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Game 21: Cardinals at Nats

Apr 24, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nationals try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals today.

Davey Johnson said last night he planned to make some lineup changes for today's series finale against the Cardinals. So what are those changes? Well, Tyler Moore is at first base instead of Adam LaRoche, and Jhonatan Solano is catching instead of Kurt Suzuki.

Not exactly a major shakeup, but Johnson said that had more to do with today's matchup, with Jaime Garcia on the mound for St. Louis. He didn't want to bench Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon and deny them a chance to bat against a left-hander. LaRoche and Suzuki will likely be back in the lineup tomorrow against the Reds.

Stephen Strasburg gets the start, looking to snap his string of losses at three. The Nationals would love to get a quality, and long outing out of their ace, who has been plagued by high pitch counts more than he would prefer.

It's a beautiful afternoon for baseball. If you're stuck in the office, never fear. I've got plenty of updates right here…

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 71 degrees, Wind 14 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (10-10)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
1B Tyler Moore

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237 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Risk-aversion to another double play, I guess….

  2. EmDash - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Davey seems to be pressing and trying to do too much, too.

  3. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Storen gets in trouble every time when it matters.

  4. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    You can't let the runners advance!

  5. EmDash - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Oh man, *Boswell* is identifying a Davey managerial decision as questionable? You know it's pretty bad, then. I don't remember a single time he's treated Davey as anything less than infallible.

  6. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Game Over.

  7. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Espinosa blew this game with a very bad vibe on the second pitch.

  8. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Does Storen have anything left?

  9. EmDash - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Season's not over, but man is this one hell of a rough patch.

  10. baseballswami - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Why is this happening? But last year, the team always came on strong late and you always thought they could come back. This year- no fight in them at all. Even in losing seasons they did not fold like this. Can we just get one game where the other team collapses? We can take a gift at this point. This is so depressing. Argggggh.

  11. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    The radio guy says Storen had bad luck in giving up 1 run on 3 hits. I actually think he was quite fortunate.

  12. Tcostant - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Another run given up by Storen, at this point I rather see Hrod in Storen's spots…

  13. Theophilus T. S. - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    How many options does Storen have left? And, how about we make Strasburg a relief pitcher, bring him in in the fourth inning of each turn through the rotation. He usually doesn't show up until then, and can't go more than six (rarely seven) anyway, so nothing lost.

  14. Tcostant - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Time to consider sending Storen down and bring up J.C. Romero to give Davey better options.

  15. Ivan Tuski - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Is Davey off his meds or what

  16. Dan Strong - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Why, oh why, would Davey pinch-hit ALR for Tyler Moore in that situation? Can anyone explain this?

  17. Ivan Tuski - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    a shocker, Moore is 4 for 11 in games he has been in and we go for larocheUgh

  18. Dan Strong - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    And then Desi goes up swinging as hard as he possibly can and misses every single pitch.

  19. Ivan Tuski - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    "1 run on 3 hits. I actually think he was quite fortunate."I would have to agree. 3 hits will usually get you at least one run. The radio guys probably just forget what 3 hits look like

  20. EmDash - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    He's trying to go lefty-right match-up, but. Strange time for it. Anyone remember that Simpsons episode where Mr. Burns takes out Darryl Strawberry for Homer because match-ups? I always think of that when they get too hung up on the hitter's handed-ness.

  21. nats guy - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Very Bad Bad Bad!!!!!!!!

  22. EmDash - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    If they don't come back…this is one of those losses I'd be pretty unhappy about. Poor hitting is one thing, but shaky defense and boneheaded plays on the bases are hard to deal with. Getting beat happens, but a team shouldn't ever beat itself.

  23. nats guy - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    They are gawd awful right now. I would say they are lucky to be in the same division as Miami but I am no longer sure they could even beat them.

  24. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    The bullpen has collapsed in crucial situations. Like when leading. Nobody except Bryce can come up with the clutch hit. I can see a few guys slumping but everybody?? I think what you have here is just old fashioned choking? Any thoughts?

  25. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    This lineup put up 2 runs. I say we stick with it. It is an improvement.

  26. Less Platu - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Just got home — they just ph'd for Moore, already??? and for ALR??? what happened to the shake up? It was all crap as I stated last night. Still sticking with .150 Espi, I see. Davey is a good club house guy, good for esprit decorps but on field manager, nope, not so good. The Poor nats

  27. Ivan Tuski - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I have lots of thoughts but they cannot be repeated on a family blog

  28. EmDash - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I tend to think getting into the psychology is pointless – not something we can diagnose without knowing the players. The problem is that they are not playing good baseball, and the solution is that they start playing good baseball.

  29. Less Platu - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Nats fall to a very pedestrian 10-11. it all could have been avoided were it not for the Over Tinkering by Rizzo over the winter. Rizzo/Davey: Tweedle Dee/Tweedle/DumFolks, this is not going to get better; more able to get worse, much worse

  30. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Less platu. Hope you Were not listening on the radio. You wouldn't want to fall asleep driving.

  31. Less Platu - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    haha Well, with Charlie Slowes repeating his stats, one is apt to fall asleep.What? did I just hear Ray actually state that "Haren has improved this club." Please, Ray, don't pee down my back and tell me its raining.

  32. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Michael Morse. That's it. Once again I was wrong. I said Nats would be under .500 by Friday.

  33. Secret wasian man - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Less, hahahaha. I have a ????? For the Nats. How long you pee on a toilet seat before you learn to put it up?

  34. EmDash - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Guys. Morse is also not hitting very well after getting injured. Burnett is injured. Edwin Jackson is not doing very well, with no quality starts as yet. John Lannan got blown up in his last start and is – also – injured. Those guys wouldn't be saviors.

  35. Scott Margenau - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Stupid LRLR mentality of DJ. Moore was looking good and he puts in ALR. Also kinda dumb starting Solano at first with top of order

  36. Dan Strong - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    This team is looking bad at almost every level. Even Davey pressing hit & runs and amazingly subbing in ALR for TMo and allowing him to go get his 11th straight out. I expect this to get even worse against the reds. Depressing…

  37. Scott Margenau - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Somebody needs to call davey out and stop kissing arse. (Media) kutchner was lobbing softballs and acting all star struck with Rizzo interview on 106.7. Davey just is stubborn and slow. He makes terrible decisions. I've watched him since early 90s and I just can't stand him. Still I'm a huge Nats fan, but I reserve the right to dislike the manager and dumb decisions.

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