Skip to content

Game 119: Mets at Nats

Aug 17, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

US Presswire photo
After an 8-2 road trip, the Nationals return home tonight to face the Mets.

For the first time all season, the Nationals will field a lineup tonight that includes Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Adam LaRoche, Michael Morse, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper. It only took until Game No. 119 for that to happen, but nobody's complaining now. "I really like, from top to bottom, our lineup," manager Davey Johnson said today.

Desmond's return from a month on the DL with an oblique tear does force one significant change: Werth becomes the Nationals' primary leadoff hitter moving forward, though Johnson did say he wants to try to find ways to get Steve Lombardozzi in the lineup whenever possible.

This new-look lineup will be facing Johan Santana, who on June 1 threw the first no-hitter in Mets history, needing 134 pitches to do it. In nine starts since, the left-hander is 3-6 with a 7.98 ERA. Yikes. Ross Detwiler gets the ball for the Nationals, bumped up a day in the rotation to avoid pitching back-to-back with fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez, who will start Sunday's series finale.

Plenty of updates to come live from the ballpark…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Chance of storms, 86 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (73-45)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse

Read more »

158 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. alm - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Yes, here it is folks – the line-up we have been waiting for all year.Go Nats!Go Playoffs!

  2. baseballswami - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    I surely hope Desi is ready. No rehab after four weeks seems a bit risky. Hope Det is on his game tonight. I also hope the crowd pumps up the team ! Go Nats!!!!! So glad we get to keep Tyler.

  3. fresh2death1997 - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    I wonder if Espi is gonna lead off against righties.. i think Lombo is better. but we'll see!

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Just missing Wilson Ramos.

  5. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Note Jayson Werth batting lead-off or batting seventh. NOT batting fifth Natsjack.

  6. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    I think Ramos needed time to get past the traumatic experience he suffered this past winter. It may end up being a blessing in disguise. Even if he can't play full-time next season they'll have Suzuki to alternate with him just like they are doing with Flores. In fact, that's probably how it will end up.

  7. alm - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Agree Ghost, but excited for Suzuki's defense which is just what the doctor ordered for our young pitching staff.

  8. Laddie Blah Blah - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    C'mon Desi. Doesn't it say a lot about this team that Desi has some pretty big shoes to fill with Lombo out of the lineup tonight? How many other teams could afford to bench a guy hitting .500 in recent games, and send out a better all-around player to take his place?These Nats are scary.

  9. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Davey's playing it fast and loose with no rehab for Desmond … barely any for Storen and Werth.

  10. Section 222 - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    This is a pretty darn imposing lineup my friends. Just hope we're not in reverse lock mode with all the excitement. Nah, not with Johan on the mound. This will be a good test. Nats Park is going to be rockin' tonight.

  11. Pilchard - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Lombo sits while on a 15 for 30 hot streak.

  12. NatsLady - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Game plan: (1) Ross, pitch good. (2) Offense, get hits off Johan; if you can't get hits off him, tire him out and get to their stinky bullpen.

  13. mick - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    seeing Ian back is exciting "Oh boy, this is great"

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Davey is rewriting the book his way. Very unconventional and he is making most decisions on his, 25 guys and for the most part he looks like a genius. Bonus would be getting Izturis back in 10 days.

  15. mick - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    just makes you wonder…. imagine if Ramos were healthy!!

  16. original Nats Fan - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    good plan, NLgo Desi, welcome back

  17. NatsNut - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    I'll be there tonight, yelling as loud as I can. Super excited!GYFNG!

  18. baseballswami - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    I think maybe instead of rehab Desi only plays part of the game. Espi swtiches spots, Lombo in. Lombo gets a couple of innings a game, one AB, Desi doesn't break down. Three guys share 2 spots until Desi shows he is truly ready.

  19. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Pilchard said…Lombo sits while on a 15 for 30 hot streak.Yes, its kind of sad about Lombo. With Werth out of the lineup he'd be in left-field and leading off. But of course Werth is better … NOT.

  20. NatsNut - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    I promise you, Desmond is starting for the Mets only so he can get warmed up for the Braves.GYFNG!

  21. Mickey Vernon - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Another dose of Peric-goric? Think I'll pass.

  22. NCNatsie - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Final stretch begins tonight. Here's the formula: Baseball is a 60% game. Win 60% of your regular season games and you almost certainly make the playoffs (97 wins). Win 60% of your playoff games and you win the World Series, period.To win 60% in the regular season, you need to win series, which we have been very good at all year. Somewhat oddly, we have 3 even-game series left, a two-gameer with the Marlins, and 4-gamers with the Cubs and Cards. The 60% formula means winning 6 of those ten games.Of course, you can also have a long winning streak, but that hasn't been our style.If we win 60% from here on, the Braves have to win 69% to chatch us.

  23. TheManBearPig - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    peric, I'm a big fan of Lombo's and I don't like seeing him sit, either, but it's not like Werth has been hurting the team lately. He hasn't been quite as good at the plate as Lombo over the last week, but he's 8 for 17. And Werth has been better if you look back to the beginning of the month. Hopefully Davey will find lots of ABs for Lombo, but I'm not sure it should be at Werth's expense rather than Harper's.

  24. SonnyG10 - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Just got back from Pennsylvania vacation. Too tired to make it to the stadium, but I'll be watching the game on my big screen. GYFNG!!!

  25. Kirbs - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Lombo has earned it. Lombo in left. Werth center. Morse in left.

  26. MicheleS - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Very excited to have our best lineup out there, do wish Wilson was in it. Wish i could be at the game, but Family Duty calls (kids and their birthdays-GEESH).Davey will know how to work Lombo in. NatsLady.. Good plan! That mets bullpen is big stinker!

  27. baseballswami - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Go Dodgers! Hoping Matt Kemp and Donnie Baseball don't get suspended until after this series. And to the Nats — get to the bullpen as soon as possible!!!!!

  28. alm - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I love what Lombo has done for the team this year. He will get at least 3 games a week – replacing Desi, Werth and Harper each once a week.

  29. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Peric, I'm a big fan of Lombo's and I don't like seeing him sit, either, but it's not like Werth has been hurting the team lately. Well, now he is going to once again become the regular lead-off hitter (not #5 NatsJack) according to Davey. For a playoff team going into the last leg of a pennant race. When Riggleman tried this with Werth he hated it. And his average swooned.We'll see how he handles it this time around.

  30. Section 222 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    If anyone is thinking about weighing in on whether Werth should be in the lineup, please consider checking to see if your point has been made in this thread, or this one, or this one. If it has, maybe you'd consider sparing this poor thread and commenting on some other topic. Thank you.

  31. natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Go, Det! Go, you scary Nats go!!

  32. ehay2k - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Just made it to Justin's. Anyone else here?

  33. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    For 222:from twitter@theNatinals @MarkZuckerman @JWerthsBeard just a reminder that this did not work at all last year. He belongs in the 6 spot.You are going to keep hearing about it unless Werth embraces the #1 slot this time around … he didn't last time.

  34. ehay2k - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Isn't Werth our lone beard at the moment? Gotta have a beard ready…

  35. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Just so my "Hoc est ridiculum" the pRAA with the ISO meme is straight:@DanKolko Correct. They're now down to 39 on the 40-man. RT @md_schmidt: @masnKolko Doesn't this also clear 1 spot on the 40 man?There are now 39 slots. Christian Garcia now has a slot open. They can still move Wang (or H-Rod) to the 60-day to pick up another.

  36. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    CitizenMeyers: Brett Carroll taking some grounders at shortstop during BP today for Chiefs…don't expect a change but he is looking pretty good.Davey wouldn't would he? Mark Teahen's offense dropped down into a deep hole after the All Star break probably because he came to the realization that the Nats weren't going to bring him up this season.

  37. Pilchard - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Harper needs to produce because guys sitting on the bench tonight (Lombo, the Shark, Moore) have all been far more productive since the A-S break. It would be one thing if the Nats were playing for next year, but the Nats must play their best line-up the rest of the way — everyone has to earn it from this point forward. Given his struggles against lefties (.217/.288/.362 BA/OBP/SLG), I really do not get starting Harper against a tough lefty like Santana.

  38. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    @MarkZuckerman : Look for Werth to be #Nats primary leadoff hitter now, though Davey will try to find ABs for Lombardozzi: "I could do a lot of things."

  39. Section 222 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    I promise you, Desmond is starting for the Mets only so he can get warmed up for the Braves.Thank goodness he's starting for us, not the Mets. But NN raises a good point. I've been a Desi-skeptic (never a hater) for several years, and I admitted back in late June that I was wrong about him this year. He's had a fantastic season and is a key component of this incredible Nats team. Davey must think that regardless of how well Lombo has been playing, getting Desi back in the groove is key for our stretch run, and this is the best way to do it. So I'm going to give him this Mets series to get ready to crush the Braves. I hereby pledge that even if he goes 0-4 tonight, with 2 Ks, and even if makes two errors in the field that cost us the game, I'm not going to complain or say they made a mistake in letting him skip a rehab assignment.

  40. ehay2k - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Come find me: Sitting at the big outdoor table at Justin's. Gray Nats t-shirt, no hat.

  41. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Given his struggles against lefties (.217/.288/.362 BA/OBP/SLG), I really do not get starting Harper against a tough lefty like Santana.According to Rizzo (and Davey of course) its player development. It was either AAA or the majors. No one thought they would get this far when it was decided to finish Harper's development in the majors. Its still an ongoing process just like Desmond last year and Espinosa (starting to come around) this year. Harper is a lot younger but they still seem to like his approach to the plate and to his game.

  42. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    @masnKolko: Davey said Chien-Ming Wang will make a couple more rehab starts, then will join #Nats once rosters expand.There goes at least one of Lannan's starts.

  43. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    @JamesWagnerWP Davey says that if Cesar Izturis isn't claimed by another team, the Nats would want to add him again.So, maybe Christian Garcia doesn't get the slot?

  44. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    JamesWagnerWP: Henry Rodriguez threw today with Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz watching. Am told he looked OK, back still hurting a little.masnKolko: Davey made it sound like Werth might be his primary leadoff hitter, but said he has options. Made it clear Desmond will hit 6th.

  45. Gonat - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Headed to the game now! Go IDez

  46. Gonat - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    peric said… @JamesWagnerWP Davey says that if Cesar Izturis isn't claimed by another team, the Nats would want to add him again.August 17, 2012 5:26 PM ____________________________________Makes sense but agree that the Braves may snatch him just to screw with the Nats except their 40 man is full which doesn't make it a certainty. When the Brewers released him, all other teams could have grabbed him.

  47. JamesFan - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Lombo has made a major statement for next year. This off season is going to be very interesting–but that's a long way off. Who will be the heros and the goats from here on out? This is the time when national reputations are made for young players. Very exciting.

  48. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    him just to screw with the Nats except their 40 man is full which doesn't make it a certainty.It actually now stands at 39 because Desmond was already on it.

  49. Secret wasian man - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Lets go guys. Love to get 6 ahead by Monday. Headed over bay bridge. Got the xm ready.

  50. ehay2k - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Pretty sure Gonat meant the Barves 40 man is full.

  51. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Pretty sure Gonat meant the Barves 40 man is full.Oh, sorry.

  52. baseballswami - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Hoping to hear some reports from inside NatsPark tonight!

  53. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    I'm not sure I do … when even NBC's Andrea Mitchell report interrupts the Obama vs. Romney vs. Ryan Medicare Plans debate to throw in a segment on Strasgate? Then she ends it by saying Washington can't seem to stop talking about it and talk about anything else?I think the Lerners have finally managed to get a leg up on good ol' Snydley Owl the Redskins owner … but not the way they imagined I'm sure.

  54. MicheleS - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    So Dibble went on 106.7 with Lavar and Dukes. Apparantly it was good. Full audio will be on their web site with in the hour

  55. ExposedinDC - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Love Bharp as much as the next, but. 15-30….really what exactly does Lombo have to do? I know Bryce is 19 and I know he is a rookie, but once again this is big boy baseball, time to put up or let the hot bat play.

  56. TimDz - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    MicheleS…I listened to it on my ride home…Dibble needs to up his meds…he is full on kookoo for Cocoa Puffs…

  57. Gonat - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    ehay2k said… Pretty sure Gonat meant the Barves 40 man is full. August 17, 2012 5:43 PM ______________________________Yep, sure did. Tks

  58. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Love Bharp as much as the next, but. 15-30….really what exactly does Lombo have to do? I know Bryce is 19 and I know he is a rookie, but once again this is big boy baseball, time to put up or let the hot bat play.Harper is a franchise player Lombo isn't. For an analogy (and I hate using it) think of playing Rex Grossman instead of RG III because he is older and more experienced. But RG III is the future of the franchise. Given how well he has handled himself at age 19 the ceiling does look extremely high … its a bit of a risk but Davey believes he can manage it.

  59. ehay2k - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    I'm at the park, 109, jj. Send a coke my way. ;-)

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Davey said in his pregame that he wants Izturis back if he clears in ten days.

  61. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Oh no here we go again … Darling is the guest on the Nats pre-game. I just guess what they will talk about?

  62. DaveB - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    After all his rants on the weakness of our bench, JayB should finally be feeling good about about life. It did take awhile to get here, but I think if we totaled up the slash for the bench right now, it would probably be better than for the starting lineups for about half the teams in the league.

  63. NatsFanSinceStart - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Crystal Ball Speaks out …Natl. Det: 6 innings – 5 hits — 2 BB's 3 ER.Final Score: Washington 7 Mets 4

  64. peric - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    And that bench will get significantly better on September 1st. Rizzo says he doesn't want a crowded dugout and Davey (as he did last year) likes to stack his bench deep with new prospects and possibilities. He's already announced that he is bringing back CM Wang and might get Iszturis back.Be interesting to see who flips that coin and wins (Davey).

  65. MicheleS - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    So apparantly, we are having the Zim Gold Glove highlight tape tonight!

  66. Gonat - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    What just happened with the umps and Johan?

  67. peric - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Shiny gold label that flashed on his glove. Now, covered in blue tape.

  68. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Peric, thanks for that.

  69. RickH - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Det has really settled down.

  70. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Okay.. time for all of us to say one collective word together:JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX!!!!!!

  71. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Jayson!

  72. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Jayson, Bryce, Ryan

  73. RickH - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Santana nearly decapitated.

  74. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    FIRST GRAND SLAM!!! BEAST MODE

  75. RickH - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    GORSE HACKING GRAND SLAM!!!

  76. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    FORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Gorse-hacking we will go,Gorse-hacking we will go!Way to go, Mickey Morse.

  77. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Nice work on the jinxie-do, Michele.

  78. Drew - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    GORSE HACKAGE SALAMI!!

  79. djinFl. - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Way to deliver a jinx MicheleS!

  80. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Cage rattled by Beast Mode!!!!

  81. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Ross Detwiler is happy. Thanks for picking me up team!

  82. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    MicheleS, Hanson is pitching a no-hitter vs the Dodgers. Can you JINX them also?

  83. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Thanks guys. Firm believer that as a group we can break any JINX! And for it to be Werth even better. How about that GORSE HACKAGE!

  84. ExposedinDC - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    MichelleS……..Rocks, Beast Mode isn't to bad either

  85. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Morse's 3rd career Granny!

  86. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Gonat..The Braves just ended the bottom of the 3rd.. So I am working on it.

  87. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    OKAY.. OFFICIALLY JINXING THE BRAVES/DODGERS GAME.

  88. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    oooo.. So far Ethier walked.. Its a start

  89. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Dodger 3B coach is stupid. No way Andre was scoring on that hit by Hanley.

  90. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Well Hanley got the hit, but stupid Ethier got thrown out at home

  91. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Can you say slump buster?? BAM BAM!!

  92. peric - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Now, if we can just get Desmond on track and back into the power groove they might just be able almost coast right to the end. Werth genuinely looks into batting lead-off! If he continues that could permanently put the kibosh on Ladson's CF lead-off hitter. Which IMO would be a tremendous thing.

  93. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Don't you know the Braves are watching the scoreboard right now.

  94. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    The Kid is back. All the way back.

  95. Drew - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    The Kid with a Rocket!

  96. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Stop the presses.. Peric.. with a positive post about Werth. Makes me happy. Thank you.

  97. Andrew L. - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    I said this on July 21st about Bernadina and Detwiler and the same goes for Bryce Harper that when you give back to the kids, there's something called positive Karma.Thanks Bryce for what you did for the kids yesterday!

  98. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    WOW Michele, on fire. Did you just predict BAM BAM's HR?

  99. DWS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Off topic. Watching the Mets feed on Mlb (Ray Knight annots me, where's JP?).Enjoying the commenting on Carter and Dawson and the history of this franchise. 94 and "Blue Monday", Steve Rogers et all.Thank you Bryce!Hope to make it to see the Nats someday, I certainly saw a lot of the Expos.

  100. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Faraz.. I am good, but not that good. Just good at breaking up no-nosDWS.. FP on vacation for this homestand. Stayed out west with his family.

  101. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    peric said… Werth genuinely looks into batting lead-off! If he continues that could permanently put the kibosh on Ladson's CF lead-off hitter. Which IMO would be a tremendous thing. August 17, 2012 8:40 PM ________________________________Welcome aboard! The Bull Moose appreciates anyone on his bandwagon!

  102. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    DWS.. you can follow FP on twitter. He is watching the game and making comments:F.P. Santangelo‏@FightinHydrant#Nats lead the world in 2 out lightning!!! #Brycemode

  103. djinFl. - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Was that a wave that just passed in front of my eyes?

  104. mick - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    I was going to join you all after the game, but I noticed something and want anyone's take on it… It seemed like Det got an angry look on his face when he saw Stammen warming up… I think that effected him a bit. I like his fire, but why get mad only going 6 innings.

  105. mick - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    how bout BRYCE and BEAST!!!!!

  106. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Karma and the baseball gods. Detwiler really fought back. Have to love run support.

  107. mick - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    I miss FP, but I like the Silver Fox… change of pace and a great story about the bb gun, lol

  108. Ghost Of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Mick, Beast, Bryce and Bullmoose!

  109. mick - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Ghost…. lolololo

  110. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Dodgers with 3 hits quickly. Victorino with 2 on and 2 outs and strikes out.

  111. DWS - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    ~sigh~ Yes it was the wave. Thank's Michele on the heads up re:JP.And peric thanks for the non-negative waves.

  112. Santangelo for President 2012 - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Not sure if anyone posted this or not but here is the link for the Dibble 106.7 interview today. Dibble is a nut. So glad he is not on MASN anymore. We have come a long way both on and off the field. http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/08/17/lavar-dukes-rob-dibble-gets-defensive-during-spirited-interview/

  113. Secret wasian man - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Dodgers mustering zero offense in atlanta. It makes me sick that somebody has to come out of the West, Bunch of cupcakes.

  114. DWS - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Pitching Swm will win everything. Fear the West.

  115. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Andre makes up for his (or coach's) blunder. Blast in RF has dodgers in front of 2-1.

  116. Nats212 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    I love davey, but sometimes i really dont get him! Det out after 84? With 13 GO, and To make everything worst as soon as stammen gets into The game he allows a homer….

  117. Secret wasian man - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    here goes are bullpen, Hang on boys

  118. peric - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    That's really where they need the help after September 1st in the bullpen.

  119. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Way to go, Michele. Dodgers have taken a 2-1 lead.Fredi Gonzalez, you don't know who you're messing with here, pal.

  120. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Nice Kasten's Krew!

  121. Nats212 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Why use The a tired bulppen when u have a fresh starter?

  122. peric - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    @masnKolko : Things I did not expect to tweet this season: Roger Bernadina is hitting .299 on August 17.I think that shark/jaws cheer might catch on.

  123. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Fox just called Shark "best fourth outfielder in the league."Funny. I thought Werth was.

  124. djinFl. - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Det was pitching on short rest, so he had a short leash. Did the job Davey wanted tonight and once you accomplish that—thanks and have a seat

  125. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    djinFl. said… Det was pitching on short rest, so he had a short leash. Did the job Davey wanted tonight and once you accomplish that—thanks and have a seat August 17, 2012 9:14 PM ________________________________Not true. With the dayoff yesterday, normal rest. EJax will have 2 days extra.

  126. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    RAIN.. at least it is an official game.Also, I think Davey is trying to rest – when he can- the starters. Trying to save innings. I think we forget that Det hasn't pitched a full season either.

  127. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    I like the aggressiveness of the double steal. It didn't work but like Davey doing that. Perfect spot for it for a big inning.

  128. Secret wasian man - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Gonat disagree. 2 good hitters coming up. No need to waste an out. Hope it doesnt cost us.

  129. mick - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    That is a good baseball, good call by Davey to send the Shark, Mets showed they were not asleep and a great throw to get Shark out

  130. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Big inning: His Drew-ness tries to hit the comeback trail. Lot of confidence shown by Davey.

  131. djinFl. - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Ok thanskip the first sentence and start with "did the job Davey wanted"

  132. mick - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    You have to use the Shark's skill so I think it was a good move to send him… Mets catcher made a perfect throw in rain

  133. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Dodgers 3-1.. Shane Victorino hit a 2 our rbi double.. Finally a philly is helping us

  134. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Victorino comes through. 3-1 Dodgers

  135. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Just a question, how come not Mattheus here?

  136. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Oh, that's why Storen is out there. LOL

  137. mick - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    thank you Victorino!text book around the horn DP!!!

  138. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Run-scoring double by the Flyin' Hawaiian. I cannot believe I am rooting for Shane Freaking Victorino.But it's Dodgers 3-1 over the Barves.

  139. mick - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said…I said this morning i would wear Dodger blue with my Nats hat, lol

  140. Nats212 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Gonat, hasnt mattheus been overused in The last couple of weeks?

  141. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    mick, you sure did and I did all morning.

  142. peric - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Big inning: His Drew-ness tries to hit the comeback trail. Lot of confidence shown by Davey.Davey isn't just saying it when he says he needs relievers like H-Rod and Storen. These are the guys you use to get other pitchers out of jams anytime in a game. He needs Storen to be on top of his game. We'll see what happens with Henry.

  143. Gonat - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Nats212, I thought he was up in the bullpen.

  144. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    I hate that shift. ALR was robbed

  145. bluejeener - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    OK, boys – time to Clip and Save.

  146. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    OK, folks, ninth inning, two run lead and Clipp.Do I break out the bourbon and Maalox now?Or keep it for the weekend and Barves?

  147. mick - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    The shift almost reminds one of "town ball" Ken Burns series on baseball showed historically that there could be as many as 20 fielders in the field when baseball was splayed in the 1860's town to town.

  148. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    I'll answer my own question.Leadoff walk.Ladies and Gents, the bourbon and Maalox bar is open. Barkeep, drinks all around for my friends!

  149. bluejeener - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    I would dearly love to see a GIDP here

  150. bluejeener - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Wow, how great is it to see all those full seats behind home plate?

  151. djinFl. - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Thanks Sunshine It wis needed tonight

  152. Santangelo for President 2012 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Sunshine had it all the way.

  153. MicheleS - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  154. RickH - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Tyler just has to make it exciting.

  155. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    "WOOOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOO!!"(Copyright, MicheleS, 2011).C'mon, Dodgers, hold on.

  156. Scooter - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Okay, I say "Woo," and you say "Hoo." ready?

  157. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    You're welcome, DJ and Santangelo, glad to help out. This weekend is off to a great start.

  158. peric - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    Had to have some drama … of course … game over time for more Strasgate.

Archives

FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

NL WILD CARD GAME
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

NLDS
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
TUE: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
*if necessary

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

Follow us on Twitter