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Game 143: Nats at Mets

Sep 12, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
John Lannan rejoins the Nationals rotation tonight at Citi Field.

NEW YORK — Tonight was supposed to feature the Great Stephen Strasburg Shutdown Circus, live from New York City. But as you know by now, the Nationals put a stop to that before they ever left Washington.

So instead John Lannan rejoins the rotation for tonight's series finale against the Mets, pitching just a hop, skip and a jump away from his childhood home on Long Island, eager to prove he can handle the pressure of pitching in a pennant race.

Lannan won't, however, have two regulars behind him in the field: Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa. Morse is out at leas a couple of days with a lingering left hand injury. (He was due to be examined today, so hopefully we'll get an update soon.) Espinosa, meanwhile, left the club to be with family following his grandmother's death. He's scheduled to rejoin the Nationals Friday in Atlanta, so he'll miss only one game.

Updates to come, please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Clear, 75 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (88-54)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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212 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Section 222 - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Davey surprises all of us other than peric by leaving Werth in the leadoff spot instead of batting Lombo there. Guess he likes what the top of the order has been doing. I do too.

  2. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Fortunately, Craig Stammen and Zach Duke are well rested.

  3. MicheleS - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    GO JOHN!!!! It's going to be a fun ride for you for the next month!I think Zuki goes off tonight on this rookie.

  4. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Guess he likes what the top of the order has been doing. I do too.So, do his splits. Remember 222, he is hitting ahead of a guy, who right now, is making Mike Trout's year look boring. Trout is more than a year older than Harper. What happens when Harper gets to that age? What happens this year when the big lights are on the kid and he gets to play in the kind of games he loves the most? Harper is on a tear. Werth is veteran enough to take full advantage of that. But when you slot Werth in for say Morse? Or Zimmerman? He looks like DeRosa.

  5. bowdenball - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Mark said:"So instead John Lannan rejoins the rotation … eager to prove he can handle the pressure of pitching in a pennant race."John has already had a MUCH bigger pennant race start than this one. He started the game where we stopped the bleeding in the four-gamer against the Braves that featured the blown 9-0 lead. A road start against the Mets with the team in first by 7.5 games is small potatoes compared to that one.

  6. Tcostant - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Bernadina should be in CF with Harper in LF, I don't get it.

  7. UnkyD - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Spinner…LannEn ! ! LannEn ! !(how cool is it, that my iPhone still remembers how to spell LannEn!)

  8. nats guy - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Peric knows all even when he doesn't.

  9. natsfan1a - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    I hear circus music. Wait, maybe that's just Dmitri fielding a pop fly. :-)Re. tonight's starter, John's always struck me as a guy who doesn't buckle under pressure. Go, John-Boy! I'm rooting for ya.Tonight was supposed to feature the Great Stephen Strasburg Shutdown Circus, live from New York City. But as you know by now, the Nationals put a stop to that before they ever left Washington.

  10. realdealnats - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Sympathies to Espi and his family. Good to get Lombo some playing time to get the rust off.Where did LannEn come from anyway? I've always been puzzled by this.

  11. natsfan1a - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    rdn, Riggleman misspelled his last name on a lineup card. The Nats went on to win the game (if memory serves, they'd been on a losing streak). The rest is history. :-)

  12. NatsLady - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Danny, take care. I miss my grandma, have her and my gramps picture on my refrigerator, I think of them every day…

  13. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Peric knows all even when he doesn't.And somehow he usually ends up right … aggravating all and sundry.

  14. hiramhover - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Peric, it's hard to take seriously someone who was calling Werth a bench bat when he came back last month. But dog-gone if you're not back at it. This complaining about his batting order splits is pretty silly–because the sample sizes are very small and because the differences really aren't that great.Here are his slash lines in different spots:#1 – .346/.427/.526, 78ABs#3 – .133/.188/.133, 15ABs#4 – .323/.475/.548, 31ABs#5 – .275/.359/.435, 69ABs #6 – .343/.410/.429, 35ABs#9 – 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 ABSo if his slot is going to be dictated simply by these small sample sizes, he obviously ought to be batting 9th. Or 4th.Except for the #3 hole, where he's had all of 15ABs, I don't see anything that looks even remotely like DeRosa's .145/.277/.203.

  15. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    A road start against the Mets with the team in first by 7.5 games is small potatoes compared to that one.Just the opposite. In that one he was the the "sixth" starter starting one game of a doubleheader added as a 26th man just for that game.In this case he is replacing Stephen Strasburg, the defacto ace of the staff, league leader in strikeouts, a guy who likely will be in many Cy Young conversations … perhaps even in this year's. Add all the drama, controversy and hoopla surrounding the Nat's decision to shut Stras down and replace him with who? Not Wil Nieves. No, John Lannan. And its happening IN NEW YORK which happens to be where John Lannan hails from?Yeah methinks the pressure is HUGE this time around.

  16. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Except for the #3 hole, where he's had all of 15ABs, I don't see anything that looks even remotely like DeRosa's .145/.277/.203.Except the diminshed ISO. The dearth of home run power and XBH's? But, what has he consistently been good at? OBP == Lead-off. OBP == Lead-Off Larry. OBP == Lead-Off and ONLY lead-off. What part of that can't you grasp?

  17. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    in his start against Atlanta, he was trying to prove his worth, stopping a slide, and holding Atlanta back one more game all at the same time.Lannen has pitched in NY before, a shutout actually.

  18. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    So, let's look at the two that have the large sample size everyone touts right? Which LOOKS BETTER even to a blind as bat mole?#1 – .346/.427/.526, 78ABs #5 – .275/.359/.435, 69ABs

  19. baseballswami - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I think it's interesting that everyone has been calling Strasburg our ace. He did start the season as the number one. The second half was started by Jordan ( at the time when he was basically perfect) and Gio has the gaudy numbers at this point. If I had to name a Nats ace it would definitely be Gio. I would call Strasburg a possible future ace. I just think Gio , with his experience and resume is a better pitcher right now. Might not be forever, but I think he could be next season also. Strasburg has the electric stuff but still has a lot to learn and needs to show that he can do it over time. Don't count LannEn out – he is a tough minded guy who has had to learn to pitch to compensate for the fact that he does not have SS-like stuff. I will never forget in the 2011 season, early June?, when he beat the PHils for the first time. I think it was like one to nothing and Laynce Nix saved the game with a terrific catch. He just willed himself to win that game. The better lighting, field conditions and defense behind him gives him quite a lift.

  20. hiramhover - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    PericThe question is not whether he's better in the #1 hole–the question is whether you're correct in suggesting that he's Mark DeRosa when he bats anywhere else. I'm not sure what a bat mole is, but I'm confident that a human with average vision can look at the numbers above and figure out the honest answer to that.

  21. 07994f1c-b0ba-11e1-8c5a-000bcdcb8a73 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    In my mind, that Saturday night victory by Lannan was the single-most important pitching performance (and victory) of the year, to date. So, I agree with bowdenball.Do it again, John!

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Espi = grandma will be able to see all your games now. Still hard losing family members who have cheered you since you were just little playing.GYFNG The Brewers can go too while they are at it.

  23. rabbit34 - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    You guys need to stop analyzing everything to death. Everyone is not going to see everything the same way. All of you certainly don't. None of you have been always correct all season. Certainly none of you ever will. So, if someone doesn't agree with each of your views, he is just dumb? Therefore, using that logic, everyone here is dumb. Enjoy the game.

  24. Section 222 - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    hh, arguing with peric is like arguing with a dining room table, as Barney Frank once famously said. Your point is clear and compelling. My advice would be to resist the temptation to further engage.

  25. Old Wino - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Glad he didn't break up the one two punch of Werth & Harper. I'd be curious about Harpers #s behind Lombo & Werth. He seems better behind Werth. Just a casual observation.

  26. NatsLady - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Harper likes hitting with Werth in front of him. He said so.

  27. JD - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Many statistical studies have concluded that the batting order's effect on overall results is marginal at best. In fact if you take a team's 9 throw it into a hat and pull out a batting order every night the difference in the results is less than most of us amateur analysts would expect. Furthermore the concept of 'protection' has almost universal acceptance but almost no statistical back up; essentially if you are a good hitter you can hit at 7:00 pm or at 7:30 or whenever. With runners on or without.

  28. JaneB - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    rdn, Riggleman didn't misspell LannEn on just any old line up card.mit was a game against the Phillies, and the Phillies had John LannAn's number big time. When he pitched, it was like those guys got staked to five runs. But that day, John LannEn was the winner, and the rest is history. Just like the guys don't mess with things that occurred at the start of a streak (underwear, meals, etc), WE don't mess with new, empowered spelling of LannEn.Sympathies to Danny's family.

  29. m20832 - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    CRAPPPP!!! Ol' country joe west behind the plate????Go LannEn!!! GYFNG!!!!

  30. btharner - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    My deepest sympathies to Danny and his family.

  31. NatsNut - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Are you kidding me, Joe West is behind the plate? This is gonna be a fun game.

  32. Ratiocinational - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Natsfan and realdeal…I think the LannEn misspelling night was his first ever win against the Phillies after I don't know how many starts.

  33. natsfan1a - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

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  34. natsfan1a - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Thanks to JaneB and Ratiocinational for sharing their memories on the lineup card game.Re. the umps, when Joe West is on duty, the circus is always in town, or would that be the rodeo? Yee-haw! :-)Also, great post, rabbit.

  35. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    rdn, Riggleman didn't misspell LannEn on just any old line up card.mit was a game against the Phillies,Its possible Lannan could face the Phillies TWICE in two critical series one in Philadelphia and the final home series. I hope Davey adjusts the rotation before then …

  36. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    hh, arguing with peric is like arguing with a dining room table, as Barney Frank once famously said.The bottom line is power. Werth has shown a lot less than Morse and you folks are all ready to trade him … and its not like Morse hasn't had injuries. Werth is no longer a middle of the order hitter. And I think he knows it. If you look at the stats with an OBJECTIVE EYE you too will see that. Desmond, Zimmerman, LaRoche, and even Espinosa are hitting with some success in that area … throw in Harper? BUT, when Werth is in the lead-off spot he works the pitcher. When he bats in the middle of the order he tries to be a run producer and typically fails. And honestly HiramHover's stats are the crappy stats that have been around since the Teedy was a real guy who refused to shoot a bear cub. In others words: OLD SCHOOL! They aren't very accurate.So, puhhleeze?

  37. MicheleS - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    I will be curious to see John's new delivery that he worked on in AAA. Something about standing tall?

  38. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Looking forward to John's effort tonite but I'm also looking forward to seeing Harvey in his second to last start before being…….Drum Roll, please………SHUT DOWN.

  39. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Phillies just won. 9-1 their last 10 games.

  40. MicheleS - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    NJ.. I laugh at that shutdown.. Didn't the Rays just shut down 1 of there pitchers? Aren't they in a pennant race? Why is no one screaming about that?

  41. ehay2k - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    if there is one pitcher on the staff that won't lose his cool due to the HP ump, it's LannEn. One thing he has is poise.

  42. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Joe west I don't remember ha being bad.first two guys more times out in first than all 10 at bats last night

  43. ehay2k - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Man, this Mets pitcher looks GREAT! Oh wait, he's new so the Nats have never seen him. Of course, I wish we took more pitches against a guy we've never seen. Just sayin….

  44. natsfan1a - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Or maybe it was Walking Tall? Nah. :-)MicheleS said…I will be curious to see John's new delivery that he worked on in AAA. Something about standing tall?

  45. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Hey folks….hope all is well….Looking for the win tonight! Let's go John.!

  46. natsfan1a - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Did somebody say "shutdown"?

  47. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Desi has a powerful arm…

  48. MicheleS - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Good find 1A.. to bad you can't put John's head on that poster.

  49. ehay2k - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Hmm.. Cedeno in? Wrong lineup card submitted?

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    We made Harvey look like Ch Young.

  51. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    MNF, only one inning has been played. Let's wait a bit.

  52. ehay2k - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Against the Nats, Hairston feels entitled to take a base.

  53. ehay2k - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Joe West will hold that against him. ;-)

  54. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Whether anybody knows it or not, Matt Harvey is really good. Just inexperienced.

  55. ehay2k - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Natsjack, because Harvey is from NY – he is already leading Gio in Cy Young coverage on ESPN!

  56. MicheleS - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    NJ.. and this is why next year the NL East is going to be a lot tougher.

  57. ehay2k - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Here comes Chels' man!

  58. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Is the second inning and no outs recorded fair enough to cable him a Ch Young candidate.

  59. ehay2k - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Joe West is not giving the low strike. Not good for a contact pitcher…

  60. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Eight pitches and he faced five batters. Has to be a record.

  61. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Lannan works out nicely with good fielding.

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    At least some contact that inning. Need to be ready to swing earlier.

  63. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Bryce got his fastball and got under it.

  64. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Zim needs to move to make plays

  65. Drew - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Now that they're above .500, the Phillies get four games against the Astros and three against the Mets. They really could get into the mix for the second wild card

  66. ehay2k - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Nice pick off! Coach Knorr must be happy.

  67. MicheleS - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    A PICK OFF!!!! WOW!!! and then Wright grounds out.. SWEET!!!

  68. Joe Seamhead - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Mrs. Seamhead asks, How many have we picked off, two?"

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Pick off great job. 36 pitches 23 striked

  70. ehay2k - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Just saw John Stewart, from the Daily Show, in the stands. Didn't know he was a Mets fan.

  71. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    BOOM goes Ryan….An Angry swing after that error!!

  72. Joe Seamhead - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Well, now! Way to go , Zimm!

  73. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Cue Mark for a round of shots. Zim goes Booooom

  74. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    The barking Hot Dog vendor is driving my actual dog crazy….

  75. djinFl. - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    'The Nationals on their bench, lead the world in smiles'Mets announcer

  76. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Nats driving Harvey's pitch count up with all the strikeouts….It's all by design to get to the wretched Mets bullpen…

  77. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Lannan at 37 pitches through 3 innings. Stras would have been there with 1 out in the second……maybe.

  78. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Dangit… So wanted my boo to come to 3rd… It's okay though… Let's Go D!

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Just Time fast ball against Harvey

  80. ehay2k - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Camptown lady sing this song, Duda, Duda!

  81. MicheleS - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Mets Bullpen coming into view.. the guys must be licking their chops

  82. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    true that, NatsJack.

  83. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Manassas…please dump your auto correct. Half your posts are indecipherable.

  84. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Lannan is having a GREAT game…

  85. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    49 pitches through 4 innings. This is what I call pitching. Gio can learn from this.

  86. ehay2k - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    This Lannan kid looks pretty good. Seems like he really understands how to best use his stuff. Didn't get flustered when he wasn't getting the low strike called. In short, he's a pretty mature pitcher. Wonder why it took the Nats so long to promote him from AAA? ;-)

  87. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    49 Pitches more like it.

  88. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Do pitchers bat in Triple A?

  89. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    John Lannan has many times screwed himself by poorly making bunt attempts.

  90. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Just like interleague. They do at home and when player other NL affilites but not when playing an AL affiliate on the road.

  91. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Do the Nats have a Designated Bunter for the playoffs? Not a very good bunting team actually…Davey not a big fan of bunting anyway

  92. MicheleS - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    5th inning and the kid harvey is at 90 Pitches.. I am firing up the grill, boys you can roast that bullpen!

  93. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    MicheleS,.you beat me to it.

  94. Jasoneducator - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    @EugenePitchers bat when both teams are NL affiliates. Charlie & Dave said he had 14 ABs at AAA.

  95. Soon to be Mrs. Roger Bernadina - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    It's time for the Mutts to go into their BO. Lannan can go to the 7th really…

  96. MicheleS - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Strike outs are facist… ground balls outs are good.

  97. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Cardinals just blew another. This is unreal.

  98. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Hey Gonat, I started watching more Cardinal games around the time the Nats played them, and everyone was saying 'Watch Out for St Louis"…They ain't that good…Neither is Cinc….The Nats, Braves and Giants are far above everyone else in the NL imo

  99. MicheleS - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Wait.. Ian Walked? and we had a pickoff in the same game??? Am i living in the Twighlight Zone???

  100. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    That was pathetic. 3 measly pop ups with bases juiced

  101. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    That was awful. Carson couldn't fund the strike zone and TyMo swung 2-0 and fouled it off.

  102. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    find the strike zone

  103. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Haha Michele..it could be Bizarro-World, where Hello means Good-Bye and Bryce Harper loafs to 1B on routine grounders…

  104. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    "Everyday Garcia" warming in the pen…Davey is like a kid with a new video game…

  105. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Garcia's my guy Derek.

  106. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    No help for lannan tonight. Top of 6 th was bad. Everybody trying to hit a grand slam. Both guys hacking on 2. 0? I hope that doesn't cost us.

  107. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Great effort by LannEn. Good move by Davey getting him out when he did. LannEn: World's Best Fifth Starter.

  108. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Looks like Davey's pretty high on him too, Jack..with good reason

  109. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    He's not the highest paid minor league pitcher in history for nothing!

  110. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Sunshine he deserves the W. letsngetnsome runs here.

  111. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Sorry. When we get up to bat. Don't like a rookie pitcher here. Go get stammer or somebody.

  112. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    And as FP and Carp just PILE ON the mickey for Garcia, he hits Shoppach.

  113. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    This is a good move, need to see how Garcia does in this type of situation…It's all about getting ready for Oct now…

  114. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Now the Mets have the same bases loaded the Nats had last inning.

  115. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Swift, first you have to get to October. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

  116. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Take another bow, NatsJack, for the Garcia find. You can bird dog for me anytime, pal.

  117. hiramhover - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Well that was exciting.

  118. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Lannan finishes off another excellent start. He only missed a few pitches and like he does so well strands them.

  119. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Thanks GONAT. Took the words right ……… When there is a z in the standings next to Washington then we can talk.

  120. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I went to my MA meeting (maloox anonomys) today. Pitcher fine tonight. Batters not producing against a terrible bull pen.Bases loaded we withered away. Gameday gives each of the three batters 3 lob on individual stats.Braves also had bases load an Dan Uggla didn't. pop up instead grounds into double play and scores second run.FYI each team 7 LOB. Individual LOB NATS 16 METS 13

  121. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Huge pressure on Lannan as he was dubbed by the media as replacing Strasburg.Excellent.job and results.

  122. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    BTW rays stranded the bases loaded also.

  123. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    John Lannan is worth every penny of the 5Mil the Nats pay him as far as I'm concerned.

  124. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    You just know the Legion of Doom were at the ready if Lannan flinched.Of course I don't expect his detractors to say what a great job he did.

  125. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    NatsJack, that July 21st win was worth $5 million.

  126. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    I think when someone says lannan deserve better wig the bats it means he did well.

  127. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Wigs for Bats…Keep Bats Warm…

  128. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Brew Crew!

  129. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    DeRosa, pinch hit, go to first, get a runner, sit down again. $800,000. Nice work if you can get it.

  130. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Brewers 3 Braves 2Weeks 3 run jack!

  131. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Swift, don't forget the chicken.

  132. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    I agree, Ghost. And his starts this September are geavy.And to think, there are people on this site (well one) that swear Yunesky Maya is better.

  133. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Check out the ROY with the Sac Bunt! #Team player

  134. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Haha SWM…what a great flick

  135. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Swift, better be ROY

  136. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    FYI Harper doesn't get 2 personal LOB as a sacrifice doesn't count against him.

  137. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    True, one can Never predict the voters Gonat, but anyone with eyeballs knows Bryce is the best…the voters may turn into statisticians but there's NO rookie in the NL anyone wouldn't trade for Bryce

  138. hiramhover - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    There are people on this site (well one) that swear Yunesky Maya is betterIt's as obvious as the pRAA on your face.

  139. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    this is Reds bullpen in disguise. I bet they really want that best record in NL, thus lending players to Mets.

  140. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Damn we are just not hitting with guys on.Braves down 4-2.Held off Maloox but tempted by our batters

  141. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Brewers 4-2 with bases loaded and 1 out

  142. Exposremains - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Come on! Really!

  143. Section 222 - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    I sure hope Harper was following Davey's instructions on that bunt, rather than freelancing as Carp and FP theorized.And I sure hope the Nats failure to drive in any runs in two bases loaded situations in the last two innings doesn't come back to bite them. One run is not usually enough to win a baseball game.

  144. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    7-2 Brewers on a bases clearing double

  145. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Section 222, my thinking is that Harp was trying to ambush bunt for a hit and just didn't bunt it well.

  146. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    I'm telling you Gonat! It's over, Stop worrying…save your nerves for October when it's actually time to fret! lol

  147. Exposremains - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Someone might of said that already but what Lannan has is experience which other younger harder throwing pitcher don't have yet.

  148. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Maholm had 4 shutout innings and it caved in on him. Fredi left him in to self-destruct and finally pulled him after 7 earned.

  149. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Brewers wiht a 7-spot against those Barves.What did I say weeks ago about us winning this thing by 10 games?

  150. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Even the pitcher with a 2 out RBI. Brewers 8-2

  151. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    How apparent is it that Davey absolutely loves this bull pen?

  152. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    BOOM goes Ian!…

  153. hiramhover - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Ian!!!!

  154. Scott Margenau - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    You guys crack me up. Are we all related or married somehow? Ps: dong dez

  155. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Lannan and Desi, the 2 most beaten up Nats.

  156. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Ian with the Legion of BOOM

  157. MicheleS - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    and thank you John Rauch

  158. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    I ask my son if that was Rauch, spelling? I said he stinks watch for a homer. Badda bing

  159. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    can 25 years old be batboys for Nationals? I guess they wouldn't be called a batboy.

  160. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Easy FP…Ryan Z is still the MVP of this team, no matter what the stats say…When Ryan started hitting, this team went from good to best team in MLB…

  161. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Did you hear what FP just said, "If Desi didn't miss that time away with the oblique he would have been the leading candidate for the MVP"Desi = Case of Sunflower seeds….according to the Legion of Doom

  162. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Desi = Case of Sunflower seeds….according to the Legion of Doom________________________ September 12, 2012 9:53 PM Haha…I remember that one Gonat…One of their all-time best moments…right up there with "Rizzo Fail"

  163. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Swift, the 1-2-3 spots in the order didn't produce until Ryan Z started hitting.

  164. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Darn bleeder hit.

  165. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    thom loverro ‏@thomloverro #Orioles GM Dan Duquette told "The Sports Reporters" @ESPNRadio980 that he was #Nationals GM candidate but #MLB chose Jim Bowden instead

  166. Section 222 - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Gonat, if he was bunting for a hit he would have dragged it. He definitely squared up like a sacrifice. Plus, he squared up on the previous pitch too. My theory is that Davey called for hit with the hot Zim coming up. And Bryce almost beat it out anyway.I'd still like to see more runs, but 2-0 is an improvement on 3-0. Thanks Ian.

  167. Scott Margenau - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    See what I mean. We love em both. Both MVPs. Now stop this or you will be put in time out.

  168. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    what a sweet DP!

  169. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    What a GIDP! HUGE. 1st off Mattheus throws Wright a 3-0 meatball that he can't barrel up and then gets him to ground into a nifty doubleplay.

  170. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    The team didn't break out as a whole hitting wise until Zim got rhe "shot" and starting bashing his way to .285.

  171. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Nats hitting great with no one not bad.once guy on gets worse.. 3 for 18 last 2 games.I held off Maloox as long as possible. Allowing batter to reach base before Wright my pet peeve vs. Mets. Then just as I ready to pour 6-4-3.The 12 step program MA has is helping .I counted to 30 before pouring.

  172. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Section 222 said… Gonat, if he was bunting for a hit he would have dragged it. He definitely squared up like a sacrifice. Plus, he squared up on the previous pitch too. My theory is that Davey called for hit with the hot Zim coming up. And Bryce almost beat it out anyway.I'd still like to see more runs, but 2-0 is an improvement on 3-0. Thanks Ian. September 12, 2012 10:00 PM ___________________________________Who said he was trying to drag it against a RH pitcher? I think he was trying to get it down to 3rd base.

  173. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    So true Gonat! The Nats were 41-30 when Ryan got The Shot…47-24 since…

  174. Scott Margenau - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Did anyone see that commercial for that hospital just now??? Wth?How that got by any lawyer or marketing mind is baffling.

  175. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    I doubt Davey asked Bryce to bunt, I'm sure he knew that runners at 2nd and 3rd would take the bat out of Ryan's hands…

  176. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Tracy better go yard or make an out 'cause Perez has already pinch run.

  177. Scott Margenau - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Sean scares me….not sure why. Pass the malox

  178. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    No. Davey didn't call the bunt. That was Bryce thinking to much and like they say, " don't think Meat….It'l only hurt the team."

  179. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    SEAN???????? Oh boy. Blood pressure going up

  180. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Craig Heist ‏@cheistWTOP @washingnats take what??? I am quite happy. More room for Lannan who YOU said shouldnt be on the team. #tunaboutisfairplay ___________________________________This is getting good. Ladson says he never said that about Lannan.

  181. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    If Burnett doesn't throw strikes early to this hitter, the bull pen better get ready.

  182. Section 222 - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Pretty high leverage situation to put Burnett in for his first appearance after his injury/rest. Let's hope Clipp or Storen are ready to come in if necessary.

  183. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    I hope Davey knows what he's doing.

  184. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    This isn't the 8th, its the 9th. Oh boy.Kardiac Kids. Where's my Tums

  185. Exposremains - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    dont like this move.

  186. Scott Margenau - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Good hit. Sean looks good though.

  187. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    This is classic Davey, showing confidence in Burnett and putting him in a spot he may see in the playoffs…tight game, 2 lefties to get out…

  188. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Gonat…..It's "In Davey We Trust". You know that.

  189. Scott Margenau - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    It's more like a lefty thing….

  190. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    I don't know Swift. This is more than LOOGY work. Huge for Burnie here to get back on the horse.

  191. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Still like the move…think Burnett is ready to run through a wall for Davey? Sean knows Davey took a chance on him in this spot…

  192. MicheleS - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    OH MY GOSH.. I NEED BOURBON!!! Not just MAALOX

  193. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Oh well. Here comes Storen. BABIP bad luck on the 2 hits.

  194. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Haha..you guys worry too much! This isn't even a big game…

  195. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Burnett better than against Cards, but still poor. He has allowed winning run to the plays. Davey 1 batter late.

  196. Scott Margenau - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Pass the Woodford Reserve Plz

  197. Gonat - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Heart pounding.

  198. Secret wasian man - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    What do you mean. Not a big game. They all count the same????

  199. Scott Margenau - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Whew

  200. Swift Eagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    89…You guys need to Chill! Lol

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