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Instant analysis: Nats 6, Marlins 1

Apr 4, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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Jordan Zimmermann allowed only one run despite seven hits.

Game in a nutshell: Well, the shutout streak came to an end at 19 innings, but then the Nationals pitching staff began a new one with seven more scoreless innings after Justin Ruggiano's solo homer off Jordan Zimmermann. They didn't need much offense today but got plenty thanks to Ryan Zimmerman's two-run single in the first, Bryce Harper's RBI single in the third and Jayson Werth's three-run bomb in the seventh. Henry Rodriguez retired the side in his first appearance of the season. Tyler Clippard retired the side in the eighth. And Craig Stammen finished off the Nationals' season-opening sweep of the Marlins. They wound up outscoring Miami by a combined score of 11-1. Not a bad start to the year.

Hitting highlight: Werth talked this spring about how he hoped he'd get full strength back in his surgically repaired left wrist,Read more »

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  1. peric - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Yep get out the broom and then comes Cincinnati and they will be gunning for the Nats.

  2. Drew - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Hit it Michele! GYFNG!

  3. Don - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Love the sweep. Love the pitching, love Harper's hot start, Zim raking, Span getting on and over, and Werth's monster bomb. Do not love Zim's arm — he's still not right. The club is delusional if they think he is. Desi's arm is healthy but annoying as he seems to have to bounce the ball to LaRoche. Hope that clears right up too. Great start to what looks to be a great season.

  4. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    It's amazing how far Werth hit that ball with that wrist and all.

  5. sm13 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    One piece of advice as we go into Cincy: Do not pitch Henry against Joey Votto in the rain (or really in any weather condition).

  6. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I actually saw Tyler Moore in the dugout. I don't think he knows where his hat is.

  7. peric - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Werth gets his chance to prove its not a fluke in the Bandbox this weekend. As do Harper, Zim, LaRoche, Espy, Dezzie, and Ramos.

  8. peric - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Do not pitch Henry against Joey Votto Do not pitch to Votto period. They're probably saying the same thing about Morse.

  9. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    And Denard Span…..almost EXACTLY like Nyjer Morgan.

  10. baseballswami - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    These guys are playing smart, under control , efficient baseball. The team looks well – balanced. Most of the relievers have gotten work. Most of the bats are waking up. ALR is having good AB's but not having any luck. This was a great warm up series. Getting the wrinkles out. Danny and Desi not yet, maybe in Cincinnati .

  11. Unknown - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I don't get this "unsure that Jayson Werth will ever get his power back" meme that I keep hearing.I've been watching baseball for 50 years and remember a lot of wrist injuries but don't recall anyone suggesting that the type of injury may keep a player's power from returning.And yet I keep hearing it regarding Werth.Does anyone know? Does this type of wrist injury not always mend 100%?Farid @ Idaho

  12. sm13 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Agree, Peric, Gio and Jordan pitched Stanton the way they should have, giving him nothing good to hit. Votto deserves similar treatment.

  13. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Farid…..only one poster keeps bringing that up but since I'm so old, I can't remember his name.

  14. peric - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    On May 20th the Nats will have a 34 year old that has had two serious wrist injuries to the same wrist? So, I assume you believe that Mark Texiera will be back to his old self May 1st? He's only had one injury to that wrist. Similarly Curtis Granderson? You might be setting yourself up like Humpty Dumpty Njack.

  15. peric - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    And Njack? You know I'll be here to jump all over you calling you on it.

  16. MicheleS - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOO! !! BRRRRRR! IT WAS COLD!

  17. peric - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    And Denard Span…..almost EXACTLY like Nyjer Morgan.Well not quite as good as Nyjer was before he broke his wrist on that slide. After that he was never the same now was he?

  18. Candide - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    (New-posted)Based on their runs scored/runs allowed ratio, the Nats projected season-long Pythagorean winning percentage is .992.And JZimm has the worst ERA on the entire staff.

  19. Positively Half St. - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    The last time the Nats started 3-0 it was a cruel mirage. I am pretty certain that is not the case this year. Tanks to those at the game for their expert rooting. Ya done good.

  20. natsfan1a - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Carrying forward:Yay, Good Mr. Henry! Have we ever swept the Marlins in a three-game series? Dang, I like it!! Er, do we untuck if we win but there's no Soriano save?

  21. Joe Seamhead - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I have a memory of late in 2011 Henry started looking very good and it continued into the first month of 2012. He started looking good when he faced Joey Votto with the tying run on base. He struck him out for the third out. H-Rod walked off the mound with his feet seemingly never touching the ground and a smile so big it looked like someone had sewed his lips to his ears when Davey came out of the dugout to shake his hand.Honestly, how many intentional walks have you seen this team give since Davey's been at the helm? We've got the staff that can pitch to almost anybody in most situations.

  22. peric - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Natslady you could add your blog posts to the Baseball Reference player pages as District on Deck is doing. Whether it has to do with the player or not …

  23. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Really looking forward to see if Medlin is who he was last season or the guy I watched 3 times in ST.

  24. peric - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Based on their runs scored/runs allowed ratio, the Nats projected season-long Pythagorean winning percentage is .992.Same as when everyone would freak out when the Nats would lose, Henry pitch or Danny strike out. Its early, very early. Need at least 40 games to get a decent sample size. Let the drama unfold.

  25. baseballswami - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    3 games- first one two hours ten minutes, other two about 2 and a half. Very efficient. Several teams have gone extras, 2 teams went 5 hours, 16 innings. This is so much more economical .

  26. sjm308 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    OK – that was fun!!Again, I have not read game threads and will go back. Surprised how nervous I was with Henry coming in but he did well.Span is such a keeper!! He glides to everything hit in the air and I hope someone noticed him cutting off a single to right center and keeping a fairly fast baserunner at 2nd with a good throw!He has also done a super job at leadoff and that bunt was a thing of beauty. Peric – I think you missed this one.Harper is just a treat but the attempt to steal 3rd was definitely a mistake. With this line-up we are going to score runs!! (where is Rabbit on our 81-81 record?)I know that 3 games does not make a season but wouldn't you guys rather be 3-0? Surprised Haren did not fly out early to get his back/hip stretched but I will be eager to see how he does tomorrow.Go Nats!!

  27. NatsLady - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    peric, I have already tried to get the blog on baseball reference and it was accepted. Apparently, there is a problem, and they are working on it.

  28. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Not just 3-0. 3-0 against a team that's owned the Nats.

  29. sjm308 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Peric – you are right about giving it 40 games. Still really happy with what I see defensively.LaRoche – right back doing what he did last year. Our outfield has the range to track down just about anything hit in the air and Werth does honestly know our right field angles and plays them to a tee.Espinosa has done everything in the field to convince me his shoulder is ok but I still worry about that fluke injury from diving for a ball.Desmond & Zimm have both made a couple of iffy throws but they get to just about everything and I will take that over their arms.Both Ramos and Suzuki call great games and I think we are paying more attention to baserunners. I realize we did not play the strongest of teams but you have to like the fundamentals in place, no matter who we are playing.

  30. baseballswami - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    As much as we have talked about the Marlins being a AAAA team, they are all major leaguers, being paid a lot of money and very motivated. Truly, any team can beat any other team on any given day. You just cannot take any team for granted. Is it my imagination, or does Stanton look like a lesser version of himself?

  31. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Medlin throws 27 pitches and loads the bases but gets out of the inning unscathed.

  32. Candide - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… Not just 3-0. 3-0 against a team that's owned the Nats.No, just a bunch of guys wearing the same uniforms as the team that's owned the Nats.The actual team is in Toronto.

  33. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Candide…the Fish stunk last year but still managed to play .500 ball against the team with the best record in baseball.And when the Nats almost played .500 ball the year before, they killed the Nats.

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Peric, Nyjer was a star in 2011 in Milwaukee. He wears out his welcome quickly. Rubber arm and poor reads on balls and horrific against LHP.Denard Span hits all pitchers, has a good arm, and is a top fielder with very good reads.

  35. baseballswami - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    NatsJack- the Medlin thing intrigues me. Personally, I find him to be an arrogant piece of work and it bugged me when media types fawned over how well the Barves handled his innings – and blah, blah, well, you know. Have the MLB hitters figured him out? Sophomore slump ? Injury? What say you?

  36. Candide - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    NJ – don't disagree with a word you wrote. But this year's Marlins is not remotely the same as last year's bad team. And they're probably worse.So it's not like we've finally figured out how to beat those guys. They've just gotten really bad – at the same time that we've gotten really good.

  37. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    It bugged me that he was being compared to Maddox. I've seen Greg Maddox and he's no Greg Maddox.He's now up to 42 pitches with 1 out on the second and 1 out.

  38. Joe Seamhead - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comparing Span and Nyjer and stating that Nyjer was ever better is than Denard Span is just incorrect. Morgan never played the outfield intelligently, though when he first got here he was an upgrade.He was the epitome of the guy that sometimes overcame his lack of skill with his natural athleticism. Nyjer was always an undisciplined,out of control head case.Span has no history of being anything but a straight up guy. I will say unequivocally that Denard Span is the best center fielder that the Nationals have had since they got to DC. The first three games he has also demonstrated what he brings to the lineup, and why he makes this team better. It's so obvious, I can't understand anyone not seeing it.

  39. Gonat - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Medlen gives up 2 earned. I like that!

  40. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Now Cliff Lee, on the other hand, reminds me of a left handed Greg Maddox.

  41. Joe Seamhead - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Feels weird kind of rooting for the Phillies to win a game, especially against a division opponent.

  42. Candide - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Nyjer career oWAR and dWAR – 4.7 and 2.3DSpan career oWAR and dWAR – 12.9 and 4.5And Span's head seems to always be in the game. Nyjer's head is… well, who knows where the hell it is?

  43. Gonat - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Michael Young, a professional hitter, leads off the 3rd swinging at the 1st pitch. SMH

  44. Candide - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Funny, I thought LeBlanc looked like Maddux.Just facially, mind you.

  45. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Hard to believe you even have to defend Denard Span. Only 1 person here saw him as a weak bench player. Take it for what it is based on who said it and any comparison to Nyjer is an insult to Denard.

  46. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I started to tell Joe earrlier to not lower yourself to that type of discussion. Anybody thinking they are similar are only comparing skin color, position, and which arm they use to throw and which side of the plate they swing the bat from. Not their talent.Judging their talent is done by professionals.

  47. Joe Seamhead - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    NatsJack said:I started to tell Joe earrlier to not lower yourself to that type of discussion. ——————————–Sometimes I forget.

  48. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    candide, I said the same thing to my cousin.

  49. djinFl. - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Nice catch Justin.

  50. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Medlin down 2-0 but at 83 pitches through 4.

  51. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    You saw that, yoo huh dj?

  52. Section 222 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Totally agree with JoeS, NJ, sjm, and everyone else on this blog, well, almost everyone, about Span. I will say, however, that he has yet to show evidence of having anything better than an average arm. The way he covers ground in CF and gets on base, I'm ok with that.

  53. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Do the Marlins ever hit balls to 3rd base? Ryan Zimmerman would have gotten more work if he played in short left-field the last 2 games.

  54. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I was wondering about the Justin reference. You really meant nice non-catch. Yah, blame it on the new position.

  55. djinFl. - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Sure did NJ. There is just about the right amount of baseball on today.

  56. MicheleS - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    SO just got home. And it was down right cold. it may not have been as windy as last night but by the second inning it was down right chilly, so that can explain what is going on whit some of the bats.Harper should have never tried to steel 3rd. He will learn.Denard beating out that bunt was a thing of beauty. His speed is going to give opposing pitchers fits. Plus he is all around a great base runner. You can definelty see that Harp and Werth can play the lines a little more. Denard has great range. Love the aquisition.Oh and Zimmy is just Crushing it. His arm may not be 100%, probably more like 85, but it will get there and when you have a GG at 1B, that will help with any short hops.

  57. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    I think after Zim robbed the Marlins in the 1st inning of Game 1 they stopped hitting the ball his way. ;)

  58. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Question. What do you think happens more often in a game? Throwing out a base runner or cutting off a base hit destined for extra bases as well as making a catch in the gap destined for extea bases?

  59. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    That would be throwing out a base runner from the outfield.

  60. MicheleS - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Another_Sam… saw your message, and not sure Brantly would have seen a few inside pitches. From my seats, it looked like it was a clean play at the plate and Harper's contact was more incidental than deliberate.

  61. djinFl. - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    I thought the throw Span made that almost nailed the runner rounding second got there in a hurry 222. I was expecting him to throw to Zim, but by going to desi surprised me and the runner.

  62. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    I will say unequivocally that Denard Span is the best center fielder that the Nationals have had since they got to DC.<Better than Soriano? I think not. And the jury is out dude. IMO Ankiel was the best fielder they've ever had out there. Period. End of story. The jury is out as to whether Span generates enough OBP to offset the loss of a guy who has already hit 4 home runs? Let's compare those two shall we?C'mon I've been watching this team longer than you have Joe Seamhead.

  63. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Re: the play at the plate with Bryce…..totally coincidental. No intent involved.

  64. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Medlen throws his best inning of the night in the 5th and the Phillies had him on the ropes in innings 1-4 and they let him off with only 2 runs.

  65. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Sometimes you just have to laugh, right Joe?I know I do.

  66. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Denard Span hits all pitchers, has a good arm, and is a top fielder with very good reads.Three games. I'll still take Moore with Harper in CF, Alphonso Soriano when he was patrolling CF, and if I want a fielder with a rifle arm, Ankiel. The jury is out on the bat. Last I looked Morse was winning that contest hands down.

  67. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Peric, Soriano was a left-fielder in 2006. Try again.Bryce Harper was the best CF the Nats had to date.

  68. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Soriano never played CF for us.

  69. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    oops, one drink to Gonat.

  70. Section 222 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Soriano? Alfonso or Rafi? Doesn't matter because neither has ever played CF for the Nats. Details, details? dj, that was a nice throw, but it wasn't a very long one. I'm not saying he has Juan Pierre's arm out there, but to say he has a good arm may be overstating it based on what we've seen so far.

  71. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    If you're talking Syracuse, you're right. And that woukd explain alot.

  72. Section 222 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Another drink for you Gonat. Apparently I spent too much time trying to be funny.

  73. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Peric, Soriano was a left-fielder in 2006. Try again.Harper could be better still.Marlon Byrd wasn't bad and later became an All Star. Jose Guillen was pretty good as was Alfonso Soriano. Picking Span as the best CF yet is pretty ridiculous since its only been 3 games. You might as well say Ben Revere is the best CF the Phillies have ever had since he beat Span out for that job.

  74. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    No one is talking about Spans arm. Well, anybody with any knowledge of Major League baseball.Michael Bourne has had the highest defensive rating of any center fieldet and his arn is equivolent to Denards.

  75. Section 222 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    A. Soriano had a bunch of outfield assists when he was here because people were running on him as much as they could. But the idea that he was "patrolling" any position is kind of funny.Are you thinking of Nook Logan or something?

  76. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Sometimes you just have to laugh, right Joe?Its a long season and I've got my bold face ready to roll.

  77. djinFl. - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Gonat, you almost gat a weekends worth of drinks on that one. Luckily I knew I was slow on soriano in centerfield so I didn't post

  78. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Peric, come on, you are trying to force your point and it's not working. The Nats have sucked in centerfielders until Bryce Harper.Denard Span has a long history in CF and it's impressive. This is the best defensive outfield the Nats have ever had and the most athletic. The question will be the offensive output and we will have to wait and see.

  79. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    djinFl. said… Gonat, you almost gat a weekends worth of drinks on that one. Luckily I knew I was slow on soriano in centerfield so I didn't post April 04, 2013 8:50 PM _______________________________Hah! I did good there. I just can't believe how poor Peric is on Nats history. Not even 9 full years yet!

  80. Section 222 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Denard Span hits all pitchers, has a good arm, and is a top fielder with very good reads.NJ, not sure what you meant by "no one is talking about Span's arm", but this is the comment I was responding to. Like i said, I'm totally with you about his skill as a CF, I just haven't seen enough to be able to say he has a "good arm" as opposed to an "adequate arm." But you've seen him a lot. Do you think he has a good arm?

  81. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Hey Gonat….I'll be up the 20th and looking for a watch party that Saturday against the Mets. Then Sunday we're going to the Dodgers/Birds before attending all the Nats games against the Cards and Reds.Any ideas on Saturday against the Mets?

  82. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Section 222 said… A. Soriano had a bunch of outfield assists when he was here because people were running on him as much as they could. But the idea that he was "patrolling" any position is kind of funny.Are you thinking of Nook Logan or something? April 04, 2013 8:48 PM _____________________________________I agree on Soriano. He threw out a lot of baserunners but his other fielding skills were not great.

  83. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Like Bourne, he has an adequate arm.

  84. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    This is the best defensive outfield the Nats have ever had and the most athletic. The question will be the offensive output and we will have to wait and see.I think the outfield that saw Harper, Werth and Ankiel was just as athletic and maybe more so. Offense was the question mark except for Harper ane even he was just getting his feet wet. This outfield is not as good as Atlanta's. Not as good as the LA Angels just to name a couple. And Morse's offense, if it continues, will make it seem like a poor move on Rizzo's part were it not for the one and done deal and Morse is a free agent. And it won't be me saying that every single baseball pundit will be saying that.Its still early to be anointing this outfield.

  85. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Like Bourne, he has an adequate arm.And Atlanta decided to replace Bourne. One wonders why?

  86. Joe Seamhead - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Whatever. Soriano and Ankiel? This reminds me of a song by Jerry Jeff Walker called "Pissin' in the Wind"Incidentally, I started going to Senators games at Griffith Stadium, and went to the very first Nats game in Philly, saw Del Unser throw out the first pitch. As I said, whatever.

  87. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Del Unser never played in Griffin stadium.

  88. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Sorry Del Unser never played in Griffith stadium. Maybe you were thinking of Harmon Killebrew?

  89. Mac Guire - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Better than Soriano? I think not. And the jury is out dude. IMO Ankiel was the best fielder they've ever had out there. Period. End of story. The jury is out as to whether Span generates enough OBP to offset the loss of a guy who has already hit 4 home runs? Let's compare those two shall we? >Span is the lead-off center fielder the Nats had been lacking and seeking for many years. Neither Soriano nor Ankiel is a center fielder with range who can bat lead off with high OBP.And why do you compare Span to Morse? The Nats finally found what they were looking for in Span, and then there was a choice between Morse and ALR at first base. So make comparison between Morse and ALR if you want to.When it comes to Morse and ALR, I believe Rizzo made the right decision, no matter how monstrous numbers Morse put up this year. Don't forget what we had was only one year control of Morse. Morse was my favorite as a Nat, and I still feel sad about his departure. But, he would have left after this year anyway with TyMo in the wings.

  90. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Don't forget what we had was only one year control of Morse. Morse was my favorite as a Nat, and I still feel sad about his departure. But, he would have left after this year anyway with TyMo in the wings.I believe I've already said that more than once. And you'll find most here don't believe in T-Mo (which is also his twitter handle) as opposed to TyMo.

  91. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Joe…Del Unser in Philly. I understand.

  92. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Joe…Del Unser in Philly. I understand.He ended up in Philly after the team moved. Maybe we should start comparing Span to Stroud?

  93. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    And then we can compare Dave Nelson to Espy? Or mebbe Toby Harrah and Brinkman to Desmond? Aurelio Rodriguez or Ken Mullen to Zim and Rendon.

  94. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Peric is right about one thing, T-Mo is TyMo's old nickname just like Bernie was Bernadina's nickname and now it's Shark. I hear T-Mo likes TyMo better!

  95. Gonat - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    NEW POSTED just in time!

  96. Joe Seamhead - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    peric, if you knew so much about the Nats as you say you woildld know that Del Unser threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Nats very first game 2005 in CBP in Philly.

  97. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    I'll say it again.Today, Tyler Moore is a right handed hitting Chad Tracy. Nothing more, norhing less. The talent evaluators see him as a defensive liability, no matter where he plays. He has power but is easily fooled by off speed stuff.He is on the bench because he is cheaper and more controlable than Michael Morse.What anybody else HOPES he becomes is dependent on alot more than any fan can imagine.

  98. sjm308 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Peric: you can argue all you want about whatever you want, but you surprised me with your error on Soriano as a centerfielder. Hell, he didn't even want to play left. This is a 9 year old team and I think people are correct that Span is what we have been waiting for and is the best CF in all aspects to ever take the field. Stop trying to argue something that you can't win by making mistakes. Just let it go, focus all your karma on Tyler Moore or T-Mo or TyMo just getting on the field because that one ain't happening yet either.

  99. baseballswami - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Watching Span closely– he seems to be a more polished CF than any we have had. Good baseball IQ, savvy base runner, good routes, field awareness. And he doesn't even know the league yet. I see him in the dugout sharing info after his at bats. Mature stuff. I have trouble with new guys, but he is winning me over. And it's not big things or numbers, it's more subtle things. The first three games I have noticed the Nats doing a great number of those subtle, but important things. I like it.

  100. SCNatsFan - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Peric have to give you credit you have been against Span since day 1 and think no matter what he does you'll see the worst in him. Comparing him to Morgan is beneath you. What is important is that the team wins and Rizzo thinks with his combination of skills he makes us a better team. That you see nothing good in Span after extolling the virtues of Brown last year tells me you can, at times, see what you want in players. You are entitled to your opinion but I hope you are wrong.

  101. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Just for fun…..Julio Becquer, Pete Runnels, Dick Hyde and the bonus baby, Ralph Lumenti.

  102. SonnyG10 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I was afraid Trent Jewett wasn't going to be as aggressive as Bo Porter as 3rd base coach, but was I ever wrong. Trent is going to need rotator cuff surgery before this season is over.:)

  103. Joe Seamhead - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    peric said…I will say unequivocally that Denard Span is the best center fielder that the Nationals have had since they got to DC.<Better than Soriano? I think not. And the jury is out dude. IMO Ankiel was the best fielder they've ever had out there. Period. End of story. The jury is out as to whether Span generates enough OBP to offset the loss of a guy who has already hit 4 home runs? Let's compare those two shall we?C'mon I've been watching this team longer than you have Joe Seamhead. April 04, 2013 8:39 PM———————————————————– Joe Seamhead said…Whatever. Soriano and Ankiel? This reminds me of a song by Jerry Jeff Walker called "Pissin' in the Wind"Incidentally, I started going to Senators games at Griffith Stadium, and went to the very first Nats game in Philly, saw Del Unser throw out the first pitch. As I said, whatever.April 04, 2013 8:59 PM ———————————————————– peric said…Sorry Del Unser never played in Griffith stadium. Maybe you were thinking of Harmon Killebrew?April 04, 2013 9:01 PM————————————————-From there you were just digging your hole deeper. When did I infer that Unser played in Griffith Stadium?You made the comment that you had been watching this team longer then me. I'm confused as to how that's possible, as I was there in Philly, in 2005, at CBP when Del Unser threw out the ceremonial first pitch. BTW, Soriano, after reluctantly switching from 2nd Base, moved to Left field where most knowledgable baseball people never saw him as elite defensively. Regardless, he never played centerfield for the Nats as you claim.

  104. sjm308 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Seamhead – think you owe me a coke on that last statement!!

  105. Joe Seamhead - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    I'll do you one better at the stadium, Coach.

  106. Unknown - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Michael Morse was perhaps my favorite Nats' player too and though I think he's going to hit .300-35-100 this year, he wouldn't have made this team any better. And there is no way the Nationals would have paid the cost to re-sign him following his walk year (2013). Remember, the Nationals let Alfonso Soriano walk and they traded Josh Willingham for two players who probably won't make an impact at the major league level. Soriano and Willingham were two-demensional players, like Morse. Farid @ Idaho

  107. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Why you guys keep poking, I'll never understand.

  108. natsfan1a - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Maybe they're bored.

  109. natsfan1a - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Indeed, I believe that the Nats went 21-33 against the Marlins from 2010-2012. The Marlins' overall record during those seasons (in order from 2010-2012) was 80-82, 72-90, and 69-93. Not exactly world-beaters but they were certainly Nats-beaters.NatsJack in Florida said… Candide…the Fish stunk last year but still managed to play .500 ball against the team with the best record in baseball. And when the Nats almost played .500 ball the year before, they killed the Nats. April 04, 2013 7:32 PM

  110. mick - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    forgot to add my 2 cents….great game all around!

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