Skip to content

Game 57: Nats at Braves

Jun 2, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats wrap up their series at Turner Field this afternoon.

ATLANTA — Having lost last night's game in frustrating fashion, the Nationals now find themselves in something of a must-win spot this afternoon, desperately needing to take this series and gain ground on the Braves instead of falling to 6 1/2 games back. Which puts some undo pressure on Nate Karns, making only his second career start.

Karns impressed in his debut Tuesday against the Orioles, but he'll need to take it up another notch today against Atlanta, which has had some time to scout the right-hander. The key for Karns: Can he save something in the tank for the second time around the lineup and get through at least five innings?

Paul Maholm starts for the Braves, and he's been great against the Nationals so far this season, giving up two runs and seven hits in 15 2/3 innings. The left-hander will be facing a lineup that today features a 6-7-8 of Tyler Moore, Danny Espinosa and Jhonatan Solano. The rationale for starting Espinosa, despite his struggles: He's traditionally a much better right-handed hitter. The problem: He's hitting .129 from the right side of the plate this year, worse than his .168 average from the left side.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 186
Weather: Chance of storms, 81 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (28-28)
CF Denard Span
LF Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

Read more »

351 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    That is a better inning, but we need hits. Batting . 250 so far today.

  2. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Karns has the stuff… I know he has served like 6 hrs in 6 innings… But he needs to work on location….

  3. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Come on Span… Hit it baby!

  4. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Mrs. B. — that strike 1 to Span was a really bad joke — at least 6 inches outside. Even worse than earlier today.

  5. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    National sombraro guy looked like an Espi fmily with his Espi bears.Looked like a golden sombraro to me

  6. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Yep Eddie…. Different SZ for different pitchers…

  7. Section 135 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    In September Karns should replace Hrod if Garcia isn't there yet. He would probably throw mid to high nineties out of the pen. This team is awful to watch. Thes weak groundouts are so awful from a viewing perspective. At least try to steal to generate so chances.

  8. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Yesterday Rendon made one super play from the outfield grass just to the right and behind 2nd where he got to show off his arm.Everything else has been pretty routine.

  9. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Uhm… 135, why do we need to wait until September…

  10. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    We have no one teaching or keeping hitters to be accountable, so I am not surprised, but still not happy.

  11. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Justin must be fast as he was past second and made it back easy.

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    If nothing changes BJ Upton would have game winning RBI for the 2 wins. That would simply be embarrasing

  13. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Another strike called for a ball…

  14. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    He'sthe crew chief, he is Espi like. Has no clue.

  15. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Lord…. Please Duke get a pop up and end this inning… I don't trust him for nothing…

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I have watched baseball for over a half century and would love sit with a head umps for a game to hear him answer my questions on the strike zone and how it floats.Has gotten worse during the years.

  17. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Micah Owings 3 strikeouts so far.

  18. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Duke has an ERA of 8.00…. Flippin terrible

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

    Bring up Owings he fits

  20. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I like knight as well, he brings good, honest insight.

  21. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Please pop him up or K him Duke… Damn…

  22. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    An Amanda tweet explained Danny's glare at Maholm, who was the guy who hit him on the wrist in April.

  23. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Duke his fucking horrible….Excuse my French… But i blame the Blue too for giving ATl extra chances..

  24. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Why did he take out Karns. He was getting better. Should of had glottis out@. Ump sux

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    That run doest go against his ERA.Kans wouldnt do much worse.Why is Duke still here. My real questiin if he was right handed is there any way he is in the najors?

  26. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Should have left Karns in and let him work his way out of the jam…. Duke is pathetic….

  27. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Good job Zach.Hey Desmond. Do you think McCann changed his approach when he got to 2 strikes? Sure he did.

  28. Knoxville Nat - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    McCann just did something that Desi, Shark and Espinosa all failed to do last night in a key situation………managed a professional at bat and drove in a run.

  29. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Unglazed owns duke 8-17

  30. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Duke is pathetic

  31. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    I hate Duke gets to 2 strikes on guys and doesn't put them away.

  32. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Duke repeatedly gets behind….

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Duke if a righty would not sniff AA

  34. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Duke is useless – despite Davey's not wanting to leave Karns in to potentially get hit more, the runners count against him anyway if they score, as Upton did. So why don't you let Karns try it, and potentially get the win if they score in the next inning? As it is he stands to get the loss based on Duke's incapacity to prevent inherited runners from scoring.Davey's formulaic handling of pitchers is really getting old and is lousy for morale even if he thinks it's saving pitchers' morale.

  35. Will - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Davey is showing loyalty to all the wrong players this year.Why take Karns out so quickly? Especially for Zach Duke?

  36. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Rendon's first error on a routine grounder. Just bobbled it and couldn't ger a handle on it.

  37. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Ok, heart of the order coming up, let's do this! Get the poor kid off the hook.

  38. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Come on guys……. We need some runs… We can hit Malholm….

  39. Knoxville Nat - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Hey NatsJack, what ever happened to that guy who kept calling for the Nats to bring up Zach Duke last season and sang his praises all during ST this season? You know,the guy who constantly lectures us "petulant" fans?

  40. Section 135 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Zim sucks for a 3 hitter

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Now .200 for the game

  42. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Did Ryan really do that dumb mess…… Ugh….

  43. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    So bummed bout this team. Come on guys! Davey really should step down. Every Decision he makes is horrible.

  44. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    And Ryan Perry is now in for Syracuse. ERA over 7. WHIP over 1.6…..38 innings 23 K's and 20 walks and 49 hits.Why is he on the 40 man?

  45. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Desi out of the slump!

  46. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    This is why Duke's dumb ass time on the mound hurts…. Way to go Desi….

  47. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Go Ian! Ump missed call on a clear strike out really hurts now.

  48. ExposedinDC - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Been away from electronics since Thursday….what were Daveys changes that he spoke of in Baltimore ?

  49. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Desi!!!!!!! Sure wish Duke had gotten out of the inning w/ no score.

  50. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    And for what little trivia value it's worth, Desi's dinger does keep the Nats' "at least one homer per series" streak alive.

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Home run in a series streak alice, but why can'hit like that with a man on base.Jerk Duke lets 4th run to score. Got ahead then scrrwed around.If a righty he would never be here.

  52. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Look, I work construction and am not a prude, but our host has asked us to keep the language on his blog family friendly.Just a reminder.

  53. Christopher Cohen - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    We have 3 innings to score 1 run. What kind of odds do you give us? 1 in 5?

  54. Section 135 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Dave's asleep on the bench again

  55. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Duke is the worst…. See had SS not come out, Stammen would be in there now…. I swear I can't stand this bum…

  56. djinFl. - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Mrs.B, we are very impressed with your vast array of cuss words. But do a favor and save them for your own kids ears and not the young eyes on hereThanks

  57. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Look at this picture in Amanda's tweet. Amanda Comak ‏@acomak No seriously, play faster: pic.twitter.com/xXlcf1qvCD

  58. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Rendons 4th at bat ends in a hbp. Still 1-2 with a double, K, walk, hbp.

  59. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Does Duke care he is walking people left and right.

  60. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Get him out now.

  61. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Get this btich out the game…. I'm so sick and tired of him….

  62. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Let's have a rain delay and get Duke outta here!!

  63. Dan Strong - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Two consecutive walks to open the inning? I guess Davey is waving the white flag again.. He's getting so good at that.

  64. ExposedinDC - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Davey……wake up …….quick

  65. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Why does McCatty always cone out after 2 walks. First should be enough to get his butt off the pine.

  66. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    They have to intentionally walk J Upton… He is hot on fire today… But Duke is struggling to find the SZ… Ugh…

  67. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    And Davey's formulaic idiocy comes back to bite him big time. Instead of letting Karns finish the inning and maybe keep the score at 3 (so Desi's homes would have taken him off the hook), and maybe also go a little ways into the 6th, he brings in the worst pitcher on the staff.Now Please please tell me that this IBB is to give Davis a little time to warm up. No, I'm sure the all-important L-L matchup will let Freeman get his licks against the worst pitcher on the staff.

  68. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Setting up Freeman to end it.Better get a double play Duke. we are all mad at you.

  69. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Intention walk to pitch to Freeman? Fingers crossed!

  70. Christopher Cohen - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I should have included "Odds that Duke doesn't self-immolate in the bottom half of the inning: 1-100."

  71. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    That is a grand slam….

  72. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Dump Duke. That looked out of here.

  73. Section 135 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Ballgame

  74. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Doesn't really matter if it's a granny or not, the Nats are not going to come back from a 3 run deficit.

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    If you couldnt see that coming you aren't watching the game.

  76. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Duke is pathetic…. Sorry as hell…

  77. Dan Strong - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Haha. Of course that would happen. Can any of the decisions this team makes actually turn out to be right for a change?

  78. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    No it's not.

  79. Christopher Cohen - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Game over.

  80. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Davey needs to be fired- he's arrogant, stubborn and illogical. Hes lost many more games than won. Anyone else tired of his antics and decisions?

  81. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Why are you just now pulling Duke DJ…. You should have been done this… He shouldn't even have been in the game…Sorry as hell…

  82. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Please send Duke back down to Syracuse now.

  83. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Ha, this is a better debut for Erik Davis? RIght into a jam? Bet he wishes he came in yesterday in the tie game.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Thanks Duke, do your job and the game would be tied, but obvioulsy way too much to ask.

  85. Knoxville Nat - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    When HRod finally leaves Nats town I hope he takes Duke with him.

  86. Will - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Davey Johnson was Manager of the Year just last year?You could have fooled me.

  87. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I would never have walked a guy to get to Freeman with Duke pitching. You can blame Davey, but Ryan "the Mutt" Mattheus is very much a villain for us right now.

  88. Section 135 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Davey blows this year. Is he trying to lose. He's always one play late when he makes his moves. With Duke and Hros this team has no chance over the year. Can't have a bullpen with 2 awful minor league quality arms on it

  89. phil dunton - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Put Duke in the dumpster with Henry, close the top and never open it again. Rizzo let three good lefty relievers walk because he said Duke would fill the void. Ha Ha. The serious problems with this team start with several bad decisions made by Rizzo.

  90. Dan Strong - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Duke needs to be DFA'd. I seriously cannot believe that he's playing in the majors.

  91. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    You guys are way to hard on Zach. After all, just last year he was the International Leagues all star game starter. Nothing screams AAAA ball player like being a 29 yo AAA all star.The previous paragraph was written with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

  92. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Let's keep Karns and Davis — better than hrod, duke, etc.

  93. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Great debut, Erik Davis!

  94. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Erik Davis first attempt was good. Duke and HRod ca go.

  95. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Well, that was quite nice, Mr. Davis.

  96. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Good on for E Davis…. Should have come on last night…. But we should have scored with a man on 2nd and 3rd and no outs…*sigh*. just a mess…

  97. Will - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Erik Davis is doing his best Tyler Clippard impersonation.So far so good!

  98. Amr Khani - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Tyler Clippard's doppelgänger. Even the mannerisms. Well done!

  99. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Nats Lady, it was actually lower pressure than yesterday because the game wasn't really on the line today.The question everyone should have is why he didn't bring Davis in instead of Duke. (We already know what Davey would say — matchups and all that — and how all of us would predict it would work out.)

  100. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Karns gave us a good start overall. OK, lets's get the bats going.

  101. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Davey was at right time right place last year. A good manager maybe is worth 6 games. Davey got lucky n 2012. He was the same jerk in Balt. I dont get u Davey n espi supporters at all.

  102. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Eddie, yes, I realize that. Should have used the /s marker…

  103. kc21 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Duke and HRod need to be released. Duke is so back, I cannot watch him anymore. I think my 55 MPH fastball would be more accurate.Espinosa, Solano, Bernadina. That's got to be the worst combined BA of any 3 players in the MLB.

  104. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Of the 5 pitches pitch track had 1 a strike to Espi.He can gon with HROD and Duke

  105. phil dunton - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    There is no hope for Espinosa.

  106. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Danny and Solano swing like this is a golf game.

  107. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Solano needs help at the plate too….

  108. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    And Bernadina gets BABIP'd. Gotta do something in the 8th inning or it's Kimbrel again.

  109. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Well, we will be 6.5 back, maybe in 3rd in the division….Tough too… But with the line up today, well one can sense that Davey was mailing it in…. Last night's game was so important and we didnt do anything…Once again 3 automatic outs in the line up… I can't wait for Werth and Harp to come back…wish Zook would have played today and Solano yesterday… Wish Karns could have stayed in and saved us from seeing Duke…. Just a shame, really…

  110. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    The Nats have a boat load of guys at the AA and AAA level every bit as good as Erik Davis, who by the way, is infinitely better than Duke or H- Rod.

  111. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    We just clueless how to create runs.

  112. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    NatsLady said…Danny and Solano swing like this is a golf game.June 02, 2013 3:56 PMThat cracked me up. So true!

  113. Steady Eddie - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Another dinger for JW — at least it looks like he's ready to come back.

  114. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    What a novel approach for a reliever……throw strikes.

  115. Scott Margenau - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Liking this kid a lot…

  116. JaneB - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Way to go, Erik! Face down Dan Uggla first time out. Very efficient inning! And struck out Johnson too! Can wish for a better start for Tyler Clippard's baby brother.

  117. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I like Karns. But I think once the starters are back he probably should go back to the minors and develop as a starter. Starters are more valuable, and he can be a good one with some more seasoning. He's already got an impressive amount of poise, though.Davis, I think they should keep. Dump Duke. Make Henry the mop up guy.

  118. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Rendon 1-2, 1BB, 1RS,Also he played 2B, had an error.

  119. kc21 - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    EDavis is a keeper. Kid came back from a horrific line drive to his eye a few years back. He is fearless. I don't care that Duke is a lefty, his ERA is 8.71. Come on, that's not going to work. I don't get what Rizzo and Davey are thinking. He walked off the mound like someone walking off for the last time in his career. Let's hope it is.

  120. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Mrsb ow we going be 3rd after this game?

  121. kc21 - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Anyone else think we made a mistake by letting all 3 of our reliable lefty relievers go? Why not keep Burnett, Gorzo, or Rodriguez?

  122. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Duke will be DFAd very soon.

  123. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Burnett has missed a ton of time to injury, Gorzo and Gonzales have both been awful.

  124. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    We kept Rodriguez you meant Michel Gozalez

  125. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Werth today:2-4, BB, 2 home runs, 6 RBI's

  126. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Didnt Philly win today…. They will have a better record than us, I thought…

  127. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    This is another reoccuring theme. We cannothit any team' bullpen, tgat what makes last night's 9th inning pathetic showing with men on second and third no outs even worse.

  128. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Burnett's been on the DL most of the year, and Gonzalez has been pretty bad. Gorzo would be nice, but I don't think anyone anticipated Duke would be near this bad.

  129. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I think Rizzo knew Burnette was damaged goods. We nursed m Gonzalez for all he was worth. He has been terrible this year. Gorzo has not done to good, either.

  130. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Taylor Jordan still posting great numbers at Harrisburg. 7 Iinnings, 3 hits, 1 earned 1 walk and 4 k's.Lowers his AA era to 1.07. Senators leading 4-2 in the 8th.

  131. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    I know nobody wants to hear positives after yet another loss, but I think we've got some good bullpen pieces in Davis and Abad. Karns has shown a lot. Werth is looking in the minors. Desi hit a homer. Rendon will be up soon. There are a lot of negatives, but there are some positives.

  132. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    MrsB loves the Nats said…Didnt Philly win today…. They will have a better record than us, I thought…June 02, 2013 4:19 PM———————–Not true?They are winning, but they will still be behind us.

  133. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    And some of the negatives are easily fixxed. (or more like jettisoned)

  134. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Duke isn't on this team next week. I think he's had like one successful outing all year and it was against the O's when every ball was hit to the warning track.

  135. Almazar80 - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    I penciled in a lost and I'm glad that the Nats did not disappoint. Looks like the Nats are going to be in third place soon enough. Well, so much for WS championship after WS championship coming to DC. You got to build a team with depth. Something the Caps can't do. Something the Nats can't do either.

  136. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Phillies are wiining. If they win they will be three under .500 we will be one so I dobt see us third at alk.

  137. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    The season isn't over. If you think it is, stop posting and stop watching. What's the point?

  138. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    We need to just start wunning and qyit.majing excuses.We do not hit bullpens at all.5 hits again today.

  139. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    This comment has been removed by the author.

  140. Almazar80 - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    The point is, people here sometimes celebrate the good without realizing that the bad will probably lead to a lost season. I just call 'em like I see 'em – and while I'd like the Nats to win consistently, they don't have the personnel to do that at the moment. And may not have the personnel for the rest of the year. Just saying.

  141. NatsLady - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    DP, that's my feeling too. If the only reason you are here is to say "I can't watch this team any more" — then don't. More seats for the rest of us.

  142. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Just need to play like you want to win more than the other team does. That is problem someone each game they lose drags the anchor. You cant afford anchors and win.

  143. David Proctor - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    They're obviously struggling now. If they continue to play like this, they're not making the playoffs. My point is that I think this team DOES have the personnel for the most part, it's just underperforming. There are holes. I think Duke will be DFA soon. I think Espinosa will be replaced by Rendon in a couple weeks.My main point is : there have been comebacks much, much bigger than what we'd have to do. There's no point in dwelling about how hard it might be. I'm not going to say the season is lost until the season is actually lost.

  144. Almazar80 - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    So for many people here, affirmation is the only attitude worth having? What about a healthy amount of skepticism at how this team is playing (and was constructed), and how that has lead to a disappointing year so far?

  145. Joe Seamhead - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    David Proctor said…The season isn't over. If you think it is, stop posting and stop watching. What's the point?June 02, 2013 4:28 PM Agreed!

  146. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    HahahaHa…. NL I said the Same thing… Why do people feel the need to come to the boards to tell us how they won't watch/support or care about the team and all the other non-sense…If you don't like them stop watching… Don't feel the need to out your opinion on others….I just don't understand it…

  147. Secret wasian man - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Getting upset at this team anymore is like getting upset at a one legged guy in a butt kicking match who's losing. They are a bunch of non talented players. There is a handful of,guys on this team worth a darn. The rest I would,trade for a bag of balls.

  148. Depot Master - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Chris Cohen – cogent points but I think Jayson is making more that $126…I would be curious to see what the Nats record would have been this year if we converted lead off walks to outs. Anyone wanna take that on?

  149. EmDash - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    There's not really any point to dwelling on the negatives, either, Almazar. We're not in any control of the situation as fans. Our choice to be optimistic or not affects nothing but how we feel about it, anyway.

  150. Section 135 - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Davey blows this year. Is he trying to lose. He's always one play late when he makes his moves. With Duke and Hros this team has no chance over the year. Can't have a bullpen with 2 awful minor league quality arms on it

  151. paul brandt - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Can't get much worse so hope things turnaround. A sweep of the Mets would be a good start…baby steps with this bunch. Then get healthy and start doing the small things to make yourselves a better team. I know Davey is not a small ball guy but maybe he needs to become one in his lame-duck year. This team has talent but waiting for players like Espi & Moore to play to their potential is foolish. Make a change and stick with it for longer than 1 or 2 games. Kobernus is capable of playing somewhere but to bring him up and not play him is not real smart…kid needs reps. Still glad I have a team to watch and am still patient but man, they need to make a run real soon.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 90 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.0
NEW YORK 75 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 80 16.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Saturday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (5) 90 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 2.5
ST. LOUIS 87 68 3.5
-------------------------
SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 75 10.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Saturday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

Follow us on Twitter