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Game 20: Cardinals at Nats

Apr 23, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler faces Adam Wainwright tonight at Nationals Park.

The Nationals could certainly use a win tonight, if for nothing else than to keep themselves from continuing a slow, downward spiral, not to mention seeing their record fall to the .500 mark. The good news: They've got their most effective pitcher (to date this season) on the mound in Ross Detwiler.

Detwiler has been nothing short of fantastic through his first three starts of the year, posting a miniscule 0.90 ERA while pounding the strike zone with almost nothing but fastballs. It's been an effective formula for the lefty, who really has blossomed since late last season, perhaps his biggest start coming against the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS.

The man who started Game 5 of that series for St. Louis, Adam Wainwright, is also on the mound tonight. Though the veteran right-hander has been strong so far in 2013, the Nationals have had considerable success against him. In four head-to-head encounters in 2012, the Nationals twice pounded Wainwright for six runs and knocked him out early.

Updates to come, so please check back…

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 89
Weather: Clear, 62 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (10-9)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
1B Adam LaRoche

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  1. baseballswami - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Game 20. Time to boogie. Go Nats!!!

  2. SonnyG10 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Go gettem, Ross. Hope its not too cold out there for you. I'm going to be in front of my TV nice and warm tonight.

  3. Tcostant - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    I think the time has come to move Suzuki up to 7th and Espinosa to 8th.

  4. A DC Wonk - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    On the road long distance tonight — and then on my way back to DC during the afternoon tomorrow.Thankfully . . . I'll get to hear Charlie and Dave on XM pretty much the entire time!GYFNG!

  5. baseballswami - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    MLB now– terrible show, by the way, is listiing an upcoming topic– Nationals overrated? I am going to force myself to watch because I am curious.

  6. baseballswami - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Actually intelligent discussion. It's early, still a good team, etc. but HR expressed concern about the lack of fire and urgency– something we all see, too. BK said this— if Gio is not struggling that's two more wins and no one is worried. Interesting point. Voting thingy running across the bottom of the screen did not show a clear answer. Anyone else see it? Pretty fair.

  7. Les_in_NC - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    T, I think Espi should be moved down as well. I also think that having the rookie hit ahead of him in the order should have subtly lit a fire under him also. But it hasn't so far…. Maybe in time.I am concerned about the struggles of the team so far this season, but put me in the "let 'em play about 40 games" camp and then see whats up. They will come around, I am sure of it.

  8. peric - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I think the time has come to move Suzuki up to 7th and Espinosa to 8th. Then its time to MOVE Adam LaRoche to 8th and Suzuki to bat behind Harper because LaRoche is also sub-Mendoza and leads the team in K's. That means he is worse than Espinosa.

  9. NatsLady - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Too cold? It was 23 degrees at game time in Colorado! Broke the record by 5 degrees. Hasn't stopped JUp and Gattis from hitting HRs.Also, the Marlin's owner insisted the the phenom pitcher (Fernandez) go for the afternoon game instead of the night game, slap in the manager's face and messed up the preparation of both pitchers. Heaven save us from owner interference. Kid gave up 4 earned in 5 innings.

  10. original Nats Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Loria [spit]

  11. A DC Wonk - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Also, the Marlin's owner insisted the the phenom pitcher (Fernandez) go for the afternoon game instead of the night gameWhy?

  12. baseballswami - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Because he is an evil moron?

  13. NatsLady - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    No clue, and they didn't say. It could be a logical reason, like if it's 23 degrees for a day game, what the heck will it be tonight? Or what if the game gets postponed again? It makes no sense to me, I'm just reporting what I heard on TV. Maybe there is some chatter on a Marlins blog.

  14. baseballswami - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Makes me wonder what they say on Marlins blogs. I know what people post on here when our team is winning- can't even imagine how they must hate their owner.

  15. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Can't afford to drop to .500. Lets go boys. Don't make me watch hockey.

  16. taeyyenom - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Get rid of the old man Davey.

  17. taeyyenom - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Team has no energy, seems listless and not focused.

  18. Secret wasian man - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Incredible temperatures for baseball games. How can anybody hit? Where is Al Gore and his global warming?

  19. natsfan1a - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Let's go, NATS!![Moneyyeat? Urp.]

  20. baseballswami - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Hamels, Price Cain— zero wins. Lots of other struggles going on throughout MLB. There is too much talent on our team for them not to pick it up. We are definitely missing the offense that Zim and Ramos can provide.

  21. JD - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Swami, Speaking of Ramos. Any news that you've heard of?

  22. John C. - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    taeyyenom said… Get rid of the old man Davey. April 23, 2013 5:29 PM Won't solve the problem. Anyone named to replace him will simply become, like Davey, one of the 30 dumbest people in the world. It's a magical condition that descends inexorably upon every major league manager. Once you become a major league manager, all of deep wisdom, psychological insight and baseball acumen possessed by the any anonymous internet commentator or fan drains completely out of you.It's as old as the sport, and incurable: the 30 managers of major league teams are the dumbest people on the planet. Followed, incidentally, by the 30 major league general managers. Pity them, too!

  23. John C. - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    On a happier note, I'm on my way to Nats Town. Let's see about a Curly W, ladies and gentlemen!

  24. baseballswami - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I did read somewhere that Ramos is doing great but can't remember where- sure I did not dream it, though. Mark? Chase?

  25. JD - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Swami, I researched a bit and it seems that he is good to go and will join the team as soon as he's eligible (4/29 I think).

  26. Mark Zuckerman - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    On Ramos: He's currently rehabbing here in D.C., but Davey said yesterday he'll be going to Viera sometime soon to get at-bats in extended spring training. The Nats believe he'll be ready to come off the DL when he's eligible (Apr 29).

  27. baseballswami - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    That is awesome news! I am really pulling for him. MLB just did a breakdown on Det– lots of love and they explained that he throws different kinds of fastballs.

  28. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Hanging at the tables by 315 for a while …

  29. baseballswami - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Might want to re- think that Chris Young option. He is serving up many runs in Syracuse. Yeah, I know, it's early.

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Good first 12 pitches

  31. JaneB - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    I love love love Ross Detweiler. I want a Ross bobble head. But mainly I want a win tonight.

  32. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    This problem has reared his ugle head already.Harper 25 hits. 7 homers. Only scored 13 runs meaning of his 18 non homers he only scored 6 times. Also with 7 walks means no production behind Harper.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Two DP already.

  34. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Good point, manassas – that illustration says it all about this offense. adding worst defense in baseball, a bullpen with an e.r.a. over 6+ couple of young producers buried under favored non-producers — tough start

  35. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Watch for my new book"Buried Alive: How Lombo and Moore survive Davey's Bench"

  36. Less Platu - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Espinosa lets first pitch down the middle strike one — fake bunt — strike two — Curve in dirt — swing and miss with crippled uppercut srike three.He does this all the time.1st pitch: takes — strike 12nd pitch: either takes or swings and misses for strike two3rd pitch: ball in dirt — He always swings strike three.Yes, he is that predictable. Pretty sad

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    if he missed strikes i wouldnt ride him he strikes out more often on a ball not a strike. (Speaking of Espi)

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    well he putting things on outside and they are hittibg to right. SOMETHING we refuse to do.Det must move the location around. All 3 hit pitches pretty much in the same spot. That is wat I was talking about last night. They have approach.

  39. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    now 4 in a row Det must adjust.

  40. Pvdfan - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Would it kill Suzuki to call something besides a fastball?

  41. Knoxville Nat - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Hmmm, hitting an outside pitch to the opposite field? Now why didn't Eckstein think of that?

  42. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Why? Because useless as I have said last 3 years. We never have a plan it appears.

  43. Knoxville Nat - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Meanwhile Lombo has just as many hits and just as many rbi's as Espinosa in roughly half the number of AB's.

  44. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Nice defense by the Nats. Question: when we cannot even buy a run at this point, how can you not play Lombo?

  45. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Four DP's. On that last one, on the bunt, Espinosa took Rendon's throw to first, then Espy fired to Detwiler who covered third. Not bad for a team that didn't take spring training seriously.

  46. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Four pitches? Seriously? Once again, Det is this year's JZim. No run support.

  47. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Does anybody feel like we may never score another run this season? What a lifeless boring miserable team.

  48. DannyEllinosa - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Ross covering 3rd for DP. Very nice.

  49. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Light crowd here tonight. I guess everyones watching hockey. Or the lifetime channel.

  50. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Espi 9 for 53. Lombo 9 for 27

  51. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Time for a lineup change. Something has to change. Ty More to left. Bryce back to center. Lombo to 2nd. Chad tracy to third. Please don't defend Span or Rendon. And Danny is a no brainer.

  52. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Swami I agree. I am just sick. You have to try other players. This team is offensively terrible. And Davey just sits there. 10 and 10 is a bad record.

  53. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    why shark over Lombo?

  54. Knoxville Nat - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Lombo with 3 rbi's, same as Espinosa.

  55. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Im all for roasting Danny. But ALR hasnt put much wood on the ball lately.

  56. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    again I ask why Shark?

  57. Pvdfan - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Close game and needing a hit, lets use the guy with ZERO hits this year while one with 9 sits on the bench.

  58. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    OK JASON LETS GO.

  59. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    The Vets on this team just not getting it done. Bryce will K because hes swinging for the seats

  60. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Nice job Bryce

  61. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    And that my friends is why the Nats are not good. I want something to cheer about so bad.

  62. Dan Strong - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:54 AM

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  63. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Weinwright is brilliant walks Harper as knows ALR will K again. With a leftt tomirrow Moore better be playing.IOur Vets killing us Werth was worthless on his at bat too.

  64. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    How is a guy batting .190 batting cleanup? ALR is an embarrasment at the plate. Doesnt even put the ball in play.

  65. Dan Strong - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Of course.. ALR strikes out AGAIN and wastes another opportunity. This team HAS to score first or their offense just gives up.

  66. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Manassas I hope so also. This is just painful to watch. Anybody know the teams batting average minus Bryce?

  67. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    On a positive note the pitching has truly improved and is plenty good enough to win games. But averaging 4 hits a game lately won;t get it done.

  68. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    I hate to go all Legion of Doom, but, blech. Of course, the did actually start getting to Wainwright. Maybe they can hit the pen…..???

  69. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Way to keep that "glass half full" attitude. Let Go Nats!!

  70. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    2 runs in 3 games.

  71. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Wouldn't a walk off be a nice boost? Oy, our offense is just terrible:

  72. Knoxville Nat - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Davey has given his bench players little playing time this year with the exception being for injury to RZ and Espinoza. Why can't he give Bernie a start now and then in RF especially against a tough rightie? Bernie would certainly benefit from the at bats as it would help keep him sharp. Werth swinging on the first pitch he saw was almost as bad as ALR doing the same thing against the Mets over the weekend. Two boneheaded ABs by Werth in the last 3 games if you ask me.

  73. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Well at least a lot of people are watching the caps and not being traumatized by this. Although, not so long ago the caps were playing atrociously. They turned it around. It can happen.

  74. Knoxville Nat - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Lombo with another hit off the bench! Give the man some PT!

  75. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Ahem– Lombo?

  76. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Lombo with a hit. I guess Danny will start tommorow.

  77. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    This just in. Span Stinks also. Let the shark play. Werths up. Swithcing back to hockey now

  78. peric - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Adam LaRoche 21K's many more than Danny Tyler Moore will start off the bench tomorrow. Sheesh doh! doh!

  79. Dan Strong - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    This is just pathetic..

  80. Knoxville Nat - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Moore starting at first base tomorrow is okay with me. Hope Lombo starts next to him at second as well.

  81. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Caps clinch and salute their fans for sticking with them through thick and thin. Ok, now I feel guilty.

  82. Knoxville Nat - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    LaRoche looks lost when he is at bat.

  83. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    ALR must be geting bating advise from Eck. Does he not watch the pitches to Harper. There same ones. His head needs to get into the game.

  84. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    This is just so disappointing.

  85. Knoxville Nat - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Pathetic. Detwiler deserved better.

  86. Dan Strong - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Wow.. Totally worthless.. Harper does his job and the middle of our lineup can't even move him over one base..

  87. DJB - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    If I were Bryce Harper, I would want to get traded as soon as possible. This team is a career killer.

  88. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Another game lost. Another series lost. Another terrible hitting night. And now a losing record. Its time to start playing the kids. Minus Rendon. Not impressed with this kid at all.

  89. rmoore446 - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    As old Diz used to say, this is getting plumb pitiful.

  90. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    DJB I agree. Bryce and Lombo the only non pitchers with any heart. LaRoche is a complete embarrassment. 4 strikeouts??? Now time for Ray to talk about how great the other team is. The excuse bus goes on during the game and now into the post game. BLAHHH just tired of the whole bunch.

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