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Game 155: Marlins at Nats (postponed)

Sep 21, 2013, 3:02 PM EST

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[The game has been postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader Sunday with 1:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. start times]

After being scratched before his last two starts, Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96) will give it a go tonight in what will likely be his second to last outing of the 2013 season. Rain is in the forecast, but the outlook has improved throughout the day. As of now, calls for a ten percent chance of rain at 7 p.m. and 30 percent at 8 p.m. This being the Nats’ final weekend at home this year, they will surely try to fit this one in as best they can.

Davey Johnson will be honored before the game with a ceremony on the field. They are expected to show a five minute tribute video for what has been an illustrious major league career. Johnson will be back tomorrow for his final home game as a manager in this, his 30th season in a major league dugout (13 as a player, 17 as a skipper).

Strasburg faces the Marlins for the fifth time this season on Saturday. He’s actually found trouble against Miami this year, holding a 5.82 ERA through 17 total innings.

Pitching for the Marlins is right-hander Tom Koehler who got blasted by the Nationals on Aug. 29, allowing six runs in five innings at Nats Park. The Nationals took home a 9-0 victory that day.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Chance of T-storms, 75 degrees, Wind 11 mph RF to LF

CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Stephen Strasburg

MARLINS (56-98)
2B Donovan Solano
3B Ed Lucas
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
CF Justin Ruggiano
1B Logan Morrison
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Koyie Hill
RHP Tom Koehler

HP Fieldin Culbreth
1B Adrian Johnson
2B Bill Welke
3B Brian O’Nora

10:46 p.m. — We’re going on Hour 4 of this rain delay, and it’s been quite a long night in the pressbox. It has apparently been a long one in the clubhouses as well. Check out this tweet from Harper moments ago:

And here’s an instagram video from Giancarlo Stanton, showing how the Marlins are passing the time:

  1. natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Probably won’t be in front of the tv at game time tonight but do plan to be there in person tomorrow.

    Go, SS! Go, NATS!!

  2. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Already raining lightly here in 20001. I wonder if they ever consider moving the start up to get it in. Probably a logistical mountain or two there.

    • NatsLady - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      I had the same thought. But, tickets, TV, post-game concert, stadium prep. They would have to have done it yesterday, and then if it DIDN’T rain…!!!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Tonight’s the concert, too? I had forgotten. Well, at least if it gets cancelled we won’t have months of additional promos to listen to.

        Hey, would that constitute Montgomery Gentry getting “dierksbentley-ed”?

  3. NatsLady - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi 3m
    Pregame news from Pittsburgh: Clint Hurdle says Jason Grilli will close today.

    Also, I believe Barmes is at SS instead of Mercer. Nothing like closing the barn door…

  4. dcwx61 - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    And beware of highly specific forecasts (eg: 10% at 4, 30% at 8)….That means the forecast was produced by simply extracting the values from a numerical model without any human guidance.
    Look at the NWS first, Mark.
    50% chance after 5

    • dcwx61 - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      70% chance of rain after 5 PM
      and 100% after 8 PM
      but you don’t need a sportswriter to know which way the rain goes (check a radar)

  5. natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Coming down in buckets in Fairfax County.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Picking up here in Shaw about fifteen minutes ago to something they wouldn’t play in if the game were on now. More rain than wind, so far.

      “There’s a 20% chance of rain. (Looks out window.)
      Well, it’s raining here, so that means, in four other places, it’s not raining.”

  6. sjberke - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Looks like the rain’s here, sooner than expected. That also means it will be gone sooner than expected, if not by game time, then well before the midnight they were talking about earlier.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      Maybe. There’s a slight break after this, for DC, about 60-90 minutes from now, and behind that is the main mass that will probably have heavier rain, and last about 2 hours, from the looks of it. Just my guerrilla weather report.

  7. David Proctor - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    The Mets have shut down Zack Wheeler for the rest of the season. That’s significant because he was lined up to face the Reds.

    • Steady Eddie - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Yeah, but I suspect after this weekend we are going to be unequivocally cheering for the Reds. Much as I would’ve liked the box long-suffering fans to get relief, after last night, probably not.

  8. Steady Eddie - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Bucs not box!

  9. David Proctor - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    By the way, did anyone read Boswell’s piece on Davey? It’s a must read piece:


    Davey has his flaws and all, but I’m going to miss him. And he’s meant so much for the development of our players. Desi being the biggest example, but not just him.

    • nats128 - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Thanks for the link. There was a day not to long ago that several people who were begging for Davey to be fired. Its amazing how much smarter Davey looks with a powerful offense.

      Has Davey made mistakes? Of course. Its part of managing. I think Davey did fall asleep in many games mid-season and that was a shame but now he seems to be awake again and finishing strong.

  10. Candide - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Being utterly selfish, hoping they call it tonight, as we have tix to some stupid British farce at the Little Theater of Alexandria, a genre LTA seems to specialize in, to my eternal irritation. Whereas tomorrow, we only have plans for the afternoon, and they involve being at Nats Park, albeit too late for first pitch, and probably also for the promo scarf they’re giving away..

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      yanno, you might make this game yet.

  11. Baseballswami - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Rain has stopped in Pittsburgh- maybe it will stop earlier here? We can always watch that game. You know, if someone had told me a couple of months ago that we would be still mathematically in this thing at this point, I would have thought you were crazy. This last month or so has been fun. Still being relevant, solid second, winning record– only the second one!! Not what we wanted, but a salvaged season in a lot of ways.

  12. Another_Sam - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I consulted my phone app weather map. Looks like it will take a midnight start to get this one in. 😦. Of course I don’t even play a weatherman on TV.

  13. Candide - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    You know how everyone says you don’t really know much about a team until the season’s 1/4 over?

    Well, on August 8, after getting swept three straight by the Braves, the Nats were 55-60.

    They’ve played 40 games since then, effectively 1/4 of the season.

    And they’ve gone 29-11 in those 40 games.

    Now, only nine of those games were against teams with winning records – the Braves and the Royals. But the Nats went 5-4 in those games. Against everyone else, they went 25-7.

    We’ll see how the rest of the season plays out. But for the last quarter of a season, the Nats have been using the time-honored formula for winning a pennant: Play the good teams to a standstill, and beat the daylights out of the bad ones.

    At the end of a disappointing season, it augurs well for next year.

  14. David Proctor - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Braves just coughed up a lead in the 8th (it was only a 1-0 game, now it’s 2-1 Cubs with a runner on 3rd and 1 out).

    Does this effect us? Not really. But the longer it takes the Braves to clinch the better.

    • David Proctor - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Braves lose.

    • natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      I have nothing to add but this: Go, CUBS, go! :-)

      Does this effect us? Not really. But the longer it takes the Braves to clinch the better.

      • natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Oh. Make that: Well played, Cubbies. Well played.

    • Steady Eddie - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Since that sweep, the Braves have played only 21-18 ball, with only 10 of those games against teams with a winning record when they played them. (That is, Nats were below .500 during the August 16-18 series in Atl but above during this past week’s series.) And they were 5-5 in those games (sweeping 3 from Cleveland but losing 3/4 to the Cards and of course 2/3 to us.).

      The benefit of the Cubbies beating them is like them losing 2 of 3 last weekend in San Diego — getting losing in their heads.

      The Braves are 8-11 so far in September. Not much of a head of steam to take into the playoffs.

  15. David Proctor - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Really, really interesting interview with Bryce by Julie A. It’s worth checking out online later if you missed it.

  16. Baseballswami - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I know the Barves are going to the post season. But watching them wait in such a frustrating way is hugely entertaining. The Cubs. Now that is funny.

    • natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Plus, they have to wait out our rain delay to see what happens. haha. Take that, Bravos.

      In other news, it’s still pouring buckets here. That is all. Oh, and quack.

  17. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I am so bored, hope a game takes place.

  18. altimus1066 - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Is tonight’s game still on? Is there a rain delay?

  19. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    WE ARE TWO MINUTES from scheduled first pitch. Any updates? I assume they are still delayed… Any official ETA?

    • David Proctor - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Officially delayed.Could be hours, but all indications are it’s going to be played tonight, even if it’s midnight.

  20. David Proctor - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Reds already up on the Pirates 1-0.

  21. Dave - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    The geniuses at MLB Network have, in their wisdom, decided that the DC area would prefer to watch the Texas-Kansas City game instead of Reds-Pirates.

    They must not follow baseball very closely there at the cable TV network owned and run by Major League Baseball. Unbelievable.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      Do the various networks have contracts that determine which league’s games they can show? Sometimes there are turf issues. Just wondering.

    • Jw - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      MLBN does not seem to regionalize its programming, other than to observe blackouts. In the past when the Nats were the MLBN game, DC stations showed filler programs rather than other games because the Nats game was blacked out here. Very likely the entire country except for TX and KC are seeing this game.

      • snerdblurter - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        San Francisco here….. we’re getting TX/KC too. Yawn.

  22. Baseballswami - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I have zero interest in this AL game. Thanks MLB.

  23. natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Guess I didn’t miss anything while I was out to dinner. Also, this is funny (but probably because I’m not there):

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 2h

    Nats announce the game will not start on time. Also, they announced human beings breath in oxygen and breath out carbon dioxide.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      And Generalissimo Francisco Franco ….

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        is still dead.

  24. Manassas Nats Fan - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Been out of town. Raining thete still?

    • ehay2k - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Manassas, I am at the game and it is most definitely still raining. HARD.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        So, how many fans would you estimate are still there? I could always pop down there. Maybe they’d just let me in for the hell of it, why would they not at this point? I’ve gotten into other parks that way before.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        lessee, Metro will be closed by the time they get done, if not by the time they start. There’s a Car2Go just up the street from Justins, but it’s the only one close. I could take one down there, I guess, and reserve it for later….

        Surprisingly, that’s actually sounding tempting…

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    I’m not understanding how this game hasn’t been postponed until tomorrow… The rain doesn’t seem like its gonna let up any time soon…..

    • sjberke - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      If they did postpone, they’d have to play a doubleheader tomorrow (which the Nats really don’t want to do) or replay the game on Monday the 30th if it had a bearing on the wildcard.

  26. Baseballswami - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Just looked at the radar. Worst line here now, back edge approaching with nothing behind it. Where do the fish go tomorrow night?

    • sjberke - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Fish go home to start a series with Philly. Nats of course go to St. Louis and really would not want to have to play a second game tomorrow.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I think there’s fish in my back yard at this point…

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      radar at 9:45

      I don’t see the tarp coming off for at least 45 minutes to an hour. Minimum.

  27. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    You know the Marlins players are going to be pissed off they had to wait around like this, and everybody is going to be tired. I can just see this going extras if I did show up.

  28. David Proctor - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    I’m very tempted to go myself. But metro is going to close by the game is over and I have no interest in finding and paying for parking at this time.

  29. Steady Eddie - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Actually I think (though I’m not sure) that DC stops charging for parking in the area around the park where parking is permitted at 10 PM. Anyone else know about this?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      Yes. Parking at meters is free between 10:00 pm and 6:30 a.m. I gotta think you’d be out by then.

  30. Candide - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Well, Cunegonde and I just got back from the stupid British farce, so you were right, Sec. 3. But anyone who thinks we’re going to stay up to watch this game – or watch it get postponed/canceled – probably thinks Nook Logan should be brought back to DC to replace Denard in center.

    You have to figure that even if they DO play the game in front of 27 brain-damaged fans, the Nats are going to have to give no-shows some kind of restitution in the form of seats for a game next season.

    ehay2k, any estimate on how many people are there at this point?

  31. sjm308 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Just got home! Justin’s was fun and I was pleased to see all five TV’s switched to BASEBALL at 7pm. got to watch the Terps destroy WVU and then watch several innings of meaningful games that had no rain. One of my season ticket buddies was down at Park Tavern and natsfan1a will be pleased to know I can now text so I met him for one more drink before deciding this was definitely not something I wanted to wait out. My son never left his home in Capital Hill so I am guessing, sadly, that we might have seen our last game on Tuesday when we spanked the Braves. Hope I am wrong and we somehow pull it out but I am glad we played well this last month. Not to criticize the Park Tavern too much but besides a very poor beer selection, they had NASCAR and college football on their two screens. At Justin’s we had Reds/Pirates, Royals/Rangers, Red Sox/? , Cleveland/Astros and Julie Alexandria interviewing Bryce although the sound was off.

    Go Nats!! can’t imagine how difficult this must be for the players. I realize we have a nice clubhouse but how nice can it be to wait around for hours and hours.

    • natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Well done on the texting, sjm.

      Judging from the video Chase posted, the Fish were enjoying the rain delay.

  32. David Proctor - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Game has been postponed until tomorrow. Glad I didn’t make the trip now.

  33. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Oh, and the Pirates beat the Reds, and the Cubs beat the Braves! Yay.

  34. natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    And a good time was had by all. Say goodnight, Gracie.

  35. natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    My cat hates rain delays. That is all.

  36. Section 222 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    You have to figure that even if they DO play the game in front of 27 brain-damaged fans, the Nats are going to have to give no-shows some kind of restitution in the form of seats for a game next season.

    Hey, there were a lot more than 27 fans there, and we weren’t brain damaged. In fact, we had a lot of fun watching the Bucs/Reds game on the Jumbotron, which apparently the rest of you couldn’t watch on TV. So there!

    Anyone ever played Moundball?





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