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Nats (ss) vs. Mets – 3/13/13

Mar 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals host the Mets today at Space Coast Stadium.

VIERA, Fla. — Hello from Space Coast Stadium, which hasn't really changed at all since I was last here two weeks ago. It's a beautiful — if a tad chilly — afternoon as the Nationals face the Mets for roughly the 237th time this spring.

Davey Johnson has almost all of his regulars in the lineup. That includes Ryan Zimmerman, who is once again DH'ing. I talked to Zim this morning about his progression in the field, and he said everything remains on course for him to debut at third base on Monday. He's doing the full pregame routine now, and from what I saw this morning, he looks perfectly normal out there.

Jordan Zimmermann takes the ball for his fourth start of the spring, his first since a ragged outing against the Cardinals in which the right-hander was dealing with some "dead arm" issues. He hopes to put that behind him today.

There's another split-squad Nationals team playing in Kissimmee today against the Astros, with Ross Ohlendorf on the mound. This game's on the radio, and I'll have plenty of updates and analysis here all afternoon, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. NEW YORK METS
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
TV: None
Radio: WHFS (1580 AM), MLB Gameday Audio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 67 degrees, Wind 17 mph out to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
DH Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. do1teach1 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Hey is there still an email where you can send a note to Charlie and Dave during games? Bonus question, on days the Nats are on TV, is there an email where we can write Bob and FP?

  2. alexva - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Wright may be Captain America but Bryce is Superman

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Good 2nd inning for JZim. I guess the 1st inning wasn't too bad as he wasn't helped by Tracy not making a play at 3rd and LaRoche's error at 1st.

  4. MurrayTheRed - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Way to go BHarper! He is amazing!

  5. Scooter - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Is that our first "Sweet Fancy Moses" of the season? I hope for many more to come!

  6. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I'm getting the impression that one of the goals Harper had in mind, the ones he wouldn't share because we'd think he was crazy, was to hit .400. This year, not just someday.

  7. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    And I'm not going to tell you he can't.

  8. alm - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    400 hundred home runs??!

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I would say Bryce Harper likes that 3 hole!

  10. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    That's "DOT four zero zero" there. Wise guy.

  11. Doc - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    'Sweet Fancy Moses'—OK, MarkMeister, I'm gonna look up the Yiddish translation of that.GoooooooooooooooMark! GooooooHarper! GooooooooNats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    this guy better be batting 3rd come opening day, and not because Zim won't be ready.

  13. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    alexva, nice post. Superman is better than Captain America.

  14. CN - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Meanwhile in Kissimmee, Rendon's having a ho-hum day, 4-5 with a double, go-ahead 2-run HR, and 3 RBIs

  15. natsfan1a - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    I have to admit that I kinda like Wright, even if he is a Met. Seems like a good guy.

  16. Diz - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Today, Rendon is at least the Boy Wonder!

  17. Pilchard - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    If (emphasis on if) Rendon stays healthy through the middle of June, the Nats will not be able to keep him down in the minors. At Rice, scouts considered Rendon the best offensive player in college in years. He has missed most of the last two seasons, and even so, Rendon is among the leaders in spring training HRs and RBI. His offensive ceiling is just a tick below Harper and Trout. Crazy the amount of young talent that this organization has right now.

  18. Scooter - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    1a, I'm digging Wright too. Whilst at spring training, we met a young lady from his neck of the woods, and she said he's very active there and well-regarded.Can't stand that "Captain America" thing that the Honkball Classic announcer keeps trying to pin on him. Ugh.

  19. Scooter - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Speaking of Americans at the WHC: I'm really enjoying the chance to watch, in particular, Jimmy Rollins and Brandon Phillips, and root unabashedly for them, without any tinge of sadness because they play for teams I hope will fail. Phillips in particular, but also Rollins, is just a joy to watch.Oh, Stanton too. Stinkin' Fish.

  20. Laddie Blah Blah - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    "His offensive ceiling is just a tick below Harper and Trout."He may turn out to be the best of the lot. He has the kind of swing that holds up, year after year after year. Today he had as many hits as Harper and Ryan, combined, with another HR and another 2b hit among them, and 4 more RBIs.And he needs "more reps?"

  21. natsfan1a - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Okay, if Livo can be Plastic Man Emeritus.Diz said… Today, Rendon is at least the Boy Wonder! March 13, 2013 3:56 PM

  22. JD - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Laddie, Apples to Oranges. Harper and Zim are both hitting over .400 against other teams top pitchers this spring. Rendon comes in with the rest of the subs when the other team also has mostly minor leaguers in the game. Today Rendon got 4 hits in what amounts to a 'B' game. This is not to denegrade or criticize him in any way; it's just too early to comapre him to 2 major league established stars based on 32 spring training games and an AFL season. He may en the end be as good as you think but it may behoove us fans to exercise a bit more patience.

  23. JD - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I meant 32 spring training at bats.

  24. Scooter - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    JD, Laddie is surely overstating his case, but I fear you are too. Rendon was getting lots of starts, at least at the beginning of the spring, with Zimmerman sitting out. What I saw, he was being treated pretty much like a regular — except he wasn't coming out in the 5th. So yeah, he has faced some scrubs. But also some big-league starters and closers.Just sayin'.

  25. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Once Rendon plays competitive baseball for 75 straight days, he then will be able to be judged as the super prospect he appears to be.Until then, he will be viewed as the fragile athlete that his history has proven him to be.

  26. Mac - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Also, w.r.t. Rendon, let's see how he adjusts to the league adjusting to him before we start putting up his Hall of Fame plaque.

  27. baseballswami - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    The Nats organization= an embarrassment of riches. So many guys, so few roster spots.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 44 --
ATLANTA 55 46 1.0
NEW YORK 48 53 8.0
MIAMI 47 52 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 43 57 12.5
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MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
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