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Game 19: Cardinals at Nats

Apr 22, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Cardinals are back in D.C. for the first time since October.

The last time the Cardinals set foot on this field … well, it's probably best not to rehash that one yet again. Point is, the Redbirds are back in D.C. tonight for the start of a three-game series with the Nationals, who probably need to be careful not to think they can exorcise all their St. Louis demons in one feel swoop this week.

Of more importance: Play a good, clean ballgame, something they haven't been doing with consistency through the season's first three weeks. That starts with Dan Haren, still looking to record his first quality start in his fourth outing with his new club. Haren, who will be facing the organization that drafted him and allowed him to make his big-league debut, showed signs of progress through the first three innings of his last start, but then crumbled after Ryan Zimmerman committed an error. He'll need to put forth a more complete effort throughout this outing if he's going to beat a tough Cardinals lineup.

Anthony Rendon, meanwhile, hopes to be a bit more relaxed in his second big-league game after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and an error yesterday in New York. The rookie third baseman should get a nice ovation from the home crowd when he steps to the plate for the first time in his home uniform.

One other important note: Rafael Soriano is not with the club tonight following the birth of his son earlier today in New York. That means the Nationals' closer tonight — should the situation present itself — would be Drew Storen. Talk about exorcising demons.

Updates to come…

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 55 degrees, Wind 12 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (10-8)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
1B Adam LaRoche

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265 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. mick - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    this just makes me sick… I do not have a good feeling about this team or Davey

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Haren pitched almost as many balls as strikes. I said earlier 5 was more than enough. Davey is smarter than so let him stay and lose the game for us. No biggie. Davey doest care I shouldnt.

  3. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I am declaring I won my bet!! I bet Haren wouldn't get to the 6th. Well, since he never got an out in the 6th — Im declaring myself the winner collecting at 3-1thank you

  4. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Now that 3-2-3 was as Sweet as it comes.Stammen is absolutely awesome

  5. jeffwx - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Hey Mr. DJ, good move!

  6. mick - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Welcome to Denny McClain II

  7. jeffwx - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    I just ate a whole box of iced oatmeal cookies…I blame Haren

  8. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Stammen!!!!!!!!!

  9. mick - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Craig, way to go my man!!

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Good job Stay-man

  11. slidell2 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Redbirds can't be too happy with the way that went. Missed an oppo to blow it out.

  12. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Yeah, Didn't McClain lose 20 games for the Senators, after we traded away our 3b, ss, and lf?? What a bum! Bob Short was worse!!

  13. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Mick, feeling better now?Less, it's your money, but if it were me, "through five" = "to the sixth."

  14. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    If Baseball is a game of momentum, the Nats have the MO!! Look for a big inning

  15. mick - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    hey sofa… feel better with Stammen, I really question Davey for not pulling Haren after 5

  16. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Harp is going deep

  17. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    … deep is a relative term, yes? haha

  18. jeffwx - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Haren, 5 IP, faced 3 batters in the 6THSorry LP

  19. mick - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Less Platu true, lol

  20. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Wheaties. I'm suggesting they add Wheaties to the menu.

  21. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    I see Carp acknowledge the 9-0 in the 9 multi hit games.Not looking good Harper being hitless after 6.Quit hitting high flies hit liners in the gap.

  22. mick - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Miller at 84 pitches

  23. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Too late, guys. The baseball Gods ruled me the winner on a technicality!!

  24. mick - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Sofa, how about AppleJacks to keep the bullies away, lol

  25. waddu eye no - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    or lucky charms.gyfng

  26. Gonat - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    5-4-3

  27. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    what a diff. in arms Rendon and zim pretty

  28. jeffwx - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Lucky Charms, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops (with 0% fruit from concentrate),

  29. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I know its early, but after 15 days, what kind of trouble to the Nats have when all the world can see Rendon is better, maybe Far better???

  30. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    The Astros have Maxwell and Ankiel, do you think they'll take Zim? pretty please?

  31. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Last year I would turn on the game and expect the team to win. This I expect a loss. This is a FLAT, Boring team that shows no excitement. They will dip under .500 by Saturday and never climb above the rest of the way.

  32. jeffwx - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Quisp vs. Quake

  33. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    This team cant hit. To quote the great Patches O Hoolihan. "You couldnt hit water if you fell out of a boat."

  34. Gonat - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Nice AB by Espi!

  35. rmoore446 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Hearing tonight FP's criticism of people questioning whether Ryan Zimmerman's being put on the disabled list was more related to his throwing errors than to his hamstring injury is an echo of his appearance on the Doc Walker/Brian Mitchell "Inside the Locker Room" program on ESPN 980.Now both Doc Walker and Brian Mitchell, former Redskin players, are died in the wool National fans but are concerned about their start. This is also a program that our Mark appears on regularly and Carpenter is also a welcome guest.But FP bristled at Doc Walker's first question, which was what would be his advice to players going on the disabled list and it went downhill from there to pure adversarial. Walker, a former professional player with a Super Bowl ring, is comfortable as a commentator but FP said as a former player he would not be comfortable advising a current player and seemed to go out of his way to pick a fight. It was at that point the Zimmerman question came up. Not an unnatural question and one that could have been smoothly handled but FP again bristled. Now FP has continued it tonight and I am sure Doc Walker, one of the longest and most respected sports voices in DC, will have heard it.Why is he picking this fight? Carpenter or Mark would have gracefully answered the questions and made the points without acrimony. I also have to say that I have liked FP as an improvement on his predecessors (damning with faint praise), but I am surprised this year about the times he has defended the indefensible–such as a player breaking for second on a throw in the dirt prior to ascertaining if the throw got past the pitcher. If FP said once it was a completely defensible play he said it five times. It wasn't until the post game show that Ray Knight called him out and said it was a dumb play.I know this is a sideshow but I think FP has deteriorated this year.

  36. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Miller might be gassed.

  37. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    should kurt swing here? hahahaha

  38. Gonat - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    rmoore446, would love a link to that. Doc knows and loves baseball and played his entire youth in LA. He may be a football player but understands baseball.Since its the Redskins radio and not the home of the Nats on 106.7 it sounds like FP wasn't his normal dipolomatic self.

  39. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Chad Tracy. AKA MATT STAIRS. WOW just WOW.

  40. jeffwx - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Hey RM if you had to spend the year in a phone booth with Bob The Carpenter, we'd all get a little testy

  41. rmoore446 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    My mistake on the earlier post–should read "without ascertaining if the throw got past the catcher" not the pitcher.

  42. Gonat - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    No way, nice play by Jay. If our CF made an equally tough catch we all know what the score would be. If, if, if. That's been the big IF most of the season.

  43. Gonat - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Morse, RF 0-2 and batting .224 in that hitters park in Houston. Brad Peacock pitching.

  44. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Such a devastating loss in game 5 last season. As fans we wait and wait for a new year. The team has been lees then mediocre. It is very frustrating and discouraging to see this years team compared to last. WHO ARE THESE GUYS?

  45. jeffwx - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Secret Wasian Man…Who are you, who, who,who,who

  46. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Ump is terrible

  47. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Ill back off a bit jeffwx. Just a frustated fan.

  48. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    But …He really wants to knooooooooooooooowww

  49. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Im just a guy who woke up in a soho door where policeman knew my name.

  50. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    base hit base hit base hit

  51. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    at least swing. UGHHHHHHHH

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Are hitter are not coached well at all.Espi when man on second dinky grounder . no one base hit. BOOOODesi takes a ball right down the middle with runner in scoring position. Fast ball he likes, What on earth is he thinking about. He gets mad for not swinging. Well I do why would you let the rally die without swinging. That just poor coaching or poir thinking. Eithet way it is not good.

  53. waddu eye no - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    anyone out there who wasn't expecting to see drew tonite?

  54. Gonat - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Just need a double Anthony! Don't swing for the fences.

  55. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Relievers starting to come around.Drew why did you not pitch 9th the same last time against the Cards.Our timing is terrible.

  56. Scott Margenau - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Espi sux. What upside….Terrible player.

  57. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    24 hours until we are a .500 baseball team. Thanks sports illustated

  58. SCNatsFan - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    I'll readjust my expectations. Hate to say we proved all the pundits wrong but we are not the best team in baseball.

  59. Gonat - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    You know, not the worse loss. The veterans choked again. They know who they are.

  60. Scott Margenau - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Pitching def better. But come on, if Lombo starts we win. Period.

  61. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    SCNatsfan. We are not even in the top 15. I am so disgusted with what I have winessed so far this season. 4 straight at home, 4 hits yesterday against the Mets? Its 2011. MAYBE.

  62. peric - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Sorry but no dice tonight … these guys are getting as cold as ice. Its going to be a really tough end of April into May if bats don't wake up.

  63. peric - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Pitching def better. But come on, if Lombo starts we win. Period.That's like saying if they brought Cristian Guzman back to play shorstop they win …NO BATS in the heart of the lineup. Zero output from the heart of the lineup.

  64. peric - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    And its LaRoche not Danny that is leading the team in strikeouts. That and his .185 average batting in the four hole. They can't wait until July for his bat to come around with Zim still healing.

  65. Scott Margenau - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    Yea. ALR too. Fill that with Moore. What I'm saying Peric is one more hit, one more play could have made the diff. I just can't get into the espi band camp. Give me Lombo and Moore for 10 straight starts then lets see….

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ATLANTA 75 74 10.5
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