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State of the Nats-4/29

Apr 29, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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Team Record: 13-12 (6-6)
N.L. East Standings










Offensive Game of the Week: Bryce Harper 4/27 vs. Reds – 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Pitching Line of the Week: Jordan Zimmerman 4/26 vs. Reds – 9 IP, 0 ER, H, BB, 4 SO, 91 pitches (59 strikes)
Top Storylines
Ryan Zimmerman, Wilson Ramos injuries – The Nats have two key guys rehabbing from hamstring injuries and both are set to return this week. Ramos will be with the Nats Monday night in Atlanta

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  1. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Haha at Butler's picture.

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I feel bad for Harper. He's getting little protection in the lineup and he's the 20 year old kid overcompensating for the entire infield that aren't getting it done.Do you realize how well the Houston Astros infield is doing? Altuve 2B .327/.375/.426/.801,Marwin Gonzalez SS .300/.344/.517/.860, Matt Dominguez 3B .262/.311/.333/.644, and Carlos Pena 1B .205/.320/.337/.657 And by the way, the Houston Astros infield only has 6 errors all season.If you had the Nats pitchers, Nats outfield, Nats catchers, and the Houston Astros infield, you have a very good team.Rizzo and Davey are very fortunate that the starting pitchers, catchers and outfielders and Ian Desmond have kept this team at a record better than the Astros. Ian Desmond SS .295/.313/.516/.829, Ryan Zimmerman 3B .226/.311/.358/.670, Danny Espinosa 2B .178/.221/.356/.577, Adam LaRoche 1B .135/.210/.270/.480 Nats infield errors are at 19 right now.

  3. Eric - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I like the idea of LaRoche in front of Ramos tonight…last anyone saw of Ramos, he was a threat, and it might get LaRoche something real to hit. If the Teheran is off his game, maybe Adam'll finally get served the meatball he needs so badly…My prediction for the line up:Span Espi (for some reason, I feel like this is where he should be hitting) Harper Werth Desmond Rendon LaRoche Ramos

  4. A DC Wonk - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    What's even worse is Cingrani pitched to LaRoche in a couple of ABs like "here it is, let's see if you can hit it" and LaRoche couldn't. Nobody was hitting Cingrani yesterday. Eleven K's in six innings ain't chopped liver. He made Harper look pretty foolish, too.

  5. TimDz - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I saw the replay of ALR's strike out and his dropping of the bat, but I didn't see it live…The replay looked as if it was a good bit outside….did pitch-track have it as a strike or ball…

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Wonk, some of the right-handed batters had decent hacks and at-bats on Cingrani. He certainly ate up the lefties. He pitched well, no doubt about it.

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I didn't think he was that great. we had chances against him a lot of them but everyone made blunders from runners to coaches to hitters.Hope we get Porter back for 3B duties.

  8. Rabbit34 - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Eric….I like the idea of LaRoche in front of the water cooler all night. He would definately help the Nationals more if he were in Potomac than Washington. He has wasted all this time and hurt the team when he could have been practicing hitting in A.

  9. Anna Peregrina - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Butler and Gio — separated at birth?

  10. Eric - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Rabbit:<<< insert my canned response about how he helped keep the game from getting out of hand last night >>>Would've been nice if he were the game's hero on both sides of the plate, instead of one our guys who failed with RISP.

  11. Les_in_NC - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

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  12. Les_in_NC - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    [I]the dude from Duck Dynasty plus some blonde woman[/I]Was this meant to be a joke? That is Willie's (from Duck Dynasty) wife.

  13. NatsLady - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    It makes no sense for LaRoche to go to Potomac and "practice" against A ball pitchers. That's no better than batting practice and maybe worse. He's not a rookie just learning his stroke or getting to see different types of pitches (which he wouldn't see much of in A-ball anyway.) If he's hurt then he needs to come out. If he's slumping then he needs to stay in, keep his D sharp and work his way out of the slump.

  14. baseballswami - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    More hugs from Drake.

  15. A DC Wonk - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Faraz Shaikh said… I didn't think he was that great.11 K's and only 2 hits in six innings.You've got a high standard!

  16. EmDash - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Yeah, Cingrani very much tired at the end – sending him out for the extra inning, when his pitch count was so high as a rookie with few career starts when he was so clearly gassed, was borderline managerial malpractice – but he was very, very sharp for the rest of the game. No way to know if the league will figure him out or not, but Detwiler's got pretty much the same pitching strategy and he's had a fair amount of success.

  17. UNTERP - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

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  18. Eric - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    He was looking a little ragged in his second to last inning, but seemed much better in his last. Odd.

  19. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Wonk, I thought we made some solid contact off of him and his K totals including ALR's Ks who is in a terrible slump right now. I wouldn't give him much credit for that right now. besides 110 pitches for six inning isn't great.

  20. natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    'scuse me if this was already mentioned, but ESPN debuts an hour-long film on Harper ("Bryce Begins") at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday (hat tip Sports Bog).

  21. Joe Seamhead - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    NatsLady @2:22,, the "voice of reason" post of the past 24hours, IMHO.Ghost, I was out for a while, but from the earlier blog, you can't seriously believe ALR, would have been able to stretch for either of Rendon's errant throws yesterday and still record the out, whether his back is hurt, or not. There is nobody who could have gotten either of them and stayed on the bag.If it had been Ryan throwing either of those throws everyone would have been howling.We have to agree to disagree on how important his play has been defensively.

  22. natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    MASN update from the Bos chat:A.Thomas Boswell :Anything Selig does to Loria is merited. BTW, apparently the Nats-MASN dispute has now gone to "the commissioner's office" for the next stage of Whatever-It-Is. Commissioner's Office = Bud. He was presiding when this mess happened. He needs to man up and get a resolution before he leaves at the end of 2014. If it's a good deal, then both sides will hate it.– April 29, 2013 11:26 AM

  23. Sec. 3, My Rocking Fire Sofa - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Is it a bad sign that I had to look up Duck Dynasty, "Stanley from The Office"/Leslie David Baker, and Gerard Butler?

  24. natsfan1a - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    If so, then I'm in trouble as well.

  25. Scooter - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I didn't even bother looking them up, as I didn't much care. Ed Helms, same.And who the heck is Leslie David Baker? Is that the "some blonde woman"?

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NL EAST STANDINGS

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WASHINGTON 73 54 --
ATLANTA 68 61 6.0
MIAMI 64 63 9.0
NEW YORK 60 69 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 57 71 17.5
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