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Nats vs. Mets – 2/28/13

Feb 28, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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The Nats and Mets play under the lights tonight in Viera.

Everybody in the Nationals' rotation has now pitched once this spring. Tonight, Round 2 begins with Stephen Strasburg on the mound, facing the same Mets club he went up against five days ago. Strasburg threw 41 pitches over two innings in that start; tonight he'll be allowed to go three innings and 60 pitches as he build his arm up in advance of Opening Day. The right-hander also will put some added emphasis on fastball command, something he struggled with in the first inning last time out.

Strasburg will have several regulars behind him tonight, plus No. 1 catcher Kurt Suzuki calling pitches behind the plate. You'll notice Suzuki is actually hitting second for this game, a rare place to find a catcher. Don't read anything into that, though. Davey Johnson is merely trying to get Suzuki two at-bats as quick as possible so he can come out of the game.

Tonight's game also is the first to be televised by the Nats' crew this spring. Bob and F.P. are back for another season together and will have the call beginning at 6 p.m. If you live outside the D.C. area, you can pick up their simulcast on MLB Network.

Enjoy the game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. NEW YORK METS
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EST
TV: MASN, MLB Network
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 67 degrees, Wind 14 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
C Kurt Suzuki
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche

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  1. MicheleS - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Sounds like we have a few Nat's fans down in Viera tonight. Yell loud everyone!

  2. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Spectacular weather! Sitting one row in front of Carp & FP… My life is perfect at the moment.

  3. MicheleS - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Sofa.. take lots of Pictures! man I am sooo jealous

  4. Theophilus T. S. - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Man, that Mets lineup really stinks.

  5. MicheleS - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Theo.. inspite of that.. Valdespin… never forget that terdo.. he kills us

  6. Joe Seamhead - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Well, the only thing better then watching on TV with bob and FP would be sitting right in front of them. I'm suffering the same "sooo jealous" syndrome as Michele. Enjoy, Sofa. We're heading down a week from Monday. GYFNG!!!

  7. JayB - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    my first chance to see Danny and his ground hog day LH approach and swing.Njack you there tonight?

  8. Section 222 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Looking forward to the game and some in game color commentary from the incomparable Sofa, on site at last.For anyone interested, my review of Harper's hustle-derived runs in July is in the comments on the last post.

  9. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    section 222,nice collection.

  10. Coach Mac - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Nice when our manager doesn't even know if one of his pitchers threw a bullpen session or live BP today.

  11. tayo - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Danny looking good with the swing.

  12. tayo - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Men Rendon swing looks great.

  13. baseballswami - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Man, that Rendon kid has a pretty swing!

  14. WT YL - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Rendon needs to take over at 2B.

  15. MicheleS - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Gee.. I think this Span kid is going to work out well for us.

  16. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I would say among Espi with his new swing, Lombo chomping at the bit and Rendon nipping at everybody's heels, second base is in good hands. World Series or bust!

  17. Teddy Rochlis - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    kid, lol to me they are all adults

  18. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    JayB…..yep. Already mey Sec3mysofa and Scooter plus ArvaFan. Sat with my high school buddy who works for the Mets.Espinosa got that double just for you.

  19. tayo - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    The Kid is ready. call him up as FP would say.

  20. Joe Seamhead - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Though only ST, that inning of Span and Werth is something we'll all get used to pretty easily,eh?

  21. WT YL - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    2 RBI's for Tony Rendon

  22. WT YL - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Strasburg seems kinda like a big douche..

  23. JayB - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    well at least he has a different leg kick from the LH side. Njack pointed that out. So….he is trying at least.

  24. MicheleS - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    WT.. geesh he is painfully shy. At least he is trying.

  25. JayB - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    likely an HR if not for the wind…..but he only say fastballs….we know he can hit them.

  26. WT YL - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I'm just saying.. Those one word answers come off like he has a huge attitude. Leave the interviews to Gio/Det if your gonna act like that.

  27. MicheleS - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    WT.. these things take PRACTICE.. at least he is talking now. He is actually trying which is a major step for him

  28. tayo - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Chill. Everyone has different personalities. Better not to force them into being what they are not. he had some other longer worded answers later on.

  29. baseballswami - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Yunesky Maya is a Washington National- why?

  30. WT YL - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Rizzo & LaRoche… two great interviews

  31. Joe Seamhead - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    20-20 hindsight, Swami, Maya may be Mike Rizzo's worst move.

  32. baseballswami - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    I hear Wang is going to be pitching in the WBC. I guess sometimes they have to take chances on pitchers – if one or two work out it might be worth some if the so-so signings. Did I see Danny walk for the second time this spring?

  33. tayo - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Man Skole looks huge.

  34. MicheleS - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    I see the Mets Bullpen is in Mid Season form

  35. tayo - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:20 AM

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  36. tayo - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    We better hope Chris Young decides to accep a AAA assignment.

  37. UnkyD - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Perez must be fast as lightning! Has anybody been able to put him out, on an infield grounder, yet?

  38. baseballswami - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Mattheus, Skole, Marrero with the defensive inning! Some of these younger guys have been impressive.

  39. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Good to meet you Jack, sorry to have missed ArVaFan. Enjoy it when you get here, JoenS.

  40. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    *Joe S.

  41. Rabbit34 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Carpenter reminds me of a dog that is always looking to please it's owner. Won't someone please offer him a job!!! At least F.P. can broadcast and we know who the "A" is in that booth!!!

  42. JayB - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Njack….what do you make of this comment? As you said he looks lost at the plate (Danny). What I say last night was a major change in his LH load (no big leg kick) but no proof he has closed the huge hole in his swing on Braking Balls down and in. He only saw fast balls from the LH side right? I would agree with Davey….I too am please that he at least is trying something new but…..when pitchers start trying to get him out with BB down and in…..who knows as of now….correct?Johnson singled out second baseman Danny Espinosa and shortstop Ian Desmond as two players he’s pleased with at the plate early this spring. Espinosa was 1-for-2 with a double on Thursday and Desmond is 4-for-8 this spring.Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/nationals-watch/2013/feb/28/ryan-zimmerman-dh-sunday-wilson-ramos-be-examined-/#ixzz2MHeFNIQOFollow us: @washtimes on Twitter

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