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Game 14: Nats at Marlins

Apr 15, 2014, 4:21 PM EST

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A day after Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals rebounded with a 9-2 win over the Marlins, Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 4.24) will take the ball looking to build off his strong outing against Miami just five days ago. Strasburg beat the Marlins at Nationals Park on April 10 after allowing one run and striking out 12 in 6 2/3 innings of work. Today will be his fourth start of the season.

Adam LaRoche is back in the lineup after taking the day off, he’ll bat cleanup with Bryce Harper in the two-hole and Jayson Werth batting third. Nate McLouth is also back after resting his knee for the past two days. Harper left last night’s game after aggravating his quad muscle in the seventh inning, so it’s good news he is in the lineup.

The Marlins will send third-year pro Tom Koehler (1-1, 3.00) to the mound for his second matchup against the Nationals this season. Koehler took the loss on April 10 despite giving up only two runs in six innings. That game, if you remember, was 2-1 for most of the afternoon before an Ian Desmond grand slam opened it up for the Nats.

Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where:
 Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Thunderstorms, 79 degrees, Wind 11 mph

NATIONALS
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Nate McLouth
C Sandy Leon
RHP Stephen Strasburg

MARLINS
LF Christian Yelich
CF Marcell Ozuna
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Garrett Jones
3B Casey McGehee
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
2B Derek Dietrich
SS Adeiny Hechevarria
RHP Tom Koehler

UMPIRES
TBD

277 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Sonny G 10 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Ok boys! Fry some more fish!!!

  2. masterfishkeeper - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Nice to see Rendon and Harper at the top of the lineup and McLouth seventh . Be interesting to see what lineup we have when everyone is healthy. (Notice I did not say “if”.)

  3. 3on2out - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Why no Lobaton?

    • David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      He took a foul ball off the wrist in Atlanta and is hurt. Apparently not hurt enough to go on the DL.

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Grrrr why so many touches so early in the season.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Part of the walking wounded and it’s only April 1/2 way.

      • masterfishkeeper - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Playing catcher for the Nats is like being the drummer in Spinal Tap.

      • deftndumb - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Let’s hope no one literally explodes behind the plate.

    • Sonny G 10 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      i hope its just a reward for Leon for hitting well yesterday. If Lobaton was hurt, you’d think we would have another backup catcher called up. Maybe he’s only slightly banged up and is getting a few days rest.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        We have plenty Harper and Werth ;)

  4. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Besides winning last night, best part saw no close calls.

    Last night Ron Washington tossed arguing a review. I thought the over throw was bogus due to the stupid transfer rules.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Saw that. They have to change that. Harold Reynolds gets his “whine” on when he sees calls like that. Don’t get Harold whining.

      • Section 222 - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Harold’s whining is often incomprehensible. I agree it’s to be avoided.
        We should start a pool on how long it will take MLB to modify that idiotic transfer rule. The NFL refs (and replay officials) are capable of determining whether a player has control of the ball. Shouldn’t that be the rule?

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        I actually whine too. Why change the interpretation after 135 years of calling it the other way.

  5. nats2005 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Everyone has been talking about how the record mirrors last year.

    Well, last year, the Nats were 8 – 5, the same as this year, but lost 6 of the next 8 and finished April with a 13 – 14 record.

    So, to be better than that, the Nats have to go 6 – 9 in their next 15 games to finish at .500.

    We better do that as a minimum, with 2 more with the fish, 3 with the Angels, 4 vs the Padres and 2 vs Houston, and all but 4 at home.

    The Cards for 4 will be tough though.

    Diz

  6. Section 222 - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    2-1 in this series with the Fish, 2-1 against the Angels, 2-2 with the Cards, 3-1 with the Padres, 1-1 iwith Houston (gotta give Bo one win). That puts us at 18-11. That ok with everyone?

    • lplipty - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Agreed, 222

    • Eric - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      I mean… Go ahead and take 2 from Bo, I can live with it ;)

    • jd - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Let’s just win tonight.

    • natsfan1a - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      Um, you might want to get some input on that from the players and managers in question. ;-)

      • natsfan1a - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        ’cause you know, they have to play the games and all…

      • Section 222 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Well, they read this blog, right? Right? :-)

  7. djbinfl - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Leon rewarded for last night and last time catching Strass per MW

  8. Eric - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Good to see McLouth and especially Harp in the line up…

    Go Nats!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      I would have sat Harper today and put Souza Jr in… And had Harp available off the bench…

      We are already the walking damaged… In game 13… And we’ve got 149 to go and a tougher series in a few days…

  9. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Even with all the banged up players, I ain’t mad at that lineup.

  10. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    +1 on the Spinal Tap comment above.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I sure am glad the Nats are on the road. The weather sure stinks around here right now.

    The Reds lost the game that was suspended last night.How long can they stick with Billy Hamilton leading off with his .130 BA/. 167 OBP/ .362 OPS?

    • David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Hamilton’s backup is Roger Bernadina.

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Love Jackie Robinson Day…. May watch the movie 42 after the game goes off…

  13. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Go Nats win one at a time.

  14. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Braves won’t win tonight.

  15. natsjackinfl - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    The Fish broadcast crew is getting a third man in the booth tonight. They’ve brought in Carl Pavano to join the other two guys who actually, are pretty good.

  16. davecydell - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    FP asking Rendon questions????
    Why would Rendon want anyone to know????

    • natinalsgo - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Exactly! We just know he doesn’t mind 2 strike counts and he barrells up balls.

  17. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    This kid is for real!

  18. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    First inning is the big inning as usual the last week.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    As I said first inning sets the tone. Straw gets out of this mess with no runs we can win easy.

  20. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Oh my.

  21. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Son of a ……

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Saw that coming a mile away….

  23. Danny - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Honestly…

  24. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Another terrible first inning.

    I said it over the weekend I believe something fundelmentally wrong in the starter’s preparation. Why else so many 1st inning runs?

  25. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Mix the pitches up.

  26. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    He fooled only 1 batter.

  27. nats128 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Strasburg not fooling anyone. Another big deficit.

  28. Danny - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    93-94 on the fastball. Guess we won’t see. 97-98 again.

    • David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      He was throwing 97 in his last two starts.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Showing the three triples was cool.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    If you are hitting well why pop a bunt?

    • natinalsgo - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Do you think he tried to pop it up?

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        On a rising fast ball you will pop a bunt most times. At least what we were taught.

      • natinalsgo - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        Only a submariner has a truly rising fastball. There is an illusion of some fastballs rising.

        Next question?

  31. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    That was a weak effort that inning.

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Not sure I like the idea of Espi bunting right there…

  33. nats128 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Bottom of the order helps Kohler get through that inning quickly.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Indeed

  34. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Stras gonna melt down in 3 , 2, 1…..

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      3 k needed

  35. dcwx61 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    It’s freakin sleetin here and my dog is outside

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    His off speed is working… Not the first pitch fastball… Come on Leon, adjust…

  37. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Squeezing Stras 9 that

  38. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    It hit the laser line. Not sure what is Wong with Marty Foster’s eyes

  39. dcwx61 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    DP

  40. dcwx61 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    almost

  41. natinalsgo - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Can’t believe this. No help from the ump on that 3-2 to Yelich.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      He call the same pitch a ball to Werth.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Our starters so far have been the weakness of the team. Though you would never believe it listening to the press.

  43. natinalsgo - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Walk Stanton with 1st base open.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Got to keep the ball in front of you.

  45. Eric - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Good NESS gracious y’all.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Good play LaRoche. 3-6-3 is low probability to turn.

  47. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Good call by Adam going home on that play.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    SS has no command…

  49. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Leon called a time out for that?

  50. Danny - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Fun times. Out starters are ridiculously inconsistent atm.

  51. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Ok, I think we’ve spotted them enough now. 6-0 . Jeez…

  52. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Stras pitched terrible in this stadium last year too.

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Thank goodness that is over…

  54. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Is McCatty preparing these guys mentally for the game?

    • dcwx61 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      yeah…
      Catty said there’ll be days like this…Catty said…Catty said

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Gotta chip away…

  56. Danny - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    4 out of the last 5 games our starter has given up at least 4 runs in the first 2 innings, good lord.

  57. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Repeat after me: “Strasburg is a hothouse plant.” Or was that, “potted plant?”

  58. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    I’m starting to believe the haters that Stras is over rated.

    • scmargenau - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:32 AM

      Would u trade him and Bryce for trout?

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    It’s amazing to me the people that. One out of the wood work when someone has a rough day/game…

    I think people sometimes forget, the Nats are playing against another major league team…

    • veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Stras is supposed to be elite. He hardly is at all.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        You just saw last week where he shut them down… SS hasn’t performed up to par this Season but which of our starts have???

      • veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        Being elite also comes with the being consistent.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        SS has good numbers… He has been victimized if poor run support, which is why his era, k, bb… All eite stuff, to me…

        But again, this year, which one of our started has been consistent?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        SS has good numbers… He has been victimized if poor run support, which last year a lot of our starters were… But his era, k, bb… All eite stuff, to me…

        But again, this year, which one of our started has been consistent?

        Do I wish SS would go back to the before TJ, absolutely but it’s not like he has been terrible..

    • Danny - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Heightened expectations.

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    That’s the pitch — high heat — I would have given Yelich…

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Not sure if Stras intended that high fastball to Hecheverria but it worked. Nats pitchers don’t throw enough purpose pitches to aggressive batters.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      I was screaming high heat high heat… Make them chase it… Especially with this strike zone…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        You know that’s the old Danny Espinosa chase pitch in a 2 strike count.

  62. realdealnats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Going back to Bowden’s point re Nat’s credibility from the last thread. Yeah Stras has cred–but with a small C. Until he can get some kinda continuity, and cut the meltdowns he sometimes has, he’s a potentially great pitcher, with sometimes terrifying stuff, but you cannot count on him. Everybody has a bad game, but I think you all know what I’m talking about. And I love the guy and hope he becomes the Ace everyone has annointed him as being. Nobody’s entitled to anything, ever, whether against the Marlins or whoever. You just can’t give up 6 runs in the first two innings like we’re doing.

  63. David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I don’t mind an ace occassionally getting blown up. It happens. Look at JZimm. I can live with that.

    My concern is that it happens with Strasburg more than it should for someone with his talent level. Look at the truly elite young pitchers like Kershaw and Sale. They have games where they get blown up. But it’s very rare. I don’t think it’s very rare for Strasburg and that’s a problem.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      A lot of people like to just look at the negative… Let’s look at the times he has been spot on (and there are a good number of them) and he got no support..

      • veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        What are we suppose to say? Ohhh, when Stras in on, he’s great! You can say that about most pitchers. He needs to be great all the time with the occasional bad outing, not ever other fricking game.

      • Danny - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        It’s more commenting on the game at hand. No one is happy to watch your “ace” put you in a 6-0 hole.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        And Vee has shown the entire point went over their head so it’s no point in continuing this conversation….

      • realdealnats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Agreed Mrsb. And I’m not a hater or a card carrying member of the L of D. I’m usually advising we all take it easy etc… but I agree with David Proctor. We guage Stras against the elite and he’s just not there. It’s not to be hung on any single game, nor on games he doesn’t get support. It is to be seen in games like tonight or in games when he loses his cool due to a fielding error. Koufax and Ryan and Johnson took awhile. Stras has it in him. But all of us assuming he’s there or he should be extended an inordinant amount of time to reach that elite status or even to be very consistent while younger pitchers are coming along and showing themselves to be tougher mentally with close to the same stuff–we are doing Stras and ourselves a disservice. Players are what they are until they become something better or worse.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Gotcha realdeal… And I didn’t disagree with David… I get what he’s saying… Of course, when pitchers are ha ugh these type of games, we tend to always think of those… I completely agree that SS has to become more consistent and needs to elevate his game… It’s just that when I think of SS’ totality of work, I know and remember all the times he didnt get the support and a 2 run mistake was on him…

      But as I said before… This year all of our pitchers have been inconsistent… I hope that changes ASAP…

  64. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Carpenter trying to draw FP into saying Strasburg is still recovering from surgery. If they want to trot out that excuse they should have been candid about it a long time ago. Clearly — if indeed that’s the case, which I don’t concede — it’s no secret to the rest of the league.

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    If only Adam was…. Faster

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Desi getting the Nats fired up. Just a bad pitch.

  67. sunshinebobby - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Damn! We need a good brawl. Typical baseball fight…nothing to see here.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Who was that, which Porter went after them… I can’t remember…

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        It was the Cub’s coach, Mrsb.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Thanks Joe… Yes…

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    No BABIP luck for the Nats. Luck needs to turn to get back into this game.

  69. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Mrsb….more candy coating Stras. I don’t care about all the games where he got no run support. Why not face the fact that he’s terribly inconsistent and is mentally weak.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Candy coating… You sound ridiculous,,,

      • veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        Yeah….what about all those times S’S got no run support??? That is candy coating, imo.

  70. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    More excuse-making on Desmond’s behalf: “The game is moving quickly for Desmond.”

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      I didnt get the SS was hurt part… Don’t believe that all.. Don’t remember the last time SS pitched well against Miami… In Miami…

      But now is not the time for our bats to go silent…

  71. realdealnats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Hey maybe if Stras settles in and comes on strong for 4 innings we can chip away at this a run at a time and steal this one w/o killing the BP. Then we’ll feel tougher than ever…

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Desi — make a statement next time but getting a hit…. And not at someone….

  73. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Stras is getting no run support tonight. It’s the hitters fault. LOL.

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Hum, let’s get rid of the goose egg fellas…

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I would let Stras keep going if Leon doesn’t get on base.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Appears his command on the fastball is coming back, so yeah…. Why not…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        I don’t get that. Why burn your bullpen and a pinch hitter this early?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        Same reason MW sent Det and the other LHP whose name escapes me in the blow out on Sunday against Atlanta….

        *shrugs shoulders*

      • nats128 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        81 pitches for Strasburg. I don’t get that at all.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Pete Kozma got sent down to the minors????

    • nats128 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      True. The Cardinals don’t screw around. 15 days into the season! If you have options and they have a replacement, by by.

  77. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Stupid plate approach tonight. It’s a huge stadium, Nate McLouth. You’re not likely to hit many out. Shorten your swing,

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Just no luck tonight… Geesh

  79. wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Strasburg seems to be underperforming year after year.

  80. nats1924 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    omgoodness, can Bob and FP stop saying how big this empty ballpark plays. so annoying

  81. nats1924 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    another note — Id much rather give #1 money to Jordan Zimmerman than Strasburg.

  82. nats128 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Strasburg could have done this. One hit and one walk. Come on.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      He was finding his command with the fastball… Maybe he wanted to get Stammen some work… He last pitched Saturday?

    • wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Strasburg rarely pitches a one hit one walk game. His ERA close to 5 and rising.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Absolutely pathetic. Stammen almost got Rendon pummeled. What were you thinking Craig? Better yet walking the #8 man.

      Yes, Strasburg should have stayed in.

  83. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    In the 14th game of the season Prince Fielder hit his first home run as a Ranger. Hitting.a robust .192

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Wow… I just don’t know…

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    The Barves games were tough to watch. This is worse.

  86. philipd763 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    The Nats look like a last place Little League team tonight!

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Uhhh Craig… This ump isn’t calling the low K…

  88. paul brandt - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    hurry Rizzo trade SS for Yelich…throw in RZim if you have to,,,we are an absolute joke in the field!!

    venting yes but this is absurd…

  89. nats128 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Does Matt Williams smash chairs tonight? This is all ready a game you never want to watch over.

  90. wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    The look of a champion? I think not.

  91. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    We had a laugher last night…. They got it tonight….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      No comparison as that game wasn’t a runaway like this with errors.

      All starts with that dumb error at 3rd. If you watch that throw from Stammen to Rendon he came very close to injuring his 3rd baseman.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        That’s a different point, in the sense that last night, we got lucky, they made a few mistakes etc…

        last night, we were giddy in the way and tonight they are..

        Now the errors, are ridiculous.. And I will never understand any justification on why CS threw it over to Rendon in the first place…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Stammen wasn’t thinking. Here FP and Bob were just talking about Stammen’s college dducation and he makes such an uneducated dumb a** play.

  92. Danny - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Is this real life?

  93. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Just forfeit. This is an absolute abomination to baseball.

  94. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    5 outfield errors already this year. There was only 9 all of last season.
    Nats lead the league in overall errors now.
    What’s up with that?

  95. wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    I thought they were practicing fundamentals in spring training. I guess when the pressure’s on, they fold.

  96. texnat1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    It will now be pretty important to win tomorrow to win this series. Losing this series will really raise questions about whether this year is just a carbon copy of last year with a sweep by the Braves leading to a tailspin.

    This team doesn’t appear to have the mental strength to deal a bunch of questions about whether they are just going to collapse again this year.

    Need the series win if at all possible.

    • wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      This team seems to be missing the necessary ingredient for true success. A backbone.

    • David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      If we lose tomorrow and lose the series, people will question the team for one whole day. Then we play the Cardinals. There’s always another game and lucky for us we have some quality competition to prove ourselves against as soon as this series is over.

      • wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        They have failed to raise to the challenge when true quality teams meet them face to face (last year and this year so far). The Cards may be further proof that this team isn’t anywhere near great. That the Nats, really, are just a slightly better than average non contender.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        Yeah, they will question until we win…

        Fernandez hasn’t been as dominate as he’s been before…. Hopefully, we can have some better at bats and get him tomorrow…

        As this one is, uhm, over….

        1 hit tonight, so far… 1 hit

      • texnat1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        And the Nats are likely to lose the Cardinals series the way things are going, which will then be three in a row. Especially when they catch both Jordan and Roark.

        Nats could play well and either only split or lose STL series. That is why its important to win against the bottom dwellers.

      • David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        I’m not really going to proclaim the team is likely to do one thing or another. They don’t catch Roark btw. They will see Jordan, Gio, JZimm and Stras.

      • wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        It was supposed to say “They have failed to rise to the challenge….”

        In any case, Strasburg is certainly nowhere near elite as far as pitchers are concerned. The Nats have two ver good pitchers – Zimmerman and Gio. Strasburg is mediocre and the rest still need to prove themselves. Not exactly the pitching staff that everyone was lauding at the start of the season.

      • realdealnats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        +1. Yep forget about it and go get the Cards. But maybe we win tomorrow too. A night’s sleep works wonders.

      • wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        I don’t think Strasburg scares anybody. Jordan?? Don’t know yet. JZimm and Gio are excellent pitchers.

      • texnat1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        Ah forgot that Roark is pitching tomorrow.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    We got 3 more innings… Ouch…

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    If they gave a fielder’s choice on that error on 3rd where the Official Scorer determined that runner would have been safe anyway on that bunt, all those runs would be earned.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      They were all ruled as earned.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Interesting and I wondered if that would be the case. I guess they could still change that, but I have no problem with it. 5 earned in 1 inning on Stammen’s record.

        For a reliever, it will take weeks of no run appearances to get that ERA back down to respectibility.

  99. scnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Wow just got home. No sense in buying USA Today tomorrow because I will just avoid the sports section.

  100. naterialguy - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Ok it’s time to start the comeback

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Anyone ever comeback and win down 11-0? Good this will be the 1st

  102. paul brandt - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    at least our new skipper had all of ST scripted…its worked wonders with our D so far and some of our pitchers can even bunt the ball in a bucket!

    small victories.

    the only thing that looks like last year is the inconsistency…1 hit so far vs. the mighty Marlins.

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    And we’re kinda lucky we don’t/didnt face Eovaldi…

    • David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Eovaldi doesn’t scare me.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        Really…. He scares the heck out of me…

        Thought Khoeler was their 3rd best pitcher…

        Sigh…

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Another new pitcher — why?

  105. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    A Zach Walters sighting.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      At this point, Werth would come out the game, Harper would come out… Maybe even Adam…. It’s no point…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        No point indeed. Get these youngsters work and rest Bryce etc. Put Frandsen at 3rd also.

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    The Dayton to Dayton guys in relief. That word “relief” has a whole new meaning.

    I rarely disagree with Matty but it was more important to keep Stras in for the 5th with 81 pitches than yank him for a 2 out and no men on for a pinch-hitter in the top of the 5th.

    • nats128 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Amen, preach. Stras really got into a groove. Pull him at 100 pitches if he doesn’t have a quick 5th. FP and Bob doesn’t question anything Matty does Ive noticed.

  107. sunshinebobby - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Can someone explain to me why Matty has Clipp warming in an 11-0 game?

    • David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      He hasn’t pitched since Friday. The frontend of the bullpen is worn out but the backend should be more than well-rested.

  108. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Dang, we can’t but a hit tonight….

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I thought we had more than 2 errors…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Thought it was 3.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        1.throw by CS to ARendon
        2. Drop by Jayson Werth for the extra base…
        3.???

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        Lets count Stammen’s as 2 errors. 1 for the mental error of Stamment throwing to 3rd (did Leon tell him to?) and 1 for the lousy throw.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        I can’t stop laughing… ‘LEts count CS for 2′

        Yeah as dumb as it was…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Usually the catcher calls the play on a bunt on where to throw to so I will hold full blame unless we know but the throw was awful and almost injured Rendon in the process.

  110. sunshinebobby - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    So does that mean with get a 40-pitch eighth inning from Soriano? He’ll love pitching in an 11-0 tilt.

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Wow, the SZ has really expanded…

  112. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    The Shark just hit a grounder to second and beat it out to extend an inn, Reds have scored at least 2 more

  113. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Souza fitting in with 2013 team swinging at one in the dirt.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      I thought that was Frandsen?

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        It was.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        I guess if posters are going to point out the negatives on a particular player, let’s attribute the right player, that’s all ;)

  114. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Gotta say Koehler has been impressive.

  115. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Well, even Frandson looked like crap in that AB.

  116. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Another base hit…..

    Grand total of 2 tonight….

  117. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    If harp stole would we have a fight?

    Damn wild pitch same thing

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Way to go Souza. Batting 1.000 with RISP.

  119. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Oops Souza wasn’t batted 9tt.

    Sorry guy.

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Yes…. No blow out!!!!!

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Couple of things…

    1. Were the fans really booing!?!?!?

    2. Congrats Mr Souza Jr on your first hit in the big league….

    3. Ghost – I’m still laughing… ’2 Errors on that Stammen throw…’ I am imagining my version of you throwing balled up pieces of paper at the TV screen yelling at Craig and Mw…..

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      MrsB, we had been promised better fundamentals and truthfully, they were better under Davey at this point. Horrible bunting by some of the pitchers, poor baserunning, fielding errors at last years pace, and so many mental errors like Stammen’s play tonight and RZim’s pickoff. Add to this the starters just don’t look sharp to begin their outings. I don’t get it.

      • veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        The potential is there. Living up to it is another thing.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        veejh, exactly right.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        It’s baffling… All we kept hearing was we finally have a skipper who won’t host a country club type of ST… Seems like the more they change, they stay the same…

        Interestingly enough, I want to say, we are hitting better (maybe the aggressiveness pays off there) but our pitching has been suspect all year… This performance by SS reminded me of Jordan’s bad performance last week…

        So far, we’ve seen a shortened version/summation of problems that we had last year, questionable managerial decisions, poor defense, etc…

        Now, I hope people know that we weren’t going to 19-0 against the Fish this year… Naw, it wasn’t going to happen… But tonight’s game, as aggravating as it is, will still only count as 1 loss….

        Hopefully, tomorrow, we kick the living day lights out of the Fish and win the series…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        I really like Matty and his decisions but he needs to start getting accountibility. Taylor Jordan can’t bunt? Better pitch him several dozen in practice until he can for his next outing. Stammen can’t throw to 3rd? Make him practice that throw.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        And in no way, shape, or form am I saying DJ wasn’t a problem last year… Just don’t think he was THE problem…

        But as we know, winning cures all… So once they win, a lot of this becomes mute…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Davey’s problems were in-game management. I remember thinking he fell asleep during some games.

      • wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        It’s entirely possible that the team, while promising, is fundamentally flawed. That 2012 was the anomaly, not the true representation of what the team really is. A decent, but not great team.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        I don’t buy that. This team is stacked and needs to work on fundamentals with continuous improvement.

        Errors happen but it’s these mental errors that are troubling moreso than the physical errors.

  122. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Actually, I had the impression that Stammen was distracted by Leon yelling behind him on that errant throw. Not an excuse, just how it looked to me.

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Blevins, Clip and Soriano just cruised in relief.

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Oh Zach!

  125. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Walters is a hog. Holy.

  126. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Way to go Zack!As to the struggling starting pitching? I can only offer up one theory:

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Damn! Try that again! Way to go Zach!

      My theory as to the struggles of the pitching staff? Wilson Ramos. And yes, Lobaton has looked good to us, but I see the absence. of Ramos has having had a huge effect. Anybody got any better idea as to why they have looked so much less then we expected them to?

      • veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Its not the catchers fault. Try throwing good pitches.

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        Sure,whatever veejay. Check out the ERA’s last year when Ramos was in vs. when he wasn’t. It was a dramatic difference.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        It’s funny Joe… Was talking to my dad and thought it wasn’t such a hot idea for Leon to start again today… Bt I understand Lobaton was a little beat up and Leon did well…

        But in the 2nd inning… Was a little baffled why Leon kept calling the fastball when it was clear as day SS didnt have that command..

        I’m just wanting us to tread lightly until we get the full line up back..

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    And the comeback started with a 9th inning HR to make it 11-2

  128. sunshinebobby - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    We’re not getting beat; we just ran out of innings.

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Congrats Mr. Walters…. Congrats…

  130. secretwasianman - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Didn’t expect win 19 against the fish. But the amount of horrible starts by the pitchers is alarming. Not a playoff team.

    • veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      No one expected the starters to be the issue. Gotta love baseball.

    • paul brandt - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      well said – agreed. and am not a fan of yucking it up in the dugout over Souza’s first hit…at that point they were down 11-1…do so in the locker-room outside of the cameras…they all looked happy and were down 11-1…pissed me off.

  131. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Would live to see us rough up Fernandez tomorrow as a little payback.

  132. Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Frandsen swung and missed at six pitches out of the strike zone in his two at bats

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Also looked like a strained back. Next?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Baffling as good as he was but as advertised RHPs make him look bad. I have to think Miami pulled his old scouting reports since they faced him many times with the Phoolies.

  133. David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Positives from tonight’s game: It’s over.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Souza got a hit… Walters got a Hr….

      Right?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        I’m trying DP… *snickers*

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        +1 Mrs B plus Rendon, Blevins, Clip and Soriano and a star for Harper

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Yeah, the. Nats lost in absolute horrible fashion… But why over-look 2 guys efforts, no matter what the score is, when they don’t get a chance to do what they did…

        You can still be disappointed on the game but be happy for Souza and Walters…

  134. sunshinebobby - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I noticed that too, Joe. There’s a reason he’s a fourth infielder and a fifth outfielder.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Actually a backup infielder on the Phoolies.

  135. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Best part about baseball? You don’t have to wait a week to play again.

  136. manassasnatsfan - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Twins look like littleguers too. Hicks catches one in shallow center. Throws it off target home so sac fly. Sazuki throws to third into left guy from seconds scores.

  137. David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Matt Williams sounds extremely frustrated by the starting pitching in the first inning and the defense. Sounds pissed off, to be honest.

    • wmlsays - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Since this is the third time in four tries (this year) that SS has been sub optimal, Matt Williams ought to be peeved. He’s their ace, supposedly. Too bad he’s not performing anywhere near the level they expected him to be.

      • David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        I don’t think he’s so much upset about this start or even SS specifically. He sounded peeved that all of our starting pitchers are giving up tons of runs in the first inning. But his real issue came with the defense. You could tell he was not at all happy about more errors being made.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      He did seemed pissed off, but he also sounded befuddled. I don’t envy him tonight.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      He should be. Do you think the message of aggressiveness has had a bad side effect of creating mistakes by trying to be aggressive?

      • David Proctor - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        We were making the same mistakes last year though. The baserunning woes are a problem, but the defense has been more troubling.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      As he should be… These boys better clean it up… And clean it up fast…

      Errors happen, it’s the mental mistakes/lapses… Just becuz he preached aggression, doesn’t mean he preached stupid…

  138. veejh - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Stras has the final say onwhat pitch he’s gonna throw. If he doesn’t like the call, he can waive it off. Quit trying to blame someone other than Stras for svcking. His fastball has zero movement and he’s been throwing it right down the pike.

  139. secretwasianman - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    If starting pitching doesn’t improve Nats will have less wins than last year.

  140. janebeard - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    I blame it on the icy rainy weather up here.

    Get ‘em again tomorrow guys.

  141. ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Wow, I pick the right games to miss! Saw some lowlights (there were plenty), and the main takeaway I had was that MW left Strasburg in the game to try to figure things out, rather than take him out, which is what the last two regimes (of more than a few games) would have done. That will be a great learning, and humbling, experience for Stras.

    What’s with all the errors, and why did the benches clear? Box shows no HBP. HR admiration? I fear that I’ll have to brave full the in-game thread to find out.

    • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      I totally agree it was good for Stras to work through that. I also think he seemed to take it more or less in stride, never seeming to sulk or otherwise get flustered. So that was good. But, I think the decision to leave him in had more to do with the bullpen than anything else. MW showed that he will pull a starter VERY early when he pulled Zinn after 1 2/3 last week.

      As for the benches, they cleared because Koehler went way up and in on Werth and then, two batters later, Desi. “Coincidentally,” the two guys who hit grand slams off of them last week. Desi apparently said something to the effect of, “put the ball over the plate.” and Salta took exception. Words were had, they stepped to each other, and the teams flooded the field as the ump kept them separated. No violence occurred.

      • ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Eric, I wasn’t saying MW wouldn’t pull pitchers early, just that he was willing to leave them in to tough it out. That seems like a difference from past managers.

        Thanks for the recap. Interesting they threw at Desi and Werth….

      • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Ah, gotcha re: MW and willingness to pull pitchers.

    • natsfan1a - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      No need to venture there, ehay. You can read this item and watch the video instead. :-)

      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/was/warnings-issued-after-benches-clear-between-nationals-and-marlins?ymd=20140415&content_id=72172320&vkey=news_was

  142. Joe Seamhead - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Looks like everyone is taking the morning off, or waiting for Chase Hughes to post a new post. Well, last night the Nats stunk in virtually every phase of the game, except for the rookies Souza and Walters getting their hits.

    Matt Williams was not his normal self after the game.Who could blame him? He was frustrated with Strasburg’s pitching, but even more so with the defense “kicking the ball around.” Again, who could blame him? I will say that for all of the hoopla from spring training about how much emphasis was placed on the basics and on smart, aggressive play, that after the first phase of the season it’s kind of hard to not be disappointed with what we’re seeing. I sure hope that the positive results start kicking in soon.

    The ineptness on the part of the starters is baffling, and not just by Strasburg. I threw out the theory that the team is missing Wilson Ramos and got dissed for saying so. Well, like I said when I posted it, if any of the genius’ on here have any other thoughts as to what gives I’d love to hear them? I’m not saying that it’s the only thing, but it certainly might be playing a significant part. I like either Lobaton or Leon as the backup catcher, but the loss of Ramos may be having more of an effect on Stras, JZimm,Gio, TJ, and Roark then we realize. And I’m not making excuses for Stras not being able to locate his pitches better,or that his performances at times aren’t disappointing. Something is out of whack with him some nights. But the same thing can be said about every other starter right now. Not that Ramos has had all that many games under his belt either, but he knows his pitchers, and the opposition better then either Leon, or the Lobaton.

    Feel free to beat me up on my thoughts in the next post regarding my thoughts.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      No beating-up from here. I only watched the first two or three innings before I had to disengage (luckily) for family responsibilities. But it certainly sounds like an awful, awful game. Am I correct that Mr. Strasburg’s velocity was okay? No indications of arm problems?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        I’m hoping he’s dialed it back some to go later in the games. Velo isn’t what did him in, it was poor location and lack of movement on his breaking pitches. His changeup was his best pitch last night.

  143. scnatsfan - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Last year we looked at games like this and thought no big deal, plenty of seson left, we will turn it around.

    How did that work out for us?

  144. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    “Matt Williams was not his normal self after the game.Who could blame him? He was frustrated with Strasburg’s pitching, but even more so with the defense “kicking the ball around.” Again, who could blame him? I will say that for all of the hoopla from spring training about how much emphasis was placed on the basics and on smart, aggressive play, that after the first phase of the season it’s kind of hard to not be disappointed with what we’re seeing. I sure hope that the positive results start kicking in soon.”

    I made similar points above and all the daily quotes and the tight schedule Matt kept and attention to detail just shows that humans are humans. They make mistakes.

    Matty has started making mistakes but none of them has cost the teams Wins and Losses. This is on the players. Sloppy play and execution but its the mental mistakes that is inexcusable based on the sheer volume. The “aggressiveness” needs to be replaced with smart ball. Nothing can replace baseball smarts and its the small intangibles between the best and 2nd best.

    Laddie overnight sent me an email with detailed research on Strasburg in Miami. He has a theory on it and I agree with him. In the meantime, back to what I will say again this team is built on pitching, defense, athleticism and timely hitting. #1 and #2 are missing. Add to that baseball smarts as an intangible.

    • ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      I, for one, would be interested in Laddie’s research. There is something about Miami that makes Stras uncomfortable. Mound shape maybe? Color of the backstop? ¿Asientos vacios?

      • Eric - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        +1!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        Humidity is what Laddie thinks and last night it made sense. If you taped the game in the first inning you will see on Stras jersey numbers the 4 & 2 were almost fully engulfed in sweat as you will see small spots that were still white and the rest gray.

  145. sjm308 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    I am obviously not a great fan, in that I actually turned the TV off after 5 innings. Did go back on and got to see Walters HR. When we are getting smacked around, one thing that bothers me and will never change are all the comments by Carp & FP making excuses for our boys. I realize who writes their paychecks but it just gets very difficult to listen to how rosy things are when its 6-0 and we are botching simple throws to 3rd base etc etc.

    Question for Ghost or anyone who lives in FLA. I am not sure of this but I believe Miami is a domed stadium and I also believe the roof was closed last night. If that is so, I am wondering if anyone else noticed how drenched SS’s uniform was after just one inning. Not saying this is a problem because most guys will sweat (duh), but I am looking for reasons he doesn’t pitch well down there. If the stadium was enclosed, I would also guess that it is climate controlled which makes the sweating even more puzzling. As always, I could be totally wrong on all of this.

    Go Nats!!

  146. ehay2k - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Note to Stras, when in Miami, no Cuban coffee before starts!

  147. Joe Seamhead - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    “In the meantime, back to what I will say again this team is built on pitching, defense, athleticism and timely hitting. #1 and #2 are missing. Add to that baseball smarts as an intangible.”

    What , and # 4 hasn’t been missing? Other then in a couple of games I’d say the results with RISP is pretty dismal, too.

    After Davey’s 2 years, I agree that this horse needed a different jockey. It’s a good horse. I sure hope that the rider learns how to control it.

    Duty calls for me, so I won’t be around until later.

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