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Nats vs. Braves – 3/27/13

Mar 27, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler faces the Braves today at Space Coast Stadium.

VIERA, Fla. — As they were introducing the Nationals' starting lineup just now, the background music could only be described as "The Chipmunks Sing AC/DC." Is it time to go home yet?

Nope, we've still got two more games down here, starting today with the Braves. Fredi Gonzalez is using only relievers in this one, so Eric O'Flaherty will actually start and then pitch only one inning. Ross Detwiler starts for the Nationals. This is actually Stephen Strasburg's day to throw, but instead of facing a division rival, he already pitched in a minor-league game this morning, his final tune-up before Opening Day.

Bryce Harper, as you know, isn't in the Nationals' lineup. All the other regulars are, though. As opposed to the split-squad game taking place simultaneously in Jupiter against the Cardinals. There are no regulars down there, not even anyone from big-league camp.

Plenty of updates from this one to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
TV: None
Radio: Braves radio via MLB Gameday Audio
Weather: Sunny, 57 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to CF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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  1. slidell2 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Why have (or schedule) a "major-league" game with NO major leaguers?

  2. EmDash - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I'm surprised Bernadina isn't playing today – he needs the at-bats. Maybe he's in the minor league game against the Cards?Slidell2, it's a quirk of the scheduling – MLB gave them a split-squad day pretty late in the spring training season, and I imagine Davey didn't want to break up the ML guys while they're finishing up their defensive tune-ups for the season, so minor leaguers it has to be.

  3. NCNatsie - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Fifty-seven degrees! Good practice for early April in Washington!

  4. Scooter - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    For them what has MLB TV, the Cards game is on. Jaime Garcia pitching for the bad guys.

  5. DaveB - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Just saw the starting line-up for the Cards game. Still no sighting of Brian Goodwin, even in a game with only minor leaguers. Anybody know if anything is up with him (e.g., injury)?

  6. NatsNut - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Well said, Seamhead. This is exactly how I'm going into the season. Joe Seamhead said… I, for one, am not expecting the Nats to win the World Series, but I have a realistic feeling that the could.

  7. IKN8wxU2 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Wonder when the Barves will shut down Medlen? He only threw 138 innings last year. 30% more would be about 180 innings, which wouldn't be a full season, in all likelihood.Would be nice to see someone else questioned about a shutdown.

  8. Whack-a-Mule - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Are we expecting a weather-reduced crowd at the Yankees-Nats exhibition on Friday? My unscientific survey reveals some reluctance on the part of worker-bees to take off Friday as well as for the Monday opener.

  9. 3on2out - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    "we're underway on a crisp, late-March afternoon in Viera…"Hot damn! In 48 hours Mark can use that same intro but instead of "in Viera" …how about "at Nationals Park"?

  10. Tcostant - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Medlen is 27, so don't expect a shutdown. Those limits are usually reserved for pitchers under the age of 25.

  11. NatsLady - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Puig was sent down, a guy who batted over .500 in spring training (though he didn't draw any walks). Listening to the analysis of why–I mean, what does it take to make a team out of spring training??–was interesting. First of all, pitchers who are trying to build up arm strength throw a lot of fast balls. Who hits fast balls well? Our Kid. Secondly, if you are a pitcher who will face him during the season, do you regard it as your job to teach him to hit breaking balls? Um, probably not. Without Pitch F/x, I would speculate Bryce has gotten a pretty steady diet of fastballs for those reasons. It's fun to watch his hitting "streak", but it isn't much more significant than batting practice. Probably the same for Mikey Morse and his unreal spring stats. Wait until the bell rings, then we'll see.

  12. Mac - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    STH like myself were forced to buy the Friday game as part of our packages. Usually the attendance at the exhibition game consists of STH forced to buy the ticket plus bandwagon fans of the opposition. Last year, Red Sox. This year, Yankees. STH are probably more likely than bandwagon fans to stay home if the weather's not great, but either way the announced paid attendance will be the same.

  13. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Love that Buffalo took one deep. Good to see him rounding back into form

  14. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    I am going to Friday's game (can't go to Opening Day because of Work). I know quite a few STH's that want to go but can't because of the Sequestor hanging over their heads. They elected to take Monday off to go to Opening Day.

  15. IKN8wxU2 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Thanks, Tcostant. I wonder, however, if Medlen really should approach 200 innings. Not my problem, of course. I just remember last year everyone saying how smart the Barves were to start him as a reliever, to avoid the innings limit. Of course, they had no idea he was going to be the starter he was.

  16. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    IKN8.. and funny thing is, they used Medlen in the bullpen when they started them out and only won the Wild Card birth and we all know how that Play in Game turned out.

  17. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I'll be there on Monday, but not on Friday.

  18. MurrayTheRed - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    MicheleS did I miss a nickname in the past? Ramos is the Buffalo! Interesting..

  19. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    ZIM BOMB!

  20. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Murray, yea, they call Wilson the Buffalo, can't remember how that got started. I will check around and post back.

  21. Melissa Rabey - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    I have to say, since my primary method of following all the daytime games is MLB's GameDay web thingy, I'll be really glad when spring training is over and the score tracker will actually, you know, work. Without having to constantly refresh for updates or use Twitter or NI for the same purpose. If nothing else, I miss seeing the balls and strikes play out.

  22. Knoxville Nat - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    MicheleS, I'm not trying to be smart here but what does the sequestor have to do with being able to go to Friday's game vs. the Yankees? I don't follow that at all.

  23. NatsLady - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I enjoyed the Red Sox game last year, though, if I recall, there was a controversial call at the end of the game and no one bothered to argue it.

  24. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    hehe, atta way, Wilson!

  25. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Knoxville. A lot of people are having to work numerous hours planning in case of the sequester results in furloughs or trying to find ways to avoid the furloughs entirely. Other's don't want to burn PTO in case they do get furloughed (they are hoping they can use PTO time and still get paid – they know it's a pipe dream, but want to save as much PTO time as possible)

  26. timeless46 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    BUFFALO!!!!!!

  27. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    And Tyler, too.

  28. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    And we are teeing off on Braves pitching. I like this.

  29. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Oh, dear. He walked the pitcher.

  30. Melissa Rabey - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    MicheleS–"teeing off" would include Ross getting a hit here . . . [checks Gameday] A walk works, too! :-)

  31. NatsLady - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    It doesn't count.

  32. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Nooo, we liked that pitcher.

  33. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    NatsLady, we know. But it's the Barves.

  34. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    So we cheer.

  35. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Murray, this was the response I got back on the nickname:one of his teammates said it would be like getting run over by a buffalo if he collided at home.

  36. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Plus, is Spring Training over yet?

  37. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Even the braves guy is trashing their pitcher today:Mark Bowman‏@mlbbowman1mForty years ago Davey Johnson hit 43 homers for the Braves. I'm pretty sure he could hit one today if gets in there before Rodriguez exits

  38. Rabbit34 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Great fourth inning for us. Bad for the Braves. I thought we traded HRod!

  39. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Hairston used the nickname, but not sure if he coined it.

  40. Theophilus T. S. - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I am always curious about how the big club pitchers, e.g., Strasburg do against the minor leaguers and vice versa. Anybody know?

  41. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    From the NI archives, on the Buffalo.

  42. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    1A.. you are the best for digging up when the nickname started.

  43. Knoxville Nat - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    MicheleS………thanks for the explanation.

  44. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I put it in the NIDO glossary as well. 0:-)

  45. Section 222 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    MicheleS, totally understandable that people would want to conserve leave during these uncertain times, but unfortunately you can't use leave to avoid losing pay during a furlough. See Question E1 on page 11 of this OPM Guidance.Great idea to add nicknames and their origins to the Glossary. If anyone writes up the Shark, be sure to include Ladson's rear guard action to stop that nickname in favor of "Speed Racer." I still remember the online poll he put up asking readers to choose, and he lost 90%- 10%.

  46. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    It looks like someone already added Sharkadina.

  47. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Also, Sweet Fancy Moses, are those guys still teeing off! :-)

  48. Scooter - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I'm sure no one will agree with me on this either (because even I know I'm being silly): call him Shark, or call him Bernadina. Sharkadina makes no sense. Make a choice, and commit!

  49. Scooter - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Oh, and a quick update for those of y'all wondering how the Cards game is going: don't ask.

  50. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I don't name 'em, I just report 'em. :-)

  51. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Hey, the Barves are copying our hitters. What?

  52. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Eh, it doesn't count. hehe.

  53. Scooter - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Theo: Nationals Journal, over at the Post, has a post that looks like it might describe Strasburg's minor-league game.

  54. Knoxville Nat - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    "I'm no mathematician, but that seems pretty good."Come on Mark, you went to Northwestern, or are they simply known as a basketball school? LOL!!

  55. EmDash - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Moment of truth for Henry…and he walks the first batter on 4 pitches. Same as most of his outings.

  56. SCNatsFan - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    It seems no mater what Rizzo is going to give Henry a chance to embarass himself in DC this year… and I've been on Henry's side forever but this is what he is.

  57. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Zimmm!!!

  58. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Zimm is killing it today

  59. sjm308 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    From posts way back – thanks to Sec. 3 my sofa for putting the JayB rants in perspective – I am wondering if you have one of those fish over your sofa?Mac – I am not trying to be argumentative but my 20 game schedule includes that exhibition game as game #21 so I am not sure you can honestly say we were forced to buy it. In my mind, they gave it to us. The one disappointment I did have is the Nationals forcing us who have smaller plans to buy the opening day ticket. That had been a free game as well up until this year. I understand we are now a successful franchise and they don't need to do as much but it was still a nice gesture. I am surprised the red carpet points returned although certain games are now priced much higher. Anyway, I on Friday I start at Justins, 3 or 4 innings of exhibition baseball and then make decisions on the rest of the afternoon. I am gearing up for 9 strong innings on Monday.Go Nats!!

  60. JaneB - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    In my NatsFitness quest, I'm taking THIS game as the game for which I will do the push ups. Not the horrible loss to the Cards. For some reason, I think it was Jason Marquis who first compared Wilson to a buffalo. And FP has mentioned it several times. It stuck. I'm starting to get really excited about Real Baseball. I thought I might be behind schedule but it turns out my spring training schedule is going to have me peak on April 1.

  61. Scooter - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Final score from Jupiter: 10-1, Cards.But it wasn't as close as it sounds.(The game ended a little while ago, but I had to keep pausing it, so I just saw the end.)

  62. Scooter - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Also, nice work stretching yourself out, sjm.

  63. Mac - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    "Mac – I am not trying to be argumentative but my 20 game schedule includes that exhibition game as game #21 so I am not sure you can honestly say we were forced to buy it. In my mind, they gave it to us."And you gave them the money to pay for it. Do the math. You can't buy a partial plan without buying that game. That translates into being forced to buy it."The one disappointment I did have is the Nationals forcing us who have smaller plans to buy the opening day ticket. That had been a free game as well up until this year."It was never a free game. It was one of the games you paid for as part of your package. Typically they charge a certain amount per regular season game in the package, and the exhibition game costs half the regular season game cost. Again, do the math.Last year, I had already paid in full for the ST package (Opening Day included) before they scheduled the exhibition game. Once that game was scheduled, I got a call from my rep asking me what credit card I wanted to use to pay for the exhibition game. I had no choice to opt out.

  64. Section 222 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Fantastic find on Dibble NL! The nugget buried in the story is that he's going to be calling the Angels games this year for Compass Media. Sean Burnett better be ready to man up.

  65. Section 222 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    sjm, Mac is right. You paid for that microphone, I mean, game.

  66. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Nats win. Yay. Is Spring Training over yet?

  67. EmDash - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    According to the beat writers, Abad and Maldonado have been sent to the minors, and Owings and Rivero will go after tomorrow. No decision on the final bullpen slot; H-Rod and JC Romero will both come north with the team for Friday's final exhibition game.

  68. Ivan Tuski - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    @Mac-I'm trying to be argumentative, yankees game is free. You are wrong. And I don't believe they charged you for the Redsox game last yearso there!

  69. sjm308 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    OK, I will argue as well. I am charged a certain amount for my 20 games and get a season ticket discount. The price for those 20 games is a certain value and that 21st game is not added in to my cost so like Ivan said and like I tried to say earlier, it was free. Now, I don't have a full season ticket package so if they then charged you for that game you have a point but I paid the same this year as last year for my partial package. Last year I got both the Red Sox game and opening day. This year I got the Yankee's and no opening day but my 20 games still came out to the same total. Either way, we are both fans, we both want success and hopefully we will be paying huge amounts for post season play as well.Go Nats!

  70. Theophilus T. S. - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Rodriguez put three men on base in an inning, Romero two. Sounds like a Hobson's choice to me.

  71. Mac - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    "And I don't believe they charged you for the Redsox game last year"As I said, I got a phone call to give them a credit card number for the ten bucks or whatever it was – AFTER I had already paid the full amount on the invoice they sent. Then the charge showed up on my statement. What other aspects of modern finance do you not believe in?

  72. MicheleS - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Well, i seem too remember that Feel Wood having these same comments as Mac about the exhibition game.

  73. natsfan1a - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Ding ding ding!

  74. Ivan Tuski - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    "What other aspects of modern finance do you not believe in?"Well since you asked I've always felt trickle down was just a fancy way of saying P'd on

  75. Ivan Tuski - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Regarding the exhibition game, anything better than paying $150 (plus another $50 to park) for a meaningless Skins game where everyone is out to not hurt themselves (unless M Shanahan decides to put in RG3 as part of his rehab)

  76. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    And Mac is not fond of Adam LaRoche.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
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