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Game 90: Mets at Nats

Jul 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez tries to pitch the Nats to a sweep of the Mets today.

The good news: The Nationals have a chance to sweep the Mets today, and the man they'll send to the mound (Gio Gonzalez) will be seeking his league-leading 13th victory of the season. The bad news: The Mets are sending their own All-Star to the mound seeking his 13th win in knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

So we've got a great pitching matchup for a Thursday matinee on South Capitol Street. The Nats also will have one of their best relievers available for the first time this season, with Drew Storen officially activated off the disabled list this morning, creating an eight-man bullpen for the moment.

On the other hand, they'll be playing with only a four-man bench. And one of those men is Ian Desmond, who remains out of the lineup with an oblique strain.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back all afternoon…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 12:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 90 degrees, Wind 7 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (53-36)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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193 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. SonnyG10 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Go Nats! Sweep!

  2. sm13 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Go GIO! Sweeeeep!

  3. Old Wino - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Gonna be a tough one, have figure out Dickey and get him out of the game. Go Nats!

  4. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Don't need pinch hitters. All our pitchers can hit!

  5. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    (sigh) As I said, Lombo is not Espy.

  6. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    That is the worst play I have ever seen a MLB player make.

  7. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    So, instead of a solo, we are down 2-0.

  8. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    There's that Lombo again. Routine ground ball to second, safe at first. Sad.

  9. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Even with the weak arm, stick him back in LF.

  10. Wendell - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    What happened (on a bus w/ WiFi)

  11. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Where the F is Desmond??? If he can play 2 days ago…why is he not in there???

  12. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Now the Nats only hope is to get to Mets bullpen.

  13. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    RZimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! OK, that cuts it in half. Dickey is not infallible.

  14. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    NJ, or hit it out of the park. That works, too, right?

  15. UnkyD - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    ZIM!!!!!! Still would like to see Corey play several days in a row…. Sit Drsi for 15 days, and play Morse/Brown/Harp, until Jayson shows up? Could make some trade possibilities for the deadline…..

  16. Unknown - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    My guess is that Desmond is heading for the DL. Initially, the FO is always in denial with injuries but the initial "day to day" diagnosis always unravels like a cheap suit.

  17. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Serious question NatsJack…do pitch counts even come into play with a knuckleball pitcher? I have the feeling he could go about 150 pitches considering the Mets awful bullpen.

  18. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Oh, Michael! Well, he might have been out anyway.

  19. UnkyD - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Fear… Pay attention, or we'll have to ignore you… (oh, wait…)

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    NL…..yep. Home runs help but getting to their bull pen is the best bet

  21. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Wendell, Lombo double-stepped, patted his glove and the runner (fast) was safe on a routine groung ball.

  22. #4 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    NJ -How does a guy make it to the big leagues without learning how to charge the ball? I didn't see the play (at work and watching on Gameday). Is that what happened with Lombo in the 1st inning?

  23. Swift Eagle - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Strike 3 to Morse was filthy! Yikes.Hope Dickey throws a few more hangers, and fewer ones like that

  24. ehay2k - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Lol F&I – you must not watch much baseball to make that statement. You never saw Willie Harris play second? Dunn in left? LoDuca in left (shudder), Nyjer throwing his glove and giving up an insider?Too much negativity. Do you people also cry at other people's birthday parties because you don't get a present?

  25. UnkyD - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Ball seems to be carrying, today….

  26. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    #4, good question, especially since 2B is Lombo's "natural" position. OK, Gio is learning how Clip felt.

  27. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    F & I…..pitch counts work with Dickey because he depends on 20% fast balls plus it means his command is off and he's walking guys.

  28. UnkyD - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Fear; the snark was for the Desi question. Much was made of our luck, that he wasn't required to swing, the other night. You knuckler question is a good one, though, I'll bet they can throw a long time, if needed…

  29. Swift Eagle - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I remember the Red Sox never cared about rest days or pitch counts with Wakefield. But I agree with Jack, Dickey throws at least some fastball. I think he's sort of like Livo, needs some rest, but not as much as most starters…

  30. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    #4….. that's been my concern with Lombo since Fall Instructs 3 falls ago. And it's why I've said he's no option at short

  31. Steady Eddie - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    ehat2k @ 12:57:Thank you.

  32. Swift Eagle - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Lots of balls up in the zone from Dickey so far…hopefully that's good news

  33. ehay2k - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Steady Eddie, I decided to post during the game to add some positivity, and more than a little levity if I can manage it.

  34. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Ok – it's not like Lombo made a huge error at 2B folks. The runner was extremely fast and the difference was a millisecond. Lombo is a rookie who has been jerked out of his position and then back again. Please. The worst play you have ever seen? You must not watch much baseball. It wasn't great or even good, but Gio is the one who isn't very sharp today. I thought this was going to be a pitcher's duel, by the way. I hope Zim showed the rest of the guys that they can get to Dickey.

  35. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Nice fielding by Dickey. Turtles.

  36. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    swami, no, it wasn't the worst play I ever saw, but Lombo is just slow at 2B. Maybe that's in comparison to Espy, and we are spoiled, but I saw him do that a couple of times last night, and on TV also.

  37. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Swami. not counting the blown call the other nite, that makes 7 times I've seen routine ground balls hit to Lombo become base hits in 3 years and none (zero) by any other fielder.

  38. ehay2k - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Lombo is a quick study, but no matter how fast he learns to turn that play, he won't develop a better arm any time soon. Perhaps when he can wear a 2, he have a better arm.

  39. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    NJ–well, not counting Desi's mental lapses…

  40. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Gio is just NOT locating. Here comes the Cat.

  41. mick - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    nothing bad with 2 or 3, RA was hard to beat even before the HR's

  42. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Too early to bring in Mattheus for Wright? Yeah.

  43. mick - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Dickey is the only thing keeping the Mets alive

  44. mick - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    meant winning 2 of 3

  45. mick - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    if we keep it 3-1 wee have a shot

  46. mick - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    oh well, 3 1/2 up heading into the Braves series, that is better than I expected

  47. ehay2k - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Wait, Mick, did they just call the game?

  48. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    mick, you don't have to give up in the 3rd inning.

  49. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    The Giants would appreciate you letting them finish the game, mick.

  50. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Oh, Gio, this is not the day we wanted a short outing from you.

  51. ehay2k - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    So would the Nats.

  52. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Mick is a bit extreme with his emotions.

  53. ehay2k - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    And his coronas, apparently.

  54. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    NatsJack – seriously, 7 times? You keeping a log or something? Looked to me that he was being very deliberate and too careful – playing afraid to make a mistake. Again, not good – he needs to relax and let his muscle memory take over. Espi is pretty fast and has a gun so it probably looks worse in comparison. Not saying Lombo is ever going to be a Hall of Famer, but he isn't that bad, either. He was taking to left field ok, very tentative back at second. He has been a real sport at doing what the team needs – lead off, ok — play left, ok — go back to second, ok. Give the kid a break. He's a kid who would normally still be at AAA who has risen to the Major League occasion more than once for us, including the last couple of games. Gio is pitching beach balls out there. Offense needs to figure it out. Haven't we learned yet not to give up the game this early?

  55. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    … because the Giants have never come back from a huge deficit like, oh, wait, they're only down 2? Really.

  56. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Just because Lombo is not as good as Espi, doesn't mean he's not a good 2d baseman. Let's not forget he won a Gold Glove in the minors for second base. And he's been turning some terrific DP's this series (including last inning)

  57. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    On the other hand — maybe we just let Gio stay out there today and eat the innings, hope for late offense – it wouldn't be the first time we came alive late. We are going into a tough weekend and might not want to tax the pen.

  58. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

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  59. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    DCWonk = the voice of reason. It's been 3 innings. Let's not start looking for bridges to jump off of or young players to make scapegoats out of.

  60. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Not trying to be negative about Lombo–he also played 3B for a while. And who just got a hit when hits are hard to come by.He's done everything he was told to, and mostly succeeded. I just think people had unrealistic expectations when he first came up.

  61. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Swami, We have about 20 relievers though. Henry may be in there shortly.

  62. ehay2k - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Swami, it's not unreasonable to believe that Davey will do just that – leave Gio in and save the bullpen. Winning today but putting ourselves in a bad position for the next series is not the Davey way.

  63. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Yes, this might be a Henry day. Stammen warming. Davey hasn't given up on this one.

  64. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Lets Go Nats ( clap, clap, clap) , Lets Go Nats ( clap, clap, clap) – the role of Clint on this blog is now being played by me. When the going gets tough and all that. It's not over til it's over. It's always darkest before dawn. You know,the tough just need to get going. Go Nats!!! I am determined to enjoy this game, by the way, no matter what!

  65. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Wonk…..minor league awards for defense mean nothing. Lombo is a below average defender primarily because of his arm and limited range. I like him for what he is and that is as a utility guy with a decent bat.

  66. ehay2k - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    OTOH, maybe Davey has seen enough, :-)

  67. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    ehay2k, right, and that's what I would have predicted. Shows ta go ya, Davey not predictable.

  68. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    ehay2k, so much for saving the pen.

  69. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Ok, then, so go Craig Stammen! Does anyone think maybe Stammen could go back to starting? He just seems stronger and more mature than when he started before. Maybe he could go down to the minors for a bit and stretch out in August and be the fifth starter if Lannan and Wang aren't going to cut it? I've always like that kid – so we get to watch him pitch for a while today. Baseball is unpredictable. So be it.

  70. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    And Lombo's gaff isn't the problem. Gio's poor command is (well, was).

  71. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    This is about as depressing as any performance this year.

  72. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Worst play ever? Puleeze. How about these gems from _just this week_!http://www.chadmoriyama.com/2012/07/gifcap-chipper-jones-lance-berkman-provided-the-comedy-relief-yesterday/My favorite (the Dodgers actually lost because of this play — the Padres were down by one with two outs in the ninth when this happened):http://www.chadmoriyama.com/2012/07/gifcap-the-dodgers-lost-because-of-this-which-is-i-dont-even-know-what-this-is/also at: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_07_14_sdnmlb_lanmlb_1&mode=wrap#gid=2012_07_14_sdnmlb_lanmlb_1&mode=videoI'm telling you guys — you have to see that last one to believe it.

  73. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Bernadina out to make Rizzo regret Ankiel.

  74. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Can't stop the bleeding.

  75. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Now Bernie boots one? I hope they get all of their crap out of their systems today. Might we see Drew today?

  76. Swift Eagle - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains"More Crash Davis wisdom, but I'm now hoping for some rain the next few days to help save the bullpen arms…

  77. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Wonk…..minor league awards for defense mean nothing.Mean nothing? Doesn't it mean that he was a better defender than any other second-baseman in the minors that year?

  78. Tcostant - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Glad I'm not there today, Mets fans would have been laughing at the broom I brought with me. Hopefeully Sunday I'll been to break out the broom when I go…

  79. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Wonk…..simple answer….no.

  80. Swift Eagle - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    On a side note, do they really have to park that ambulance in plain sight in CF like that…kind of an eye sore…

  81. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Bernie, you are in your own park. They didn't move the wall.

  82. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Think anyone is a little shook up by the Ankiel move? I know they are pros, but they are people, too, and young. Team chemistry is a powerful thing. Ok- so now the game is out of reach. How about getting Drew in the game?

  83. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    At least they won't be overconfident heading into the Braves series!!!

  84. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    umm . . . as I wrote last night: that David Wright dude is a helluva player and is on fire now.

  85. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Craig Stammen will now have to take one for the team.

  86. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Era' s are rising like rockets.

  87. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    The explanation for DFAing Ankiel, as I understand it, was that none of the pitchers w/ options deserved to be demoted to the minor leagues. They don't have to make another roster decision prior to, at least, Monday, post-DH. However, I don't see how they can go w/ a short bench beyond that, especially if Desmond continues to be unavailable. If none of the optionable pitchers "deserves" to be optioned, and therefore won't be optioned, the implication must be that one of the non-optionable pitchers is going to be — must be — traded. That is the only ray of sunshine coming out of this day. Hope it's Rodriguez.

  88. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    David Wright and Andrew McCutchen are the two hottest bats in the NL.

  89. Theophilus T. S. - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    The ambulance may be necessary the way things are going. More depressing now than when I said it was the most depressing day of the year. Elevil cocktails available at the beer stands, $9.00.

  90. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Swami, yes. It's possible they were. Haven't been in a pennant race before, not used to the "collateral damage."

  91. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Let's see who is ready to keep playing the game for pride. These guys do have a history of a bad game after losing a player– all the bad injuries were followed by out of sync games. Let's see some of that famous resilience. Go Nats. Keep you heads up. Rare for this team to be in this lop- sided of a game.

  92. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Ankiel's lack of production at the plate made him expendable. And the Nats want the extra bull pen help for the week end. 4 games in 3 days.I like the move.

  93. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    WOW just checked the score after lunch. This is messed up.

  94. Steady Eddie - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Sure am glad I went to the last two games and not this one.Theo, mood you find this game depressing you shouldn't watch baseball. EVERY team has games like this in a 162-game season, which is why they play 162. These are the easiest games for the players (well, maybe except Gio) to just put behind them because it wasn't close and you don't have to agonize about bad plays like Lombo's or Shsrk's asattering to the outcome. (Of course, this is assuming this doesn't end up like a Rockies' type game, which we've only played this year against the Rockies. But even those games end up being about a whole pile of playson both sides and not one in particular.)Just have to put this game in the "whatever" category.

  95. Swift Eagle - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Time to tune in to Charlie and Dave…They're awesome when it comes to "blow-out material"…a blast from the past for 1 day

  96. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Agreed ank needed to go, Still tough to deal with. Another experience today to help this team be tough for the stretch. This is not something they are used to anymore and won't want to repeat. Use it, learn from it.

  97. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    And I still want to see Drew today. Maybe he could pitch to David Wright just to get his feet wet? : )

  98. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Swami and NL, Maybe but more likely the culprit today was crappy pitching.

  99. #4 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Another option here would be to use Stammen for 5 innings to clean up this mess. He could then be sent down in favor of a position player for a couple of days. He'd be unavailable anyway.

  100. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    NJ, fans understand the move. Players? They are losing a teammate, a mentor to the young guys and a friend. Listening to the Clip interview, he talked about how close this team is. The downside is the adjustment necessary when one of their own is gone, empty locker, empty seat on the bench (and maybe they also thought it would be DeRosa, if they thought about it at all.)Plus they are tired and the adrenalin high of the previous two games could be wearing off.

  101. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Well, if Stammen is going to have a bad day, it might as well be today.

  102. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    More likely we are seeing an angry team that is tired of losing. They came out with a head of steam today, detetminef to break their streak. Stammen not pitching badly but getting hit also. Time to rest the regulars for the next four games?

  103. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    It's also possible the Mets are proud professionals trying to save their season.

  104. Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Coke -> Swami

  105. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    #4, was thinking the same. But doesn't he have to stay down for 10 days, minimum?

  106. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Swallowing a tough game is not always a bad thing for a young team. Keeps everyone humble and paying attention. Let's see how much they hate this feeling.

  107. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Kids need to grow up quick. If they want to be successful in the play off hunt, they'll adjust to the roster changes.I'm not commenting on the team effect, just the move itself. You can't win them all and I expected to get beat by Dickey. At least Gio didn't waste a good outing like last Saturday nite.

  108. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Swami, sort of like the Yankees' sweep. That wasn't the end of the world.

  109. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Holy Cow. The Mets didn't score.

  110. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    NJ–exactly. Better the adjustment happens now, it won't be the last roster move, that's for sure. Keep your eye on the prize and devil take the hindmost…

  111. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Starting to get a little concerned about Gio…26 ER in his last 46 IP. He hasn't looked like the same guy he was earlier in the season. Hopefully just a little slump and he can find his groove again. I think the error and the HR got to him today…just changed the whole complexion of the game.

  112. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    this game isn't over yet. why we talking like this is already lost? we are down by 8 runs against the best pitcher in NL but a comeback is still possible.

  113. #4 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Even ten days down would be fine. They have an extra pitcher anyway. Storen would take Stammen's normal role of sixth and seventh inning as they ease him in. After 10 days they can reevaluate.

  114. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    #4 If Stammen goes 4+ today, he could rest and start in 'Cuse, also. This could actually be stretching him.

  115. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    It's already a high-character team. Every experience just toughens them more. Lose a popular veteran – ace 1b has a terrible start – nothing seems to be going right for you? Bear down because these things are going to happen again, and later in the season when the pressure just keeps building. I have a feeling the coaches and veterans are going to earn their keep today and this weekend. My bet is on this group to recover, regroup and go forward. Who knows? Maybe the Mets will decide to rest Dickey and we'll go on offensive tear in the late innings? It's baseball – anything can happen.

  116. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    And I still want to see Drew.

  117. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Hope they don't rest RA, it doesn't hurt to watch the k-ball, we will see it again next week.I am so tired of Romney's out-of-tune singing.

  118. jeffwx - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    so if they rest starters, who's available to replace.Tyler Moore and Mark DeRosa are it…maybe some of the bullpen can play 3b and outfield

  119. jeffwx - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    OK, DeRosa in for Zimm.Put HROD in for Harper…want to see that arm out there.

  120. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    As predicted, DeRosa in for RZ. Now TyMoore needs to go in for ALR and Morse and Harper–oh, wait.

  121. #4 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Could be, NL. I just don't share the opinion that the Nats see Stammen as a viable starter alternative. I don't think the see any great reason to stretch him out.

  122. jeffwx - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Can't play TyMo, may need him in the pen.

  123. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    What does it say about our season that this is so shocking? Fan amnesia.

  124. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Swami. LOL. What does it say about our team that Rizzo can't figure which reliever he wants to send down?

  125. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Rally!

  126. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Good for Morse on the sacfly, but his power is just not there.

  127. Schumatrix - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    At least we won the series!

  128. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    9 – 2 and the comeback has begun.

  129. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Espinoza first hit ever against Dickey. And he did hit right handed!

  130. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    OK, now Espy knows what to do next week! RH vs. the knuckler. See how good it was they didn't take RA out???

  131. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

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  132. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Braves win 3-2.

  133. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Sandy Leon in for Flores. Henry warming.Kimbrel took care of the Jints.

  134. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Laddie Blah Blah said… DeRosa? Gee whiz, I know Davey loves him. If they want him on the bench make him a coach, and get a RH guy who can both hit off the bench and give the Nats some D, somewhere. Or some speed, at least.DeRosa, as a pinch hitter, has an OPS of over 1.000 (and that was before today's double)

  135. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Tomorrow, tomorrow, there's always tomorrow – it's only a game away. Bring it.

  136. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    1 inning for Henry and 1 for Drew. What do you think? Stammen took one for the team today. I guess Gorzo is the long man tomorrow.

  137. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    NatsLady said… Sandy Leon in for Flores. Henry warming.I like both those moves. I'd like to see Drew get an inning, also.

  138. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Drew, Drew, Drew, Drew. Don't know if I like the idea of. "one run gorzzy" this weekend.

  139. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Henry pitches so much better when we are behind.

  140. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    DeRosa and Leon come into the game and get hits. Danny gets a backwards hit. Practice for next week?

  141. mick - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    nothing wrong with a game like this and nothing is extreme about my earlier post.. you coud tell early this was not the Nats day and they still won 2 of 3

  142. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    If the Nats can get 5 runs off Dickey before the 9th, they have a chance

  143. mick - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    so Braves win and we are 3 1/2 up going into tomorrow, we can expand this lead or squander it.

  144. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Mick, effen brilliant. There is a 3rd choice actually; the lead could stay the same.

  145. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Should be an interesting weekend. Since the break we are. 500 on the road and 2 of 3 at home. Ok.

  146. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Swami,You giving up?

  147. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Look at that, Henry is mowing them down.

  148. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Hey, you think Desi will pinch hit for Henry? maybe SS?

  149. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Jd- no way! But I do see Droooooooooo!

  150. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Rendon is back. This is great news.

  151. CN - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Desmond would've done the same thing Tues night, so the Mets were right to walk him then.

  152. CN - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    *i.e. Hit a single to center

  153. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Desi !!! need him in the lineup. tomorrow??

  154. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    I am thinking maybe the Mets should have taken Dickey out. Our hitters are getting a very good look at his pitches today. They are getting the bat on it now. Hope this carries over.

  155. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I am telling you that Henry is better used when team is losing, not when they are tied or winning by a huge margin, but simply losing.

  156. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Rally, rally!

  157. CN - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Henry did the same thing in 2011. He was struggling with his command in tight ball games, so the team put him in low pressure situations, even using him in long relief. After builing up his confidence and getting a hold of his command, he finished the season strong.

  158. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen Mets bullpen — here we go! Yes, I gave up long ago, but y'know, the Mets bullpen…

  159. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    With this team? All 27 outs count.

  160. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    So – did they think the Nats were just going to curl up in a ball and die? Showing me something here. Not surprised at all. Just reinforcing the no-quit policy.

  161. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I am sure Met's fans are at least a little uneasy.

  162. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Hmmmmmmmm…..

  163. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I am sure Met's fans are at least a little uneasy.How about the Braves' fans?

  164. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Swami…..mick did.

  165. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Collins playing this like a 1 run lead.

  166. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..

  167. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Hairston would not have gotten that.

  168. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Pop. That was my bubble bursting.

  169. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Drew coming in to get the win.

  170. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Drew!!!!!

  171. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    When Bryce was batting, we had a situation where we had a rookie at bat, and three rookies on base

  172. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    oh man, tough one to lose.

  173. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    yeah, Nats Lady. Let's hope you got that one right.

  174. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    The return of the Druuuuuu !!!

  175. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    David Wright? No problem.

  176. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Mets warming up their closer. Gotta love it.

  177. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    That just made me smile.

  178. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    JD–respect?

  179. Schumatrix - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Surprised this game became as close as it has. All good signs, and what a great inning for Storen!

  180. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    No, even if IF we lose, a lot of good things.(1) Drew(2) Danny from the right side against Dickey(3) Desi back in the gameSome rest for the veterans on a hot day.

  181. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Good inning plus one for Henry. And Davey got Gio out early on what was not his best day.

  182. Benjy Levi - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM

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  183. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Desi in the stirrups! Here comes the Beast.

  184. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Our whole team is a tough out.

  185. NatsLady - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    The ump wants to go home. Giving Parnell those inside strikes.

  186. NatsJack in Florida - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Finally…….someone other thsn Lombo.

  187. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    No one can ever say the Nats go down easy.

  188. JD - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Big picture: 2 out of 3 from the Mets keeps them 7 games out. Braves lost 2 out of 3 to the Giants keeps them 3.5 games out. 2 or 3 out of 4 against the Braves would be OK. I am anxious to see what we can do against Dickey when we don't implode so early; he is not as dominant as he was last month.

  189. mick - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    I can excuse Gio… Stammen really stunk today… Storen look good as did Leon… The guys did not quit and made the score respectable so this is not the worse loss of the year score wisse… now the biggest series of the season at home!

  190. mick - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    so, when Werth and Tracy come back… who goes?

  191. Secret wasian man - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    How can you excuse Gio? we were out of it in the third. He was terrible. But hopefully he will get em next time. Can't ever excuse bad play. Thats how losers are made.

  192. Old Wino - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    No quit in this team. This game will pay off. This weekend is gonna be great. Relax.

  193. Section 222 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Folks have been making a big deal about Danny getting a hit from the right side against Dickey, but he's been batting RH against him all along (and it hasn't helped much). I remember hearing last year that he decided to bat RH so that facing Dickey wouldn't mess up his timing as much for the next game when he'll be batting LH. I'm glad he got one hit against him, but this does not mean he's figured it out or that he's going to bat RH against other pitchers.

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