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May 8, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

It’s been a while since we’ve done this, but rest assured we haven’t forgotten about you guys. So later this afternoon, Chase Hughes and I will be taping some new Beltway Baseball segments, and one of them will include reader questions.

If you’ve got something you’d like to ask us, submit your questions here and then check back later in the week when we post the video.

  1. Harpo - May 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    How long can the Nats continue to stay with the poor production of Chad Tracy who is a lefty bat off the bench and has shown no signs of power since the injury last season.

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Mark, did you ever find out what Detwiler's breaking pitch is? Slider, Curve, Slurve?Also, what changed in Gio to start throwing this changeup 28% of the time? It had great dip to it and should really help improve him as a pitcher.

  3. Eric - May 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    I'd like to hear about Gio's changeup, too. As a follow up, what are the chances that the league "figured out" Gio and/or Stras, and that it has contributed to their early season struggles? If that has been going on, could Gio's changeup be a reaction to that?

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Harpo said… How long can the Nats continue to stay with the poor production of Chad Tracy who is a lefty bat off the bench and has shown no signs of power since the injury last season. May 08, 2013 11:06 AM Followup question, if they were to do something with Tracy who would you see as a good replacement?Tracy's last HR will have it's 1 year anniversary next Tuesday. His stat line is .152/.222/.152/.374 is only better than Bernadina's .265 OPS however you can tell Bernadina is coming out of his funk.

  5. Eric - May 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Plus, Bernadina has hugely lived up to his nickname in the outfield lately.

  6. Harpo - May 8, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    There is a deficiency in LH power bats in the Nats system. Closest would be Skole who is injured then Corey Brown who is injured. Walters is trying to be a power hitter.Other than DL moves, the Nats once again show their reluctance to make the moves with their weak links on their 25 man roster and upgrade.I can see the rationale in sticking with Chad Tracy a while longer since there is no LH upgrade but how is Henry Rodriguez still here?

  7. EmDash - May 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    They're in a bit of a bind with Tracy and Henry, and, well, Bernadina too – no options for any of them, so it's the major league roster, the DL or lose them. And the Nats are pretty slow to give up on people, generally speaking. But you do have to wonder how long they'll wait before trying something different. If that appearance Henry had where he walked the bases loaded wasn't the breaking point, it's hard to say what will be.

  8. sjm308 - May 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Really hoping we don't have to use a 6th starter for quite some time but it doesn't make sense that our starting 5 goes the entire year. Who do you see taking the ball if they have to move another arm in?

  9. sjm308 - May 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I realize Mark wants questions here but I too am amazed that Henry is still in the bullpen and I do think we have options to replace him. Not sure what else he would have to do to make him expandable.

  10. TimDz - May 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    MLB Trade Rumors has a piece on a possible JZimmermann extension. The piece also discussed how the influx of new TV contract moneys are giving teams more flexibility…Which leads to my question:What is the Status of the MASN dispute and who is going to finally make the comment that the Nats are getting royally screwed? They could easily command a 100 million a year contract if given back their broadcasting rights. The Nationals are going to need to keep up with the other teams and Angelos is clearly mucking up the works…

  11. Rich - May 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Is there any word on a resolution of the O's Nats Masn dispute? If isn't resolved the Nats will be at a disadvantage with all these other teams getting new $ from tv…

  12. MurrayTheRed - May 8, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Simple question: The one through five rotation… It is clear now that they are not in best to worst order as they should be. Will that be corrected, and if so how? And how do you guys see the best to worst rotation.

  13. MurrayTheRed - May 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Also to add onto the MASN Contract questions. While this is still in arbitration – are the Nats getting ANY monies?

  14. 3on2out - May 8, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    What is your prognosis for Rendon? Will he stay in the minors (barring injury to a roster player) until September call-ups or are there other possibilities?

  15. Teddy Rochlis - May 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Mark, I feel like our offense is very feast or famine and such is the nature of living off the longball, but what do you think well help make our run production more consistent?

  16. The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. - May 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Section 222, you're a very confused man. Perhaps that's what singing barbershop has done to you. Somehow, you seem to see me in any poster who says anything that is disagreeable to you. I can assure you that couldn't be further from the truth. I got tired of talking with you a long time ago. So to help you out with your confusion, any time I post from now on I'll be quoting your avatar. And to show you there are no hard feelings, I now owe you a drink in your little spreadsheet. Although if you think you'll ever collect it you're imagining things.

  17. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    We sit only a few sections apart Feel et al., so if you really want to bury the hatchet with a brew that's fine with me. You will recall, I'm sure that I offered a peace pipe to you last year, but you rejected it. And enjoy my avatar. I worked hard to obtain it and I'm happy to share it. Why not just be Feel Wood? There's no shame in that. I'm sure people won't miss your alter egos in the least.

  18. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Will you two please get a room?

  19. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Mark & Chase, any early favorites for the Nats' All-Star (besides the two obvious ones).

  20. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    ?

  21. Ivan Tuski - May 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Where in the world did the Nationals come up with this ridiculous Rain out ticket policy.

  22. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    The obvious ones being Harper and JZnn?

  23. Sec. 3, My Sofa - May 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Deuces, yes, that's who I had in mind.

  24. Ivan Tuski - May 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    And ask why we should pay the highest Beer prices in the majors on top of having the most unjust rainout policy

  25. Dominats Vobiscum - May 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Harper has a better shot at being an All Star right now than Zimmermann does. Zimmermann needs to keep performing at the same high level, because he's a pitcher and they are not selected until right before the game. If he drops off, other pitchers could be chosen instead of him. Meanwhile, Harper is hopefully collecting lots of fan votes already and will continue to collect them even if his performance slacks off. Position players can make the ASG based on early season reputation, pitchers can't.

  26. Faraz Shaikh - May 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    I think ASG voting starts too early. I am going to wait until at least mid-June to start voting so I have better idea who is not playing out of their minds.As far as Harper is concerned, he has been in a bit of a slump lately. He needs to pick it up again if he wants to go to NY in summer.

  27. Section 222 - May 8, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Hey Sofa, see you tonight in Section 314!

  28. 3on2out - May 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Precisely stated Dominats….

  29. sjm308 - May 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    222 – I am not feeling great but hoping in the next couple hours to rally – those offers of free beer going back and forth might make a big difference as I read a study that the ingredients in beer do wonders for a virus. It's 5 sections away but drop by if you can.For what it's worth, I kinda like the Feel Wood moniker and do appreciate his knowledge.

  30. Eric - May 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    "I think ASG voting starts too early."Yeah, it's kind of ridiculous. So, here's another one, Mark, et al: Why does All Star voting start so early? ;)

  31. 1/2 St. - May 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    The bullpen has improved of late, but it's only a matter of time before an arm will need to be summoned from Syracuse or Harrisburg. Who do you see as most likely to provide reinforcement from the farm? Erik Davis (R)? J.C. Romero (L)? And now that Bill Bray has returned to claim a AA roster spot, how close are Christian Garcia and Cole Kimball to seeing game action?

  32. Muddy - May 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Since so many great Natst questions have already been asked, I'm going to push the envelope: Why does MLB oppose metal bats? Back in my day (Muddy Ruel, I caught Walter J. in '24-25) the gloves were small, but MLB doesn't insist that the fielders use small gloves; in fact you can use half a cow on your hand now. But we must have wooden bats … It can't be safety issue (like the one that the colleges addressed by specifying the composite of the metal bat last year) b/c the mable bats splinter into the stands frequently and will no doubt impale some fan some day.

  33. Faraz Shaikh - May 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    question for Mark, when did your 'love affair' with PNC park start?

  34. Dominats Vobiscum - May 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Muddy said… Since so many great Natst questions have already been asked, I'm going to push the envelope: Why does MLB oppose metal bats?That's easy. Combine the speed of the ball off a metal bat with the power of major league hitters, and someone would get killed before long. J.A. Happ last night for one.

  35. Ivan Tuski - May 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Boycott concessions until the nats change their rainout policy

  36. Dominats Vobiscum - May 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Eric said… "I think ASG voting starts too early." Yeah, it's kind of ridiculous. So, here's another one, Mark, et al: Why does All Star voting start so early? ;)That's another easy one. All Star voting is a phishing expedition for mlb.com. Nothing more, nothing less.

  37. Eric - May 9, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Bit esoteric, but why does a dead ball ruling benefit the offense instead of holding the runners or even moving them back?

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