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Game 28: Nats at Astros

Apr 30, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

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The Nationals tonight go for a sweep of this brief, 2-game series in Houston, and they’ll do so with a lineup stacked with right-handed hitters against Astros lefty Brett Oberholtzer. Denard Span is the only left-handed bat in Matt Williams’ starting nine, which means the red-hot Adam LaRoche gets a rare day off. (UPDATE: LaRoche told reporters in Houston he’s still dealing with a sore quad, but he expects to play Friday in Philadelphia.)

So, it’s Tyler Moore at first base, Kevin Frandsen again in left field, Jayson Werth again DH’ing and Steven Souza Jr. in right field making his first career start. The 25-year-old, who is 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout off the bench so far, is highly touted within the organization after a breakthrough 2013. Tonight we’ll get our first chance to see what he can do over a full game, both at the plate and in the field.

Jordan Zimmermann, meanwhile, is on the mound for the Nationals, seeking his fourth consecutive quality start. Enjoy the conversation here, and be sure to check back for Instant Analysis as soon as the game is over…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at HOUSTON ASTROS
Where:
Minute Maid Park
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 13 mph in from CF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
DH Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
LF Kevin Frandsen
2B Danny Espinosa
C Sandy Leon
RF Steven Souza Jr.
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

ASTROS
2B Jose Altuve
CF Dexter Fowler
C Jason Castro
RF George Springer
1B Jesus Guzman
LF Alex Presley
DH Chris Carter
3B Matt Dominguez
SS Jonathan Villar
(LHP Brett Oberholtzer)

UMPIRES
HP Paul Schrieber
1B Will Little
2B Mark Carlson
3B Ted Barrett (cc)

210 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Kilgore says ALR may be hurt…

    • Eric - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      You gotta be kidding me…

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      He’s just speculating. Wouldn’t sweat it til it’s something more than that.

      • Eric - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        I agree, but with the way he’s hitting lefties it makes zero sense to sit him…

        If it’s anything other than some bizarre match up calculus, hopefully he just has the bug that seems to be going around the team.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Well, over his career ALR has got the expected platoon split vs LHP.

        It may or may not be the right move, but it’s not exactly outside the box thinking to weigh those 1200 PA vs LHP more than this year’s 22.

      • Eric - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        True, it’s not bizarre other than in the midst of Teh Awesome he’s got going on right now.

    • natsjackinfl - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      I take “banged up” to mean “needing a couple of days off” as opposed to injured. And with a lefty tonight plus a day off tomorrow gives Laroche 2 days to recover.

      • Eric - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Yeah, it’s certainly not implying anything serious, but neither does “jammed finger.”

        I’m just skittish at this point.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        I hear you on the skittish – that’s why I wish Kilgore had done some actual reporting before he took to twitter with a “gee, this makes me wonder if….”

      • Eric - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERiously…sheesh.

      • knoxvillenat - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        Agreed. As much as LaRoche has been carrying this club for most of this month a day off against a lefty followed by a scheduled day off makes a lot of sense for a 34 year old with a small physical issue. And BTW, it also makes sense to give Lobatron a day off followed by the same scheduled day off.

        Know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to play them and know when to rest them. Something like that anyway.

      • knoxvillenat - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Darn this thing, my post above was suppose to be a reply to NJ at 4:34 PM!

  2. tcostant - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    I for want was hoping Desi would get a game at DH. Oh well…

    Go Nats

  3. chaz11963 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    This is just such a bizarre lineup. Desi at cleanup, no ALR? I kind of get playing Souza for McLouth, given the lefty pitching. But ALR is hitting 333/.455/.444/.899 vs. lefties this year. Doe she really need another day off after Monday? There’s another day off coming tomorrow as well. Is ALR hurt?

    • secretwasianman - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      If ALR isn’t hurt then MW needs to be.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Keepin’ it classy….

      • adcwonk - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        On Apr 25 you declared the season over. What’s the point of posting here now?

    • bowdenball - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Those LaRoche numbers vs. lefties this year are in a grand total of 22 plate appearances. For his career he’s hitting .236/.302/.430 vs lefties in 1289 plate appearances. Slightly larger sample size.

  4. secretwasianman - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I surely don’t want ALR hurt. But if he isn’t at he is out of the lineup MW is a worse manager than I thought.

  5. coop202 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I am so confused by this lineup… Jusr don’t lose to the Astros…

    • secretwasianman - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Looks like they’re going to give it a good shot .

      • scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        Ha- lineup is crushing it

  6. Eric - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 21m
    We’ll find out, but there’s a chance LaRoche is banged up. Williams said yesterday Werth wouldn’t DH today. He’s DHing. Something changed.

    Oy. Vey.

  7. secretwasianman - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    This lineup is bordering on negligent. Oh well . P.S will,it ever stop,raining.

    • MNatF - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Do you EVER stop.losing the games before they are played?

    • akiterp - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      negligent?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Okay, so on opening day the Nats had eight starting position players. Three of them are on the DL. Four of them are starting tonight. One of them is getting a day off (and he’s a LH hitter who would be going against a LHP). Of the ‘regular’ reserves, one (Nate McLouth) is a LH hitter and so a switch hitter (Stephen Souza) is starting against a LH pitcher. Another (Scott Harrison) is on the DL. And the now-regular catcher is getting a day off. How is that negligent?

      • natsjackinfl - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Thank you, Eugene.

      • masterfishkeeper - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Minor quibble. Souza is not a switch hitter.

      • Sonny G 10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        +1

      • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        You’re right, MasterFishKeeper, I was mixing him up with Zach Walters. He’s a RH hitter, which makes him appropriate against the LHP.

      • chaz11963 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        Look man, take a close look at this- why does ALR need a day off? He had Monday off and has tomorrow off-?!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        2 reasons, his quad is hurting and it’s a lefty on the mound and it gives ALR 2 days off in a row which is what you try to do.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        “@AdamKilgoreWP:
        Adam LaRoche resting a sore quad. Been dealing with it off and on for a week. He thinks he’ll be fine Friday, after tomorrow’s off day.”

      • natsjackinfl - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        Just what I was going to say, Ghost. One day off is not 2 days off. Pretty obvious.

      • ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        +1

  8. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    The thought of Desmond batting cleanup is scary. They can turn off the fans in Minute Maid Park tonight because Ian will keep the air circulating.

    • Sonny G 10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Theo, that’s funny. LMAO

  9. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Is this one of those rookie pitchers whose career highlight is a two-hitter against the Nationals?

  10. David Proctor - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 15s
    Adam LaRoche resting a sore quad. Been dealing with it off and on for a week. He thinks he’ll be fine Friday, after tomorrow’s off day.

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Thanks, DP. There you have it.

  11. letswin3 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Wow!! Five through 9 is the entire bench. Go get em guys.

  12. natsguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Actually Sousa is only a righty hitter.

  13. coop202 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    All but three of these guys were minor leaguers at some point last year… Guess you could say the same for the Astros

  14. Sonny G 10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Glad they’re playing in Houston. They would have to play underwater hockey if the game was here.

  15. Sonny G 10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    I’m looking forward to seeing how Sousa does over a whole game. Hope he jacks one out.

    • adcwonk - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      It’s always exciting to see somebody’s first big-league start.

  16. Sonny G 10 - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Another chance to watch Leon with that smooth pitch framing ability he has. Great technique.

  17. adcwonk - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Oberholtzer is 0-4, ERA is over 4.50. Astros can’t hit and JZ is pitching.

    (I hope I didn’t just invoke the reverse lock jinx!)

    If there’s ever a time to rest a good batter, I guess it’s tonight.

  18. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Another must win game against the lowly Astros. Gutsy win last night.

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Don’t you get tired of these “must”s – the Nats must win this series, they must win this game, etc etc.

      It’s just not true. No game–unless you’re facing elimination from playoff contention or the playoffs–is a must win.

      This is a “want to” win, and a “good to” win. And probably a “should” win. But it ain’t a “must” win.

      • chaz11963 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        It’s a very important win. I think that’s all he’s saying.

      • veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        No, it’s a must win. Losing puts us in a mediocre mindset. These games against crap teams are must wins.

      • Hiram Hover - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Not sure what you mean by puts “us” in a mediocre mindset.

        The players seems to be in a fine mindset. Some of the commentators around here, not so much.

  19. Hiram Hover - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    And @ 6:26, the nightly veil of chaos descends on the comment thread.

    Mark Z – is this a problem you can report to WordPress? Or that we as users can report? It does get annoying.

  20. davecydell - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Light ‘em up, TMo.
    If ya do, Rizzo will close a deal in 48hrs.
    All the best.

  21. davecydell - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Light ‘em up, TMo.
    If ya do, Rizzo will close a deal in 48hrs.
    All the best.

  22. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Aaron Harang looking human — or, more precisely, like Aaron Harang — in Miami.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    For those crowing about Harang’s microscopic ERA. He’s getting knocked around in the 2nd inning.

  24. Danny - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Braves quickly down 0-4.

  25. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Carpenter is annoying me: “Gio kept it close for his six innings . . ..” As if that’s all he’s supposed to do.

  26. dcwx61 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Good call by MW, play the percentages, may not need many runs with Zimmnn against the Disastros and give ALR a rest….and we really don’t know how bad it is.

    And if that doesn’t work, it’s a long season.
    ” Cheap fabric and dim lighting, that’s how you move merchandise”

  27. ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    5-0 Fish. So sad Harang couldn’t pitch the perfect game expected, no, REQUIRED of him. This was a must win game for the Barves, and by losing (and down 5 runs they will CERTAINLY lose) they will probably be forced to relocate the team. Many of their fans may become catatonic due to the despair.

    See how silly this sounds when talking about another team? The Nats aren’t even playing and people are writing off the season based on a game that has yet to start.

  28. Eric - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    I think the ERA of the dude going for the Astro’s tonight is a little misleading. I believe he had an ERA in the low- to mid-2s until getting shelled by the As in his last outing.

    Hopefully we’ll build on the A’s effort…

    • adcwonk - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      No — the lowest he got it to was around 3 after two consecutive outings in which he gave up one run, but then got back up to 4.5 after the last game.

  29. ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Posts not appearing where they should.

  30. dcwx61 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    The doubles machine

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Yelich 2 run HR. 7-0 Marlins. Harang is getting hung.

  32. ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Touchdown Miami!

  33. manassasnatsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    RISP already 0 for 2

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    I’m totally confused…. Comments are all over the place… Anyone else having issues accessin WaPo website?

    Wow, Harang coming down to earth… Think it was DP who told folks it would…

    • ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      I can’t get to WaPo with browser. But app is working. Here, comments are not where they should be.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Thanks… I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just me… Couldn’t even find this comment…

  35. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    So Dexter is left-handed; how did that happen?

    I guess it stands to reason … who would name their kid Sinister Fowler?

    • ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      +1

  36. manassasnatsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    First batter 2 pitches. Last 2 20 more. Poor pitch efficiency.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Harang doesn’t even make it through the 5th inning. 8-0 Chop that!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      I’m still laughing at people who were praising they pitching staff and saying they were unbeatable… I’m kept saying, Idk if it’s sustainable…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Their 2.10 team ERA wasn’t sustainable and the Nats showed they were better than their ERA.

        Small sample sizes and Harang just lost his bid for Pitcher Of The Month.

      • NatsNut - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Mrsb, you forgot to provide us a link to when you said it. ;)

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Harang finishes with 9 runs against his ERA. Now 2.97 Before the game it was 0.85 and best in the Majors.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Souza… A little anxious there…

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    JZimm looks amped…

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Great save by T Moore… I hope Zimm is aight…

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Desi with a slick play and TyMo looking Keith Hernandez over there at 1st.

  43. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Evening ladies and gents. Leggo Nats!

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Little League HR!!!! Spanning!

  45. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Helluva play to start the evening on. Woooooo!!!

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Aight now…. In the park HR!!!!! :-)

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Double steal time.

  48. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Braves getting waxed, huh? Now this is even more of a must win. LOL

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Which is why no one goes feet first into 2nd…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Which is why no one goes feet first into 2nd to avoid the pick off…

      Weird… The thing just submitted my request without me telling it to

  50. ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    That cleat snag looked nasty. I hope Werth is OK. On MLB network, Al is knocking Werth for the attempt, as Greg and Harold try to set him straight about Werth’s base running ability.

    • veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Looked like a knee tweek was possible there. Let us pray.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Poor frame by Leon…

  52. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    That running fastball looks real good tonight.

    • ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Did you mean Frandsen instead of fastball?

      • veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Sure…that too.

  53. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Ill take another error run. FRANDSEN!

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Wow… Good going KF..

    • scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      I think we got a good player in KF.

  55. ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Astros make some poor decisions.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Frandsen is nuts. That’s High School. A gift run. FP sticking up for that? That’s not aggressive, that’s High School.

    • veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Nah…gotta give props to Frandsen on that.

    • ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Fowler was dogging it Ghost. Not a terrible idea there. Not a safe play, but not terrible either. MW likes it I bet.

  57. Danny - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Wow Frandsen that was an amazing base running play there. Saw Fowler was easing into it and turned on the jets to get to 3rd and score on the error.

    • nats128 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      If the 3rd baseman holds on to the ball its 2 outs and no runner in scoring position. Just because it worked doesnt mean it was smart.

      • Danny - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        The throw was off line.

      • nats128 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        It was but he still had him if he catches it I think.

      • ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        You made me review it. KF was safe because the throw was 8 feet offline. The 3b did catch it, but he’s not made of elastic.

  58. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Channeling Bryce Harper?

  59. knoxvillenat - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Can’t believe KF took third base on that hit up the middle. Either reckless or he has some stones.

    • nats128 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Its both reckless and has stones.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Well said KnoxvilleNat. I remember when Bryce did that to Heyward 2 years ago but that was running 1st into scoring position. Going 2nd to 3rd could take you out of scoring position. Big Stones! If it doesn’t work this group would have lambasted him.

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    I didn’t agree with that either Souza…

  61. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Rendon is the man!!!!

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Good going Mr Rendon….

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Good going Mr Werth…

    Keep the lining moving!!!

  64. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Welp, not so many issues w RISP tonight.

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Dang… This is only the 4th inning… Was thinking it was the 6th.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Smart Desi. Eat it and now turn a DP.

    • veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Doh!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      but you missed the DP ball…

    • scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      I think he’s scared of making a bad throw . Errors are playing head games.

  67. ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    If Billy Hamilton is on 1st, is that a RISP situation?

    And if ALR is on 3rd, is THAT a RISP situation?

    • knoxvillenat - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Yes to the first one, maybe on the second one.

    • adcwonk - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      +1

  68. nats128 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Nats have to help their pitcher. He gets 2 infield grounders and both turn into hits.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      I thought the first one was a smart hold.. 2nd looked harder, had base hit designed all over it to me…. Desi stopped it and I think saved the runner from advancing to 3rd, if not home….

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    JZim got 5 outs that inning. Too many extra pitches.

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Let’s cash in on the Leadoff walk….

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Alright Espi….

  72. knoxvillenat - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Danny boy!

  73. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Stupid Frandsen costing Danny RBIs…..and by the way…..Espi is back!!!!

  74. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    rendiculous! Love this guy

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    This Astros team reminds me of the 08/09 Nats for some reason….

  76. ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Espi! Loving his swing from the right side this year.

    • scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Notice how swung much harder on prior pitch, yet he crushed the shorter quick swing 420 plus ft – awesome

  77. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Rough night for Souza. Poor guy.

  78. adcwonk - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Crummy hitting, crummy pitching, and crummy fielding?

    At good excuse to remind us all of how far we’ve come:

    2008 Nats were 3rd to worst in both hitting and pitching, and led the league in errors.
    2009 Nats were 10th in batting, dead last in pitching (team ERA of 5.00!), and dead last in fielding (not even close)

    • adcwonk - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      (That was in response to MrsB’s comment that these ‘Stros reminded her of the 2008/09 Nats)

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Are the Astros closer to the 2008 or 2009 Nats based on the numbers?

        Thanks…

        Yeah, we’ve come a long way… I used to cry at the end of the season and we had 100 losses… Joy it was over… But sad, it was over too….

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    6 pitches in that AB to Souza and only 1 touched the K Zone.

  80. Drew - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Man, this bench has been really good.

    Thinking about Rendon… Seattle picked Danny Hultzen with the No. 2 pick. He has lost this year to major shoulder surgery. Dr. Andrews sought to fix not only his labrum, not just his rotator cuff, but the poor guy’s shoulder capsule, as well. That’s Mark Prior damage.

    Hultzen has not pitched in the major leagues. He’ll be 25 in November.

    Think Jack Z. wishes he had Rendon to bookend with Robbie Cano?

    • veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Kudos to Riz for fixing the problem.

    • ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      I bet he does even more now!

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Wow… This blue has been interesting…

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Legit Rendon cycle watch! Needs that triple!

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Rendon looked like he hit that with no effort…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      That’s exactly right. He sweet spots almost everything. Really fun to watch.

  84. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    He had it too…just chose not to press # harperdidandgothurt

  85. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Rendon is a mutha f******* animal. Woooooooooohooooooooo!!!!

  86. Eugene in Oregon - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Well, I guess I’ve got to agree with that early poster. It was absolutely negligent of Matt Williams to go with this line-up…There is no excuse for not having batted Anthony Rendon clean-up. Negligence, plain and simple.

    • Hiram Hover - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Funny, but that poster seems to have disappeared.

      He always does when things go well for the Nats–a foul weather fan.

      • secretwasianman - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        Foul weather fan huh? Well your just FOUL. Lol.

    • secretwasianman - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Hey hey hey I’m here. Had to take my kid to his game. Easy easy. Great lineup by MW. That’s why he manages and we don’t.

    • secretwasianman - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      I bet you left the Nats to watch the Blazers game. Part time fan you.

  87. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Love hoe desi runs all hits out

  88. NatsLady - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Do the Stros have any fans in the stadium? Seems like it’s all Rendon’s peeps.

    • veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      LOL

  89. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Have a day Rendon

  90. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    MVP MVP MVP

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Now a Web Gem for Rendon! Are you kidding me!

  92. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    FP! …and Rendon is gonna catch it. LMAO

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Tonight is Mr Rendon’s…..

  94. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    I’m so relaxed. No bourbon no malox. This is nice

    • scnatsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      +1

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Me also. Last night Soriano almost put me in coronary distress and my consolation prize was a real bad case of heartburn.

  95. ehay2k - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    On pace for a crisp 4+ hour game. Rendon may get 6 more chances for the cycle.

    Has anyone ever hit for the cycle twice in one game?

    • Drew - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Nobody has cycled twice in a game, but in 1998, a AA player named Horne hit the “homer cycle” with a solo shot, a two-run homer, a three-run homer and a grand slam in the same game.

      • ehay2k - May 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        Nice. Thanks for that tidbit.

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Do you stay away from Rendon in the dugout like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter? I see Rendon sitting solo.

  97. scnatsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Wow that is a stadium you can catch a foul ball in. The overhead shot shows an empty stadium.

  98. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    I’d love to see a set of switch hit HRs…ala Eddie Murray style

    • scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Bobby Bo right?

      • veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        Him too

  99. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Frandsen is a pro hitter. No doubt

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Zimmerman’s night will be overlooked.. Been decent even though we’ve seen him do better…

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Good time to restart Barrett in a Low Lev spot.

  102. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Nasty slider…

  103. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Holy dunk by chandler parsons

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Derrek Norris is batting .386

  105. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Nasty

  106. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    No chance on that, homie

  107. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Part pit bull part Pug.

  108. nats128 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Thats how you do it Aaron Barrett!

  109. David Proctor - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Barrett’s back.

  110. scmargenau - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Can’t wait to see rendon bat…

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Man… Souza with a tough night… Questionable BB/K calls and the robbery….

  112. Sec 3 My Sofa - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Yes, but now the season is saved and our phragile psyches are psaved by psweeping the Astros.

    I for one would have been at a loss for how to spend my summer, if the baseball season had been cancelled if the Nats had lost one of these two.

    • veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      No doubt. Losing to this sad azz team would have been pathetic. Its nice to have expectations and have your team live up to them.

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Good job again MW using Det…

  114. secretwasianman - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Anybody herd from Eugene? Did he go back to Oregon? What did he leave there? Go Nats

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      I guess I was negligent in not posting.

      • MNatF - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        As negligent as this batting order was?

  115. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Aint gonna cut it, Drac.

  116. veejh - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Solid win.

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FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

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