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Game 141: Nats at Marlins

Sep 7, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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As the finish line to this season draws closer — the regular season ends three weeks from tomorrow — and as the Nationals’ already-slim playoff hopes fade even further away — they now trail the Reds by 8 games — there are going to be more opportunities to evaluate younger players with an eye on the future.

In that spirit, Tanner Roark tonight makes the first start of his big-league career. The rookie right-hander has impressed out of the bullpen, turning plenty of heads in a short amount of time, so the Nationals now want to see how he does in a longer outing. Can Roark be as successful facing batters a second and third time? We’ll get our first answer to that question tonight.

After getting shutout last night by the electric Jose Fernandez, the Nationals lineup gets a crack at 23-year-old right-hander Nathan Eovaldi tonight. This is Eovaldi’s third start against the Nats this season; he’s 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA, having allowed five runs on 11 hits in 12 total innings. He’ll face the full Nationals lineup, including Denard Span, who returns after missing last night’s game with a sore groin.

Enjoy the game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 186
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (71-69)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Anthony Rendon
RHP Tanner Roark

MARLINS (53-86)
3B Chris Coghlan
2B Donovan Solano
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
CF Justin Ruggiano
1B Logan Morrison
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Jeff Mathis
RHP Nathan Eovaldi

UMPIRES
HP Lance Barksdale
1B Gary Cederstrom (cc)
2B Angel Hernandez
3B Kerwin Danley

  1. Drew - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Speaking of re-evaluation:

    Denard Span — .708 OPS
    Michael Morse — .686 OPS

    • David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      But Morse would magically be doing better if he were still with us, Drew!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Isn’t Adam LaRoche — .727 OPS — the more appropriate comparison?

    • Sec 309 - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      The choice was not Morse or Span. The choice was Morse or LaRoche.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Well, if they had signed LaRoche and NOT Span, Morse would have played left (until he got hurt), so it’s sorta Morse:Span, but if they hadn’t signed LaRoche, Morse stays and plays first. I think they were pretty set on getting Span either way, but that doesn’t mean it was inevitable.

      • Sec 309 - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        But they did sign Span first. Which set up the Morse or LaRoche choice – unless you want to bend the space-time continuum.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        But like a fool I mixed them, and it scrambled up my mind. Now people just get uglier, and I have no sense of time.

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Good luck to Roark tonight…

  3. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Good luck, Row-Row.

    See you on the Tuck Side…

  4. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 2m
    Bryce Harper scratched at the last minute for the Nats. Tyler Moore playing left for him.

    Lord.

  5. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Span is the man.

  6. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    That’s a home run.

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    That’s a HR..

  8. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I just said… He keeps paying attention to Span, Eovaldi is gonna make a mistake for Ryan…

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Long double….

  10. Steady Eddie - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Ready have more hits than they got last night.

  11. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Only in Marlins Park will you hear the line “it looked like it hit a flamingo in the leg”

  12. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    That’s the play Ryan tried to make against the Mets.

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Tanner is working efficiently and effectively…

  14. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Have a night Ryan Zimmerman.

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Wow Ryan… Just wow…

  16. NatsLady - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    So– RZ is finally feeling better, three months later than he expected?

    • David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      His power has been much better lately. I’ve been pointing that out for about a week or two now.

      • NatsLady - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        I was actually thinking of the jump throw, in combination with the power.

  17. Steady Eddie - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Werth — now Those are baseball smarts!

  18. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Smart baserunning by Werth.

  19. Steady Eddie - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Tatanka!

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Aight Wilson… I see you…

  21. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    That run scores if it’s ANYBODY but Wilson Ramos.

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    This is the effort I wanted last night….

    • NatsLady - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      MrsB–different pitcher. Way different pitcher.

  23. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Poor Desi. He’s smashed the ball twice and has nothing to show for it.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Is this thing on?

  25. Joe Seamhead - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Ok, I’ve been sticking up for Span all your year. No apologies. He is not a fourth outfielder for this team, nor should he be. Such poppycock. He was one of many responsible for a lousy middle of the season, but he plays CF, and hits leadoff for me.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      I’ve always liked the guy. He didn’t have a good year, and that’s unfortunate, but it’s not a moral failing. He’ll be back.

  26. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    They’re dropping their back shoulders again.

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Maybe Desi should stop first pitch swinging…. Just saying…

  28. Sonny G 10 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Well, hello Nats Insiders. I’m at a campground in Sheridan, WY. I see that the baseball gods stiffed me last night so screw them. Hope we win tonight. GYFNG!!!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Keep an eye out for them bears, Sonny.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I would have let Roark go 7…

  30. Sonny G 10 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    What’s happening, what’s the score?

    • David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      7-0 Nats. Zim has homered twice. Roark was excellent. Ohlenforf in now.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Sonny G10 – Nats up 7-0.

      • Sonny G 10 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Thanks David and Eugene. I just got the game on MLB.TV and can follow it myself now. Sorry I missed Zim’s home runs.

      • Sonny G 10 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        Spoke too soon. Connection keeps dropping the video. May be relegated to the radio broadcast.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        So … we can blame the Marlin’s runs on you, Sonny.

  31. sjm308 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    How long do you leave Ross O. in? I realize things are already pretty bleak but I think I have someone warming up right now. We have a huge pen, lets use them.

  32. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Why are we wasting Clippard in a 5 run game? Maybe Davey thinks he needs to work on some things since he’s been roughed up a bit lately?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Because he wants to keep it a 5-run game, I guess.

  33. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    This Caminero kid has some interesting stuff. He’s a little wild, but not unreasonably so. Just from what I’m seeing here, he looks worth following.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Wait, his name is Archimedes Caminero?? He’s on my All-Name Team right now.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Arquimedes Euclides Caminero

        I’m all in. I have to see if he has a fan club.

  34. ArVAFan - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Re: Ryan Zimmerman. He told a mutual acquaintance during the last week of August that “my shoulder finally feels 100%. It was supposed to be June, but it wasn’t.”

    So I noticed that week that he threw overhand to LaRoche (and got the ball there on time).

    Based on that information, I expect him to work hard over the off season, and show up at Spring Training ready for another Gold Glove year at 3rd base.

    • Section 222 - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Gold Glove? I’ll take just average.

    • Sonny G 10 - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      This confirms my feelings on Ryan Zimmerman.

  35. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Roark is going to have more wins than Strasburg soon.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      +1

  36. David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 33s
    Bryce Harper flying back to DC for tests on hip, Davey says. Aggravated before game hitting.

    I don’t like the sound of this.

    • paul brandt - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      that’s what happens when you play thru an injury…will be real unfortunate if its bad.

      • David Proctor - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        I suspect he’s done for the season and that’s fine with me. Let him get ready for next year.

  37. paul brandt - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    DP, agree…we forget he is 20. Of course he wants to play and imagine he, like most, are never entirely truthful with trainers, coaches, docs, etc…but it comes a time that if its hurting himself & the team, then it becomes a problem…its a fine line.

    just look at RG3…am a huge fan but am nervous about him coming back so quick…every hit, scramble, read option, run…will be tough to watch…and we forget, RG is only 3 years older than Bryce…I want these guys around here in their 30’s!

  38. Chazz - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Be careful what metaphor you choose, #34.

  39. Chazz - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    This one’s for you, Mick

    We’re drinking, we’re romantic, but there’s nothing really happening
    and the place is dead as heaven on a Saturday night.
    And my very sweet companion gets me fumbling, gets me laughing.
    She’s a hundred but she’s wearing something tight.
    And I lift my glass to the awful truth
    Which you can’t reveal to the ears of youth
    Except to say it isn’t worth a dime.

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