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Game 2: Nats at Mets

Apr 2, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

NEW YORK — More than 48 hours after their wild, Opening Day victory, the Nationals are back at it tonight, ready to begin the real grind of the baseball season. They’ll be without Wilson Ramos, who the club officially announced had surgery today to remove the hamate bone in his left hand, and that has prompted some lineup changes from Matt Williams.

Get a load of this one: Anthony Rendon is batting second tonight. Adam LaRoche is hitting cleanup. Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond are batting sixth and seventh, respectively. Let that sink in for a moment. If you’re wondering (as I was): Harper has hit lower than fifth only four times in his career. His very first four games in the major leagues, when he hit seventh. Very interested to hear Williams’ thought process here.

Meanwhile, Gio Gonzalez makes his season debut, looking to continue his longstanding dominance at Citi Field. In his career in this ballpark, the lefty is 4-0 with a 1.58 ERA. You’ll remember his last start here in September, when he came within one chopper over first base of a no-hitter.

Lots of updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where:
Citi Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 55 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to RF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

METS
CF Juan Lagares
2B Wilmer Flores
3B David Wright
RF Curtis Granderson
LF Chris Young
1B Josh Satin
C Travis d’Arnaud
SS Ruben Tejada
RHP Bartolo Colon

7:11 p.m. — And we are underway on a 51-degree evening in Queens. Not nearly as many fans here tonight as on Monday.

7:18 p.m. — A 2-out single up the middle from Jayson Werth was all the Nats could muster in the top of the first against Colon, who struck out Denard Span looking, got Anthony Rendon to pop out and Adam LaRoche to line out. So that means Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond will lead off the top of the second. For those wondering about tonight’s lineup, here’s Matt Williams’ explanation for hitting Harper sixth: “I think it takes a little bit of pressure off of Bryce. It allows him to use his legs, and I think that’s important. When he wants to use his legs. Now, we look at tonight as an example. Bartolo is really quick to the plate, so will there be opportunities to do that? You never know. But we want to give him the option to do it. He’s a five-tool guy, so he can beat that other team in many, many ways. We want to give him the opportunity to do that. Now, from a managers’ perspective you say: ‘If I hit him second or third in front of Jayson and Zim, do I really want him trying to steal second when we’re one swing away from a two-run homer or a three-run homer?’ That’s the logic. Most of all, I want him to be free and play and not have those boundaries on him. And I think, for me, over the long run he will drive in big runs for us.”

7:28 p.m. — Gio Gonzalez battled Juan Lagares through an 8-pitch at-bat to begin the bottom of the first, and the Mets leadoff man won that battle. Lagares tripled to deep right-center, setting himself up to score on David Wright’s sac fly a short while later. So the Nats again find themselves in an early hole, down 1-0 after one.

7:35 p.m. — A couple of really well-struck balls from Zimmerman and Desmond in the top of the second, but each was hit directly at a Mets outfielder. Harper, meanwhile, grounded out to short. So nothing doing there for the Nats. Meanwhile, Mets left fielder Chris Young (who missed Opening Day with a quad strain) has already been pulled from tonight’s game. Andrew Brown is back out there now.

7:47 p.m. — Another well-struck ball by Span in the top of the third, but Lagares (who can really fly) tracked it down. So that’s seven in a row retired by Colon, who has tossed three scoreless innings so far, allowing just one hit. Gonzalez enjoyed a 1-2-3 bottom of the second and has looked sharp aside from that leadoff Lagares triple in the first. Still 1-0 Mets heading to the bottom of the third.

7:54 p.m. — Ryan Zimmerman’s first semi-regular attempt to throw this season resulted in his first error of the season. Zimmerman went to his left to scoop Lagares’ grounder, spun around and threw low and wide to first base. It wasn’t pretty at all and looked very much like his throws from the first half of 2013. It should be noted he has made a couple of very nice throws when charging in to scoop slow rollers, but that was the first time he had attempting a more-normal throw from that position.

8:05 p.m. — Well, what do you know? No. 3 hitter Jayson Werth and No. 4 hitter Adam LaRoche just hit back-to-back doubles, each of them to the opposite field, in the top of the fourth to tie this game 1-1. Apparently there is no off position on the Matt Williams genius switch.

8:33 p.m. — It took 15 innings, but we’ve got our first Sweet Fancy Moses moment of the season. Before we get to that, though, have to mention Ian Desmond’s laser beam of a home run to left field on the first pitch of the top of the fifth. That put the Nats up 2-1. OK, but the really big moment came two batters later, when Gio Gonzalez launched a drive of his own deep to left. He went into a home run trot, but then when the ball ricocheted back onto the field, he started hustling to second base for an apparent double. But then Andrew Brown didn’t go after the ball, so Gio really took off for third base thinking he was going for a triple. But then second base ump Todd Tichenor signaled it was a home run, at which point Gio put it into fifth gear and mock-hustled all the way across the plate to make it look like he had just hit an inside-the-park homer. And before he was even two steps past the plate, he was already joking with fans seated right behind the backstop, a huge grin on his face. I mean, seriously, that might have been the greatest home run in the history of home runs. And it has given the Nats a 3-1 lead in the fifth.

8:47 p.m. — Just when it looked like Gio was in trouble on the mound, Harper came to his rescue. The kid just retrieved a ball in the left-field corner that took a weird bounce and fired a perfect strike to the plate to nail Ruben Tejada and end the fifth inning in dramatic fashion. Mercy.

9:08 p.m. — Six innings down and Gio Gonzalez is cruising. He has allowed just the one early run on three hits and has been in control all along. Curious to see if Matt Williams lets him go back out for the seventh or not. Still 3-1 Nats.

9:21 p.m. — An insurance run for the Nats in the top of the seventh, courtesy back-to-back doubles by Span and Rendon. Though Span didn’t score until a wild pitch by Gonzalez Germen. Meanwhile, Drew Storen is in for the bottom of the seventh. Gio’s final line: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K and 1 HR. Which he hit, not gave up. Impressive season debut for him. Nats up 4-1 at the stretch.

9:32 p.m. — Drew Storen, ladies and gentlemen. He has now faced six batters this season, retiring all six and striking out four. That’s one way to put to rest any doubts after last season’s struggles. It’s also a friendly reminder to everyone: PAY NO ATTENTION TO SPRING TRAINING STATS! Still 4-1 heading to the eighth.

9:50 p.m. — And now Tyler Clippard strikes out three of the four batters he faces in the eighth. That’ll work. It remains a 4-1 lead heading to the ninth as Rafael Soriano warms for potentially his first save opportunity of the year.

10:01 p.m. — Make it 5-1 as Span triples and scores on Rendon’s groundball. Which means there’s no save situation now. Which means Soriano takes a seat and Craig Stammen now prepares to pitch the bottom of the ninth.

10:10 p.m. — That’ll do it. Stammen finishes off a 5-1 victory for the Nationals, who are 2-0 on the young season.

267 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    This lineup is insane, but before people freak out, just remember that lineup order does not matter all that much.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      why say lineup is insane then?

      • sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        good point

  2. tcostant - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    LOve the lineup. I think someone called it on the last post.

  3. nycnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Not freaking out, but lineup order does matter insofar as it impacts how many at-bats players get. Desmond and Bryce will get fewer with this lineup.

  4. knoxvillenat - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Tejada both pitching and playing SS for the Mets?

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      He does a trick where he falls off the mound backwards, towards the SS hole.

  5. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Harper 6th?

    Maybe I’m just “traumatized,” but that makes me worry there’s more to that collision than we know yet…

    • nycnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Nah, why would they move him down if he was injured? He’s either playing or not. He’s playing. Seems to me Williams wants to take the pressure off Bryce.

      • 34natsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        More like putting pressure on him. Like telling him he isnt good enough. Alienating him. Humbling him maybe. Not sure I like it.

    • David Proctor - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      I mean, he hit 5th on Monday. So it’s not like it’s some big demotion. I do find it odd that ALR is 4 though.

      • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        I know, I know, hence the acknowledgement that I’m not thinking straight due to all the drama on Monday.

      • Doc - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        You’re correct about lineup placements DP.

        Statistically it’s a figment of our baseball imaginations.

        Still, ALR batting cleanup??????

        Bryce must be OK. I thought McClouth would be in the lineup.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Lineup order does matter. It’s just not night and day–it matters some, and more over the long run than day to day, which is a crap shoot.

        I do find it odd to have 2 righties at 2 and 3–I would think both to break it up and get more lefties up earlier and more, we might see Harp at #3.

  6. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Thanks Brewers………. Hopefully we can hit Tejada.

  7. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I actually like the lineup a lot as well. Very balanced.

    • nycnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      I think I like it too. Shows how deep the Nats lineup really is. I’d love to move up Bryce and Desi, but where do you put them? Bryce will eventually replace LaRoche, but how about Desi? Rendon is perfect in the 2-hole.

  8. philipd763 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Harper didn’t hit much in spring training and Laroche did, thus Laroche in the cleanup spot and Harper in the 7th spot.

    • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Williams does seem like a results-oriented guy…and that isn’t the worst approach, that’s for sure!

  9. Hiram Hover - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Rendon at #2 makes sense to me long term, but I didn’t think Matty would do it now. So I got that one wrong–we’ll see if he sticks with it.

    Also didn’t think he would bat ALR 4th. But I probably had a lot more company on that one. ;)

  10. Steady Eddie - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    At least for the moment, it looks to me a little like a “go with the hot hands” approach. It’ll be interesting to see how it works out, and how Matt changes it in response.

    • letswin3 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Yeah, but LaRoche has cold hands in April …. that dinger the other day was in March. Just jokin, but it is odd to see him at cleanup. And if Desmond is in the 7 hole, we must have a powerful lineup.

      • Steady Eddie - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        I see you read DCWonk’s post from the Monday game thread. ;o)

        Actually, you could look at it the other way around, and project a hot April for LaRoche during his contract years with the Nats. Of course, that’s a sample size of one (i.e., 2012), but take what you can get!

    • janebeard - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Hi, almost-grampa! Congratulations!

      • Steady Eddie - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        You heard! Thanks — we are very excited about it, and Lynn is madly knitting baby things.

  11. rabbit433 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Looking at the lineup, I just hope these guys put the bat on the ball. AL cleanup….gulp. Zimmerman with 5 LOB…gulp.

    • therealjohnc - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      You’re going to fret over Zimmerman leaving LOBsters after one game? That’s stretching pretty hard for some fretting, my friend!

  12. jd - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    My only problem is that Harper is our best hitter and as such should have as many at bats as possible. If the game is on the line in the 9th inning and ALR gets the key at bat instead of Harper I’ll be pissed regardless of the eventual results.

  13. Nats128 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Mark on the radio interview becomes Dr. Zuckerman!

  14. adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Wha?? You hit a homer so you move up to the top four in the batting order?

    • pdowdy83 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      I’ve posted this in response to a couple of people but it bears noting multiple times.

      Adam LaRoche over his 36 career games at Citi Field has hit .279/.376/.574 with 11 homers in 136 at bats. Even last year he hit .265/.405/.676 with 4 of his 20 homers there.

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        If he’s so hot in Citi Field, or (responding to somebody else, so hot this Spring) why was he 7th the previous game?

        It’s not so much that he’s 4th tonight, or that he was 7th on Monday — it’s the combination in back to back games, both against righties, that leaves me quizzical.

  15. Section 222 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Yikes. ALR hits one dinger and all of a sudden he’s our cleanup hitter again. What happens tomorrow if he goes 0-4 and Harper hits one out? I look forward to the explanation from Williams.

    It’s true that lineup order matters because over the course of the season players that hit higher get more ABs. But based on what we’ve seen these first two games, it’s pretty clear that where someone is batting tonight is not necessarily where he will bat all season long, or even tomorrow. Let’s hope so because I seriously doubt ALR is the best choice for a productive cleanup hitter.

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      This is Matty’s 2d big league line up–a small sample size for us to draw conclusions about what he’s going to do over a 162 season.

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        True, but it’s a bit startling to see that guy who batted 7th and 8th one game, bat 2nd and 4th the very next game when it’s not due to righty/lefty calculations.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        wonk

        It’s weird, no doubt about it. The question is whether this is a one-off to cope with loss of Ramos, whether Matty came out of ST with a couple of ideas in mind and wants to try out each at the beginning of the season, or whether this odd shuffling is going to be a nightly thing,

        I hope it’s not door #3. But it’s just too soon to know.

    • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      I mean, yes, ST means nothing, but LaRoche has been hitting pretty well all spring…the fact that he drew 2 walks and hit a dinger is part of a larger pattern. And, I think it’s fair to say that pattern means something…

      Whether that pattern means more than the pattern that played out over the last year is a different story, though…

      Fingers crossed.

    • pdowdy83 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Adam LaRoche over his 36 career games at Citi Field has hit .279/.376/.574 with 11 homers in 136 at bats. Even last year he hit .265/.405/.676 with 4 of his 20 homers there. He hit a monster shot on Monday. The guy sees the ball very well there. I would put him in the middle of the order too.

    • 34natsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Good Comments, I want to hear thought process as well. Doubt we get it.

  16. Sonny G 10 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Matt putting his stamp on the team? What the [expletive deleted] is with this lineup?

  17. pdowdy83 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Good lord people. This is the 2nd game of the season and you are all over the batting order? I guess since no one can fuss about Espinosa after his good at bat on Monday there has to be something to nitpick.

    Here is something that people may want to take a look at. Williams is a stat oriented guy. I’m sure he looks at tons of different aspects of the game. Adam LaRoche over his 36 career games at Citi Field has hit .279/.376/.574 with 11 homers in 136 at bats. Even last year he hit .265/.405/.676 with 4 of his 20 homers there!

    I think this is something people will have to get used to with Williams. He may play the hot hand and he may play the match ups far more than Davey ever did.

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Good pt, but almost all of that was true before Monday, and it didn’t stop him from batting ALR 7th.

      Bryce has fewer ABs at CitiField but even better stats there.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    If you care what KLaw thinks on the discussion of Harper at #6.

    “@keithlaw: Zero. Rookie manager mistake. “@daniel_conklin: @keithlaw is there any sense to Matt Williams batting Harper sixth?””

    Bryce is a high OBP guy and I would have Werth #2 and Harp #3 in my ideal order against RHPs.

    • 34natsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Glad someone said it

    • Section 222 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Ditto. Or Zim 2nd and Harper 3rd. Or Zim 2nd, Werth 3rd, and Harper 4th. Or any combination of people above him and Harper 5th. Etc. etc.

      But watch, we’ll probably crush Bartolo tonight anyway. I sure hope so.

    • letswin3 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      That’s exactly what I posted several days back …. when the conversation included a quote by Werth that he preferred hitting 3rd (or maybe it was 4th). I said that Werth had proven conclusively that he was a very good hitter in the 2 hole, and moreover, that he is a classic team guy and would hit 9th if it would help the club.

      • letswin3 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        I meant the above post to support Werth hitting second and Harper third …. you know left, right, left, right for Span through Zim

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        Like we discussed a year ago Werth sees more pitches on average and achieves a robust OBP and has speed making him an ideal #2.

        I further believe that when Werth said he preferred hitting 3rd or 4th the Rookie Manager didn’t want to piss off the veteran clubhouse leader.

        Well guess what, the stats speak loudly in favor of Werth in the #2.

  19. whatsanattau - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    if somebody checks, I bet they discover this is a matchup lineup. LaRocahe will have a good career matchup with Colon or similar pitchers and/or Harper will not. There will be 120 different lineup variations this year and it will be fine.

  20. NatsNut - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Eh, this lineup looks fine. Matty must have his reasons. It’s not like he hasn’t thought about it. Off topic, but you know what really bothers me today? Barry Bonds was the guy who presented McCutchen his MVP award. McCutchen’s a nicer guy than I would be for letting that happen.

  21. whatsanattau - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    BTW, longtime lurker, first time poster …. at least first in a long time…..

  22. nycnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    My ideal (sans Ramos):
    Span
    Rendon
    Werth
    Harp
    Zim
    Desi
    LaRoche
    Lob

  23. nycnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Kilgore update on Bryce: Nats will monitor Bryce Harper for concussion-like symptoms during BP, Williams said. Harper told team docs he’s had no dizziness, nausea.

    • 34natsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Free Harper up to run? That’s a pocket full of B.S. right there! Free him up to run by putting Zimmerman and LaRoche in front of him? A line drive hitter behind him? I manage little league and know better than that!

  24. nycnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Mark on lineup: Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 19s
    Williams’ explanation on lineup: Wants to take pressure off Harper and free him up to run. Also noted LaRoche looked good in opener.

    • Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      So I guess that means we can kill the idea that Matt was just picking names at random out of a hat…

      • 34natsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Free Harper up to run? That’s a pocket full of B.S. right there! Free him up to run by putting Zimmerman and LaRoche in front of him? A line drive hitter behind him? I manage little league and know better than that!

  25. scnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    We cannot go undefeated if we do not win tonight

  26. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Mark just tweeted some good news:

    Doug Fister expected to resume throwing program tomorrow. Will start on flat ground at 60 feet, build back up from there.

    • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Awesome!

  27. 34natsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Taking pressure off Harper? Comes accross more as alienating and humbling to me.

    • Chazz - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Perhaps, but it doesn’t matter how it comes across to you (or me). And we have no idea how it comes across to Bryce, or the rest of the team. And one game is the definition of small samples.

      Maybe it is a rookie mistake by a new manager–no question we’ll see plenty of those, regardless. But this is a pretty low-risk gamble, if it is a gamble.

  28. 34natsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Seriously did Harper tick off Williams some how? What message is he sending? Or is this an honest assessment of where he thinks harper should be batting. Also I don’t like Harper batting before Desmond. Should be other way around.

    My Lineup for tonight would look like:

    1. Desmond
    2. Harper
    3. Zimmerman
    4. Werth
    5. Rendon
    6. Span
    7. LaRoche
    8. G. Gonzalez
    9. Lobaton

    FYSA I would almost NEVER bat a pitcher 9. I hate my leadoff guys coming up with outs already on the table. Most nights I would bat the P around 7 with two strong and speedy bats at 8 & 9 to further set the table for the bigboys. Nothing like having a fast leadoff guy stuck behind a slow plodder on the basepaths.

    • nycnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Oh boy. I almost hate to do this, but you can’t lead Desi off. He’s so much lower in the lineup. When guys are on base, pitchers are more likely to throw strikes. And Desi hits strikes.

      When nobody is on base, which is the case at least once a game every game for a leadoff hitter, pitchers can afford to be careful and throw more balls. Desi swings and misses balls because he always swings and never walks.

      Span 6th? Man has no power.

      And your logic for batting the pitcher 7th!? makes no sense. You want your pitcher to come to bat more often than two of your regular hitters?

  29. nycnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Bryce, but a little humbling wouldn’t be the worse thing in the world for him. I don’t think he lacks confidence.

    • texnat1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Count me in with the Williams is way over-thinking things crowd. There is simply no good reason to reduce the number of at bats your best hitter will get.

      • letswin3 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        +1

  30. Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Help Matt prove ‘em all wrong boys! Go Nats!!!

    • natsfan1a - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      ^ What he said.

    • janebeard - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      I’m with you on that, Joe!

      • sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        me as well!

  31. letswin3 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    I meant to comment Monday evening that the Mets pen was just as bad as advertised, and now we learn that they have to rely on a replacement for their closer. Looks to me that the strategy is to get into that pen as early as possible … whack Colon around early, and tee off on whoever is called in to put out the fire. I guess we want to chase starters in every game, but it’s an even better strategy against the Mets.

    • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Agreed. I noted early in the game that the Mets’ weakest link was their set up men.

      Now, with Parnell injured, their pen, in general, is in tough shape.

  32. David Proctor - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Erik Davis has Tommy John surgery today.

    Washington Nationals ‏@Nationals 19s
    #Nats RHP Erik Davis underwent right elbow UCL reconstruction surgery today, performed by Dr. ElAttrache.

    • janebeard - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      He’s the mini-Clip, I think. I hope he mends brilliantly. Tough break.

  33. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    A fly ball Denard didn’t get to? WTF?

    • sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      no one could have made that play

  34. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    I thought the defensive positioning coach was supposed to work on placing these guys. 3-2 in a fastball count maybe move back a few feet on Lagares.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Maybe if Denard had been playing in RF he could have gotten to it. Come on, some balls get hit where they aren’t.

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        Just like there is an approach for a batter at the plate in situations like sniffing a fastball in a 3-2 count from a fastball pitcher, I expect some adjustments in the outfield based on the situation.

        Am I over complicating things. Yes. That is what I do.

  35. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Bad luck BABIP for the Nats in the 2nd. 3 balls hit real hard and all right at the fielders. Could it be the Mets have a defensive positioning coach ;(

  36. davecydell - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Lookie at all the empty seats…..

  37. Hiram Hover - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    C’mon, Zim!

    • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Ooooof.

  38. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Rendon saved that from a 2 base error by Ryan Zimmerman. That stinks.

  39. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    I’m feeling some Nats longball here.

    • Nats128 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Good feeling for XBH!

  40. swang30 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Zim needs to just STOP THINKING

  41. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    That Strike 2 was lower than the 3-2 pitch Espi walked on Monday.

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      I was referring to LaRoche. Luckily he hits that double anyways.

  42. Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Gee, why is ALR hitting clean up?

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      I was being facetious.

  43. Exposremains - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I can’t stand these throws from Zim, how many years has this be going o n? 4? How long the injury excuse will be used? Its in his head, period. He’s not a reliable 3rd baseman anymore.

    • Nats128 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Im thinking it’s in his head. Look how he throws in warmups when he makes the overhamd throws

      • Exposremains - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Of course it is or is injured arm is permanent and he shouldnt be playing 3rd

  44. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Some of these strikes would stand up on a golf tee, no problem… At least it’s consistent, but sheesh…

    • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Amazing that wasn’t strike three for Bryce…but again, consistent…

  45. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    ALR going opposite field. Suck on it, Mets positioning coach.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      LOL!

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      That is when he’s hitting well. He defies the right-side shift and takes anything outer half “oppo”.

  46. Nats128 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    David Wright playing RZ almost in that 5.5. hole.

  47. stoatva - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Bartolo Colon looks like the Ghost of Sid Fernandez. Blots out home plate from the CF camera.

  48. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Home plate ump is struggling.

    • sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      yeah, his strike zone is not what THE strike zone should be but he is consistent so I am thinking the hitters will adjust

  49. swang30 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Granderson is still O fer

  50. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Gio misses the glove and throws it right down the middle and doesn’t get the strike call. Unreal.

  51. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    And the ump misses another dead red fastball.

  52. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Wow… Now that 2nd ball to Satin was gratuitously poor umpiring.

    But at least the golf tee strike was still in play for strike three…

  53. Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    This ump has a very bad concept of the strike zone.

  54. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    This K zone is a joke. Great frame by Lobaton on that one.

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      FP agrees with me!

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Didn’t FP just say a “great frame job” by Lobaton after the commercial break?

  55. breakbad1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Mark–anyone–help!

    I am not getting MASN2 on Cox cable in Fairfax County.

    Has anyone heard of this problem?

    This happened Opening Day also.

    Thanks to Mark or anyone who has heard something about what’s going on here.

    Breakbad1

    • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      It’s on Channel 74, listed as “CXNVA”

  56. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I told you longball! DESI!!!!!!!!!!!

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      I’m doing summoning!

  57. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Colon you can’t be bringing that weak ish in to ambush Ian!

  58. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Yeah Desi!!

  59. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    First ball FB to Desi? WTF?

    • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Proving why Ian’s not a good lead-off guy. He does too well swinging at first pitches.

  60. janebeard - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    HOW MUCH DO I LOVE IAN?
    Rhetorical question.

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Can you say you were Team Desi after 2010 and 2011?

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Nats Jane never wavered on her support of Ian Desmond. Never.

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Nats Jane never wavered on her support of Ian Desmond. Never.

      • janebeard - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Oh, I was team Desi the first day I saw him and my whole family can verify it. We have a dog with seven brain cells, who doesn’t know my name, but knows his because when everyone was hating on him, she would get a cookie for every good thing Ian did. We even have an “Ian Desmond Cookie” jar. Our STH seats are at 130, right where he signs for kids and always signs for kids. So. Yes. yes yes.

      • janebeard - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Thanks, Joe!

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        Jane, there were only a few Desi supporters back then (me as Gonat), SteveM, NatsJack and a few others.

        The low point was a suggestion from some clown that the Nats should toss Desi into a deal for BJ Upton to get rid of him.

        As we know, all those haters are now Desi supporters.

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Count me in as an always Desi defender too.

        The other (ridiculous) suggestion was that we should trade Desi and have Espi take over SS. ‘Member?

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        I remember that one. Mr. P***** trumpeted that daily!

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Yep. “Including the minors, he’s played xxx games at SS, and if he can’t play it by now, he’ll never get it. End of story.”

  61. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Gioooooooo bomb!!!!

  62. Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    That positioning coach for the Muts really sucks!

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Is the OF allowed to sit up on the rail?

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        That was a short jab, HH.

  63. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Hit Gio 4th!

    • janebeard - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      LOL

  64. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Gio to bat cleanup tomorrow!

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      You know it.

    • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      +1

  65. stoatva - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Okay, I didn’t see that coming.

  66. jonnynats14 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Gio goes yard!

  67. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Danny, are you on the NIDO drinks owed board? Because I owe you one.

    • Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Nope, but duly noted.

  68. jonnynats14 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    J dub is on fire

  69. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Strike 3 taken away by Mr. Umpire.

  70. Steady Eddie - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Looks like, as an AL pitcher, Colon is not very well practiced at laying down a bunt.

  71. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Bryce Harper with amazing hustle!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • stoatva - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      He lives for those throws.

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        The throw was nice but it was the hustle to fielding the ball. He was in full sprint.

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      That was the play of the game right there by Bryce. Score goes to 3-2 if Bryce doesn’t make that play and Gio in a tought situation with David Wright 2 batters away.

  72. stoatva - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Tejada. Wut wer u thinking dood?

  73. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    He was out by fifteen yards, slide or no slide, F.P.

  74. Steady Eddie - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Another Bryce laser beam throw for out #3. Have to agree with FP, Lagares was looking like a confused youngster not sliding to try to avoid the tag there. Would have been out anyway, but that was weird.

    • Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      It was Tejada :D

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      That was Tejada.

  75. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    2 handed tag by Lobaton. Love the technique on that tag.

  76. Steady Eddie - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Edit function, Tejada. Still a youngster.

  77. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Is it me or does Gio seem to have a little late sink on one of his fastballs? If so, is that new?

  78. Section 222 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Tuned in in time to see Zim’s throwing error. Oh no, it’s 2013 all over again! Then ALR got a hit with a runner on scoring position, and I breathed a sigh of relief.

    Looking forward to Gio completing our first quality start of the year. C’mon buddy!

  79. sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Are we done with the lineup now that its been turned over several times?

    • sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      This team is really loaded, no matter who hits where.

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Can you imagine when Bryce gets it going and then Ramos in May!

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Good point. So long as Span is leadoff, and the pitcher bats 9th, anything ought to work ;-)

    • Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Wish we could replace that Bruce guy.. Sheesh!

  80. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Nats don’t have a single walk yet tonight.

  81. breakbad1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Well, FWIW, I called Cox and figured why I can’t get MASN2.

    The rep I spoke to said they had had some kind of programming issue. When you hit the Guide feature and scroll the channels, 1074 shows CXNVH Prime Time Local, so one would never know the Nats were on there.

    This matter was made worse on Opening Day, when I scrolled the whole programming day and saw only “Prime Time Local,” and knew that I would not be DVR-ing anything.

    So, Fairfaxians, the Nats are still on 1074, whatever the Guide might say.

    This concludes what I promise will be BreakBad1’s most boring post of the year.

    • Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      This concludes what I promise will be BreakBad1′s most boring post of the year.

      Year ain’t over yet… 😉

      • Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        There was supposed to be a winky smiley in there. Here ya go. ;-)

    • Attitude of natititude - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Explanation of lineup is LaRoche hits fastballs which colon throws all the time, and harp hasn’t found his swing, spring training or in first game

  82. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    That Zim throw was borderline normal, and on a super routine play no less. Good to see…

  83. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Here’s the situation the Nats worked on all Spring on the no outs runner on 2nd. Lets see what Rendon does. I think he’s swinging away.

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Crushed by Rendon! I can see what Span was trying to do but that sucks you can’t score from 2nd on a double off the wall that isn’t in Fenway’s LF.

  84. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    And the Mets meltdown begins…

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      They aren’t in full meltdown yet like the 10th inning on Monday. I want them to repeat that type of meltdown!

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        See, you were premature. That stinks. Your #3 and #4 guys with a pitcher on the ropes and no outs and a runner on 3rd. You have to score him.

  85. sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Would have liked two runs that innings but I like where we are

    • Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Gotta get that run in from 3rd with no outs. Hope that doesn’t cost us.

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Not good as the nails were on top of the coffin and ended with Zimmerman K on a ball not close to the strike zone and Werth has to make contact there.

  86. Joe Seamhead - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I like LaRoche, really I do, but his ginger beard just had to have come issued with a green top hat and a box o’ Lucky Charms

    • Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Seeing him in profile during an earlier AB, thought struck me he’d look perfect in a Civil War general’s uniform.

      • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Totally!

  87. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Storen!

    • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      He’s got some nasty stuff going! Seemed a little hot coming out but settling in now…

      • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        WOW! FP calls the ladder and Storen smokes him on it!

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Can’t wait to see what our resident expert on pitch tracking thinks of his movement. Storen looks like he’s throwing a 4 seamer with big movement. I bet he’s using a slightly changed grip. That was awesome!

      • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Amazing…strike 9 was outrageous!

  88. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I do like where Ryan is playing on defensive positioning. That is encouraging.

  89. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Storen pitching like a closer there. That was a very good inning of work. Sure, he wasn’t exactly facing the heart of the Mets lineup but he took care of business efficiently.

  90. janebeard - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Drew is back!

  91. veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Glad that ST didn’t carry through for Storen. He looks sharp so far.

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Where are the throngs of Storen haters in the Legion of Doom.

  92. Section 222 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Nicely done Drew. I know these are the Mets, but still. That was a nice inning.

  93. Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Storen so far this season: 2 IP, 0 hits, 4 Ks.

  94. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Bryce using the 3rd different type of bat of the game.

  95. adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    13 pitch, 9 strike, 1-2-3 inning for Drew. Sure looked like the 2012 version of Drew!

  96. sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I am a Nationals fan! I rarely complain or b*tch about lineups or what others feel is their right to point out.
    Its a game of 162 different scenarios
    I could not be happier after two games with what Drew Storen has done. To me, he was, in my mind, our closer as soon as Soriano’s contract was over and man am I excited about what I have seen so far.
    We have lots to be excited about. Rendon is on his way to being a star
    Danny looks to be in a good place
    Our starters seem to be as solid as we thought they would be (can you imagine having to face JZimmnn tomorrow?)
    All of our veterans seem to be in a good place
    But if Storen is lights out its going to be a very very very good year.

    Go Nats!!!!

    ps: move Harper down to 7th tomorrow, and I will still be happy

    • veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      He needs to get going. He was mumbling to himself in between pitches that last AB. He’s already in his own head a bit. Just relax, and things will happen.

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        And I guess that’s the real reason Harper is down the order. And, if that’s the case, then smart move by MW.

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      I just wanted Storen to be a dominant piece of the bullpen and he looks that way so far. I didn’t complain once about him in ST as people were thrashing him. Enjoy the ride. Why start to speculate on 2015 closers as we are 2 games into the 2014 season.

      • sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Because lots of posts on here are either complaining or whining after two games! Why can’t I project what I think will happen next year? Lighten up

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        There will always be Legion of Doom folks and then those who take good analysis to be negative.

        Play 6 weeks then you will have a sample size large enough to make assessments.

        Clip walks the 1st batter and somebody here suggests Storen and Clip changed bodies.

        That’s what you get living on every pitch.

      • Section 222 - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        As long as you don’t tell me not to pay attention to the standings until August 1, I’m ok. :-)

      • natinalsgo - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:33 AM

        222, enjoy the ride. These 2 game sample sizes mean very little for projectibility.

        Storen 2 games in a row has looked great. The movement on his pitches has been promising. Should we annoint him the heir apparent to Soriano today for the 2015 season?

      • Section 222 - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        No. Next question? :-)

  97. veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Germen….the bright spot in the Mets evening.

  98. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Turns out this Germen guy can pitch…

  99. Manassas Nats Fan - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Sroren pitched great.

    I got a new tablet that I cant send a comment. Any clue how to solve?

    • veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Get a different tablet.

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        take two and call me in the morning

      • knoxvillenat - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        “Take two and call me in the morning.”

        How about just make the next drink a double and stay away from those nasty pills?

    • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      What happens when you try?

    • Candide - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      My Google Nexus trends to log me off this site repeatedly if I go to another tab using Dolphin browser. Make sure you’re still logged on.

  100. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Clip and Storen have switched bodies. Throw strikes smh..

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Come on. Its freezing there and Clip is a movement guy. Tough to get a feel on a ball when its near freezing.

  101. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    There it is… Nice out pitch to Duda.

    • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Wow…strike 3 to Lagares…WOW!

  102. adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    When Clip has that change-up working, he makes batters look as stupid as Germen just made some Nats look.

  103. veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    What was that last K pitch?

    • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Presuming you’re talking about the 2d K. I have the same question! I wasn’t a change (which Carpenter first called it). Then he said slider. But it started high and dropped straight down, almost like a 12-6 curve.

      Anybody else know what that was? (It was awesome, that’s for sure!)

      • Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        FP said it was the splitter… Certainly moved like one!

  104. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    “adcwonk – Apr 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM
    And I guess that’s the real reason Harper is down the order. And, if that’s the case, then smart move by MW”.

    Yep. Thinking the same.

  105. veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Mets have K’d 28 times in 2 games so far. LOL.

    • veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Make that 29.

  106. veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    that was a big K with Wright coming up

  107. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Yeah Clip!!

  108. adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Just a regular ole’ 3-K inning by Clip, eh?

    Phew (as I exhale, noting that the last guy had 3 balls, and Wright waiting on-deck . . . )

  109. Steady Eddie - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Nice inning called by Lobaton and great execution by Clip. Had the Mets hitters guessing wrong.

    • NatsLady - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      I don’t think Lobaton called anything. Clip shook him off a dozen times. Not that I’m complaining about Lobaton, just observing. It has to take a while for the new guy to catch on to all the relievers.

  110. Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Blink and you miss it McClouth cameo.

  111. waddueyeno - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    tablets

    dropped the other one

    http://images3.static-bluray.com/reviews/2254_2.jpg

    • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      I HAVE FIFTEEN . . . . errr .. . TEN . . .

  112. manassasnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Let’s see I had to preregister though my phone didn’t make me.

    Clip started rough but came back.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Span led the league in triples last year.

  114. adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Rendon led all of MLB in triples last year . . .

    • veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      I thought Span did?

      • sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        yep, Span with 13

      • waddueyeno - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        i think span just tied for the lead for this year

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Doh! Yes, I meant Span!

  115. sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Contact play run to perfection!!

  116. adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    I’m surprised Tejada didn’t throw home. FP said Span would have been safe, but, it didn’t look that obvious to me!

    • sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      because 1. he was running on contact and
      2. he is pretty damn fast

      • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        I agree SJM. That lunge for the ball was all Span needed to score without a throw.

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Yep — that makes sense. I’m just saying that from the reply (an angle from CF camera) it didn’t look obvious at all.

  117. veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Werth is sizzling hot already. This is good.

  118. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Rendon is a RBI sniffer! Werth with a hard smash bloop single ;)

  119. sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    By Sept. that 4th hit will be a line drive smash

  120. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Span > Rendon could evolve into an excellent 1-2 punch.

    Werth is ridiculous.

    LaRoche got robbed!

  121. knoxvillenat - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    So where does Rendon stand amongst the RBI leaders this year?

    • natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Tops on the Nats ;)

  122. adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    I like that Soriano is not pitching the 9th inning in games where we’re up by 4 or more (I thought Davey did that too much) — but at some point Soriano needs to pitch so as not to get rusty, no?

    • veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Wheeler tomorrow. Should be a closer game. Have a feeling he’ll pitch tomorrow.

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        But the Mets have a problem after Wheeler sits down after 7 or so

      • knoxvillenat - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        Fine with me as long as it is in a save situation.

    • Danny - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      He has an option for next year if he reaches a certain number of appearances. Plays a huge role.

      • adcwonk - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        I had a vague recollection that the # of appearances was high enough that it wouldn’t play all that much a factor.

      • sjm308 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Its not appearances – its the number of games he closes or is our last pitcher of record.. Doesn’t have to be a save but he has to be the last pitcher in the game. Its 62 games and it will probably not even be close if we keep hitting like this.

      • Steady Eddie - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Yes, more appearances than Soriano has ever had in one season over his career.

  123. Eric - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Psyched for the Zinn, Wheeler duel tomorrow, veejh.

    Stammen’s slider is just as nasty as I remember it…

    • veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      So far, the pen looks real good. I’m with you.

  124. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    What a game!

  125. veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Solid win. Sweep tomorrow!

  126. veejh - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Solid win. Sweep tomorrow!

  127. natsfan1a - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Test.

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