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Game 100: Pirates at Nats

Jul 23, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

New hitting coach Rick Schu will be on hand for his first game as a member of the Nationals coaching staff as the Nats take on the Pirates Tuesday night. We'll see what help, if any, he can provide for a Washington team coming off four straight losses to begin the season's second half, including a tough one-run defeat on Monday.

The Nats will try to get things going at the plate against one of the most talented young arms in the game. Former 2011 first overall pick Gerrit Cole (4-3, 3.89 ERA) will take the ball for Pittsburgh, providing an intriguing matchup between he and the 2010 first overall selection in Bryce Harper. Cole was also selected ahead of Anthony Rendon in 2011, another player considered at the time to be in the mix for the first pick.

Cole will be making his eighth major league start while fellow rookie Taylor Jordan (0-2, 3.32) is making his fifth career start for Washington. The Nationals are continuing with Harper in the leadoff spot and Span back in the seven hole.

Updates to come…

PITTSBURGH PIRATES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 188
Weather: Mostly clear, 83 degrees, Wind 12 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (48-51)
LF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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229 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. BigCat - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Jordon is a breath of fresh air in a bleak depressing season. The kid knows how to pitch

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    I wish Span would keep hittong to left. His average to left has to be a lot higher than his average to right.

  3. mick - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Davidyour right about Karns

  4. mick - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Expose,soon FP will givining Mets and Marlins updatewho would have thunk itlol

  5. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Shark turning to much body as he swings.

  6. Knoxville Nat - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Mick,Interesting you mentioned Mattingly. IIRC, after the 2009 season Rizzo asked the Dodgers for permission to talk to Mattingly about the Nats managerial position. I can't recall if Mattingly said he wasn't interested or if the Dodgers refused to give permission but Rizzo eventually hired Riggleman who had been an interim manager in 2009 after taking over for Acta in July at the all star break.I'm not sure of Mattingly's status after this season but I think he is in the last year of his contract unless the Dodgers hold an option for next season.

  7. mick - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    nats should sit Det the rest of year and get him rehabing in the Fall, no reason at all to rush him back now

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    How many times can a team swing ball 4 in a game.I am shock how little discpline these people have

  9. ExposedinDC - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    The Shark strikes out…….the " thanks for 2012 appreciation tour " is alive and well

  10. BigCat - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Roger a mess at the plate. Didn't get a strike and struck out. Pulling head. Feet moving all over the place.

  11. nats guy - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    I gotta say don't bring up Cole till he has ptched at least 1/2 a season at Harrisburg. Also I am extremely impressed by how much Jordan has progressed since he has been up. Iwasn't that knocked out at first but tonight was pretty good. Karns not so much. Hard but flat fastball. No movement, homerun heaven. Too bad Jordan is on an innings limit. Great stuff, great movement. Detwiler could learn from him.David I agree on trades stand pat unless someone else sells you the store for nothing. Look for minor improvements for next year. Other than RZims shoulder their problems are in their heads. I honestly don't know how you fix that.

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    MrsB loves the Nats said… Ghost – at this point, you and I will never owe each other a drink… Lol… Good stuff with the same thoughts lately!

  13. BigCat - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Clip been nasty almost all year

  14. SCNatsFan - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Jordan is 0-3 if, this is what a breath of fresh air smells like then we are in trouble.Your job as a starter – any starter – is to out pitch the other guy. If he gives up 1 then you have to give up zero. Our guys aren't doing it.

  15. David Proctor - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Clippard has had such a fantastic season. It would've come in real handy in a pennant race. A shame.

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Davey got Krol up for a reason to face Alverez but left TJord in there and boom!Davey should've stuck with his plan.

  17. David Proctor - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    I agree, but not like it matters.

  18. jeffwx - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    bring back Eck

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Rendon hits it on the screws and right to the RF.

  20. BigCat - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Jordon a breath of fresh air….. Yes sir eeeee

  21. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    jeffwx said… bring back Eck That's what Davey is saying too! Game over. 3 hitter.

  22. Amr Khani - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Fire Schu!!

  23. PersonalizedName - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Is Taylor Jordan about to go further in an appearance than Strasburg has gone in his career?

  24. jeffwx - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Curse of the Beast.Stop singing his song and maybe he will lift it.Bring back Robinson.Avoid the blue lights on your computer and tv…it keeps you awake

  25. PersonalizedName - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    This team is an embarrassment. One of the few players doing well – Krol – is showing signs of regression. Two hits. What a joy that one of them (barely) went over the fence. We are becoming really good at barely avoiding shutouts.

  26. PersonalizedName - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    If the Nats score 8 or more runs in a week then you get 50% off your pizza.

  27. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Unfortunately when there is no hitting this is true.

  28. BigCat - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Hmmmmm. Ray knight doesn't seem happy about the hiring of schu

  29. mick - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Knox Nats…interesting, did not know that

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