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Nats (ss) vs. Tigers, Nats (ss) vs. Astros — 3/16/14

Mar 16, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

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Today the Nationals play two split-squad games, one at home against the Tigers and the other on the road against the Astros. Jordan Zimmermann will face Detroit while Gio Gonzalez will take the mound vs. Houston.

The Nats-Tigers game will be on TV and Justin Verlander is pitching. The Nats will also have a lineup stacked with regulars, including a first six batters that may look very similar on Opening Day. Matt Williams has Denard Span leading off with Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche behind him.

Gonzalez will pitch to the Astros who have Scott Feldman on the mound and top prospect George Springer starting in right field. Enjoy the conversation here…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. DETROIT TIGERS
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN
Radio: MLB.com (Tigers’ feed)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 77 degrees, Wind 17 mph

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
C Jose Lobaton
2B Jeff Kobernus
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

TIGERS
TBD
RHP Justin Verlander

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. HOUSTON ASTROS
Where: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: None
Radio: MLB.com (Astros’ feed)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 80 degrees, Wind 17 mph

NATIONALS
2B Anthony Rendon
SS Danny Espinosa
DH Scott Hairston
LF Tyler Moore
3B Zach Walters
1B Brock Peterson
C Sandy Leon
RF Steven Souza, Jr.
CF Brian Goodwin
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)

ASTROS
CF Robbie Grossman
2B Jose Altuve
C Jason Castro
1B Chris Carter
3B Matt Dominguez
RF George Springer
DH Japhet Amador
LF L.J. Hoes
SS Jonathan Villar
(RHP Scott Feldman)

  1. originalnatsfan - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    hurrah, can finally watch our guys play some ball. hard to believe the season finally opens 2 weeks from tomorrow after this looonnng winter, well except for the down under games, but they don’t seem like real baseball to me.

  2. Joe Seamhead - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Facing our old buddy Brad Peacock on the undercard game. Who is Brock Peterson,and why is he still getting so much playing time?

    • knoxvillenat - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Tyler Moore in left field, Seamhead get ready to take your meds!

    • Steady Eddie - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      We picked him up from the Cards’ system, which means he was taught good fundamental baseball. Per NatsJack’s wise counsel, he might possibly become another Michael Morse-type player, in the sense of a promising big slugging prospect who didn’t get a real chance before (in Peterson’s case, being blocked) and might be a first base possibility if Skole doesn’t work out, or an OK trade piece. He did make a couple of nice picks at first in the games I saw him in at Viera, and clearly has some real pop in his bat. A guy worth taking a good look at in the Spring, which is what’s happening now.

  3. acsportsfn - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Checked off a bucket list idea this past week when my son and I spent 5 glorious days in Viera. 84 degrees with a breeze. Saw Astros, Yankees, Braves, and Cardinals plus a minor league game. Talked to baseball fans, players dads, and players were 10 feet from us. Went to Braves game at ESPN Disney World park……WOW! No wonder the Nationals want a new park…Already saving for next year and the wife is on board! Thanks to Mark, Chase, and all the commentors for getting me through this loooong winter!

    • natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Sounds like you had a great trip!

  4. acsportsfn - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Peterson is one big boy who should not be disconnected. Also impressive were Walters, Trenien, Garrett, and Souza. Harper’s brother has a big cool moustache. The size of Giolito is staggering.

  5. Joe Seamhead - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Peterson is 30 years old, has played 11 seasons, almost 1200 minor league games, got about a 1/2 cup of coffee with the Cards. Maybe there’s more to him than I’m seeing. Like every one of them , I wish him nothing but good luck.
    knox? I’m OK with Tyler in LF in ST. I’d like to think that there won’t be much need to have him out there in the regular season this year, but who knows what Matt will do? I’d really like to see Tyler excel.

    • Steady Eddie - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Like I wrote above, Peterson is a possibility, that’s all. And spring-training is exactly the time you want to take a good look at players like him.

      Not a high possibility, sure, but if past was always prologue, you’d never find any surprises.

      • sjm308 - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        I have written the same basic thing before but how does this work with a guy like Peterson? He is not on our 40 man roster so we must have signed him to a minor league deal. At the end of spring training, is he still ours? Can he test the market and see if another team is available or is he set with us for the entire year? I understand that a player like Carroll who is 40 and has one year left at best would certainly be given a shot at hooking on with another team but Peterson is fairly young and I think he has value down the road.

        Thanks in advance

      • Steady Eddie - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        It all depends on what’s in the deal he signed. Like you said, a Jamie Carroll-type deal will have an opt out if he doesn’t make the 25 man roster to get a chance to sign on elsewhere. On the other hand, with a guy like Peterson who as Seamhead said has gotten only an espresso shot taste of the majors, I suspect it’s more likely to be a minor-league deal.

        On the other hand, if Peterson is largely destined to backup Skole in Syracuse, maybe he has an opt out from the minor league deal if they write kind of thing? Or, maybe he’ll get enough starts at first if they give Skole a good long look at third. Never can tell who might get injured or have a long slump.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        He’s not on a major league contract, and he doesn’t have the service time in MLB to gain the right to be released, so unless that is specifically in the contract, I’m guessing he’s just on a minor league contract, period, unless and until they put him on the 40-man.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        OK, Eddie, that round goes to you.

      • Steady Eddie - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        Naah, maybe half or at most two thirds of a round. You did add the part about no opt out of a minor-league contract.

        Now, for the metaphysics question of the day, what’s a fractional part of a theoretical round worth?

    • Steady Eddie - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Besides, Peterson is playing in a split squad game away. LaRoche is starting in Viera, and Skole is in minor-league camp to get regular at-bats. So who else are you going to start at first in an away game at the Astros?

  6. natinalsgo - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    “@JamesWagnerWP: Per pitching schedule, Doug Fister is slated to throw 30 pitches in BP on Monday. Ryan Mattheus says he’ll face hitters for 1st time Monday.”

  7. sjm308 - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Looked at the lineup vs. the Tigers twice to make sure. No DH!! First National League game of the spring, at least I think it is.

    go Nats!!

  8. Hiram Hover - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    If I were given to conspiracy theories, I’d think that Ryan Zimmernan’s “soreness” was really a ploy to skip a few ST games, specifically at 1B.

    Ok, I guess that’s not really a conspiracy if it’s just his own doing. And I’m not really given to conspiracy theories anyway. But still….

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      OK, I’ll bite. What makes you think that?

      • Hiram Hover - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Oops – thought I had replied but I guess it never appeared, and maybe now it is moot, since they did move him over there later in the game.

        It really was just conjecture anyway. Zimm seems uninterested, if not actively displeased, by the possibility of spending some time at 1B. The less he plays there in ST, the less likely he is to spend time there in the regular season. His “soreness” seemed to coincide with the time they were likely to try him out over there.

  9. sjm308 - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Thanks for the answer about Peterson and that seems about right. So, if they are a veteran, they probably have that opt out clause put in but if they are 30 and still struggling I am guessing they are happy just to be playing and trying to get that one big shot.

    Next question – what do you suppose a guy like Peterson will make, assuming he plays in Syracuse. I understand that if he gets called up its the major league minimum for as long as he is up but I am wondering what a minor league contract for a guy his age is?

  10. NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Not the Tigers’ feed. Bob and FP– Carp’s hair is blowin’ in the wind, FP has plenty of product in his. ;)

  11. David Proctor - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    The wind is absurd in Viera right now.

  12. NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    The TIgers stealing bases? And they did that the other day. Ol’ Jim Leyland never would have put up a double steal.

  13. David Proctor - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    The MASN gun just said JZimm threw 99…and the gun is slow. Wat.

    • veejh - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      a little bonus MPHs from the wind, I take it.

      • Steady Eddie - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Carp gave JZ 97 mph and the wind two, which might actually be about right.

  14. veejh - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Time to bust up this no-hitter

  15. NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Souza, Jr. homer and Brian Goodwin triple over at the Stros game. Nats leading 1-0. I think. GameDay is a little chancy.

  16. David Proctor - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    JZimm just sac bunted with nobody on base. That’s a new one.

    • veejh - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Gio needs to do this every AB he gets

  17. veejh - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    ….and JZimm sacrifices over the imaginary guy on 1st base. nice!

  18. David Proctor - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Souza has hit two homers today.

  19. NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Solis looked good. Let’s see if he can look good for another inning.

  20. veejh - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Verlander killed it today.

  21. David Proctor - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Zim is at 1B.

    • NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      It’s an ADVENTURE!

    • natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Not I.

  22. veejh - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    20 stolen bases during ST. Did we have 20 stolen bases all last season?

  23. NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Gio is in a jam in the 5th at Kissiminee. One run in already. GameDay is not giving a pitch count, so I don’t know if he’s ready to come out.

  24. veejh - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Dozzi sighting!

  25. NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Soriano coming in with runners on 1st and 3rd and 2 out. Interesting.

    • NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Pitching Change: Rafael Soriano replaces Gio Gonzalez.
      6. Jonathan Villar grounds into a force out, fielded by shortstop Danny Espinosa. L. Hoes out at 2nd.

  26. DaveB - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Brad Peacock pitching for the Astros … doesn’t look like he has many innings yet this spring, so not sure if he has been battling injuries

  27. NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    LOL, the Nats infield. Do three 20-year-olds add up to Jamie Carroll?

    • NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Nice play–really nice play–by the 1B, Bloxom. Wonder if he can hit?

  28. David Proctor - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Mike Gonzalez is getting run all over. I guess him coming late to camp made him miss the whole emphasis on that.

  29. David Proctor - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Souza has now hit two homers and tripled today.

      • unkyd59 - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        I really like the jammage recaps… but on my iPhone, it’s really difficult to scroll through… Does this have to do with the vid files (which also play in a very slow jerky manner… Is it an iPhone thing? I’m on wifi, so I would think there’s enough bandwidth for the job, no?

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        @Unky, Yes, no, and don’t count on it, in that order.

  30. Eugene in Oregon - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Setting the Nats aside for a few moments today (and after waiting 38 years): Wahoo Wah!

    • Sonny G 10 - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      You a UVA man?

      • Eugene in Oregon - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Class of 1980.

      • Sonny G 10 - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Wow! I’m Class of 1967, Electrical Engineering.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      A toolie!

      • Eugene in Oregon - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        As were my apartment mates, so that’s said with admiration.

      • Sonny G 10 - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Hadn’t heard that term before, but I’ll wear it with pride! :)

      • Eugene in Oregon - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        Yeah, when I was there that was the term of art — the Engineering School was the ‘tool school’ and the students were toolies.

  31. Eric - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Took this game in as told by the Tigers’ announcers via gameday audio… Those guys were downright classy. Really enjoyed it. Was pretty strange feeling irritated with Lombo for successful, aggressive baserunning ;).

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