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Instant analysis: Nats 6, Mets 4

Jun 29, 2013, 2:30 AM EDT

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Ross Detwiler allowed three runs (two earned) over five innings.

Game in a nutshell: Talk about a tough assignment. A Nationals lineup that has struggled all season to produce was being asked to get hot against perhaps baseball's best pitcher so far in 2013: Matt Harvey. And the young right-hander was even better than advertised, striking out 11 without issuing a walk over seven innings, his only blemish a solo homer by Ian Desmond in the fifth. So when the Mets scratched out four runs off Ross Detwiler and Ross Ohlendorf, the Nats found themselves in a hole that felt even bigger than a three-run deficit. Ah, but all they needed was to get Harvey out of the game and take their hacks against the New York bullpen. Which they did in impressive fashion. They loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, and then Ryan Zimmerman brought them all home with a bases-clearing, game-tying double off Brandon Lyon. Desmond then delivered yet again in the ninth, following up Jayson Werth's double off Bobby Parnell with a two-bagger of his own to give the Nationals the lead. Kurt Suzuki added a sac fly for a big insurance run. With Rafael Soriano unavailable after making three straight appearances, Drew Storen closed this one out and catapulted the Nationals over the .500 mark once again.

Hitting highlight: The highlight of the night: When Terry Collins took the ball out of Harvey's hand and gave it to his bullpen.Read more ยป

106 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    WooooohooooooooWhat can you say about Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman and his teammates!

  2. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Nice win Nats…. Nice win….

  3. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Man, I love baseball.That was fun!

  4. David Proctor - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Not to be overlooked in that 3 run 8th was Anthony Rendon's walk. There were some very tough takes in there, especially the last one.

  5. Drew - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Huge win.

  6. NatsLady - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Worth the price of admission!!!

  7. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Just incredible. Best win of the year? I'm not sure but I LOVED IT!

  8. Secret wasian man - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Great comeback. Very exciting. I think ill just shut up a root. Watching on mlb gamecast seemed to work..

  9. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Is there no MASN post game? WTF?

  10. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    "Not to be overlooked in that 3 run 8th was Anthony Rendon's walk. There were some very tough takes in there, especially the last one."Absolutely.

  11. natsfan1a - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    I didn't untuck, but did I Druuuu? Soitenly. Nice win, boys. Nice win.

  12. Secret wasian man - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Yes Eric best win of year. Although desmonds salami against philthies was pretty cool

  13. Secret wasian man - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Post game on direct Tv is good

  14. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Yeah the Grand Slam was awesome but tonight I was almost sure we'd lose.

  15. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    What channel SWM?

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Nats exploited and exposed that Mets bullpen and that's what you have to do!Great comeback!

  17. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Uh Drew Storen. I remember someone wanted him sent to AAA and was saying HenRod was better. Good players shine.Rendon worked that walk with 2 outs to load the bases. HUGE!

  18. Knoxville Nat - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    " Not to be overlooked in that 3 run 8th was Anthony Rendon's walk. There were some very tough takes in there, especially the last one."Agreed. Good AB from Rendon

  19. MicheleS - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!that was a GREAT GAME!

  20. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Oh, there it is on MASN. Channel listing just had the wrong info. Did Davey talk yet?

  21. David Proctor - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    No, Davey hasn't talked yet.

  22. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Sweet

  23. natsfan1a - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Okay, that's funny. :-)Hitting highlight: The highlight of the night: When Terry Collins took the ball out of Harvey's hand and gave it to his bullpen.

  24. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Yeah I liked that too, 1a.So did Drew really untuck?

  25. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    I know we all tend to be homers but how about some honest analysis on the following topic:Matt Harvey has better stuff than any of the Nats' pictures and is a better practitioner of his craft than any of the Nats' Pitchers, and you have to swear that you are not being a homer if you dispute this notion…..

  26. Doc - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Feel the same ***^%#@ way Eric. At least MASN carries one; my #$*^%#@ sh** MLB.TV 'packgae' cuts me off before you can say Bud Selig!!!Not sure how Taylor is gonna do tomorrow, but basically, after tonight, it's our series to lose!Watch out Bravelesses, we be eating face and taking scalps, now that Harps and Ramoose are beating down your war path !!!!

  27. natsfan1a - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    No, he didn't. Sorry if my comment was confusing. I meant that because it was a save situation, I'd normally be untucking, but seeing as how it wasn't Soriano, I didn't.

  28. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Wow, so Desi did hit the upper deck. On a Matt Harvey curve. Amazing.

  29. natsfan1a - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    On another note, that Browns/Bears game must have really been something.

  30. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Gotcha 1a, and no worries at all about my perpetual confusion ;)

  31. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Not to be overlooked is Bernadina's moving Desmond to third with the fly ball after showing bunt. It was effectively a sacrifice. And then Suzuki's RBI sac fly. Also, it was nice to see Span getting a couple of XBHs and scoring, too.And Ryan had not just the big double, but also a couple of good plays at third, the one down the line not withstanding. Nice to see Drew get a save, too.

  32. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Desi getting serious props from Jonny and Ray. Nice to hear.

  33. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    David Aardsma for the Mets has broken Hank Aaron's record for alphabetization.

  34. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    WODL, I'm a homer and don't need to hear the truth as you see it. Let's see Harvey as the innings build up. Right now he doesn't go deeper in games than JZim and they have almost identical ERAs. I don't care about K/9 for either. Check back on July 31st.

  35. David Proctor - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    "Matt Harvey has better stuff than any of the Nats' pictures and is a better practitioner of his craft than any of the Nats' Pitchers, and you have to swear that you are not being a homer if you dispute this notion….."Maybe. You keep saying it, but it's still far too soon to tell. Strasburg was just as dominant in his first year. I posted the stats in another thread and he and Harvey were just about the same in every single department. Harvey is GREAT no doubt, but the league WILL adjust to him, just as they've done to every pitcher to ever play the game. How he responds to that will be the tale of what kind of pitcher he is. It's too soon to say right now. I think he'll respond just fine, but we have to let that process play out.

  36. David Proctor - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Marrero down for Jordan.

  37. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    WODL, I do have to agree with you @ 10:50. Harvey is something else.

  38. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Matt Harvey's career whip is well under 1.0, which is sensational, and his whip this year is .85, which is like Walter Johnson in his best season.

  39. Doc - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Speaking of homers Billy O., the Mets announcers put up a stat that Harvey leads all NL pitchers in speed on his curve, FB, and slider. Edges out SS by about .7 mph on the FB. Threw a few 99's tonight. Good thing that he didn't pitch 9 innings. I did notice that Harvey seemed to lose velo as the game progressed. SS doesn't do that. Like Verlander, SS gains speed going towards the 9th.

  40. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Matt Harvey went to the University of North Carolina. What the heck do they feed those guys down there? They have the best team in the nation every year down in Carolina.

  41. baseballswami - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Well wasn't that interesting?So much for being philosophical. Lesson for the fans — games have nine innings and 27 outs and you get to use them all. Someone said earlier that the only hitter in our line up to be feared is Desi. I disagree. Ryan Zimmerman is so very clutchy that he should always be feared and Jayson Werth has that quality about him also. Remember THE home run? I also have been saying for a while now that Storen's pitching has been super nasty — he has been quietly becoming nastier and nastier with each appearance. He WILL be our closer again at some point. Det will pull it back together again also. Nice to see the team pick him up. Also nice to see the mets blow it for mister perfect. Does anyone think Terry Collins over manages? Or is he forced into it?

  42. Joe Seamhead - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    WODL, just enjoy the win, or at least let us enjoy it.

  43. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    DP, I do think it's possible Harvey will fall off, but his breaking balls seem sharper to me than Stras'. If he can keep it that way, then I think he'll be harder to adjust to.

  44. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Dogbreath Marrero sent down!!WOOOOO-HOOOOOO!!

  45. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Davey: "Biggest win of year."

  46. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    They are the same age roughly. I just think Harvey looks more comfortable on the mound but maybe some of that comes from knowing that your team is expected to finish fourth or fifth both years.Strasburg had a chance to put a loss on Corbin yesterday and he didn't do it. It is disappointing. We had that 14 strike-out game but since then it has been all very, very good and pretty much zero wow, but some may be due to the way we baby our pitchers.

  47. Brett Herman - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    You guys should go on the Mets blog and brag about Harvey. The guy is great and the Nats have Jordan Z, Gio and Strasburg who are the best trio in baseball.

  48. Brett Herman - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    "Joe Seamhead said… WODL, just enjoy the win, or at least let us enjoy it."Well said Joe Seamhead. Can't stand guys that try to rain on some of our parades.

  49. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Joe have another beer and ignore the question if it makes you sad to know that another team has a guy who at least seems better than Strasburg. Hell, Machado seems better than Harper, too. It doesn't mean we can't prefer our guys or that things won't change in the future.

  50. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    "I also have been saying for a while now that Storen's pitching has been super nasty — he has been quietly becoming nastier and nastier with each appearance."I agree. His change up had become the perfect answer to his slider.

  51. SonnyG10 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    WODL, I would agree at this point, Matt Harvey is better than any of our pitchers. However, if he ever has to undergo TJ surgery, he may have the same struggle as Strasburg. Anyway, I don't know why we need to have an honest analysis of Matt Harvey. I am totally a Nats fan and a homer and that's all I care about.

  52. Joe Seamhead - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Post of the night:Brett Herman said…You guys should go on the Mets blog and brag about Harvey. The guy is great and the Nats have Jordan Z, Gio and Strasburg who are the best trio in baseball.

  53. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Brett, our guys are the greatest players in the history of baseball. Livan was better than Harvey. Ryan is better than Machado. Ramos is better than Posey. We are the best.

  54. natsfan1a - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    As I always say, it's in the fan job description: root, root, root for the home team. ;-)

  55. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    "Joe have another beer and ignore the question"You mean the obsessive stream of posts on the subject? I agree he's a tick nastier than our best, but I don't find it to be The Most Compelling Issue Of The Game or anything.

  56. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Brett, you are the best poster that I have ever seen on Nats Insider. Your posts are poignant, insightful and incisive. Way to go, Dude! You really curtailed any serious baseball discussion and turned things to "yeehaa, we are the best. yeepee!"

  57. Brett Herman - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Who cares, David Wright is better than Ryan Zimmerman but why bring it up on this site. Go to the Amazin's site and brag. Can't stand people that do this.

  58. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    So a discussion of perhaps the two most heralded pitchers in the NL in years bores….

  59. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    And here we go…

  60. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Suppose we stipulate Harvey is the best pitcher since Sidd Finch. So? Other teams have good players, too.

  61. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    What bores *me* is commentary that harps on the same simple, subjective point.

  62. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Because I am a Nats fan, Brett. I can't say that I recognize you as anyone who contribute here much, so you go to the Mets site and tell them how much better one of our guys is. I don't give a damn where you think that I should post.

  63. baseballswami - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    What a sweet comeback! On a night when it seemed that things were circling the drain, the bullpen comes through in a big way and the offense comes through with everyone contributing to the win. I will put our 25 guys up against any other 25 guys when it comes to talent. They have struggled some and we have had to overcome a lot of injuries, make some adjustments, but right now , except for our fifth pitcher spot, it looks pretty good.

  64. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Who had the better pitch: Matt Harvey or Tiger Woods?

  65. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    If you guys don't think the story of this game was the Nats' somehow getting a victory over the best pitcher in baseball, you might not want to turn on the MLB Network, because that seems to be the theme, so excuse me. I guess I am conventional.

  66. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    swami, I'm becoming cautiously optimistic about our trajectory for sure.

  67. sjm308 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    WODL – just wondering why you would focus on Harvey after a great win by our team? He is terrific and there was a great story on him in Sports Illustrated a few weeks back. In my opinion he should start the All-Star game since it is in his park but JZ is also deserving. This is Nats Insider and I would rather read and hear about our guys but you go ahead and praise who you wish. Another reason why this is such a good site. Just don't get upset when someone else is not happy about it.

  68. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Matt Harvey gave up 3 hits in 7 innings. This made the Marlon Byrd running error huge in the middle innings. He failed to score from 2nd on a double, which kept the Nats in the game. Detwiler didn't have a great game but fighting through an inning where he had 2 doubles, a 2 base error and a walk with one run gave the Nats a chance for a huge comeback, keeping them above .500 and preventing them from falling 6.5 back.

  69. sjm308 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    I don't read in-game posts but what was the thought about Werth's hustle in the 9th inning? If he has issues with hamstring or groin they sure did not pop up on that play. We had so many key plays tonight it is hard to pick just one but that was nice to see.

  70. David Proctor - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Why do people have to start arguments whether we win or lose? Can't we just enjoy a win one damn time? Granted, it's a discussion forum and it comes with the territory. But it gets frustrating time after time.Maybe I just have thin skin. Continue on.

  71. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    WODL, a wise man imparted some wisdom here recently. You might be able to use it:"have another beer and ignore [what you don't want to read].What do you care if people aren't as obsessed with Harvey as you?

  72. Brett Herman - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    Sjm, nicely said. Great Washington Nationals win.

  73. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Yeah, Werth looked sharp on that double for sure!

  74. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    To me, winning a game where Harvey pitched is just about the highest praise. That required hanging around and hoping and we got fortunate. We might have gotten fortunate yesterday and gotten Strasburg the win against Corbin and that would have been even a better win to me.Harvey looked more impressive to me than Corbin. That is a pretty tough load for a team to have to go against Corbin one day and then against Harvey the next. You aren't going to have to face two guy that good usually unless you are playing us back to back with Strasburg and Gio, or Gio or Zimmerman, when our guys are on.

  75. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    PS, the in game thread threatened to get dicey but overall I thought it was great tonight.

  76. Brett Herman - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Shelby Miller got bombed for 5 runs and didn't even make it out of the 2nd inning. Lannan pitching against the Dodgers.

  77. baseballswami - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    You can definitely tell that Werth is gimpy. There was a ball early on that he normally might have gone the extra mile for, he slid head first to protect his lower half. He has good strategies for compensating but you can tell. It should tell you how important getting to second was to him- he did push it there. Would not be surprised to see him out tomorrow. By the way , our old buddy, and could have been fifth starter, Lannan, is beating the Dodgers- shutting them out. And he is making hardly any money. I wish we had kept him because our fifth starter is the last remaining issue. Harper AND Ramos back soon!!!!

  78. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    I felt like I did a lot of work for this game too. I yelled at my computer pretty much throughout the game for Nats to do something right and eventually they did, in a big way. good going Nats!

  79. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Swami, yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if he's out tomorrow either… Will be very encouraged if he's in, though. Nats seem to have finally learned not to play with fire this year. I'm a *little* worried, though, that Werth is gonna play cautiously (aside from clutch doubles…heh) until Harp is back and then will go on the DL himself.

  80. Joe Seamhead - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Love it, Faraz!

  81. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    According to fangrapsh, these are the top 14 pitchers this year in terms of fielding independent pitching statistics. I think this gives us a reasonable expectation of improving both on the offensive and defensive ends in the second half. Surprisingly, the list is almost devoid of Nats or Braves:1 Adam Wainwright 2 Matt Harvey Mets 3 Derek Holland Rangers 4 Cliff Lee Phillies 5 Felix Hernandez Mariners 6 Max Scherzer Tigers 7 Anibal Sanchez Tigers 8 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 9 Clay Buchholz Red Sox 10 Doug Fister Tigers 11 Justin Verlander Tigers 12 Yu Darvish Rangers 13 Chris Sale White Sox14 Jordan Zimmermann Nationals

  82. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Oh, one thing that was encouraging on Werth's double is that he didn't come out for a pinch runner after going all out.

  83. tayo - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Stras and Harvey have about the same stuff. But Harvey might be a better pitcher right now. JZ doesn't have as good stuff as both two but he about as good of a "practitioner of his craft as Harvey as shown to be so far"

  84. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    40 wins. That 40 looks so much better than 39 would. There are a lot of strange things going on with run differential this year. Maybe the Pythagorean is ready to be taken down a peg after what happened to the O's and Cards last year both greatly under and overperforming their run diff's, and this year, Pittsburgh and the Nats are overperforming.

  85. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Jordan Zimmerman seems to squeeze ever last bit out out of his talent. Sometimes, I have heard people wonder what it would take for him to pitch on opening day.

  86. Joe Seamhead - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    My post when we were losing 4-1 earlier, after one poster said what a long disappointing season it is:Joe Seamhead said…I'm not seeing it as a disappointing season.It is a long season and there is a lot of ball to play. Maybe even tonight.June 28, 2013 9:04 PM ————————————I'm looking forward to the dogfight.i really enjoyed the game tonight. I also had complimented Harvey during the game. I enjoyed watching him pitch.I really enjoyed watching him walk to the dugout when Collins lifted him.

  87. baseballswami - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    I think JZ just doesn't get the same credit as some other pitchers because he does not have the gaudy strike out numbers. He has a different style. Right now, if someone said one game for all the marbles and you get one pitcher, and he has to go all nine– JZ would be my pick. By the way, have you been watching his velocity? He is getting up to 96, 97 and deep into the games. He is dominating on the mound. I would love to hear what the actual hitters think- throw out the numbers, who do they hate to face the most? That would be so interesting.

  88. Drew - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    The bullpen blew it, but Matt Purke had another excellent outing at Hagerstown. In six innings he allowed one hit and struck out 8, without walking anyone.Purke's ERA is a nifty 2.48. Looks like he'll be ready for Potomac soon.Big Jake Johansen, the Nats' top pick in this year's draft, took another baby step at Auburn. He went 2.1 innings and gave up his first earned run. As we figured, mechanics will be the key. Jake walked three of the 13 batters he faced. In two brief outings he has a 1.93 ERA.Breathe through your eyelids, big fella.The bad news is that Danny Espinosa has struck out in 30 of his 50 at bats in Syracuse. He's hitting .100.If they want Espinosa to recapture any value, why don't the Nats shut him down and fix his shoulder?

  89. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Based on run differential, according to ESPN, the Nats should be 12 games behind the Braves. With Ramos, Harper, Detwiler and Strasburg either back, or soon to be back and Rendon starring, the Braves may have blown a great chance to win the division in a year where with will be hard to get a play-in game bid….

  90. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Would letting J.Zimm start on opening day inspire Strasburg, or would he see it as an insult, or maybe neither and we are just over analyzing everything? Probably the third, but still, at some point you have to reward Jordan if he keeps producing, which isn't saying the others have been bad. I think Detwiler was the recipient of a lousy strike zone on Sunday.

  91. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Very sad about Espi. At point I'm really hoping it *is * his shoulder or some other injury… Because if it's not…

  92. tayo - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Speaking of Stras stuff, what happened to his 100+ mph fastball. I know he still has great stuff and throwing 100+ isn't that important, but it seems he now only max out at 97 since after the tj surgery.

  93. David Proctor - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    Stras throws 98 fairly regularly (several times a game). You tend to lose a click or two after TJ, but I'm sure if he REALLY wanted to, he could get to 100mph.

  94. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Interestingly, fangraphs doesn't appear to show him having ever hit 100mph…

  95. tayo - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    Yeah, I suspected he can still reach back for 100mph too. Kind of like when JZ made a relief appearance in the playoffs and was just kept repeatedly throwing +mph that he didn't feature consistently while starting.

  96. Drew - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Tayo:If Strasburg were in a really tight spot, he could probably hit 100.Christy Mathewson wrote about keeping something in reserve for crunch time in his 1912 book "Pitching in a Pinch."

  97. tayo - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:16 AM

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  98. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    Honestly, some pitchers do better after losing a couple of kilometers off their fastball, but it also has to do with whether that is accompanied by additional control. Nolan Ryan was a far better pitcher after age 37 or so. Whether that has to do solely with maturity, or losing a couple of kilometers or a combination is hard to know.Also, I think guys might take 2 years to full recover from TJ surgery which would put Stras at having next year as the year to watch.

  99. tayo - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Also speaking about stuff. How hard is it to develop a new pitch? How Did drew develop a change so fast that I think looks really nasty. I don't remember him even featuring it last year. Detweiler really needs to further develop his curve and change.

  100. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    I'd I recall correctly, Drew said on 106.7 that he needed something to work on during his injury last season, and that the change was the project he chose. It's been pretty cool watching it take final shape this season.

  101. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    The main thing that distinguishes ERA is whether you can strike out guys when there are runners on 2nd and 3rd with less than 2 outs. Det needs to be able to find some pitches in these situations.

  102. Eric - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    "I'd I" = "If I"…heh

  103. Section 222 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    On the road for this game, but greatly enjoyed listening to Charlie and Dave call it. So entertaining, and boy did they come alive when Zim hit his base clearing double. Thank you MLB iPhone app. Remember when people were making fun of Marlon Byrd early this year? He's really put together a nice season so far. BUT, that baserunning error was key. The Mets were primed to break the game open, and Det got out of the inning with just the two runs scoring. What he did confirms a point I was making a few games ago when people were complaining about Rendon (I think) not tagging and going to third on a liner to right center. When in doubt, go halfway. Winning this game puts us in a great position to win this series, which is all I want. One series at a time, we'll claw back in it. But both Gee and Wheeler will be tough. Let's get to that bullpen baby. We can take those guys.

  104. SonnyG10 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    William O. Douglas Loeffler said…Also, I think guys might take 2 years to full recover from TJ surgery which would put Stras at having next year as the year to watch.June 29, 2013 12:19 AMI agree with this. This year was the 2nd year for Jordan Zimmermann and he's really stepped up his performance. I think Stras is still having control issues. He just can't locate his pitches like he could when he first came up. I believe this will change next year. I really expect Stras to be awesome next year…assuming no further injuries.

  105. David Proctor - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    It'd be nice if we could beat Gee for once and set ourselves up for a series sweep. Wheeler has been good, but very erratic (and nowhere near Harvey levels).

  106. Clip&Store - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I agree Det doesn't by any means need to be a lethal strikeout guy, but if he can get an out pitch it would really take him to another level, and make things a heck of a lot easier for him

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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
x-Clinched NL East title

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 88 64 --
LOS ANGELES 87 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 85 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 68 4.0 +2.0
PITTSBURGH 82 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 74 9.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title

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FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
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.
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.

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