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NLDS Game 1: Nats at Cardinals

Oct 7, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals' first-ever postseason runs begins today at Busch Stadium.

ST. LOUIS — The time has come. No more pontificating. No more speculation. No more anticipation. The postseason has arrived for the Washington Nationals, and all that's left to do is take the field and play ball.

No surprises from Davey Johnson with his Game 1 lineup. It's the same one he fielded throughout the final two weeks of the pennant race. He doesn't have any surprises planned for his use of the pitching staff and said all of his relievers are capable of going back-to-back-to-back days if necessary. And he didn't feel any need to speak to his entire roster as a group in advance of this series.

"If I had a meeting," the 69-year-old skipper said, "they'd think I was panicking or something."

So there's nothing really left to say except: Enjoy the game, and please check back here for updates and analysis throughout…

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES – GAME 1
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Where: Busch Stadium
Gametime: 3:07 p.m. EDT
TV: TBS
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), WSPZ (570 AM), XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 53 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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421 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Druuuuuuuuuuuuu. Killer slider!

  2. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Who gives a #$#$ about Kemp!!!???Same dude who predicted that Strasburg would pitch in the playoffs. How's that prediction doing? B-word.

  3. baseballswami - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Yes!!!!! I cannot believe we pulled that one off!!! Mattheus and Moore! How is that for experience?!

  4. Nicky - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Just like Michele said

  5. NatsNut - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Ohmygosh. THIS FEELS GREAT!!!

  6. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    YOWSA!!!GYFNG! Who's your player of the game? Tyler Moore. Honorable mention has to go to the entire bullpen!

  7. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:50 PM

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  8. ehay2k - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Wow. Have not read the game thread. Took busy chewing my nails to hold the tablet!! Nice way for Gio to gut it out, not having his best stuff. Home field advantage is now ours!!

  9. peric - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Kind of a typical game from earlier in the regular season. Remember? No offense, good defense, stellar pitching. Felt very familiar.

  10. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Shades of April and May — 'cause that's how we won that one. Pitching and a timely hit or two. Phew!!!

  11. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Great minds think alike? Didn't you know that about you, Peric. (chuckling)

  12. Anna Peregrina - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    I feel almost too much of a nervous wreck to be happy. But not quite …. woooooo hoooooo. Matheus! Moore! Storen! We love you!

  13. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Fantastic ending. Drew took full advantage of the strike zone, and his slider was hot. NL, absolutely right about Mattheus not being available for the 8th. Thank goodness Davey pinch hit for him, eh? Stockton seemed almost disappointed that the Nats prevailed. Hee hee. All these announcers worshipping last year's winner, and the year before's and the year before's are going to learn what the Nats are all about.

  14. Knoxville Nat - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Was that "Fifty Shades of April….."?

  15. Anna Peregrina - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Anyone know if the O's-Yanks game is likely to happen tonight? (Yes, I hate Angelos, but not the O's …)

  16. Bigfish - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    I'm with D'Gourds on the Zim throwing problem: it's not his shoulder, it's what's between his ears. Does anyone remember Chuck Knoblauch? Or Steve Sax? Or Mackey Sasser? The yips don't just happen to 2nd basemen & catchers.

  17. Bigfish - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    I'm with D'Gourds on the Zim throwing problem: it's not his shoulder, it's what's between his ears. Does anyone remember Chuck Knoblauch? Or Steve Sax? Or Mackey Sasser? The yips don't just happen to 2nd basemen & catchers.

  18. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    A great TEAM win. Virtually everybody who played today contributed in different ways, even Chad Tracy,just by being announced to pinch hit, forcing Matheny's hand.Davey says that he called for Espy's bunt because he had 3 strikeouts. It was not a squeeze because of Morse's lack of speed being at third.

  19. sm13 - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Uh oh ,just realized we have to do this again and again. My blood pressure will need a vacation.

  20. Joe Seamhead - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:20 PM

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  21. Section 222 - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    T-Shirt material: Don't play Scrabble with Davey!

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Friday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Friday's games

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WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
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