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Nats vs. Tigers — 3/17/14 (canceled)

Mar 17, 2014, 12:37 PM EST

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It’s snowing in D.C., and it’s raining down in Florida, putting today’s game in Lakeland at least somewhat in jeopardy. If they do get started, it’ll be Tanner Roark on the mound for the Nationals, going up against a Tigers lineup that today includes Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera.

Several Nats regulars made the trip. That includes Bryce Harper (hitting cleanup), Ian Desmond (once again hitting second) and Ryan Zimmerman (who after making his first-ever appearance at first base yesterday is serving as DH today).

Enjoy the game (it’s on Tigers radio today) and the conversation…

UPDATE AT 1:55 P.M. — The game has been rained out. It won’t be made up, so the Nationals (who were already scheduled to be off tomorrow) won’t be on the field again til Wednesday night.

Where: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: None
Radio: (Tigers’ feed)
Weather: Chance of storms, 77 degrees, Wind 20 mph out to LF

CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
DH Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
2B Danny Espinosa
1B Tyler Moore
3B Zach Walters
RF Jeff Kobernus
C Jhonatan Solano
(RHP Tanner Roark)

2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Torii Hunter
1B Miguel Cabrera
C Alex Avila
CF Austin Jackson
3B Don Kelly
LF Tyler Collins
DH Bryan Holaday
SS Hernan Perez
(RHP Anibal Sanchez)

  1. philipd763 - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Harper needs the at bats. He hasn’t been in the groove.

  2. natinalsgo - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: .@JamesWagnerWP reports Ross Detwiler will pitch one inning Wednesday. Seems to indicate the Nats are leaning toward putting him in the pen.”

    First bombshell of the Spring!

    • Jb - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Or it could indicate that they’re looking to line him up on a five day cycle for his first rotation start. Rather than having him sit idle til his next real start that would line him up, he’s pitching the one inning as his between-starts bullpen session. The thing to watch is how much he pitches his next time out.

      • natinalsgo - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        It’s possible Jb

  3. NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Sanchez scratched with shoulder soreness. Game is in a delay. Would be a shame to cancel it after all that bus ride.

    • djbinfl - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      They never should have gone over. Weather is very stormy with tornado warnings until 11pm.
      Started raining about 2am and will continue until 8 am tomorrow in central fl.

    • NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Thanks for the link. This makes no sense, and I can’t imagine, for example, that farmers wouldn’t want to use “unmanned” aircraft for crop-dusting (when the technology is available). Just exactly what danger was presented by the Nats’ drone?

    • ArVAFan - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      So a 24″ model airplane flown by a hobbyist is OK, but put a camera on it an it’s a (regulated) drone? No, I don’t want my neighbors hovering a drone at my window, but isn’t that more about the camera than the flying object?

      I can see the draft regulation now: over baseball fields, as long as the drone has permission from the team, and doesn’t fly higher than a pop fly, it is permitted.

      Now we can start arguing about who hit the highest pop fly vs. the longest home run. Because that incorporates statistics and arguments, and we seem to like both.

      • Doc - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        The FAA needs to stick to terrorists, knives, and shoebombers.

        Do they authorize all model airplanes in the air too???

      • letswin3 - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        That sounds like something Matty could challenge through the 6th inning.

      • tcostant - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        I saw a show about drones a few months ago (America Declassified) and the issue may be terrorists. You can drop a bomb from these things and that is scary. Limiting or approving their use is okay by me.

  4. NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Lannan is getting shelled by the Fish. Even in the 2nd inning, when he put up a zero, it was two walks and a wild pitch. Looks like the pitcher made a poor bunt and then he got induced a doubleplay (Lannan is competing for the 5th starter spot, but they are also saying bullpen). The Mets look bad this year, Ruben Tejada (SS) can’t hit or field, and the list goes on. OTOH, the Marlins have stayed quiet this off-season and they do have some pitching and Giancarlo.

  5. David Proctor - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    The right-handed starter threw two innings against minor leaguers, prospects and some major league hitters, such as Jayson Werth. Fister didn’t complain of any pain afterward. He was slated to throw around 30 pitches, so he faced more than the normal three outs in an inning. He struck out four batters, induced a double play and surrendered three hits, including a home run to Werth.

    “J-Dub got him,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said. “He hit a single and a homer. J-Dub gets paid a lot of money, too. But 30 pitches, two innings. I thought he threw the ball well. Had nice movement. The best part is, he had no complaints. So I thought it went well.”

    “He looked good,” Ramos added. “His pitches were low in the strike zone, which is most important. All the pitches were in the zone. I was pleased.”

    Fister’s next outing is expected to last three innings and could be in a major league or minor league spring training game, McCatty said.

    • Doc - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Hey, DP, great link!


    • Eric - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:49 PM


  6. nats106 - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    I heard it was Bill Belichek’s drone. Someone call Eric Mangini

  7. David Proctor - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Today’s game officially cancelled.

  8. David Proctor - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 53s
    Ross Detwiler will start the year in the bullpen, Williams confirms.

    • David Proctor - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 20s
      Williams says Detwiler is “not happy. But you wouldn’t expect him to be.” Williams said it’s not a demotion, Det can be “special” in relief.

    • NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      I like when Matt Williams follows my advice. 😉

      • natinalsgo - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        I’ve read that advice here for 4 years on Detwiler. He did have several highlights the 2nd half of 2012 but it’s about more than 3 months.

        Who knows, maybe Det gets another chance down the road to start.

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      So Ross is the 2d lefty in the BP, which means no Cedeno (can’t say I’m sorry about that) and one spot left for a righty.

      • NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        I don’t see them sending Roark back down. My money says Mattheus and Ohlendorf start the season on the DL. Garcia goes to Syracuse and Jordan is the 5th starter.

  9. NatsLady - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Looks like they cancelled the game. Get back on the bus, boys.

  10. David Proctor - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 58s
    Williams says Detwiler is “not happy. But you wouldn’t expect him to be.” Williams said it’s not a demotion, Det can be “special” in relief.

  11. Drew - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Wow. So Roark becomes the No. 5, with Jordan going to Syracuse? Detwiler also gives the Nats a second lefty and a second swing man in the pen.

    That means six of the seven bullpen spots are taken — Soriano, Clippard, Storen, Blevins, Stammen, Det.

    With Mattheus hurt, who gets the final spot? Ayala and Delcarmen have been shaky lately. Do you take a third lefty with Cedeno?

    ST surprise prediction: Don’t sleep on Barrett.

    • David Proctor - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      I think Jordan is considered the favorite with Roark to AAA. Though Roark certainly still has a shot.

      And I agree, I think Barrett could sneak into the bullpen as a surprise.

    • trochlis318 - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      this was shocking to me, because i thought going in this was Det’s job to lose, good to see Willams making the tough decisions and tbh this is the one that helps the team the most. Really pleased and still hoping that TJ gets the starting gig really like him.

      • natinalsgo - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        It was Det’s job to lose and other than the 3 Aces nobody else stood out for that last spot.

        I guess some other factors played into this.

  12. natinalsgo - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: I thought Detwiler would start the year in the rotation, but I agree with Williams: his skill set will make him a unique weapon in relief.”

  13. letswin3 - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    As I posted on the earlier post, Det should be a lights out lefty out of the pen. He can go multiple innings, and even spot start, if needed. His numbers the first time through opposing lineups have been solid, with higher era numbers having been experienced when facing hitters for the second and third time in a game. I am satisfied that the Nats are an even better team with him in the pen … Clip, Stammen and Blevins are highly regarded guys out there right now, but I expect Det to become as reliable as any of those, if he has his head on straight.

  14. Eric - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Pretty wild about Det. For some reason Roark inspires more confidence for me than Jordan, but either way I do think Det has failed to show he can repeat his late 2012 success.

    • nats128 - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Small sample sizes for Roark tho I like those stats on his slider. Nice to have him in the wings just in case Fister isnt ready to go.





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