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Game 44: Nats at Padres

May 19, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

Photo by USA Today

Today the Nationals play the finale of their four-game series against the Padres out at Petco Park with what looks almost like a spring training lineup. Bryce Harper is out again with a sore left knee, there is no Jayson Werth of course, and Ian Desmond is taking a scheduled day off. Danny Espinosa will move over to shortstop with Steve Lombardozzi playing second.

Dan Haren (4-4, 4.76) will take the hill vs. San Diego after a string of good outings. He is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in the month of May so far. He has seen a lot of the Padres over the years having formerly been in their division with Arizona. In 14 career starts against the club, Haren has a 3.39 ERA across 95 2/3 innings.

Pitching for the Padres is 26-year-old Andrew Cashner (2-2, 2.84) who is off the best start of his young career. He has made five relief appearances against the Nationals over the last four years and has yet to allow a run to the team.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 4:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 188
Weather: Sunny, 69 degrees

NATIONALS (23-20)
CF Denard Span
2B Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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336 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsfan1a - May 19, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Let's go, Dan. Let's go, NATS!

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    an intersting stat that stands out. When the NATS score at least 3 they have only lost twice. twice. Score 3 almost a sure win. Just do their jobs hitting.Three runs

  3. MicheleS - May 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    GO DAN! GO Danny! Go Lombo!!! Someone get on base for Ryan & Adam! GYFNG!!!!

  4. Doc - May 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Hey, we're 1.5 games behind the Bravos!Where's ARen when we need him???

  5. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    I don't mean to sound cynical, but does this line-up mean that Dan Haren has to allow a negative number of runs in order to have a shot at a curtly W?

  6. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Okay, I did mean to sound cynical. But not too cynical.

  7. Rabbit34 - May 19, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Eugene…..you "did good".

  8. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Hr came pretty close last time. Just, y'know Kershaw. >does this line-up mean that Dan Haren has to allow a negative number of runs in order to have a shot at a curtly W?

  9. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Sorry, 'curly' not 'curtly' W. Although the Nats would likely settle for any kind of W they could get today.

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    2012 NATS came noth not with the best 25. Harper came up and they took off.2013 again they come north without their best 25. Once ARen takes over second base I suspect they will take off.I guess it this year xontrol business that causes the problem, but ARen has been up so call him back. Not sure why I see if as a much better hitter than Espi, but Rizzo can,'t.

  11. jeeves - May 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Davey reminds me of the parents who came to school and insisted that Johnny could not possibly have done what he was accused of.He is obviously going to stick with the same ineptness in hitting no matter what–even if that ineptness has gone on for most of two and one half years. (read Espy) Maybe Marrero, Kobernus, Perez, Rendon and company won't hit consistently at the major league level, but it might be worth a try. Espy, the Shark, and to a lesser degree Moore have certainly shown they can't. If a prerequisite for a major league manger is to have some imagination, and I think they should, then Davey hasn't passed the test. However, despite Davey, I still believe this team will come through. It has the best all around pitching in baseball. A forecast–best minor league pitcher and one who I believe could contribute if Det has a problem is Taylor Jordan. NatsJack, I've been a fan of his for a while now and mentioned it afew times on Luke Erikson's site.

  12. Doc - May 19, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Yeah but it was a curtly post, Eugene! LOL

  13. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Ugh, this guy seems good.

  14. Exposremains - May 19, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    I count 5 holes in that lineup. Good luck with that.

  15. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Well at least Ryan had a good hack.

  16. Knoxville Nat - May 19, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    So people are still going on and on about Espinosa's lack of hitting and that is understandable. Some are still commenting in a negative manner about the bullpen and the high wire act some of them seem to perform night after night. Again, understandable and rightfully so.As for me I will make the observation that unless the Nationals play better team defense, not just Zimmerman and Desmond's mistakes mind you, this team will continue to perform under expectations and disappoint many come October.

  17. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    If we miss a spot the other team hits it. when opponent misses the spot good chance we dint swing or swing and miss.That is the real hitting problem we dont hit enough mistakes.

  18. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Haren's strategy is to injure all the Padres before they can get to him. BRILLIANT!

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Got to love it. Runner turns ankle and has no trouble stealing a base

  20. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Yes jeeves….I watched Taylor last fall and he had really worked hard rehabbing from TJ and it showed.He and Robbie Ray both showed the most developement and their current results seem to be proof.

  21. Section 222 - May 19, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    From the annals of meaningless stats, while showing the lineup, MASN puts up Espi's stats playing at shortstop! That's rich.

  22. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Take no Nats 2 terribly located pitched both whacked.We just need to do the same. SD put 2 right for us to clobber and we fly out.

  23. Section 222 - May 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Starting to watch game now. 20 minutes behind. That means I can skip all the commericials. That works. Have a fun game everyone. See you on the other side.

  24. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM

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  25. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Haren's stuff is elevated. That means bad Haren.

  26. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    His back and leg were bothering him last start, if I recall. Still not 100%?

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    This is reminding me of the Braves gane on April 14 where Gio was awful and was smashed alk over, and how hitters left the game with a few measly hits.Odds are based on hat has happened we probably have given up way too many.

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Any of you seem to find stats all over do you know how many runs we get and give up in the first?Also our average and opponents average in first.Seems we have a majority 3 up 3 down, and record much loeer percentage of. 3 up 3 down.

  29. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    No way our sick offense recovers from this defici. And how dare FP Santan jello lectures us fans in the top of the first inning about being gloomy. This team stinks. I'm sick of the excuses by everybody. Excuses are for losers. There are 13 teams in this league with better records than the Nats.

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    At least The Shark swung at a fastball unlike the 2 in front of him who didnt bother. Good job Roger.

  31. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    So much for the notion of allowing negative runs.

  32. Exposremains - May 19, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I could see them being no-hit today.

  33. nats guy - May 19, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Get out the fork They are done for the day. Well done!!!!

  34. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    FP says everything will be fine. Going to get my playoff tickets now

  35. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    The point is the team doesnt stink. Tgeir performance stinks. We need bench the dead weight and get the hitters on the field and that includes Rendon.Of course hire Wade Boggs s hitting coach. Listen to him this morning and his hitting approach parellel's mine.

  36. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Announcers are supposed to call the game. Homers can be homers. But don't use the spotlight to give a lecture to fans about how they should feel. We have a right to be upset at the way this team is playing. I am really pissed right now. And really getting turned off by this team and its YES MAN announcers.

  37. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Since Espi is SS I feel a homer coming.

  38. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    1st inning our batting: .2551st inning our pitching .244

  39. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Watching the game with the wife. She just asked me if anybody had an average over .200

  40. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    There goes the no hitter. Suns coming out here. Goodbye

  41. Amr Khani - May 19, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    And that is why Suzuki should be batting second. The hit was great, but he actually saw 5 pitches in the at bat. Lombardozzi swings at everything.

  42. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I guess all the injuries are why we can't execute a bunt. Sorry folks just SICK SICK Sick over this team. I'll stop goodbye

  43. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Eeck teach bunting. You catch tge ball with the bat you never stab at the ball.

  44. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Detailed hitting splits.Hitting splitshttp://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/split.cgi?t=b&team=WSN&year=2013Detailed pitching splits (by inning, by count, by lineup position, by catcher, by umpire…Pitching Splitshttp://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/split.cgi?t=p&team=WSN&year=2013

  45. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Okay one more. No need to panic Zach Duke tomorrow. Hhahaha

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Thanks Nats lady not sure how high we were because we have one a week since a hit in the first.

  47. nats guy - May 19, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    I finally gotta say it, I don't like this team very much. I am still a Nats fan to the bone, but these guys are not very good or at least interesting. I loved last year almost as much as the Senators of 1969 but these guys have no life or Joie de vivre. Somethings missing and I don't think they can fix it this year. At best 2nd place 83-79 if they are very lucky. No playoffs for this team.

  48. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Voglesong with his 8.00 ERA should me we win tomorrow 11-4

  49. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    So Cincy led Philly by one in the 9th, Chapman comes in. Done deal, right? Wrong. First he blows the save giving up a HR. Then he gives up another HR and loses the game.

  50. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Sorry to rain on your parade. Nats very good at bunting. Where league average is 100, Nats are 260.

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    We can't steal crap, but SD has no problem all.Eck is innocent on that one.

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    All major leaguers are bad at bunting. they think tgey are to good.But is that tgeir batting average or percentage of successful sac bunts. If the former that would be a little low but tge secobd it would be terrivly low.Should be successful for sac bunts at least 50% but in realuty more like 67%

  53. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    OTOH, Nats not so good at sac flies. Only 8 all season. For comparison, Reds have 17.

  54. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    4 of the 8 were in the Saturday and Sunday games in Pittsburgh I was at.

  55. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Just got home from a seemingly endless work day. I am watching every minute of the rest of this game . I hated the off season. Sure we suck right now, but things can change. I love baseball- we are not playing very well right now but I will find something to enjoy- even if it frustrates me to death. Does anyone else feel we only have a chance when Bryce plays? Surely that cannot be actually true.

  56. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Zimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

  57. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    ZIM!!!

  58. MicheleS - May 19, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    ZIMBOMB! we are back in this ball game!!!

  59. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Zim…too bad he's lost his powee or that one might have landed on the roof.

  60. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    A poor change up hung over the middle pulled for homers.Others need to do the same thing instead of wimping around

  61. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I found something to enjoy very quickly.

  62. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Will see if I can find that pct, MNF. When Nats bunt for a hit they succeed 26% of the time (11th in MLB).. Very small sample size (only 6 hits). They have 16 sac bunts (11th in MLB). Pitchers have 13 of the sac bunts, 5th in MLB same for NL). Not sure where to look for failed sac bunts… will check some stat sites. http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=p&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=0&type=0&season=2013&month=0&season1=2013&ind=0&team=0,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=17,d

  63. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Curously, BBref thinks the Nats have 7 hits and 16 sac bunts. They must judge differently as to when someone is "bunting for a hit."

  64. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Raining in Atlanta/ game delayed. They should call it now just to be safe. *g*

  65. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Raining again in Atlanta. OK, call the game, like right now, when it's 2-1 in favor of the Dodgers. :)

  66. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Cashner has a surprisingly good hitting approach for a pitcher.

  67. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Fast ball over the heart of yhe plate and Espi swings through. ZThat is what we are complaining about why does that happen so often?Rizzo question for you. How do you justift batters 5-7 having averages of 131118163You cant find hitters any where?

  68. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Way to fight back guys. Lets go. Umpire hates Suzuki I think

  69. Secret wasian man - May 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    I think the ump hates Harren also

  70. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    I don't know but my question is this; at what point is Espi's supposedly superior defense just not worth it? Is he really saving soooo many runs for us that it is truly worth it? When I watch him I see nothing close, nothing improving. Do you? He is not just hitting it right at someone and getting unlucky, it's really awful. Does this just go on and on? Trust me, I really want the kid to figure it out. Did any of you hear what ALR said about him yesterday?

  71. Drew - May 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Before he can think of the Mendoza line, I'd like to see Espinosa catch Adam Dunn.Dunn is hitting .170, Espinosa .165.

  72. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Suzuki has been surprisingly irritable lately – wouldn't be surprised if he is getting too banged up and needs an off day. Maybe Solano tomorrow? It's going to be a weird game anyway.

  73. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Lombo Lombo Man, I want to be a Lombo Man

  74. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    What did ALR say Swami? I did not hear.

  75. EmDash - May 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    His defense would make him valuable if he was a .240ish hitter, I think. He was useful last year, no matter how frustrating he could be to watch. As he is now, though, not so much.

  76. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    ALR said that Danny thinks his problems are physical and can be solved by hitting a million balls and he just won 't believe it's mental. Surprisingly frank.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    espi's first half full swing he was solid.But all stsr game on 2011 he started swing at terrible pitches lets hitable ones go, hits hitable weakly. occasinally getting a base hit. Why the change? They say he woks hard. Learned long ago hard work is not as important as accurate work (I know my ryping refects otherwise ( but i blame the little key board, fat fingers and eyes cwho barely can read the screen))Early 2011 Espi welcome, present Espi not.What is his WAR if it is positive than WAR is useless.

  78. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Glad to see Lombo going back to his on the ground, situational hitting like last year. Hope he gets in the groove. Criticized for being a slap hitter but sometimes contact is what you need. He can get on base or move a runner to set things up for the stronger hitters.

  79. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Well, according to sabermetric stats, Danny's baserunning and defense are not enough to make up for lack of offense, at this point. However, he is not the worst 2B in the league, Martin Prado, Keppinger and Rickie Weeks are worse (not that that is saying much.) That is if you go by WAR. If you go by Win Probability Added, Danny is 15th out of 22 qualified 2B. His WPA is -.36, meaning he has lost 36% of a game. In contrast, Brandon Phillips is 2.01 meaning he has won 2 entire games by himself. ;) It is difficult to compare him to shortstops because he has not played that position enough this year. Ruben Tejada has the lowest batting average of shortstops. .211

  80. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Danny's WAR is -0.4 by fangraphs.

  81. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    MNF why don't you use a regular keyboard? I have a wireless keyboard so I can move it around.

  82. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Swami…..it:s not just Espi's valuable defense. It's that he is the only viable option at shortstop should anything happen to Desmond.And don't even think Lombo is an option because he's not.

  83. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Bad Dan Haren showed up today…

  84. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    well maybe we could have won yesterday

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    How much do people thinkEspi missed the ball hit his direction by? 3 inches over his head?

  86. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Too bad ALR, Tyler Moore, Zim and Chris Marrero cannot all play first base. And Bryce — stop running into walls. We need you in the line up and in left field. Haren melting down big time. I hate it when that happens, especially with two outs.

  87. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    espi to the bench..good backup util guy

  88. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    And the "human towel" Henry Rodriguez is now warming up.

  89. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Haren can barely walk. His back must be KILLING him.

  90. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Nats Jack i am not getting rid of espi just stay on the bench until needed.

  91. Drew - May 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    As we consult the movie listings:In Harrisburg, Rendon tripled again, walked again and knocked in two more runs. His .350 batting average leads the Eastern League. Rendon now has 22 RBIs in 29 games.There's also an intriguing subplot at 2b. Remember Rick Hague? Looks like Rendon has lit a bonfire under his old Rice teammate.Hague now has five consecutive multi-hit games. He's raised his average from .167 to .271.Looks like Hague wants to get back into the equation.

  92. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Any comments on Tyler Moore's throw to the plate?

  93. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Seamhead, as noted above, Moore is not an outfielder. Need Harper back. Werth too.

  94. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Tyler's defense gave up the double that created that play at the plate too. An OF cuts that off. Moore was too slow to the ball. Should've been a single.The throw was high, but again, he's a 1B.

  95. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Nice catch by Venable.

  96. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    It look Espi just missed Alonso's hit. Just wondering if his 3 inches missing in height made it a double. would Desi have caught it. End up 3 more runs score when not called.Carp says Moore cant buy a break. The other team is fielding better than we are.

  97. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    NatsJack- just seems like Espi should not have a job security force field around him just in case Desi needs a break. He can't become the utility guy because then he would hit worse. Although I don't feel that his one day break was long enough. That shoulder probably could use more of a break. So could his head. Venable just robbed Tyler Moore, who is crushing the ball. I know this game appears out of reach, but I would like to see some fight .

  98. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    I think Lombo could bat 100 points higher than espi with the bad rotator cuff if SL played 5 or 6 games per week.But still think we are one more bat away from the playoffs. Could be Rendon in August,Lou Brock is no longer available but he was the guy that put the Cards over the top in 64 after the cubs gave him away.

  99. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I don' think it's the rotator cuff–that would lead to a bunch of weakly hit gronders and shallow popups. Danny isn't seeing the ball, period, like he just doesn't know where it is. I would be curious if he is hitting it in batting practice.

  100. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    What does Davey need to see to say enough is enough.Swung 3 times . Missed by at least 6 inches each time.No one should be that bad. One swing and miss is one thing. All 3 that poirly is unbelievable.

  101. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    1 for 23, 11 K's? That's Danny's last 23 AB's. Ouch! I'd have to say that doesn't smell too good.

  102. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    3 more swing and misses for his stat sheet for Espi.

  103. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Problem is MNL, Odds are Werth will on the DL a bit…need an OF bat that can replace him…Like I said previously Lou Brock or MIKEYWait HROD!

  104. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Swami…..I totally agree. Seems like , unfortunately, the only people that think he's going to improve are his bosses.I've seen enough. He is what he is.

  105. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Everyone else's at bats are looking much better now. Lombo got some results, Moore crushing balls being caught. Espi's at bats are not unlucky- the are…..well, I have no words. HRod in the game- I want triple digits!!

  106. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Another error. At least this game is already over so it won't hurt.

  107. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Espi has improved on his walk back to the dugout after his k's. So he's got that going for him.

  108. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    What is MNL??

  109. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    ALR lost his focus. Davey should just move Moore over to 1B, put Eury in and call it a game.

  110. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Miss NL, yeah, would love to see Lombo play more 2B and send Despinosa down…I think while painful, he'd gain a lot in the long run and bring up Rendon…tough times require difficult measures..but if your hitting is broke, good to do something about it.

  111. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    MNL= Miss Nats Lady….I want to be a gentleman blogger

  112. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Watch Cabrera steal home now.

  113. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    but grew up in the rough side of Queen so it takes a lot of work for me…not in my DNAMNL, Like Lady, Miss Nats Lady, you bring me up when I'm down…

  114. Just wonderin' - May 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Any else think the Shark should have just kept on running past third and headed for home? With Espinosa up next, the odds were probably better that the Padres throw the ball away on the play at home. At least that way he woulda had a chance above zero.

  115. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    See, FP, that was the strategy all along, let him steal third and get him at the plate. :) :)

  116. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Espi doesnt pretend to fake behind Cabrerra. Hrod all in all didnt let error hurt him.Now please no unearned runs.

  117. Nats106 - May 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Espinosa is 1 for 23? If he gets another hit he'll be like a broken clock. Right twice a day.

  118. SCNatsFan - May 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Either this is a mediocre team or Johnson is a mediocre manager. Glad to see the corporate line is to stay the course and hope things get better. I know at my job if we were expected to do great things and we continued to put out an average product we'd just stay the course.

  119. Just wonderin' - May 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    LaRoche losing concentration?

  120. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    This is embarrassing.

  121. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Awww. How sweet. Who says we can't be nice when we are getting creamed? Stealing at will now. They know HRod can 't handle it. Anyone else feel like a storm is approaching in the organization? Some major , cataclysmic changes? Sure does not seem like some situations can continue. This is ridiculous now. Scouting report exposing a major vulnerability.

  122. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    cabrerra 18 steals Nats 20

  123. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Well, you knew a wild pitch was coming… Just by the odds.

  124. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    When Healthy this is a good team….just one bat away from greatness

  125. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    And a walk. Now Henry will strike out the next guy, just watch.

  126. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    The bases aren't loaded yet NatsLady.

  127. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Good point, DP.

  128. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I like Henry, he makes blowouts fun

  129. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    See–as predicted. That's just Henry being Henry.

  130. Nats106 - May 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    What a dispiriting road trip. With the Phillies sudden resurgence, it will be like the old Kasten days in my beloved Sec 106. Loaded with loaded phillies fans. Just great.

  131. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Maybe some situations have to hit rock bottom before anything can change?? You know , it's not the well contested losses that bother me. It's bad baseball. Time for a pride check. Score at least one more run to show you have not quit.

  132. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Henry's current ERA……2.84.

  133. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    NJ- that just blows my mind. I mean, if you watch– oy.

  134. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    After a game like this — an embarrassment — you need a veteran to call a team meeting and remind the players about pride, concentration, etc. But since Jayson Werth isn't with the team, who steps up? Adam LaRoche doesn't seem like the type. Ryan Zimmerman should, but may not feel like he can given his own woes. Ian Desmond, maybe?

  135. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    IMHO, they don't need to change much…Bring down Espi, Bring up Kob/Rendon, i don't knowGet a good backup OF so we don't have to play infielders in the OF everytime Bryce runs into something or Jason needs more metal in his body

  136. Nats106 - May 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    You mean sink to the level of this team 3 years ago? That rock bottom? Suddenly doing yard work at game time seems so much more palatable.

  137. NatsJack in Florida - May 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Yes….doesn't even begin to tell the story, does it? :-)

  138. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Maybe we need those great, big, Flintstone bats!!! I am letting it go, folks, finding the humor. It can't stay this way – really, it can't. BRYCE AND JAYSON COME BACK!!!!!!!!!

  139. SCNatsFan - May 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Eugene how do you hold a meeting when you have guys like Moore and Espinosa who don't deserve to be here. The meeting should have been held long ago.

  140. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Henry has exactly as many strikeouts as walks. He walked a guy, so you knew he was going to strike out a guy. Balance, baby, balance.

  141. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    The last time there was a team meeting, we won 5 straight and 7 of 8. Maybe we need another?

  142. NatsNutty - May 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    At the rate the Nats are non-playing, we better pray they win the NL East because, if they don't, they sure won't win the Wild Card and Davey's dream of "World Series or Bust" will be just that, a "Bust."

  143. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    and only 1 WP! the WHIP, not so good.

  144. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Positives: Zimmerman and Lombardozzi.

  145. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Lombo, Lombo Man….why are you not starting…

  146. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Welcome to crappy baseball gang. Haren is a 500 loser, as soon as it gets to 3-2, he just stinks the place up like most losing pitchers. Not that it matters because we are the worst hitting team in baseball. If Braves lose its hard to believe Nats would be only 1 and a half back. it feels like 7 back.Remember, FP, Bobby C and ray all assumed the Nats would either win all 4 or at least 3This team is done in 2013 for playoffs, what a DC bust

  147. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I totally agree on the outfield thing. It does not work at all to put young guys out there who play the infield. Not fair to anyone at all. Bernie is fine. If Jayson and Bryce could just stay on the field………on twitter there is a new hash tag— #freeRendon. Lombo with a three hit day– silver lining.

  148. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    At least we're showing some life.

  149. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Lombo is not starting because Davey is a stubborn old man, plain and simple. Espinosa is one of the worst players at bat since the team came here in 2005.

  150. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Lombardozzi has started pretty regularly for about 3 weeks and has performed almost as badly as Espinosa. However today, he's been much better.

  151. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    If Nats did make playoffs, how many here would want to see Haren pitch, let alone in the dugout??? I rest my case

  152. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Mick– how many games do you feel back of the rotation guys will win? Ten? I have thought about this a lot. Aren't four/ five guys often right around five hundred?

  153. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    yes, Bernie is a great util OF with speed for the late innings.Hey, Davey, play the hot bats once in a while…what do you got to lose (excuse the grammer, MNL)…Lombo can play until Rendon is ready to stay

  154. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Haren wouldn't pitch in the playoffs. It would be Stras, Gio, Zim, Det.

  155. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Belisario is HOPELESS. DFA that guy willya??? Here comes Kenley Jansen who lost the game yesterday. What are you doing, Donnie?????? Oh, sorry, wrong game.

  156. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    swami true, but at least most back rotation guys do not lose to an inferior teamalso, how are you Espi fans defending 1 for 31???????

  157. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Sometimes, it helps your hitting to play a position you know rather than worrying about what the heck am I playing LF for.

  158. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    The Padres have been one of the hottest teams in baseball coming into this series.

  159. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Sucks that Haren had to totally implode or we'd be winning this game.

  160. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    And the Nats are on their way back.Desi….get warm..

  161. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    David- Lombo has been showing improvement in his at bats. Not always results, but it's been coming. And I feel that things would be better if everyone just stopped all the talk of playoffs and the Barves. Maybe they could just win a series first. ALR with 16!!!! Another silver lining.

  162. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    We cant afford 1 bad inning the way we are hitting, Haren had 2.Haren didnt get the memo. We have obly lost 2 games when we score more tgan 2 So just keep Padres to 2 as I knew we could score three.

  163. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Moore with another hard hit ball that finds a fielder.

  164. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Moore hit that ball hard. He's been robbed twice.

  165. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Two on, two out and Justin Upton K's to end the threat. Still 2-1 Dodgers.

  166. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    This team is good..Any takers for a playoff bet.They'll be there…the pitching is too good and the lineup is fixable.

  167. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    And Tyker Moore up with runners on again and two outs. Kid is always in that hot seat. He has hit the ball hard today with no results- great catch by Venable cost us a run. Glad to see the offense fighting. Now don 't give any right back!!

  168. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    jeffwx, I'm with you. Just hang above .500 until we get hot. It will happen. I hope it's nothing serious with Det, though, because the options in Syracuse are not great.

  169. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    A balk? Really?

  170. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    MNL— trade?? We have spare parts left to deal. Not looking for an ace, just a 4/5.

  171. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    yep,NL, Det is crucial component

  172. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I am surpirised tgey didnt walk Espi as with the bases loaded he would K.Next inning he might lead off with a hit, but no hitting recently with sone one on.

  173. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Jeffwx, I would take the bet and would be glad to lose it. However, I am not sure Nats will 80 right now

  174. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Don't know, haven't thought about it. Would have to see who might need what we have.

  175. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Mattheus looks really rusty so far

  176. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I fear Nats will be swept by Giants and return home 2-3 under 500 and Nats Park could get ugly

  177. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Even if we get swept by the Giants, we won't be 2-3 games under .500.

  178. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Doesn't seem like Mattheus has it today. OK, Cat, how you gonna fix this? Mattheus had that one terrible inning last year and then he was excellent.

  179. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    ok, mick, how bout an O'Douls ;)

  180. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    one day, one guy pitches well, the next he stinks, one day one guy hits the next day he goes 0-4 and there is nobody picking the slack up… classic sub 500 team

  181. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    On cubs broadcast they said when bases are loaded no out average is 2.24 runs will be scored

  182. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Not likely to get swept by the Giants. They are a mess right now. Wish we had Werth for RF, but I don't blame him for not wanting to aggravate his hamstring in the cold weather.

  183. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    jeffwx, you got it, if I'm right how about a Corona light? If your right, I will get a case of O'Douls for youlol

  184. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    1 down 1.24 to go.Cubs by the way score in that inning.

  185. baseballswami - May 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Guy almost never pitches. Bound to happen. The starters go deeper, the bullpen gets out of sync.

  186. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Just the way today has gone.

  187. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Now 2 .24 to go.

  188. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Thinking of Anthony Mason's famous quote"The ship be sinking"

  189. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    There is a graphic with that info, OUTSRUNNERS 0 1 2 — 0.5165 0.2796 0.1075 1– 0.8968 0.5487 0.2370 -2- 1.1385 0.6911 0.3502 12- 1.4693 0.9143 0.4433 –3 1.5120 0.9795 0.3718 1-3 1.8228 1.1830 0.4931 -23 2.0363 1.4144 0.6073 123 2.3109 1.5279 0.7485

  190. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    That table is as of 2005, might be a little different by now.

  191. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    oopss, I meant Micheal Ray Richardson

  192. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    The ship has sunk

  193. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Davey should have let Henry bat. :)

  194. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I'm a DC guy (Diet Coke)…not looking good for a comeback…frustrating game

  195. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    NatsLady said…Davey should have let Henry bat. :)lol

  196. David Proctor - May 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Yikes, Mattheus.

  197. jeffwx - May 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    what's the probability of scoring 5 runs when the bases are loaded

  198. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I will have to look at my computer this table is not readable to me.

  199. mick - May 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Nats can not even beat the teams they are suppose to. So explain to me the path to posts season? I am already tired of Davey's BS in the post gamelol

  200. NatsLady - May 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Brandon League in for the 6 out save.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
ATLANTA 76 76 12.0
MIAMI 74 78 14.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 83 18.5
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x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
LOS ANGELES 87 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 85 68 3.5
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