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Nats vs. Tigers – 3/22/13

Mar 22, 2013, 4:42 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg faces the Tigers today at Space Coast Stadium.

VIERA, Fla. — If you happened to come down to Florida for spring training over the last few days, you certainly picked the right time to see the Nationals in person. Davey Johnson said he was going to play all his regulars this week, and he's been true to his word. Everyone is back in there again today, the third straight day he's gone with them. Guess we'll see how their legs hold up from the sudden increase in workload.

As an added treat, Stephen Strasburg is on the mound today to make his second-to-last start of the spring. Look for the right-hander to perhaps even reach the 100-pitch mark this afternoon, then dial things back next time out in advance of his Opening Day assignment against the Marlins.

If you aren't one of the fortunate folks who are here in person, you're still in luck because Bob and F.P. are here today and will have the game on TV back in D.C. And, of course, you can get all your updates and analysis right here throughout…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. DETROIT TIGERS
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
TV: MASN
Radio: None
Weather: Partly cloudy, 73 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. Another_Sam - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Back at home ready to watch this one on the tube. All be alert for three celebrities I hope we see sitting behind home plate. At least three.

  2. NCNatsie - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    MASN is really stupid. They wouldn't send a crew down last week or the first part of this week when there was no sports competition to go up against.But now that the NCAA tournament – one of the biggest draws for sports fans all year – is on, they put the game on. It's fine by me, I'll watch, but I've got to believe their ratings won't be what they would be on any other day but yesterday or today.Or is it all some sort of ploy in the TV contract engotiations?

  3. DaveB - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Not many starters for the Tigers, but Smyly is fighting for a rotation spot, so will be interesting to see if our offense can get it going.

  4. Section 222 - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    NCNatsie — Seems to me that MASN decided they would try to broadcast as many Strasburg starts as they could, regardless of the competition. Probably not a smart idea, but at least we don't have to listen to those Braves announcers and their interminable interviews with Braves current and ex-players.

  5. MicheleS - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    It's a beautiful day down here! Last day for me.

  6. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Today's post is on the Nats' baserunning. It ain't good. Ranked LAST in MLB in 2012. Comments appreciated.Nats Baserunninghttp://ladyandthenats.blogspot.com/2013/03/nats-baserunning-it-aint-good.html

  7. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Cold but sunny here. If this is what it's like next Friday I'm not taking off work for the Yankees game. I'll save my shivering for October. :)

  8. Rabbit34 - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Six up. Six down. Come on guys, we need to build some momentum for the season!!!

  9. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I wonder if MASN realizes how hungry Nats fans are for baseball, and also how important it is to develop their viewership during "dead" periods for other sports.

  10. Rabbit34 - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Nine up. Nine down. Come on guys, let's get that momentum going for the season!!! Make it happen! Do it to it!

  11. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Smyly's people must be happy.

  12. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Well, that had a nice sound. Smack.

  13. SCNatsFan - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    I'm not one who believes a team can just turn it on because the games count. This offense needs to star clicking.

  14. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Atta way, Jayson.

  15. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Atta way, Bryce.

  16. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Couldn't resist putting Harper's steal of home into my post. (I'm learning how to put in videos…). That never gets old. Nice hit, Kid.

  17. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Speaking of never gets old, it's never too early to show the Game 4 walkoff, imho.

  18. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    They already showed it, 1A.

  19. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Yes, and before they did, FP said the guys in the truck had asked whether it was too early. Hence my comment.

  20. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Ah, I see. Why don't they take Stras out of this game. He is probably crazy with pain, and it will get worse before it gets better.

  21. Another_Sam - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Natsfan1a — I get it. Good material.

  22. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Agreed, NL.

  23. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Thanks, Another_Sam. :-)

  24. phil dunton - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I suspect the Nationals are going to miss Michael Morse's big bat in the lineup this season and i doubt Laroche repeats his 2012 season.

  25. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Well, Henry is in. Juuuuuuuuust a bit high.

  26. phil dunton - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Dump Henry, keep Chris Young. That's a no brainer.

  27. Drew - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    And you want to be our latex salesman…

  28. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Well, after one of those high ones, Rizzo got on his cellphone. It was funny…

  29. Another_Sam - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    They have given ole Henry every opportunity to make the club. If he could get just one or two outs without putting 'em on base . . .

  30. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    As I listened to Ramos it occurred to me that many of these players return from an injury in tip top shape. They have very directed, specific, supervised workout programs. Definitely a silver lining. Hopefully that will keep them on the field. On the other hand, I need supervised therapy when this guy is pitching. How can we go into the season in ten days with him on the roster?

  31. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Oy Henry.

  32. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Rizzo looks a bit tense.

  33. phil dunton - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    The Henry Rodriguez experiment reminds me of the Daniel Cabrera experiment of a few seasons ago. How many chances does this turkey get? What good is it to be able to throw 100 MPH if he has no idea where he is throwing it? It is time to show him the door.

  34. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Shark!!!!!!!

  35. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Ooh, shark-diving!

  36. Another_Sam - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Call me naive. I can't belive that Henry is among the group going north. what am I missing?

  37. EmDash - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    It's time for the obligatory "Henry is in midseason form!" joke. Sigh.I wonder if we could trade Minnesota for Glen Perkins, their good lefty reliever. The Twins need a lot of stuff, right?

  38. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Phil- accurate comparison. I distinctly remember a game with Cabrera that was sooooo very bad. He never did pull it together.

  39. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    It's spring training for the MASN scorekeeping, too.

  40. Drew - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Speaking of Michael Morse (mentioned before the Henry agonisties) happy 31st birthday to The Beast.This spring he has 6 homers and an OPS of 1.285.

  41. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Mattheus was throwing some nasty stuff today.. Awesome!!!! The nastier, the better. Maybe this year announcers will actually learn to pronounce his name.

  42. Tcostant - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    MZ: What do you think McCatty says in those mound conferences?Answer: Canddle Sticks

  43. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    They do make a nice gift.

  44. NatsLady - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    (sigh) gotta go to work. Go Nats!

  45. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Interesting interview with McCatty- just let them hit the ball. Guessing there were some expletives deleted. Would love to hear him more often .

  46. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Laer, NL.Agreed on McCatty interviews, swami.

  47. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Via twitter- the Aroldis Chapman as a starter experiment is over. Back to closer.

  48. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Uh, later.

  49. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    These tiny little keyboards can really make some interesting words.

  50. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Laptop here but agreed.

  51. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Clip looking good as well.

  52. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Siri can also make up some creative things.

  53. Rabbit34 - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Clip!! Got 'em!!!

  54. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Oh, yeah, baseball- Clip did look good. Ryan and Tyler are easing my Henry trauma.

  55. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Yes, my nephew had some interesting exchanges with Siri, which alarmed his mother until she realized it was all a misunderstanding. :-)

  56. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    You have got to love the Nats fans booing the ump in spring training.

  57. natsfan1a - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Atta way, fans. :-) Later, folks.

  58. hannibalelector - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    The Henry experiment reminds me of the CMW slow motion fiasco. We are told that these guys are secret weapons just waiting to be unleashed, veritable "Wunderwaffe," except some of those actually worked.

  59. Rabbit34 - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Ok, next game let's try to build momentum.

  60. SCNatsFan - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Keep Young, dump Henry to whoever gives us the best player that will never climb above AAA.

  61. Section 222 - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Hope these Tigers are enjoying beating up on the Nats this spring. Come May 7-8 and July 30-31, not to mention October, it will be a different story.

  62. sjm308 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Have to think that we will hear Rizzo utter something like he did a few springs ago "I just got tired of watching him pitch" or something to that affect. It really isn't getting any better. I am guessing Davey keeps throwing him out there just to make sure.Lots of positives today and I am so glad SS is ok.

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