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Game 96: Dodgers at Nats

Jul 19, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

It's been a long four days without baseball, but at last the Nationals are back on the field tonight, determined to open the second half of their season on a positive note. The challenge right out of the blocks isn't easy: the Dodgers have MLB's best record since June 22 at 17-5, and they send Ricky Nolasco (career 11-7, 3.66 ERA vs. the Nats) to the mound for the opener.

Stephen Strasburg gets the start for the Nationals, coming off the worst start of his career and also dealing with some oppressive heat and humidity tonight. As I type this, the heat index in Washington stands at 110, with the dew point an insane 78. We've seen Strasburg struggle with heat in the past; it'll be interesting to see how he deals with this tonight.

If you've got tickets to the game, please be prepared yourself for the conditions and plan to drink lots of water. If you're staying home to watch in the comfort of central air conditioning, you're in luck. I'll be sweating it out here and will have updates and analysis throughout…

LOS ANGELES DODGERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 184
Weather: Humid, 92 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (48-47)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper

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280 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. jshai - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Status of ALR?

  2. Section 222 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Interesting lineup. No explanation? I was hoping the days of having sub-Mendoza hitters in the lineup were gone forever. There are lots of ways to look at the road ahead, but here's another that might make those rose colored glasses fog up. Suppose the Braves play like they have for most of the season, rather than how they played in the first two weeks. If they go just 33-34 the rest of the way, they get to 87 wins. To beat that record and avoid a one game playoff, the Nats have to go 40-27 (.597). And that's if the Braves play just mediocre baseball the rest of the way. Every little bit of improvement they make over what would be a limp to the finish line makes our climb that much harder. Our collapse right before the break against the Phillies and Marlins really put us behind the eight ball.

  3. natsfan1a - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Go, NATS!! And stay cool, folks. (It's air-conditioned comfort for me tonight. Just a little splash more of iced tea? Why yes, that would be lovely, thanks. ahhh…cheers…[clink])

  4. hiramhover - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Maybe ALR has a dewpoint rider in his contract?

  5. bowdenball - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Wow. Either LaRoche is hurt, has a family situation that demands his attention, or has been traded. Or Davey puts WAY too much stock in matchup numbers- Tracy is hitting .333/.385/.500 vs. Nolasco over 12 ABs. Those are the only explanations I can come up with.

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    ALR doesnt need rest so tgere is anotger explination.On Sunday Span needs to be back to 7th.

  7. hiramhover - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    See Mark's latest tweet–"LaRoche appears not to be injured, just under the weather."Ain't we all.

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Charlie Sclows on MLB said ALR was ill yesterday including fever.

  9. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Then how about keeping him away from everyone else? Not like he should be out in this heat with a fever.

  10. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Well that's an interesting lineup. Even taking away that Tracy is in for ALR, Harper hitting cleanup after Zim? That's new.

  11. Tcostant - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Looks like Paul McCartney stage really did a bad job on the OF. Any comment Mark, is that just a bad pic?

  12. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Hey, maybe Chad Tracy will rock our world tonight! And I have seen some pics of the field- nasty.ALR sick. Welcome back to the Nats 3013 season!!

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Stage for mcCartney caused problems? That is not good.

  14. Section 222 - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Hey, maybe Chad Tracy will rock our world tonightHope springs eternal.I remember Davey saying he liked having Harp 1st and ALR 4th to make it harder for the opposing manager to match up with a lefty pitcher in the late innings. So maybe that's his thinking for Span/Harper tonight. In any event, Tracy sure shouldn't hit 1st or 4th, so I guess the new fangled lineup of last Sunday wasn't an option.

  15. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I wonder if Hairston gets a start against Kershaw.

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    David Hairston on Sunday I would think would be appropriate.

  17. JD - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Hairston instead of whom?

  18. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Span, I guess. I'm not sure what Hairston's numbers against Kershaw are like though.

  19. hiramhover - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    No Det til next Friday at least, per Mark's tweeter, and Davey is "not hopeful" about that. Ouch.

  20. JD - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    HHThat's OK. Jordan has been very solid for a 5th starter.

  21. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Well the problem is there's a double-header so we need 6. Davey says Ross O. is going to get that start.

  22. hiramhover - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    JDAgreed–I've been pleased with Jordan, but I'd be more comfortable to have Det available too.

  23. A DC Wonk - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    I'm guessing the Mets will be using their #6 that game also?

  24. Section 222 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Noted without comment:Bruce Miles ‏@BruceMiles2112#Cubs say RHP Henry Rodriguez has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Class AAA Iowa. Retweeted by Chase Hughes

  25. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Thank goodness baseball is back… I got tired of watching some of the games on the DVR….Anywho, I missed you folks! Why Chad Tracy is playing… *sigh*I really hope Rizzo makes a move or 2 before the deadline…

  26. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Lets get this 2nd half started off correctly… No more losing series… Lets take the 2nd half by storm…Really looking forward to seeing SS vs Puig tonight…

  27. Section 222 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    From Nathan Fenno in the WT: Reliever Ryan Mattheus is three games into his minor-league rehabilitation assignment as he recovers from the broken pitching hand he suffered in May. Over those three games with three different affiliates, Mattheus allowed five hits, two runs and struck out three in four innings. He reportedly did not punch a locker after any of the games.Actually, I made up the last sentence.

  28. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    I don't think Mattheus will make the roster right off the bat…. Unless Stammen is injured…

  29. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I just hope Adam has not breathed on anyone!!! Last thing we need is a flu epidemic in the clubhouse. Ick!!

  30. TheManBearPig - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    222, I was hoping the days of Denard Span at leadoff were over. It would be nice to see someone better suited to the leading off batting 1st – you know, someone whose OBP is better than the league average. I would love to be proven wrong on this one.

  31. Section 222 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    MPB, frankly I'm less concerned about Span batting leadoff than about Tracy batting at all. But I certainly agree that Span has been less than adequate, particularly against lefties. If Davey isn't going to permanently move him down in the order, maybe he will move him down, or platoon him, against lefties. We may get a sense tomorrow night vs. Kershaw.

  32. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    I mean, Span is hitting over .300 at home and against righties. This is at home and against a righty. It makes sense.

  33. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Nats 6 Dodgers 3 tonight.

  34. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Agree with Ray Knight. We need 7 of this homestand. 8 would be nice.

  35. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Fabulous scouting report on Puig on MLB. He wants to swing!!! We have got to let him get himself out. We saw it with Bryce- until they channel it, they can be their own worst enemy.

  36. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    The book on Puig is to pitch him inside. If you pitch him away, he will hit it. You need to get inside. But make sure you get in there and not leave it out over the plate or he'll hit it a long way.

  37. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    They showed him and Cespedes swinging at pitches in the other battery's box. The trick to outside is waaay outside.

  38. JD - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    And yet he is hitting .390.

  39. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    He's hitting .240 over his last 10 games. It took some time for people to figure out how to pitch to him. You can get him out as long as you don't make mistakes.

  40. Secret wasian man - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    SPAN BACK TO LEADOFF????? WAKE UP DAVEY

  41. Secret wasian man - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Anybody else a little nervous about STRAS? I cant get last Friday out of my head.

  42. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    They clearly showed smart pitchers getting him out pretty handily. Takes a while for the league to figure you out. Happens to every player. Happened to Stras and Harper. Humbling game. Cespedes has not hit a home run in like six weeks in a game.

  43. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    SWM– I am nervous about almost everything involved in this game.

  44. hiramhover - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Puig is not a Vladdy type who can swing at anything and still make contact. Puig's overall swing rate is 57.4% and contact rate is 66.7%.2013 average is 46.3% and 79.7%Vladdy was 58.4% and 81% career.Vladdy's numbers make me smile.

  45. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    SWM, Span is batting over .300 against RHP and at home. This is both at home and against RHP.

  46. Knoxville Nat - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Secret,See DP's post at 6:06. Span is hitting well at home and against righties. Just what is on the menu tonight.

  47. Knoxville Nat - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    DP, charge me with a drink!

  48. hiramhover - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    David P and KnoxvilleDon't underestimate the extent to which some folks want to make Span the goat for all that ails the Nats.

  49. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Span has been a disappointment, but I think people have a tendency to make one person the cause of all that is wrong. People were just CERTAIN that getting Espinosa out of here would make the team better. Well, Rendon is certainly an improvement, but is the team really playing that much better? Baseball isn't as simple and plugging in someone new. Ask the Angels about that.

  50. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Nice play Jayson

  51. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Good play Werth.Ump squeezed Stras early.

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Now score

  53. Knoxville Nat - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Span walks! Maybe this is truly a "second season".

  54. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Dammit Anthony. Bailed out a guy who can't throw strikes

  55. paul brandt - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    harper out at 3b!!!

  56. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Mattingly got off the bench. Did the Nats see the Puig highlights?

  57. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Is that small ball or smart ball?

  58. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Kemp catches that ball………..

  59. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Nolasco could live up to that nickname No Last Long. Let's hope.

  60. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Spending a lot of time on Desi at 2nd.

  61. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    3-1 count leverage and Tracy rolls it over. Sheesh.

  62. Teddy Rochlis - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    And nats are the mystery team for garza ugh

  63. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Source Teddy?

  64. Teddy Rochlis - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Mlb traderumors

  65. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Just saw the throw by Puig…. #sick

  66. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part, but I sense a much greater sense of urgency on the part of the Nats. Stras seems dialed in, despite the humidity he despises. Harp takes the extra base (barely). I'm liking it. It's time.

  67. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Nats have been rumored for Garza for years. Just say NO!

  68. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Strasburg buries strike 3 right down the middle on Puig. I would call that a challenge fastball.

  69. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Strasburg goes back over the middle outside to Hanley. OUch.

  70. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Apparently that fastball just not something he could resist. Or hit.

  71. David Proctor - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Wow that ball got out FAST. Wasn't a bad pitch either. It was away.

  72. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Ouch Strass…. ouch…

  73. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Oops. Maybe Hanley has that same sense of urgency as well.

  74. paul brandt - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Hanley Ramirez is another Nats killer…sh%^!

  75. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    We have never pitch Ramerez well. Killed us since 2005.

  76. baseballswami - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Just when you think the danger has passed with Puig….. Can't let down after that huge at bat because the next couple of guys can hit also. Let's hope the guys have Nolasco figured out.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    What did he pitch Gonzalez. I stepped away and he was on bench. A solo homer doesbt hurt a 2 run one does.

  78. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    MNF, solo HR hurts, its just that 2 run HRs hurt more.

  79. E - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Span is good at grounding out to second.

  80. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    MNF, AGonz singled on a 4-seamer down in the zone if I recall.

  81. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Our hitters looked clueless that inning.Strasburg second consecutive inning when we score for him, he gives up even more.A very bad habit has started.

  82. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    E said… Span is good at grounding out to second. July 19, 2013 8:02 PM Nolasco threw him an outside pitch and he pulled it. That's just poor hitting.

  83. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    RZim steals away a single there.

  84. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Whe he pulls outside pitches his chances of getting a hit are slim and none.Seems so obvious, but he keeps doing it, and I don't see Eck fixng it.

  85. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Ramos calling a terrible game. Throw fastballs by batters 7 and 8

  86. Knoxville Nat - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Anybody else think SS looks sort of flush, as if the heat and humidity was getting to him already? He looks really red in his face.

  87. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    MNF, I wonder if Span has always pulled the outside pitches. The opposing pitchers know it too. Those are pitches he just can't seem to foul off and waste as he has to see them.

  88. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Not really.

  89. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Zuki calls a better game than Ramos, IMO…

  90. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I wonder too, but it so obvious to us, how can not be detected by Eck or Davey etc. They are suppose to be professionals.

  91. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… Ramos calling a terrible game. Throw fastballs by batters 7 and 8 Uribe hit a flat changeup. Ellis singled off of a curveball.What are you talking about?

  92. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    But his offesnse is so inferior.

  93. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Strasburg is not good. Please don't read me stats. He looses games that's all that matters. He would be fine on a good heating team. But with this awful oftense he just cant win. Its time to be sellers with some of these guys

  94. E - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I don't remember Span ever going the other way. With that speed, I don't get it.

  95. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Ghost – MnF may be saying it becuz the bottom of the order is hitting off SS….

  96. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Carp what you talki.g about.Some lefties talking ALR's slack? What lefty besides Harper does he mean?

  97. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Way to go Bryce! Great running and slide RZim!

  98. Knoxville Nat - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Secret said,"…time to be sellers…" Seriously?

  99. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    MrsB loves the Nats said… Ghost – MnF may be saying it becuz the bottom of the order is hitting off SS…. He threw a flat changeup to Uribe instead of the big dipper but the curve to Ellis was good. Credit to the batter.

  100. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Kids worth the price. Gotta score aime runs now. Cant blow this.

  101. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Hit one like last time Ian.

  102. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Yeah Knoxville. Really sick.pf span and Tracy. Get themoutta here. Let t Bernie play

  103. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Gotta score at least 3 here. If not that's your season in a nutshell. Just a hit. Don't swing out of your shoes here.

  104. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Damn you any where but 3rd or pitcher

  105. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Now it's up to Chad Tracy.

  106. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Tracy you idiot.

  107. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Tracy. Are you kidding me? 1st pitch popup. SMH

  108. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    If we just knew how bad that throw eas

  109. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    What an absolutely disgusting hitting team. Wow disgraceful. Not even a sack fly. What else do you need to see.

  110. paul brandt - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    this team is just so disappointing sometimes, i mean come on, bases loaded and 0 outs and we don't even score a run?!!!

  111. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Situational hitting is terrible…

  112. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Un.Be.Lievable.Wow.

  113. kc21 - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Painful.

  114. kc21 - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Painful.

  115. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Got to love Eck's hitters. Desi swings at one low and outside and dinks to third, then Tracy swings at a high first pitch, and Ramos reaches and tries to pull and outside one.All three were terribly execured at bats, and I bet Eck will say nothing.The hitters are not being coached at all.

  116. Matt Lee - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Solo HR's are the only way this team scores any runs.

  117. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    I know you dont believe it but with a good hitting coach we would be fine.

  118. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    That was gross…

  119. Knoxville Nat - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Ghost,A week or two ago I floated Raul Ibanez on here as a potential trade target. Good LH bat off the bench, can play a decent outfield although a weak arm, and if I'm not mistaken can also play first base if needed. IIRC you kind of soured on that saying he would want to play regularly. Don't you think Ibanez would welcome the chance to get into a possible playoff situation? I mean Seattle isn't going to contend this year and Raul is on a one year contract I think.Certainly beats the heck out of Tracy anyway.

  120. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Well Desi's was a check swing. I don't think he meant to hit it.

  121. pedrocerrano - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    lol you guys thought we would score?

  122. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    They are begging you tontake the game. And you don't. Cant polish a turd. Season over. Stras deserves better. Char Tracy makes me sick.

  123. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Tracy's AB was so poor it's hard to believe he is a MLB batter. 1st ball swinging on an elevated 1st pitch fastball begging to be fouled or popped up.

  124. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Desi or Tracy all you needed was a nice fly.

  125. kc21 - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    This has the all too familiar look of yet another 3-1 or 2-1 loss. We desperately need a few clutch bats.

  126. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Still shocked he is on the team

  127. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    I'm a little shocked… Seriously… Bases loaded and no outs…

  128. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Our hitters just do not execute well. I say poor coaching is tolerant of this poor execution.

  129. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I think Tracy was TRYING to hit a popup. He wanted the sac fly. He just didn't get it deep enough. Poor AB regardless. That was a disgusting inning.

  130. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    David Proctor said… Well Desi's was a check swing. I don't think he meant to hit it.He didn't but Tracy sure meant to hit his and it was pathetic. I still can't believe he made this team. What did Rizzo see after the All Star break last season to extend him before the season ended?Again, a nice guy but you also have to play and clearly he can't at this level about 90% of the time.

  131. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    The hitters have done this all season. How could you be shocked? I am not shocked I am ticked off. More ticked off as the hitters are willing to be this poor.You all think care more than the fans. I see no proof that they do

  132. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    It's also bad luck that Desi's dribbler went right to Uribe. That could've been a check swing bunt hit also.

  133. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Look at that. Soft grounder to short.

  134. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    And yet Davey keeps putting him out there. Daveys is a fool. Does he even care. And tendon even has the bug now. He cant hit.

  135. E - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    At a boy Span!

  136. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Lol Rendon is 0-2 and suddenly he can't hit anymore.

  137. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Had a fast runner been at third he probably scores

  138. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Rendon is not having a good night though.

  139. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    So now Rendon is in a funk, too…. Great….

  140. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Span gets on base… 2 gets him out with a DP… Not understanding the flack Span is getting tonight…

  141. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    My worse fears have occurred. Eck has got a hold of Rendon.Why is Span not stealing maybe that breaks up these double plays.

  142. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Great post manassas. Ticked off is right. Gut less. Is that 3 Dps for ren

  143. paul brandt - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    still watching but getting harder & harder by the inning…#painful #ruF-nkiddingme

  144. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    We are doing nothing but helping Nolasco out…

  145. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    I cant believe I missed baseball. Heck I still miss baseball. Same s. T diffeewnt day. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I'm pissed

  146. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Jurickson Profar playing LF tonight. He's played 2nd, SS, 3rd, and LF this season.

  147. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Our hitters act as if they never played before when most have played since tgey were 6.

  148. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    It good thing i love baseball, because this lack of hitting is sickening.

  149. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Cant hit there worst pitcher. I see a sweep this weekend guys. Sorry. I cant take anymore tonight. Wake me if we score.

  150. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    MrsB loves the Nats said… We are doing nothing but helping Nolasco out… You think? It's awful. I can't figure it out. Tracy batting .153. Yah, he's due. He capitalizes on balls on the inner half. Why are you swinging at up and out? Work it to your pitch.

  151. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    We are 0 for 6 RISP. What is new.

  152. Greg Essner - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    IM NOT GOING TO SPEND ANYMORE OF MY MONEY TO WATCH THIS TRASH.TILL THIS TEAM FIRES ECK AND OUR GM GROWS SOME BALLS AND DOES SOMETHING TO HELP THIS TEAM.THIS IS AN OBSURD JOKE.

  153. BigCat - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Yes. It's just pitiful watching this team hit. Who is the hitting coach? He's gotta go. Shoulda been gone a loooooooooooog time ago.

  154. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Go back read what i wrote on Tracy nothing has changed.

  155. BigCat - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    If we don't catch them here they are going to the pen. And they got some good arms out there

  156. paul brandt - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    ok Bryce, pretend its your old man out there!!!

  157. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Way to go Jay Dubb!

  158. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Sac fly

  159. BigCat - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    God that Crawford has a horrible arm. Worse than Ny….er ….Morgan's arm

  160. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Des trying to hit it to texas

  161. paul brandt - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    SWM/ "wake me if we score"…thought you went to bed?! haha…well we finally scored!

  162. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I'll take it. See what happens when you put the ball into play?

  163. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh. More more more

  164. BigCat - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Watch with risp how we expand the strike zone. That ball was low too. Eck gotta go

  165. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Good hit…. Simple contact… See what happens…

  166. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Contact protect mode. Great job Desi. I hope Espi gets that videotape.

  167. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Try to hit it far until you get to 2 strikes. That's what many Nats need to do.

  168. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Hahahaha. I never quit Paul. Just say I am. Frustrating though. Lets go.

  169. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Tracy needs to drive a mistake pitch here.

  170. paul brandt - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    BigCat, come on, what do you want him to do?? he hit the ball where it was pitched, put it in play, and we scored a run…geeeezzzzz…would rather Ian do what he did there then rely on Tracy!!!!

  171. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Chad Tracy is absolutely useless.

  172. paul brandt - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    and on cue, hangin Chad hits into a DP…lose him now!!!!

  173. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Chad. Need I say more. What a stiff. He may be worse than Matt stairs

  174. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    OMG, Tracy rolls another over. Inning killer. I can't take this much more. It's Matt Stairs.

  175. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Tracy is worthless…. Ugh, I can't stand him… He serves no damn purpose on the roster…

  176. hiramhover - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Personally, I blame whoever gave LaRoche the flu.

  177. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    If that guy is on the team in themorning Davey should be fired

  178. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    I thought Big Cat was joking.

  179. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    I think Tracy is better than Stairs because he does have a few big hits. But he needs to go, period. This is just unacceptable.

  180. Knoxville Nat - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    I'm telling you Ghost Ibanez is out there for the taking. Tracy? Do we really need two plus months more of this?

  181. BigCat - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Jeeez. Why is Tracy still on team. He has had a good career. But it's time. It's been time. A loooooooog time ago

  182. Knoxville Nat - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Matt Stairs was kept on the team out of spring training in 2011 for one reason and one reason only, Rizzo wanted him because Werth wanted him. I have no idea what the excuse is for keeping Tracy this year.

  183. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    MrsB loves the Nats said… Tracy is worthless…. Ugh, I can't stand him… He serves no damn purpose on the roster…Here's the problem. Nobody to take his spot in AAA or AA. He never should have been signed. That's on Rizzo. What was he thinking? Seriously. That throw from 3rd in Miami was a back breaker and I probably would've replaced him over the All Star break. Here he is with his $&*%$#@ again.

  184. paul brandt - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    anyone else hear Bob there on the fly ball to Span? "…he just runs to the spot where he knows it's coming down."…huh? isn't that what an OF is supposed to do?

  185. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Tracy makes a heck of a quiche. He must. Although I blame Davey. This isn't little league there isn't a must play rule.

  186. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Knoxville Nat said… I'm telling you Ghost Ibanez is out there for the taking. Tracy? Do we really need two plus months more of this? Great point and that's a name to consider. Should have been done on Monday. Still can't believe Tracy is on the active roster.

  187. alexva - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Carp on Span "he just runs to the spot that he knows it will come down"there's some high level analysis right there mister

  188. BigCat - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Where did this guy come from. 99 mph? Come on man

  189. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Ramos not hitting. Man

  190. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    paul brandt said… anyone else hear Bob there on the fly ball to Span? "…he just runs to the spot where he knows it's coming down."…huh? isn't that what an OF is supposed to do? July 19, 2013 9:17 PM As bad as Carp is there are so many worse. Let's be glad Gary Thorne the drunk isn't the Nats guy.

  191. jeffwx - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    I can't imagine how Moore could do any worse. But agree a poorly put together bench that has caused the team several wins.

  192. paul brandt - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    alexva, funny, i think i owe you a drink.

  193. David Proctor - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Moore is a right handed bat. We have that in Hairston now. We need a lefty to replace Tracy.And Moore wasn't any good anyway.

  194. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Ghost – you have seen me call Tracy a bum… I'm done with him…. I was done with his terrible self earlier this year….I was livid when we resigned him… I wanted us to keep Flores, for what it's worth….

  195. Secret wasian man - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Alex va. Hahahahaahahajajaha. Everybldys bad this year. Even catp

  196. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Does Davey stick with Span here in a lefty/lefty as Span batting around .130 I think in these situations? Davey always thinks his "guy" is due.

  197. BigCat - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Mattingly taking out 99 mph. Who's coming in. Bob feller?

  198. jeffwx - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    And it's amazing how other teams can find a Byrd, Ibanez, Hafner,Overbay, Gattis, Schaffer, Paul…while we stood pat.

  199. jeffwx - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Yes, and Tracy's numbers against Rightys is so much better ???

  200. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    This is the spot you got Scott Hairston for. You still have Bernadina to insert. I don't get it.

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