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Game 77: Diamondbacks at Nats

Jun 26, 2013, 7:34 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

It's another steamy, potentially stormy afternoon in the District, where the Nationals and Diamondbacks continue their series with another strong pitching matchup. Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for the Nats, looking to become the NL's first 11-game winner this season. Left-hander Wade Miley, last year's NL Rookie of the Year runner-up to Bryce Harper, starts for the Diamondbacks.

Ryan Zimmerman, meanwhile, is expected back in the Nationals' lineup after he sat last night to let his right shoulder rest. Zim did come off the bench to pinch-hit, but it'll be interesting to hear what he has to say about that shoulder and whether this is still a lingering concern long-term or not.

Jayson Werth also is expected to play, though he'll probably be hampered in the field once again. Werth clearly wasn't running at full speed last night, and he acknowledged afterward he may have to just deal with this groin strain for a little while.

Updates to come, so please check back…

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Chance of storms, 82 degrees, wind 6 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (38-38)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth

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243 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Shouldn't AJ Pollack play for Miami?

  2. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Need Clip to lock it down and then Rendon, Zim, Werth to add a run or two.

  3. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Jack, that's sad about Danny.

  4. paul brandt - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    over/under on Clip anyone? 22?

  5. Gonat - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    paul, tonight I take the under since he has the end of their order.

  6. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Oh Clip…

  7. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    they are trying to wave now. It doesn't seem to be catching on.

  8. Gonat - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Royals up 3-0

  9. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said…Nats 128 said… "OK I'll take it"Some of you are easy to please. Have to do better with a pitcher who was in trouble. No outs, men on 3rd and 1st and only 1 run scores?Here's the deal, you have your best (qualifying) hitter up there with RISP and he tops a ball into a GIDP. It was a killer moment as I agree Miley was fading.++++++++++++++++++So, how about a different look at this?In the 1st, Ryan Zimmerman came up with a runner on 1st and one out. The run expectancy was .56, with a 28% probability that at least one run would score. He doubled and knocked in a run.In the 3rd, he came up with a runner on 2nd and two outs. The run expectancy was .35, with a 23% chance at least one run would score. Mr. Zimmerman walked, thus increasing the run expectancy to .47, but — not surprisingly — only increasing the probability of at least one run to 24%.In the 6th, he came up with runners on 1st and 3rd, with no out. The run expectancy was 1.85, with an 86% chance that at least one run would score. Mr. Zimmerman grounded into the double play, scoring a run.So, he essentially doubled the number of runs expected in the 1st (from half a run to a full run), halved the number in the 6th (from roughly two to one), and increased the expected number of runs in the 3rd, but didn't really affect the probability that a run would score (and none did).In those three ABs you really have a microcosm of how hitting works — you can't read too much into any single AB, but things even out in the end.

  10. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Throw some junk Clip.. he's swinging

  11. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Beautiful effort from Desi and Rendon!

  12. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Great post @ 9:01 Eugene.

  13. Gonat - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    What a job by K-lip

  14. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Let's give Soriano some cushion now.

  15. Knoxville Nat - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Good job Clip.

  16. paul brandt - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Gonat, nice call, 17 pitches if MLB is correct.

  17. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Soriano is going to have the middle of the order, including Goldschmidt. Please add at least one run.

  18. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Collmenter might have the weirdest deliver I've ever seen.

  19. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    3-4 with the last one almost being a home run. Wow.

  20. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Eugene at 9:01– well said

  21. Gonat - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    paul brandt said… Gonat, nice call, 17 pitches if MLB is correct. _________________________Thanks. Lucky call.

  22. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    starting to rain right now bottom of eight

  23. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    OK, as a follow up to last night's discussion about errors. RZimm's hit should've been scored a double, not a single, e9. In this case I don't think the error was deserved.

  24. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    I'd be okay if they called the game right now. :)

  25. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Make em pay, Desi!

  26. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    The error was definitely not deserved, that has to be changed. I think it will be.

  27. Gonat - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    If Bernadina isn't playing in RF for the 9th for Werth, I will have to question Davey's wisdom.

  28. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Bernadina will be playing LF for Tyler Moore. Werth is going to have to survive in right because we have no other outfielders.

  29. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    OK Sori, let's do this

  30. NatsLady - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    All right, Rafi, nice, easy 1-2-3. Give JZ #11.

  31. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Tucked up here boss

  32. paul brandt - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Eric/steal/noteat/yourface, agree, that has to be over-turned tomorrow, silly.

  33. Gonat - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    David Proctor said… Bernadina will be playing LF for Tyler Moore. Werth is going to have to survive in right because we have no other outfielders. June 26, 2013 9:17 PM __________________________________I hear ya. Wet track though. I'd take out Werth only because of that.

  34. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    That's a big out right there. Still not out of the woods though.

  35. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    "Eric/steal/noteat/yourface"Ha!

  36. paul brandt - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Eric, I couldn't resist, that is your new name at least for me…ok, Soriano, please locate your pitches better.

  37. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Yeeeeeeeeees!

  38. David Proctor - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Soriano never disappoints with the drama…

  39. paul brandt - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    man oh man, why does he do that to us…good win!!

  40. Knoxville Nat - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Curly W in the books!!

  41. Smatt1001 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Untuck!! Breathing again now…

  42. Eric - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Haha Rendon is hilarious!

  43. paul brandt - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    come on boys drench old town! anthony is not a good interview, funny…he kept looking for the gatorade or shaving cream.

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