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Game 18: Nats at Mets

Apr 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

Zimmermann gets his turn against the Mets. (Photo by USA Today)

The Nationals got the win yesterday to even up the series against the Mets, but they did it despite a rough start by Gio Gonzalez. After Stephen Strasburg's forgettable outing on Friday and Gio's long Saturday afternoon, Washington will hope for something better out of Jordan Zimmermann in the series finale.

Zimmermann has already earned three wins on the season after allowing just six earned runs through his first 22 innings pitched. He has 11 career starts against New York with a 3.00 ERA across 60 innings. Last season against the Mets he went 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA, 0.957 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts.

Facing the Nationals' lineup will be right-hander Dillon Gee (0-3, 8.36 ERA) who has traditionally fared well against Washington. In six career starts vs. the Nats he is 3-1 with a 3.36 ERA.

The Nationals will look a little bit different with the addition of top prospect Anthony Rendon to the roster. He was called up on Saturday to replace Ryan Zimmerman who heads to the disabled list. We'll see what the kid has in store for his major league debut.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime:ย 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, WUSA-9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM)
Weather: Cloudy, 57 degrees

NATIONALS (10-7)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
1B Adam LaRoche

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  1. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Rendon in the 6 hole!

  2. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    http://www.hittrackeronline.com/hrdetail2.php?id=2013_488The wind shift yesterday may have knocked down Bryce Harper's HR which was measured at 433 feet.It was a blast and it appeared the wind was blowing in from RF in a crosswind.

  3. SonnyG10 - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Rendon in 6th hole. That answers my first question from yesterday.

  4. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Lets win the series.to keep the balance of lrft right. Desmond and LaRoche could flip flop.On the other hand LaRoche homered in the 4 hole so maybe that is better for himNats 9-0 in Multi hit datys for Harper 1-7 in games with 1 hit or less. Sample size keeps growing.

  5. Doc - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I figured that Davey would have our new rookie batting 6th or 7th.GoooooooooooooooooooNats!!!!!

  6. NatsLady - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Big font for Desi==> I like it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    A DC Wonk said… Do I remember correctly, that Rendon is yet another product of the non-re-signing of Adam Dunn? April 21, 2013 9:57 AM Ghost Of Steve M. said… Wonk no, that is Meyer and Goodwin. April 21, 2013 10:04 AM _________________________________Adam Dunn = Denard Span + Brian GoodwinRendon = 69-93 record in 2010 and 5 teams passing on him

  8. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Gotta win today. Harren pitching Tommorow.

  9. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Add one more Scott Boras client to the Nats starting 9.

  10. Doc - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    My sentiments exactly, wasian man!

  11. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I don't follow our farm teams or players much. I'm counting on good things from Rendon. Everyone has played him up big.

  12. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Secret wasian man said… Gotta win today. Harren pitching Tommorow. April 21, 2013 12:27 PM _____________________________Don't laugh but Haren's style may work well against the Cardinals as they are dead red fastball hitters and Haren could more be described these days affectionately as a junkball pitcher.

  13. Mac Guire - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Sooooo excited to see Rendon at 6th in the lineup as soon as called up yesterday!

  14. EmDash - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    True, Gonat, facing the Cardinals seemed to have worked for the current version of Roy Halladay…

  15. MicheleS - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    EmDash/Gonat, WaPo had a story the other day that Haren was looking at tape of his last few starts vs his starts from late last year. Thinks he may have found something. Let's hope he did.I really hope that the pitching can settle in. We have Det/JZ doing really well, the other 3 have been okay or just bad. The bullpen has been up and down with little consistency established.

  16. natsfan1a - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

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  17. A DC Wonk - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said…Wonk no, that is Meyer and Goodwin.April 21, 2013 10:04 AM_________________________________Gonat added:Adam Dunn = Denard Span + Brian GoodwinRendon = 69-93 record in 2010 and 5 teams passing on him Gonat, Ghost: Thanks!

  18. natsfan1a - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    From the Department of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, editing for misplaced punctuation mark.Just for you, Unk.My trusty Dickson Baseball Dictionary (which also has Tony Gwynn's "5.5 hole" among its definitions, btw) offers the following etymology notes on "rake": "Probably related to sweeping or traversing a length of a position or body of troops with gunfire, and influenced by winning at gambling." It gives first use as 1990, in reference to the hitting of Prince's dad, Cecil Fielder. UnkyD said… I'm curious… Where did the term "rake" come from? I get its meaning, but what's the derivation? April 21, 2013 11:15 AM

  19. natsfan1a - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    From the Rooting for the Laundry Department, GO, NATS!!

  20. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    At least Haten's looking for flaws.

  21. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    My trusty Dickson Baseball Dictionary (which also has Tony Gwynn's "5.5 hole" among its definitions, btw) offers the following etymology notes on "rake": "Probably related to sweeping or traversing a length of a position or body of troops with gunfire, and influenced by winning at gambling."It gives first use as 1990, in reference to the hitting of Prince's dad, Cecil Fielder.Thank you natsfan1a I couldn't find anything on it! It seems rather obtuse especially given that there are lots of baseball idioms associated with raking the infield base paths etc? And they never mention "to rake" or "raking"? For example I think raking in the dough might come from baseball.

  22. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Did we ever find out if Chad Tracy missed a sign, straight stole, or it was a missed hit & run?

  23. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Goooood … I love it when a plan comes together said the Colonel.LaRoche is going to hit like there's no tomorrow … these guys need stiff competition to get going … and LaRoche doesn't want to get benched and neither will Danny … Bringing up Anthony Rendon hopefully will spark a very, very long winning streak!

  24. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Did we ever find out if Chad Tracy missed a sign, straight stole, or it was a missed hit & run?Or Espinosa … I guess because its Fox we didn't get the MASN crew asking those tough questions … or Amanda in the post-game interviews.

  25. JaneB - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    No way Chad just stole. That would have been bad baseball plus he isn't fast and he knows it. Had to be missed hit&run.WELCOME ANTHONY! May you have a glorious few weeks up here and make it hard for them to want to send you back. That would be awesome on so many levels.

  26. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Maybe Danny goes to shortstop soon?

  27. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    LaRoche has to make that. Sorry. It was a lousy throw but come on.

  28. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    did they say werth has a better arm than harper?

  29. SCNatsFan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Wow another out we give another team

  30. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    LaRoche has to make that. Sorry. It was a lousy throw but come on.The sore back makes that kind of tough Gonat. Believe me I know it affects everything … of course I am older with double scoliosis.

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    terrible throw catch it and the guy is only on first. Fielding all season terrible at SS and 3b

  32. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    agreed gonat. lousy throw but ALR could have gotten it.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    look like strike 3

  34. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    MicheleS said… EmDash/Gonat, WaPo had a story the other day that Haren was looking at tape of his last few starts vs his starts from late last year. Thinks he may have found something. Let's hope he did.________________________________________Let's hope so. He was going well in his last start for 3 innings and then the wheels came off. Kind of sounds like Gio yesterday.

  35. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    nice catch

  36. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    What a play like Rendon! Welcome to the game!

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Now that is fielding. much harder play then Desmond's

  38. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    One can see why they must keep Danny. He is at least as good as Desmond at shortstop … well probably better if the minor league stints provide any comparison. Davey picked Desmond for shortstop, the organization I think picked Espinosa. Life is schweet when you have two.

  39. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Goon squad tried to assist Rendon so he didn't fall into the bullpen.

  40. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    suzuki had him, but again fielder bobbles ball.

  41. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Suzuki bobbles the ball on the steal. That's 2 defensive screwups already. SMH

  42. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    come on get one more and bail out Desi.

  43. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Mannasas, where's that link I owe you a drink!

  44. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Good job JZ.

  45. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Good job Jordan.

  46. David Proctor - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    That's how you pickup a teammate. We haven't done that at all this year so far.

  47. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Done.

  48. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    David, I think RD and JZ have done that.

  49. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    JZim bent but didn't break. Not sure how he got through that. This team has to start picking up their pitchers with the fielding. They did pick up Gio with the bats yesterday. Need to see it more!

  50. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    WaPo had a story the other day that Haren was looking at tape of his last few starts vs his starts from late last year. To quote FP: Nate Karns call him up he's ready.

  51. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Wow, FP said the Nats finally listened to him to callup Rendon after 2 years. So FP DESERVES THE CREDIT!

  52. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    alright I am out of here. I just wanted to see Rendon's first at bat. Go Nats!

  53. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Danny looking like Danny. Quick K.

  54. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    2 HR swings by Rendon and Suzuki that become F7s.

  55. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    If the Chiefs could get to this guy the Nats ought to be able to get to him eventually. They just have to hold the fort until they get those hacks in.

  56. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    So FP DESERVES THE CREDIT!Yeah I love it when he does that … love it when they bring up prospects or guys like Gattis and Morse who deserve a real shot.

  57. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Center cut and missed his spot and Buck didn't miss it.

  58. SCNatsFan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Like he hit it off a tee

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    You cant in the middle to most major leaguers

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    you cant misss in the middle to most major leaguets.

  61. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Good bounce back by JZim.

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    our balls die in left theirs didnt

  63. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Dillon Gee started the day with a 8.36 ERA and the Nats are swinging for the fences and coming up with a lot of air.

  64. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Bob: Gee missed his spot. He loves saying that.

  65. Section 222 - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    The NIDO spreadsheet is here. :-)Nice debut by Rendon so far. Sounds like he's not just a good bat. I wonder what Harper will do to amaze us today…I guess the Nats haven't sold 20K season tix yet, despite Mark Lerner's entreaties to fans. Still available according to Charlie and Dave.

  66. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Bryce missed that one by "that" much.

  67. UnkyD - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Ahhh… I hadn't thought of the naval usage of "Rake". From the age of sail, to fire in sequence, at an opposing vessel, lengthwise, from stem to stern, or the opposite, causing the maximum amount of damage. One pass, like this could dismast a ship, and kill many sailor, on deck…. A nasty business… Thanks for the help!!!

  68. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Sect222, thanks for the link. I added Manassas Nats' Fan for their first drink!

  69. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    The Gattis report. Just K'd. Batting average to .240 They threw him 4 sliders and he K'd on a swing & miss.

  70. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    ,Hitting the ball in the air is not working need to swing just a tad higher to hit more line drives instead of flies the wind knocks down

  71. SCNatsFan - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Making another guy who has been getting pounded look like Cy Young

  72. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    pitch track had 2 of the balls as strikes. What is ump looking st?

  73. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    lead off walks are a pitchers worse nightmares

  74. SCNatsFan - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I hate thing team s struggling against the freaking Mets. We should be pounding them.

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Espi swinging at lots of balls again just like 2012

  76. SCNatsFan - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Mr Espinosa, look over to third base. That is what we hoped you would become. Your spring training improved swing stayed in Florida. At least you have he shoulder to blame things on and continue to give hope to those who believe in you. I am not among hem.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    the one that Suzuki K on was just as bad.

  78. Alphabet Soup Erik - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Please get rid of Danny Espinosa. I am so unbelievably sick of watching this guy try to hit. Enough already. He can't hit. He will never be a good hitter…EVER.

  79. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Our hitters are making Gee look like a Cy Young candidate.

  80. SCNatsFan - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Not a candidate the actual Cy Young

  81. Drew - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    John Buck is having quite a day.

  82. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    This team will be under .500 by next weekend. And somebody tell Rendon when you make a error, it's not funny.

  83. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    FP is wrong. Had the ball got got away go. He caught it and Span left late. Harper the younger runner waited until it got awsy. Who needs experience.?

  84. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Scnatsfan. I agree Danny couldn't hit his way out of a bag. But let's not make Rendon Brooke's Robinson just yet.

  85. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Booooooring.

  86. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    if it close enough to call a strike and is a fast ball no reason to let it go.

  87. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Way to take advantage of those walks guys…

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    single E7

  89. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Is that 17 errors in 18 games?

  90. realdealnats - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Wow. Bad news when even Bryce gets casual.

  91. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    How long do we say its early? How many times we gonna say don't panic? This team is no where near where it was. And there is no signs of encouragement. I think we are looking at a long season. But I'll keep rooting.

  92. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    C'mon ump way outside

  93. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    0 for 3 and an error. Not encouraging.

  94. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Time to go pick dandelions. Yuck

  95. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

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  96. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Prototypical Espi at-bat.

  97. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Mets last in ERA despite Harvey, and we hit like crap against Gee who is terrible.Big Cat and I have called for a real hitting coach 3 years now. What needs to happen for him to go The ROSP is not ggod has not been during Eck's time here.

  98. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Henry is next … could be better than Drew at this point in the season.

  99. David Proctor - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Great outing by Duke.

  100. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Walk here and Bryce hits a ding ding

  101. nwells2 - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    okay can someone PLEASE tell me why Lombardozzi is not starting everyday? Espinosa needs to be coming off the bench or traded

  102. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    They don't want to bring in Edgin to face Harper again.

  103. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    okay can someone PLEASE tell me why Lombardozzi is not starting everyday? Espinosa needs to be coming off the bench or tradedYou can't trade him he's got the detached rotator cuff. He's the superior fielder. Lombo isn't the best UTL since he isn't the best at shortstop, left field or third with the weak arm. But you know? He seems to be a great pinch hitter.

  104. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Did I say Bryce? How about WERTh.

  105. MicheleS - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    It was good to see Duke have a nice outing. He needs the work too.

  106. David Proctor - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Why in the world would you swing at that Jayson?

  107. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Are you Sh. Ing me. Holy crap that's awful

  108. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Amazing swing on 3-0 for a double play. Well done bats.

  109. phil dunton - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Werthless!

  110. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Werth never wings at 3-0. What was that all about. We had him on the ropes and hits dp.

  111. Drew - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    What are you doing?That makes no sense whatsoever.

  112. Alphabet Soup Erik - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    What a Werthless loser. That was the stupidest thing I have ever seen. That is not a leader…and that right there is also why Davey is the most overrated manager in the big leagues. I would take Buck over him any day of the week.

  113. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Only the nats would have two on with no one out plus a 3-0 count, but not score a single run.

  114. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    That's one of the worst baseball things I've ever seen. UNBELIEVABLE. Did davey call that? What a disgusting baseball team. They deserve to lose.

  115. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Bryce trying to go for the fences plays right into the pitcher's hand.

  116. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Davey gives his veterans the green light to swing typically Secret Wasnian. Its up to Werth to make that call.

  117. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Alphabet you are soo correct. Not an os guy. But they are much more fun then the Nats. Hard to support a team that makes decisions like that.

  118. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Then shame on WERTh. He's usually the guy who will take a lot of pitches. I don't mind a double play on 3 1. But 3 0 is terrible

  119. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Yet again, the offense shuts down unless they take an early lead. Every single at bat they're trying to hammer it out of the park. No adjustments whatsoever and the team looks totally average unless they're hitting home runs.

  120. nwells2 - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    pericLombardozzi simply gets on base and puts the ball in play and is not a guaranteed strikeout like Espinosa. Lombo has a nice compact swing that can give you consistent line drives. Did you see how he got hosed on that strike call and still stayed back with two strikes to poke one to the outfield? That's a guaranteed strikeout for Espi. Lombo made the most of his starts last season and in baseball you simply need to get the consistent hitter in the lineup.Espinosa is great defensively, but Lombardozzi is pretty damn good too. Lombo is also another switch hitter and great baserunner. If you ask me it's and easy call

  121. Scott Margenau - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Wrong peric. Lombo is the better fielder by fielding percentage.

  122. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Danny has to go. Take Davey with him.

  123. nwells2 - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Espinosa has had some of the worst at bats I've ever seen from a major league baseball player. I mean he KNOWS he's going to get off-speed and still hacks at everything. He swings for the fences every pitch with that stupid upper cut. He had all of the second half of 2011 to make corrections, and all of 2012 and STILL makes the same stupid mistakes at the plate every time

  124. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Yet another series lost. When is it going to stop being "early"?

  125. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    The mets have the worse ERA despite having Harvey. Yet we make them look great.

  126. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Hitters take the blame this time.

  127. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Wrong peric. Lombo is the better fielder by fielding percentage.No one uses fielding percentage Scot Margenau. Poor counter argument.

  128. EmDash - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Not a great outing; that Werth double play was the dagger. Defense again terrible (Desi night need a day off) and offense lethargic. But Jordan performed well, and the bullpen is showing signs of improvement, which was nice to see.Heading to the roughest part of the season, and I'm not looking forward to tomorrow's game. Please be good, Haren!

  129. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Dan strong. It's not early. It's getting very very late. This is a bad baseball team. 10 and 8 record with Real teams coming in now. I expect a 12 and 13 record this time next week.

  130. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Espinosa is great defensively, but Lombardozzi is pretty damn good too. Lombo is also another switch hitter and great baserunner. If you ask me it's and easy callLombo is another banjo bat like Span. No power. Espy features decent power and a better OPS last season. They have too many table setters right now and not enough run producers. Therein lies the problem. Pitchers aren't afraid of the Nat's lineup.

  131. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    And last season? Because Lombo NEVER walks (see Guzman, Cristian) his OBP was about the same as Espinosa's. But Danny had 37 doubles and close to 20 homers.

  132. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Yes PERIC that's why morse should have stayed

  133. Scott Margenau - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I do. It matters. And Lombo is way better. Period. End of story. He's a baseball player. He makes things happen. Difference maker.Figure it out. It's not hard.

  134. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    We can argue Lombo or Danny all day. With Davey at manager it doesn't matter.

  135. Scott Margenau - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    OBP???!! In majors lombos is much higher.

  136. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I do. It matters. And Lombo is way better. Period. End of story. He's a baseball player. He makes things happen. Difference maker.No one in their right mind who knows anything about baseball would ever say that Lombo is a better fielder than Espinosa. You lose all credibility with that statement. Sorry but you are dead wrong.

  137. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Uh last year Lombo's OBP was .317? His SLG was .354?EVEN WITH the rotator cuff injury Espinosa still managed a .315 OBP which is pretty damned close to .317?BUT his SLG was .402 and that is a lot higher than Lombo.Wrong dude. Just wrong.

  138. Dan Strong - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    This homestand is not going to be pretty. I expect 2 wins at most over the next 7 games.

  139. EmDash - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    I say it's never time to panic as fans, because what does us panicking accomplish? Nothing, just adds stress for something you can't control. But they haven't been encouraging thus far.

  140. Daylos - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Pitching was good enough to win, but the defense pathetic and the offense was even worse. I've reserved judgement on Werth the past 3 years, but that AB just takes the cake. Rice couldn't through the ball in the East River and he felt the need to swing away trying to be the hero he isn't. Very discouraging.

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I expect to go 5-2 on homestand.we are not a bad team. We are just playing poorly.

  142. natsfan1a - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Agreed. That said, looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue. ;-)EmDash said… I say it's never time to panic as fans, because what does us panicking accomplish? Nothing, just adds stress for something you can't control. April 21, 2013 4:22 PM

  143. Timothy Folk - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    It seems like some of you were secretly unhappy with the team and now at the first sign of trouble you hate this and that and fire davey etc etc… With fans like this who needs enemies

  144. Drew - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    I'm fond of old friend Michael Morse, but let's not overstate the case.His current slump has dropped his batting average to .219.His OPS is now .793, which is lower than Lombo's .801 — and Lombo doesn't have a single home run.

  145. phil dunton - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    The sad truth is–this team has no offense when Harper doesn't hit. If this continues, opposing pitchers will start pitching around him.

  146. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I am not new to fire Eck club. My third on that.Harper multi hit games 9-0. Less then 2 hits 1-8.Sample size is growing. It is shame to put it all on one person to produce, the productionis going around 1 prrson as others are not carrying their weight.

  147. DJB - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Lombo is not a better fielder than Espi, but he will have a better OBP and contact rate. That is what is important now. Harper needs protection badly. If not this year, then we need to get it in the offseason. Again, the Zimm contract makes this difficult. The only hope, in the short term, is that either Zimm alters his long-term decline, or Rendon picks up the slack.

  148. EmDash - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    As an aside, there's an interesting contrast between reaction to Atlanta's and Colorado's start when they have the same record. Us: oh no, Atlanta's too good, season over! Fans of NL West teams: hahaha, Colorado, yeah right, pull the other one. It's a little funny, you have to admit. *g*

  149. EmDash - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    And on the plus side, the bums lost.

  150. Rabbit34 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    .500 won't take much longer. Really, boring games. Too predictable. Like I said many times, .500 this year will be good. I wish it was NOT so.

  151. DJB - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    This team needs an enema. Next 7 games could be very ugly. We have two tough as nails teams coming into town and they're smelling blood. I think at that point we can dissect what went wrong with the season. If the team does well, then we could actually build momentum. This town is unlikely to forgive a collapse.

  152. SonnyG10 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Well, fooey! I thought we would win this game when it just started and I thought we would win until the eighth inning. I then saw the writing on the wall. No hit disaster. Werth blew our best chance by trying to be a hero on the 3 and 0 count. Oh well, we'll get on a hot streak soon. I am confident we'll get it going soon. Remember, when we get hot, it doesn't matter who the opponents are. We'll take them out.

  153. natsfan1a - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Also on the plus side, the 'pen has had a couple of pretty good games, for the most part.

  154. natsfan1a - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Nice deployment of "fooey," Sonny. :-)

  155. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    I am not new to fire Eck club. My third on that.Harper multi hit games 9-0. Less then 2 hits 1-8.Sample size is growing. Too many table setters not enough consistent run producers with the high SLG + OBP making the high OPS. Davey sounded pissed at Jayson for swinging on 3 and 0 and Jayson admitted that he caught up and thought he had to do something to push the issue.Its come from having only a single bat that pitchers really have to worry about: Harper's. It may be why Rendon is here beyond the obvious injury problems Zim has had dating back to last season continuing in spring training … NO BAT BEHIND Harper since there's no Morse. So we now have Jayson Werth in the 2=spot acting like a leader trying to make up for it.Span DOES NOT REPLACE MORSE. That' should be Tyler Moore's job because Adam LaRoche is not enough. He had what may be an outlier, a better year at the plate last season now he's regressing to his mean. Rizzo is going to have to make some hard decisions come May and June.

  156. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    And fielding and defense to aid pitch-to-contact was why there is Span. And Espy at second instead of his better position shortstop. There's really not much of any excuse or explanation for poor defense given how well they did last season. BHarp might have the closest thing since this is what his second or so year playing the outfield in toto in his baseball life?

  157. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Lombo is not a better fielder than Espi, but he will have a better OBP and contact rate.You call .317 to .315 better? That's where they ended last season? And Danny had a pretty serious injury he was playing with? Color me unimpressed by Lombo's OBP. He doesn't walk. He's like Cristian Guzman; same kind of hitter. Its a big reason why he isn't leading off and Span is.

  158. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    This week 5-2. Haren i actually play well both startsI got the feeling.

  159. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Is it safe to come out yet?

  160. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    This week 5-2. Haren i actually play well both startsI got the feeling.I know its bad but I have mixed feelings. Danny Rosenbaum continues to have year like the one he had when he was the system's pitcher of the year. It would be nice to have another left-hander in the rotation albeit the Braves have resolved their issue of not enough right-handed hitters. And Nate Karns continues to dis the skeptics who claim he is a reliever disguised as a starter. As for me I prefer the home grown.

  161. realdealnats - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    The funniest, most unpredictable things turn teams in slumps around. This team is a good team. The cream will rise to the top over time. It's just a weird start. And we try our best to describe it: entitled, casual, etc–Davey's right: just out of sync right now learning their new role as targets. We'll be in a dog fight all year, but It'll all come together and we'll look back on this and realize how early it still is and how paniced we all got. In fact Stamen looked good yesterday, and Duke and even Henry looked good today. They're pressing, and that's causing errors with Desi and problems with parts of the order.

  162. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    This was a protypical Jordan Zimmermann start. No pitched well enough to win but gets the big 0 for run support.When the Nats get into the bullpen and have the Mets on the ropes the veteran Jayson Werth goes swinging on 3-0. How does that happen with no outs, 2 men on base, the pitcher struggling?

  163. realdealnats - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Maybe Haren pitching a no-no tomorrow would turn it around. Hey we kid cuz we love.

  164. SonnyG10 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    natsfan1a said…Nice deployment of "fooey," Sonny. :-)April 21, 2013 5:22 PMThanks, 1a. That was my cleaned up version of what I was really thinking! :)

  165. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Is it safe to come out yet?That may be what Jayson Werth is saying ….Looks like Chris Young might be replacing Tanner Roark in the Chief's rotation? They used Roark in relief today and he got hammered.

  166. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    How does that happen with no outs, 2 men on base, the pitcher struggling?Veteran and team captain trying to push the issue to pull the game out at the end before it was too late. That's the gist of what I got from what he said. I can't criticize him for that.

  167. MicheleS - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Werth took the loss on himself. He knew it and stepped up.

  168. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:48 PM

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  169. realdealnats - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    If Werth had taken a couple strikes, everyone'd be on him for being passive. I think he sensed it was the right pitch to swing and guessed wrong. I've no problem with Jason this year. He's been great. Can't lay it all on one pitch. That's like the desperate guy who starts asking the Magic 8 Ball questions.

  170. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I have quite a bit to get off my chest after today. First the positive, the pitching and bullpen did very well today. My concern with bullpen is consistency. If they blow every other game then it is a serious problem. J Zim was very good, so was Hrod again. Team is 10-8 not 2-16. It is still early.Now the negative and I think I am fair with the following…. Davey coached poorly today … having Werth swing on 3-0 from a pitcher on the ropes is bad managing period. He needs to own up on it.Bryce had a bad play, but he is allowed to make a mistake. Ian Desmond, I am done with at short stop. Either move him to OF, C, have him pinch it, something, get him outta here for now, he is killing this team. Maybe send him to minors and have him field 500 ground balls and throw 500 times to first base, I dunno, but 18 errors in 18 games would be unacceptable at the youth level!I am also tired of this almost sick mindset the club has towards Lombo and with insisting on Espi batting left handed. I would do the following… bench Desmond, move Espi to short and tell him to only bat right handed. Lombo at 2b, have Zim platoon with ALR, stick with Rendon at 3rd and work Tyler Moore in when need be.

  171. natsfan1a - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    From the Department of Nice Gestures by Former Nats, a Jonny Gomes Boston tribute bat.

  172. realdealnats - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Mick,With you in sentiment. But didn't you like Desi last year? He was great all round. He just needs to play through it to get to it, yeah, even though he and Zim are costing us games on the front end. Just keep showing up and it will work out. Now Espi–I agree in the sense that we should platoon him and Lombo to keep both fresh. Don't think you can move Zimm to 1B in mid-season. And as for Zim, he is always hurt and always hitting around .290 ultimately when he's not. So what are you gonna do? Hey, if Rendon gets hot, keep Zim on the DL for a bit to rest and stretch out. Question to All: why is Davey pinch hitting Shark more than TyMo? Is it situational and I'm just not remembering–like holding man on first?

  173. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    These next 7 games will determine if every thing is OK or, if the Nats are in for a long season. If Haren gets rocked tomorrow, Nats really should let him go and perhaps Stammen can be a 5th starter. How many more errors until Davey deals with this????

  174. natsfan1a - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Well, just in case, here you go…realdealnats said… If Werth had taken a couple strikes, everyone'd be on him for being passive. I think he sensed it was the right pitch to swing and guessed wrong. I've no problem with Jason this year. He's been great. Can't lay it all on one pitch. That's like the desperate guy who starts asking the Magic 8 Ball questions. April 21, 2013 5:48 PM

  175. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    realdealnats… I love Desi, I just think he should and could play another position like the outfiled, maybe catcher. His bat is importnat, but he is not a short stop. He is the best athlete on the team and maybe in the NL so a conversion to a less stressful position could be all he needs.I am with you on Moore. I am STUNNED as to why Davey PH Shark who is simply hitting like a minnow

  176. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    gang… i am not down on Werth as I am with why in a 2-0 game any player would be given the hit sign on 3-0 to a pitcher who s struggling. That was a bad decision

  177. SonnyG10 - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    mick said…Now the negative and I think I am fair with the following…. Davey coached poorly today … having Werth swing on 3-0 from a pitcher on the ropes is bad managing period. He needs to own up on it.mick, don't you dare lay this on Davey. He is as pissed as we are that Werth swung on the 3-0 count. Jayson did that on his own, and realizes that he made a bad mistake.

  178. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    did not know that sonnyg, OK

  179. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    but SonnyG… fair enough about Werth, but my wrath on Davey extends to his handling of Lombo, who seems to hit every ime he bats

  180. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Mick, you assume Davey gave the hit away to Werth on 3-0?Werth has to be smart enough that the situation didn't call for being overly aggressive being behind in the game with the heart of the order coming up. You draw a walk and the bases are loaded with no outs with Bryce up to bat.Nobody on base and a tie game or ahead early in the game, swing away on 3-0.

  181. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Mick, I wasn't trying to pile and have no idea what happened but generally the 3rd base coach isn't giving a veteran like Werth a "take" sign. The player has to be smart enough to know.Again, you just games had the rewind do-over button.JZim and the Nats deserved a better fate today.

  182. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Gonat… I know

  183. NatsLady - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I will wait to see when pitchF/x goes up to see what Werth swung at. Yes, I didn't like him swinging on 3-0 when the pitcher had lost the zone–BUT, he had to be pretty sure he was getting something to drive. Sometimes you just get fooled, even by a bad pitcher.

  184. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    SonnyG10, I didn't see Davey after the game. Do you know he was pissed at Werth for swinging away or are you thinking that would be the case? I just never like to assume even though I agree it makes no sense for a Manager to ever put on a sign to swing away in that situation but also not to treat a veteran like Werth to put up a "take" sign as you have to have confidence in your player to think for themselves in those situations. We all know if Jayson smashes a 3 run HR we are celebrating with him.

  185. Secret wasian man - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I expect 7 to 2 loss tomorrow.

  186. SonnyG10 - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    mick said…but SonnyG… fair enough about Werth, but my wrath on Davey extends to his handling of Lombo, who seems to hit every ime he batsApril 21, 2013 6:12 PMOk, that's a reasonable assertion. I happen to disagree up to this point because last year Lombo went into his own slumps when he got to play regularly when Desi was on DL. If Espi continues to hit poorly, then Lombo may get more starts.

  187. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Secret Wasian… I hope you are wrong. If Haren gets rocked, Nats may have to cut their losses with him and move Stammen in as the 5th starter

  188. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Do you know he was pissed at Werth for swinging away or are you thinking that would be the case? I just never like to assumeGonat,Got to MASNsports.com and click on the media at the far right and select Nationals from the drop down menu. Then select the photo box below that has Davey discussing the game.As Kigore put it Davey NEVER attempts to side-step any question he's known for putting his foot in his mouth because he is such as straight shooter whereas Rizzo is often inscrutable and close-to-the-vest. When asked about the 3-0 pitch Davey gruffly responded, "I'm not going to go into that." HE NEVER does that … at least as long as I've seen his interviews with the Nats. Maybe Mark can remember another time but I can't.Yeah he's pissed.Both things Davey being pissed, and Werth attempting to do, again, what he did in his first year under Riggleman … take on too much … are signs that this team is indeed struggling … when they start floundering then they are going to be in trouble.

  189. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    In 2012, I don't think there was ever a game that Werth did something boneheaded. He is always into the game, always thinking, and always helping his teammates.This seemed out of character and he probably thought he would ambush the pitcher. The team is piling up fielding errors and errors of judgement.I truly believe instead of 10-8 this team could be as good as 14-4 if the game changing errors and errors of judgement didn't occur.

  190. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    SonnyG… I just think Lombo needs to play more, he also can play OF. Espi at short is solid and I really can not remember Lombo making errors at 2b

  191. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Thanks Peric, I'm almost nervous to watch as this is serious for the team chemistry. First all the Ryan Zimmerman errors now this error of judgement.Again, there are times for aggressiveness and then times to take what the game gives you. Making the Mets look good, that's bad.

  192. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Secret Wasian… I hope you are wrong. If Haren gets rocked, Nats may have to cut their losses with him and move Stammen in as the 5th starterThey might just go to Rosenbaum and put Haren on the DL. Stammen looks too valuable in his current slot … again … BUT Nate Karns is also doing extremely well and unlike Danny Rosenbaum he is on the 40-man roster. But adding Rosenbaum wouldn't be a problem since they have two slots available. It'll likely all unfold just as it did with Brad Lidge.

  193. SonnyG10 - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Gonat said…SonnyG10, I didn't see Davey after the game. Do you know he was pissed at Werth for swinging away or are you thinking that would be the case? I just never like to assume even though I agree it makes no sense for a Manager to ever put on a sign to swing away in that situation but also not to treat a veteran like Werth to put up a "take" sign as you have to have confidence in your player to think for themselves in those situations. We all know if Jayson smashes a 3 run HR we are celebrating with him.April 21, 2013 6:22 PMGonat, yes you could tell Davey was pissed because a reporter asked him about Werth swinging on a 3-0 count and Davey angrily said "We won't go into that." You could tell he was angry by his tone and facial expression. I don't know if he said anything to Jayson or not, but Jayson knows he screwed up. You also can know that Jayson was acting on his own because in his aftergame interview a reporter asked him about swinging on the 3-0 pitch and Jayson admitted he got caught up in trying to win the game. He said he figured after 7 straight balls the pitcher would try to groove one and he could do some damage. He said he realized his mistake and takes the blame for losing the game.

  194. mick - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    peric… good insight. Is Rosenbaum ready. NatsJack who has watched him says he is not ready. your Lidge analogy is a good one Peric

  195. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    For Rendon's debut, he got to watch the Nats meltdown but still so much better than what Harper had to endure for his debut.If this is anything like that, good times are ahead for the Nats.

  196. Whynat - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Fielding errors, errors of judgement, team is really pressing. They read too many preseason forecasts.

  197. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    First all the Ryan Zimmerman errors now this error of judgement..Last season Desmond had 15 errors at shortstop. 20-25 I guess isn't too bad for a shortstop. This season Desmond already has 7. He's regressing to his mean.Mick is right in thinking that Espinosa may be the better, almost flawless shortstop … he probably is even if he doesn't quite have the range that Desmond has. I don't agree about Lombo. His OBP is too low for a banjo hitter. Last season it was only .317. He is like C. Guzman our former switch hitting shortstop who never saw a pitch he didn't want to take a hack at. He hit for high average but his OBP was low because he never walked. And that is a big reason why we have Span in CF instead of Harper because Lombo is unable to take walks and get on base.

  198. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    SonnyG10, thanks for the summary. Way to go Jayson. Glad to hear he owned up to it.Also a WTG to the reporter who had the &@77$ to ask Davey the question! That's New York style and Davey gave the appropriate answer to which you have to read between the lines.The Nats made the Mets look good this series. Go back to the old saying that you have to beat the bad teams and while I think the Mets are slightly better than bad, they are still a bad team when Harvey and Niese aren't pitching.

  199. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    NatsJack who has watched him says he is not ready. Well I did get the impression that Natsjack agreed that Tommy MIlone was a better choice than Lannan. The same is true for Rosenbaum. He has an offseason (for him) last year. But right now Rosenbaum is the AAA Syracuse Chief's ace in that rotation. They've already demoted their opening day starter to the bullpen possibly in expectation of Chris Young's addition. I guess we'll find out. I don't think Young will out-pitch Rosenbaum.

  200. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    We have people hear suggesting Espi should be benched while other think Espi should be the starting shortstop.Bizarre.

  201. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    We have people hear suggesting Espi should be benched while other think Espi should be the starting shortstop.I haven't looked it up but my impression from last season was that Espinosa hit far better playing shortstop when Desi went down than he did when playing second base.Espinosa clearly seems to prefer shortstop. And then he suffered the separation of the rotator cuff. There's a lot going on with Danny he's got a lot of drama and maybe some bad karma.

  202. JD - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Peric. They didn't pay Brad Lidge $13 mil. They are not replacing Haren with Rosenbaum or Karns any time soon.

  203. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    I would find it hard to believe there is correlation to a theory that moving a position to a more demanding position such as 2nd base to Shortstop made that player over the long-term a better batter.

  204. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    BTW, nice to see Kris Medlen losing again!

  205. NatsLady - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Atlanta is going next to Colorado, where the Rockies are hot as molten lava. Also, that is a bizarre environment there, which the Rockies are used to but the visiting teams are not. By the time you get acclimatized, you leave for the next city with your pitching and hitting all awry. (Our turn will come, but not until June.) Atlanta has lost 5 of 6 now, and their offense has been shut down by that great, ahem, Royals and Pirates pitching. Holes in the Atlanta lineup are starting to show. They are second to the Astros with 27% strikeout ratio (Astros are at 28%, and their pitchers don't bat). Nats are at 23% even with Danny and the pitchers. :). The big culprits:BJ Upton – 22/66 = 33% of ABsJ Upton – 21/67D. Uggla – 20/56ATL battingAlso, mick, I doubt Rizzo is regretting Morse right about now. Morse is hitting .231. He's either still injured or slumping badly. His K% is 28.6% (Danny's is, wait for it, only 16%). But right now Span is one of those rare creatures (like Votto) whose BB% is greater than his K%. Plus he can field. As I said this morning, I have reservations about Rendon. Not saying he should not have been brought up with RZ's injury, but he is not, IMO, going to be ROY. I doubt it will harm his "development," but there is a big difference between Arizona Fall league, spring training, and AA-ball–as he is about to discover. (Please note, I didn't feel this way about Harper, I was a big advocate of him coming up as soon as was financially feasible.)The bullpen is righting itself, that is a good sign. (In my parking lot today I saw a Mama Duck with 7 ducklings. Mama Duck was pretty smart, she nudged the babies under the chain link fence and then she walked around it to get to them. McCatty is gonna bring his ducklings into shape).Now Davey needs to make the boys take infield until they get used to Rendon and Desi gets his focus.

  206. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Tomorrow Nats 5 Cards 3.I am for replacing anyone, I am for everyone playing up to their potential.

  207. NatsLady - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Jayson let the Mets off the hook with wanting to go for the hit instead of the walk. I doubt that will happen again. Also, JZ was very good about not letting the errors or Buck's HR get to him. Unfortunately, there was a cost, not only in pitchcount but in stress. I am really liking JZ's maturity, and I hope Stras is watching.

  208. peric - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Anthony Rendon is still a better hitter than Harper was when he came to the majors last year. He just doesn't approach the game like his "hair is always on fire" as Rizzo put it. He has a calmer, more professional demeanor but like Danny can be very intense.I think you'll find that Rendon will adapt to major league pitching and breaking balls fairly rapidly Natslady. Its his power that might take a back seat while he goes through that adjustment. That doesn't make automatically make him the ROY but it could give the Nats a consistent, reliable bat in the lineup as well as a smooth, almost flawless third baseman.Yes Span walks and Lombo doesn't but the problem is there's no one to drive these guys in consistently other than Harper. With Zim's bat gone and Morse's gone you are down to LaRoche and he appears to be regressing to his mean (see his seasons in Arizona).

  209. Rich P. - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    "When asked about the 3-0 pitch Davey gruffly responded, "I'm not going to go into that." HE NEVER does that … at least as long as I've seen his interviews with the Nats. Maybe Mark can remember another time but I can't.Yeah he's pissed."No he's not. What he's doing here is not throwing his player under the bus.

  210. NatsLady - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    peric, I'm sure Rendon will be a fine major-league hitter. But he isn't yet, and he made some misplays in the field during spring training. That said, this was his first game, I expect he was nervouse, especially in a such a close game. Apparently, due to an airline snafu, his folks were not at the game for his debut. I hope they are here tomorrow for his first HR and 5-4-3 doubleplay.

  211. DJB - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    First, NatsLady, I agree with your analysis regarding Espi's SO's. I'm more concerned with his poor OBP and contact rate, which reflect a poor plate approach. SO's are over-emphasized as a statistic. Second, I have noticed that the bullpen has begun to right itself. That is a good sign. Third, Peric, there is no way Rendon is a better hitter than Bryce. Fourth, believe it or not, we are underutilizing Bryce because of the holes in the middle of our lineup. He appears to be the only one who can hit curveballs. A big departure from last year. Fifth, our hitting has always been spotty at times, but our pitching bailed the team out. If this begins to occur, I wouldn't care about a loss here or there.

  212. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    NatsLady at 7:24 nicely put. JZim was impressive again although I want to see more sliders and a couple first pitch changeups. Holding the Mets to 2 runs with Dillon Gee who is very hittable is opportunity squandered. No shame to lose to Harvey but Dillon Gee?

  213. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Rich P. said… No he's not. What he's doing here is not throwing his player under the bus. ___________________________________Perception is reality. By saying nothing, he left it up to interpretation. Sounds like many here felt his "I'm not going to go into that" was saying Jayson never should've swung out it and Davey was pissed.He didn't throw him under the bus but it's a very difficult situation to circumnavigate around.

  214. Gonat - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Michael Morse batting .231 and got a gift double when the RF misplayed the ball and could've been an error.On top of that, he has K'd 18 times in 15 games.Since he broke his pinkie his BA has dropped 62 points and no HRs since April 9th.

  215. Gonat - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    NatsLady said… peric, I'm sure Rendon will be a fine major-league hitter. But he isn't yet, __________________________________Yah, no kidding and why would anyone compare them. Apples and oranges. I never liked the comparisons last year of Trout/Harper but they do play a similar game at least. Let these players show who they are and what they can do. I think right away Rendon was trying to power up. He's a gap hitter and to use that saying again, he needs to stay within himself and play his game.

  216. Rich P. - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Gonad, clearly you have never had the experience of someone having your back. You have my sympathies for that. Look, there was absolutely nothing Davey could have said in answer to that question that would not have cast at least some negative aspersions on Werth. Davey chose the answer that let Werth make his own choice as to how much of the blame he would accept. To his credit, Werth owned up to his mistake. But to Davey's credit, he had Werth's back and did not throw him under the bus. It's episodes like this that show what a great manager Davey is. Wins or losses don't do that.

  217. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Apparently, due to an airline snafu, his folks were not at the game for his debut. I hope they are here tomorrow for his first HR and 5-4-3 doubleplay.I found that story exceedingly strange Natslady. I think the airline folks are human. If someone told them they wanted to see their son's one-and-only major league debut they would move heaven-and-earth to get them seats even if it meant bumping them up to first class.If things have gotten so bad that such an accommodation could not be made by one of our airlines then our country is in a declining state indeed and Newtown and the the tragedy in Boston may be just harbingers of what is to come.

  218. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Since he broke his pinkie his BA has dropped 62 points and no HRs since April 9th.Morse has never been good at playing with injuries … but then, neither has Espinosa. Just means someone gets Morse cheap when he becomes a free agent. Great bargain when that happens.

  219. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Big font for Desi==> I like it! ๐Ÿ˜‰7 errors already and the season is young. yep the finger should be pointed there … he only had 15 last season.

  220. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Rich P. I have Gonat's back. What he said was a good read on Davey. He left it up to interpretation. Read the many commentors who thought Davey was pissed. Again, interpretation since he could've been pissed just about losing to a subpar pitcher.

  221. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    peric, … and he made some misplays in the field during spring trainingAnd Harper has already made 3 or 4 this season at least and there was one just today Natslady? Rendon is going to be far superior to Harper in that category for sure and its ridiculous to even suggest that Harper due to his less than a season experience in a major league outfield (and just recently converted to that position) is going to be better than Rendon who played third throughout college and into the minors including the AFL? C'mon Natslady you are beginning to sound like you want Rick Ankiel back again!

  222. NatsLady - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Humph. Rick Ankiel striking out 2/3 of the time. OTOH, 2/3 of his hits have been home runs.

  223. baseballswami - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    So what this comes down to is this– no one has any idea at all why the very talented Nats are playing so ineptly. Total and complete mystery. Lots of theories, though. It's like a curse or hex or something. Or a bad dream. Nightmare, really. Maybe we need a break the curse night where everyone brings their favorite good luck charm or curse breaking amulet. Something- anything. It's just so strange- I never in a million years saw all this sloppy crap coming. Worried about other stuff , but never defense. It's a cruel game.

  224. Rich P. - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Gonad of Steve M., the commenter I'll pay attention to is the former player and former manager who has known Davey for 40 years. Guy named Ray Knight. He spent a lot of time in the postgame show talking about that 3-0 swing and Davey's comment, and his conclusion was that Davey would never say anything that would make a player look bad. Which is why Davey's answer to the question was basically "no comment."

  225. Rich P. - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Here's someone who knows why the very talented Nats are playing so ineptly.@ThomasBoswellWP Nats must make 3-4-5 brutal mental mistakes or errors on easy plays in most of their games. 5 today. Pressing in April. Expectations rob joy@ThomasBoswellWP Well, there's perfect example. Werth swings at a 3-0 pitcher's pitch low-away with two on, none out, behind 2-0 in 8th. Ground into easy DP.It's just what I said yesterday. They need to take John Riggins' advice. Loosen up Sandy baby. You're too tight.

  226. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Troll alert. Glad Rich told us what he knows is opinions through channeling his inner Ray Knight. Brilliant. I also don't know why you chose to cutdown Gonat who is a knowledgeable poster and didn't even make the comment you commented on at 7:33.

  227. Gonat - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Steve, thanks for coming to my defense although I was trying to ignore him. I don't know why he decided to attack me. He should take his own advice and Loosen up and don't act like Feelwood. It's fairly obvious. He just can't stay away and heavens forbid if you do actually disagree with him he starts calling people names "Gonad". Clever!

  228. baseballswami - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    I think there might be something to the theory of the guys needing to loosen up. They are kind of playing all wound up. Morse gone, DeRo gone, even Ankiel, Michael Gonzalez. Gio not smiling. Ramos and Zim out- while not jokesters, at least calm guys. I heard on the radio that when Mike Redmond was a catcher for the Twins he used to take naked batting practice during slumps to break the tension. Pretty serious guys on this team -can't see any of them as comic relief. The fumbling appears to be contagious, though. Hope they ease up.

  229. Gonat - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    baseballswami, I heard the same segment on 106.7 and a guy named Bruce had called in saying Morse was needed as the funny guy in the clubhouse. Then the radio host told that stories about Mike Redmond. Funny stuff.

  230. Steve J, Alexandria - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    I have to laugh at all the posters calling for Davey's job, demanding espi sit down, hating this team's approach and really hating Davey's inept managing.I said of this before. The difference was that I said it first – I stated early what all of you cowardly ninnies were seeing but afraid to admit: this team has So many weaknesses. I excoriated the Span for MOrse trade off — now all agree. All agree!! But I was called more names, attacked by more people, asked to leave by each and every one of you.I laugh at all of you.Now, as I predicted, this team will turn on each other. Davey's magic is gone — now he has to manage, and he cant. He will be fired early — Rizzo is a lucky jerk — when was the last time you heard of the Smart Scout — and oxymoron if I ever heard one. Rizzo has fatally weakened this team. I said this two weeks ago, and was crucified for it. Now we all know its true. Davey, Espi, haren, Rizzo, Zimmo all have to go.We should have kept the lefties we let go — traded Zimmerman, started with Rendon at third, harper should be in center, Moore in left, Werth right, we should have let Laroche go and Morse should be playing 1b, Now that would have been a Damn Good TeamTeam that should have beenc: Suzuki1b: Morse2b: Lomboss: Desi3b: RendonLf: MooreCf: Harperrf: WerthBullpen: retained Gorzo, Gonzo, and BurnettNow that would have been The Team

  231. Steve J, Alexandria - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    As the Sun comes up tomorrow, Haren will get blasted tomorrow.Rizzo paid him 13 mil but didn't do enough due diligence to prove what we all knew last year: that Haren was totally washed up!You think you all are depressed now, wait until after tomorrow's game.Expect Lombo, Det and Zimmermann to get out of here as soon as they can. Lombo and DEt get dissed by a stupid obtuse Davey, and Zimmermann just doesn't fit in with this team and looks miserable.Even Gio isn't laughing anymore. Last year was magic; this year is pure duck crap. Good bye Davey — you'll never manage again, that's for certain

  232. Scott Margenau - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Peric et all. Lombo hasn't even played a full season….sample size is too small….he is only getting better, and more power. If he's not as good as espi it's close defensively. Now, think about this. Peric is right about how this line up, as is doesn't produce runs…lacks power. We can't have espi in there other than right vs left, he's a huge hole. We need Moore to make the line up potent and protected…same with Desi. With Zim gone we need bats….this team just needs to buckle down and stop playing like boneheads. What we need is a locker room/ dug out presence that will get these guys going. Didn't Davey give some speech last year that started a turn????

  233. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    So what this comes down to is this– no one has any idea at all why the very talented Nats are playing so ineptly. I think its called "chemistry" Swami? And in Davey's defense against the Ori-hole troll Steve J … he has already stated that the fact things aren't mixed together right is on him. He hasn't gotten things adjusted yet. Of course he was mostly referring to the bullpen but I suspect he meant the lineup as well. I know its reaching but that's my gut feeling.Yes, the talent is there but they aren't playing like a "cohesive unit", in other words a team. They aren't picking the other guy up when he flubs in the field. They aren't picking up pitchers who have bad games. Not getting runs for pitchers having good games. There seems to be a lot of complacency out the gate because I guess they believe their jobs are secure? Not a good thing to believe when Rizzo and Johnson are managing you … but … Well at least that is what I think at this point.Am I worried? No. I like the Rendon move because it sends a message that says management happy with the current outcome. Even if it does seem like the easy choice given Rendon was already on the 40-man and is the best fielder at the position of the bunch. Everyone knows how much Rizzo likes to avoid making moves on his 40-man which currently sits at 38? I think Davey and Rizzo will hash it all out in private behind closed doors with the rest of the brain trust and coaches. I am now beginning to wonder if they don't miss Houston's manager Bo Porter? Perhaps he was more of a key to their winning season than we realized?

  234. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Peric et all. Lombo hasn't even played a full season….sample size is too small….he is only getting better, and more power. If he's not as good as espi it's close defensively. I agree with most of what you said except well the fielding again. If you put Lombo against most of the rest of the second baseman in the major leagues he would more than hold his own. Because of his weak arm its really the best/safest spot for him as a starter. He's really not an outfielder and would be challenged to play anywhere else on the infield except first base.Danny Espinosa when compared to most major league shortstops might just stand out defensively. He's very fast and sure handed. He has a rifle arm. He is a superb athlete capable of adapting to play ANY position on the field except catcher. AND that is precisely what you want in a major league shortstop. Which he is. When you put such a shortstop at second base its like instant gold glove with tremendous range and agility.Offensively, they are different players Lombo and Espy. Lombo needed to be more like Span and perhaps there would be no Span. Lombo the switch hitter leading off with a .400 OBP is exactly what the doctor ordered. Now, where they would put him on the field? Probably left field I would hazard. With Harper continuing to hold down center field.Back to the bats. They could surely use Tyler Moore in the line up. The only reason I can come up with for that not happening is that Moore isn't ready fielding wise. Which is why I believe Lombo could have owned left-field if he had learned to WALK goddamnit! Now, the Nats are grooming Moore to be an outfielder. They should send him to Syracuse to work on that and bring someone up like Marerro to be the bench bat. Marerro can play only one position: first base. He makes the perfect backup and understudy to LaRoche as well as a pinch hitter. He's spent plenty of time in the minors honing both his offense and as much as he can his defense. Bottom line: Moore is the future starter and he needs to play every day. Marerro is a future bench / DH guy. He doesn't.

  235. Scott Margenau - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Steve, with the exception of morse (too slow, too hurt, Bad def) I like your team a lot. But zim is here and cost a ton, so what's plan b?

  236. Bob Saget Nats Fan 101 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    I agree with those who say they need to lighten up and laugh. I remember watching everyone last year. They were smiles all around. They goofed off and had fun.They need to play the game to have fun. They also need someone to become the team clown.

  237. Scott Margenau - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Peric. Intangibles. Lombo makes things happen. Danny is bad karma. Ryan leaf of baseball. Wait that's too harsh, but u get my drift.

  238. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    And Morse got hurt … yet again … and he is one year and done for Seattle. Because of his fractured pinky his batting average has dropped 61 points. Morse has NEVER hit well when injured Steven J. What do you do about that? Same with Zimmerman when he's healthy he's an impact hitter. When he's not he isn't. And right now he's not health.As for Davey he's gone after this year. I guess they were planning on replacing him with Bo Porter but Bo got offered a major league managing job earlier than they would've liked. I don't think they hire anyone from the inside to manage. Maybe Bo will get fired when he loses 100+. Somehow I doubt it.

  239. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Peric. Intangibles. Lombo makes things happen. Danny is bad karma. Ryan leaf of baseball.Different personality types … Danny is very intense. Sure, he does have a bit of a cloud hanging over him and can be very stubborn. But he is still young and still has the most ceiling of just about any major league shortstop and most if not all second baggers. Lombo really doesn't to put it harshly. He's an adequate starting second baseman who, yes, can be a fireplug. He has a lot of intangibles that make up for his lack of raw talent. Danny has as much raw talent as Harper and Rendon and then some. But like Zim (and Michael Morse) he isn't completely healthy with that rotator cuff plus now the wrist.So, yes in essence.

  240. Scott Margenau - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Mark can I offer u a free new blog design? This one doesn't work well on mobile. It's an older template. The comment mod is really hard to use. Lmk (imageworksstudio.com)

  241. Gonat - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Bob Saget Nats Fan 101 said… I agree with those who say they need to lighten up and laugh. I remember watching everyone last year. They were smiles all around. They goofed off and had fun.They need to play the game to have fun. They also need someone to become the team clown. ________________________You must not have been around last April 27, 28, and 29.

  242. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Mark can I offer u a free new blog design? This one doesn't work well on mobile. It's an older template. The comment mod is really hard to use. Lmk (imageworksstudio.com)Probably need a mobile app for IOS, Android, and I guess Windoze 8 instead. Need one that you can flip back and forth between the mlbatbat app.

  243. Gonat - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Scott Margenau said… Mark can I offer u a free new blog design? This one doesn't work well on mobile. It's an older template. The comment mod is really hard to use. Lmk (imageworksstudio.com) ___________________________________Is that why so many comments go to Spam?

  244. Rich P. - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    They don't necessarily need to laugh. But they do need to lighten up. They're wound too tight. Thinking they need to live up to expectations with every pitch, every play. Until they relax and just play the game as it comes to them, they won't win. Even if they do relax, there's no guarantee they'll win. But if they don't relax, it's a guarantee that they won't win. That's why you see Davey deflecting any suggestions of panic from the media. He's not panicking, and eventually the team will see that and they'll quit panicking too.

  245. Bob Saget Nats Fan 101 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Gonat saidYou must not have been around last April 27, 28, and 29.————————I was not active in this blog then nor was I actively following the nats then (I had some personal stuff going on).What happened on those dates.To Rich: I couldnt agree with you more. Some how they need to read what you said and apply it.

  246. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    He's not panicking, and eventually the team will see that and they'll quit panicking too.They're not panicking or pressing yet but they are struggling. They are wasting good pitching performances with the poor fielding. They are definitely turning somewhat shaky pitching into implosions with the fielding.Hitting can come and go … but the fielding is supposed to be rock solid. Again makes me wonder if losing Bo Porter hurt more than many realize.

  247. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Is that why so many comments go to Spam?I think that's the "back-end" Gonat … which is something different from what Rich proposes.

  248. peric - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Err I meant to say : what Scott proposes …

  249. natsfan1a - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Perception is reality? Um, not imho. If the reference is to the politics-related quote, that was about controlling the narrative and getting voters to believe what you want them to believe. We each make our own inferences about a given event. If perception is reality, there would be many different realities about the same event. But maybe that was Gonat's point. Anyhoo, back to baseball.

  250. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    "If perception is reality, there would be many different realities about the same event."OK, but the future, at least, is set in stone, right? Predictions are reality, at least.

  251. natsfan1a - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Miss Cleo I am not. :-)

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