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Where we’re at, State of the Nats-4/8

Apr 8, 2013, 4:10 PM EST

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Team Record: 4-2 (3-0)

N.L. East Standings

Offensive Game of the Week: Wilson Ramos 4/6 at Reds – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB

Pitching Line of the Week: Stephen Strasburg 4/1 vs. Marlins – 7.0 IP, 3 SO, 3 H, 80 pitches (52 strikes)

Top Storylines

Dan Haren’s poor debut – It was just one game and a tough situation for anyone to start their season in, away at Cincinnati against their deep lineup. At the same time, however, Haren was awful in his final spring start and is looking to bounce back after a bad year last season with the Angels. There is no reason to rush to judgment yet, but his progress this month could be the biggest storyline revolving around the Nationals.

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  1. Section 222 - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Also, does anyone have a link to Espinosa's leap on Saturday? The play is included in the condensed game.

  2. Section 222 - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Stras starting Gio's bobblehead game. Ingredients for the next Nats Park sellout?

  3. Clip&Store - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Hmm a new feature for this year? I like it. I think, as weird as it sounds, this was one of the least exciting 4-2 weeks i have ever seen. Not sure if its offset by so many of the wins coming in less than sexy fashion against a team of the marlins caliber, or the shellacking this weekend, or simply the fact that nobody has really been dominant outside of Harper. But then again, its been 1 week…TONS of baseball left. And if I remember right, didn't we win a bunch of scrappy, ugly games early last year too? So I'll take it, and hopefully we can win both of these home series's.

  4. Eric - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    "I think, as weird as it sounds, this was one of the least exciting 4-2 weeks i have ever seen."AKA, most nerve-wracking? Sheesh! Hopefully it's a good kick in the pants. Infield needs to tighten up, and our loudly hailed pitching staff needs to consider the possibility that MLB spent the winter learning about everything they do. The Reds didn't just seem to be hitting well, they seemed to know what was coming.

  5. peric - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I was sure a certain Rendon advocate claimed that Anthony was hitting .700 just a day or so ago…you know…raking at a rate that would force Davey to find spot in the lineup and drive Zim to 1st base.YOU see 3onand2out? You don't read carefully now do you? I said Jeff Kobernus was WHITE HOT hitting .700. NOT Rendon. Kobernus is so hot the Iron Pigs stopped pitching to him. And what I said was … folks had better give up on the idea of Rendon at second base because with Espinosa, Lombardozzi, and this kid Kobernus it sure looks like they are really deep at second base.

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I knew this had to be a Chase Hughes with that Twitter from Bryce!Good one! BTW, did anyone find him a good donut shop?

  7. Section 222 - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    It looks like the NIDO "Who's going?" tab is filling up nicely. (Thanks to Candide for setting it up.) Stop by there if you have plans to attend one of the games in the upcoming homestand or beyond. And just add your name on the left side if it's not there already. We might also use that spot to indicate if we have an extra ticket(s) to give away or sell. While it's great to know where people are sitting, I don't know about others, but I'm not likely to move much during the game, even to go in search of virtual friends. On the other hand, I'm definitely willing to make the effort to meet up for a few minutes before the game. The picnic tables behind section 312 were a good spot for that during the playoffs and Mark Z was able to drop down from the press box to say hello. But that might not be a convenient spot for folks with seats on the lower level. So feel free to suggest another location. We can make the standard meeting time 35 minutes before game time (6:30 for a 7:05 game), and stipulate, that folks will stick around only until 6:55 pm at the latest. As for identifying each other, that's tricky. I headed to the meeting spot on Opening Day and didn't see anyone, but then heard that a few others dropped by. Maybe turn our baseball caps backward as the NI identifier?Thoughts welcome.

  8. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Nice feature, Chase.

  9. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    We need NI buttons for the caps. Secret handshakes, too.

  10. skidge - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    From Byron Kerr on Twitter: #Harrisburg 1B Matt Skole hairline fracture left wrist, out 3-4 weeks, acc to team source #Nats details forthcoming

  11. slaskey - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I like this feature a lot! Thanks for posting :)In future installments, can you include a "Web Gem of the Week" as well? I'm hoping that with this team there will be a lot of great GIF-able moments to share…

  12. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    And if he asks again … the Safeway at 5th/L NW is open all night. They'd have donuts.

  13. MicheleS - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Good Stuff Chase. Thanks for putting this up.

  14. Drew - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    I'd feel better if we were contemplating "where we are."Only James Bond should end sentences with propositions. :)

  15. UnkyD - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Det, Stras, and Gio, for the Barves…. Me Likey!!

  16. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Unkyd, there are not as much left-handed heavy as they were last season. besides Freeman is out for few days and Upton brothers are swinging well. It should be an interesting match-up.

  17. UnkyD - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    And Safeway's donuts are outstanding! (Wish I could still eat six at a clip, instead of 1-2/week…:(

  18. MicheleS - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Faraz, let's not forget that the Uptons have been facing the Phillies (who look a lot older) and the Cubs (they are the Cubs)

  19. UnkyD - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Just looking at three Strong Pitchers, FS… I like our chances with those three against just about anybody… :)

  20. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    True Michele. They did beat up an injured Halladay and uncharacteristically bad start Hamels. They faced a good pitcher (Lee) and could not score on him all that much. But with our pitchers' tendency to give up HRs, I worry a little.Unkyd, no doubt that those are good pitchers. I will take our pitchers over theirs.

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  23. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Has anyone used pitch-fx data from brooksbaseball.net and compared Henry's good outings against bad outings? I want to do it but do not want to repeat if someone has looked at it.

  24. natsfan1a - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    222, for some of the postseason gatherings, we had a sign that was placed on a picnic table (once we'd located an empty picnic table). Or just look for a group of oddball folks (in which I include myself). ;-)That said, and regarding seat locations, I also don't tend to move around or visit once I'm settled in my seat, and I like to be there at least a few minutes before first pitch. I would think locations might vary for partial plan holders, folks who picked up extra games and couldn't get their usual seats, and so forth.On the donut front (when I saw that in the previous post, I thought it related to shut-outs): no love for Krispy Kreme?

  25. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    FP is on 106.7!

  26. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    natsfan1a said… On the donut front (when I saw that in the previous post, I thought it related to shut-outs): no love for Krispy Kreme? Krispy Kreme is good for non-gourmet donuts. Bryce's favorite donut shop has spoiled him. Someone needs to open up a gourmet place like Friendly Donuts which Bryce loves!http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/friendly-donut-house-henderson?select=Na3glB3iXfixzd2IkjX71w#Na3glB3iXfixzd2IkjX71w

  27. MicheleS - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Lets all remember this time last year. We were so giddy after the first 6 games of last year.Guess what the Nats record was……..come on.. .keeep guessing…YUP, it was 4-2

  28. mick - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

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  29. mick - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    I just can not typeNatsJack… your point in the last thread is well taken. Remember, I am only throwing out possible ideas down the road in 2014 and beyond. I know Desi's skills are probably best at short, I think I am just finding ways to get Lombo more time because I think he is a terrific young player. I know T Moore is going to be great and he will be a long term player.

  30. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Way to go Michele! 4-2 is perfect for this point. Take 2 out of 3 in every series on average is the goal.

  31. mick - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Ghost, thanks for the update on 106.7, I wonder FP knows that last week my boys on 1067.7 had a famous porn queen on. he is in good company, lol

  32. mick - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    on that note, I better get back to work, back at you all tonight

  33. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    mick, you have to love FP! Mr. 5.5 hole! Did you see his interview with RZim on words to describe his teammates.Jayson Werth = Gluten FreeNot a great nickname but very funny that Zim said that!Stammen and JZim are both Bulldogs. Sorry, JZim is the Bulldog as Davey calls him that. Stammen is Staymen.

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Bad news on Matt Skole as he fractured his wrist. The good news is that the fracture was small and won't require surgery.

  35. JaneB - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Oh Matt! Mend well and fast. I loved Zimm's one-word associations. Gluten free sounds less icky to me now that it's associated with Jayson. Good luck with gluten free at the ballpark though!

  36. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Sarah Kogod on the Sports Bog posted these RZim words for his teammates:Bryce Harper: “Freak.”Jayson Werth: “Gluten-free.”Danny Espinosa: “Intense.”Stephen Strasburg: “Phenom.”Adam LaRoche: “As much as you don’t think so, focused.”Chad Tracy: “Clydesdale.”Tyler Clippard: “Goggles.”Ian Desmond: “Most athletic guy on the team.”Kurt Suzuki: “Clutch.”Tyler Moore: “All-American guy. Heartthrob. We’ll go heartthrob.”Roger Bernadina: “He likes to dance.”Craig Stammen: “Bulldog.”Drew Storen: “Stanford.”Jordan Zimmermann: “Him and Craig are bulldog. Midwest, kinda all-American. Go out and do their job.”Gio Gonzalez: “Smile. Laugh. Charismatic.”Ross Detwiler: “Huh, Ross. Uh…he loves hockey. NHL.”

  37. Tcostant - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    A couple of randon thoughts. Clearly Davey played with Haren spot in the rotation, maybe so he doesn't face the Braves on Friday. But maybe he should have open the season with Haren in the third spot (Stras, Zimm, Haren , Gio then Det) and have his two lefty pitchers face the Reds and Braves two times each as their first starts, since both play worse vs. lefty pitchers. Just a thioough (I know this is strange, but it was a schedeuling oppirtunity and getting Haren an easier first start based on his spring could have been smart).As noted by others, Stras should have pitch hit for in the 6th, no doubt. I first guess it at the time and second guess it here too.Can't wait 'til my next game Saturday. Gio booblehead and Stras on the bump. I think Davey will want JC on this team before May 1st!

  38. Candide - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Bad news on Matt Skole as he fractured his wrist. You know how you momentarily see chunks of a sentence before you actually read it? Okay, well I do, anyway…I saw "Skole" and "fractured" and momentarily thought, "fractured skull? huh?" Glad it's just the wrist. Recommend a gluten-free diet until it heals.

  39. Tcostant - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    One other thing. Davey does this a lot and don't like it. When an ALR (or another player) is out; Davey seems to just drop the replacement in that hitter spot rather than resetting his lineup, I assume so everyone else is hitting his regular batting order. Well, no way on earth dhould Tracy being hitting in front of Desi, in situations like this you have to move Desi up in the order. I'm just saying…

  40. baseballswami - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Good feature- terrible grammar. Heard FP on the radio, he just loves this team but can be critical without being nasty. I love listening to him. One thing I have hated over the last week or so is the haphazard schedule. One game, 2 off, one more game, one off, 2 games, then away, then back home, one o'clock, four o 'clock, seven o'clock. Hope things settle in soon. Also wish Chase had addressed something other than offense when discussing the catchers.

  41. Candide - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    BTW, I'm making more updates to the Who's Going link (can't leave bad enough alone…). I'm putting promotion info into comments for each game. Games with a promo have a little black triangle in the upper right corner of the day field; hover over the day field for that game's promo. (Only up to June 9 right now, and I have some other work to do…).

  42. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Candide, WaPo a few minutes ago just wrote up their full story on Skole:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2013/04/08/prospect-matt-skole-on-disabled-list-with-microfracture-in-left-wrist/The Nationals hope Skole will miss at least three to four weeks because of the microfracture. Not sure what to make of that sentence as I would think "hope Skole will miss not more than 3 to 4 weeks".

  43. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Braves get the Marlins this series. That's like everyone in the AL West getting the Astros. Sadly, I think the Astros are way worse and could contend for 120 losses.

  44. Steady Eddie - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    It's just excerpts from one Q&A out of 25 (so clearly "fair use", right?), but I had to copy this from Boz's chat:A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON For those worried about the Nats' performance this weekend, go check out the 1978 Orioles. First three games of the year, against the hard-hitting Brewers: all losses, by the scores of 11-3,16-3, 13-5. That team went on to win 90 games that year and went to the World Series the next year….– April 8, 2013 12:37 PMPermalinkA.THOMAS BOSWELL :I remember those three games well. Mike Flanagan, Dennis Martinez and Scott McGregor, who went on to win about 550 games, lost to Augustine, Sorensen and Haas….Earl Weaver spent the first six weeks of the season mocking all of us for saying "bad start." Earl kept saying, "What is a start? Define 'a start.' You can't do it. " So, the O's were 22-25, then they went 17-1 to get to .600!Earl said, "So, you second-guessing so-and-sos, I guess we're off to a pretty &^%$*$# good START, ain't we?"

  45. natsfan1a - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    See, to me, donut and gourmet do not go together, and don't even get me started on $3 gourmet cupcakes. Then again, I'm old school, and I bake. :-)Ghost Of Steve M. said… Krispy Kreme is good for non-gourmet donuts. Bryce's favorite donut shop has spoiled him. Someone needs to open up a gourmet place like Friendly Donuts which Bryce loves! http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/friendly-donut-house-henderson?select=Na3glB3iXfixzd2IkjX71w#Na3glB3iXfixzd2IkjX71w April 08, 2013 1:41 PM

  46. NatsJim - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Thanks for that Eddie, Earl was awesome…

  47. Steady Eddie - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

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  48. EmDash - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    From what I understand, Weaver used to make a big show of his objections on purpose to make umpires forget whatever player they were annoyed at and toss him from the game instead, as he reasoned that he was less valuable than any of the players. Very ahead of his time on strategy.In ex-Nats news, EJax seems to be having one of those bad-first-inning games all remember so well.

  49. baseballswami - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    How great for Stras that many aces had horrible games yesterday. And he was the least bad of them all- Cain gave up nine? Normally his start would have been under the microscope- today, not so much. Perspective.

  50. Alphabet Soup Erik - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Swami-Still not sure why everybody calls Strasburg an ace. He has not earned that recognition yet (not even close really). You are putting him in a category with Cain, Verlander, Price, Kershaw, Felix, et. al. Strasburg has like 20 something CAREER wins. He is not in that category until he proves it. Hell, Gio should be considered the ace of this staff due to his past 3 seasons, not Strasburg. He has never even pitched past the 7th inning. That is not an ace.

  51. Unknown - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    I think it's much more fun to follow a team that goes from bad to great in two years vs. following a great team who has to be great again or the season will be seen as a disappointment. The Nationals started the season 4-2–on pace to win 108 games–and yet the team has a weird feel to it. When Strasburg loses, his losses all look the same. Lots of bouncing singles up the middle, flares into the gap, etc. And his fastball seems to be in the 95-96 mph range. What happened to the 98 mph? Has he decided he doesn't need to throw it and is saving some strength for later? Did the surgery take away 2-3 mph from him? But really, I shouldn't be worried about any of this. They will soon enough win eight out of nine and cruise to another 90+ win seasonSo, never mind. It's raining here in Idaho. Makes me blue.Farid

  52. Kirbs - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I haven't had a chance to read comments, so I'm sure I missed it….but is anybody else happy that Haren is missing the Braves?

  53. baseballswami - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I am actually not putting him in that category at all. As a matter of fact, I agree with you. But, like it or not, the Nats have put him there, it 's not just the media- the organization put him there and so that is the category he will be judged in. Gio has years, lots of starts, 21 wins, WBC, and he is number two and still struggles at times. But then, I also think Det should be four. Stras IS being talked about in that group. Just glad he blended in yesterday.

  54. baseballswami - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Harold Reynolds supported Espi's play on Saturday when he threw home. Said where he was positioned indicated that play. All Star 2b. Maybe not so clearly a gaffe after all?

  55. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Did Harold talk about it Saturday?I Is he claivoyant since the play took place on Sunday?Just kiding.

  56. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Thank you, Swami.

  57. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Clairvoyants don't see the future, they see things that are happening at the time, but at a distance. Just mesing with you.

  58. Alphabet Soup Erik - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Swami-Agree with you on Detwiler. I think he is the #4, and they just want him and Strasburg back to back. I think we all agree that Strasburg has the stuff to be an ace, but guys like Verlander and Randy Johnson illustrate that it often takes a few years to get there. Hopefully it won't take him that long, but my expectations are certainly starting to get a little lower.

  59. baseballswami - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Haha. As usual, we are tougher on our gys than the outsiders. Go nats!!

  60. Rich P. - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    It was a gaffe. Espi's manager had called the play before the pitch. Infield not drawn in to go home to cut off the run, infield at DP depth. If Espi was positioned wrong, it was his fault.Don't go by what Davey may or may not have said to the media about the play. Davey does not throw his players under the bus. You can bet that Espi heard about that play afterward, either from Davey or from the infield coach, whoever that is.Ray Knight spent a good five minutes on the postgame show dissecting that play and pointing out why Espi was wrong to throw home.

  61. JD - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Erik, You are dead wrong about this. There is a reason the Nats started Stras on opening day 2 years in a row. He is far and away the Nats most talented pitcher and has no hot potential on any give day. You are just being impatient: Stas 1st full year year: 15 – 6 3.16 Verlander: 17 – 9 3.63 Kershaw: 8 – 8 2.79 Lincecum: 7 – 5 4.00 Halladay: 8 – 7 3.92 Seaver: 16 – 13 2.76 Gibson: 13 – 13 3.24 Pretty good company. no? I thing Gio and JZimm are exceptional pitchers but Stras is the one superstar on deck.

  62. 3on2out - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    My apologies Peric. I stand corrected.

  63. JD - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    3on2out, You don't need to apologize. quoting batting averages after 4 games is asinine at any level. Kobernus is such a hot prospect the Tigers sent him back to us for nothing. Kobernus is right up there with Eric Komatsu and Ryan Tatusko as up and coming superstars.

  64. baseballswami - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    No game today. It's getting a little testy. We need a new controversy.

  65. Rich P. - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    A couple of things pointed out by Ray Knight that Harold Reynolds clearly did not consider. (1) Getting the DP there leaves you one run down, none on and two out. Virtually no chance of a big inning there, whereas even if the runner had been out at home there would have been two on with only one out and dangerous batters ahead.(2) It was the sixth inning, not the ninth. A one run deficit after six is easier to overcome than a three run deficit. In the all-or-nothing ninth inning, you play it different.These are the things managers consider when they decide how to position the infield. It's strategy, and it's communicated to the players. If a player goes against that strategy, it's the player's mistake.

  66. natsfan1a - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Because a new controversy is a sure-fire cure for things getting testy. ;-)baseballswami said… No game today. It's getting a little testy. We need a new controversy. April 08, 2013 3:54 PM

  67. gail - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Haren worries me. He hasn't pitched well for more than a year. Seems like Tyler Moore should get more playing time. Why not use him at first base, especially with LaRoche aching. The Nationals as a team have been reading too much about their "greatness." In the meantime they are not getting clutch hits and their pitching is shaky. Our new closer should not be blowing saves. Harper and Espinosa have misjudged throwing situations. They all need to get serious and play like pros.

  68. JD - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    gail, You are incorrect about Haren. His post all star game stats from last year are actually very good. 6 – 5 3.58 73 inning 68 hits 56 K's and 14 BB's.

  69. alexva - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    not really correct Gail. he had quality starts last Aug/Sept with some very good.

  70. Joe Seamhead - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    gail, the Nats are 4-2.

  71. Section 222 - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    JD/3on2out — Agreed. The only thing that is less predictive of regular season performance than spring training stats is minor league stats. Harper was hitting .243/.325/.365 in Syracuse before he was brought up and proceeded to win rookie of the year. Corey Brown hit .285/.365/.523 with 25 HRs at Syracuse last year. His OPS this year after 4 games is 1.000. So what? Unless someone gets injured, none of these superstars, including Rendon, are going to be in DC until September. Get over it.

  72. JD - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Sec 222, Now you've done it. Peric is coming after you with fire and brimstone and in bold lettering.

  73. burns15 - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Relax gail, its six freaking games…once they get to ten games, that will still only be 6.2% of the season. One football game is 6.2% of a season. Should we judge last year's Redskins team on any one particular game during the season? How about the Steelers game? Clearly they were better than that.So people relax, they are on pace for 108 wins right now. With the track record of this pitching staff, the fact that they had two bad starts in three games, means they will probably go on a run of dominance soon. This team also is legitimately one of the best in the league defensively, and they lead the league in errors. Do you really think that will continue all year?Subtract a few errors, or take away one bad start and we are 5-1, the best record in baseball. The Braves are 5-1, but they have played two teams unlikely to make the playoffs. We played very well the 2nd best team in baseball at their place, and had a chance to take the series if one or two balls had bounced differently. Good gracious people, learn baseball, its a long season.

  74. gail - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Burns15 – I hope you are right!

  75. sjm308 - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    While Peric is a big boy and will defend himself, I question why people would be upset about following stats in both the majors and minors. I mean, that is one of the things that is great about baseball – the numbers.It is early and way too early to jump to any conclusions but I enjoy hearing from those that do follow the lads below our 25 in Washington and if someone is hitting well or pitching well it sure beats them not doing well.I love box scores and try and go over to National Prospects at least two or three times a week just to look at all our teams.I am obviously happy with 4-2 but just a little worried about what I perceive as a lack of focus on defense with our infield. 7 errors is just way too many and there have been at least 7 other plays where it was not an error but the play could have been made. No panic from this old fan who usually sees the glass way more than 1/2 full but I need to see a certain sharpness that is not there yet.Go Nats!!ps: Shenandoah Mts were fabulous and The Inn at Little Washington is all we heard it was! Dinner in about an hour Whooooo Hoooooo

  76. NatsNut - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I love this feature too, Chase. With so many games, they tend to blend together and it's very easy to forget what happened or what we were talking about earlier in a given week. That said, I have a correction to pass on: Ramos got his homers in *Saturday's* win, Suzuki got his against Cueto on *Sunday*.

  77. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    OK…I don't know what the Reds did with that guy Chin Soo Chu that looked so good this past weekend but the guy playing center field today bearing the same name stinks defensively.

  78. Gonat - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    NatsJack, I was just coming on to say the same. Is that the same team? Buster Olney may want to rethink his Power Rankings.

  79. natsfan1a - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I also like this feature. As well, looking at the standings, one can only imagine what fan comments read like on Marlins, or even Phillies blogs right now (Yes, it's only the first week but we are talking fan blogs now. :-))

  80. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    And now David Freese does his best imitation of Michael Young at third base. Lets a ground ball go under his glove for a questionable double and drives in a run to make it 4-3 Cards.

  81. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    And it's Shin-Soo Choo.

  82. baseballswami - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    The Reds spent every single bit of their BABIP luck on the weekend against us. I know the Nats did not play their best, but there were seeing eye singles, " hit" batters, ball boys interfering and all sorts of weird things going on. Seemed like anything that could go wrong did go wrong. Those things have a way of balancing out.

  83. Gonat - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Edwin Jackson lost his control today. Walked 5 over 6 innings with 5 earned runs.

  84. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Aren't the Cubs somebodies sleeper team? I mean they have won 2 games already.

  85. MicheleS - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    NJ.. Cubs are Cubs, but I give Theo until 2015/2016 to turn it around. That was one Craptastic franchise. All the money in the world an run by a bunch of idiots! In the mean time. sleeper team = they are in a coma for this year.

  86. baseballswami - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Gonat- EJax. "Lost" his control??? When, exactly did he have it?

  87. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I will be interested how they handle Garza and Soriano at the trade deadline. This should be their bottom year but things should start looking better next year.

  88. MicheleS - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    NJ.. Garza, depends on his health. Soriano, depends on where his head is at and where the Cubs can ship him….

  89. NatsLady - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Ejax gave up 4 runs in the first inning and 1 in the 2nd inning (where have we seen that before?) The other 2 runs were given up by a reliever.Milwaukee's bullpen is really shaky again this year. They went into the 9th inning 7-2, and luckily the 2nd pitcher of the inning got the final out with the bases loaded. A hit might have tied it and a HR would have won it for the Cubbies. (Gorzy pitched a scoreless 8th inning, not sure why they didn't leave him in for the 9th, if it was a "mop-up situation).

  90. Gonat - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    baseballswami said… Gonat- EJax. "Lost" his control??? When, exactly did he have it? April 08, 2013 6:49 PM ______________________________It's like a distant memory, although that start in the playoffs unfortunately is a not too distant nightmare.

  91. NatsLady - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Oh, and it's 13-4 REDS, after the Cards were leading 3-1. Cincinnati is on a tear. But remember that hot May the Fish had last year? Ress are a good team… still…they are not going to win 150 games…(and if they do, who cares, they are not in our Division).

  92. peric - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    NJ.. Garza, depends on his health. Soriano, depends on where his head is at and where the Cubs can ship him….No takers for Soriano … they are my 'sleeper" team and I don't expect them to be in a coma in the 2nd half. Soriano makes a good veteran presence and he still can put up some offense. Garza? They might just deal EJax if he doesn't perform. He's still under 30 they might get the Dodgers to take him.

  93. peric - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    The Braves are 5-1, but they have played two teams unlikely to make the playoffs. And the Braves improved dramatically over the past season. And they have some decent talent down on the farm. Their only weakness is the starting rotation but their stellar bullpen can effectively mask that weakness.The bad news? They are definitely in the same division and should not be discounted … even with a platoon at third replacing their FoF … BJ Upton will end up being a lot better than many judge him to be now that he is away from Tampa.

  94. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Poor Roy Halliday…. 35+ pitches in the second…1 out and 1 on and down 3-0 to the Mets.

  95. MicheleS - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    NJ. I like Doc when he his not playing the Nats. Just weird what has happened to him. I am curious if he is hurt.

  96. Gonat - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Crazy injury in Cleveland game. The catcher Santana got crossed up and had his glove open for a low pitch and got a center cut fastball full speed on the inside of his wrist. OUCH

  97. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    First pitch in Miami was 20 minutes ago and they are still selling opening day tickets on TV.Maybe 20,000 but they'll say 34,000.

  98. Gonat - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    NatsJack, that's how Angelos counts them too. Opening Day was Friday and Saturday was discount "Family Day"

  99. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Now Halliday has given up 3 hits with 2 outs in the 3rd down 4-0 with 76 pitches.

  100. peric - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    NJ. I like Doc when he his not playing the Nats. Just weird what has happened to him. I am curious if he is hurt.Given his age and mileage … probably 98% probability you hit the nail squarely on the head. Brad Lidge.

  101. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Doc Halladay is getting smoked again. He has pitched 78 pitches in the 3rd inning and given up 4 earned.

  102. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    NJ, you missed 2 pitches! 78 pitches.

  103. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Gonat…there were only 2 outs when I posted.

  104. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Awww, that's why! I'm loving watching the Phillies struggle and reading their blogs. Hamels and Halladay both struggling is most excellent! They are ready to jump from the Philly bridge!

  105. baseballswami - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    All my Philly fan relatives are stuck back in the glory days of maybe five years ago. They really believe Howard, Utley, Halladay are going to be all stars forever. They like Young better than any of their young guys, they would happily sign Rollins long, long term. They remind me of Yankee fans.

  106. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Halladay threw 9 pitches to the opposing pitcher before he flew out. Crazy.

  107. baseballswami - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Crazy, but kind of sad, too. Unrelated, but does anyone know why Freddie Freeman is on the DL? Not to wish something serious on anyone, but…..

  108. SonnyG10 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    How can I save the NIDO link so I can go there when others don't post the link?

  109. Steady Eddie - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    NL — read the play-by-play on that 9-run Reds 9th inning (tied 4-4 coming in). Nothing overpowering, and as much as anything it was Mitchell Boggs doing himself. BB, P4, WP, IBB (Votto, who else?), 2B, IBB (Bruce), BB, 1B (to 6), E6 (Kozma must have choked), 1B, 2B, 4-3, 1B. That's all the scoring. (Then a BB and an infield single loaded the bases but Frazier K'd to end the frame.) That's 4 walks (2 intentional), 1 WP, 1 E, 3 singles, two doubles. Five free runners, one free extra base, and 5 hits, only two for extra bases — and no dingers. Some skillful, timely hitting, and a couple of pro at bats (to get the walks, unless Boggs was crazy wild) , sure, but nine runs out of seven total bases in hits? The Reds must know how to put effective spells on pitchers.

  110. MicheleS - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Swami.. Freeman – Oblique

  111. natsfan1a - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    You should be able to bookmark it in your browser.SonnyG10 said… How can I save the NIDO link so I can go there when others don't post the link? April 08, 2013 8:19 PM

  112. Candide - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    SonnyG10 said… How can I save the NIDO link so I can go there when others don't post the link?Bookmark it (Firefox) or save it as a Favorite (IE). This will get you to the NIDO "Why We (Don't) Fight" tab: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArHMZg5A8wSXdGViSG8xUGQxUlZzaUVxekJFNHFRcEE#gid=7

  113. baseballswami - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Michele – what Desi had, right? Not career threatening but can take a while to clear up as I recall. That is a shame. No, really. It is. I sincerely mean that.

  114. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Halladay pulled in the 5th with no outs and 99 pitches.

  115. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    baseballswami, Freeman was very upset that Wren put him on the DL. He felt he only needed a few days as he thought it wasn't severe.Desi played through his oblique injury for months until he went on the DL after the All Star break.

  116. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Justin Upton with HR 6

  117. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM

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  118. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Halladay's final line:Halladay 4.0 innings pitched, 7 earned runs, 14.73 ERA

  119. NatsJim - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Love that Halladay pitching line, somehow I'm not finding any sympathy for the Philly fans…

  120. baseballswami - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    And on the plus side, the Philly woes are distracting us from the Barves torrid start to the season. Just think about the fact that John Lannan started out better than Hamels or Halladay. Or Haren :(

  121. SonnyG10 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Thanks 1a and Candide on how to save the NIDO link. I have it bookmarked now and have posted my games for April and May.

  122. Section 222 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Excuse the interruption. GO BLUE!!Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

  123. NatsJim - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Interesting stat that just caught my eye, and it's somewhat discouraging – Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth have a combined 50 plate appearances and not a walk between them. Early season anxiety to swing the bat, or just overly aggressive?

  124. DWS - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Hope Doc can get it back. Not against us of course.A helluva pitcher. Followed him with the Bluejays.

  125. Gonat - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    NatsJim, good stat on the walks. Bryce definitely has expanded his zone and it's cost him walks at the expense of outs.

  126. Drew - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Man, the Syracuse club looks tremendous.Walters clubbed his fourth homer. Kobernus lined three more hits — including a double and a triple. Old friend Danny Rosenbaum threw five scoreless innings for the win.

  127. Steady Eddie - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    222 — Didn't know you were also a UM grad! I share your pain.

  128. NatsLady - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Eye on Baseball ‏@EyeOnBaseball 1hWow RT @DCameronFG: Rick Ankiel's 14 plate appearances this year, in order. HR, K, K, K, line out, K, K, K, K, K, K, K, K, K.

  129. EmDash - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    I'm no fan of Halladay, but watching him pitch today was a little sad, because just looking at him you could tell he had nothing going. He looked in pain and exhausted, and even when he had to try to bat he looked like he might pass out. Amazing how fast a dominant pitcher can fall off a cliff.For the Braves, their handling of injuries/roster management seems really weird right now. They benched Simmons for a game for a sore thumb and sent Freeman to the DL for a sprain over his very angry public objection, without letting him sit for a few days to see if his condition improved. To me that indicates a lack of faith in their bench and poor communication with players, and maybe encourages them to hide injuries from management to keep themselves on the field. Odd stuff.

  130. peric - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Man, the Syracuse club looks tremendous.Kind of like I've been saying … they're pretty close to major league caliber this season … they're demolishing the opposition in the International League so far.Eventually they get Chris Young and Rendon … possibly Goodwin as well. But, the way the Chiefs are playing those two might just put in a full year in Harrisburg. They really do not need Chris Young at all right now.

  131. Joe Seamhead - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Wow, NatsLady, those are incredibly sobering stats on Rick Ankiel.12 strikeouts in 14 AB's. Has Matt Stairs been coaching him?Speaking of continuing to struggle at the plate, Anthony Rendon went 0-3 last night. Now batting .167 Can't wait for him to come alive.

  132. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Just so everybody keeps things in perspective, the Braves were able to muster 2 runs against Slowey so maybe he's not as bad as people made him out to be when the Nats only scored 3 runs against him.

  133. baseballswami - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Thanks for the early morning bright spot. This is not always the smartest thing for me to do while I wait for the caffeine to brew. Sometimes I want to crawl back in bed after scrolling through the overnight comments! Slowey, huh? So now we have another pitcher to worry about?!

  134. baseballswami - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    And Matt Harvey of the Mets, too.

  135. natsfan1a - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Wait, we're rooting for umps, now? :-)Section 222 said… Excuse the interruption. GO BLUE!! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming. April 08, 2013 10:12 PM

  136. MicheleS - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I wonder if Dunn plays tonight?

  137. Joe Seamhead - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    I doubt they'd start him against Gio.That lefty-lefty matchup would likely strongly benefit Gio.

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