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Game 138: Marlins at Nats

Sep 7, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg takes the mound against the Marlins tonight at Nationals Park.

So, you may have heard something about the Nationals planning to shut down Stephen Strasburg before the end of the season. I'm told it's been mentioned a handful of times in the national media over the last few months. Which would seem to make Strasburg's start tonight against the Marlins (his final scheduled home appearance of the season) kind of a big deal.

A large crowd is expected to see the 24-year-old take the mound at Nationals Park for the last time in 2012. And there appear to be plenty of those national media members here to chronicle the event.

Meanwhile, the Nationals' lineup will look to continue its torrid pace. Over the last nine games, that group has produced a .351 average, 1.029 OPS, 24 homers and 70 runs. They'll take their hacks at rookie right-hander Jacob Turner, who enters tonight's game with a 7.75 ERA in eight career starts.

Plenty of updates to come, so please check back…

MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly clear, 85 degrees, Wind 8 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (85-52)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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211 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Bernadina and Espinosa both get blown away….

  2. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Nobody can even make contact….

  3. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Argh.

  4. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Sigh.. at least we didn't quit and made the fish work for it. Another game tomorrow.

  5. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Well, at least we are almost done with the Strasburg fiasco. I think they should call it now, or give him one more home game, but let's move forward to the guys who actually are going to be on the roster going forward.I have more interest in Lannan than watching Strasburg get shelled again.

  6. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    WODL – not a blown save, btw.

  7. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Everybody but Suzuki swinging at bad pitches trying to hit the home run after Morse and Desmond. Starting with Espinosa. Werth could have walked.Making Werth a lead-off hitter rather than anywhere in the heart of the lineup makes an abundant amount of sense. He could have done his job as lead-off Larry and allowed Harper to bat. Terrible at bats wasted opportunities!

  8. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Call it what you want. Clippard was not good, at least statistically and I happen to think he is worse than his stats indicate. It is time to shut Strasburg down and let the grown-ups finish the season. Strasburg was terrible and if they hadn't left him in so long, they might have won this one. You can't just let these guys linger out there inning after inning….

  9. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Davey seems to indicate that Stras needs to be shut down NOW!

  10. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    You also can't pull your starters in the first inning because it kills your bullpen. Stras pitched a whopping three innings. That impacts THIS game. Killing your bullpen impacts the next several. You cannot win them all. You could look it up.

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    We needed single and swinging for homers. come on

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