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Nats at Marlins — 3/15/14

Mar 15, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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Today the Nationals and Marlins will send their aces to the mound as both Stephen Strasburg and Jose Fernandez are nearing the home stretch towards Opening Day. The game is not on television unfortunately, but you will be able to listen to the Marlins’ broadcast through MLB.com.

The Nats have sent a decent amount of regulars to Jupiter with Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos and Adam LaRoche all in the lineup. Rounding it out are Danny Espinosa who is playing shortstop, Steven Souza, Nate McLouth and Will Rhymes.

Both Strasburg and Fernandez have been razor sharp thus far through spring. Strasburg has allowed just one earned run on three hits in two starts, and Fernandez has pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings through two games.

Enjoy the conversation here…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: None
Radio: MLB.com (Marlins’ feed)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 75 degrees, Wind 10 mph

NATIONALS
2B Anthony Rendon
SS Danny Espinosa
DH Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Steven Souza
CF Nate McLouth
3B Will Rhymes
(RHP Stephen Strasburg)

MARLINS
2B Rafael Furcal
2B Donovan Solano
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
DH Casey McGehee
CF Marcell Ozuna
RF Brian Bogusevic
LF Reed Johnson
1B Ty Winnington
3B Josh Rodriguez
(RHP Jose Fernandez)

  1. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Andrew Simon ‏@AndrewSimonMLB 43s
    Matt Williams says Doug Fister felt good this morning. Possibly could pitch in Minor League game tomorrow if all is still well. #Nats

    • originalnatsfan - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      great news

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Will that minor league game be on one of the cloverleaf fields at the practice facility, and open to the public? I think so. Might be worth a look-see if you’re in the area.

      • nats128 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        Great to hear!

  2. Skippy - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Can any insider give me some tips on what time to show up at space coast stadium to see players warm up and any other tips on spring training games? Heading down for tomorrow’s game, first spring traing game. Thanks!

  3. Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I probably should have just quoted Mark in the first place, huh? But to answer your question:

    The daily workouts continue through Feb. 27, after which the Grapefruit League season commences and the center of attention becomes Space Coast Stadium. The team still holds a full morning workout prior to those games (in addition to the regular batting practice they’ll take during the regular season, they also spend extra time in the morning working on defensive and baserunning fundamentals) but unfortunately those aren’t open to the public. Stadium gates open one hour before first pitch, though spring season ticket holders are allowed in two hours before first pitch.

  4. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    The Marlins broadcast of this game is in Spanish

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Yo había oído eso.

      WTH, it’s good practice.

      • nats128 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        Muy bueno!

      • nats128 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        As he says Esssssssssss striiiiiiiiiiiiiike

      • natsfan1a - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        I don’t speak Spanish but I’m pretty sure hearing something like this would be a good thing. (Well, for the Marlins, anyway).

    • chaz11963 - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Do you believe that?! I was really looking forward to listening to the game. I called MLB.com and they didn’t even realize it was in Spanish.

  5. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Anthony Rendon draws a leadoff walk, Espinosa strikes out (give him a break, it’s Jose Fernandez), Zim flies out to right and Harper strikes out.

  6. Doc - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Vic Rhymes at 3B!

    Hey, Matty it’s the middle of March, OD is 2 weeks away.

    Any reason to not play somebody like Walters who has some chance of making the team this season?????

    Is Rhymes one of your relatives?

  7. Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Well, that was a short honeymoon.

  8. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Strasburg allows a leadoff single (grounder up the middle), but then gets the next three in order.

  9. Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I may need new glasses. At first I thought Doc wrote “Ving Rhames at 3B”.

    • nats128 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Funny.

      I see Ryan Zimmerman is playing. Do we have a health update on him.

      • natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        “@AndrewSimonMLB: Ryan Zimmerman at DH today. If not sore tomorrow will play 3B. Ideally will play 1B at some point in ST but 3B the priority. #Nats”

      • nats128 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Gracias!

  10. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Espinosa just doubled off the left field wall against Jose Fernandez. Was almost a homer.

  11. NatsLady - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Espinosa hit profundo, but only a double to the LF wall. Nats go ahead 1-0 on Sac Fly. GameDay is several batters behind and my Spanish ain’t great.

  12. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Fernandez has had shaky control today, he just walked his third batter of the game (Harper). Ramos leaves Espinosa and Harper stranded though.

    • veejh - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      3 walks? Trade him.

  13. nats128 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    corredor = runner

    whats that word that sounds like Lansa?

    • natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      It’s Lanza which he says as lanza foul for slices it foul.

    • natsfan1a - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Check this out:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/Spanish_to_English.pdf

      • natsfan1a - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        I have a printout of that one stuck in my baseball dictionary. What a dork. :-)

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Lanza = the pitch

  14. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Strasburg through 4 scoreless. 2 hits,1 walk, 4 strikeouts. Strong outing for him, though granted it is a depleted Marlins lineup (they’re doing a split-squad today).

  15. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Espinosa reaches on an error, Harper walks, Ramos drives Espinosa in. 2-0 Nats

  16. natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Ramos con número once! I think that’s 11

    • veejh - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Please stay healthy, Ramos. Crucial piece to this season.

      • natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        He has driven in runs in every RISP this season except for his flyout earlier in this game.

      • natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Oh Wilson.

  17. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Clippard with a scoreless inning. 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.

  18. natsfan1a - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I should have put this lower in the thread:

    Check this out:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/Spanish_to_English.pdf

    I have a printout of that one stuck in my baseball dictionary. What a dork. :-)

  19. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Stammen with a 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout.

  20. Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    right now on MASN they’re interviewing Suk Min Yoon, translating from Korean. Apparently Bull Durham DVDs are available in Korean. “I just want to help the Big Club” and “The ballparks are like cathedrals.” Loosely translated.

  21. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Stammen in some trouble. Runners on the corners with 1 out.

    • David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Stammen gives up a run on a groundout, but otherwise escapes. 2-1 Nats.

  22. David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    1-2-3 inning for Jerry Blevins, with two strikeouts.

    • Danny - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      At this point Blevins and Clippard have looked the best in the BP by far.

      • David Proctor - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Aaron Barrett has looked fantastic. But I suppose he won’t make the OD roster.

      • thesmallpotatoes - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Barrett has been pretty darn good. 8 innings, 7Ks.

  23. natsfan1a - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    i Viva Los Nacionales!

  24. natinalsgo - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/15/the-braves-arent-adding-another-starting-pitcher/

    Braves are going with what they got and it looks very much up in the air.

  25. natinalsgo - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    While the Nats were facing some Marlins true rest of the te was in Panama for a game against the Yankees and no-hit them. Sure it’s ST but still, it’s the Yankees and it was Mariano Rivera Day.

    “@MLB: The @Marlins’ @bhand22, @srSHREK31, A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Caminero combine to no-hit @Yankees in Panama: http://t.co/GYITkfr3yG

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 90 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.0
NEW YORK 75 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 80 16.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Saturday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (5) 90 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 2.5
ST. LOUIS 87 68 3.5
-------------------------
SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 75 10.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Saturday's games

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WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
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