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Game 103: Mets at Nats

Jul 26, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

It's a beautiful day for a ballgame, so how 'bout we play two? We've got a day-night doubleheader here between the Nationals and Mets, and the various results could actually be significant. The Nats currently lead New York by only two games in the NL East, so a Mets sweep incredibly would leave the two clubs tied in the standings. A Nationals sweep, on the other hand, would guarantee they'd be back in sole possession of second place in the division.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the start in Game 1 this afternoon against right-hander Jenrry Mejia, making his season debut after dealing with an elbow injury. Davey Johnson is going with his same lineup from yesterday's win, including Steve Lombardozzi at second base and batting second. "I'm not changing a winning hand," the manager said, also speculating that Lombardozzi might try to beat him up if he wasn't playing after a 3-hit performance.

Ryan Mattheus, meanwhile, has been activated off the DL as the 26th man allowed for the doubleheader. The Nats will have to make a decision tonight, removing someone from the roster. They could just send Mattheus back to Syracuse, or they could demote another reliever. Drew Storen, a potential candidate for demotion, is battling the same flu Adam LaRoche had earlier in the week and probably is unavailable to pitch in either game today, according to Johnson.

Lots of updates to come from a long day at the ballpark, so please check back…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS (Game 1)
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Mostly sunny, 80 degrees, Wind 4 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (49-53)
LF Bryce Harper
2B Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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292 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Abad probably going down.

  2. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    sec222our offense is the worst in MLB with all due respect…Harvey may no hit this group

  3. ExposedinDC - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    A double A pitcher….really kind of sums it up….all kidding aside, I fear for the Nats in the night cap….smelling a 1 or 2 hitter….hope my sense of smell is really off

  4. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Im not choosing sides… but… I do wonder if DJ will finish this season… I mean we havent seen improvement to the likes that anyone is really happy…I know the manager gets his fair share of blame (and yeah it can be easy to just blame him) but a lot of the fundamentals are missing from the Nats (cant bunt, base fielding) and some mis-management by DJ has also accounted for some losses…I know a lot of you all liked Knorr… I prefer Girardi or a whole new regime…

  5. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Another walk to Ike Davis… are you kidding me!?!?!?!?!

  6. Joe Seamhead - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    We're all dressed ready to go to the 2nd game. Having a hard time getting pumped to make the 60 mile round trip. Especially with the day/night thing going on. Traffic, parking nightmare. Wife is wavering about the whole thing.

  7. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Yiu would think they would adjust, but they seem to play like they can turn it on when they are ready.Not ready I guess yet.

  8. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Mattheus rusty

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    If you have been following like you have how could you be surprised.

  10. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Harvey may no hit this groupmick, he may, but he probably won't. I'm not saying that I'm excited about our odds tonight, but Harvey hasn't pitched over 7 innings since May 28 and just three starts ago he gave up 5 runs. You think Lombo should start every day. So based on the last two days alone, you would bench Rendon? Really? I think I'd be happy that we caught lightening with him, in light of his career and full year numbers.

  11. TexNat - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Who do you want to bench for Lombo, who despite his periodic hot streaks, is a subpar hitter with no real power and a poor on base percentage? Does the fact that the Nats are not playing well mean we have to go completely crazy?

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I would bet my mortgage against a no hitter.

  13. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Come on 222 and TexNat – Its about 'what have you done for me lately'…But, to Mick's credit, may he is saying ride the hot hand until it isnt hot… We all know Lombo is servicable (I dont think he is an every day starter) but right now he is in a groove and Rendon is struggling…

  14. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Lets put up 6 now on Scott Rice

  15. pedrocerrano - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    All the wise folk turned this game off after the Mets failed to make 3 errors in the first inning.

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Why would I turn off a game. This is the first of 3 today.Angel at A's game 3.

  17. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Well, I'm sure that Rendon will play tonight as he should. So if he gets a few hits, then whose hot hand do you ride?

  18. Secret wasian man - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Nats on pace to win 7 more games this season, Davey 0-7 since all star break. Knorr a perfect record.

  19. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I believe FP just hit tge nail on the head. The team played with no energy.

  20. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I never turn a Nats game off… Idk how badly we are losing or how many we are up by…I didnt say I agreed 222… I just am maybe offering suggestions…

  21. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    The only one with a hit with guys on is Zim

  22. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Outside of today's 2 and 3, no one else has really done anything…

  23. RaleighNat - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    How disappointing is this game?…wow.

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Not that time Mr. Double play came back out to play.Not sure his ranking in the league, but I would bet top 5.

  25. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Kick some butt in game 2

  26. MrsB loves the Nats - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Well… we need to come out angry and raking for Game 2… Be nice to get Harvey out the game early…Hopefully, we dont come out flat and have intensity…

  27. phil dunton - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    No energy and lots of complacency, those are the problems. Those two traits also define the manager. He has infected the entire team with his sleep walking! End of story.

  28. RaleighNat - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    I'm just in shock at our inability to get any momentum going. Nats Park is the place momentum goes to die..(unless you're the other team)

  29. Tcostant - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Did anyone tell the Nationals that they were playing a doubleheader today???

  30. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman isn't even in the top 40 in GIDP. LaRoche is the only one even on the list (top 40) and he's 34th. Source: http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting/_/sort/GIDPs/type/expanded/order/true

  31. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    We had momendum after yesterday, and even before all momendum went as soon as Murphy homered.

  32. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    sec2222 points on Rendon… 1) I agree with another poster in here that he may not be ready physically to play a full major league season in his rookie year2) He has been figured out and needs time to make adjustmentsand you know what, Lombo is hittig the damn ball the last 2 games and he has earned it so my answer is "YES"also, its not like this team is going any where this year so why not play Lombo every day, either at 2b or the outfield over Span, so Rendon can still play

  33. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Apologies, that's all of MLB. But Zimmerman is 23rd in the National League in GIDP.

  34. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    The NL league leader in GIDPs is Matt Holiday with 22. Zim has 10 and isn't in the top 10. Others in the top 10 include Freese, Goldschmidt, Michael Young, Neil Walker and Brandon Phillips. Guys without blazing speed who hit in the middle of the order and hit the ball hard ground into a lot of DPs. It's not an indicator of a lousy hitter by any stretch of the imagination.

  35. TexNat - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    The Nats now have scored fewer runs per game than every team in the majors except for the Marlins. That means that they trail even the Houston Astros, who are actively trying to lose.

  36. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Guess I should have left the DP research to DP. But no drink owed because we consulted different sources. :-)

  37. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Please no more Lombo in the outfield.

  38. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Why has Davey made Mattheus throw 40+ pitches and counting in his first game back from the DL?

  39. RaleighNat - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Not mad. I love this team and these guys. I want them to do well so badly. But this is thoroughly demoralizing.

  40. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Baffling. Mattheus comes back, has a successful inning and then Davey puts him back out there and leaves him in far too long.

  41. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Just seems that way.

  42. TexNat - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Maybe Davey intends to send him down after today so he doesn't care. It doesn't seem to be a very well thought out move.

  43. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    David…very good question…i hope Davey is asked that question

  44. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Still seems like more.

  45. Tcostant - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Is Storen's going to get an inning before being sent to the minors tomorrow???

  46. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Normally a hard hitter who has a guy on first.

  47. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    poor Drew, probably should not be playing today because of the flu…just shows why a hall of fame manager is now the worst in MLB this year… Davey is embarrassing himself

  48. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Drew Storen, ladies and gents.

  49. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Goodness gracious. Can we send both of them down?

  50. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    why would Davey leave Drew out to dry??I'm sorry…Davey is now a terrible manager and he is hurting this team and the morale of the players

  51. TexNat - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Man. When the wheels come off, the wheels come off. If this was the NFL, I'd say tank the season and play for the draft pick!

  52. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I said we needed a 6 run 9thPitchers thought I was alking to them.Now need an 11 run 9th

  53. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    the crowd has now turned on the team….very sad

  54. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I thought Drew had the flu. Maybe Davey wanted him to take one for the team so that Clip, Krol, Rafi, and Stammen are fresh for tonight. But he could have just stuck with Mattheus for that.

  55. Tcostant - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Nice knowing you Storen, see you at September call up time :)

  56. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    MNFlol

  57. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Remember when the Nats blew out the Mets and they had a catcher pitch the last inning? ALR anyone?

  58. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Mattheus was already at 45 pitches and would probably be unavailable for not just tonight's game, but a few games, if he had kept going. I think that was Davey's reasoning for putting Mattheus back in–just eat innings. But Mattheus couldn't do it, so Davey conceded and went with Drew.

  59. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Joe S listen to your wife and stay home, if you have not left yet

  60. blovy8 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Easy, man. The guy is pitching with the FLU.

  61. do1teach1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    There won't be any tough questions about this one from our docile "press" corps.

  62. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    If Storen is sick, and Davey brought him in to fail, kick Davey to the corner.Storen now 5.95, Mattgeus 6.11, Abad 1.61Davey 27.00

  63. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Joe S listen to your wife and stay homeHeck no! Tonight is a reverse lock if there ever was one. And a beautiful night for baseball!

  64. Tcostant - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Who cares that he has the flu, he's out there. Didn't MJ win a playoff with the flu?

  65. blovy8 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    T shirts tonight. OK, they look pretty ugly on the website, so maybe they're not worth the drive.

  66. phil dunton - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    "Hall of Fame Manager". Ha Ha. the criteria for HOF entrance has diminished in recent years but not nearly enough that Davey would even remotely qualify.

  67. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    sec222it is a great night and to tell you the truth, I would go but its not my turn for the tickets as I share them with a group

  68. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Mattheus ERA is not really fair to him. His ERA was sub-3 prior to the game where he broke his hand. And he was put in a position to fail today by making him throw so much in his return.

  69. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    ALR again swings at one low. Come on swing at strikes.

  70. phil dunton - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    I think Davey will be gone by next Monday.

  71. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    "102 degree temperature, sicker than a dog…Let's make him wear it!"Storen's dad tweeted that…

  72. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Was just thinking, maybe Davey could pull a Riggleman and just give knorr the score card and leave.

  73. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    philI agree, he will resign on his own he will not nor should he be fired

  74. jeffwx - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Mets offense will be exhausted for game two.

  75. do1teach1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Day will be fun tomorrow.

  76. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    so Mets lead series 5-4, that is a 9 game sample size, which means to me Nats are only a 4th place team in the East

  77. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    David Proctor said…"102 degree temperature, sicker than a dog…Let's make him wear it!"Storen's dad tweeted that…for real???

  78. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    As I said earlier if he had a 102 temp, why is he there.

  79. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    MNFthat could be a real possibility

  80. TexNat - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Are you serious Dave P?

  81. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Because Davey didn't want to use any of our good bullpen guys in a blowout. But it's still pretty nasty to put in a sick guy like that.

  82. David Proctor - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Yes, Storen's dad tweeted that. And Storen's mom tweeted something similar.

  83. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    so is Drew's folks upset…it sounds like it?

  84. TexNat - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Yikes. This season is approaching train wreck status.

  85. Section 222 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    That's the spirit mick! Still not too late to snag a few tix on StubHub. 235 seats left, buy before 5:05 pm. :-)

  86. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Davidthat does not sound good…

  87. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Sec22 ha hahere's the problem, my wife (boss) will say noooooo

  88. PChuck - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Sell!

  89. nats guy - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Sounds like Drew is not very happy.I wonder if there is more of that on this team. Losing brings out the worst.

  90. mick - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    new post

  91. do1teach1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Was that Centigrade or Fahrenheit?

  92. Joe Seamhead - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    That is an error.

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