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NLDS Game 3: Cardinals at Nats

Oct 10, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The postseason comes to Washington at last this afternoon.

Eighty-eight years ago today, Earl McNeely doubled to left field in the bottom of the 12th inning at Griffith Stadium, bringing home Muddy Ruel from second base with the run that gave the Washington Senators a 4-3 victory over the New York Giants in Game 7 of the World Series, the one and only major-league baseball championship in District of Columbia history.

About three hours from now, the postseason returns to Washington, with Edwin Jackson delivering the first pitch of Game 3 of the National League Division Series to Jon Jay as a sellout crowd on South Capitol Street roars with approval. It's an event so many people in this town have looked forward to experiencing for so long, but the mood will be dampened significantly if the Nationals don't emerge victorious.

How important is the outcome of this game? Well, there have been 39 five-game series in baseball history that were tied 1-1. The team that won Game 3 proceeded to win the series 30 times, losing only nine times. So, there you go.

Be sure to get here early for the pregame festivities, which include the full introductions of both teams, plus Frank Robinson throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. And for those not fortunate enough to be able to attend in person, you of course can get plenty of updates and analysis right here…

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES – GAME 3
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:07 p.m. EDT
TV: MLB Network
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), WTEM (980 AM), XM 183
Weather: Sunny, 66 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to CF

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

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211 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Detwiler presser on MLB Network now.

  2. terpman33 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Cant believe the day is here. I will be in some red today. Also, I guess with this 1:00pm start time, the Learners are determined not to pay Metro to stay open late, lol. Seriously, lets make this place go crazy today. GYFNG!!!!!

  3. Gonat - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    John C. said… Geaux Nats! Will be heading to the park at 11:30 (I work in walking distance). Will be rocking Section 311, hoping to join in many NATS cheers today :) October 10, 2012 9:49 AM _____________________________Geaux Nats from a Ragin Cajun!

  4. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Terpman, you know MLB sets the game time, under orders from the TV networks, right?

  5. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Det says his routine the day before a game he's scheduled to start is to eat continuously throughout the day. No mention of donuts!

  6. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Ikimashoo Natsu! Let's Go (boys of) Summer!

  7. RPrecupjr - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I'll be there in 402, Row K with my wife daughter and mother. Unfortunately my father is too ill to attend today, but we'll be rooting for him as well. I imagine with the massive crowd it'll be a bit more difficult for folks to come by and say hi, but I'd rather have it like this than the days where all the fans could sit in one section :) We will definitely be decked out in our red!!

  8. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I MADE IT! Only took an hour! GYFNG! GO EJAX! GO BATS!

  9. Pilchard - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Totally jacked!!!!!!!Go Nats! Lets take another step today.

  10. Dryw Loves the Nats - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I can't wait! I'm sitting at work watching minutes tick by until I can leave for the stadium. GYFPNG!!!!!!!!!! (P is for postseason, you know!!!!)

  11. Feel Wood - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    How important is the outcome of this game? Well, there have been 39 five-game series in baseball history that were tied 1-1. The team that won Game 3 proceeded to win the series 30 times, losing only nine times. So, there you go.Here's another sobering statistic I heard on the radio this morning. Edwin Jackson has made 31 starts for the Nats this year. Their record in those games is 12-19. Think about that. The team won 98 games and lost 64. 30% of their losses came with Jackson on the bump, and only 12% of their victories. He really needs to prove that he's a different pitcher in the postseason than he is in the regular season.

  12. Feel Wood - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Section 222 said… Det says his routine the day before a game he's scheduled to start is to eat continuously throughout the day.Then clearly his routine the night before his starts must be refunding.

  13. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Go, EDWIN! Go, NATS BATS!!Hope to leave in half an hour, or as soon as my hubby gets home. Also, carrying forward for JaneB.JaneB said… I've already packed the car. Made a sign. Planned what I'm wearing. Imaginary Friends coming to the game! Let's meet each other and say hey up behind section 312 tomorrow! We'll be there at least an hour before the game, but I know many will leave for our seats FOR PLAY OFF BASEBALL by about 20 before 1:00. Free Maalox for all who show up. You're on your own for the bourbon. Though I'm hoping you won't need any. October 09, 2012 9:03 PM

  14. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Here's a stat for you, I have a .750 winning percentage in games attended with my hubby this season. :-)

  15. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    (Yeah, small sample size. What-ever. :-))

  16. Doc - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Feel Wood, I'm more in favor of non-sobering stats.Let's hope to-day's statistics lead to some champagne tomorrow!!!

  17. Nats fan in NJ - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I'm so nervous and stoked…don't think I needed those 2 cups of extra caffeinated coffee this morning…Still 2+ hours to first pitch…Let's go Nats!!

  18. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Me, too, on the nervous and on the second cup of coffee. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

  19. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Uh, no pun intended. Heh.

  20. bowdenball - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    A large part of the reason that the Nats went 12-19 in Jackson's starts is that they give him the lowest amount of run support of all their starters, by far. The Nats gave Jackson only 3.94 runs of support per start. They gave Detwiler 4.11 runs per game, which is a bigger gap than it sounds like when you remember that Jackson handles a bat and the basepaths much better than Det and also pitches deeper into games. The other starters got 4.39 (Strasburg), 4.91 (Zimmermann), and 5.36 (Gio).The W-L record in Jackson's starts is more on the team's performance at the plate those days than on Jackson. If they hit the way they normally hit at home today you can throw that statistic out the window.

  21. Bueller in NOLA 4DC! - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    GO TEDDY. NATS NATS NATS! World Series bound! #4DCBro'!

  22. Steady Eddie - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Adding to bowdenball's point, EJax has substantially better splits on W-L, ERA, BAA, and WHIP at home than away, as I posted yesterday (and Det's are better still for both W-L and ERA).So home EJax is more frequently Good EJax, and our run support has increased sharply post-ASG.GYFNG!

  23. waddu eye no - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    you guys at game – or even in front of a tv – have a great time. i am seldom this jealous of anyone. time for gameday and charlie and dave – and teaching a class that starts at 4. maybe a short game so i can hear the final fireworks?gyfng

  24. Another_Sam - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    On metro with 1,000s of my closest friends.

  25. Steady Eddie - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    There's always another relevant statistic.You can look at EJax's meltdown in St. Louis in late September, and you can look at his 8 IP 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 10K domination of the Cards in late August here in Nats Park where he's pitching today.And we'll see what happens shortly.

  26. NatsNut - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    omg omg omg! I'm so excited!!! EEEEEEEEK!! (Happy Dance) See you at the ballpark!GYFNG!

  27. Mickey Vernon - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    GO NATS!!! I've been waiting since we finished second in the AL in 1945. Let's get back to playing like you did from April thru early September. Beat the Cards!

  28. JaneB - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    GYFNGBeautiful day. See some of you soon!

  29. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    There have been 39 five-game series in baseball history that were tied 1-1. The team that won Game 3 proceeded to win the series 30 times, losing only nine times. Which is about what you'd expect if they were flipping a coin, come to think of it. Which is not to gainsay the importance of winning game 3.WYFNW!

  30. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Bueller?……. Bueller?…….Bueller?

  31. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    A righteous dude.

  32. DL in VA - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Heh. Just did the math, and Section 3 is exactly right. A coin flip results in the winner of game 3 winning 75% of the time.Whatever. Let's win this game.

  33. whatsanattau - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Stats, stats, stats, … Only this one matters … The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins 100% of the time. The Nats did that more than any other team in baseball this year.

  34. hiramhover - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Feel WoodI hope the "good" EJax shows up today too, and from inning #1 (which isn't always the case with him). But those W-L numbers you cite aren't really a fair reflection of his performance in many of those starts. To use a stricter standard for a quality start: EJax started 15 games this season in which he pitched at least 6 inn and gave up no more than 2 ER. JZimm had 20 starts that meet the same criteria. Their comparative records in those starts:EJax: 7-4 (4 ND)JZim: 12-2 (6 ND)

  35. A DC Wonk - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    EJax: ERA at home: 3.35More important stat, relating to FeelWood's comment:EJax overall this season, when the Nats score three or more runs — has a record of 10-2.(EJax's poor record, as noted above, is because the Nats score zero-to-two runs _nine_ times when he pitched).(Scary stat: his ERA is close to 7 for the first inning)

  36. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    How important is the outcome of this game? Well, there have been 39 five-game series in baseball history that were tied 1-1. The team that won Game 3 proceeded to win the series 30 times, losing only nine times. So, there you go.This is consistent with the Nats record in 3 game series that I noted yesterday. Yes, this is a very big game starting in less than 2 hours.

  37. A DC Wonk - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I work about a mile away . . . I'm leaving now! See you at the pre-game-meet soon!

  38. Feel Wood - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Pregame discussion topic: Which is the more pathetic individual, the guy wearing the customized replica Matt Stairs Nationals jersey or the guy wearing the customized replica Manny Acta jersey?

  39. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    First playoff game …

  40. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Matt stairs by far…..and i was really hoping to see a change at 2b…i think we all know how danny is going to do vs a guy with such a good breaking ball.

  41. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Basically EJax was paid 11 million to be here today as the plug-in replacement for Stras after he was shutdown. The real scary is the fact that he dropped Boras as an agent, the guy who got him that 1 year deal to do that. I still wonder about that.

  42. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    i think we all know how danny is going to do vs a guy with such a good breaking ball.Oh well, at least he is a gold glove fielder unlike Adam Dunn … and he's young and still learning. Rome wasn't built in a day dude.

  43. Theophilus T. S. - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I don't think I'm gonna watch. My opinion of Jackson has been stated on numerous occasions. I think being proved right would be too painful to watch. I think I'd rather look up at 4:15 and be pleasantly surprised that, this time, I was wrong. Maybe the Nats will win 16-15. That seems the most reasonable thing to hope for.

  44. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I agree peric, he will be better. Hopefully he makes the Ian Desmind jump…side note-looks like a lady had a red rally towel with natitude on it. I hope they are giving them out and we see them flying!!!

  45. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Wow, all these classic playoff videos bring chills….hopefully nats will have one of these….

  46. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Good news: hes keeping the ball low.Bad news: i dont know if we can hit……

  47. SCNatsFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    You always wonder, is it the good Edwin or the bad Edwin… c'mon buddy, no more two out runs

  48. djinFl. - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Get it back and more

  49. djinFl. - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I never want to hear again this is not a baseball town.I can not describe how great the crowd appears on TV.Amazing for a bunch of bureaucrats.

  50. SCNatsFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    C'mon boys stop gagging with RISP. Play like the best team in baseball. You haven't yet this series.

  51. SCNatsFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    wow

  52. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    on the bright side, I think I just saved bunch of money on playoff tickets.

  53. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    When Edwin is bad he is really bad. It's one thing to give up a double to Freese but Pete Kosma for cripes sake?

  54. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    No comment.

  55. Bigfish - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Jim Kaat is already into his Steven Strasburg shtick — and we've already had that supremely irritating Washington Area Hyundai commercial. Oh, also, Jackson can't throw the ball where he wants to.

  56. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Nats may as well learn now who is ready for prime time and who is not and Ejax is simply not and it would be a blessing if this was his final game as a Nat.LaRoche and Morse at bats really very bad

  57. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Faraz Shaikh said…on the bright side, I think I just saved bunch of money on playoff tickets.I have tickets for tomorrow and I almost went today, I was trying to be positive about Ejax, I really was and deep down I knew he would let this team down, but, not much Davey can really do about it. I just want the heart of the batting order to play like they have all year.thanks a lot ump, Cards do not need any help

  58. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    wait, fans are shouting Strasburg?

  59. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Jim Joyce….. clown umpire and needs to retire, I thought MLB got rid of the garbage in post season

  60. rogieshan - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Brett Anderson had twenty days off before pitching his gem last night. Can't use layoff or inexperience as an excuse here for EJax.

  61. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    you owe your team Ejax, big time!!

  62. SCNatsFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    That's 2 sac bunts by Espi already in 3 games. This dude needs to learn how to swing a bat. Down by 4 we can't be giving outs away with Suzuki and Jackson to follow.

  63. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    rogieshan said…Brett Anderson had twenty days off before pitching his gem last night. Can't use layoff or inexperience as an excuse here for EJax.BINGO… layoffs are BS in MLB period. In fact, they hurt a team by throwing them out of sync

  64. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    OK everyone; deep breath. It's not over yet.

  65. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    mick, i have 3 really expensive (by my budget) tickets for NLCS. the way this game is going I am trying to be positive about it.

  66. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    JD, I know it isn't over but very nervous about this series.

  67. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Faraz Shaikh I am going to remain positive, I am going tomorrow and we will tie it up at 2-2 a piece, Gio will dominate game 5… this game is DONE and we can thank Ejax… i think his performance (if you can call it that) effects the team today in a bad way. Det I bet pitches 6-7 innings and gives up maybe 1 run tomorrow.

  68. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    but… if we cannot hit, all this not matter

  69. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    What is up with the pitching!!!!!

  70. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Mick, I know you are frustrated but Jim Joyce is a very good umpire; one of the best.

  71. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Its over. We need to replace some of these younger players with more experienced players in the off-season. The core position players should be Harper, Desmond, Bernadina, Moore, Lombardozzi, and Zimmerman (I include Zimm only because no one will eat his contract). Espinosa can't hit. The core pictching rotation should be Gio, Stras, Zim. Jackson is gone. Det is possible, but I would consider packaging him as a trade. Burnett and Clip should be gone for more power arms in the back-end of the rotation. The goal should be to raise the average age by 5 years and triple post-season experience. Experience matters.

  72. Drew - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Out here by the right field fair pole, the board says Edwin's ERA just dropped under 15. Woo Hoo!

  73. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Mick, This game is NOT done !!!

  74. djinFl. - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

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  75. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Faraz,Me too. I said all along that St.Louis is the worst possible opponent to face. I wanted San Fran but there it is.

  76. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    DJB. This team will be experienced next year. And a year older. So there you go.

  77. Gumbo in Gotham - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Ugh. I'm at work and finally got a chance to check the score…very disappointed at such a bad start. The game isn't over though. Go Nats!!

  78. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Why does Harp get to 3-0 and not get on base!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  79. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    The young teams – A's, Nats, and O's – are on the ropes. The old teams – Yankees, Cardinals, and Tigers – are doing well. I don't know how to characterize Cincinnati. You need age and experience. Go older.

  80. djinFl. - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Still think it is to early to concede.I think we can hit Carpenter.Yes next year we will be even better and experienced,but we can still win now.

  81. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    DJB Actually; the reason we are 4 runs behind today is an experienced Edwin Jackson and poor hitting by an experienced Adam LaRoche.

  82. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    How are O's on the ropes? Also Tigers are barely older than A's. Only reason Tigers are ahead right now is because of stupid system that had A's start on the road. Tigers should not even be in the playoffs. Only reason they made it was because of White Sox collapse (much tougher schedule than Tigers at the end).

  83. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Better older players. The Cards got rid of Jackson for a reason. LaRoche has always sniffed the playoffs but never been a regular. Pujols was past his prime when the Cards let him go, but they didn't replace his bat with a 19-year old. Experience just matters, and you can't develop it. You buy it.

  84. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    where was that slider in the 2nd inning?

  85. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Cain, Bumgarner, Freese, Posey. Few names that were responsible for winning last two World Series. They were all playing first WS or not much experience, but did well.

  86. Secret wasian man - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    This is very disappointing. Ejax is terrible. (despite what PERIC says) We lucked out in game 1. But this is 3 straight terible starts by our pitchers. We are totally overmatched by the Cardinals. This series is over. And I want to go cry.

  87. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Secret, Great idea. Go ahead.

  88. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    DJB sounds like you should become a yankee fan.

  89. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    DJB, Oh got you. We should just go out and sign Miguel Cabrrera and Ryan Braun. Right?

  90. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    This sux

  91. NatsFan05 - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Secret wasian man said… This is very disappointing. Ejax is terrible. (despite what PERIC says) We lucked out in game 1. But this is 3 straight terrible starts by our pitchers. We are totally overmatched by the Cardinals. This series is over. And I want to go cry.I don't here a fat lady singing just yet. Keep the faith, we're still have a few inning in this game and two more after that.Go Nats, Just Win Baby!

  92. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Wow did that just happen

  93. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    The freaking pitcher hits a double!!!! That's says it all!!!

  94. Schumatrix - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I think E-Jax is playing his way off this team for next year…

  95. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    We had a chance at Pujols or Fielder, but went young. I'm not a Yankee fan, but just realistic. You don't build baseball rosters like basketball rosters. You need age and experience.

  96. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    How about 15 throw overs to 3rd!

  97. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Manny Ramirez for OF next year then?

  98. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Good job E-Jax! That may have saved it (if we hit)

  99. Gumbo in Gotham - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Wow, a lot of negativity on here considering our club went from one of the worst in baseball two seasons ago to the best record in the majors, an NL East title, and a 1-1 tie in the series so far…

  100. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    3 innings in a row where the Cards have not scored!!!

  101. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Uh oh! Bullpen gets the call!

  102. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    'We had a chance at Pujols or Fielder, but went young'. Really? The man playing the position for us where these 2 would have fit in is at least as old and experienced as they are and oh by the way his production was better than theirs for the year.

  103. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    JD…I agree with you. ALR was also better on defense.

  104. rogieshan - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Guess the Reds are glad the Nats took the first seed.

  105. JD - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    DJB, When you build a team and that team wins 98 games (best in the majors) criticizing this effort is just plain asinine and stems from a predisposition to criticize no matter what. What happens in a short series cannot undo all the positives of the season. And BTW we are still very much in this thing.

  106. SCNatsFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    umbo you can't blame people for being dissappointed on this teams biggest stage so far we have seen a team that has laid a goose egg. Stars need to play like stars and that is not happening right now for the home team. Lets hope it changes soon.

  107. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    rogieshan, yeah Reds will skip NLCS and advance directly to WS, without having to face Cardinals if they win this series.

  108. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Completely off topic….when do they announce all the awards for the season?

  109. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Love that werth hussle.

  110. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    ALR please deliver some of that production!!!

  111. rogieshan - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Faraz, I like my odds better in a best-out-of-seven.

  112. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Kirbs, I believe 2-3 weeks after WS.

  113. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Come on mikey! Hell of an AB by ALR.

  114. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Beast time

  115. Schumatrix - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    The good news about all this is that I truly believe that we can win two in a row at home.

  116. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    How many stranded now?

  117. Nats fan in NJ - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Glad Mark is in the stands. It's about time we get some runs!!!

  118. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    We had a chance at Pujols or Fielder, but went young. I'm not a Yankee fan, but just realistic. You don't build baseball rosters like basketball rosters. You need age and experience.As usual, DJB, You don't know what you're talking about. You don't understand baseball at all. And as JD said, and I've pointed out before the Nats have a 32 going on 33 first basemen who has playoff experience. He also had stats that were comparable or better than the two you mentioned. Bandwagon fans.

  119. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Our offense has been seriously impotent in the post season. Very sad to watch the opposite of clutch. Not legion of doom, love these guys for this season, but they don 't look like that team that won 98 games. Why Stammen every day? Hasn't been very effective..

  120. SCNatsFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Dang Morse you had a chance to really change this game.Nats in the clutch are gagging it up worse that the SP are gagging the early innings. OK, its about the same.

  121. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Our offense has been seriously impotent in the post season. Its swung back and forth all year long as opposing teams' pitching staffs adjusted to the lineups. Offense has been inconsistent.Right now they've adjusted to the Werth / Harper duo. Davey's going right-handed as much as he can in this series. Thus Stammen

  122. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Time for Gorzelanny.

  123. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    The national stage may just be too much for the Nats right now. Still my boys, tho….

  124. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Morse, meet Dave Winfield, although I am sure Morse will get a hit when the game means nothing or nobody is on base and the team is down 6-0. The frustration that is setting in is that the Cards made post season by the Dodgers losing on the second last day of the season. Best record means NOTHING and I hope every Nats fan knows this now. I will go tomorrow to say farewell to a great season as it will end tomorrow. Only Desi has shown me he is a future prime time star, the rest may be the Phillies of 1976 and 1977….. playoff losers in the first round, winning only 1 game in 2 years. I hope Davey's rigidness not playing Lombo (who earned the right to play in post season) over a guy who just can not hit left handed and when it counts will not get in the way next season.what a disappointing finish to a great season, I just hope I see a competitive game tomorrow, although I now have my doubts.

  125. Old Wino - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Rally time.

  126. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Sj that is my fear, except for Desi, this gang may be the Caps when it comes to baseball

  127. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Sj – have to agree.going from never having a winning season to the post season seems to be causing whiplash. Their rise had been exponential– a lot in a hurry. I would just like to see them play a really good game. Giant steps this year. Hate to see them go down weakly. Desi came to play!!!

  128. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    If Desi did not get hurt in July, he would have hit 30 plus HR and exceeded 100 RBI…. terrific player… he deserves better

  129. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Everybody needs to rub dezis bat.

  130. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Desi…our only offense this series. Rest of the Nats should study his every move.

  131. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Nats need to win at least 1 at home, if they do not it will leave a very bitter taste.

  132. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Just a a million dollar bet with my wife that danny would strike out………

  133. mick - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    so much for Matheny being a rookie coach, he is schooling Davey and his unwillingness to sit Espi and not play Lombo is a good example

  134. Kirbs - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Can i get me Lombo tomorrow PLEASE. This is not the time for dannys fellings.

  135. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    You know , the people that start their posts with " Steve Lombardozzi will never be more than……" Really irritate me. What a good at bat . And he is a part time rookie. Just like Tyler on Sunday. Clutch.

  136. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Apparently, our pitching staff is regressing to the mean. It is hard to have much confidence in Detwiler tomorrow. I would rather see Lannan out there. Stammen can't get anybody out anymore. There is a huge difference between 4-0 and 5-0, but Stammen comes in and hits somebody again. I don't think experience has anything to do with it, just lack of common sense….

  137. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Terrible hitting, too.

  138. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    7 runs in 3 games, just pathetic and 3 of them were meaningless garbage time runs….

  139. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    True that the pitching had been leaky. But the offense ? No situational hitting. And maybe small ball just every once in a while just to get the offense goin?

  140. Exposremains - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Starting pitching: AwfulNO Hitting, except DesmondNo Clutch, except MooreBullpen: mehThough to win againgst World ChampionNo experience on this team.

  141. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Game is going way too fast for them. Now they know what it's like.

  142. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Davey needs to pull Detwiler in the first inning, if he gets into any trouble at all. Jackson should have been yanked as soon as someone got on in the 2nd inning. We just can't have any more faith in these guys this year. They either produce in the early innings or they need to be yanked. The bullpen has 6 months to rest.

  143. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Moore had a good at bat, but that was hardly clutch. It was a weak blooper, not a drive off the wall. LaRoche and Harper are not doing well. Zimmerman and Desmond are the only ones doing much.

  144. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Watch the professional hitters. That's how it's done. Productive out.

  145. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    7-0.

  146. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I'm a Nats fan, but I disagree with Rizzo's strategy. The Cards, though they created the farm system, don't rely on it anymore. You buy the best players in their prime. If we can't hang with the big boys, then just accept post-season futility. This team is not built for October. It's a simple fact. It's built to get butts in the seats during regular season so we can get a better cut of the MASN deal. A fine strategy that will only work so long. The Yankees have won 27 championships, and the Cards 11, buying players to complement a youthful core. Ask any Red Sox fan.

  147. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    I know the Cards are a storied franchise and defending champs but the bias by the announcers is hardly masked at all.

  148. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    There is no such thing as built for October. If you believe that, you are about the only one. Baseball Prospectus had a stat a couple of years ago and they discontinued it. What works in the regular season, works in the post-season, you just don't have a large enough sample size.No one has ever been able to identify any post-season factors of success that differ from the regular season.

  149. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    That was good strategy.

  150. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Not.

  151. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Gio Gonzalez must be the greatest pitcher in all of baseball since he held these guys to only 2 runs in 5 innings. We have given up 18 runs in 2 games and this game is not over…. Yikes!

  152. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    I'm a Nats fan, but I disagree with Rizzo's strategy. The Cards, though they created the farm system, don't rely on it anymore. You buy the best players in their prime. If we can't hang with the big boys, then just accept post-season futility. This team is not built for October. The Cards definitely rely on their farm system. Where did Pujols come from? Sheesh someone still doesn't know what he is talking about.

  153. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    We might as well shoot for a 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates thing and let the Cards get 10 in this game. This game is officially over.

  154. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    We have two reliable pitchers, Gio and Storen. It is hard to believe how fast our pitching imploded.

  155. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Pitching, where the Nats have been the most consistent and, at times, dominant attribute this season just has not been there for this series …At least in the first and third games.

  156. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Who cares if he fanned the side? He gave up a run.

  157. fresh2death1997 - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    This is nothing but a game. I think the hitters are the problem to be honest.

  158. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    I didn't think that losing Strasburg would matter this much, but who knew that Zimmerman, Jackson and Detwiler were all going to implode at once. Johnson made a huge error not keeping Lannan. Lannan might not be a world-beater but he doesn't give up rules like Jackson and Detwiler and Zimmerman have lately.

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

    Can't understand why we didn't use Mattheus. He has been more effective. No use waiting for the inning that is his role if the game has to be held at four instead of six.

  160. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Seriously, we need to do what Metheny did on Monday. Detwiler should get no leeway at all.

  161. phil dunton - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    This team was never the same after Rizzo shut down Strasburg. What we are seeing should not be a surprise to anyone.

  162. BigCat - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    As I said before the series, we don't want any part of the Cards. They are a veteran ball club who are peaking at the right time. They bludgeoned us 2 weeks ago. They have pummeled us the last two days, and will pummel Detwiler tomorrow to put us out of our misery. Bottom line…..they are a better team.And I don't wanna hear anything about Carpenter being a great post season pitcher. He had nothing today. He gave us cock-shots all day to hit at 91-93 with no movement. His curve was of high school nature. We should of knocked him out in 2 innings. But once again….we can't hit in the clutchAnd don't even get me going on the Strasburg issue.Still….it was a hell of a ride this year.

  163. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    We bludgeoned them a month ago, but they do have a good run differential.

  164. Unknown - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    This game is over. Hard to see how we win this series. Time to start thinking about improving this team for next season:1) need more hitters who grind at bats and strike out less – openings in CF and 1b for those types. maybe a change at 2b as well.2) need a veteran pitcher for rotation who has a solid postseason record. No margin for error in these short series.3) need another power arm in the bullpen and not Oh Henry.

  165. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    I will say that this is a great example of babip. Washington has been very unlucky. We hit two homers and both were without runners on and both in a situation where they didn't matter….

  166. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    We can win the series if we win the last two games. That is how. There is nothing particularly remarkably about winning two games in a row at home….

  167. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    We seem to have really streaky hitters. All of a sudden, LaRoche and Harper are useless. Those two are losing the series, along with Espinosa.

  168. BigCat - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Just when you think the Cards have no one else in their bull pen they roll out this guy throwing 100 mph with a nasty hook. Who are these guys?

  169. NatsFanGino - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Not seeing a whole lot of heart from this team right now. Maybe Edwin, being his horrible self early on, broke their spirit. Really frustrating watching this performance.

  170. Secret wasian man - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    After investing heart and sole for over 162 games and being the king of Legion of doom, I have nothing to offer. I have no sarcasm left. I have no negativity left. I'm not frustrated and I'm not angry. I am truly sad. I feel like I just got home from school and my mom told me my dog just died. I wanna cry. Truly I do.

  171. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Decisions have consequences. We all assumed that Zimmerman would keep pitching at a level close to Gio and Stras. That has been the difference.

  172. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Well, the post-season is random. Cleveland won 111 games and only lost 43 in 1954 and then lost the World Series in 4 straight.Baltimore was 112-53 in 1969 and lost four straight to the Mets after winning game one.Those great A's teams of the late 80's and early 90's lost World Series to inferior Reds' and Dodgers' teams….

  173. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Gio pitched an amazing game in game 1. No wonder he walked so many guys. It is better than getting pounded. We have two effective pitchers left on the team and yet, we kept Chad Tracy over Lannan….

  174. Secret wasian man - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    We are not losing in this series. We are getting our. A———- s kicked. I need a tissue. Someone please speak words of comfort to me.

  175. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Hey, San Fran got stomped at home and they didn't give up. You would barely notice if the Nats lost 2 lopsided games in the regular season. This isn't any different.

  176. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Its not over til its over.1) need more hitters who grind at bats and strike out less – openings in CF and 1b for those types. maybe a change at 2b as well.Harper and Werth in center and right field. No room at the inn there. Espinosa and Lombardozzi at second base. No room at the inn there.2) need a veteran pitcher for rotation who has a solid postseason record. No margin for error in these short series.All rotation pitchers now have post-season experience. Next year Stras is in for the entire season. Be nice to pick up the still young David Price on the left side though. 3) need another power arm in the bullpen and not Oh Henry.Henry will be back. But they do need replacements for the left-handed side of the bullpen. Might be their biggest need going into the offseason. But, pitching on the right side seems more than adequately covered.Only position needing replacement will likely be first base where LaRoche is a free agent seeking a multi-year deal. Morse / Moore step in until Rendon is ready and then Zimmerman will almost certainly move to first base to make room for Rendon at third.

  177. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Did someone say Matteus was effective?27 pitches and lucky he only gave up 2 runs….I hope we don't score. This thing needs to end quickly.

  178. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    If somehow the Nats win the next two, what are the odds that Lannan is on the squad the next rount?

  179. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    This is undoubtedly the worse Nats game of the year.

  180. Sj - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I'm glad this game wasn't played during prime time…what an embarrassing performance by our Nats.Still my boys, tho.

  181. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    It is ironic that in their first play-off game at home, the Nats look almost exactly like the Nats we cut our teeth on, from 2006-2009. Just terrible!

  182. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    I wouldn't want Jackson back because of his terrible early innings. Why can't the guy warm up twice as long or something? Every time he loses, he gets hammered in the first two innings. Jackson lost this game in the first inning.

  183. phil dunton - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Espinosa=best strikeout macihine in MLB.

  184. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    It would take a miracle of epic proportions to win this game. A few runs would be nice to make the boxscore respectable.

  185. rabbit34 - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    I just returned to my bunny hole from being out having fun. I saw the score, haven't seen a box score, and haven't read any of the posts. But, I'll bet we have right around 10 strike-outs. We need bats. Hopefully Rizzo will get some in the off-season. Put everyone on the block except Harper and Desmond and Moore. This year was a gift. Next year it's all the way. SS wouldn't have helped in this playoff. Not with a no clutch-hit-strikeout lineup.

  186. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Nah, I would rather lose 10-0. It makes the story better if somehow we win the next two. What has Det done against the Cards except for his last crummy outing?

  187. Pappy - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Who are these guys! Where did they come from! These are NOT the Nats I've been watching all year! No pitching and No hitting in the same game, for really, three games in row!Hope Davey saved some magic for moments like this.

  188. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Worst game of the year? Or was it Monday?

  189. Unknown - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Peric — Ideally wed get a leadoff CF and Harper and Werth man the corners while MM goes to first. No one can predict rendon's path — kid hasnt even had significant milb ABs (133 and only 68 above A) and we are handing him a job? he seems brittle to me and we know that physical toll 3b has on guys.Not sure how that void gets filled — could be a FA or trade and maybe one of the pieces in a trade is a 2b.on the rotation – yeah but I want a guy with success. Price would be great. James Shields too. disagree on the pen. Burnett and Mgonzo are Ok. HRO too inconsistent. Need a 96-98 MPH fastball bridge to Storen. I like Garcia but a veteran presence there with some postseason success would be nice.

  190. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    You kidding. This team's hitting approach is not built for October. The pithers choke – not built for October. If we were in the old playoff setup, we may have been o.k., but this team is certainly flawed. Rizzo should be fired.

  191. BigCat - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Bottom line…..the Nats go as RZimm goes. I truly don't believe his shoulder is good. He gutted it out, but cortisone will only take you so far. He got his hits, but he really hasn't been driving the ball like a healthy Zim does.

  192. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    This is a complete team effort to lose. Seems only 3 players came to play Desmond, Zimmerman and Storen. The rear appeared to mail it in. That is 20·4 in the last 2 games

  193. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    I have been home since bottom of the 7th. Most batters look uninterested.

  194. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    RZimm is not the centerpiece for a playoff team. You kidding. His career OPS is 830. Never should have gotten his deal.

  195. axton - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    "Rizzo should be fired" is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. He'll be winning executive of the year for sure. Yes, we've been absolutely dominated this series… but the games were lost on the field mostly by our starting pitching and our horrible offense.

  196. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Mattheus had been effective. Now, nobody is. This is just sad to watch. I am so proud of their season, but this is no way to go out.

  197. perspective dweeb - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    got our ass whooped ! cant believed I skipped class

  198. DJB - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Rizzo should be fired. He decided to shut down Stras despite the harm to the clubhouse. This loss will have tremendous repercussions going forward into next season. They know they choke.

  199. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Have they started serious Stras talk? Seems JZim and EJax were setting up Rizzo to be critcized. Not good soldiers in this battle.

  200. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Another game tomorrow. No problem. Lohse will get crushed.

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