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Instant analysis: Cardinals 12, Nats 2

Sep 29, 2012, 3:06 AM EDT

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Edwin Jackson was knocked out in the second inning of a blowout loss.

Game in a nutshell: Not a whole lot to say about this one, other than to point out how bad Edwin Jackson was during a miserable 1 1/3 innings on the mound. The right-hander was torched for nine runs (eight earned), putting his team in a 9-1 hole in the second inning. Not much else mattered after that, with Davey Johnson pulling seven of his eight regulars (everyone except Danny Espinosa), choosing to live to fight another day. And yet the night really wasn't a lost cause for the Nationals, because Lucas Duda's 3-run homer in Atlanta led the Mets to a 3-1 win and spoiled Chipper Jones Night for the Braves. Thus the Nationals somehow managed to get blown out yet still see their magic number drop to 2. Which means they can clinch the NL East title tomorrow night with a win plus another Braves loss. Kind of takes the sting out of this ugly performance, doesn't it?

Hitting lowlight: It's tough find much motivation when you step to the plate trailing by eight runs, so it's hard to find too much fault with the Nationals' hitting approach in this one. They did get a couple of niceRead more ยป

  1. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    stinky game tonight.. may be the worst played game of the season, 1 out of 157 aint bad at all

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Nats really lack intensity after second inning. Losing bad no intensity though more bothersome.31 players played.7 would get a ++ tonight Harper LaRoche Brown and Bernadina Gorzalanny Garcia and Dukes.Other 14 would get neautal or negative.

  3. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Mark says "In his defense, Jackson wasn't helped by his defense in the first inning, with Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman bobbling the ball"true, but when you walk batters, their is NO defense. just a really bad outing by Ejac. I hope on Wed, which is the season finale he shows he can pitch in post season

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    We have had about 10 bad games. that is not to bad.

  5. JT - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    If you're going to have a klunker, glad its on a night when the Braves lose also.

  6. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    when does Dickey pitch??

  7. Unknown - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Don't recall the last time I was happy following a Nationals' loss thanks to Tim Hudson giving up that 3-2 bomb to Mr. Duda. The two teams have a combined 10 games remaining. If eight of them go against Washington (Nats' loss or Braves' win) we win the division. All is good.Farid @ Idaho

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Dickey pitches Tuesday

  9. SonnyG10 - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Get the bad ball game out of the way and still drop the magic number to 2. That makes this loss a lot easier to take.I don't know about bumping Edwin down to fourth starter. Maybe he should be bumped to fifth. Gonzalez stunk also, but the rest of our relievers did well.

  10. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan thank you…. bummer so not verse Braves

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Duda "Star of the Game"

  12. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said…Duda "Star of the Game"best post of the night, lol

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Correct 2 with 5 to go is almost safe.Now if Nats win tomorrow Dodger losetonight and tomorrow.Braves wins tomorrow.then on Sunday Nats win and Dodgers lose. Both Nats and Cards would clinch on Sunday.They could have a line like after a Stanley Cup series and all celebrate.

  14. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    If I am reading the standings correctly… Braves/Nats have clinched home field for WC. Cards magic # is 1 game for WCReds and Nats are now tied for best rec

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Dickey pitched yesterday no way he was going to pitch to Braves

  16. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Manassas Nats' FanI am confused with standings?

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Cards magic number is 3 over Dodger. Dodgers winning now.

  18. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    ah I see now, thanks Manassas Nats' Fan

  19. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    help with AL…. the only way O's miss is if they lose 5 in a row and Angels win all 5?

  20. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    very exciting!!!

  21. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Cant believe how far David Wright has fallen. Braves walked batter in front of him to load the bases and Wright goes first ball swinging into a GIDP.

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Cards 85-72 Dodgers 81-75. Dodgers can still win 87. With three wins Cards eliminates Dodgers

  23. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    AL WC race is crazy!!!

  24. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan thank you

  25. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. for real??Two weeks ago, I still saw Wright as Mets best player

  26. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Phoolies officially eliminated. Hope they keep losing.

  27. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M.If Mets want to give Wright away…. we will take him, lol

  28. Feel Wood - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    The way things are trending, you certainly have to think Ross Detwiler will be Davey Johnson's No. 3 starter in the postseason, with Jackson bumped to the fourth slot.Lannan to the #4 slot. Give Jackson a lovely parting gift.

  29. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Mick, 0-4 and his BA down to .306

  30. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Feel Wood I think you are probably spot on… the only way that changes is if Ejac pitches well in season finale

  31. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    assuming he pitches in that game

  32. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:31 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. wow, I wonder if Wright is just frustrated and wants season to end?

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Orioles 90-67 A's 89-68 (if they win) Angels 87-70 Rays 86-71. Angels need to win 3 more than O's to tie them.A's need to win 1 more.Rays need to win 4 more to tie them.Rayd host O's lsst 3 if Rsys sweep O's could lose out.Angels at Mariners. to end Rangers at Oakland.O's magic number is 3

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Mick, he did the same last year. The team leader can't quit on his team.

  35. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan thank you for AL, really appreciate it!!Ghost Of Steve M. I hear you and agree. however, it appears to me that the owner has quit on the team a while back, I am not excusing Wright, but the morale of the Mets has to be very low. Tonights win for them showed a lot of pride

  36. Steady Eddie - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Looking for other positives to take out of this stinker…BAPIP Gods were totally against us tonight. Bouncers to Zim and Desi were potential DP balls that were hit weirdly and hard to handle, no particular credit to the hitters; and Werth once, ALR twice hit balls that would have gone out in slightly warmer weather, Morse a scorching liner that a few feet to Kozma's left is a double in the gap.Not complaining at all — that's how they roll sometimes in baseball — just hoping we got a lot of the bad BAPIP karma out of the way in the same game as EJax's meltdown.We've been giving JZimm pretty good run support lately…

  37. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Mick, nothing worse than the Pirates. It is a monumental collapse. Now they can't even get to a winning season.

  38. mick - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. AGREED on Pirates, actually very sad for themspeaking of very sad, I know there are many Terp fans in here, tragic story about Earl Badu… a walk on from the Terps 2002 championship basketball team, he apparently committed suicide today… just very sad.

  39. Gonat - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    I went to Camden with some Red Sox clad buddies. I wore Nats gear and saw quite a few Nats caps.I followed the bloodbath on my cell and decided the Legion of Doom in the game thread was in full out rage.After the Braves loss and gaining 1 on the Magic #, not a bad night.I caught the post-game on MASN and Ray Knight analyzed Edwin's start.I guess Edwin will get one more start to convince Davey he deserves a spot on the post-season roster.

  40. NatsNut - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    "The way things are trending, you certainly have to think Ross Detwiler will be Davey Johnson's No. 3 starter in the postseason, with Jackson bumped to the fourth slot."Which scares me considering Det went 84 pitches in 5 innings in his last start, giving up home runs, walks, earned runs, you name it, before getting yanked.

  41. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Gonat, Davey won't make a knee-jerk reaction but EJax has been the #5. ERA blows up to 4.13

  42. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Mick AL central cannot get a wild card skot though a tie is easily possible

  43. Steady Eddie - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    mick and Ghost, Mets' good performance wasn't just tonight. They've now won 7 of their last 8, and Wright has been hitting pretty well throughout that streak. As have Tejada, Murphy, Davis, and Hairston (not all every night, but they did score 6 runs in each of the past four games (against the Bucs) and 14 in three games vs. the Fish. Counts as an explosion for the Mets since the ASB.Gives some hope they might conceivably pick off tomorrow's game with all that momentum and Minor on the bump. Not so Sunday, with Medlen vs. a MiLB callup. (Though there's always the reverse jinx and You Can't Predict Baseball.)

  44. Gonat - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. September 28, 2012 9:17 PMGames like this will really skew the stats. It may have also sealed EJax fate for the postseason with Lannan pitching much better________________________________May have like you said. Davey will wait but I have also thought that if the Nats play the Braves that it will be Gio, JZim, Det and Lannan anyway.EJax pitched lights out against the Reds so I don't think you have to keep the same rotation for each series.One at a time.

  45. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    David Wright by month:April .389May .347June .340July .255Aug .272Sept .255

  46. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Wright in July still had a .333 OBP, this month .293

  47. Gonat - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Steady, Medlen may give it up. When a team has nothing to lose, even the Marlins 2nd baseman (Onion's bro) hit 2 homers off of him but I would agree that Saturday would be a good day for the Young to beat Minor.

  48. rogieshan - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    I know it's September and only a small sample size, but has Zach Duke maybe found his true calling as a reliever out of the bullpen? Would Davey Johnson consider going with the hot hand and include him in the postseason roster over the likes of T. Gorzelanny, M. Gonzales and J. Lannan?

  49. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    For those that thought 4 days ago the Barves would go 9-0, think again!

  50. Feel Wood - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    EJax pitched lights out against the RedsThat was four or five months ago. The statute of limitations has passed on that.

  51. Ghost Of Steve M. - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    rogieshan, many Managers go with xfactor players like Christian Garcia and Lannan. No clue what Davey will do.

  52. Gonat - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    Feel Wood said… That was four or five months ago. The statute of limitations has passed on that. September 29, 2012 12:10 AM ___________________________________Was just trying to keep it positive on a horrible day for Edwin. Davey could have helped him and grabbed him early. He was throwing BP. A shame to see a guy suffer like that.

  53. Drew - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    While Edwin was abysmal today, no one should overrate nice guy John Lannan as a result.At 4.23, John has the worst ERA among the Nationals' starters. Yes, he is 4-0. Yes, he won a huge game against Atlanta when the Nats were reeling. But John also has the highest run support among Nationals' starters and Jackson has the lowest.Here are the numbers, according to ESPN's advanced pitching stats:Jackson: 3.83Detwiler: 4.12Strasburg: 4.39Zimmermann: 4.87Gio Gonzalez: 5.38Lannan: 5.60We shouldn't get carried away by Edwin stinking up the joint, or by John's winning streak. As Denny Green said in his famous tirade: "They are who we thought they were."

  54. natsfan1a - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Yeah, that was ugly. Hope that it was an anomaly. Was relieved to hear that the Mets won. And the Marlins (buh-bye, Phillies). And the paragraph below is. so. sweet. And me with an early birthday dinner on tap for tonight. Hope they're okay with taking me to a sports bar. Yeah, that's the ticket. :-)It's the moment you've been waiting 79 years to experience: Washington's baseball club has a chance to clinch a title tomorrow night.

  55. natsfan1a - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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  56. natsfan1a - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Now that I've had my coffee, I will phrase that more precisely: I was relieved to hear that the Mets won, and happy to hear that the Marlins won (buh-bye, Phillies). :-)

  57. natsfan1a - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Don't know whether this has been mentioned, but hat tip to Gorzelanny (who hadn't been called on much of late), Garcia, and Duke for their scoreless innings last night.

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