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Game 95: Nats at Mets

Jul 23, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann is on the mound tonight at rainy Citi Field.

NEW YORK — Don't let the above photo fool you too much. Yes, the tarp is covering the infield here at Citi Field, and there's a threat of thunderstorms this afternoon. But the forecast looks pretty clear for the rest of the evening, so there doesn't appear to be much chance of any delay for tonight's series opener between the Nationals and Mets.

The Nats will be taking the field without their All-Star shortstop, Ian Desmond, who today was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique tear. Danny Espinosa, who has looked sharp at shortstop over the last week, takes over there for the next month or so, with Steve Lombardozzi at second base.

Corey Brown, meanwhile, has been recalled from Class AAA to take Desmond's roster spot. The 26-year-old outfielder has put up huge numbers in Syracuse (.300 average, 21 homers, 58 RBI, 14 stolen bases) but it'll be interesting to see if Davey Johnson sticks with red-hot Roger Bernadina in center field for now, with Brown coming off the bench.

Jordan Zimmermann (4-0, 0.84 ERA over his last five starts) gets the ball against Chris Young. Plenty of updates and analysis coming live from Flushing, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Isolated storms, 83 degrees, Wind 10 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (55-39)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse

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289 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Fear and Ignorance - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Thanks Davey!!! Quick hook biting them again.

  2. phil dunton - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Our relief pitching sucks!

  3. Steady Eddie - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Davey is being too clever by half again.

  4. NatsNutty - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Whelp, it's raining, again, and Gonzo is pitching. What else can you say?

  5. Secret wasian man - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Cangrats Davey. You just out thought yourself and cost us a win.

  6. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Davey u stink. Did this same crap in bmore. Mussina pulled for Orasco …horrible

  7. #4 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Two inning ball game. Let's go!!!

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Drew was very fortunate to get that out. He thought it was gone. But for Gonzalez to give a dinger to Ike Davis just stunk.Ok, let's score some runs.GYFNG!!!

  9. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Um, looking at Wright vs. Zimmermann this year, he is batting .667 and slugging 1.333. He has never walked, so his OPS vs. Zimnn is a sweet 2.000So either give him what amounts to an automatic double, or nibble and walk him. Ike Davis is 0-4, batting a much safer 0.000, with an OPS of 0.000.So again, what is the better play there? I want wins, not displays of Bravado.

  10. Joe Seamhead - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Oh, good grief, here come the trolls again.Go back under your rocks,slime.

  11. A DC Wonk - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Now the boo birds come out! Puleeze. It was Davey's fault that he led Stras pitch past the fifth. Now it's Davey's fault for not letting JZ pitch the seventh? Make up your mind.Oh, wait, your minds *are* already made up. Whenever a pitcher blows it, blame Davey for either putting that pitcher in, or taking the prior one out. Simple!

  12. blovy8 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Davey opts for offense most of the time.

  13. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Stop bunting harp. All u do is get hurt or give away a strike. Has he ever bunted a single? Sheesh.

  14. ExposedinDC - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Easy to blame Davey and Mike Gonzalez, but the truth of the matter is the Nats do not have a hit since the 1st inning off a guy throwing a 85 mile an hour fastballl

  15. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Harper's foot still hurting by the looks of his stride. Will they spell him for a game this series and put Brown in?

  16. Secret wasian man - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Jordan giveth and Davey taketh away

  17. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Good point Exposed.

  18. Section 135 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    When your bullpen is struggling and your starter is cruising, why do you pull your starter after 89 pitches? Now our bullpen will be spent for the series. Bad bad managing.

  19. A DC Wonk - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Joe Seamhead said… Oh, good grief, here come the trolls again.Go back under your rocks,slime.I know, Joe, I know. So, apologies, Joe, I know we shouldn't feed the trolls, but these are too hard for me to resist:phil dunton said… Our relief pitching sucks!Actually, it's towards the top in MLB. Go look it up.Scott Margenau said… Stop bunting harp. All u do is get hurt or give away a strike. Has he ever bunted a single?Yes.Scott Margenau said… Davey u stink. Did this same crap in bmore. Mussina pulled for Orasco …horribleSnicker — this one is way too easy:1. Davey managed two seasons in B-more — finished second, and then first. (Hello? When was the last time _that_ happened?)2. Davey won Manager of the Year with B-more.Go pick on Angelos if you really want to criticize someone who messes up a team.

  20. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Agreed with blovy8 that right or wrong, Davey likes offense over defense.

  21. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    I agree Section 135. Davey looks too much at stats a never seems to have a "feel" for the game or take other circumstances into consideration.

  22. Gonat - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Look who is 4th in pitching WAR and probably 3rd tomorrowhttp://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/pitching/_/sort/WARBR

  23. blovy8 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    He's going to need Zimmermann the rest of the year, now I'm pretty sure he would have pitched the eighth if his spot hadn't come up, but clipping off an inning here and there isn't a bad thing for a guy who hasn't pitched even 180 innings in a year. He needs to work Storen back into things, and this is the role Gonzalez has on the roster.

  24. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Need a nice Gorse hack from Morse here…

  25. A DC Wonk - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Scott Margenau said… I agree Section 135. Davey looks too much at stats a never seems to have a "feel" for the game or take other circumstances into consideration.Yup — just look at his overall record.Oh, wait, 2d best lifetime win PCT amongst active managers? Huh, how's that happen?

  26. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Wonk, he may have won MOTY then but he stunk. I was there. That's why the never won…that and that kid that caught the ball…and yes that was Davy's fault too. He's an arrogant manager that loves to talk about….Davy. Anyone can read stats…but this guy has no feel. Sorry. Btw – agree Angelos n Snyder worst owners ever.

  27. blovy8 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Morse started the game hitting .190 at Citi Field. It ain't getting better.

  28. happy 2 pylon - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    wonk, gonat – don't confuse them with facts.

  29. ExposedinDC - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    We obviously need the red helmets back

  30. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Mick.. deep breathes!! I know you want to blast gonzales, and that is okay, but deep breathes buddy.Oh and for whoever commented on the bullpen, the last 3 games the starters have gone 7, they are well rested.

  31. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Wonk…simple. Good teams. Manager worth what 10 wins tops.

  32. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Hmmm..Dan Kolko‏@masnKolko I can confirm @acomak report that infield here doesn't look good. It's been raining hard for over an hr & no turface has been applied to INF

  33. blovy8 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Clearly, they have enough infielders to get a few hurt on that junk – we sure don't.

  34. Cameron - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    For those of you saying Davey only looks at stats, I think Ike Davis was 2-2 with a HR against Gonzo prior to that at-bat. So I don't think he looked at that stat.

  35. Gonat - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Good, Braves just lost.

  36. A DC Wonk - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Nats: one single since the first inningTrolls: see, it's Davey's pitching management!

  37. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Yea Miami!!!!!!

  38. Gonat - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Cameron, wrong Gonzo. That was Gio Gonzalez. They made a mistake. 1-1 w/ a HR now against Mike Gonzo

  39. Cameron - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Gonat… Gotcha, I'm not upset anymore.

  40. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:49 AM

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  41. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Cam. You r right. And he still did it. No "feel". You guys sure love u some Davy….and I respect that. I don't, sorry. Love the team, and GM.

  42. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    So in 2011, Game 55 was won in game 114. 2010, game 55 was won in game 130 played, In 2009 game 55 was was won in game 158 (GEESH), in 2008 game 55 was one in game 143. So winning game 55 in 2012 was done in what number of games, Oh Yea, 94

  43. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:54 AM

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  44. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    And I fixed it scott, so there are you 10 games at least.

  45. blovy8 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    karma for not treating the infield enough

  46. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    That field is atrocious! I can't believe they let it go that long with out dumping sand on it!and OUCH kicked in the ankle by the Shark!!!

  47. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Really? So with riggleman, who we all thought would be MOTY before he lost his mind…would have not been at this record? It's called talent and a great pitching staff. Best pen and starters in baseball. Is this daveys blog?

  48. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    I submit these are not trolls, strictly speaking. They're Phans In Nats Clothing. That's assuming, just for the sake of argument, they are in Nats clothing. PhINCs.I was working on a better one, but this is still a family blog.

  49. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Shark bite

  50. happy 2 pylon - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    phunny

  51. peric - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:04 AM

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  52. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Scott, in my case, YUP, because Riggs would not have stuck with Desi or Espi, period. Notice what happened with Desi when Davey got a hold of him, notice how everyone settled into rolls and not worry about constantly being benched? SO if that makes me a Davey fan, than fine, Sign me up.

  53. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Thank you Peric.

  54. Swift Eagle - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Yes, most of us here (including me) like Davey. We also actually are fans of the Nats. However, most of us are able to point out both good things and bad things about Davey and the teamSome of you only show up when it's time to be critical but are never here when things are going wellSince the Nats just took the lead, I guess you'll never see this…

  55. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Woot!!! Harp!

  56. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Wright has a homer, so a GS would be sweet here, Zim, just saying…

  57. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Close enough!

  58. blovy8 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    meanwhile 6-2

  59. Swift Eagle - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Really? Right down the middle to Ryan!!! Thanks

  60. peric - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    So with riggleman, who we all thought would be MOTY before he lost his mind…Really right back at ya dude? So, please explain why Jim Riggleman, he of smart ball, small brain has the worst winning percentage of any major league manager going back to 1900? Riggleman is far and away one of the most nepotistic managers … its all about politics with him … who's on "his team". Its not about who has talent. And that's why he loses. And also why he keeps getting jobs.

  61. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    GORSE HACKING!!! This is awesome!!!

  62. happy 2 pylon - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    g y PH n g!

  63. peric - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Natslady,Ready to replace Morse with Jayson Werth now?

  64. rogieshan - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    It's a beautiful day. Let's play two!!!

  65. Swift Eagle - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Crunch!!! That should officially get rid of the Doom and Gloom posters until the next Mets run anyway…

  66. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    lol – did you see how close Harper was on Lombo's heels? Oh, and now Morse!Where are the trolls? Let me post in their stead: And of course, our hitters screw up again and take the save situation from Clippard!!

  67. rogieshan - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Two miserable, failed bunt attempts lead to a blow-out inning. Who knew?

  68. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Hmm.. Somewhere, Miss Iowa is smiling.

  69. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Fair enough y'all. I just don't think a manager is the diff this year. This is my first year as a nat fan after Davy crushed my heart in bmore b4 we had ball here. Still bitter.BUT how bout harp, zim, morse! Wooooot!!!!

  70. Swift Eagle - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Peric, Great post I like it so much when you use the good old fashioned stats like W/L instead of all the Saber Mumbo-Jumbo to back up your point! LOLRiggs as Manager of the Year??? Wow!

  71. peric - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Appears Davey's intuition is working tonight. He just saved Clippard and Burnett for another day. Riggleman would have already burned them out along with Storen as was wont to do last year.

  72. blovy8 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Just get off that field healthy at this point…Wonder if Bernadina will get some payback for the slide.

  73. 'Chili Mo' -- Section 3, My Sofa - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    OK, it's nice to see Curly Ws on the road, but WTH is that whipped mint crap that guy on TV was wearing?

  74. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Scott.. Angelos broke your heart, not Davey.And Peric, since I don't say it often to you, Thank you again.

  75. peric - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Davy crushed my heart in bmore b4 we had ball here. Still bitter.I still don't understand why Orioles fans spend any time here? They should hang out with Angel'O's the governor of Baltimore's good buddy. I never liked the Orioles. NEVER. I never liked Angelos. I never "got milk" just because of Cal Ripken. Go back to the murky depths of the Innuh habbah along with Babe Ruth's soiled diapers.

  76. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Hey, Riggleman could still be Manager of the Year – on a calendar. He's ripped! ;-POK, I am starting to feel bad for the Mets. Also don't want anyone to get hurt on the wet field. Need the game to end.

  77. phil dunton - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Bernadina made this huge rally possible with that great slide into second base.

  78. NatsLady - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Now Gorzy will give up a run. But he won't give up six, so we should be ok.

  79. A DC Wonk - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Scott Margenau said… Fair enough y'all. I just don't think a manager is the diff this year. This is my first year as a nat fan after Davy crushed my heart in bmore b4 we had ball here. Still bitter.Well, you're talking to a old Mets fan who has loved Davey since the early 1980's, and have seen him do nothing except win every place he goes. Funny how every team he manages gets an improved record than the year before he arrived. Four-for-four on that. I guess he's just lucky.OTOH, when everybody and their brother was saying the Nats would improve and, the most optimistic ones saying possibly contend for second, Davey was saying "if we don't come in first, fire me."As noted by others above: Davey stuck with Ian and Espi through the tough times. Almost all the players love that he sticks with them, he's honest, and each knows their role. He's managed the pitching staff excellently. He was the one who wanted Harper from opening day, and insisted he was ready for MLB. He convinced Rizzo he wanted to replace the entire bench. And etc etc etc.(As for "mistakes" — even if you make a play that's going to work 80% of the time, it'll still blow up on you 20% of the time).

  80. Swift Eagle - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    I wouldn't have said this in April/May, but it really was just a matter of time tonight.This line-up is just that good now….Ok, Ok, it helps that the Mets bullpen stinks…

  81. peric - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Hey, Riggleman could still be Manager of the Year – on a calendar. He's ripped! ;-PThey could show him duking it out with Jason Marquis with a bevy of tipsy women from Caddies.

  82. Scott Margenau - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Wow. That Nissan commercial is unbearable….travolta is vomiting.

  83. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Henry? Hmm…

  84. blovy8 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    I hate to carp on the details with a big lead, but Gorzy not throwing strikes and Leon sitll dropping it, does not make me want to see Henry exactly.

  85. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    ON behalf of NatsLady.Gorzo!!! Throw a Flipping Strike!! I know she is stewing right now.

  86. MicheleS - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!Another WIN!!!!

  87. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    MicheleS said… So in 2011, Game 55 was won in game 114. 2010, game 55 was won in game 130 played, In 2009 game 55 was was won in game 158 (GEESH), in 2008 game 55 was one in game 143. So winning game 55 in 2012 was done in what number of games, Oh Yea, 94 July 23, 2012 9:54 PM Yes, MicheleS, but as Mick might say: "So what does that prove?"I remember 2009. As I recall, we went on a seven-game winning streak at the end to reach 59 at the wire.There's improved, much improved and then there is the 2012 Nationals: light years improved."WOOO-HOOO!!!"

  88. ehay2k - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Ahh MicheleS, we missed that while you were in Cooperstown.

  89. Joe Seamhead - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    So, the Braves, Mets, and Phillies all lose! Phillies get first inning homers from Utley and Howard, but Doc Halladay gives up 6 runs.Marlins, Phillies are pretty much toast, Mets aren't far behind. I still think there will be an epic battle between the Braves and Nats for the title, with the Nats winning it because we have the better skipper.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 19.0
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Friday's early games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.5 +1.5
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
Through Friday's early games

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