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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. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Okay, Nats, the Marlins have given you fits over the years. Take them seriously, focus, put some offensive pressure on Mr. Turner early (and often), and let Mr. Strasburg do his thing. GYFNG!

  2. baseballswami - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    I am well aware that any team can win on any given day – but, it would seem that maybe the hitters are in the clubhouse drooling a little at your description of the pitcher they are facing. This offensive stuff is fun! I think that may have been the most run support Jordan has ever gotten as a pro last night. I was so glad when, after he gave up a run, they answered right away. Gave him a couple of innings to get it together – which he did. His velocity was wicked last night – I could swear I saw 97. But I guess we are supposed to be wearing black armbands and mourning about Strassie today, right? Hope he can limit Reyes and Giancarlo.

  3. DaveB - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Got new posted, will try again …I have tix to tonight's game, and have always taken the Red Line in the past. Am I reading correctly that it will close at 10 tonight?. If so, what do folks recommend for parking? (Seems like I have seen references to the "Concrete Plant" here?)

  4. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Going to the game. Let's see how we do against Turner second time around.

  5. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    DaveFrom wmata.comTravel advice for Nationals fans attending Marlins gamesTrack work begins at 10 p.m. Friday evening Green Line service to and from Navy Yard-Ballpark will operate normally with no scheduled track work all weekend. However, customers who normally transfer to the Red Line after the game should be aware of the following:Starting at 10 p.m., free shuttle buses will replace trains between Dupont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations. As a result, Red Line trains will operate in two sections: Between Shady Grove and Dupont Circle stations every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and at regular weekend intervals at other times. Between Glenmont and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and at regular weekend intervals at other times.The following stations will be affected: Dupont Circle – open for rail service to/from Shady Grove only Farragut North – closed Metro Center – open for Blue/Orange line service only (NOTE: The station entrances at 11th & G St NW and 13th & G St NW will be closed. The entrances at 12th & G St NW and 12th & F St NW will remain open.) Gallery Place – open for Green/Yellow line service only (NOTE: The station entrance at 9th & G St NW will be closed. The entrances at 7th & H St NW and 7th & F St NW will remain open.) Judiciary Square – closed Union Station – closed NoMa-Gallaudet U – open for rail service to/from Glenmont onlyTo avoid delays, customers traveling to Red Line stations from Fort Totten to Glenmont are strongly encouraged to remain on the Green Line to Fort Totten for connecting Red Line service. Customers transferring to the Blue and Orange lines are advised to transfer at L'Enfant Plaza, rather than connecting between Gallery Place and Metro Center.

  6. Section 222 - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    DaveB — Others can give away their secret free parking spots if they want, but my advice is to take a look at the Nats website and park at either the $10 lot (down by 6th and M SE) or the $5 lot (less than your metro fare probably)(under the free way off of S. Cap. St). It's going to be a nice night and the walking time isn't bad at all. Have fun at the game!

  7. Wendell - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Two suggestions on parking: The concrete plant is located across S. Capitol from the home plate entrance off Potomac. Parking is $18 and you can often find free street parking.Alternatively, drive to the Anacostia Metro Stop & park in the garage (free on weekends) and take the Green Line one stop to Navy Yard against the flow of traffic.

  8. Candide - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    For DaveB (got new-posted)DaveB -To get to the concrete plant area, take the SE Freeway/I-695 to the South Capitol Street exit.After you get onto South Cap, QUICKLY merge into the right lane so you can turn right on M Street.Right on M, then left across the oncoming traffic onto Half Street. You'll see a sign telling you not to enter First during Nats Park events, except local traffic. Unless there are cops around, ignore it.Take Half Street through a sketchy neighborhood, all the way past Potomac Avenue, to T Street. Right on T, then right on First. there should be plenty of spots on First. if you feel lucky, continue back up First to S, and turn right there; there should be spots available there if you get there early enough.I barely got to the park on time for first pitch yesterday, but still had no problem getting a spot on First.There are also lots of metered spaces at the Homeland Security building at T and Half.You have to feed the meter until 6:30. If you have a smart phone, you can download the Parkmobile app to pay by credit card through your phone – takes a little practice, but it's handy. I think the meters are a dollar an hour, so if you get there at 5:00, you get full game parking for under two bucks.

  9. Bigfish - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    DaveB. I park in the T or U lots (see Nats Parking map). It's around 20 bucks, but a quick walk, just 2 blocks N of M Street. Only drawback: the traffic getting out post-game is pretty messy: there's always a back-up by folks waiting to go north on 2nd (3rd?) St to get on the SW/SE Freeway — and it blocks the exits to the lots — at least for those wanting to turn left out of the lot. You must depend upon the tender mercies of one of those drivers to let you into the line. Alternative is to turn right out of the lots, go down to M, turn right on M & then right again on New Jersey up toward the Rayburn Bldg. & Independence Ave. This works if you're headed to VA; don't know if (or how) it would work to get you to MD.

  10. MicheleS - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    GYFNG!! Can't wait for us to eliminat the Fish tonight!!!

  11. Section 222 - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Nice piece by Kilgore on NJ on the two closers who are in the Cy Young converstation, Chapman and Kimbrell. He notes that Gio has the highest fWAR among pitchers in the National League — 4.9.

  12. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Last Strasmas of the home season. Go get 'em, Jesus!

  13. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    metro better not screw around during city's first postseason in a long time.

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I am sorry Section 222, but I did not like that article. I wonder why he even wrote it.

  15. A DC Wonk - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    scoring in the first inningI've mentioned this once, before, but does anyone else think this stat is (also) amazing?The Nats have scored in the first inning 6 out of the last 8 games (3/4 vs Cubs, 3/4 vs Cards)Let's do it again, guys!

  16. A DC Wonk - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    DaveB, if it's not too late — we part in Lot NN (I think it's called?), under the freeway. Only $5.

  17. peric - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    This is one team the Nats need to completely and utterly annihilate as they did the Cubbies. Vindication, vengeance, call it what you like. Plus Ozzie needs another pine tar bat sent his way.

  18. Feel Wood - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    It's Lot HH.

  19. peric - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    By the way,It looks like my two guys, Nate Karns and Matt Skole won pitcher and position player of the year … nice job guys!!!

  20. Kirbs - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Drew storen is coming on intentional talk after the commercial break!

  21. Candide - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Peric – it's HH lot, and as you say, it's normally five bucks. Except when the Yankees are in town. Then the thieves demand ten.Good place to park, though – it's covered, only about 1/2 mile from the park, and you have lots of company walking along South Cap in the dark, so even single women shouldn't be nervous about parking there.

  22. Candide - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Whoops – looks like FW beat me to it.

  23. DaveB - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Thanks all for your help! What a great site.Go Stras … GYFNG!

  24. Candide - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Why are you still posting? Hie ye to the ball park!

  25. peric - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Peric – it's HH lot, and as you say, it's normally five bucks. Except when the Yankees are in town. Then the thieves demand ten.You must realize that's how the the kind of famous local Washington based Cafritz family fortune got its start. Although, I think what's left may be living on the French Riviera? I've heard that some pan handlers make up to $1000 a day in Vegas.

  26. mick - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    T minus 25 and counting……. This is so much fun and i have to admit, the O's have really made this into a something as well

  27. baseballswami - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    I think the pix on twitter of Zim and Werth talking to Ben Bernanke are interesting. Their two contracts could actually put a little dent in the national debt.

  28. mick - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I'm telling you, I think Ozzie will have a meltdown this weekend, lol

  29. Scott Margenau - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    For future ref there is a boat that goes from old town by chart house to stadium. Great trip AND they serve booze! $20

  30. Feel Wood - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Jerome just announced that Karns and Skole are signing autographs in the team store. Right now!

  31. MicheleS - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    CandideThanks for the parking meter tips!

  32. Candide - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    You're welcome, MicheleS.I should have mentioned that you need to be taking the SE Freeway traveling EAST, i.e., from the general direction of the 14th street bridge. If you're traveling west, there's no exit to South Cap off the SE Freeway. Hope that doesn't mess DaveB up, though I suspect not, since he said he normally takes the red line, so I assume he's coming from the north and would be naturally inclined to be going in the right direction. DaveB, if this gets you all messed up, please be advised global warming is to blame.

  33. baseballswami - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Just saw Karns and Skole on pre- game. Two more squeaky clean, smart, talented young men. Nats template.They will fit right in.

  34. Candide - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Skole and Karnes obviously aren't ready for the show yet; they still haven't mastered interviews. Seems the only adjective they know is "amazing."Back to CDCC – Crash Davis Cliche Class, boys!

  35. A DC Wonk - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Uh oh. Reverse lock? The line on this game is "WAS -320"I've never seen one so high!!

  36. baseballswami - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    We are a superstitious bunch, aren't we?

  37. MicheleS - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Heyman is reporting that the Nats want to keep LaRoche next year

  38. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    No fastball command again.

  39. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Leadoff walks will kill you.

  40. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    MicheleS, no doubt the Nats want ALR next year, just not 3 more years and that's the issue.

  41. Sj - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    G.Stanton has been thorn in the Nats side all year long!

  42. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    And that's the way you respond.

  43. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Pretty nice answer, Ryan.

  44. Sj - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Heard dat, Eugene.

  45. Scott Margenau - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Zim goes yard.

  46. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Restart. Now we can see which pitcher bounces back better; I think (and hope) I know.

  47. Candide - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Damn. Another post-TJ off night.

  48. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    The only fastballs Stras gets over are meatballs.

  49. Candide - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Even the outs SS is getting are loud outs.

  50. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    I would get a spare starter up.

  51. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Not pretty. 4-2

  52. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Every fastball thrown for a strike is belt high, center cut.

  53. waddu eye no - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    yeesh

  54. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Hate to say it, I would have pulled him.right after the Stanton.HR. Oh that's right, I basically set it last inning.

  55. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    No, not pretty at all; offense needs to step it up and rescue the pitcher, just like the pitchers were having to carry the hitters early in the season.

  56. Jim Webster - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Now where are the geniuses on ESPN and elsewhere who said Nats couldn't do without Strasburg in the stretch? Maybe Rizzo should have shut him down earlier?

  57. MicheleS - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Dukes was warming up. Its going to be a short night for Strasburg

  58. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    I can hear it now. The talking heads will all be saying Rizzo has ruined Stras's psyche.

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    He went out like a lamb

  60. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Couldn't find a parking place so I came home. Stras is out?

  61. Jim Webster - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Now where are the geniuses on ESPN and elsewhere who said Nats couldn't do without Strasburg in the stretch? Maybe Rizzo should have shut him down earlier?

  62. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Rizzo ruined Stras' psyche? How? Didn't he have a bad game against the Marlins last time around?

  63. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Now let's see if Duke can break 88 on the gun.

  64. Steady Eddie - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Candide @ 7:35: that's exactly what's happening. And it just shows the fraudulence of the national sports media's "coverage" of Strasdown that they have virtually or totally ignored that very visible factor ever since it appeared with a vengeance after the ASB (which is exactly how it occurred with JZimm last year). The point is that on top of the wear and tear on his arm if he were to go longer, the Nats would be rolling the dice on his performance, especially in the playoffs. Pitching him then would be like Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, and you might get vomit or earwax. Interesting that when Carp wondered if Stras might pitch again after the 12th, FP responded asking if Stras would even pitch again. (Which was actually a bit silly in that not only is he now short of 160 (and 162), it's against all of Davey's pitcher handling to end his season not only on such a low note, but prematurely relative to everything the team has said before. Doubt very much that will happen,mbut this is the shortest he's pitched this year.

  65. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    NatsLady…..that outing was before "the talk" on Monday. This one is after knowing the end date.Wow! 92….by Duke. These guns must be juiced because he didn't break 87 in the AAAall star game.

  66. djinFl. - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Mark Zuckerman‏@MarkZuckerman ER allowed by Strasburg last 11 starts: 0-4-1-6-0-1-2-1-5-0-5. Theme of 2nd half: Inconsistency. Trademark for guys back from TJ surgery.

  67. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Maybe a reason Duke was in the Minors.

  68. MicheleS - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    I enjoyed that strike out of stanton

  69. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    NJ. Exactly. So he had a bad start before "the talk," and one after. Against the same team. No proof that "the talk" made any difference one way or the other.

  70. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I'll take Christian Garcia over Duke any day.

  71. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    djinFL: If that trend holds, the next start is right one to end on.

  72. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    NatsLady……all I'm saying is the national "talking heads" will use it as a point to pick on.

  73. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Steady Eddie said…Candide @ 7:35: that's exactly what's happening. And it just shows the fraudulence of the national sports media's "coverage" of Strasdown that they have virtually or totally ignored that very visible factor ever since it appeared with a vengeance after the ASB (which is exactly how it occurred with JZimm last year). I have less and less respect for the media all the time, and that's true even if you exclude politics from the mix.From one of my favorite blogs: Science 10 Million – Journalism0And: Time Magazine Relies on Huffpo for ScienceAnd: Media Screws Science Up Again

  74. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Jeezum crow…

  75. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Have we seen enough of Zack Duke yet? Obviously the inability to hold runners extended to Syracuse.

  76. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    On the good news side… tracking info on the jerseys I ordered from China on August 25 are finally showing as being in New York City.

  77. Steady Eddie - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Jeez, Davey needs to pull Duke after this inning for that kind of obliviousness to base runners. Doesn't matter that no runs scored on the bunt or in the inning. Holding runners is a huge issue for the whole pitching staff, and he can't be gunning for a playoff spot, or even a spot start, and show he doesn't get such a crucial issue for the squad.

  78. Steady Eddie - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Candide — and you believe that tracking info….? ;-)

  79. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    They must have recalibrated the gun because Duke is back to 87-88 mph. That's more like it.And he seems to be a better pitcher at this speed.

  80. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Well, they were showing as being in Shanghai since August 26. We'll see…

  81. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Desi couldn't have landed on his feet there? Mediocre effort! ;-)

  82. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    just one of these nights…any possibility Strass gets another start beyond Sept 12?

  83. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    I only ask it because Strass went only 3 innings. I think the shut down would better now for Stephen

  84. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    I am a bit concerned with Morse's hitting and his approach to the plate lately

  85. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    mick….nope.

  86. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Mick, I am concerned with what appears to be Morse's lax attitude in the field as well.

  87. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    With the exception of RZ, it seems that most of the Nats have not been having good AB's tonight. Maybe starting to now?

  88. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    ehay2K…. good point, i wonder if he is tired and maybe a 1-2 game on the bench is what he needs to light a fire under him? this is a good game to play Lombo, Shark and others as well

  89. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    mick….re Morse…I think there's something going on between Davey and Morse since that little fly ball incident Sunday.

  90. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Morse's thumb and hand may also be bugging him at the plate. Just to be fair.

  91. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    are the Braves going to win three 1-0 games in a row?

  92. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    ehay2… very true and that is why a 1-2 game rest would be perfect

  93. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Natsjack…. good point

  94. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    FP and Carp are recommending a shark attack, so it's unanimous.

  95. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Is it just me, or has Morse never sold out and dove for a fly ball? I just have never felt he gives his all in the field. Tonight, he might have been able to get that double on the line, but maybe not. Might just be my perception based on prior (potentially erroneous) observations.Anyone else care to comment?

  96. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Some one actually suggested the reverse lock earlier today. This is not the first time the Nats have had trouble with some young , green pitcher with a high era. Falling too much in love with hitting home runs. Maybe time to play some guys in the dugout who are chomping at the bit.

  97. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    now one can see the benefit of an expanded roster for teams playing for a pennant. The good thing about playing Duke is that it saves the bull pen

  98. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    And I would also like to watch a nats game where carp wasn't constantly doing the play by play of the barves game during our game.

  99. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Duke is doing the job: eating innings. Interesting to see Duke instead of Gorzleanny who would typically be assigned this task I guess?

  100. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    ehay2… isn't Morse an infielder naturally… came up playing SS and was really going to a be a 1b until moved to outfield..

  101. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    If Lee steals third, they might just put Duke down right there on the field, equine-euthanasia style.

  102. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    peric… do yo think Gorzo will see limited time as we go on? I am getting that impression

  103. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    ehay2k lol

  104. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Is it just me, or has Morse never sold out and dove for a fly ball? Sure we have two years ago. But he may have been told to avoid it? All of his serious injuries incurred while playing the outfield with abandon. Especially running into the wall with Seattle. Cost him an entire season.

  105. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    swami… I hear you about Carp… but, this what happens in a pennant race

  106. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    peric… great point on Morse, i forgot about that

  107. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Peric, also cost Seattle a new wall, which was more than they were paying Morse!

  108. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    I don't know Mick but knowing Davey he will use every opportunity to see what he has relative to selecting his playoff roster. Right now I think Christian Garcia makes the team. That may mean he gets replaced in the AFL. Burnett might be left off. As far as middle relief? They only need 4 starters, but Davey may go with two long guys just in case …

  109. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    I know, but it 's still the first week of september and it's annoying.

  110. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    I'd guess Storen is next. He needs the work.

  111. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    I still am disturbed by Dale Sveum and I am assuming Theo Epstein will show him the door at season end. I have never heard of any coach at any level complain about a team trying to score with a 5 run lead in the middle of a game. I hope there was more to this because if not, this becomes surreal

  112. phil dunton - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    If the Nats bring back Laroche next season, I suspect The Beast will be part of a trade package. However, Laroche may be a difficult sign because there aren't many free agent first baseman available for next season. He will be looking for an Adam Dunn type contract–4 years, $56 million. I doubt Rizzo will be willing to go that high.

  113. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    peric.. agreed on Garcia… is Burnett in worse shape than we are hearing? I hope not

  114. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    I could be wrong but right now I suspect Jeff Mandel might be off to the AFL. Still need an infielder I think.

  115. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Good. That Turner kid is gone. Weren't getting much off him. Desi, nice single.

  116. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Let's get something started here.

  117. mick - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    phil dunton LaRoche' fielding is huge, I am assuming they are projecting Tyler Moore as the long time 1b, but, why not keep LaRoche

  118. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    And Espinosa! Way to greet the mad man. Desi still looks uncomfortable running.

  119. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Zambrano – bruised ego may be too bad to continue…

  120. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Morse is just not fast. And he thought the ball was foul. Wrong move. You play the ball and let the umpire rule.

  121. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Desi stole a base and laid out on a catch. If he can do that, he must be feeling pretty good.

  122. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    I love Zambrano points to heaven. Is he thanking God or mad at him?

  123. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Well, well, well. Getting interesting.

  124. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    That's the thing. Davey might convert Gorzo to short left-handed relief. Gorzo has the same velocity as Burnett and along with Micahel Rodriguez that would give you two lefties. Then you'd have Clippard, Mattheus, Storen and Garcia on the right side. That's six. Then you pick two long guys (Stammen and Duke/Lannan) plus the four starters. Or they could just leave Garcia and Duke off the playoff roster and just leave Burnett off due to injury. BUT, Davey likes a fully populated bullpen loaded for bear. We know who the four starters. But the bullpen? I can see Davey picking Garcia as a filthy stuff replacement for H-Rod.

  125. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    GYFNG!!!

  126. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Meant to say Michael Gonzalez. Sorry …

  127. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Lombo!!!!!

  128. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    So, I step away to have dinner with my family and things get interesting. Let's keep the pressure on; nobody out.

  129. blovy8 - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    lombulldozer

  130. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    OK, #1, let's get Stras off the hook. #2, Let's WIN this one!

  131. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    The kid can just get out of bed and make contact.

  132. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Eugene, I'll send you five bucks if you step away again for a few minutes…

  133. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Now, the Nats are behaving like the best team in baseball.

  134. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Candide: Only works once an inning. But I do have to take my daughter to the ice rink shortly…

  135. baseballswami - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Eugene- I will send you ten. Hurry up.

  136. phil dunton - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Mick, I agree, re-sign Laroche. However, the mutual option for next year won't do it. It needs Laroche's agreement and he won't agree because he can get more years and bigger bucks by becoming a free agent. At 33, he will be looking for security.

  137. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Natslady – Zambrano may just be calling for lightning.

  138. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Swami, let's not get into a bidding war. That'll just encourage Eugene to hold out and the game will be over by then.

  139. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Eugene – you guys have dessert yet?

  140. blovy8 - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    obviously not Harper at third on that playtough matchup for Mattheus with Stanton

  141. Scott Margenau - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Morse is not good enough to keep. Bad outfielder and I think Tyler Moore or Shark can out WAR him

  142. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Cubs are taking out their frustration on the Pirates. 8-0. Pirates have made seven (count 'em) 7 errors in the game so far.

  143. blovy8 - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    got a call there, whew

  144. phil dunton - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Pirates collapsing just like last year.

  145. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Did I mention that I heart Ryan Matteus?

  146. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Wow! Nasty sequence by Mattheus!

  147. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Scott M, I said that last winter, but I was outvoted. Not only by the posters here, but by Mike Rizzo.

  148. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Looks like more than 28K to me, but can't see the far reaches of the upper decks.

  149. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    You get your wish. Stayed for the Marlins half of the inning, now off to the ice rink. Send the money to the Arlington Food Assistance Center….back soon.

  150. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Hmmm.. 8-0 lead, you think the Cubs still advanced the runners on an error? How unsportmanlike!

  151. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Next year, we trade Morse to the A's for Milone, Peacock, and Norris.

  152. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Update: 12-0.

  153. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Gorse!

  154. blovy8 - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Well, Morse will be shaking other guys' hands after that and not his own…

  155. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    OK, keep Morse for today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  156. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    OK, we can keep him.

  157. Steady Eddie - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Good timing, Scott M. and Nats Lady.Even though the Beast hasn't been hitting for power because of his hand and thumb, he's gotten a lot of singles that sustained a lot of rallies.Notice where his BA is? There's a reason Rizzo resigned him for 2 years.

  158. Scott Margenau - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Haaaaaa!!! I take it back Morse, well at least, until the off season!

  159. blovy8 - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Yeah, the league really isn't brimming with .300 hitters with his power, I wouldn't give up on this guy so quickly. You can live with him being aggressive batting in the middle of the order.

  160. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Morse is not good enough to keep. Bad outfielder and I think Tyler Moore or Shark can out WAR himThat's because both you and Scott are wrong Natslady.Sure, Tyler Moore is younger and could be a huge power threat in the middle of the lineup, but he is still not comfortable in the outfield and you should know that since you are the one who always wanted Ankiel (NO BAT. NO NAT) in the game. Moore is not as good as Morse in left field. Moore is exclusively a first baseman. The Shark? He was given the chance to start on multiple occasions over the past three years. He seems to have found his niche as fourth outfielder. He may be the best left fielder but he will never hit for the kind of power that Morse does. And IMO Zimmerman is moving to first base so? Its Moore who seems most likely to be moved. Bernadina next because of the value he generated this year and because they do have Brown and Perez. I don't think LaRoche comes back … not with Rendon close and he may opt to test the free agent waters?

  161. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Peric, Morse is good enough to trade then, correct?

  162. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Back from rink; it seems to have worked again…and I do have to go next door for a birthday party at 7:30 (my time).

  163. blovy8 - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    the defense has been cursed since Espy was bragging on it in that masn interview earlier

  164. blovy8 - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    HA! The reverse jinx DOES work!

  165. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    The Kid!

  166. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Um, duh, Ozzie?

  167. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Sweet, sweet, sweet.

  168. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Wow! Bryce again. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

  169. Scott Margenau - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Peric. Solid points. I disagree.

  170. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:09 AM

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  171. Steady Eddie - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Yeah you right NL! What is it with the scouting in this league?Note also KSuz's great blocking of the plate.

  172. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Peric, Morse is good enough to trade then, correct?Not next season. But, sure. I expect him to be replaced by Brian Goodwin, Matt Skole (where do you put him if Zimmerman/Rendo are at first/ third? Outfield.) and now longer shot Destin Hood. I think the Nats have found their best possible lead-off hitter in Werth (thank god for the attitude change on Werth's part). He's here for thelong haul. In two seasons Morse will be 32.

  173. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Cheers of "Let's go Harper!"

  174. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    At least Gaudin is trying to keep Werth from getting a big lead.

  175. peric - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Werth isn't going to risk the game like a speedy slap hitter with speed might.

  176. Exposremains - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Why cant they put these guys away…

  177. MicheleS - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Dang it CLIPPARD!

  178. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Okay, off to the birthday gig — hope my departure helps.

  179. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Ah, I see – it's all Eugene's fault! ;-)

  180. Exposremains - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    No matter how bad the marlins are, its the one team they always have hard time against.

  181. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    The Nats do not have a closer this year. They need to shelve their whole hierarchy and let their most apt guys pitch at the ends of games. Clippard seems to get hammered, over and over and Storen hasn't been much better. I guess they were due for some bad luck, but it always seems to be the Marlins.I don't have much faith in either Storen or Clippard in a close game unfortunately.

  182. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Why catch that?

  183. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    First time I've ever seen Clipp not finish his inning.

  184. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Good question, ehay. Good question.

  185. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Clippard's ERA is skyhigh for a "closer." It is over 3.00. Storen is a big disappointment; maybe they should have dealt him when they had the chance, although I didn't want them to at the time.

  186. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    For closers, ERA is a lot less meaningful than Saves and Blown Saves.

  187. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Clippard finished his inning when he gave up 3 runs in a summary fashion. He only came out afterwards. Thank goodness for the new offense because we have seen some real holes in the relief pitching.

  188. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    My 12 th game this year. if we lose will be 10-2 . Followed will have lost both in extra inning lost to reds Apr 15.That ball was foul. Why Morse catch it? That was automatic run.

  189. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Oh yeah? Well, was that a blown save?

  190. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    This is longer than a Yankees – Red Sox game!

  191. MicheleS - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    HOLY POOP! NO QUIT!

  192. Candide - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Heh. I was thinking of going to bed when it got to 9-6…

  193. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    I guess it is part random and part match-ups but I am sick of the GD Marlins always beating us. They seem to beat no one else and have a luck factor of 5 but they always beat us.

  194. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    How many blown saves does Clippard have? I believe 5 or less. He has at least 30 saves.

  195. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Great swing by Espinosa.

  196. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Is that the standard? Great stoppers blow a couple a year. He is decent based on Whip, but he has also been fortunate in my opinion. Clippard was very shaky just after the All Star break in several games.

  197. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Clippard's first year as a closer, pressed into service by injury.

  198. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    How do you know when a closer has pitched a crummy game? He gets the win….

  199. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Well, true, but he was an All Star…

  200. MicheleS - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Come on Jayson! Need some magic!

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