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Game 23: Padres at Nats

Apr 24, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Today the Nationals host the San Diego Padres in the first of a four-game series at Nationals Park, the final series of this season-long homestand. The Nats were victorious last night in a walk-off thriller, and will look to keep it going today.

Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.92) is set to pitch for Washington with lefty Eric Stults (1-2, 4.35) starting for the Padres. Zimmermann has made five career starts against San Diego before. He is 1-2 with a 1.95 ERA against them.

Stults, 34, has one start against the Nationals on his record. He faced them on May 18 of last year at Petco Park and went eight innings with just one run allowed on four hits and two walks. The Padres won that game 2-1, though the Nationals took the season series five games to two.

Updates to come, please check back…

SAN DIEGO PADRES VS. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 62 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to CF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

PADRES
SS Everth Cabrera
RF Chris Denorfia
LF Seth Smith
C Yasmani Grandal
3B Chase Headley
1B Yonder Alonso
2B Jedd Gyorko
CF Wil Venable
LHP Eric Stults

UMPIRES
HP Cory Blaser
1B Jim Joyce (cc)
2B Doug Eddings
3B Marvin Hudson

7:06 p.m. — And we’re underway. Jordan Zimmermann fires ball one to Everth Cabrera.

7:09 p.m. — Wow, how many guys do you see give up a leadoff single but still get out of the inning on six total pitches? NIce job by Zimmermann getting a double-play grounder out of Chris Denorfia and then getting Seth Smith to tap a comebacker to wrap up a 1-2-3 top of the first.

7:19 p.m. — The good news: Denard Span and Adam LaRoche singled in the bottom of the first. The bad news: Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth each grounded to short and might have been doubled up if not for Jedd Gyorko’s weak arm, and then with runners on the corners and two outs Ian Desmond struck out looking, killing a potential rally. Scoreless after one.

7:25 p.m. — Make it two scoreless innings on 14 pitches for Zimmermann. And now the Padres have lost one of their few big bats. Chase Headley has been replaced at third base by Alexi Amarista for reasons yet unknown.

7:38 p.m. — Another quick inning for Zimmermann, who retired the side in the top of the third. He’s thrown 20-of-28 pitches for strikes so far and has faced the minimum, striking out three. The right-hander looks really sharp so far.

7:51 p.m. — An observation based on three innings of Padres baseball I’ve now seen in person this season: Jed Gyorko does not have Danny Espinosa’s arm at second base. Not even close. If he did, he might have turned three double plays already. Instead, his weak arm helped the Nats take the lead in the bottom of the third. Gyorko couldn’t get Denard Span doubled up on a grounder to short. That allowed Span to steal second, take third on Stults’ wild pickoff attempt and then score on Rendon’s sac fly to left. It’s 1-0 Nats after one.

8:02 p.m. — The Padres get the run right back in the top of the fourth. Chris Denorfia singled off Zimmermann, then scored on Seth Smith’s double to the right-field corner, just beating Espinosa’s strong relay throw to the plate. It was pretty close, just a tick too late. The Nats’ defense helped Zimmermann get out of the inning, with LaRoche making the rare throw across the diamond from first to third to get Smith into a rundown and prevent another run from scoring. But it’s now 1-1 in the middle of the fourth.

8:19 p.m. — Zimmermann gets back to business in the fifth, retiring the side. Espinosa, meanwhile notched his league-leading sixth bunt single in the bottom of the fourth. That’s particularly impressive when you consider how well Danny has been swinging the bat overall. It’s not like he’s forced to bunt because he’s not making solid contact otherwise. Still 1-1, middle of the fifth.

8:34 p.m. — Man, Desmond can’t buy a break right now. He just smoked a line drive to right field, but right at Denorfia to end the fifth and strand two men on base. Ian is now 0 for his last 11 and has seen his batting average drop to .205. It’s been a rough week for the shortstop. Still 1-1 heading to the sixth.

8:49 p.m. — (Chase taking over) The Padres took the lead in the top of the sixth thanks to a two-RBI double by Grandal. Stults, yes the pitcher, led off with an opposite field double. Smith walked two batters later. And Grandal then doubled to right field to score both runners. The Padres have already surpassed their MLB-worst average of 2.72 runs per game.

9:03 p.m. — The Nats notched another run in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Espinosa. He roped a line drive over the fence in left field to cut the lead to 3-2. Jerry Blevins will take over for Zimmermann.

9:16 p.m. — Not much to report from the top of the seventh. They got a man on with a two-out walk by Venable, but that was it. Right-hander Nick Vincent will take over as the Padres’ pitcher.

9:24 p.m. — Another solo home run for the Nationals, this one by LaRoche, his fourth of the season. The game is now tied 3-3 with Tyler Clippard coming in to pitch the top of the eighth.

9:38 p.m. — Whew, that was close. Clippard got into some trouble, but walked away with the game still tied. He gave up a one-out single to Denorfia, then walked Smith. Grandal then hit a sac fly to deep center to move Denorfia to third. With two outs, Clippard was able to retire Grandal and Amarista to fly out to deep center. Still 3-3.

9:51 p.m. — The Nats saw Espinosa lead off with a single, and him advance to second on a wild pitch, but no runs come across. Lobaton and McLouth both struck out swinging and Span flied out to the first baseman. Rafael Soriano will now take over.

10:03 p.m. — The ninth inning saw Matt Williams’ win his first challenge call of the 2014 season. Alonso led off with a walk and then stole second with zero outs. But a second look revealed Espinosa had tagged Alonso before the first baseman’s foot touched the bag. Soriano cleaned up the rest and we are on to the bottom of the eighth.

10:19 p.m. — The Nats loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but this one will take extra innings as they couldn’t bring home a run. Werth singled, Desmond walked and Harper was intentionally walked with two outs. Espinosa – who has three hits tonight – then popped up to Cabrera at short. Craig Stammen will pitch the tenth.

10:25 p.m. — That was quick. Stammen got Xavier Nady, Cabrera and Denorfia all to ground out. On to the bottom of the tenth.

10:38 p.m. – Lobaton led off with a double down down the foul line in left field, but three straight strikeouts by Walters, Span and Rendon ended the inning. On to the 11th.

10:46 p.m. — Another 1-2-3 inning for Stammen and Werth will come up in the bottom of the 11th looking to hit his second walk-off in as many days.

10:59 p.m. — Ready for the 12th inning? Three up, three down for the Nats in the bottom of the 11th, so that’s our reality. With the Padres having the worst offense in baseball, this could be a long one. Stammen will pitch his third inning up next.

11:13 p.m. — The Padres scored a run in the top of the 12th, a go-ahead score that the Nats will have to answer. Gyorko singled with one out and moved all the way to third with two outs after stealing second, and then taking another base on a Lobaton throwing error. Former Nats player Xavier Nady then singled up the  middle to score Gyorko. Of course that happened, right? 4-3 Padres with Tyler Moore set to pinch-hit for Stammen. Harper leads off.

11:23 p.m. — 6-4 double play ends the game. Padres take the series opener 4-3 in 12 innings.

236 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Looks like the Mets are about to put the vaunted Cards back to 500. Wonder what Cards fans are thinking.

    • David Proctor - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      No way a good team could be .500 on April 24. They should fire their GM. Mike Matheny has clearly lost the clubhouse. I think they need a team psychiatrist because they’re headcases. I’d see what they could get for Wainwright and Wacha. Time to rebuild.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        They are really missing Carlos Beltran. Hard to replace a switch hitter like him.

      • adcwonk - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Yep. Blow up the team!

    • bowdenball - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      I also wonder what the people who said the Nats early record was meaningless because all of their success came against the Mets and the Marlins are thinking. If the Mets close this one out they’ll move to 12-7 against teams other than the Nats. The Marlins are currently 9-5 against teams other than the Nats.

      • David Proctor - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        If the Mets win, they will have a better record than the Cardinals. So does that mean our 3-0 sweep against them matters more than our split against the Cardinals?

        That’s the silliness with acting as if some wins count and some don’t.

      • bowdenball - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        +1 million. I’ve been saying this for years.

      • adcwonk - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Fun with stats. (And good points, btw).

        Here’s another one:

        Nats are 1-5 against the Braves, and 11-5 against everybody else.

  2. micksback1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Nats need to start winning series and hopefully last night’s win propels them to do just that. then again, I thought after going 2-2 with Cards, Nats would roll the Angels.

    I notice that there are many who cherry pick stats that make their point, but also omit stats or belittle stats that refute their points. I post that Desi should sit a few games and I base it on facts and one of them is a litle old thing called a batting average.. Desi has not hit well at all so far this season. Other players who have slumped a little have hit, Werth, Bryce and Span. However each of them are batting over 250 where Desi has not only yet to be at 250, he has dropped at 217. The other question I pose is,then when do you sit a player? Sitting a few games will only help him in my view. If he is hitless tonight and if he KO’s at least twice, he should sit out the last 2 games and rest. his back u is itting te ball well and frankly the infield would not miss a beat. Thsi why their is benh and why the nats spent some serious money on getting Frandsen, McClouth and others.

    • bowdenball - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Based on this logic the Tigers should sit Miguel Cabrera, who is currently hitting .236.

      Do you think the Tigers should sit Miguel Cabrera? Or is it possible that multiple seasons of outstanding play are a better indication of a player’s ability than three weeks of poor play?

      • micksback1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Does he have 9 errors so far and is he hitting 217, this is what I mean by cherry picking acts. And you know what, I said sit him a few games, what part of that are you not getting????? you do not have to disrspect a point of few that at the least is based on facts not fiction

      • micksback1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        and based on your logic, no player should sit a few games or any unless they are injured, right?

      • bowdenball - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Settle down, micksback1. I don’t believe I disrespected your opinion.

        You said that you would bench Desi because of his batting average. and errors. I asked if you would also bench Miguel Cabrera, who has a similar batting average and is widely regarded as a horrible defender. In other words, as I said, whether you give more weight to years of good results or weeks or more recent nad results. If your answer is that you wouldn’t bench Cabrera despite his .236 batting average because Cabrera doesn’t have 9 errors, that’s fine. I strongly disagree, but as you say you’re entitled to your opinion.

      • jd - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Mick,

        You would also have to sit Span (.211), Werth (.247), Harper (only 1 HR) not to mention the fact that Rendon’s average has dropped about 60 points in less than a week.

        You bench players for lack of hassle, loss of skills (generally due to aging), bad attitude etc. You don’t bench players because of relatively short slumps because the players you want to replace them with are not as good as them based on long term career stats or you are shooting yourself in the foot.

    • pdowdy83 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      I feel there is a difference in sitting him a few games and just sitting him one. I don’t think anyone would be arguing against you if you were simply suggesting a day off but I think it is the implied multiple games that others are balking at.

      You don’t tend to give a guy who has one back to back silver sluggers multiple days off because he is in a slump. I have a feeling that if he struggles the first 3 games of the series still that MW sits him on Sunday.

      • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        +1 Mick, you can’t complain about getting pushback for taking an extreme position. You’re entitled to your opinion, but if you post it here, you’re inviting discussion and disagreement. I don’t think anyone would dispute that Desi hasn’t been playing well. The question is what to do about it.

      • bowdenball - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Well said, pdowdy.

        A day off is a day off, every player needs them here and there. Multiple days off is a benching. You don’t bench good baseball players unless they’re not good any more, and Desmond has a long way to go before we decide he’s not good any more, because he’s been really good for two seasons now.

      • jd - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        You also have to consider the alternatives. If Zim is healthy you can play Espi for Desi for a couple of days just so he can relax a bit but you don’t sit Desmond down for Frandsen or Walters.

      • texnat1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        you can for a day, but agree as to more than that.

  3. thelatencn - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Oddities about the Padres’ lineup.

    The first two batters are Chris Evert(h), although not in that order.

    “Chase Headley yonder, Alonzo,” saith Smith.

    Will venable Eric Stults ever play in an old-timers game?

    I have nothing for Yasmani Grandal or Jedd Gyorko. They’re odd enough as is.

    • stoatva - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      You gotta be tough with a last name like “Jerko.”

  4. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    As we await tonight’s game, I thought I’d repost this, hoping to get some clarifications from one of my many virtual friends:

    So the rules of baseball can be found here:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/downloads/y2014/official_baseball_rules.pdf

    Can someone locate this so-called transfer rule? Because the definition of CATCH on p.13 seems perfectly reasonable and inconsistent with the transfer idiocy that’s been sweeping the game.

    • 6ID20 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      The rule is the same as it’s always been. If a fielder does not have control of the ball and drops it while transferring it to his throwing hand, it’s not a catch. What has changed is the interpretation. It is the umpire’s judgment call as to whether the fielder had control of the ball before dropping it. With replay, umpires are refusing to exercise their judgment as in the past and are now automatically saying that no catch is made if the ball is dropped on the transfer.

      • stoatva - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Which is totally goofy. One can certainly voluntarily initiate the transfer from your glove yet fumble it when you start to throw. Nothing inconsistent about that at all, IMO.

    • joemktg - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Rule 2.00 on page 13: Definition of a Catch, last sentence:
      “If the fielder has made the catch and drops the ball while in the act of making a throw following the catch,
      the ball shall be adjudged to have been caught.”

      Honest to god, I have no idea what is going on. That is exactly what happened to LaRoche last night.

      • letswin3 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Joe, that’s the final word on it, and it’s perfectly clear. It’s the idiotic umps that have hijacked the black and white rule as well as the intent. I say we send Joe down there to straighten out this atrocity.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        The one right before that is the relevant one, I think:

        “In establishing the validity of the catch, the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball and that his release of the ball is voluntary and intentional.”

        I don’t support the way its being enforced now. But it does have some basis in the text of the rule.

      • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        HH, that part is exactly why I think the rule is inconsistent with this transfer stuff. It’s talking about control of the ball and holding the ball, not whether there has been a successful transfer to the throwing hand. Last night’s ALR catch was very quick, but there have been other plays, like when that RF bounced off the wall, took two steps, and then dropped the ball on the transfer, that would clearly constitute holding the ball long enough.

        I thought there was a rule that required the transfer of the ball to the throwing hand before the ball would be judged to be a catch. I’m not finding that anywhere in the rule and the definition of catch certainly doesn’t require a transfer. http://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/nbcsports/img/post_comment.gif?m=1286321811g

      • 6ID20 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        It’s a judgment call triggered when the ball is dropped and hits the ground. The umpire is the judge of whether or not the fielder had control of the ball before it was dropped. The fielder could establish control for an instant and then drop it. The fielder could juggle the ball for ten seconds, never establishing control, and then drop it. There’s no definition of what “having control” means. That’s why it’s totally a judgment call.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Deuces

        I totally agree about the application of the rule, and that OFer who held on while bouncing off the wall is clearly the most egregious.

        Fact is, the rule refers to the catch and the throw but not explicitly to the transfer. But unless you’re going to throw it with your glove hand (which can happen with a scoop), there has to be a transfer to the throwing hand, and so there’s a judgment call about whether the fielder’s “release of the ball is voluntary and intentional.”

        But I think the new approach to interpreting it is bananas (feel free to cut out all the a’s and n’s, for a stronger expression of opinion).

      • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Thanks HH. I’m with you on the fruit and its variant. What’s really curious is that the rule specifically says is the player has caught the ball and drops it while in the act of making the throw, “the ball shall be adjuged to have been caught.” That’s definitely what happened in the bouncing off the wall play, and I think that’s what happened last night. Yet somehow this rule has morphed into “you have to control ball with your throwing hand if you caught it with your glove.” Very bizarre.

  5. veejh - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Nats break out tonight. Book it.

  6. unkyd59 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Mick, buddy… Several of us disagree with you on this, but I don’t hear anyone disrespecting you. A day off is fine, but Desi is one of the leaders if this team, and as has been pointed out, us a two time Silver Slugger. The whole clubhouse will tell you he is among the hardest workers on the team, and it’s not unusual for him to play below his capabilities in April. Good ball players play their way out of slumps, and good managers don’t sit their best players for “a few days” when they have a slow start. You may, indeed I encourage you to, continue to express your opinion on this, but please don’t be offended when folks disagree…. Your enthusiasm is infectious, but taking our banter personally can only lessen your enjoyment, needlessly…

    • micksback1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      and that is fine, but someone calling a view point extreme, especialy when I cite facts to support it is a bit too much. I gave an opinion with stats 217 BA and dropping, 9 errors in 22 games. Look, I hoe he does snap out of this starting now, but if it continues an my view of sitting 2-3 games really be deemed extreme?

      • jd - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        Mick,

        I love your passion and no one can dispute your stats . The problem is that these stats are for a very short time frame. I think it’s much more instructive to look at stats for say a year or 2.

  7. micksback1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    +1 Mick, you can’t complain about getting pushback for taking an extreme position. You’re entitled to your opinion, but if you post it here, you’re inviting discussion and disagreement. I don’t think anyone would dispute that Desi hasn’t been playing well. The question is what to do about it.

    wow! So my view is extreme? based on what and by whom? I see that my basic quesion was not nswered, “when is a player benched” Once again, I was talking baout sitting Desi a few games. This does not mean the player is not good, now that is EXTREME to state that. Cabera is batting 236, Des 1, HELLO, that is almost 20 oints lower and is not ood. This does not mean Desi is no longer good, it means he needs to refocus. To all my view extreme is wa over the top and it is baseless of any facts

    • adcwonk - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      “When is a player benched” is a fair question.

      I think the answer is based on a lot of things: the player’s attitude, the quality of his at bats (i.e., a player could be smoking the ball and not getting hits), his history, and so forth. BA is only one measure of how well a player is batting.

      You want him to clear his head and/or re-focus. Fine. But what if he has a clear head and is focused but is just in a slump — which happens to every player? You also said he needs to get his ass in gear. I’m not sure what that means. Are you suggesting he’s lollygagging at all? I don’t see that.

      Yes, the last two games he went 0-for-8 and that dropped his average. But immediately before that he had hits in six straight games (over which he batted .261). In fact, the last two games are the only time this season he’s gotten the collar two games in a row.

    • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Please lighten up. No offense intended, but you’re sounding like a crazy person now. Yes, it’s extreme to suggest that a two time silver slugger, who, by the way, hit a colossal home run on Monday night, should be “benched” less than 20 games into the season because he’s slumping and has made a lot of errors. I don’t want to give Zach Walters a chance to match that error total. He’s not assured of hitting any better than Desi has if he plays every day.

      Give Desi a day off if he needs it, but I want him in the lineup. It’s fine if you feel differently though.

      Your stats are fine, it’s your conclusion that many of us disagree with. Nothing wrong with that.

  8. philipd763 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    All the BS aside, the Nationals need to start hitting. Their bats are way to silent.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      I don’t know what to tell you but the Nats are 3rd in the NL in runs scored.

      Offense is trending back to old-school baseball which is why add-on runs are so important. The Nats did all this while facing Atlanta for 6 games as they lead the Majors in ERA and the Cardinals are 4th in the NL and Miami is 6th in the NL in ERA.

      Also consider that RZim and Ramos aren’t here and Bryce, Werth and Desi aren’t in a groove.

      • masterfishkeeper - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Ghost,

        Don’t you know that facts have no place in an Internet discussion, especially one dealing with sports?

        Seriously, all excellent points.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Thanks. Also the Nats are now hitting better in High Lev at .727 OPS vs Low Lev at .692

        This is crazy, Nats are slashing from the 7th to 9th innings .280/.356/.468/.824

        vs

        1st to 3rd Innings .225/.289/.365/.654

        Nats have scored 45 runs for innings 1 to 6 and 50 runs from the 7th innings on!

        That’s a team that has faced some tough starters and are killing opposing bullpens.

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Well, the Nats need to start hitting AGAIN.

      Over the last 7 days, they are 28th in runs scored, 14th in the NL.

      • David Proctor - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Over the last 7 games they’ve faced: Jose Fernandez, Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and Jared Weaver.

        People will discount the last 3, Skaggs was a top 10 prospect and Weaver is the Angels ace. It’s not coincidental we’ve struggled to hit with that opposing pitching.

  9. langleyclub - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Given the lack of offense over the last 7 games, it’s interesting that Williams has only sat one player of that stretch other than resting a catcher. Moore started over LaRoche on Tuesday when a lefty was on the mound.

    If Williams rested Desmond, would Espy move to SS, Rendon to 2b and Walters to third? Maybe Williams does not like the idea of moving around the IF that much.

    • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      And maybe he doesn’t like the idea of starting Walters in a MLB game at any position. That would not be an unreasonable position.

      • jd - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        exactly deuces.

    • Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      I would prefer Frandsen to 2nd, Espi to SS, Rendon at 3rd

  10. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Go Nats

  11. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Ok, here’s some clarification of the transfer rule. It’s a gloss on the words “secure possession” in the definition of catch, done by a preseason memo distributed to the umpires and teams.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/04/18/nationals-player-confused-upset-about-the-transfer-rule/

    Truly dumb.

  12. secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Don’t bench anyone unless they don’t hustle or bunt with 2 strikes and a man on

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Come On Desi…. You swing at high heat and then look at 2 okay ones…

  14. texnat1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Query why Desi is hitting 5th tonight ahead of harper and espi. Just paid for it.

  15. Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Desi, please consider a different approach with 1+ strikes and RISP.

    Thanks!
    ;)

  16. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Well, after that AB from Desmond, I think we all owe ol’ Mick a Corona.

  17. Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Whoa…Harp w/no batting gloves?

    • Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Wow…what’s a guy gotta do to send a ball over these days? Sheesh!

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Chase Headley out of the game.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Not surprising…..

    • Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      What happened? I’ve been in and out of the room…

  19. texnat1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    On gametracker that Harper fly ball looked like a near home run. True?

    • Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Very close… Maybe 5-10 feet shy?

      • texnat1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Thanks

      • Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        You’re welcome!

  20. philipd763 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Hasn’t Desmond learned anything from Danny’s 2013 season. He needs to stop swinging for the fences.

    • David Proctor - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Under Davey, Desmond won two silver sluggers.

  21. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    The high schoolers I’m watching hit better than the Nats ;)

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Love the aggressive base running…

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Good situational hitting….

  24. Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Espi just making things happen. Love it.

  25. Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Third time through and we’re already hitting hard…

  26. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Looks like we might owe Mick a 6pack of Corona.

    • texnat1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Well lets at least get Desmond out of the five spot for future reference. Until he snaps out of it at least.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Pitch should have been in the dirt…

  27. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Anybody keeping track of the no. of times the Nats have runners on 1sr and 3d and less than two outs — and don’t score?

    • David Proctor - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Tonight’s been a little different. You can’t help tons of lineouts.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    When are our pitchers going to wise up? Seems every time we give up a hit to a pitcher it bites us.

    How do you suddenly lose totally control fast ball?

    And of course a stupid walk thrown in.

    • stoatva - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Once again a Nats starter fails to make his run stand up!

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Weird…. Didnt mean to reply to joeS….

    Ball should have been in the dirt… Purpose pitch was what was Needed right there… Zimm had everything up…

  30. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    RISP 0 for 6

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Way to go Danny… He’s locked in…

  32. Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Espi!

  33. David Proctor - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    This game is frustrating because the guys did everything right. You can’t aim the ball and they lined out with RISP several times.

    • Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      So aggravating.

  34. Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Really hoping Rendon comes thru.

  35. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Willing to buy a hit with RISP.

  36. texnat1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    I feel strangely confident given the tendency of the Nats bats to wake up in the late going.

    • Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      I certainly don’t feel resigned to the loss…

    • stoatva - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Seven thru Nine are belongs to us!!!!

  37. stoatva - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Having to keep tabs via Gameday, which is better than nothing, but…

    Getting one of the runs back in the bottom of the sixth was no small thing.

  38. npb99 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Is Carp the worst play-by-play guy in baseball? He just mixed up Zimmermann and the Padres pitcher, saying Zimmermann was responsible for the runner, while the Padres were pitching. Just the latest in long series of gaffs.

    • knoxvillenat - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      And you’ve never made a mistake?

      • npb99 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Of course I do. But I’m comparing professional t.v. people here. I’ve never listened to a play-by-play guy who makes so many mistakes, misidentifying players, pitch counts, etc. He sure has great enthusiasm for the Nats, but he trips up with amazing frequency.

      • secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        At least these announcers are entertaining. Which is heavily needed with this team.

  39. secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    We got this. After all Desmond gets another AB

  40. Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I know some of the guys took xtra fielding practice. Blevins needs to take xtra throw over practice.

  41. secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Hurry back Buffalo and R Zimm. Ughhhhh

  42. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Yay Laboom!

  43. secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    ALR ALR ALR

  44. paul brandt - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Clip makes me vomit

  45. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Clippard doing clippard things.

  46. Eric - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Oh man…Clip…

  47. Drew - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    For God’s sake!

    How many games are you going to give away?

  48. secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Clippard ?????? Really do they want to win? OMG. This guy is terrible.. OMG OMG

  49. dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Ok, the new HROD.

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      That is maybe the most ridiculous criticism about Clip yet. Congrats!

  50. dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Thank God it’s cold and the Padres can’t hit

  51. paul brandt - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    please relieve him of his duties now!!!!

  52. secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    ALR should go hit MW with a bat. Wow just wow.

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I do not and will not understand why Tyler Clippard is in the game… And I don’t agree with him being out there.

    • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Now there’s a shocker! ;-)

  54. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Clippard grants us mercy

  55. paul brandt - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    and MW gets rewarded for bad behavior…Clip needs tomorrow to be May 1st.

  56. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Man, would it be nice if every home run weren’t a SOLO.

    Desi is in a complete funk. The line stops moving whenever he comes to the plate.

    OK, Clip, that wasn’t elegant, but I’l take it.

  57. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Oh, good grief, Charie Brown! Matt Williams you are walking in deep doo-doo with Clippard. Thank you Denard. That was nothing but good luck for us, and bad luck for the Padres.

    • NatsLady - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Sometimes that’s what it takes, like a little squibber that gets a hitter out of a slump.

      Jeez, Danny, get hot willya????

      • dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Looks like platoon time for Zimm when he gets back….Espi and Rendon taking over.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Man, Espi is locked in…

  59. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Espy is on a tear!

  60. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Practically beginning us to score here. Come on Nats!

  61. RickH - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Who thought the phrase, “Danny Espinosa is on fire at the plate!” would be uttered in 2014?

  62. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Goddamn Lobaton Ks every clutch ab.

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Yeah, he really killed that 9th inning comeback last night!

      • Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Referring to making productive outs with RISP. 4-1 last night.. No pressure.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Clutch hitting is largely a myth, and we’re talking about so few ABs it really means nothing here.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    So lobo is 0-8 with RISP???

  64. stoatva - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    I see the ghost of Matt Stairs!

  65. secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    McCullough go back to Bmore Hun. You stink.

  66. philipd763 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Mcclouth has been a huge disappointment and he is being paid a lot of money for a bench player.

    • stoatva - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Of all the people to invest in two year contracts: McLouth and Hairston! Uff.

  67. David Proctor - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    I don’t blame Lobaton for the K, I blame Matt for asking a guy not used to sacrificing to sacrificing. It put him in an 0-2 hole. A groundball to the right side gets the job done and Lobaton loves to pull. Trust him to do that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      I blame him as none of the 5 pitches to him were in the strike zone.

    • paul brandt - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      DP, totally agree…thanks Matt.

    • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      You blame Matt for asking a major league baseball player to lay down a sacrifice bunt? Really?

      That’s a skill everyone should have except for maybe the biggest power hitters who you wouldn’t ask to sacrifice. But a more or less punch and judy type hitter has to be able to do that.

      • paul brandt - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        yes, really.

        You don’t ask someone like Lobaton who is perfectly capable of grounding out to the right side to bunt.

      • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        If what you are saying is so obvious, somehow I think a lifetime baseball guy like MW would know it. In my opinion, it’s alot easier to lay down a bunt than to make sure you put it on the ground the right side. Especially against a fastball.

  68. secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Just like last season the bench ABs are pathetic. Lobaton stinks

  69. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Why did Loboton K when none of 5 pitches in the zone. None.

    Also when is Nate McOut earn any of his 5$ mil?

    0 for 10 RISP? Come on do something

  70. secretwasianman - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    McClouth makes me sick. Where is Chad Tracy Lol

  71. npb99 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Real failure of small ball in that inning. Runner on second with nobody out and they couldn’t move him even one base.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Lobotone didn’t have a strike thrown on him.

  72. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Soriano can’t find the plate.. Wheeee

  73. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    What is the point of a lead off walk? Soriano had avoided that so far this season. Why start now?

  74. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    He is out. They won’t call it

  75. paul brandt - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    out!!

  76. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Wow he is going to be out at 2nd after review. Huge.

  77. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    That is right on.

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Idc…. We need breaks… To hell with that…

  79. paul brandt - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    I don’t blame Bud…clearly Soriano was on the rubber and the batter was in the box. If that means its too late to request a replay, Bud is right.

    Wonder if they can replay whether Soriano was on the rubber and the batter was in the box?

    I was all for the replay but I don’t like some anonymous dude in NY reviewing the play – should be like NFL – head ref/ump reviews it himself.

  80. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Rendon joining Desmond on the struggle bus.

  81. Drew - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Stauffer is a University of Richmond product.

    U.Va., VCU and UR have produced a bunch of big leaguers.

  82. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    LaRoche comes a few feet away from the walk off HR.

  83. paul brandt - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    no batting gloves to 2 batting gloves…kid is over-thinking it a bit.

  84. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Come on Espy.

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Drama

  86. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Nuts.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Espi bailed him out….

  88. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Is it POSSIBLE to leave more runners on base?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Yes Sunday we left 17.

  89. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    0 for 11 RISP 13 men left on.

  90. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Home in time to watch the last inning, and now free baseball. Woo hoo!

  91. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    A rare drama-free half.

  92. TimDz - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    On the bright side, this is one less game that Sori can’t end to get him closer to vesting his third year…..so we have that going for us….

  93. texnat1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    You aren’t bunting here?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Was there any explanations of why Walters wasn’t bunting with no outs and man on 2nd?

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        If he gets asked, I already know MW’s post-game answer: “I’ve known players not to bunt in that situation.”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Hiram, that sounds about right.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        same question here

      • dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        Sure looked like Lobo got hurt. Trainer should have come out to give him some time.

  94. Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Yeah, Lobaton sucks. Who cares if he can double to lead off for the Nats in the 10th inning?

  95. thecynicin408 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    I will confess that both last night and tonight, I “gave up” when the team fell behind. I generally pull for Spiders in the bigs, but I fervently hope the guys show me up for my lack of faith two nights in a row and hang a loss on Stauffer.

    Top of the order–let’s do it!

    • thecynicin408 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Replying to myself-those three strikeouts are on my. Shouldn’t have said anything after Lobaton’s lead off double.

      Come on guys, bail me out here.

  96. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Arg unproductive outs..

  97. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    G strike 2 swinging was a ball strike 3 called is when he should have swung 0 for 12 RISP

    • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      I have no idea what you said MNF, but I’m sure it was interesting. :-)

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      About 3 messages that I tried to type. Computer went down in the middle of editing.

      It should have said. Walters swinging strike 2 was a ball don’t swing. Strike 3 that was called was more hit table than what he swung at. But didn’t bother to swing.

      • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        You act as if they do these things intentionally. Hitting is hard, as Jayson Werth would tell you.

  98. naterialguy - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    WTF GYFNG

  99. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Well that was unclutch x3

  100. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Wow now 0 for 14 RISP and 14 LOB.

    Anyone able to look up our RISP for the season?

    • NatsLady - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Mark looked up LOB. Nats’ lead the majors in this category, with 176 to date.

      • NatsLady - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Er, the NL. Wonder what AL team is leaving men on base to match us?

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      On the season, Nats are ..223/.317/388 with RISP.

      NL averages are .238/.321/.370.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting/split/39/league/nl/

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        That’s weird – I was responding to a comment that now seems to have disappeared.

      • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        These threads can get very confusing late at night!

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Past WordPress’s bed time?

      • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        So basically they are about average. When you combine those stats with Mark’s tweet, what’s the conclusion?
        (a) We put a ton of runners on base; or (b) a large percentage of runner LOB were on 1B; or (C) something else?

      • dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        ???
        below avg ba with risp, lead league in lob….why about average

        LOBO looked hurt….trainer should have come out to give him some time

      • Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Didn’t seem like a big difference. Avg Lower, OBP higher, SLG higher. But not by much.

      • dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        16 f’in hits and 3 runs ????? That’s not easy to do

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        If that counts tonight’s 0 for 14 then we are a little under average. If not we are way under.

  101. kirbs3256 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Man he became nasty out of nowhere…I don’t understand not bunting.

  102. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Note to Chase: Werth did not hit a walkoff last night. That was ALR.

    Werth didn’t hit one tonight either.

  103. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    As most people who slump do, Desi is trying to pull everything. When the ball is on the outside, hit it to right. He did hit one to right, but tried to pull the others.

  104. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Yawn.Tired here.
    Wow 15 hits, 2 walks, and only 3 runs.

  105. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Dinky hits not a good sign as they cluster their hits. Time to stiffen up.

  106. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Another error

  107. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    A dinky hit and another error. When will we play serious error free consistently.

  108. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Too bad for Stammen. He pitched really well.

  109. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Frickin Nady could hit his weight when he was a Nat

  110. thecynicin408 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    If we lose this, it will feel (at least to me) like losing two or more.

  111. kirbs3256 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Alright i missed the switch…with Rendon at 2nd…who’s at 3rd?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Walters happened top 9 I think

  112. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Quite an amazing line tonight — 3 R, 15 H. Yikes.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Stammen couldn’t hold runner close. Another bugaboo from last year. Not sure why we have problems

  114. dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    a little Blondie for Harp

  115. dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    HARPER!!!!!
    1st basemen in the outfield!!!!

  116. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Wow we got lucky. 3 more RISP opportunities

  117. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Get the run in

  118. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Mark Zuckerman. Man, I really appreciate the service you provide for us and all of your insight into the Nats. But I gotta tell you, this Word Press format is very frustrating.It reall pretty much bites.

    Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      +++++
      If it goes below Joe’s post.
      I don’t know where it will go

  119. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Why we swing at balls?

  120. dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    OK, not sure that the BA difference is insignificant. In any case, I really don’t know where my posts are gonna go.
    BUNTTTTTT

  121. texnat1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Not bunting again, eh?

    I’m guessing the excuse for this one will be that Moore can’t bunt.

  122. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    That is the problem they swing at to many non strikes and take to many strikes when it is RISP

  123. Joe Seamhead - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    OK, come on fellows. Harper starts off the bottom of 12 with a double. Get him home!

  124. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Tyler Moore what a joke. These approaches.. Atrocious.

  125. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Swinging at a ball again

  126. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Damn it.

  127. dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    bummer man…

  128. dcwx61 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    need more practice on manufacturing runs

  129. Section 222 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Ack. Gotta freeze on liners Bryce. Wow.

    Night all.

  130. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    I doubt he could have gotten back. 0 for 17 RISP, is pathetic.

  131. Danny - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    If only we didn’t fail 3 times to move the runner on 2nd to 3rd with no outs… Shame.

  132. NatsLady - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    The average pitcher leaves 75% of runners on base. That means we SHOULD have gotten more runs!!!!!

  133. manassasnatsfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Another error in the middle of a lost.

    Almost all but a few losses have had 1 of 3 things. Terrible starting pitching, terrible RISP or an error.

    Normally 2 of the 3 elements are involved

  134. wmlsays - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    The Nats are unable to play sound baseball for nine innings. This is supposed to be a contender. For what, exactly? Most overrated team in MLB? They were middling last year. And they’re middling again this year. It is perhaps time to admit that the Nats are nothing special.

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