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Game 45: Nats at Braves

May 25, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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The Nats open a big weekend series tonight at Turner Field.

In his seemingly never-ending quest to find a competent left fielder — not to mention a competent leadoff man — Davey Johnson's roulette wheel has stopped on Steve Lombardozzi. The rookie infielder has made a strong case for himself, both at the plate (he's hitting .317 with a .385 on-base percentage) and in the field (he's made a couple of nice plays while learning the outfield on the fly).

So tonight, in the opener of perhaps their biggest series of the season to date, the Nationals will have Lombardozzi in left field and leading off for the third time in four games. It worked twice in Philadelphia; might as well give it a shot in Atlanta.

It'll take a strong offensive performance from the Nats' lineup, top to bottom, to beat Tim Hudson (owner of a 13-3 record and 2.09 ERA in his career against them). And it'll take a strong start from Ross Detwiler (who has allowed 10 earned runs over his last 10 innings).

Unfortunately, I'm not in Atlanta for this weekend showdown, but I will be in Miami starting Monday for the Nationals' first series at Marlins Park. Until then, enjoy the big game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees, Wind 1 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (26-18)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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312 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. MicheleS - May 25, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Apparantly the LOMBO in LF Chant worked.Hope Det pitches 7 strong innings with less than 100 pitches.

  2. SFNats - May 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Det gets some help with McCann and Chipper still out of the lineup…I'd rather beat the Braves at full strength, but we're not hurting, too, so it evens things out.

  3. SFNats - May 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Sorry…we are hurting too. As if anyone was unclear on that LOL

  4. baseballswami - May 25, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    At this point I really don't care who plays where, while the regulars are injured. I also don't really care who hits in what order. I just think constant tinkering is bad for the team. These guys need to read each other in the outfield and get into a rhythm at the plate. I know they needed to try some options, but at some point you have just got to get off the fence, make a decision and stick with it for longer than five minutes. The carousel can be fun or it can just make you dizzy. I hope Det has his natitude going and zim got some rest.

  5. m20832 - May 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    The chant worked! YAAAAYYY!!! Lombo is playing! If he's playing, he's hitting!GYFNG!!!

  6. Steady Eddie - May 25, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    SFNAts @ 4:28 — exactly. I'd rather beat whoever the other team puts out on the field the day we play them.

  7. NatsLady - May 25, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Interesting miscellaneous stuff (NNR — Not Nats Related) for pre-game reading.According to Statshttp://www.stats.com/emails/AccordingtoSTATS/MLB_ATS_0512.html

  8. Steady Eddie - May 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    And I had to repost from the other thread — Letting The Wookie Win is not a lack of mental resilience.Hahah. Been actually working today so just catching up but Sofa wins the thread with that web gem.

  9. NatsLady - May 25, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    ooooh, Krauthammer has a new name for you-know-who: Henry the Wild.

  10. TheManBearPig - May 25, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    swami, isn't the tinkering we're seeing mostly just changes based on LHP/RHP? I'm not sure that's a good thing, because I don't think Nady is helping them much against LHP and maybe more tinkering would be better.

  11. JamesFan - May 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    I'm starting to think of Espi as the Rick Ankiel of the infield. He's great on defense but can't hit and I'm not sure he ever will. The Nats front office is in love with him, but if Lombo was our regular 2d baseman and hitting .317 he could be in contention for ROY or the AS Game. Between the two, I think he will be the best everyday player in the long term.

  12. NatsLady - May 25, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    This from Twitter:Drew Storen ‏@DrewStorenAnother good day of throwing. Everything feels great. So good to be working my way back to join the fun.Also, Wil Nieves called up to the Rockies, due to an injury to their catcher.

  13. Tom in AR - May 25, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    JamesFan – I am high on Lombo too, but to be fair, at this point last year Espinosa was in the ROY discussion.

  14. NatsLady - May 25, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Pray for rain on Sunday. Gio wants to pitch in Miami. Says he won't wrestle JZ for the spot because JZ "is a beast."

  15. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 25, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    He's 0-for-his-last-20 so he'd fit right in our outfield already. But I'd be tempted to take a chance on this guy:Nate McLouth has been DFA'd by the Pirates.

  16. SFNats - May 25, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Espinosa has way, way more upside than Lombo. What remains to be seen is if he can live up to his potential. There were similar questions about Desi, but after a couple years, it looks like he's been able to put it all together. Some guys take time. As Tom in AR said, Espinosa got off to a hot start in his rookie season, too. From everything you read, Espi profiles as an above average second baseman with power and speed — at least a 20/20 guy and maybe more. Lombo is more in the mold of DeRosa. He doesn't have all of the natural ability, but he's a scrapper, and he should have a good career. Over the long haul, Espi should be better as long as he can play up to his ability. He's got All-Star talent.

  17. NatsLady - May 25, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Guess who is having a good year in the AAA minor-league affiliate of the Pirates?25.1 IP, ERA = 0.36 WHIP = 0.789 Record 2-0.Did we give up on Doug Slaten too soon? :) :) Just kidding.(Actually, the stats are true.)

  18. SonnyG10 - May 25, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Two points to remember regarding Lombardozzi before you decide to give him the 2b job over Espinosa: First, Lombardozzi has a weak throwing arm which hurts on completing double plays and making relay throws home from the outfielders. Second, the league hasn't adjusted to Lombo, yet. We have to see if Lombo can re-adjust to the league as it adjusts to him. (He hasn't had a chance to run into the sophomore slump yet.) I really like Steve but I do wish he had a stronger arm.

  19. NatsLady - May 25, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    If you are on Twitter, you NEED to see what the Braves organist is gonna play for our guys tonight. Check out @bravesorganistHe is taking suggestions…

  20. SFNats - May 25, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    OMG, NatsLady, that's hilarious. Get ready to hear "Harper Valley PTA". That guy's great.

  21. hiramhover - May 25, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I'd be tempted to take a chance on this guy:Nate McLouth has been DFA'd by the Pirates.Another light-hitting, lefty-batting OF? Um, no.

  22. NatsLady - May 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    And for your daily Kool-Aid (do we even need it any more?)Here is the final paragraph.Where they finish: So far the Nats have been able to withstand so many injuries to so many of their important star players with out slowing down, it looks like nothing is going to derail this team. If they can keep up this pace until players like Mike Morse, Brad Lidge, and Jayson Werth get back, then there will be no reason to think this team couldn’t win the division with a record of 94-68.NL East chatterhttp://nleastchatter.com/2012/05/a-quarter-of-the-way-through-where-each-nl-east-team-stands/

  23. Steady Eddie - May 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Someone had it wrong, but it's all good either way:@acomak: Michael Morse hit a homer as part of a 2-for-3 day in extended spring today. He'll play in extended thru Sunday, in Potomac on Monday.@AdamKilgoreWP: Mike Morse will play a rehab game Monday in Potomac, Davey says. Morse hit two homers today in extended spring training.Hack dat gorse! GYFNG!

  24. Steady Eddie - May 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Potomac, eh? Maybe that's what I'm doing on Monday….

  25. phil dunton - May 25, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Tim Hudson usually shuts down the Nats but hopefully tonight will be different.

  26. JaneB - May 25, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    We miss you already Mark Z.I'm glad Lombo is in tonight. Plus it seems like Danny is better when Lombo is playing. Could be coincidental but still…and Danny really was a ROY candidate this time last year. We ( by which I mean "some of us though not me, and not some others") were wrong about Desi. I'm going with we're wrong about Danny, too.I am going to be glad to beat the Braves no matter who is on their or our roster. Hoping Ross is scary tonight, in. GOOD, no-bourbon-and-maalox-required way.GYFNG!

  27. NatsLady - May 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Someone suggested Paparazzi for Lombardozzi, so you might hear that.

  28. baseballswami - May 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Maybe that's what I am doing on Monday, too. What time is the game – is it a day game? I like Lombo and Espi and Desi and all of the guys. I just want to keep them all like it's September all the time. I want to keep all the pitchers, too. I soooo want to see them do well. I have found that it's more nerve-wracking when they have been winning because I have started to have hope and expectations. The long-term nats fan in me is always expecting the worst, though. Do you think I will ever get over that? I know it's only been since 2005, I can't even imagine how it feels to be a Cubs fan.

  29. RickH - May 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Mark … Lombo is "learning the outfield on the fly?" Heh.

  30. A DC Wonk - May 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I just think constant tinkering is bad for the team. These guys need to read each other in the outfield and get into a rhythm at the plate. I know they needed to try some options, but at some point you have just got to get off the fence, make a decision and stick with it for longer than five minutes. I tend to think the lineup has pretty much settled (until someone returns). #2 thru #8 has been fairly constant — except we had Espi move to #1 and Nady at #7, but we've pretty much seen this the past week, no?GYFNG! (I'm away all weekend . . . y'all carry on without me!)

  31. natsfan1a - May 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    It's $1 each for hotdogs and grandstand tix on Monday, I think.Will miss Mark's game commentary, but good to know that he'll be in Miami. (Hey, maybe he could sabotage the Carmen Miranda Memorial Home Run Sculpture? Kidding. Kinda.)Yep, ready for some baseball here. Hope that Braves are not too hot after their road trip and sweep by the Reds. Go, DET! Go, NATS!!Speaking of baseball, played hooky with the hubby today and we saw Men in Black III, which we liked. There was a baseball reference in the movie (the Miracle Mets) and Davey was mentioned. Is that a sign? :-)Steady Eddie said… Potomac, eh? Maybe that's what I'm doing on Monday…. May 25, 2012 5:50 PM

  32. natsfan1a - May 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    P-Nats game time on Monday is 6:05, I believe.

  33. natsfan1a - May 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I'm not on Twitter or I'd suggest "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" for Desmond. (Yeah, I'm that old.)Maybe National Geographic channel theme for Gio? (Okay, kinda hard to play on the organ.)

  34. jeffwx - May 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I like the lineup and with Morse back in…holy cow.Unfortunately, it appears Ankiel is still a starter even after Morse is back in (Morse/Ankiel/Harper).Would like to see C. Brown in CF instead of Ankiel.

  35. jeffwx - May 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Desmond says to Harper, God, I like your grace, and in the evening, Desmond and Harper go to bat…yeah

  36. Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    JamesFan said "I'm starting to think of Espi as the Rick Ankiel of the infield."=========================Like you, I have some doubts about Danny Espinosa (both for the remainder of this year and in the future), but the comparison isn't with Rick Ankiel. Mr. Ankiel, who will be 33 in mid-July, has almost 2000 plate appearances and over 1700 at-bats. Even if you exclude the 100 or so PAs/BAs he had as a pitcher, we — and the league — pretty know who he is and what he can do. He plays good defense (with a plus-plus arm) and his career slash line is .245/.307/.421. That's inflated a little from his first two years back from his pitcher-to-outfielder conversion; his Washington stats are a bit below that line. He will occasionally hit a HR or 2B, occasionally knock in a go-ahead run, and very occasionally walk. But no one — not the team, not the fans — sees any potential for him to turn into a front-line player who will be Nat for the long-term. There are no still-to-be-answered questions about Mr. Ankiel.Mr. Espinosa has had fewer than 1000 PAs and just over 800 ABs; he just turned 25. People who know baseball so much better than I ever will — such as Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson — see lots of potential for Mr. Espinosa to turn into a solid starter for the next decade. There are still lots of questions to be answered. Most fundamentally, will that 'potential' turn into reality. And folks can legitimately argue whether the best place to answer those questions is while playing daily in the majors or perhaps back in AAA for a stint (as I suggested a week or 10 days ago citing the Gaby Sanchez example). But he is not equivalent to Mr. Ankiel, meaning no offense to either of them.

  37. SFNats - May 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    natsfan1a — You're psychic. That's exactly what the organist Tweeted as his Desi song. But he's thinking "Rio" for Gio.

  38. NatsLady - May 25, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    1a, someone suggested exactly that for Desi. And Rio for Gio.

  39. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Would love to see Det pitch 7 innings 4 Hits 1 Run, 1 BB 5 Ks. 98 pitches. All Nats pitchers have that as the one thing they need to work on. Being more economical with their pitches. However since they are winning it has not been an issue yet, though could be in the future.

  40. natsfan1a - May 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Thanks, SF and NatsLady. The person who suggested it must be in my demographic. And that was good, Jeff. :-)

  41. baseballswami - May 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Isn't it difficult for power pitchers to be more economical? I mean – they are throwing the pitches that they think will get the guy out – if the guy whiffs or fouls it off, well, then – that's what happened. Do we really want them serving up meatballs? I have always heard the opposite comment made about Zim – that he catches too much of the plate and throws too many strikes. Which is it? Our pitchers have been doing a really good job and now we want to fix what might not be broken? My fear is that if you get something like that in a pitcher's head ( a scary place, by the way), then it might really make them overthink instead of pitching in their own style. oh — and whatnot. I thought teenagers all said " you know" and "like" – but with Bryce it's whatnot. ok.

  42. natscan reduxit - May 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    … Mark, while I realise the vagaries which exist to affect even the most reasonable of decisions, I can't help but wonder what it might be which causes you to miss this series, considering all its implications for the team…. I can only hope you (or your supervisors) feel it's necessary to miss a few now in lieu of the very big games to come in October.Go Nats!

  43. Steve J, Alexandria - May 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Once again, I do like this lineup of Johnson's. This lineup scores runs; lineups with Espinosa battting first eeks out 1 or two runs.Keep lombo in the Lineup and use Nady less, a LOT less, Davey.

  44. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    I can't even imagine how it feels to be a Cubs fan. Swami, so much has been written on this, I should refer you to someone more articulate and insightful, but I will say this: It requires a particular kind of resilience to hold two necessary, but mutually exclusive, futures in your head at all times. One is the certainty that this the Cubs, and they cannot win. They might get close, usually once each generation, but that's just part of the lesson. The other certainty is that they will win, they have to win, someday. You hold these mutually exclusive ideas side by side in on your baseball belief system. So you steel yourself to the certainty of frustration and defeat, and at the same time keep perfect faith in the idea that maybe this is the year. And when that does happen, like it did for the Red Sox, Everything Will Change, and the Cubs will become just another good baseball team.

  45. David - May 25, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    the point about Moore and Brown is that you CANNOT use Moore as a comparison to how well Brown will do in the majors. I mean 17 at-bats? Come on people. If Brown comes up and plays LF once ever two weeks and 17 at bats spread over 1 month…he'll also be 2-17 most likely. Both need to play every day. Moore is a first basemen who stinks at LF and is stuck behind ALR who's killing it. Brown needs to play every day, and is stuck behind WHO? Ankiel? Bernadina? a combined .500 OPS while playing LF? Moore is blocked. Brown isn't. He should be here, and that's the bottom line. GO NATS.

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    I have MLB extra inning package, and one feature I like that some of the broadcast have, it the pitch count. I wish MASN would add that to that graphic.BY the way the flagship station had very little Nats talk as usualy when I would be listening around 5-530. They were instead talking about Mayo.

  47. natsfan1a - May 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    See, for example, this song. Swami, so much has been written on this

  48. mick - May 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    enjoying my third 7 and 7 gang… getting ready to follow it with a several Corona's GO NATS

  49. baseballswami - May 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Game time! Feeling some jitters. Go nats!!!!!

  50. Marty - May 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Sounded like a flyout, sorry for the doubt Zimm.

  51. Fear and Ignorance - May 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Swami-Jitters turn to anger pretty quickly watching this offense fail to get guys in from 3rd with less than 2 outs every night.

  52. Fear and Ignorance - May 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Thank you Desi…that was HUGE!!!

  53. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Finally, an interesting MASN stat amid the Bobby-FP fluffer-fluck: Desi is hitting .461 on the first pitch.

  54. jeffwx - May 25, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    The Cubs and Chicago ruled baseball at the turn of the last century. They were as cocky then as the yankees and their fans are now.Trio of bear Cubs, fleeter than birdsTinkers to Evers to ChanceDesmond to Espi to Moore

  55. jeffwx - May 25, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Not bad 2 out clutch for an ex pitcher

  56. Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Braves announcers had just noted that Ankiel killed the Braves last season — four of his nine HRs and 9 of his 30-something RBIs.

  57. UnkyD - May 25, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    So….. Just what the heck is going on, down there?!

  58. Marty - May 25, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Sorry Ross, you don't get to hit in the first :)

  59. NatsJack in Florida - May 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    It's all about strike 1. Nobody on the staff for the last 6 starts have been good at getting strike 1.

  60. UnkyD - May 25, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Enjoy the cushion, Det! (no nibbling…)

  61. RickH - May 25, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Great first inning!

  62. Marty - May 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    FP Telling Story-"Does it frustrate you as a starting pitcher not to get run support?""No"-blah blah blah about keeping the lead-"The frustrating thing was if your team didn't get any runs through-out the game."-and scene-

  63. Joe Seamhead - May 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Mick, your 'Check Liver' light is going to come on soon and they won't be able to figure out how to turn it off.Wow! How about 'dem Nats!

  64. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Detwiler finally missed a bat.

  65. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Defensively, I'm not impressed with Bourn. He should have had Ankiel's blast, but he seemed to not know where the wall was in his home park.

  66. NatsLady - May 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Wait–what–? (Catching up). We got 4 runs in the top of the first??? Ankiel hit a triple?? Is this the Nats?And Detwiler doesn't give it back!

  67. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    It's so much easier when you throw strikes.

  68. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Yes, Probably the only greater starting pitching rotation than the current Nats were the 1907 Chicago Cubs who finished 107-45.Mordecai Three Fingers Brown 20-6Carl The Human Icicle Lundrgen 18-7Orvall Overall 23-7Big Ed Ruelbach 17-4Jack The Giant Killer Pfiester 14-9Compare to Stephen The Strikeout Strasburg Gio Smiley Gonzalas (also the Great Gyroscope, or the Slide)Crossing Jordan EZ ZimmermanBig Ed Edwin JacksonRoss The Destroyer Detwiller

  69. UnkyD - May 26, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Humph….28 pitches. CMW may get 4-5 innings, tonight…?

  70. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Mick…I'm comin over with the big book

  71. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    ehay2k…..you really dislike Ankiel that much?

  72. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Post of the day candidate:Joe Seamhead said… Mick, your 'Check Liver' light is going to come on soon and they won't be able to figure out how to turn it off.Wherever you are, Mick, don't drive.

  73. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Maybe Gio "Got Gas" Gonzalaz

  74. A DC Wonk - May 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    UnkyD said… Enjoy the cushion, Det! (no nibbling…)Can somebody please repeat that over and over to him! How many of those guys got to ball 3 in the first inning? Sheesh!OK, I'm outta here now (for the weekend). Take care all!GYFNG!!

  75. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    let's see how my man peric's favorite pitcher does with a 4 run lead, hee hee

  76. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    4 pitch inning?

  77. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    my liver is feeling no pain, I do not drive when enjoying my cheer

  78. UnkyD - May 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    4- pitch inning. Hope Det didn't hafta pee…

  79. Knoxville Nat - May 26, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Peric is so quick to criticize Ankiel when he hits a late inning homer with the Nats up by 4 or 5 runs I wonder if he will be just as quick to give him some love for a 1st inning 2 run triple?

  80. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    And, jeffwx, it's one of those two:Desi to Espi, LaRoche!Or Desi to Espi to Morse.I'm starting to wonder, if Morse is raking when he returns, we don't bring up Brown and then trade LaRoche. I am not advocating this, just wondering how likely it is. Your thoughts Peric and NatsJack? I am fine if you cordially disagree, I am looking for well-reasoned, if differing, arguments.

  81. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Has peric been back since that beautiful dressing down from 222 earlier today?

  82. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    ouch

  83. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    NatsJack, I like Ankiel a lot. It was a very good hit, but Bourn got a late jump, then slowed down to check his GPS for the wall position. Ankiel would hav e caught that, even though this is not his home park.

  84. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    ehay2k…you're right for this year….I'm thinking of peric's prospects for '13

  85. Marty - May 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Let's hope McCann can keep the cookies down this evening. He looks rough.

  86. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    NatsJack, why do I get the feeling you are baiting people tonight? That is beneath you and the informed commentary and scouting reports you normally bring to this blog.

  87. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    OK…I've said it before and I'll say it again. While I believe Brown desrves a shot, you will not see him lining up in the outfield next to Bryce Harper unless required by injury.The Nats want a vetran presence next to Bryce (think Bryce in CF and Moore in LF which was really scary). Ankiel will be there until Werth comes back.

  88. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I guess you have to hope Det can go 6? Unless he gets that pitch count down one inning, i don't see how

  89. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaackem lol

  90. phil dunton - May 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Detwiler not sharp tonight. He's throwing way too many pitches and could be on borrowed time.

  91. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    why did O's trade Davey? i dont remember off top?

  92. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Yeah NJ…You are clearly an old geezer O's fan to quote another blogger. oh gawdddddd..

  93. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Not baiting. Just stating what I think is somewhat biased since Bourne is noted for his ball hawking abilities and the Ankiel shot was crushed.

  94. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    phil:I am not a fan of Detweiler as a starter, middle relief he could be OK

  95. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Hudson is aback on track, i hope 4 runs is enough tonight. If Strass, Zim or Gio were pitching, I would feel very good. Even Edwin

  96. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Hudson throwing strike 1 and going after guys as if he's ahead 4-0….Ross please take note

  97. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Darn..the nats are up the hudson river without a paddle for a bat

  98. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I hear the Mr Softy music in my head when I watch Detweiler. He would fit in well with the Capitals, lol

  99. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    mick…you should be feeling fine regardless.Bring in hrod

  100. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    jeffwx, lololololo hee hee

  101. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    NatsJack, the baiting was in reference to your ping at peric, and also to me questioning whether I liked Ankiel when I said Bourn should have caught Ankiel's CF shot. Just seemed like a bit of a shot which I don't think I deserved since I was dinging Bourn.I do note now that Ankiel easily read and tracked Bourn's shot which had Barves fans screaming. :-)

  102. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Lomb and Ankiel looked like the 62 Mets outfield

  103. Marty - May 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Yeah, that play needs a gif to be made out of it.

  104. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Well, that was a comedy of errors in left. Mickey Morse, get well soon.

  105. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Keystone Kops routine in left-center…Ross needs to stick with his fastball

  106. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    All's fair in love and peric

  107. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Or the 72 mets Dave Schneck and Don Hahn collisionwhat the heck happened to Schneck

  108. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    if we can get out of the 3rd giving up only 1 run, that would be OK. i hope Stammen warms up soon and Davey goes with Wang in 5 days instead of this no confident player in Det

  109. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    15 yards for Clipping on Ankiel…

  110. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    ehay2k……when it comes to peric, I will always be guilty as charged.But Ankiel serves a purpose most posters don't acknowledge, especially now that Werth is out.

  111. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    jeffwx… forgot about schneck, man we are some old mofos, lol

  112. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    swift, bada bing lolo

  113. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    yes…Ankiel is the nats day tripperoblah dee

  114. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    This is exactly the kind of situation Detwiler needs to step up. One run and I'll be happy.

  115. baseballswami - May 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Is the Wang-meister warming up? Because he should be. I would be ok with Det for 4, Wang for 5.Or the other way around. He needs time, though, so I hope he's starting.

  116. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    I am guilty as charged too…The only poster without dementia is likely peric i think.

  117. phil dunton - May 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Time to warm up Wang.

  118. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Over 70 pitches already!

  119. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Why in the world did Uggla turn around and curse at the ump? Was he mad his follow through didn't hit him?

  120. mick - May 26, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    get this wuss otta here

  121. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Detwiler….I don't know what to say…..I'll go back to STRIKE 1.

  122. Marty - May 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    If Ross can just hold on for three more innings… then Wang will be ready to come in.

  123. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    They heard your blogs…Wang's up tonight

  124. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Yowza….warming up Wang.

  125. Marty - May 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Seriously though. McCann literally looks like he is going to vomit and Ross is afraid to go after him.

  126. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Now Barving, Brian McCann, Atlanta Barves,

  127. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 26, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    McCatty needs to chew Det out, way too many balls, and way too many fouls after 2 strikes. Can't pitch 5 doing that.

  128. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Poor situational pitching – fire McCatty! :-D

  129. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Ross showing us all his good and bad traits tonight..Yes, he's wild, but his best pitches (fastballs) have been very sharp…sure looks like his issues are all upstairs

  130. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Ross knows he's not pitching great. No one needs to chew him out.

  131. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Det has only missed like 3 bats all nite and can't pitch efficiently.But give him credit for getting out of the 3rd.And Espi strikes out again

  132. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Danny couldn't hit Hudson if you gave him 6 strikes..

  133. Fear and Ignorance - May 26, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Why does it look like Espinosa swings a 22 inch bat??? I have never seen a major leaguer's swing look so choppy.

  134. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Quit giving away outs. You call a hit run the batter must hit it.

  135. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    What a waste. Flores gets the hit anyway. What was the deal with running?

  136. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Flores could not reach that pitch with h Dunn's bat.

  137. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    oh yeah…hudson couldn't hit danny's bat if you gave him six balls.

  138. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Det at 77 pitches, Wang prob already at 80 in the bullpen…

  139. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    you run to keep out of the double play. you don't run to score runs.

  140. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Carp retires number 11….now that's fast.

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Well if he knws he pitching bad, he is the one who can take care of it.

  142. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    yeah….Wang has already pitched 3 simulated games

  143. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 26, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Det with a 1-2-3.Didn't see that coming.

  144. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    If Det can get through 5, Wang will go 6 and 7.

  145. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 26, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Det looked better that inning 11 pitches. However had the first two on 5 pitches. Then started pitching balls again. lets score more runs.

  146. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    If he's warmed up by then Jack! Wang is so high maintenance…sure hope he doesn't have to cover 1st tonight

  147. baseballswami - May 26, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Earlier today a lot of posters seemed willing to concede this game to Tim Hudson against Ross. It might be ugly, but he has only given up 1 run. Not much has been pretty this season, folks.

  148. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    You're right Swami, I'll stop complaining..Scoreboard is all that matters

  149. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Wang will be ready. Nat's need one more inning out of Ross.

  150. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    holy….no decision for det

  151. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 26, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Not a lip-reader, but I don't think Det was wishing Grandpa Davey a Happy Holiday there.

  152. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    That my friends, is a manager saying "grow up".

  153. Fear and Ignorance - May 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Where are those people that said Detwiler over Lannan was a slam-dunk. Give me Lannan any day of the week and twice on Sunday over Detwiler. Say what you want about Lannan…but at least he is a fighter!!!

  154. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    I feel bad for Ross. I just do. I hope that isn't the last time we see him as a starter this year. And yet I still hope Wang is lights out so we win tonight.

  155. phil dunton - May 26, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    If Wang pitches well, Det is toast as a starter.

  156. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Damn.

  157. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Sinker ball up…Great relay to 3rd

  158. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 26, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Detwiler has no one to blame but himself. get the three outs he gets the win.Ankiel took a terrible angle on that ball, looked like to me that should have been caught.Now when we get up batters need to get off their diuffs and start playing again.

  159. MicheleS - May 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    OY! Go out to dinner and Det didn't even make it out the 5th. SHEEESH!

  160. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    I want Det to pitch well too, but you can't be nibbling when you are up 4-0, it makes no sense.

  161. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    The pitch wasn't that bad, Derek. Could have been down a little more but Diaz was first ball hunting.

  162. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Wow. Hearing about Tim Lincecum makes me feel better about Ross. I mean, Tim Lincecum!

  163. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Lucky for the Barves Diaz wasn't on a shift for LaRoche.

  164. hiramhover - May 26, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    And now for the really important question – does Wang have highlights in his hair?He looks like he has black hair over his ears and reddish brown hair in the back.

  165. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Espinosa has absolutely no clue what he's doing.

  166. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 26, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    For once I will excuse Epsi for striking out as that pitch looked way high. I know nothing Det pitched near there was called a strike.

  167. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Maybe Danny should try some highlights in his beard

  168. baseballswami - May 26, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Not just Tim Lincecum – Hallady struggling, too. Pitching is not child's play. RossD is still a fairly new big-league starting pitcher. How quickly you forget how good he can be. How about a little more offense? You all talk like Detweiler is some sniveling baby – Wang is supposed to be the experienced veteran and he is so high-maintenance he can apparently only do one thing – and then only when the conditions are perfect. Maybe he needs to start sucking it up. You know, Strassie and Gio are just praying that they have a start with 4 runs in the first. Are our starting pitchers so used to being in trouble that they can't pitch without an adrenaline high?

  169. baseballswami - May 26, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    The top of these innings is so fast if you blink you miss it.

  170. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    I don't know Jack, too many balls in the air, but I admit to never being a Wang fan…Hope he can bridge the gap to the bullpen

  171. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 26, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Stammen seventh, Clipp eighth and you-know-who in the ninth.I'm going out to stock up on the Maalox and bourbon.

  172. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 26, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Carp wants them to bat for Wang. I said let him pitch another inning or two unless they need to take him out. He's been pitching at least 5 in minor league games.

  173. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    As an ex catcher, I love a good sinker ball guy and FP is not lying. It's like trying to hit a bowling ball.Tom Bradley threw the best sinker I ever caught and my palm just below my thumb would be bruised after catching him.Wang throws a better sinker.

  174. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    No WAY they put in Wild Henry tonight!

  175. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    No way that just happened!

  176. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 26, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Wang's was our best at-bat since the first inning.

  177. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Way.

  178. MicheleS - May 26, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    CMW walks!!! This is officially a weird game.

  179. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Has CMW ever been on third before?

  180. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 26, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Wang runs the bases like a jogger in Rock Creek Park … with a piano on his back.

  181. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    LOMBO…HARPER

  182. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    I'm sure he's been told through one of his people that he shouldn't run hard for fear of a comical trip and fall all over himself injury

  183. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Walk a 19 year old to pitch yo the face?

  184. ehay2k - May 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Wang looked like Fred Flintstone going around second.

  185. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Zim getting hosed by ump tonight, first pitch was way inside per Pitch F/X

  186. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    LOMBO///HARPER///ZIMMWhat a lineup

  187. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    thank you CMW for starting that!

  188. Smatt1001 - May 26, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Let's go Zimm!

  189. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    7 runs but no wings for me.

  190. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    2 out Walk to Wang, and a terrible 0-2 pitch to Zim…worst Hudson has ever looked v Nats

  191. MicheleS - May 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    7 runs off Hudson! Me like!

  192. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Poor Timmy Hudson. Could fall to 14-4 lifetime against us. Wang's at-bat turned that whole inning around. Now you gotta start Wang … for his bat!

  193. JaneB - May 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Okay. We absolutely cannot have Livan enter the game against us, now or later. I won't be able to root against him.

  194. baseballswami - May 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Zim heard about Morse today and decided to do some Gorse Hacking himself!!!!!

  195. NatsJack in Florida - May 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    In the words of my friend MiceleS….WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!

  196. Swift Eagle - May 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    All 7 runs with 2 out hits I believe, Very Clutch

  197. jeffwx - May 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    All without Morse, Werth, Ramos and Storen

  198. TimDz - May 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Zimmerman: "I got your tomahawk chop right here …

  199. Fear and Ignorance - May 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Good things never happen when you walk the pitcher…especially one that has an .030 AVG. Nice hit by Zim in a crucial spot there. Good to see him turn on one.

  200. baseballswami - May 26, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Walking a teenager to pitch to Ryan Zimmerman? That could make you a teeny bit ticked off! Quite amusing!

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