and Everyone I take over there says "This place is great!"

  91. Fear and Ignorance - May 9, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Rodriguez will be fine and needs to remain the closer. I would rather have him work through these issues now rather than later in the summer. His ERA is still 2.84 and he has only given up 2 HR in 80 innings as a National. The problem is the offense. They desperately need somebody to get hot. Ryan Zimmerman needs to step up and show us something. Josh Hamilton hit more HR's last night than Zimmerman has in his last 202 AB's and has more in 1 month than Zimmerman has in his last 160 games. Where is the production???

  92. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    What a play by Bryce Harper. Simply amazing. That ball was Tatoo'd!

  93. NatsJack in Florida - May 9, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Defensively, Bryce reminds me of Hunter Pence except ALOT faster and with a stronger arm.

  94. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Hmmm. Bedard has a back issue. Lets feast on that pen!

  95. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    So long to Bedard. Get well 2 weeks

  96. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    NJ.. and a lot less goofy, not that I don't like Pence, He just seem like a big goof (albeit, one that can hit too).

  97. baseballswami - May 9, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Yes, Micheles – but our lineup was constructed for a lefty and now it's a righty. Although, I personally feel that major league hitters should be able to hit both. Watch this guy come in and channel his inner Cy Young.

  98. A DC Wonk - May 9, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Hey — did anybody think that Bryce kinda "showed" the ball he caught to some Pittsburgh outfield fans? Just for about a second.

  99. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Swami, i thought the same thing when he walked off the mound. Now I am like DANG IT.. Get Ankiel in there and get Nady out of there and Crud, Espi is going to batting left handed now.

  100. NatsJack in Florida - May 9, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    That's what I meant. Bryce can look goofy chasing balls in the outfield but he makes the play. He'll get better but Pence will always be the same. Bottom line…..they are both ball players.

  101. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Defensively, Bryce reminds me of Hunter Pence except ALOT faster and with a stronger arm. May 09, 2012 7:22 PM ___________________________LMAO, yep, besides that. A lot alike

  102. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 9, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    hilarious comment Swami. haha, inner Cy Young!

  103. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Nady can't hit and he is slow as Livan, ok, not that slow. Pathetic

  104. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Espinosa. Same result. Swing & miss. I can't watch

  105. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Gonat.. Livan could at least hit

  106. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    NJ.. I meant goofy off the field.

  107. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    and gone on 3 pitches. Off speed and breaking pitches. Shorten up your swing and try to make contact. Sheesh.

  108. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    MicheleS said… Gonat.. Livan could at least hit May 09, 2012 7:32 PM ___________________________Good point, and so can EJax

  109. Scott from Burke - May 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    gonat…they finally let you out?

  110. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Look at that, Ross holds the runner close and Ramos nails the runner

  111. NatsJack in Florida - May 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Wilson on the money!

  112. baseballswami - May 9, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    So last night the Buc's hitter with Danny's batting average hit a walk off home run. Tonight their lefty goes down early and a flame-throwing righty comes in and stymies our carefully constructed line up. Talk about falling in sh$% and coming out smelling like a rose. Are we offending the baseball gods in some way?

  113. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Sure enough, some (me) complain about Ramos and he nailed that guy.

  114. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Caps up 1-0

  115. NatsJack in Florida - May 9, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    If Detwiler puts the ball in play, Danny needs to bat 9th.

  116. baseballswami - May 9, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    MicheleS – I think you should just randomly start complaining about everyone on the team. Seems like it might be a bit out of character and way too stressful for you – but, hey, if it will help the team?

  117. MicheleS - May 9, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Swami, last night I took the dogs for a walk and we got 2 runs, I walked back in the house, and Ejax gave of the 2 hrs. I am starting to develop a complex. But then I have grumbled about Espi and that hasn't helped.

  118. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 9, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    has there ever been a combined, team perfect game before? :P

  119. NatsJack in Florida - May 9, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    FS…Was thinking the same thing.

  120. jeffwx - May 9, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    What…a team has an offensive game plan…I like the randomness of our offensive swings.esp. against that tough pirates pen….

  121. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    FS, don't worry, won't be happening tonight.

  122. Gonat - May 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Huge play by the Zim.

  123. Fear and Ignorance - May 10, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Washington Nationals-Little League Baseball at its best. Desmond should be benched in the middle of the inning for a play like that. Once again, no baseball sense.

  124. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    This reminds me of Ross against the Reds. He doesn't get a call and lets the inning go on and melted down.

  125. Fear and Ignorance - May 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Gerry Davis…our best catcher!!!

  126. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    I long for the 14-4 Nationals…Not the 4-7 ones…Harvey Haddix in 1959 pitched 1 1/3 perfect games (12 innings) but lost the game.

  127. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Oh boy…..

  128. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Pirates have the Mojo Karma thing Sunshine

  129. baseballswami - May 10, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    What the heck? That was a trainwreck!The offensive players return and the pitchers blink. That reminds me of JZim having one goofy inning. Ross lost it after the strikeout/ hit by the pitcher and then all kinds of crazy things happened.Seems like the Buc's have some kind of baseball kharma going right now. Have you ever seen so many silly little things happen in a short time? We really need to hit the ball.

  130. baseballswami - May 10, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Have we ever had a review before?

  131. Grandstander - May 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Not a perfect game, but on June 11, 2003, 6 Astros pitchers combined to throw for a no-hitter against the Yankees after Roy Oswalt left with an injury in the second inning. It was the first interleague no-hitter thrown by away team. First no-hitter thrown by an NL team against an AL team. First official no-hitter against the Yankees in 44 years.Also, future National Brad Lidge would throw two innings worth of no-hit ball in that game.

  132. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Lincoln…the great emancipater…of Nats bats

  133. Scott from Burke - May 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    i think it was 89 the O's didnt have a starter available so Frank Robinson used 3 relievers going 3 innings each..they got a shutout

  134. Scott from Burke - May 10, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    and: Jul 13, 1991 – The Orioles defeat the A's 2-0 on a combined no-hitter by pitchers Bob Milacki‚ Mike Flanagan‚ Mark Williamson‚ and Gregg Olson. It is only the second time in history that 4 pitchers have combined to throw a no-hitter. On September 28‚ 1975‚ Vida Blue‚ Glenn Abbott‚ Paul Lindblad‚ and Rollie Fingers turned the trick for Oakland against the California Angels. Starter Bob Milacki is lifted in the 6th after Willie Wilson smashes a ball off the pitcher's index finger.

  135. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Yes!!!!! The table is set for our number 5 guy

  136. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Nady needs to make this hurt on the Pirates.

  137. MicheleS - May 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    HMMM maybe the Nady bashing is working.

  138. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    There you go! #5 hitter! Now we don't need to talk about No Hitters. Uh oh, look who is up now.

  139. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    OMG, swing & miss on strike 1. BUNT THE BALL

  140. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Yes Nady….bat cleanup tomorrow.

  141. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Espi didn't strike out but barely made contact. Weak grounder to 2nd. He had Alvarez back at 3rd. Doesn't he know a bunt would work?

  142. Scott from Burke - May 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    new bacon mcdouble at mcdonalds..that don't look right

  143. mick - May 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I was being serious last night when I said Davey should have let Ejack hit after he already had 2 solid hits and then move him to 2b. Why Espinozo has not been sent down to Cuse is a mystery to me. I also said that last night's loss was going to linger for a long time… we are seeing it now. i hope I'm wrong, but I think last night's loss will be like last year's loss to the Cubs at home after we had a 7-0 lead in the 7th inning. We were right at 500 and then went into the tank after that. I hope we are not headed for disaster, losing a series to the Pirates is a panic situation in my view

  144. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    You can't send Espinosa down while he's moving up in the lineup

  145. baseballswami - May 10, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Espi is just an automatic out.He has got to be feeling so much pressure. Is this really fair to him or the team? Heyward had a year like this last year. MicheleS – I have really been ragging on Nady.Who should we complain about next? Pittsburgh plays a really extreme shift, almost like the Brewers do.

  146. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Espi now 0-15 with RISP. That's still a .000 BA

  147. LoveDaNats - May 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Amazing how every opposing pitcher has the game of their career against the Nats.

  148. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    baseballswami – Heyward was well over Mendoza and at .319 OBP and played injured a good part of last year. What's Danny's excuse?

  149. baseballswami - May 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Allright! A new pitcher, Cy, Jr! Seriously – the nats look so bad offensively. One could say they are offensive, offensively.Did someone tell them that Pittsburgh is a bad team and will be easy to beat? And about Nady – I know he got a hit and and rbi, but he is the anti-Bryce – that guy has absolutely no hustle in him at all. He probably could have had another hit had he tried to run to first. He also does not charge in from right. Lead in his shoes.

  150. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Danny has to sit breaking pitch. Until he can hit one, he won't see another fastball. These advanced scouts have his number.

  151. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 10, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    The advanced scouts had his number last year. The soccer fan in the third deck has his number by now. He has the talent, but this is approaching mulishness.

  152. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    run Forest run

  153. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Keep going Forest

  154. Fear and Ignorance - May 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Is there a worse #3 hitter in the league? I can't think of one. Zimmerman is a #6 hitter, not a #3.

  155. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    What they're going to work around LaRoche and Nady to get to Danny…This is not old school

  156. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Caps up 2-0, about 8 mins. left in the second period.

  157. baseballswami - May 10, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    But a long power play coming, section 3 – this reminds me of the last game…… And about the NATS — this one run crap is for the birds. So frustrating to watch. Our pitchers must be having nightmares.

  158. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 10, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    what? Zimmerman is not a #3 hitter? LOLAnyways, glad no one is throwing a perfect game or no-hitter against us.

  159. RickH - May 10, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    DANNY!

  160. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Danny just got a mistake pitch! Nice!

  161. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 10, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    BTW I was also wondering about Nationals running game. Last season Desmond had lot of steals by this time, now he has only two. Espi just does not get enough to steal any. point is as a team we have too few SB. Is that something new under Davey?Espi gets a hit! Go Danny!

  162. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Cruz must have been asleep during the pitchers meeting

  163. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 10, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    end of 2, still 2-0, CAPS

  164. MicheleS - May 10, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Danny is thinking.. Wow,this is 3rd Base!!!

  165. Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    It just appeared that Mr. Espinosa had to introduce himself to the third base coach.

  166. MicheleS - May 10, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Mets are beating the Filthies 5-4

  167. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 10, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    FP: "It's a chess match. As a manager, all you can ask for it to have the right guy up in the right situation."Ummm, that's not how chess works. As Kirk would say, "Not chess, Mr. Spock–poker!"

  168. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Chad Tracy with a nice PH RBI. #6 on the season as a pinch-hitter. Impressive

  169. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Good for Espi. He needed that. 90% of his hitting problems are half mental, or something like that. I already posted my game-day FTHC rant in the next post by Mark, so I will spare everyone on this comment thread. R.E.: "Wait – so the pitches can CURVE?"

  170. baseballswami - May 10, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    So – did Danny hit a breaking pitch or was it somehow a fastball? Let's hope this breaks the curse on his bat. And let's hope the nats get some more hits before I break out some more curses. A one-run game – shocker!

  171. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Harper! What a catch! Especially for a converted catcher!

  172. Gonat - May 10, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    FP wondering if Craig Stammen will close some games. I know the dude is reading NatsInsider

  173. RickH - May 10, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Bases loaded. Danny up. Holding my breath.

  174. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 10, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    no way

  175. Scott from Burke - May 10, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    2 rbi's all year? oh my god that is awful

  176. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    At the rate the pitches are coming: It was nice knowing you RickH!

  177. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 10, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Danny Espinosa, OTOH, doesn't seem to be reading.

  178. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 10, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Mark you certainly know how to take a fan's confidence from a player.

  179. Fear and Ignorance - May 10, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Yeah…Espinosa is up with RISP and 1 out. I would rather have John Lannan hitting. Why no Lombardozzi??? This is really upsetting.

  180. RickH - May 10, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    The bad news, Danny strikes out. The good news, no double play.

  181. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Espi was robbed there.

  182. Scott from Burke - May 10, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    by keeping espi in there johnson is trying to show cinfidence..but it might be having opposite effect

  183. Section 222 - May 10, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    This is turning into the story of the Nats' season (other than the amazing starting pitching)– bases loaded, 1 out, 2 guys strike out. Ugh.

  184. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    I remember when Ankiel was first signed, and one of the comments was that he really swung the bat well when previous teamed with Rick E. as his hitting coach. Why I ever bought into that line of malarkey is beyond me. R.E.: "You'll catch up to that high fastball, just keep swinging."

  185. Fear and Ignorance - May 10, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Seen enough yet Davey??? It is pretty bad when the fans know more than the manager.

  186. Section 222 - May 10, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Wonder if Harper's catch will be a web gem or a Capitol One Premier Play? Probably yes. Wonder if either will show or mention that he broke back before charging in? Probably no.

  187. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 10, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    John Lannan hitting?? Right now, Yoko Ono would have a better shot.

  188. mick - May 10, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Danny you simply SUCK, enough said. Davey, get him the hell outta here!!

  189. baseballswami - May 10, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Really? Bases loaded one out? And everybody swings for the fences. Sheesh.

  190. Section 222 - May 10, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Nats have struck out 10 or more times in a game a total of 9 times in 30 games. Shocking.

  191. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    R.E.: "With the bases loaded, the important thing is to swing really hard. A base hit will not make ESPN, but a grand slam will."

  192. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Section 222 – look and see what they have done over the last two years with different lineups but the same hitting coach. Just sayin'…

  193. ehay2k - May 10, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    I miss Livo, who would have bunted a run home.

  194. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    If your team is not scoring runs….and in danger of going 4-8 of your last 12, you must use your strengths on the bench….it makes no sense to keep sitting lombo esp. after having TWO 3 hit games in a row this weekend. Davey every batter in the lineup counts. lombo gives you one less hole.You can't have your 3 worst hitters in the lineup at the same time….need to split em up one day to the next. No more wasting the greatest starting rotation in a generation. No more Nady,Espi in the lineup together.Try lombo, Moore/Tracey instead. every at bat counts.

  195. jeffwx - May 10, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Sect. 222, that stat is simply amazin….And yes the hitting coach gets some of the blame when there is little patience at the plate by so many of your starters.

  196. whatsanattau - May 10, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    I've gone from wanting to show my support for Danny by keeping him in the lineup to showing my support for Danny by giving him an opportunity to go down to the minors for 30 days. The programmatic temporary minors assignment has worked before. Be kind, let him break it down and build it back up in the minors.

  197. baseballswami - May 10, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Have you noticed that our pitchers are starting to have little episodes — a bad inning here and there, a home run given up. It's not even really that bad – I mean, maybe 3 runs, a couple of homers. They are all still amazing – just not perfect. It's still the offense that is the elephant in the room. Every pitcher knows that they get Danny and the pitcher. Even I would know that. They also know that with runners on everyone will swing up out of their shoes.

  198. RickH - May 10, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Atta boy, Ian!!!

  199. whatsanattau - May 10, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    …Every pitcher knows that they get Danny and the pitcher. —I don't know. I think the pitcher stands a chance.

  200. Scott from Burke - May 10, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    what a time for the kids first tater

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