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Game 35: Cubs at Nats

May 10, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Cubs open a three-game series tonight at Nationals Park.

As Dan Haren put it yesterday: "We've come a long way in a week." Sure enough, a Nationals club that was approaching panic-mode not all that long ago enters this weekend's series against the Cubs having won six of seven to improve to 19-15 overall. They're hitting better, they're pitching better, they're playing better defense and they're obviously feeling much better about themselves because of it.

And after a tough stretch that saw them face five consecutive teams with winning records, the Nats now get a three-game set against the Cubs, who are โ€” how shall we put this? โ€” downright awful. Jeff Samardzija, tonight's starter, is solid. And Anthony Rizzo looks like a big piece of their future. But the rest of that roster leaves plenty to be desired.

Ross Detwiler will try to take advantage of that fact in tonight's series opener. No lineup yet from Davey Johnson, but Jayson Werth is expected to be out one last time with his tight hamstring. [UPDATE AT 4:45 P.M. โ€” Not only is Werth out of the lineup again, but Davey says he's likely headed to the DL, still suffering spasms in his hamstring. And on top of all that, Bryce Harper is also out of the lineup tonight after having a procedure to have an ingrown toenail removed. So the Nats are down two men tonight.]

Updates to come…

CHICAGO CUBS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WNEW (99.1 FM), XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 79 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (19-15)
CF Denard Span
RF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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232 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Gonat - May 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    NatsJack in Florida said… FP just said Ian needs a triple for the cycle.Wow…is he the first to get to the point where you only need a triple? May 10, 2013 8:55 PM ______________________________Imagine that. I think the last Nats cycle was Guzy.

  2. jeffwx - May 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    so who would win the real presidents race…assume we use live presidents. I'm going with Bush Sr. He looked fast in that Cigar boat during the 1st Gulf war.

  3. David Proctor - May 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Our current President seems pretty athletic, but the smoking may hinder him.

  4. Candide - May 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Bush Sr. is in a wheelchair these days, so unless it's motorized…I'd go with W. He's in seriously good shape. Obama is younger and lean, but he smokes. Probably collapse somewhere around the foul pole.

  5. NatsJack in Florida - May 11, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Relief pitcher eith a 12.46 ERA. OK.

  6. jeffwx - May 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Clinton's looking pretty trim these days…He's been running from Hillary all these years

  7. Harpo - May 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

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  8. NatsJack in Florida - May 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Shark should have to spend a week in Syracuse for striking out against this guy.

  9. Harpo - May 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Another lousy ump.

  10. David Proctor - May 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    That's not even close. Wow.

  11. jeffwx - May 11, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    And is Papa John's pizza still a ripoff at 1/2 priceMy top 5 pizza for DC: Menomale, Pupatella, 2 Amys, District of Pi (Chicago style, sort of), Seventh Hillholh cow, bad call ump

  12. NatsLady - May 11, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Uno's in Chicago when I was in shows there in my 20s. It's all commercialized now, but boy, what a discovery then!

  13. Harpo - May 11, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Fielder and Cabrera with Home Runs. Looks like they are taking their frustrations our on the Indians.

  14. Harpo - May 11, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    "Harpo said… This comment has been removed by a blog administrator."Really, I can't talk about Natsjack and Gona_ who clearly are baiting me.

  15. David Proctor - May 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Oh god here comes Henry. I know it's not a close game but still.

  16. MicheleS - May 11, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Buckle up folks. get your provisions ready.. Bourbon and Maalox on order.. Henry is coming in!

  17. jeffwx - May 11, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    bets on whether HROD or the rain ends the game

  18. Harpo - May 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Scoreless bullpen streak on the line and here comes Henry W.P. Rodriguez.

  19. Candide - May 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    David Proctor said… Oh god here comes Henry. I know it's not a close game but still.Well hell, if you aren't going to use him when you have a five-run lead in the ninth inning, against the Cubs, when ARE you going to use him?

  20. Candide - May 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    I should have taken ten more seconds to post the above.

  21. MicheleS - May 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Wow.. No Henry..

  22. David Proctor - May 11, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    I wouldn't use him, Candide. Christian Garcia can't get well soon enough.

  23. Candide - May 11, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Actually, my question stands: If you aren't going to use Henry when you have a five-run lead in the ninth inning, against the Cubs, when ARE you going to use him?

  24. David Proctor - May 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    It's raining doubles at Nationals Park.

  25. jeffwx - May 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Ask Davey

  26. David Proctor - May 11, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    No big deal to give up the run there. Just don't let Castro hit another double please.

  27. jeffwx - May 11, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I remember that game in ought 11 when the Cubs came back from an 8 run deficit at the park on a friday night…maybe Davey remembers too

  28. MicheleS - May 11, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!! 5 In a ROW!

  29. Knoxville Nat - May 11, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Bang, Zoom another curly W is in the books!

  30. jeffwx - May 11, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    WAAAAAAH HOOOO WAAAAAoh wait, Michele already posted

  31. Candide - May 11, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Now, if the Giants do their job against the Braves, we'll be only one game out of first tomorrow morning.

  32. NatsLady - May 11, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    An easy game. You need those once in a while.

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