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Nats vs. Mets — 3/28/13

Mar 28, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Space Coast Stadium hosts its final game of the spring today.

VIERA, Fla. — And so the last day of spring training has arrived. I'd like to tell you there were plenty of tears shed inside an emotional Nationals clubhouse this morning, but that would be a flat-out lie. These guys have been ready to get out of Dodge for weeks, so there was an extra kick in everyone's step as they prepared to face the Mets in their Grapefruit League finale.

All the regulars will get one or two at-bats today, Davey Johnson said, except for Jayson Werth, who is sitting this one out after getting hit with a pitch in the funny bone yesterday. He's fine and should play tomorrow against the Yankees in D.C., but they figured no sense taking a chance today. Bryce Harper's thumb also appears to be fine, and he is in the lineup today, hoping not to get jammed too badly on any pitches.

Gio Gonzalez is on the mound for the Nationals, his final tune-up before he faces the Marlins for real on Wednesday. He's opposed today by somebody named Domingo Tapia. Your guess is as good as mine.

ESPN has today's game on the air, and it is available in the Washington area. I'll, of course, have plenty of updates here as well…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
TV: ESPN
Radio: None
Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to CF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
RF Roger Bernadina
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. baseballswami - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Hooray- it's finally the last ST game!!!!

  2. Doc - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Bryce is part of the foxhole crew, that says he's fine even when he's hurting. He could have a broken leg and a fractured right arm and he'd still say he's fine!GooooooooooooKid!!!! GooooooooooooNats!!!

  3. MicheleS - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

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  4. MicheleS - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    cough, cough.. cough.. didn't feel well, So I JUST HAD to leave the office. Didn't want to get anyone at the office sick. I am SOOO Sick, I will be OFF tomorrow as well

  5. MicheleS - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Mmm. not sure how I feel about thisDavid O'Brien‏@ajcbraves4m #Braves Venters to have injured elbow checked by Dr. Andrews On the one hand, don't want anyone injured ever, on the other hand, he plays for the Braves

  6. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Go (north), NATS!

  7. baseballswami - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Don't wish Dr. Andrews on anyone.

  8. IKN8wxU2 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Agreed. I hope Venters is okay.

  9. Theophilus T. S. - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    The best thing about the end of ST is no longer having to follow games on Gameday.

  10. MicheleS - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Theo. I think you can stream it on the ESPN site

  11. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    lol again @ Stammen in the Bernadina web gem.

  12. Theophilus T. S. - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    S'actually on ESPN on fIOS, Michele

  13. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I'm watching on tv.

  14. MicheleS - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    That ball went FAR!

  15. MicheleS - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    And an ESPI BOMB..

  16. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    La (Roche) Bomba!

  17. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    This is a little out of date, but,In The Book, Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman and Andy Dolphin found that the win value for a stolen base between 1999 and 2002 was .018 wins. On average, a runner who successfully stole a base would increase his team's chance of winning by roughly 1.8 percent. On the other hand, a runner who was thrown out attempting a steal cost his team .043 wins. Obviously, the value of a stolen base varies greatly by situation. This is what I was looking at in my article on "Theft Prevention." The value of a stolen base in WPA (win probability added) can be nearly 10% in the late innings of a close ballgame. That says to me it is worth it for relievers to work on the skill of holding baserunners.http://ladyandthenats.blogspot.com/2013/03/theft-prevention.html

  18. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    B2B. Me likey.

  19. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Yikes on the Mets battery throws.

  20. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Theo, you know you can purchase MLB.tv on a month-by-month basis and there are no blackouts for spring training. So, for next year…

  21. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Wow, not a good throw and the Zook is safe.

  22. Theophilus T. S. - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Taking advantage of a Single-A pitcher.

  23. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Who is this guy assuming the No. 5 pitcher always lines up against other No. 5 pitchers? Not so much after the first rainout or off-day.

  24. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    This is getting extreme.Mark Simon ‏@msimonespn nowNL East wins picks- Nationals 105, Braves 84, Phillies 81, Mets 70, Marlins 63

  25. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Wait, make that 4-0. And don't bait us. :-)1:54 p.m. — Adam LaRoche hasn't had a great spring, but he's certainly gotten hot over the last week or so. He just belted his fourth homer, a towering blast to right to put the Nats up 1-0 in the bottom of the second. Moments later, Danny Espinosa continued his torrid spring with his own blast to right-center. That puts the Nats up 2-0. … Wait, make it 3-0 as Denard Span scores Kurt Suzuki with a base hit to left. The Nats are really fileting Tapia today, huh?

  26. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Yawn. Espi just reaches up and snares that one… What else is new?

  27. MicheleS - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    I wonder if it's safe to bring the Espi jersey out??

  28. Nattering Nat - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Such a pleasure to see the Nats on TV again. Even better to be able to see them in person, at last.I am hoping this year to overcome some of my many anxieties that manifest as I watch the Nats play. But you all possibly could help with one really big one.Is it really the kiss of death for the Nats to be so prominently touted as World Series favorites by so many this year? Granted, Davey, with his "WS or Bust", has helped, and granted they are a darn good team anyway, but superstitious folks like me figure that teams pegged from the get-go to take it all don't often succeed. So, anyone know how the SI favorites/cover teams have done the past few years, as one data point? Mind you, I'll be satisfied (I think) with a really good year, knowing the playoffs are often a crapshoot, but in terms of setting expectations now, I'd like to know–if anyone knows–whether the preseason favorites usually fall short or fulfill their "destinies"

  29. pk24 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Great slide by Suzuki to beat the tag last inning but you've gotta wonder a bit about Jewett's judgement so far in sending runners….

  30. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    That is one of the weirdest deliveries I've ever seen. It's like he touches his toes before he lets it go.

  31. Section 222 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    1a, will the Mets pitcher get a quick hook, or will the manager cast his lot with his starter no matter what?

  32. sm13 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    It may never be totally safe with Espi, but he sure looks good at the moment…

  33. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    pk24, I would say the same except spring training is the time for the 3B coach to learn what his runners can do. I'll be more upset if he is that aggressive in the regular season. Bo Porter was overly aggressive when he first started.

  34. Diz - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Anyone else see that Brad Peacock was named the Astros #4 starter?Congrats to him.That'll be a tough division to pitch against.

  35. SCNatsFan - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I am so tired of watching a small screen with a feed from a website that is giving my computer Lord knows what virus. Let the regular season begin if for no other reason then to spare my computer.

  36. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    lol, 222.

  37. pk24 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I hope you are right NatsLady. Jewett really hung AL out to dry I when he waved him around the other day. Even Eury Perez would have been hard pressed to score on that play.

  38. sm13 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I think I read that the last time SI picked a World Series winner was the 1999 Yankees, although a few have made it to the WS.

  39. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    DId the Mets just make a pitching change? You get the feeling no one is paying attention?

  40. Diz - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Did anyone see that Brad Peacock was named the #4 starter for the Stros?It'll be a tough division to pitch in, but good for him. He had a rough time in AAA in the A's org, (seems like all Nats pitching prospects struggle in the As minor league system) but seems to have righted his ship this spring.Here's to a great season by BP and a not so good one for Lannan. ;-)

  41. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Ah, a double steal. My favorite play! :)

  42. Nattering Nat - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Thanks, sm13. And that's what I was afraid of….Such is life, I'll try to enjoy the ride.

  43. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I did enjoy the Bob Boone interview, though. :-)DId the Mets just make a pitching change? You get the feeling no one is paying attention?

  44. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Pretty sure most pundit predictions are wrong, on the winning and losing side. I wouldn't sweat it.

  45. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Hah! Look at the Goon Squad field!

  46. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Already have the DVR set. Safe travels, Mark.2:27 p.m. — And now Gio is done for the day (and the spring). His final line: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 66 pitches, 39 strikes. Good stuff from the lefty. And with that, I am outta here. I need to head to Orlando to tape tonight's debut episode of "The Baseball Show" on Comcast SportsNet. More details coming on the blog later this afternoon, but be sure to tune in at 11 p.m. tonight and every Thursday night this season to watch the show. It's been a blast — talk to you all from Washington!

  47. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Chad Tracy with the Web Gem! Nice.

  48. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Boy, these ESPN guys are sure worried about Halladay.

  49. Mac - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    "John C. said… Like Ghost, I'm mystified by the allegation that Suzuki calls a better game than Ramos. I'd be interested in knowing what that statement was based on."Bob Boone, former catcher now Nats FO guy, was asked on the ESPN broadcast to compare the two catchers, Ramos and Suzuki. The first words out of his mouth were (I paraphrase) "They're very different catchers. Suzuki is a great blocker of balls and handles the pitching staff particularly well." That would imply that he's better than Ramos, wouldn't it?

  50. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

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  51. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Well, maybe. Boone's next words were, Ramos is a star in the making (or something like that). That suggest to me that Suzuki might be better right now, but Ramos has the higher ceiling.

  52. Section 222 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Weather forecast for Monday — Partly sunny, chance of rain 10%, high temp of 65, Oh my oh my!

  53. Section 222 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    That would imply that he's better than Ramos, wouldn't it?Maybe. But it doesn't say anything about whether he calls a better game.

  54. JaneB - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Sports Illustrated just arrived. Stras on the cover. Prediction that our boys win the Serious. Wow.In other (non) news, there's a piece in the Washington Post weekend section tomorrow about six Nats fans. I'm one of them. I didn't think they'd cut my dog out of the photo that I sent from us at Pups in the Park. We don't take photos of ourselves at the games and it was the only one I had. So skip the photos and have fun reading the article.

  55. TimDz - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Is Henry scheduled to pitch today?I'm watching on my cell phone as I work (yeah, right….).

  56. baseballswami - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Gee, who was that 1B that picked Tracy's throw? Tyler Moore. Guess he can play there after all. Anyone else tired of the Halladay pity party on ESPN?

  57. Mac - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    "Section 222 said… That would imply that he's better than Ramos, wouldn't it? Maybe. But it doesn't say anything about whether he calls a better game."Pitch calling is a very big part of how a catcher handles the pitching staff. Perhaps the biggest part.

  58. SCNatsFan - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Who is this Holland who is on the mound? Too lazy to look. Morse with 8 spring dingers.

  59. pk24 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Not a bad inning from Holland. His breaking ball looks good.

  60. Section 222 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Pitch calling is a very big part of how a catcher handles the pitching staff. Perhaps the biggest part.Maybe, but it's not everything. And you don't know what Boone meant when he said it. He could have said, "Suzuki is a great blocker of pitchers and he calls a really good game." But he didn't.

  61. Mac - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Section 222, I presented a data point. Deal with it.

  62. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Yup.Anyone else tired of the Halladay pity party on ESPN?

  63. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    SCNatsFan, just noticed that. Best wishes to Morse in NW corner. Hope he proves those FG folks wrong and has a monstrous season for Ms.

  64. Anna Peregrina - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Ugh, Stras shutdown, they're going on and on …

  65. baseballswami - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Steve McCatty answers dumb, tired questions very well. Hey, you guys! Did you know that we don't have many lefties in the pen? Shocked! Whatever will we do? Also tried to bait him on pitch counts. Completely sensible, logical answer.

  66. UnkyD - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Mac: if that's all you've got, I'm gonna file it under "wild inference"…

  67. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I think they asked about the pitch counts due to his background as a young pitcher with the A's.

  68. baseballswami - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I despise watching the Nats on ESPN. Ugh. Missing Carp and FP.

  69. SCNatsFan - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    HEY! My SI arrived and freaking David Price is on the cover.

  70. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    You must have lost the regional cover lottery, sc. :-)Ugh, I was watching on delay. Now I'm getting the SS spiel. Blah blah blah.

  71. sm13 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Michael Morse hit his 9th spring homer today. Go Beast!

  72. Section 222 - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Mac, just expressing my opinion on whether your data is meaningful to the question of whether Zook calls a better game than Ramos. I think it's a stretch to interpret Boone's comment that way, that's all. Nothing personal.

  73. SCNatsFan - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Morse just hit his 9th!

  74. baseballswami - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Nats fan – me,too! I want to scream!!! They had the plan but the Nats did not listen to them???? Shut the "&&$))( up!!!!' Thank you, Tyler!

  75. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Yay, it's over. One more game and it starts for real. (Ewww, that sounded kinda "Main Event-ish." Sorry.)

  76. Mac - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    UnkyD, again, it's a data point. Take it for what it's worth in the absence of any other information on the question John C. raised. This isn't a Supreme Court argument here.

  77. Section 222 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Mac, relax. You ended your quote of the Boone interview (which I really appreciated learning about by the way), with a question — "That would imply that he's better than Ramos, wouldn't it?" So don't get bent out of shape if people answer your question and don't agree with you. We're all just trying to make the time between now and Monday at 1:05 pm go faster.

  78. Section 222 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    SCNats Fan, here's the link to the NIDO Spreadsheet for the drink you might want to buy sm13. :-)

  79. sm13 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    That may be my first Coke! Does that deserve a small wooohooo/

  80. Mac - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Most people are able to answer a simple yes or no question with a simple yes or no. There's no additional credit available for pounding it in.

  81. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Geez, we're getting touchy. I never thought I would be wishing the weekend would go faster to get to Monday! We need a real game.

  82. SCNatsFan - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Once again I'm down a drink!

  83. Scooter - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Sec. 3, My Sofa said…I never thought I would be wishing the weekend would go faster to get to Monday!My kid is 7. I look forward to going back to work on Mondays, so I can get some rest.But, yes, your point is taken.

  84. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    I believe Mac (Feel Wood) insinuated I may or may not be a less than a desireaable commentor on this site.Maybe I was wrong.Isn't he sweet?

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