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Lineup keeps on clicking

Jul 4, 2012, 4:14 AM EDT

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Even Jordan Zimmermann contributed to the Nats' offensive onslaught Tuesday night.

There was a time — not all that long ago, really — when the Nationals fielded a lineup that if lucky might scrape together just enough runs to make a fantastic pitching performance hold up.

That was one week ago. It only feels longer.

These days, the Nationals lineup can't stop scoring runs in bunches. With a 9-3 drubbing of Tim Lincecum and the Giants Tuesday night, they extended their recent offensive barrage and made it clear they're no longer a team that relies solely on its pitching staff.

"If they keep hitting the way they're hitting now, I don't see why we can't just run away with this in the second half," right-hander JordanRead more »

  1. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    impressive win! excited to see what we do against bum and cain.

  2. Drew - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    The numbers keep getting more impressive.Jordan's 2.70 ERA is the best on a stellar starting staff.The Nats have scored 60 runs in seven games.Adam LaRoche is quietly putting together a nice season, with 15 homers and 52 RBIs in the team's first 78 games.If he winds up with 30 homers and 100 RBIs in addition to his strong defense and helpful clubhouse presence, it's going to be hard for the Nats to reject his option for 2013, even with the 3M conga line of Morse, Moore and Marrero.

  3. SonnyG10 - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    This has to take the wind out of the sails of the Mets fans. The Mets are playing their hearts out and can't close the gap on us.

  4. Bote Man - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    I *LOVE* how teams pitch around the Nats' #8 hitter so that Strasburg or Zimmermann can whack the cover off the ball. Hope they never learn.

  5. joemktg - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Speaking of lineups: first pitch in about 4 hours…WHERE ARE THE LINEUPS?? Rise and shine, peeps!!

  6. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Great times for a Nats fans! I've never been so excited and optimistic about a DC Major League team, and I go back a ways!Slightly off topic, but Walter Johnson's grandson, Henry Thomas, is throwing out the first pitch Thursday night. Hank wrote "Walter Johnson Baseball's Big Train," one of the most comprehensive and complete accountings of a ballplayer"'s career ever written. I honestly believe that Johnson was the greatest pitcher to ever play the game, and this biography makes it pretty hard to dispute it. Also, did you know that he managed for seven years? In 1930 he managed Washington to a 94-60 (.610) record, only to finish in 2nd place, which was good for one 'atta boy' because only the 1st place team went to the post season.If you can find a copy of the book, I would whole heartedly recommend it to any baseball fan, especially a Nats fan. GYFNG!

  7. baseballswami - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    SonnyG- you are on to something there. The way things stand now, it's not enough for another team to win. That just keeps the gap the same. Overtaking is another thing. Once you have that lead it's in your own hands. So glad to be back to national league baseball so our pitchers can hit,hit, hit! Baseball in just a few hours!

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Wow! The Phillies are 12 games back now, nd 14 behind in the loss column.It's not even "tick-tock, tick-tock" anymore. Their clock has broken.Excuse me while I try not to gloat, though there is a side of me that wishes that we were going to enjoy the pleasures of a heated pennant race with them. If this keeps up we won't see too many of their fans at OUR stadium later in the year.

  9. NatsLady - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    No Internet or cellphone yesterday until after the rain delay, so I am giving myself the pleasure of watching the first few innings. Lincecum just got knocked out… Funny about the air coolers in the Nats dugout, and none in the Visitors' dugout… OK, this morning–let's have another one, just like the other one!

  10. Candide - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    @ Joe Seamhead: I think you meant, "If this keeps up, we won't see too many of their fans at THEIR stadium later in the year."First comes the slide deep into last place. Then comes the booing. Then comes the rows and rows of empty seats.

  11. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Nice win last night. I watched until the final out (well, not during the rain delay). Yawn. Expect to be heading for the ballpark within the hour.

  12. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    In other news, Livo still fields his position well. Nice catch! :-)

  13. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    (btw, you'll want the Hart dinger footage for that.)

  14. Candide - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Interesting story about Nyjer Morgan, his latest dust-up with the fans, and sympathetic theory about what makes him tick. http://reviewingthebrew.com/2012/06/28/nyjer-morgan-fair-or-foul/

  15. NatsNut - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Happy 4th, NI buddies.LOL Desmond (from Kilgore):“I’m getting tired of our pitchers hitting,” Desmond said. “They’re making us look bad.”See you at the ballpark! GYFNG!

  16. NatsLady - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Happy Fourth. Read the Declaration out loud and watch the movie 1776–that is our family tradition. I'll be at a baseball game in the Nation's Capital. Can't get any better than that!! Go Nats!Sec 304, in the ADA row if anyone wants to say "hello."

  17. SonnyG10 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Happy 4th NI virtual friends! GYFNG!!!!!!

  18. Candide - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    "If they keep hitting the way they're hitting now, I don't see why we can't just run away with this in the second half," right-hander Jordan Zimmermann said. "And if we keep pitching the way we are … I mean, it's going to be tough to beat us."Those are two huge "ifs." How often do you have everyone in the lineup – even the pitchers – hitting? At the moment, the "soft" spot in the lineup is, surprisingly, Harper. I noticed last night that even Flores has a higher BA than the team as a whole.I'll be delighted if this kind of hitting, combined with the pitching we've had, holds up the rest of the season. I'll also be amazed. Still, if they can average five runs a game for a month or two, they'll probably run away and hide from the rest of the division.

  19. Candide - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    And happy 236th birthday, America. Thanks for everything you've given us, not the least of which is the greatest game ever invented.

  20. NCNatsie - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Slept late. Gotta quick go put the flag out. Happy 4th to y'll.If the team keeps giving JZimm 10 runs a game, pretty soon someone will say, "he's really not that good, he just gets tons of run support."

  21. Section 215 Row A - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Don't ever feel sorry for those Filthadelphia jerks…it was just two years ago they came down here as a conquering horde in their vile buses for OUR home opener and screamed "YOU SUCK" whenever each of OUR Nationals were introduced. May they rot in last place forever.

  22. Gonat - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Even DeRosa is hitting.

  23. Steady Eddie - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Sec 215: four stages of transition–Aug 2011: First place Phils come in with raucous and nasty fans, leave stunned after two Nats come-from-behind, walk-off wins.(Sept 2011: first place Phil's swept by Nats as coasting starts to ever them into the ditchMay 2012: First place Nats send home fans of fading Phil's wiith their tails between their legsJuly-Aug 2012: 14 Phillies fans show up for series with Nats and are very quiet

  24. Gonat - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Jordan Zimmermann with another combo game! Give me the #1 combo of the large burger and the large fries. Back to back games for JZim with great pitching and run support. Who'd of thunk it?

  25. ehay2k - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Happy Independence Day everyone. Since it's a holiday, let's pencil in a multi-RBI game for Zimmerman!

  26. ehay2k - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Also, Mark Z. Has tweeted the lineup.Moore in for ALR.,

  27. NCNatsie - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    After reviewing the news from last December-April I really can't understand how this team is winning.1. We have no leadoff hitter.2. Our catcher is out for the season.3. We were too cheap to get Prince Fielder to play first base and have to start that mediocrity LaRoche instead.4. Our middle infielders are completely incompetant and need to be traded RIGHT NOW!5. Zimmerman is overrated and should be dropped WAY down in the lineup.6. Morse will never be anywhere as good as he was last year.7. We have no centerfielder at all.8. Who knows when Harper will be ready, and even if they bring him up, don't expect much from a 19-year old (just look at history).9. Strasburg is fragile.10. We gave up way too much for Gonzalez, who walks way too many hitters.11. Zimmermann is average at best.12. If Jackson was any good, he wouldn't have been traded so many times.13. We sent Lannan to the minors.14. Our bullpen is decent, but they'll be way overworked and lose their effectiveness.In fact, the only thing I can figure out is that it must be because that has-been Werth is injured and not ruining the team.

  28. ehay2k - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    NCNatsie with the post of the day! You left out the terrible hitting coach though. :-P

  29. NCNatsie - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    MEMO FROM: DAVEYTO: BULLPEN COACHES AND STAFFHENCEFORTH, WILL YOU PLEASE ASSIGN SOMEONE TO CHECK CLIPPARD FOR COBWEBS EVERY DAY.

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