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Notes from the Nats’ 3-1 loss

Mar 23, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

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Gio Gonzalez allowed one run over six strong innings today.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — With few regular position players making the trip, Bryce Harper scratched due to a swollen left thumb and a bunch of guys from minor league camp brought up for the day to fill out the roster, there wasn't quite the same intensity to the Nationals' 3-1 loss to the Mets today as there had been in other games earlier this week.

Which isn't to say there weren't still some interesting developments. Such as…

Gio Gonzalez looked sharp during his six-inning start and penultimate appearance of the spring. The left-hander allowed one run on four hits, struck out three, walked one and threw 85 pitches on a warm, 89-degree afternoon at Tradition Field.

Gonzalez was pleased with the results he had, though he knows he's still got some work to do to get his velocity and stamina up to regular-season standards.

"It's still one of those starts where your arm feels a little tired," he said. "You're working on stuff to get that arm strength. But otherRead more »

  1. baseballswami - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I will be so happy when I can actually watch all the games. I love our radio team, but I want to see what's happening. That's why I am tired of Spring Training. I like seeing the prospects, when we have tv, but hate the lack of coverage. Any news on the MASN situation? Another season of those awful games with mixed broadcasters.

  2. sjm308 - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I like the fact that a 36 year old veteran can honestly assess where he is with his career. I realize Lidge didn't work out last year but his experience probably did help us early in the year as those guys sat and watched things developing. Have to think Romero will be a big help to Kimbrel and others in Syracuse.

  3. Steady Eddie - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Sjm — did you mean Karns in Syracuse? I know we're loaded, but not THAT loaded.

  4. NatsLady - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    swami, it was on TV today, I watched it. It was the Mets announcers, though.

  5. baseballswami - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Not MASN or MLB- where?

  6. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Watched on my At Bat on my phone.

  7. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    God I wish it was Kimbrel…. but I believe it's Kimball.

  8. baseballswami - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    One more week, then no more baseball hide and seek.

  9. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Watching Butler/Marquette……man it's tough when you like both teams.

  10. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Watching Butler/Marquette……man it's tough when you like both teams.

  11. Steady Eddie - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    NJ — right, I'd forgotten that Cole had been sent to AAA.I had no divided loyalties today watching my Wolverines shine.See you tomorrow at Viera,coming with my wife and younger daughter (I think you met her, our 12 year old ardent Nats fan, in one of your section 235 visits last summer, with Joe S. and spouse).

  12. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Great!!! See you tomorrow!

  13. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    OK….change that……I really like Butler.

  14. baseballswami - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    You guys are making me green with envy. Soon , they will find their way to Nats Park. Very soon.

  15. sjm308 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Yes, wishful thinking but I meant Kimball. That's what two Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stouts before 3pm will do to an old man.

  16. sjm308 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Steady, have fun and know that I join many others in being jealous. That being said, its getting closer and closer to my time in San Francisco and Napa in May, where I get to wear the Nationals Red and cheer for my team.Today was a nice day but I am thinking along the lines of others that there is no way in hell I am going to an exhibition game vs. the Yankees in 40 degree weather.

  17. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Did not know that John Stocton's son was the point guard for Gonzaga. …..neat.

  18. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    And now another game where I like both teams…..Witchita St./Gonzaga.

  19. Positively Half St. - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Did I miss something, or is Chris Young waiting until the very last minute todecide where he is playing?

  20. Steve Hayes - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    I guess Young is waiting until the last moment – he has until tomorrow, but don't know the time deadline. Either he's entertaining more than one offer or Has Zero offers. It'll be interesting.

  21. baseballswami - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    sjm 308- strong beer choice.

  22. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    And now I like Marquette again.

  23. sjm308 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Thanks Swami:also partial to Duck Rabbit Milk Stout and of course Guinness. Still sad that you can't get a Guinness draft at Nationals Park.

  24. Mac - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    I believe there is a beer stand somewhere at Nationals Park that sells Guinness. Look around. They had it at RFK.

  25. baseballswami - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Baseball with beer. Soon, my friends.

  26. Senators - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    OK,I get it. Its spring training and all problems are forgiven for the established players, or are they? Storen has had a whole winter to shake off his last inning of the playoffs, BUT has he? Certainly does not look like it and from Rizzo all the way down the chain of command there must be considerable concern. As a mere fan I am.

  27. Rabbit34 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Werth looked great! I was impressed with Gio. We really need to get those bats going to finish above .500. 82 wins is only 16 under last year.

  28. sjm308 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Mac – I had the stand at RFK pegged from the first game. No Guinness on draft, trust me, I have walked the entire stadium.

  29. m - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I watched the game yesterday. I see Davey really does crack the whip. Based on his lineup yesterday, it looks like he has his vets take two, maybe three road trips, and then I guess pronounces them ready to go. The only guys who have shown results, on things they are working on, are some of the starting pitchers, Harper, Espinosa and Desmond. I am not sure what the others have been doing when they are not playing. We shall see in couple of weeks if everyone has really been getting ready. I will hold off commenting on the Span experiment until after the season starts. Based on what I have seen to date I would really prefer Morse in left field and Werth batting clean-up.

  30. baseballswami - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    It's kind of funny that you want Werth hitting on a critical spot and some others want him on the bench. Perceptions of players are all over the place. I would like to see a little more hitting going on out there, spring training or not.

  31. m - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Re my earlier post I meant Werth batting lead -off.

  32. Andrew L. - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Looking forward to seeing many of you at Viera today. I'm bringing my wideband my 2 youngest who are twins and are 10 years old today.

  33. Joe Seamhead - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Terrific piece by Kilgore in the WaPo this morning on Jayson Werth, and what he has brought to the Nationals' organization.

  34. JamesFan - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I don't see much offense right now.

  35. Steady Eddie - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Joe S. — exactly, on the Werth story. You could pay millions to a consultant on the clubhouse technical management stuff who would have no credibility with the players. You could hire a big name, do it my way manager who would turn the vets off and who would intimidate the younger players but they would follow out of fear and learn nothing for the long run.But you do all those things through Werth, with a guy who leads by example like the Game 4 walk off, and you have the team- changer they got. Combined with the credibility of his signing for other free agents, he's well worth his contract.

  36. Rabbit34 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Steady Eddie, good point of view. However, if you want someone to lead by example, my point of view would indicate your point of view is a little shaky, Steady. For someone to lead by example, I would look to the ROY who has ten years of experience piled into one. But again, that's my point of view. As far as I'm concerned, all Werth has is 10 – maybe – average years. Yes, Werth looked great yesterday, on the bench.

  37. Steady Eddie - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Latest from Amanda: "@acomak: Davey said Henry Rodriguez has a little bit of soreness in his elbow. "Probably inflammation." Will be off today, see how he feels tmrw."Everyone who picked "HRod with a long stint on DL", cash in your tickets at Window 4.

  38. MicheleS - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    DING DING!!! precursor to Henry starting on the DL????Mark Zuckerman‏@ZuckermanCSN Henry Rodriguez has elbow soreness, according to Davey. #Nats sound like they don't want to rush him back.

  39. Andrew L. - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Chris Young starting tomorrow. Tomorrow is March 25th.

  40. MicheleS - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Andrew.. From what the Beats are saying, he can opt out after tomorrow. Has interest from other teams.

  41. phil dunton - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Where's the offense! I think The Beast took it with him to Seattle.

  42. EmDash - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    So if Henry's "injured" to start the season – who's the 7th guy in the bullpen? With the other injuries, there's no obvious candidate. Does Abad make it by default?

  43. Joe Seamhead - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Rabbit34, I would advise you against ever meeting my better half. She'd take your legs out from under you for your Werth comments.Wow! Imagine that, Henry has a sore elbow. What a shock, eh?

  44. Steady Eddie - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    M- — maybe Chris Young? (Ghost and some other fks have our fingers crossed about that faint hope.)MicheleS — another cortisone cocktail on the tab, no?

  45. sjm308 - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Just end this quickly – why stash Henry on the dl only to have him continue this slow path to more wildness. I loved him early but it just looks like the definition of insanity. Repeating the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result.Agree with the article on Werth and his value to this team. Others will probably never agree but lots of us were seeing things, even in his difficult season that made us realize that change was on the way and it changed quickly. Werth is not the sole reason for that change but he sure helped. Those that just look at his numbers don't understand what goes on inside the clubhouse, in the dugout, on the charters and at dinner. He will be contributing, even in the last few years of his contract. Maybe not as much on the field but there will be contributions. Question to those who actually dislike Werth. Do you honestly think he is going to go somewhere else? Its a poor contract in terms of money spent but its our contract and we will have him for the duration of the deal. You might as well get used to it. Again, I like what he brought from day one. Not crazy about the terms of the contract but it had to be done to prove to the rest of the world that the Lerner's were serious.

  46. EmDash - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    If he's willing to go to the bullpen, Young would be interesting for sure.With Henry, I really don't see why they don't send him down to the minors and risk losing him at this point. Is there really going to be a huge demand for a guy the other team will also have to keep on their 25 man roster with his injury and command issues? It's just baffling at this point.

  47. BigCat - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    HRod would be snapped up in a second

  48. peric - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I still think Abad has a real shot at making the bullpen. Looks like they found a potential back up in Romero. I am not so sure the bullpen is as settled as everyone seems to think …

  49. Rabbit34 - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Haha!! Thanks for the heads up, Joe Seamhead! I'll make sure if I meet her I only say what she like to hear, on of which is GO NATIONALS!!!!

  50. John C. - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    On the Morse/Span issue: if it was definite that the ST Morse and the ST Span were going to produce this way for the next six months, we'd all regret the deal. Of course, what is happening in ST provides no clue about how they are going to do during the season. One way or the other – ST stats are not positively or negatively correlated to success. Yea, it's all the information we've got, so we really WANT to obsess over it. And it looks like baseball, right? So obsess away – but remember that it's not rational. Of course, the same could be said about sports fandom in general …

  51. natsfan1a - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Also enjoyed the Werth piece.

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