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Game 132: Cardinals at Nats

Sep 1, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats seek win No. 81 this afternoon at Nationals Park.

Given the position they've put themselves in over the last five months, the Nationals won't be celebrating too much this evening if they win their 81st game of season and match the club record set in 2005. This team has visions of much greater things than a .500 record, but it's still no small feat for a franchise that has experienced nothing but losing for the last six seasons.

Jordan Zimmermann will be the man on the mound seeking that 81st team victory and his 10th individual win. He'll be up against a potent foe in Kyle Lohse, who enters with a 14-2 record a 2.64 ERA.

A friendly reminder that this game (which was originally scheduled for 7:05 p.m.) will start at 4:05 p.m. because it was picked up by Fox. That broadcast will be available to the majority of the country. You can see the map here.

Updates to come…

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 92 degrees, Wind 11 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (80-51)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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169 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsfan1a - Sep 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Go, JZ! Go, NATS BATS!! (Is there an over/under on the number of SS shutdown blather episodes during the broadcast? No? How about booing of Ken R. episodes? Eh, whatever. Let 'em blather. :-))

  2. MicheleS - Sep 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    GO Jordan!!!!! Thankfully no McCarver or Mitch Williams on the broadcast!!!GYFNG!!!! Keep the line moving boys!

  3. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Thanks for the map, Mark. My mom and family are gathered in Minneapolis and will be able to watch. I wonder if Fox and ESPN regret all those RedSox-Yankees games…

  4. Secret wasian man - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    michele s I hope its not Billy Ripken. He is a hater who bleeds black and orange. I dont like that guy.

  5. Doc - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    As NatsLady has expressed, Mark, much thanks for the map!I'm in the picture!Be a neat regular feature.

  6. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    This is one heckuva matchup today. Kyle Lohse has been the Cards' ace this year. 174 IP already, and a WHIP of 1.08, better than any of our starters. His ERA of 2.64 is 6th best in the majors, and better than any of our starters…. except Jordan Zimmermann who is 4th at 2.63. The thing is that JZ's last two starts have been lackluster, and with this start he will have pitched more innings than last year. Soon we're going to see whether he has what it takes to be our ace in the stretch run and the playoffs, or has run out of gas. Hate to say it, but I'm ok if Lohse cools our bats and we lose this game. We'll still have a chance to win the series behind Stras tomorrow. What I really want to see is 6 plus quality innings from JZ. That more than anything else will be an indicator how how far this team can go in the playoffs.

  7. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Thanks for the map; Oregon gets the Seattle game, but MLB.tv nonetheless blocks the Nats' game here. Oh well. Time to go hiking, then watch the game on replay (without knowing the score, I hope). GYFNG!

  8. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    The watering hole I hang out in gets an Armed Forces Network feed and gets a second Fox game up for me. Today, the local Fox feed is the Braves/Phillies but I'll be good watching the Nats bats continue against Lohse, the 2012 ace of the Cards.

  9. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    And I say that because last nite I had to argue that point with a Cards fan who swore Wainright was their ace.

  10. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Never cared about the O's but as the substantial underdog, it's fun to see them creep up on the Yankees. Also Showalter seems like a decent manager doing a lot with the scraps…

  11. Doc - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Section 222 it is never OK to lose, particularly to a guy named Kyle Loss!Never, not even ever!Not even 1X time. No more lasses this season, none, zero, zippo!!GoooooooooooNats!!!!!

  12. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    NJ, who's their ace is an interesting question. I just called Lohse their ace based on his performance this year, but Wainwright is the guy with the track record (a 3.12 career ERA vs. Lohse's 4.46.) Of course, last night the Nats raised Wainwright's ERA this year from 3.63 to 3.90, further making Lohse's case I guess. We'll see what happens today.Kind of recalls our discussion awhile back of who you'd pick for a must win game — JZ or Stras. Wonder how the Cards' fans would answer that question this year. Chris Carpenter probably. Too bad for them that he's on the DL.

  13. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    222….. exactly. I based my argument on this season only, going back to their opening day starter.

  14. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    If I'm a Cards fan, it would be very hard to forget a healthy Chris Carpenter against Roy Halliday in the best game of last years playoffs that no one talks about.

  15. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    JZ or Stras? I would go with Gio and his mom in the stands! I'd go with EJax if it was against the Cards! :)

  16. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Hahaha Doc. Well put. We're constantly playing out scenarios like "if the Nats play .500 baseball from here on in…" How about, "if the Nats don't lose any more games, they'll finish 111-51, and they'll win their division and likely have the 1st seed in the playoffs. If only….

  17. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Gotta love the weather forecasts. When I looked at 10 am, the chance of rain at 4 o'clock was 19%. Now the chance of rain in the 4 pm. hour is 59%. Tuesday they said there was NO chance of rain on Saturday–which I never believed. Humid and 90's for three days in a row? It's gonna rain.)

  18. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I'm still going with JZ. I prefer his bulldog approach to Gio's emotion. But a few more 5 inning outings and I may change my mind.

  19. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Without Showalter the Orioles would be dead last. Have to admit that when Dan Duquette the frugal GM started dumpster dipping in far east as he did for Boston, (and with a big-time FAIL), I thought that team wasn't going anywhere fast. But he did manage to find a treasure hunting carefully through it all when he picked up Chen. A far better CM Wang for a lot less. Plus there's some treasure in Jason Hammel, and then he picked up Joe Saunders and now Randy Wolf. The loss of Reimold could have been crippling but Nate McLouth picked up the slack and its still a pretty decent outfield with Jones and Markakis to round it out. They aren't getting much offense from their infield outside of shortstop JJ Hardy and to some extent Chris Davis so they decided if Johnson could do it so could Showalter so they brought up Mated. They are rumored to be considering bringing up Bundy to add a fifth starter down the stretch. Tillman is their only real prospect that has succeeded as a pitcher in their rotation. Lots of pieces and parts that Duquette found and Showalter found ways to make the ones he needed fit. Got to hand it to them they've stuck around a lot longer than many would have ever believed … but they are definitely a one and done outside of that outfield and perhaps Tilman and Bundy. This year was about not letting the Nats just take over the area and make the Orioles look like like a bunch of shlubs … and perhaps (as some have intimated) make the team attractive to a potential buyer as the MLB did in 2005 with a certain team.

  20. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    NL — that's why predicting rain delays any more than a few hours in advance is usually a fool's errand. I feel very lucky that I can get to the park in under 30 minutes if it does start raining right before a game and I want to wait it out at home. I realize not everyone has that luxury.

  21. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    "brought up Mated" – brought up Machado. I HATE spell checkers!

  22. Doc - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I'll be OK Section 222,once I take my meds. I have the Nats Fever, common to former Expo fans.Thanks for your understanding.Goooooooooooooooooo Nats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I know you guys are having fun with Werth's success. Nice being on the right side!NJ and Ghost — Only one commenter here continued to argue that Werth should sit on the pine after he returned.Unintelligent criticisms to say the least and as per usual.1. Werth is ***NOT*** batting fifth. Has ever been effective batting fifth fo the Nats? NO period. End of story.2. Werth's poor attitude about batting lead-off last season, not to mention his abhorrence playing CF are well known and documented.Well where do you put him them? Batting 7th?Fortunately, for our side, its Davey Johnson's watch not Giggleman's. Yes, I agree he is the perfect lead-off. Far better than Bourn. Why? Because he is still a dangerous hitter power wise even if that production is down and his OBP is better than Bourn's. No, he's not going to make the pitcher go crazy like Morgan but then look at the many mistakes made by base stealers? They've got Harper batting second to scare the bejeesus out of pitchers now. Much better solution IMO.Honestly, Werth is just about perfect at lead-off as long as he maintains the right attitude. Werth accepting and really, embracing lead-off makes him "Werth" every dime if he can continue playing at or close to this level at lead-off for another 1 -3 years.And as for WestCoast EastCoast. Like many here I do get busy … and right now I am getting busier … its not easy to be the target of opportunity for many of the less than knowledgeable types.

  24. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:40 PM

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  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    My maroon has not been touched sinceTuesday. I like it that way.

  26. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    And that's about as close to a "I was wrong" as we'll ever get from peric. Congrats. And thanks peric. Now maybe the silly poking will stop.

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Maloox

  28. Melissa Rabey - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    For those in the area, Fox 5 is doing a half-hour Nats show before the Fox telecast kicks off at 3:30pm. So far, they've done a clip job on some of the best plays this year and an interview with Harper.

  29. pRAA with the ISO - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    He says as he keeps on poking.

  30. Jim Webster - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    MLB Gameday on SF Giants using Xavier Nady's photo in a red curly W cap. He drilled a 3-RBI double in 1st inning today.

  31. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Really? The Justin Bieber of baseball?

  32. Another_Sam - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    No rain here no NOVA. Was overcast early but that's gone.Who is in the booth on Fox? Say it ain't so.

  33. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    He says as he keeps on poking.Then, no complaints when I use prose to do the equivalent of multiple body slams right? ~smiles~

  34. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Boy was that a lame interview of Harper. Pathetic.

  35. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    All I can say is Mr. Lannan had better come here and pitch with an urgency that comes from having his black eyebrows and locks on fire because it won't be local yocal Nats fans critiquing Johnny Lannen it will be the National media comparing and contrasting him with Stras. Talk about pressure John LannEN doesn't know what it means … until now.

  36. Another_Sam - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Lannan pitched his way back on my good side with his two appearances this year. For now. LOL

  37. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Zuk! Way to go.

  38. Jim Webster - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Boo. Fox sports pre game.

  39. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    How long can Zimn last throwing over 20 pitches to the first 2 hitters and only 1 out?

  40. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Looks like the ump is giving JZ a generous strike zone, and he seems to have very good stuff. I'm encouraged. Now to score first again.

  41. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Way to hustle, Kid!

  42. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Harper's hustle responsible for another run. Awesome. Verducci: "Love the effort there from Harper."Yup. Welcome to our world Tom.

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Thanks Matt Holliday.

  44. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    My Gosh, it's happening again!We apply relentless pressure and the Cardinals melt down.Jordan gets a big cushion, we bat around and Loshe uses a bushel of pitches. (He mixes metaphors, too.)Now Suzuki makes them pay!GYFNG!

  45. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Now this is the big inning for JZ if he holds them the chances of winning goes up exponentially

  46. Exposremains - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    much more concerned about Jzim than stras shutdown.

  47. Secret wasian man - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    The pitch before home run was a strike and ump did not call it. Ump squeezing Ryan. He does look like he's laboring a bit.

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I see the Cards didn't quit. Who said the zone was big. I didn't think it was and looked like Freeze K before homer

  49. Secret wasian man - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Sorry. Ump squeezing Jordan. Oooooops

  50. Secret wasian man - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    We need to hold in the 3rd. Momentum changing a bit. Phil's winning.

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Zim 52 pitches to 9 batter. 5.7 per batter. That is weak.

  52. Secret wasian man - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Yes gonna need the bullpen big today

  53. Secret wasian man - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Laaaaaaaaaaroooocheeeeeeeeeeeeee

  54. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Good job, Ryan. We need to keep driving up Loshe's pitch count, too.ADAM ANSWERS!

  55. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Well, so much for the Cardinals' ace! Sheesh. These Nats' bats are on fire. Is there anything prettier than Adam LaRoche's swing when he connects like that?

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    LaRache matches Freese

  57. JB - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    "Adam LaRoche plays this game like he just woke up from a nap.". Love the commentary from the Fox booth.

  58. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    One upside of watching the Nats on Fox — no WB Mason or Luna guy commercials.

  59. Melissa Rabey - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I think it was Verducci who just described Adam LaRoche playing as if he just woke up from a nap. "No hurry, no worry." Even in the midst of LaRoche's offensive downturn, I have to admire that quality in him–he's never panicking.

  60. dan roberts - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Carp and FP announce circles around these guys!!!

  61. Grandstander - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Aaaaaaaaaanndddd here's come the Strasburg shutdown talk. MUTE.

  62. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    If there's anyone I'd like to hear opine about the Strasburg Shutdown it's Verducci. He's actually an intelligent guy who has studied the effect of innings limits on pitchers. Uh-oh! JZ, say it ain't so. Looks like we're going to need every run today.

  63. T-Rex - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    The curse of Deirks Bentley.

  64. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    what is wrong with JZ today? does he not like team scoring runs for him?

  65. -Dan- - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Who But WB Mason?

  66. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Can Jordan even get through 5?

  67. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    A Nats player said they should have started him in May?? Really?Ken Rosenthal is a boob.

  68. Sec.3, My Sofa - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Rosenthal is on now, telling lies. "They never considered stretching out his starts." And is immediately contradicted by the announcers.

  69. -Dan- - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    This is by far Jordan's worst start of the year, the good thing is that the bullpen is rested after pitching just one inning the last 2 games.

  70. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    69 pitches through 3 innings. Sad.

  71. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    C'mon, Jordan.I like the tempo and the aggressiveness, but you can't throw it down Broadway to Matt Holliday.He's got to have a shutdown inning.Back to work against Loshe…

  72. Sec.3, My Sofa - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I always confuse Rosenthal with Jim Gray, from that Pete Rose interview.

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    JZ doesn't apparently like pitching on days we hit well.

  74. feelanau - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Rosenthal IS SO a boob. Exhibit A is the Stras nonsense. Exhibit B is stupid bowtie

  75. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    At least this game should put to rest the "JZ never gets any run support" complaints.

  76. Sec.3, My Sofa - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Phillies still beating the Braves, 2-0. I'm starting to wonder if the Phils aren't as likely to go 22-8 the rest of the way as the Braves are to go at least 12-18.

  77. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    NJ, you must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed today. Nothing but negative comments about JZ. What's up with that? We're still winning this game still, right?

  78. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    as I thought, JZ has his worst numbers against Cardinals. In 3 previous starts, his ERA stands at 8+. so I guess this is kinda expected. Still those previous 3 times, Cards had a guy name Pujols so you might have been expecting something different this time out.if he can pitch two shutout innings, I will take it and sit him.

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Finally someone decides to pitch. Unfortunately it was Lohse not Zim

  80. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Get the bullpen ready fast. Zim has nothing

  81. The Doctor - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Rosenthal IS SO a boob. Exhibit A is the Stras nonsense. Exhibit B is stupid bowtie.He's giving bow ties a bad name. Bow ties are cool.

  82. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Jordan not looking good here. Is anyone up in the BP? Not showing it on TV.

  83. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    222.. not negative….just expressing my frustration over his ineffectiveness. And the ineffectiveness of any pitcher that needs over 100 pitches to get through 6 innings.

  84. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Phillies still beating the Braves, 2-0. I'm starting to wonder if the Phils aren't as likely to go 22-8 the rest of the way as the Braves are to go at least 12-18.Sounds like what I've been thinking since the last series with them but now with the Phils making the Braves look like the 'Stros? The Phils look like one of the top 3 teams in the NL right now. Its kind of scary (at least to me) to think of them miraculously making the wildcard … and I'd bet on them to win the first round and then the Nats facing them in the playoffs? It could happen.

  85. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    OMG finally a Doctor Who fan on the board. awesome!I wonder how Cards fare against JZ type pitchers. I wish there is a way we could find this information somewhere.

  86. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Just like the Nats looked like the worst team in the NL after Tuesday nite and the 5 game loosing streak.It's baseball. The Phillies will end up the .500 team they hope to be.

  87. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Xavier Nady had a 3-run double in his first game with the Giants.Come on Jordan! Bear down!

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    What an not so smart move hitting number 8 batter with a 1-2 count. then hits a second one

  89. -Dan- - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    After praising Lohse bunting ability for 5 minutes, he ends up popping it up.And on the very next pitch, Zimm hits another one. He needs to hold them scoreless here.

  90. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    And …. the meatball sandwich. Dang.

  91. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Where the heck is Gorzelanny?

  92. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Looks like Zim has nothing today … 7-6 Cardinals. Gorzelanny must be up by now?

  93. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Why the help is he still pitching. giving a way runs hitting 2 guys etc. of course Davey leaving him out there makes me madder. his job to see this and stop it.

  94. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Wait a minute, Stammen is throwing? I guess Davey isn't going R-L today. Or is Gorzo not available today?

  95. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    God, that is terrible,He gets six runs, then hits two batters. Awful start.

  96. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    JZ's body language looked terrible before the bunt. The HBP, the double. Stammen is warming, according to the announcers.

  97. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Gorzy hasn't pitched in a week. Either he's "not available" or Davey doesn't trust him.

  98. Exposremains - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I hope he's not hurt.

  99. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    just make sure JZ does not start again against Cards in STL.

  100. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Its too bad the Nats don't have a couple of slots on the 40-man methinks they might be able use Jeff Mandel this September. I guess the one they have is going to Christian Garcia … but you never know …

  101. Bzl. - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    JZ has been as bad in the last month as he was great in July. Not encouraging…

  102. NatsLady - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    He looks really bad, flushed. Maybe he has the flu or something, like was going around a couple of weeks ago.

  103. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    8 – 6 there goes Zimmermann's ERA.

  104. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Well Big Cat and I were texting and said if leadoff man got on we would pull him right then. that is 6 more batters allowed by Davey then us and 3 additional runs. With a rested bullpen no decide. Of course Stammen comes in and throws gas on the fire. Thanks Craig.

  105. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Two RH hitters coming up (Craig and Molina), no way he goes to a lefty.

  106. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Gorzo will likely be in soon enough Natslady. Remember, they've had two close-to-complete and complete games recently and Johnson has reportedly decided to push the starters deeper into games.

  107. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Maybe they are shutting wrong pitcher down.Lets see if the hitters are still interested. If they let Lose control again they lost the Mo

  108. Grandstander - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    JZimm's last 3 starts5.0 IP, 4 ER5.0 IP, 3 ER3.2 IP, 8 ERLanna's last 5 starts 6.1 IP, 2 ER9.0 IP, 0 ER9.0 IP, 0 ERNot saying, but I wonder if at some point, the brain trust is going to get together and decide whether or not JZimm is healthy enough to go into the postseason.

  109. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    We are now seeing why Rizzo stocked up with starting pitching depth at the beginning of the season. I wonder if we'll get to see the complete list of guys they plan on keeping available for the playoffs?

  110. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    All one has to do is look at all the lefthanded bats in St. Louis's lineup to understand bringing in Gorzelany.

  111. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    If I have to worry, I will worry more about his previous 3 starts than today's start.We need this guy to be himself when SS will be shutdown. We are counting on him to take over SS' role. So yeah, it is a little troublesome to see last four starts he could not finish 6 innings.

  112. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    The Nats have Ryan Perry, Yuneksy Maya, and Lannan but I would throw in Zach Duke and Jeff Mandel. Mandel, Duke, and Perry have had outstanding years in the minors … especially Perry and Mandel. Lannan has come on very strong at the end of the minor league season and finished his last starter there successfully.Remember, Zimmermann is still pretty new … this is only his 2nd season back from Tommy Johns and he has never completed 200 innings nor completed an entire major league season as a starter. Still young. He is a possibility for shutdown at around 180-190 innings if this continues.

  113. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    JZim could have bailed JZim out. But in reality he doesn't deserve to be bailed. hitting hitter 8 with a 1-2 count is May not worthy of bailing someone out

  114. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    All one has to do is look at all the lefthanded bats in St. Louis's lineup to understand bringing in Gorzelany.Yes, it is more than a bit disconcerting … Gorzo is definitely as much if not more of an injury risk as any pitcher they have. He dodged the Tommy John's bullet from 2008-2010 but not by much I wager.

  115. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Two hit batters, 1 walk, and 2 home runs in just over 3 innings. That is not good given that Zim is the backup ace. Looks like its EJax and Gio and maybe Detwiler. Please don't bring back CM Wang. That's as bad as bad Henry.

  116. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Phillies go up 4-0 as Cliff Lee draws an 8-pitch bases-loaded walk off Tim Hudson.The Phillies have the bases loaded with nobody out in the 6th.

  117. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    All one has to do is look at all the lefthanded bats in St. Louis's lineup to understand bringing in Gorzelany.Jay, Schumaker, Carpenter, Descalso are LH, but their most dangerous hitters, including three straight after JZ was pulled — Molina, Holliday, Craig, and Freese are righties. Davey made the right decision to bring in Stammen. Time for the Nats bats to pick up the pitching.

  118. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Phillies 5 Braves 0.

  119. Bzl. - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Could Ken Rosenthal be any worse? He gives those duds who do the ESPN Sunday broadcasts a run for the honor of Most Clueless.

  120. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    222 …..that's what I was saying. Plus the power is right handed. The lefties, not so much.

  121. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Our hitters looked fine through 2 since only Harper bothered to get a hit. in fact almost nothing hit well.Lose understood how to straighten up.JZim clueless. On the other hand I don't recall Suzuki or Desl doing any calming down. Poor effort by many

  122. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Danny!Here we go!

  123. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Verducci's complaint about Sept. callups makes no sense. Every team is playing under the same rules. It calls for a different kind of managing, but so what? No one is disadvantaged if you know what the other team's roster looks like.

  124. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    9 more outs to produce. Now the bull pens are on the spot.

  125. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    That was a great at bat. After opening up his front shoulder on the first pitch, he adjusted to the tough lefty and drew a walk, moving the runner into scoring position for Zim.

  126. -Dan- - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Great AB by Zimm as well, he may have gotten just one RBI, but he was the key for Harper scoring as well.

  127. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Harper's walk comes up HUGE and then he motors home on Zim's liner.The Kid is a force of nature!

  128. djinFl. - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    I can not wait to see that play tonight. Our radio crew sounded like they were coming out of the booth. Sounded like great heads up all around.

  129. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Harper Mr. Hustle.Matthews time.

  130. ehay2k - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Harper hit Molina in the legs with his shins. Hope that catcher's gear didn't hurt him!Molina looked slow after that.

  131. waddu eye no - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Aint over til when?Heh hehGyfng!!!

  132. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Harper sure waited a long time to slide on that one. Almost like he was thinking of trying to run over the catcher, and then changed is mind. Tremendous play though. I don't think any other player on the Nats heads home on that. Amazing.

  133. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    My friend who's at the game just texted me: "A Nats Classic in the making." If we hold on, I have to agree. This team has it going on.

  134. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Sure is great we have a very fresh bullpen for this one. Thanks to E-Jax and Gio for some very fine work.

  135. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Hope Burnett pitches better than last Wednesday.

  136. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    I guess it is maloox time.Burnett gets ahead of the batter then refuses to put him away and walks him.

  137. Jim Webster - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Fox needs to find play by play and color announcers who know something about Nats. Verducci, Rosenthal & whatsizname pathetically know much about Cardinals and it shows.

  138. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    NOOOO!!With Beltran and Lance on the bench you CAN'T walk hitters.

  139. -Dan- - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    The leadoff walk backfires again.

  140. Drew - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    And there it is. Walks make me crazy.

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Lead off walk scores. Burnett is as bad as he was Wednesday. Davey of course allows him just to stay inspire the fact he is pitch terribly.

  142. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Zim coming off 2 bad outings given way too much rope. Burnett coming off bad outing given to much rope. coming off a bad outing you should have no rope

  143. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Leadoff walk was bad, but Burnett otherwise didn't pitch terribly. He's still a great reliever for us. This is the spot that Clippard would have pitched in last year. Let's see if Storen can step up.

  144. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    3 pitch K of one of the top hitters in the league. Very very nice!

  145. Jim Webster - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Manassas Nats Fan: Call Lerners and apply for Rizzo's job. Tired of your inanity here.

  146. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Holliday just slammed his helmet. Good thing Buckner not at the plate or he would be tossed

  147. djinFl. - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Actually Jim, I think he feels he can manage better than the guy who got us here. We are still in first but our manager can not manage.

  148. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Suzuki has taken a beating today. Good idea to PH for him. Of course, the Fox announcers haven't noticed (either that he was beat up, or that he was pinch hit for).

  149. -Dan- - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    The Nats has hit the ball hard twice but still had nothing to show up, Haper-Zimm-ALR coming up in the ninth.

  150. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Kind of a dumb comment by Verducci. Didn't Trout sign for well above slot in 2009? The Nats picked Storen there because he was ready to sign early and sign for slot (or less than slot if I remember correctly.) Verducci made it sound like Rizzo was a dummie for not picking Trout with the 10th overall pick.

  151. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Chien Ming Wang finishes his last rehab start:2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 57 pitches.Its time to free up that 40-man slot Mike Rizzo. I know you makes moves on the 40-man as often as you cut your hair (per NatioalsProspects.com) but doesn't it seem like you need that slot right now?

  152. -Dan- - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    And we continue to let runners steal bases without much effort, it could cost the game tonight.

  153. ehay2k - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Randy Knorr has his work cut out for him.

  154. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Aside from the 100 pitch, 6 inning crap, nothing disgusts me more than the lack of abilitly to hold runners.

  155. peric - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Looks like Storen and Burnett like to "give up that 1 run" kind of like Gorzelanny don't you think Natslady?

  156. mick - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    just got back from MD football game, wow this game is crazy,more runs scored here than Terp football,lol. Listening in car on way back..concerned about J Zim, frustrated at our bull pen, no logic in this game and clearly, no such thing as a rested bullpen having an advantage. Our bullpen has 2 days off and get it done, oh well

  157. mick - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    I see braves lost, that is good

  158. ehay2k - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    The book on the Nats' pitchers appears to be that if they don't look over, just go. Especially if Flores is catching. His arm is not what it used to be. Good news is that this is easier to fix than a pitcher that can't throw strikes.

  159. mick - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    wish i did not have to go to Terp game, this game here is exxciting

  160. Frediemac - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Suzuki, Flores, Solano, Leon YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK!

  161. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    This ump is giving alot of borderline 1st pitch strikes, putting the Nats batters in the hole.

  162. mick - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    I rather Burnett let team down now than in post season, i hope he learns from it

  163. mick - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:35 PM

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  164. mick - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Cards reliever getting our 2,3, and 4 batters easily, he puts on a clinic and I hope Burnett learned from this

  165. Section 222 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Ouch, that one hurts. But we still reduced the magic number so the day was not a total loss. Too bad Davey didn't use Clipp in the 9th. If the game was still tied, Motte wouldn't have pitched (assuming Methany follows that stupid "don't use your closer on the road in a tie game" rule.)

  166. ehay2k - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Can't win 'em all. Crazy game, and the Cards showed why they have such a big run differential. They can hit. Another game tomorrow.

  167. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Glad to know I am insane because leadoff walks by relievers drive me crazy. Hit by pitches also drive me crazy as. do steals when the pitcher is totally blind to the runners. Those are all controlable. Hitting balls right at John Jay happens. Not controllable. I don't go crazy.

  168. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    We had 5 pitchers. Only 2 did well. Cards had 6 pitchers 4 did well.

  169. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Fixing the holding problem must not be visible as it has gone on all season and has not been fix.Easiest fix would be cut the number of runners by no free passes.

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