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Game 17: Nats at Mets

Apr 20, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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Today it's an afternoon game on FOX with Gio looking to even the series.

The Nats took a tough loss last night in New York, their fifth in the last seven games. Injuries have caused Davey Johnson to use different lineups over the last few games, but today he will at least get back Danny Espinosa. Espinosa is in the lineup batting seventh after missing the last four games due to a sore right wrist.

Ryan Zimmerman is out once again with reports saying he needed an MRI on his injured hamstring. In his place will be Chad Tracy at third base, making the start for the second straight day.

The Nationals will try for their tenth win of the season with Gio Gonzalez on the mound. Gonzalez went 3-1 last season vs. the Mets with a 3.27 ERA after allowing eight earned runs in 22 innings pitched. For New York, 27 year old Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 7.20 ERA) will take the ball.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 3:05 p.m. EDT
TV: FOX, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM)
Weather: Cloudy, 57 degrees

NATIONALS (9-7)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
1B Adam LaRoche

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227 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Espy's back. But the lineup is still pretty weak without a legit power threat other than Harper. This is a line up that must play "smart ball" to win. Call up Jim Riggleman from AAA Louisville.

  2. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Is Danny on the line up supposed to inspire confidence? And losing Lombo? Is that a net gain or loss? Should be enough talent on the field to win this game. Hoping to see a spark today.

  3. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    MRI on the hamstring eh? Paging Mr. Rendon your flight is ready, SWP to NY to St. Louis.

  4. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Is Danny on the line up supposed to inspire confidence? And losing Lombo? Is that a net gain or loss?As John C. earlier showed Espy was the better player offensively … and then there's defense. Net gain. Even with the rotator cuff which was worse last season.But the lineup lacks a legitimate impact bat outside of Harper. That's the real issue. Davey doesn't play "smart ball".

  5. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Actually a blessing in disguise Zim needs to rest that shoulder until around late May or June. Then Zim will be the impact hitter he should be.

  6. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    At some point prolly around late May into June either Werth or Span will have to give way for Tyler Moore.

  7. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Or LaRoche …

  8. Rich P. - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    There's nothing wrong with the Nats that a little bit of sage advice from John Riggins won't cure. Loosen up, Sandy baby. You're too tight.

  9. DJB - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Are they clearing the way for Rendon?

  10. hmm... - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    just saw the clip of the pregame anthem from boston. the whold crowd actually singing – and singing the melody! not just listening to someone sounding like they're auditioning for american idol. too bad it took a bombing.

  11. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Before everyone leaves the game thread, a little housekeeping: If you didn't get $2 tix to Tuesday night's game, it is Duffy's 7th anniversary. Good night to stop in.

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Peric, from thé last post, way to go on manipulating facts and numbers to support your Rendon at 3rd theory. 99.9% or 71.4% is the real number for this season. Rendon's #'s last season when he was a 100% 3rd baseman means nothing.

  13. JaneB - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I hope that Gio is the stopper we need him to be. I also remembered this morning that ALR is an historically slow starter. As long as we finish the month well above .500, I'm not going to worry. But I'm starting to look into Maalox stock.

  14. JaneB - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    oh! GYFNG!

  15. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    What does Lombo have to do to wrestle 2b from a weak hitting espi. I guess if you one of Davey's "boys," you can do no wrong.

  16. sjm308 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    MRI?? – I have no problem with the mri but you obviously don't need an MRI for a "cramp". Again, our top medical staff on top of things (not). I am all for getting Ryan the appropriate rest but you did those of us with a little background in sports medicine a disservice calling it a cramp.Is Lombo's arm just not strong enough to play 3rd?Hope GIO dominates the Mets like he did last year. Win these two boys and keep those series wins coming!!Go Nats!!!

  17. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Rendon's #'s last season when he was a 100% 3rd baseman means nothing.He was JUST AS BLOCKED last season as this and last season everyone was clamoring for him to replace Espinosa at second base.FINALLY Keith Law's constant harping about Rendon's ankles is a valid supposition: Rendon should not be relied on to be an everyday shortstop or second baseman with two ankles that have previously been fractured. AND HE IS NOT A UTILITY GUY Chase! Puuuuuuhleeese! He's a starter.To quote Sherlock Holmes, "When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."Anthony Rendon is a third baseman and it may be moot because if they find something on the MRI its highly likely Mr. Rendon will be on his way to become ensconced at his natural position in the majors.

  18. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Is Lombo's arm just not strong enough to play 3rd?Barely passes for left-field. Otherwise don't you think Lombo would be in and not Tracy?

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    sjm, can't blame the Docs without knowing what RZim told them. More Zim injury drama.

  20. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    What does Lombo have to do to wrestle 2b from a weak hitting espi.Over an entire season he has yet to prove he is better. Apparently the AZ Diamondbacks agreed preferring Prado to Lombo. And then there's the defense at which Espy clearly excels.Lombo needs to raise the OBP and OPS.

  21. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    All 25 guys on this major league roster should be capable of winning this game. If not, call Syracuse and bring up someone who is more motivated.

  22. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Oh- I don't think I can listen to this tv coverage. Charlie and Dave for me.

  23. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    sjm, can't blame the Docs without knowing what RZim told them. More Zim injury drama.Just like last year when he was the hole in the 3-hole and wouldn't come out of the lineup with a shoulder that required surgery. Now, that they have Rendon healthy they can tell him to go on the DL. He likely won't like that.

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Win today and take tge series tomorrow.We want reular Gio today.

  25. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Peric- and what does Tyler Moore need to do. Seems like Lombo has played better than him on both sides.

  26. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Peric- and what does Tyler Moore need to do. Seems like Lombo has played better than him on both sides.Lombo isn't going to hit 30 home runs now is he? Even as bulked up as he is. Tyler doesn't have to do anything. T-Mo is blocked by Werth and Span. Its a waiting game. I'd rather see him down in Syracuse playing every day in left and right field than sitting on the bench. Because we both either an injury or poor performance will ensue. But Davey likes him a lot. Davey knows what he can do. But Davey has to play Rizzo's lineup for a while. When Atlanta's lead gets over 10 games Davey's arguments and opinions will again come to the fore.

  27. MicheleS - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Skipped yesterday's game (and the thread)GO GIO! GYFNG!!!!!

  28. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Tyler is going to hit 30? He might try to hit one first. This is 2013. Not 2012. I think you have a double standard.

  29. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Michele- feeling very discouraged about the guys about now. Inject some optimism? Wish I was seeing them work the pitcher more.

  30. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Tyler is going to hit 30? He might try to hit one first. This is 2013. Not 2012. I think you have a double standard.Moore hit 10 last year mostly pinch hitting … more of his fly balls and line drives went for home runs than anyone else. He had the highest ISO tied with LaRoche.I think he'd be better off down in Syracuse playing every day in left and righ field. I suspect by the end of April Moore would have 10 or more homers there.

  31. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Let's see LaRoche hitting .182 5 unintentional walks against 12 strike outs. Not a very good middle of the order bat at this point.

  32. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Make that 13 strike outs.

  33. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    14 strike outs.

  34. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Peric I think you are crazy if you don't think Johnson has the starters and bench he wants right now, they simply aren't producing. Rizzo does not have a gun to his head to play Span, Espinoza or Werth.

  35. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    2 strike outs by Cy Heffner. And a four pitch walk. Sheesh. Called by McCarver. Double sheesh.

  36. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Just for comparison: Danny Espinosa 6 K's against 3 unintentional walks.

  37. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    And we know his feelings on ALR

  38. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Rizzo does not have a gun to his head to play Span, Espinoza or Werth.Werth with his contrract? He has to really look bad to get pulled. Rizzo traded for Span and gave up A LOT!!! As for Espinosa they guy has real talent and a high ceiling I'm just not a fan of the loose rotator cuff he has. Rizzo had to cajole Bowden to draft a Boras client so high and Bowden hated every second of the negotiations to sign Espinosa. So, there's that.

  39. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    And we know his feelings on ALRI'm not against the guy as a player. Not at all. I just don't like him blocking younger players who might do better. Have the same feelings about Werth for that matter.

  40. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    All I am saying is that ALR has to hit early as he did last season. He can't wait until July to start hitting. Not on a contending club. If he can't get going something should be done.

  41. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Playing without the expected offense of Ramos and Zim- got to hurt us.

  42. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Uh oh here comes Buck.

  43. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    phewww Gio having control problems with his 4-seam.

  44. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I guess Hefner missed that in Desi's scouting report.

  45. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    good job Desi.

  46. JaneB - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    swami, here is why not to be discouraged. It's April 20. Ian just hit a dinger. He does that. We have good pitching most days. We didn't just suddenly became awful. ALR will hit up as he does. Danny will make his case or not but recall that Desi didn't come on till mid-May. We will be in the hunt the whole way. We will.

  47. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Peric, the starting outfield is one of the best in the Majors in Span, Werth and Harp.You keep talking about Tyler Moore starting in LF. It ain't happening so why don't you just keep talking about Ryan Zimmerman to 1st base in 2015 as if we haven't heard you say that a few thousand times.

  48. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Aw- thanks , Jane. I know that, of course. Now a nice hit by Espi. The voice in Espi's head says Lombo, Lombo, Lombo. I hope it is motivating him. Come on , Nats!!!!!!!

  49. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Time for a Gio bomb?

  50. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Peric, the starting outfield is one of the best in the Majors in Span, Werth and Harp.Upton/Upton/Heyward is a lot better. With Moore you get a XBH hitter on par with any of those three to go with Harper. You lose some defensively but that's what they had last season and it worked didn't it?

  51. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Peric, from thé last post, way to go on manipulating facts and numbers to support your Rendon at 3rd theory. 99.9% or 71.4% is the real number for this season. Rendon's #'s last season when he was a 100% 3rd baseman means nothing. April 20, 2013 2:45 PM ____________________________________Agreed. Last year Rendon was strictly a 3rd baseman and this is just another example of Peric's agenda in giving incorrect numbers saying Rendon has only played ***ONE** time at 2nd and his 99.9% figure. Rizzo sees Rendon as a 3rd baseman but in order to get his bat in the lineup, Rizzo wants options. Why do you want to fight it. Who cares. What happens, happens. Sit back and watch what happens.What's so hard to understand about all that?

  52. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Espy picks up another double to make 5 on the season.

  53. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    FOX with their typical informercial to interview someone from another FOX show. MMA WTF?

  54. Dave - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Did you all know that Gio got a homer off the Twins' Slowey?Man, I hate it when these games are on Fox.

  55. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Dave, this MMA segment to promote their show is so typical of FOX. Next they will have a singer from American Idol in the stands. What a joke they are.

  56. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Rizzo wants options. Why do you want to fight it. Who cares. What happens, happens..So, why TF&^%CK do you care Gonat? Huh? Look ankles do you know about ankles. Its risky starting Rendon at short and second base with his medical history: both ankles fractured in freak incidents. They might be weak. Same with shortstop. HE IS A STARTER NOT A UTIL!? Right? Perhaps as UTL like Tracy you can get away with that. BUT Rendon IS NOT TRACY right? Rendon is a STARTING third baseman for the Nats or for another team. And I don't see the Nats trading a young talent unless they got a treasure trove in return do you?

  57. NatsLady - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    The Angels just put up a nine-spot against Rick Porcello in the first inning, and they are bringing in Smyly. That is going to mess with your bullpen big time, and they didn't have a good bullpen to begin with. So the Tigers aren't going to sail to the WS either–what a shock.

  58. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Have faith in what Rizzo decides to do Peric. You are like a whining kid that keeps repeating himself over and over and over with the same message and then when you manipulate the numbers, it's just a sad reminder that you lose credibility in what you say.

  59. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Nice inning by Gio!

  60. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    NatsLady, that's something you don't see often. 9-0 Scosscia may keep his job another day.

  61. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    it's just a sad reminder that you lose credibility in what you say.The day is coming when I get to throw that back in your face and make you spit your beer all over ….

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    I noticed Gio's homer was sgainst the Twins.

  63. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Dave, this MMA segment to promote their show is so typical of FOX. Next they will have a singer from American Idol in the stands. What a joke they are.Maybe they'll zoom in on Rush Limbaugh sitting next to Rand Paul and the head of the NRA in the stands.

  64. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    peric, what you say about RZ and Rendon will both come true. Just let it happen when it happens.Get on to other analysis.

  65. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Bryce back on the RBIs and Run Scored track!

  66. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    NatsLady, that's something you don't see often. 9-0 Scosscia may keep his job another day.Ownership wrecked that team NOT the GM or manager. Hamilton signing was really stupid after all the others.

  67. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Now this is more like it

  68. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Harper leading the way which he was our worse player. Mow that would be a team.

  69. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    peric, what you say about RZ and Rendon will both come true. Just let it happen when it happens.Happy to do that Gonat. In fact I think it would be better for Rendon to do a stint in both Harrisburg and Syracuse just to be sure he really is healthy enough to last a season … not to mention learning all that he can. The point is Rendon isn't blocked. He has a position. Its third base. Other players (like Moore) are blocked. He isn't. And I fear will see him sooner rather than later and if Rizzo says he would like to see him get more minor league experience I tend to agree with that sentiment.

  70. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Harper leading the way which he was our worse player. Mow that would be a team.Right now he is their best hitter and really given their contracts both Zim and Werth should be. With Harper third.

  71. Gonat - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Moore needs more starts against LH hitting at 1st base. ALR also seems to do better with some rest.Once Bernadina learns to hit again, Davey can rest Werth but right now he only has TyMo to play LF and would have to shift Harp to RF to rest Werth.17 games in 17 games is a marathon. RZ's health once again is in big question.

  72. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Boy when Gio's curve is working he looks awesome.And it was nice to see a solid throw from a third baseman.

  73. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Can't seem to get a clear radio signal. These guys are awful. Always talking about something else and barely paying attention to the game. Fawning over Harvey and missing JW double. Miss you, FP!!

  74. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    was tracy actually attempting to steal or he was going over to say hi to someone?

  75. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Once Bernadina learns to hit again, Davey can rest Werth but right now he only has TyMo to play LF and would have to shift Harp to RF to rest Werth.And if he doesn't the Nats have two guys in the minors with left-handed bats who might be better in Brown and Komatsu both on the DL right now. That's nothing to worry about. 17 games in 17 games is a marathon. RZ's health once again is in big question.They need his healthy bat. Not the the reduced bat speed can't reach outside pitches version.

  76. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Freaking Danny. Right down the middle and he leaves Tracy hanging. He looks like a AAA hitter more and more.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Why was Tracy he is slower than me? Ran right out of the inning. We had him on the ropes.

  78. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    It'll be entertaining to watch Maya versus Wang. Both ex-Nat fourth or fifth starters to be.

  79. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    we already know Danny swings and misses a lot so that is on the manager. Wrong batter to think hit and run with.Though the pitch was extremely hittable.

  80. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Freaking Danny. Right down the middle and he leaves Tracy hanging. He looks like a AAA hitter more and more.He probably didn't expect Tracy go be going? I mean isn't that obvious? WTF was Tracy thinking trying steal? That's like Matt Stairs trying to steal.

  81. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    we already know Danny swings and misses a lot so that is on the manager.Espinosa 5 doubles 6 strikeouts 3 walksLaRoche 14 strike outs.You were saying?

  82. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Johnson knew Danny was going to get a meatball to hit, he couldn't walk him there. Johnson's problem was thinking Espinoza could put a bat on the ball.

  83. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Peric please get off the ALR hate train. His 14 Ks have nothing to do with Espinoza missing the pitch, the slide in the price of gold or anything else. He is struggling no doubt but to say it has anything to do with the caught stealing is absurd.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Werth either catch or play the rebound don't get stuck in between.

  85. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Ok- I just have to say this. Lombo would never have done that. He would have made contact and been much smarter at the plate. That was terrible execution. Guess that was part of Danny's ceiling.

  86. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Gio needs to cuts the balls down. His pitch count way too high

  87. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Good play by Tracy.

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    was he aiming for Duda's bat twice.

  89. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    you walk the lefty to grt to the righty? srmms odd.

  90. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    And when Gio's curve isn't working he is very hittable

  91. Steamer - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    His emotions get too him

  92. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Good Lord Almighty!!! Our Aces have turned into Deuces — no need to bitch about it — its too waaay out of control

  93. mick - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Sofa, last season you cracked us up with Matt Kemp and "Kemp down ladies" I thought that if we combine Lucas Duda we could have Kemp down ladies sing this song Duda Duda trying to stay positive my friends as I watch Nats falling apart againjust

  94. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Just a 40 pitch inning for Gio. I know it's early but I feel like I am watching the season slip away.

  95. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Gio walks way too many, and too many score. We were wrong last Stras is not number 4 he is much higher than Gio's been.His non control manifested this rally.

  96. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    As B.B, King made famous: "The Thrill is gone"but that's baseball

  97. mick - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Neil Diamond at Fenway was awesome!

  98. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Recall that last year, the only rap on the new acquisition, Gio, was that that he walked too many. But last year his penchant for walking never really reared its ugly head. Well, Gio is apparently returning to form — too many walks — and nearly 3 WP's —

  99. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    How can the curve just disappear. The 2 aces are not carrying their weight.

  100. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Now please, do a double switch — sit Espi ass down for Lombo please

  101. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    It's not early people. The season is on. We can talk about Zimm at third Laroche no Morse. Bottom line is we have two pitchers. This includes the bullpen. Other then j Zimm and det every pitcher is just terrible.

  102. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Peric please get off the ALR hate train. His 14 Ks have nothing to do with Espinoza missing the pitch, the slide in the price of gold or anything else.He swings and MISSES FAR more than Danny at this point. But I don't hear anyone complaining about the HOLE in the 4/5-hole?

  103. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Other then j Zimm and det every pitcher is just terrible.Soriano has been okay not terrible.

  104. baseballswami - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Wow. What is up with our pitching staff? And I mean, really, and our defense is shaky, our offense having terrible at bats. Have we come from behind even once this season or have they folded every time? This is very disturbing and confusing. I love these guys, but what is going on?

  105. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Davey will make excuses for Gio as always.Tracy's heads up play ends up wasted.

  106. JaneB - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Our guys were better when they were the underdogs. Soon, they actually will be again. And maybe that won't be a bad thing.

  107. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Thanks GIO. Momentum is dead. What a baby he and Stras are when things don't go there way. Not to,mention Storens temper tantrums in the dugout. Lets go CAPS

  108. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Remember, La Roche had a career year last year, as a 32 year old — that's the year to jettison,not resign — Lordy !!

  109. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I just have to say this. Lombo would never have done that. He would have made contact and been much smarter at the plate.Lombo is like Christian Guzman he might hit for a high average but he'll always have a low OBP. He doesn't walk he'll swing rather than take one. He isn't a power hitter.

  110. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Harper is thinking "Pin stripes" Pin stripes"

  111. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Ok PERIC. I'll give you Soriano.

  112. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Our guys were better when they were the underdogs. Soon, they actually will be again. And maybe that won't be a bad thing.Pretty much what I've been used to from it seems forever … :) Have to admit there is a strange somewhat masochistic attraction to the notion.

  113. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    it would be interesting and fun to see how Nationals rise from this deficit. Go Nats!!!

  114. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Last season a 3 O. Lead with GIO pitching was a sure Win

  115. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    When a 20 year old carries your team something is not right.

  116. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    LaRoche follow Harper's example.

  117. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Tommy Milone, one of the pitchers in the Gio deal, is 3-0 just saying

  118. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Less Platu, Harper is about 15 years too young for pin stripes.

  119. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Way to earn that a check Adam.

  120. Steamer - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    How about Roachy

  121. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Allright!!! the Blind squirrel just found a nut!! good job, Laroche

  122. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Peric, what about LaRoche and those K's?

  123. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Ok faraz. THAT WAS FUN!! C'mon now

  124. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    LaRoche = Adam Dunn K or BB or HR

  125. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    MUCH BETTER! NOW just keep hitting, getting on base and building a high ISO and maybe you keep the bench away Adam!

  126. DL in VA - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Heh. Gio in line for the win.

  127. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Faraz: haha Harper aint locked up for 15 years my friend. It's like 7 years.

  128. Steamer - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    What would you guys do bring in Stammen or bring back GIO I say Stammen just my thought

  129. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Peric, what about LaRoche and those K's?Just like with YOU AND Danny Ghost I don't like the K's I like it better when he takes strolls don't you? But, yes 3-run homers put the fear of God into pitchers and helps the guys hitting in front of him.

  130. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    DL in VA, Gio can't qualify for a W.

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    ALR follows Harper.

  132. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Faraz: haha Harper aint locked up for 15 years my friend. It's like 7 years.He might re-up with the Nats. If he becomes the team leader and local icon? But, that's down the road. Right now the owners are the wealthiest in baseball. They'll start looking seriously at extending him in just around 2 years after he gets a couple of full seasons in.

  133. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Did McCarver just say you don't wanna get in a battle of bullpens with the Nationals??

  134. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Peric, don't distort. I've applauded Danny avoiding Ks this year although his approach is swinging at the first strike he sees instead of being selective. One day at a time.

  135. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    ALR follows Harper.Exactly he needs to be "bookended" by good hitters.

  136. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Less Platu, I know Harper isn't locked but Yankees won't be interested until he crosses certain age.

  137. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    mcCarver missed the production meeting.Time for Stammen to pitch like 2012 not 2013.

  138. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Wow Gio only goes 4 wow gotta finish 5 to get a win

  139. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    kenny Albert butches Stammens name.

  140. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Peric you speak like you the last word on everything and its all fact. Sorry, there Svengale, but only God and Harper knows what harp is gonna do — haha Post less but better quality!!

  141. Less Platu - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Somehow the Mets have gotta get Storen in there

  142. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Stay-men good job.I wonder if Met announcers hate these guys as much as us?

  143. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Manassas hahaha. Yes he does. STAYMEN. I miss Carp and FP. None the less. Good inning by STAYMEN Hahaha

  144. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Through 5. each team 4 walks. Nas 1 run of the walks, Mets 3 scored

  145. Dave - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Davey pronounces it "Stay-men," of course, and these uninformed national announcers tend to lazily pick it up from him. Lots of us gave ESPN's Dan Shulman a hard time about it last year, and he told us he got it from Davey.

  146. DL in VA - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Oh yeah. Duh. My bad.

  147. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Kind of like "tweeter" eh?

  148. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Maybe if davey learned the names we would be doing better.

  149. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Don't like the Mets. But those nats are pretty cool.

  150. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Oops. Hats are cool. I hate auto select.

  151. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Peric you speak like you the last word on everything and its all fact. Sorry, there Svengale, but only God and Harper knows what harp is gonna do — haha Post less but better quality!!A rather moronic post don't you think? I didn't say "what Harper would do" what I suggested was that he have good hitters around him. After all this is only HIS FIRST full year? He's not a savior ya know? Morons should post less.

  152. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Staaaaaaaymen yeah baby.

  153. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Great inning byStay-man. McCarver again on drugs talking about the bullpen.

  154. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Maybe if davey learned the names we would be doing better.I half wonder if it isn't a part of his "schtick". Acting a bit like Yogi-Berra with his own Yogi-isms. Makes him seem like the old curmudgeonly old-school manager belying the keen competitive, almost arrogant intellect beneath. Its almost Pirandellian.

  155. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Wow no one yell at Moore or what?

  156. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    You wonder if it would be in Moore's best interest to give him a couple of weeks playing every day

  157. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    McCarver again on drugs talking about the bullpen.His drug of choice is likely alcohol. Probably a few shots of bourbon and a couple of boiler makers today at least. He's retiring after this season.

  158. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    You wonder if it would be in Moore's best interest to give him a couple of weeks playing every day.He projects as a starter as with last season he would be far better off in Syracuse playing every day instead of learning how to be the best pinch hitter he can. But Davey wants him on his bench.

  159. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Not only is the bullpen good now the best bullpen in baseball.Maybe we all need the same drug of choise.

  160. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    WOW, Kobernus in CF instead of Rahl for the first game of the Chiefs double header with the Yankees?

  161. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Comr on Mattheus make McCarver proud

  162. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Not only is the bullpen good now the best bullpen in baseball.The Brave's bullpen was better even before all of their moves. The Nat's bullpen still a work in progress. Seems like Rizzo at least answered that call by signing Soriano.

  163. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Another error.

  164. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Now that we are in the 7th that is a blown save for the Nats.

  165. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    No error there.

  166. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    clip is like HRod never know what you get. Today in the 7th inning we got good Clip.

  167. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Nice job Ryan. We like our wins tough.

  168. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Desmond bobbled the relay the guy scored all the way from first as a result that's an error.

  169. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    2 home run game for Harp. That's what we need!

  170. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Harpppppppppppppp. Bullpens to lose. Once again.

  171. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I wonder if Harp can get to 10 before the end of April?

  172. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    fourth multi homer of his career. go harper!

  173. DL in VA - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Do you think that Harper kid is gonna be good some day? Wow.

  174. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Bryce hits a home and Kenny Albert acts like his brother did when he got caught dressed up like a woman at that hotel.

  175. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Wang looking good today. Seven pitches 1 hit and out of the first. But Maya meanwhile has already allowed a run and is already over 20 pitches.

  176. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Can Harper pitch?

  177. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Bryce hits a home and Kenny Albert acts like his brother did when he got caught dressed up like a woman at that hotel.Did that really happen?

  178. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    the bobble not ruled an error, though without an out was likely at home.as I said could you imagine a team where Harper as he is now was your worse hitter?

  179. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Maya allows a homer to catcher Corban Joseph its 2 to 0 SWB Yankees.

  180. Drew - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    726 from Henry Aaron.Tick tock…

  181. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Google it PERIC. It happened alright.

  182. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Rendon scratched from Harrisburg game Gonat? Ghost?Hullo whatcha think about that?

  183. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Ump getting tired

  184. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Google it PERIC. It happened alright.WOW! I hate to see that happen to people … I guess the LGBTQI are now an official dispossessed minority …

  185. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    zim going on DL?how come i feel if LaRoche bobbled one like Davis just did the Met would beat it out,?

  186. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Zim going on DL?In spite of what we are seeing today I'll once again go against the grain and state categorically: Zim is the Nat's best hitter. This may be a blessing in disguise. They need that impact bat. And its going to become more and more a desperate need as the season progresses. Zim needs to get completely healthy and yes, eventually move to first base to keep that bat healthy.

  187. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Uh oh valdespin

  188. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Kilgore: Anthony Rendon scratched in Harrisburg. Don't freak out. Nats official says: "No big deal. Just backing off him for a minute."I'll believe it when Byron Kerr or Boz corroborate it.

  189. SCNatsFan - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Peric I agree – Rendon spends a year in the minors, a year on the bench then inherits 3B.

  190. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    @masnKerr: Rendon scratched just to get day off. No injury. Not being called up for Zimm according to club source #natsOkay now I believe. False alarm.

  191. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    So can we bring Rendon up to play third?

  192. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    a year on the bench then inherits 3B.Let's hope not he needs to play every day whether in the majors or in Syracuse.

  193. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Why alls the balls Clip?

  194. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Thanks Jayson bailed Clip out.

  195. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Let's get some add on runs here

  196. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Is it my imagination or is Rendon a lot like Morse? Sort of fragile, but when healthy can hit?

  197. peric - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Is it my imagination or is Rendon a lot like Morse? Sort of fragile, but when healthy can hit?Except for the ankles not really. The shoulder was just a strain … he's a lot smaller than Morse, is a far better fielder and a far more refined hitter than Morse was at his age. The ankles need to be watched not sure if he still has screws in them or not? There has to be some concern. But, he doesn't have the injury history Morse had … at least not yet.

  198. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Shark needs to swim down to Cuse for a while.

  199. Secret wasian man - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Time for the malox. Gonna go get the mail. Bring it home guys

  200. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    OK, let's get tucked up!

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