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Game 47: Nats at Pirates

May 22, 2014, 3:32 PM EST

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Blake Treinen impressed in his first career start 16 days ago against the Dodgers. Tonight, the right-hander gets a chance to make a second impression, rejoining the Nationals rotation to replace the injured Gio Gonzalez. Treinen was very good in two starts with Class AAA Syracuse since we last saw him (three runs allowed in 11 2/3 innings) and he has had a chance to build his arm up more while pitching on an every-fifth-day schedule. So he should be good to give the Nats 100 pitches or so tonight in Pittsburgh.

Treinen faces a Pirates lineup that exploded for nine runs last night against Chris Tillman and the Orioles, and he faces one guy in particular who has absolutely killed the Nationals pitching staff over the years: Andrew McCutchen. In 30 career games against Washington, the reigning NL MVP has merely hit .395 with a .458 on-base percentage, .825 slugging percentage, 13 homers and 26 RBI. Suffice it to say, the Nats would be wise to try to keep this guy off base all weekend.

The enigmatic Edinson Volquez gets the start for the Pirates, having posted a 1.93 ERA over his first five starts but seeing that number skyrocket to 8.31 over his last four. Matt Williams goes with what has become something of his regular lineup tonight, including Tyler Moore at first base and Nate McLouth in left field.

I’m at the CSN studios today for this week’s episode of “The Baseball Show,” which will air at 6:30 p.m. So no live updates tonight. But I will be making the drive up to Pittsburgh tomorrow and will cover the rest of the weekend series in person. Enoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where:
PNC Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB Network (outside of D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 89, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 69 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (24-22)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Blake Treinen

PIRATES (19-26)
RF Josh Harrison
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
3B Pedro Alvarez
LF Starling Marte
1B Ike Davis
SS Jordy Mercer
C Chris Stewart
RHP Edinson Volquez

UMPIRES
TBA

318 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. langleyclub - May 22, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Wind blowing out. Blake needs his sinker to be working.

  2. TimDz - May 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Mark,
    I’m sure you have already sampled Primanti Bros on the strip (if NOT, shame on you….).

    Another place to try is the Original Hot Dog Shop (theoriginalhotdogshop.com/). It is on Forbes Avenue on the University of Pittsburgh campus (not really a campus). Right across the street is the left field wall from Forbes Field. If it is open, the Library main entry has a home plate in the floor approximating the spot where home plate was at Forbes Field.

    It’s a pretty cool spot to see….I know some of the Insiders here are going….it’s is a bit away from PNC park, but it isn’t too hard to get to….

  3. Doc - May 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Let’s hope that Danny The K, doesn’t K too many times, like last night.

  4. Doc - May 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Let’s beat this righty!

    Got enough lefties in the lineup to do it tonight.

  5. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Excited to see Treinen again. Was pretty impressed with his stiff.

    • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Omg…stupid tablet….that sounds so ridiculous. *stuff. LOL

  6. richardp6 - May 22, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Hope McLouth can pick it up at the plate. His last alibi of not playing regularly is going to be tested.

  7. 3on2out - May 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    And just a little off color, veejh! ;-)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      You know what Freud said about subconcious writings:

      “veejh – May 22, 2014 at 3:59 PM
      Excited to see Treinen again. Was pretty impressed with his stiff.”

      Excited to see – Treinen – Pretty – Impressed with his STIFF

      Hmmmmmmmm

      • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Easy there, Ghost

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Veejh, LOL. That was great. After yesterday’s game, we all need a good laugh.

      • Doc - May 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Yeah, we need a good laugh and a ‘stiff drink’!

        Let’s hope that Blake doesn’t get ‘stiff’ before he pitches tonight.

        Fortunately, there are not a lot of stiffs on NI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Eugene in Oregon - May 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Not to be a downer, but can we assume that someone on the Nats coaching staff is reminding Blake Treinen that Andrew McCutchen has the following career slash line vs. the Nats: .395/.458/.825? Which translates into an OPS of 1.283 and generates an OPS+ of 188?

  9. Doc - May 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Is this the weekend that we take over 1st place for good?

    You know what they say about the team that is in 1st place by the end of May.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      No will be .5 behind.

  10. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Mr wife and I, and another couple will be at the Saturday and Sunday games.

    McHit is getting 2 hits tonight. I feel it.

    Also Bucs starters only 5 win. Four by Garrett Cole.

    This series will go 3-1 for the good guys.

    • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      The Nats are the good guys I hope!

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Of course

  11. nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    This Baseball Show that Mark is on started with 5 minutes of Orioles discussion of Tommy Hunter to the DL and then a few minutes on Cruz and Crush Davis. 2 minutes on Ryan Zimmerman. Now to discuss Matt Harvey of the Mets and finish on Cole Hamels.

    I tune in for the tease of Ryan Zimmerman and get stuck with very little Nats content.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      I gave up on that show long ago.

      Grant Balfour blows a save today. Booooooooo

    • David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      I’d expect that from the Angelos network, but CSN should do better.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        +1 David

      • dcwx61 - May 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        The More Angelos S.. Network (MASN)

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    The camera angle at PNC of homeplate is at a crazy angle. That is something that’s hard to get used to.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Not sure why it is so far off center

  13. nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    The Nats go down 1-2-3 to easy in the 1st. Disappointing.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      None of the three out up much of a fight.

      • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Volquez made Werth look real bad. Nats should be teeing off on that hack.

  14. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Evening, ladies and gents. We gonna get this done tonight? Leggo Nats!

  15. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Closer than I like on Harrison.

    • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      That was a tough play and Desi made that look easy!!!

  16. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    McCutchen….how can you not li, e this guy. Class act.

    • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      I know nothing about him. Why is he a class act?

      • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Just his whole story about having his first chance in the Pittsburgh system at a young age, and wanting to stay with Pittsburgh for supporting him early on and signing for waaaay less than he could have elsewhere. Like him a lot.

      • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Pretty sure he gives a lot back through the youth baseball system.

      • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Sounds nice. Dont know much about him.

  17. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Made it through 1. Need to cut the number of pitches down. But a good start.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Treinen has added the changeup tonight but its not getting swing & miss like you’d hope.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Was that a strike to Desi?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      According to pitch track, it might have touched the line. Too close to take.

    • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      No. Outside

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    E5.

    Ramos nice hit.

  21. nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Come on Walker has to make that catch. Blame it on Alvarez because it wasnt perfect but Espinosa catches that ball.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Called it E5
      , easily could be E4

  22. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    That was scortched

  23. nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Espi robbed. Figures.

    • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Good piece espi… I can live with that

      • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        I cannot live with mclouth not even running down the line

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Needed a little mire Getty up

  24. tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Williams, McLouth didn’t run it out. Sit him.

  25. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    And the bottom of the order abyss does exactly as expected……nothing.

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    McHit didn’t run at all. When Harper did that he was benched. Is MW going to be consistent.

    • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Looked like he was worried that he was going clobber a fan with the bat that flew out of his hands.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        That has nothing to do with the play. Check it out after the play.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    I thought Matt Williams rule was you have to run those out. What the heck McLouth.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      You and I on the same page

      • texnat1 - May 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Difference may be that the transfer rule is no more. That was the alleged reason for the rule that you have to run all the way to first no matter what.

  28. tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    This lineup is so bad right now, it kills us when someone has a good AB and hits it right at somebody. When’s the next time someone will hit it hard?

    • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Espinosa just mashed a ball

      • tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Right at Harrison.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        Hit it hard, that is what you can control. No complaint on that at bat.

        McHits at bat was shameful.

  29. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Treinen cruising. Looks dialed in.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      That inning solid.

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    McHit is still in the game. What gives. You must be consistent in discipline or you lose respect.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      In his postgame he will say he didn’t see the ball and thought it was foul. It won’t happen again.

      For a guy hitting below his body weight I expect him to hustle his butt off even on sure outs.

  31. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Time for some runs men.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      All for that.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Volquez is all over the place. If blue wasn’t helping him out the Nats would have something to show for it.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Hard to tell about blue. Angel is terrible.

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    A walk, but will running the bases back fire.

  34. tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    If McLouth was more patient, that walk could have scored a run. Great AB Treinen.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      McHit was so patient he didn’t bother to run.

  35. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    OK….need runs here. Don’t f this up.

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Now the right guys are up

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Span walks. That was one of my keys to his success. Again, his overall BA not the problem. His OBP is the problem. Getting to that .320 mark. Nice.

    • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      The strike zone is drifting

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Come on blue. He walks 2 guys and you give him a gift strike on Rendon?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Agreed

  39. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    He hasn’t earned that call. Strike 2 was a strike

  40. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Treinan must be slow as all what not.

  41. tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    We should steal here.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Rendon’s bad luck he gets a hit in the 5.5 hole but with a force at 3rd he gets a FC 6-5 out on his stat sheet.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      More bad luck. Werth following what Espi did and lines into an out.

  43. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Come on guys. Damn.

    • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Can live with that too. Bad luck

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        Hitting hard

  44. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Crushed, but Span didn’t steal third. Didn’t MW promised running too.

    Two promises not kept.

    • tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Williams has to get creative. This offense is anemic and he does nothing.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        That is more the reason this non running after promising it is a big deal.

  45. Section 222 - May 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

  46. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Absolutely pathetic. 1st and 2nd no outs and no runs.

  47. coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    So we’re making better contact here and the pen isn’t as weak as the reds pen, but I’m still a fan of bunting over with two on and no out. Maybe Rendon can’t bunt as well as espi and treinen is too slow to do this, but that’s a run yesterday that’s a big difference and at least one here.

  48. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    0 for 5 RISP

    BATTERS 7,8,2,3,4 non producers.

    People complained about 7 and 8.

    But 2,3 and 4 are a bigger problem.

    • tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      It has been a long time since Rendon got a hit with RISP

  49. tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    No chance of scoring next inning with the black hole of Espinosa/McLouth waiting.

    • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Dez HR?

      • tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        We can pray

      • tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        I stand corrected.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Treinan’s pitches are fast but they are not swing and miss pitches.

    Tells me nit much up and down movement.

    • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      I beg to differ

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        I have seen 1 swing and miss. How many have you seen?

    • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Wow… Volquez gets that call?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        Why throw it that close

  51. tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    That first ball to Volquez has been called a strike 4-5 times for Volquez

  52. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    This ump sucks. I guess it needs to be 2 inches lower to be a strike.

  53. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    That was a strike, but even that why the other balls? 1 hit all season. Totally not thinking, or over thinking.

    • unkyd59 - May 22, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      +1

  54. unkyd59 - May 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Low part of the zone is inconsistent. Blake struck the pitcher out… Desi and Tony both got ting up on lower pitches that that.

    • unkyd59 - May 22, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Rung up…

    • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      I don’t argue that walk… But man this extra time is a gift by the ump which pisses me off given how it hurt us

  55. David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Grand Slam incoming.

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Pitches to Walker was awful.

    What happened. Totally lost focus. Well he is taking Gio’s spot, I guess that explains it.

  57. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Welp…better than a GS

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    What the hell is this.

    Totally lost focus.

  59. unkyd59 - May 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    …oboy…

  60. coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Unfreaking believable

  61. unkyd59 - May 22, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    whew…..!

  62. David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Hitting McCutchen there wasn’t the worst thing ever.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Great plan by McCatty

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    That was pathetic after the first 2 batters.

    The key is our hitters are more patgeic. Their number 2 batters gets runner to third. Their number 3 batter get runners in ours didn’t do the job theirs did.

  64. nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Treinen acting like Gio there. Come on youngster!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      I said that earlier

  65. scnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Give them three bases c’mon guys at least make them earn it.

    The middle of our lineup must wake up. Right now they are automatic outs.

  66. tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    This is reminded of last year. Once the other team scores, the game is over. The media really needs to put more pressure on Williams. He is fiddling while Rome burns.

    • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      B.S. we’ve come back tons of times this year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        Clearly tmac777 doesn’t go by stats. 12 come from behind wins earlier this week was the most in MLB. Whatever. Why quote facts.

      • tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        True. But I was thinking of the past week or so.

  67. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Haha! Kind of called it.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Call another. Espi?

      • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        Magic 8 ball says No

    • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Was going to say…

  68. unkyd59 - May 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Boom

  69. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Someone called that homer.

    Swing was relaxed.

  70. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Ian Desmond takes back sole possession of the Nats RBI lead.

    The G&D crowd still want to send him to Tampa.

    • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      No one wants to send him to Tampa? Tmo just did the same thing with two balls… Could send him

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Read back to posts 15 days ago.

      • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        I’m on a phone, feel free to send?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      I never heard anyone say that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        Trust me, a few Gloomers wrote that and a few more wrote that he needed to be benched and a few more wanted to know if he could be sent to AAA.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        A few is not most of us. A few say lots of things.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Its always the ones that show up here when someone is down. Certainly a few as most here understand the game and this team.

      • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        I think he went on something like a 3/28 stretch with a ton of Ks… I think you’re mistaking a day off with benching

  71. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Moire didn’t my school of hitting. Pitch on the outer half of center. Pulled. It automatic ground out.

    Outer half go the other way. Most major leaguers refuse to do that. In the 60s and 70s all but 40 homer guys did that.

  72. David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Werth leads all of baseball in lineouts with 24. Denard Span is 5th.

    • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      All that means is his BABIP is eventually going to go up.

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    McHit why didn’t you hit like that last time.

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Walking Treinan didn’t hurt kike walking Volquez did.

    • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      He K’d Volquez only the ump didnt give it to him. Double standard. On a 3-2 to Desi in the 2nd a ball out of the zone was a K and a clear strike to Volquez on 3-2 is called a ball.

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Is it 81 pitches, then showed 79 pitches. Which was it?

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Brewers up 3-1

    • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Nice

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    What a slider by Treinen!

  78. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Hey, mnf, a swing and a miss! K

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      For as fast as he pitches very few.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Throw some high heat in some 2 strike counts Blake!

  80. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    FP likes the move by Matt Williams but never commented once before this when the situation has been the same 3 other times this year on walking the batter in front of the pitcher.

    FULL OF S***

    • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      I think the other situations were 1st and 2nd 2 outs. Not sure.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        You’re going to make me look it up!

      • veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        I dont look stuff up, so yeah.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        It was against the Cardinals with men on 3rd and 2nd and 2 outs and with 1st base open they pitched to the #8 batter Tony Cruz who delivered a RBI single.

        Check my comments on that game. April 19 2014. I know it happened to Taylor Jordan too but the fact is FP does this too often.

      • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Leadoff walks. Bad Treinen.

      • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Way to go Ghost. Never doubted you for a second.

    • nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Yep, Im yelling at the TV that FP is just a brownnoser! Never a word when the #8 guy burned the Nats. I cant remember the game but I know it happened to JZ once and either Gio or TJordan.

  81. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    There are 2 stats so far this year which leads to wins.

    4 or more runs 15-1.

    Nit sure the number of wins, but when Spans Rendon get a hut, the Nats have not lost.

  82. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I see the server is screwed up again, why did we switch to this crappy server?

  83. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Rendon my goodness… With his approach you would think he wouldn’t ever slump too hard, but this happened last year. He can go ice cold.

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Leadoff walks. Bad Treinen.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      To me it is lack of focus or execution.

  85. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    3-0 pitch was the same as desi k

  86. veejh - May 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Take notes, Nats. That’s how you do it.

  87. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Why does anyone walk a batter on 4 pitches to be on base fir McCutcheon. I know not on purpose but totally stupid.

    Might as well put it on the board.

    Both runs scored by people walked. Nit a good sign

  88. scnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Just giving damn runs away. This team shoots itself in the foot constantly. Just stupidity. Night after night.

  89. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Strasbourg hyena other night gives up 2 runs both on base on hit by pitches.

    Make them earn it don’t give it away.

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Brewers up 4-1 on Harang

  91. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    McCutcheon hit?

    Last 2 weeks .294 0 HR 4 RBI.

    2 RBIs tonight.

    He has not been that, but we treat him like he is Willie Mays when he is hot.

  92. tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Roberto Hernandez, Tommy Milone, Bartolo Colon, Edinson Volquez

  93. nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    These robbery plays are getting crazy. Ramos would have had a triple if it went by Harrison.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      We need to do more of that ourselfs. Our fielding is simply inferior to our opponents.

      But what difference did it makes the batters that followed swung not near the ball.

    • scnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Other teams are making plays while we are making errors. Not hard to see why winning two in a row is a major accomplishment for this team.

    • secretwasianman - May 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      But it didn’t go by him. If ifs and buts were candy and nuts oh what a party we would have.

  94. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Our fielder just are poor compared to every team we play.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      I disagree. I think teams get up for games against the Nats and bring their “A” game.

      Aaron Hill just commited an error with his team ahead 2-0 against the Cardinals and it allows 2 unearned to score. Against the Nats he was a highlight reel.

  95. scnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    This blog is becoming unreadable with posts getting all jumbled

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      The server does this almost every game. Not sure what the server is about, but it is terrible.

  96. dcwx61 - May 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Veejh predict something

  97. secretwasianman - May 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    How bad has it gotten when FP and Carp are getting exciting about hard hit balls? Bottom line is Nats have 3 hits and they are losing to a terrible team. HTTR

  98. coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Buffalo getting robbed an awful plot this week

    • coop202 - May 22, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Lot, though it might be a plot

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Yep, and he’s not alone. Remember, those will start to fall into grass like McLouth found out.

  99. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    That was a splitter best pitch. That is what he needed to pitch McCutcheon

  100. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Follows spiltter with crap oitching

  101. scnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    We have to stop getting 4 and 5 hits of journeymen who other teams are pounding.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Indeed, our hitters in general not earning their salaries

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    My goodness why walk 8 when no one is on base?

  103. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Snyder can’t catch up with a fast ball. Pitch it faster

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Do you think he would if he could? I don’t get you sometimes. He’s throwing max effort and hitting 92 and 93.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        His he go down that much in a game? I watch many starters go down 5 MPH in a game.

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Desmond E6 for hyena advance. I would do it.

    Hell of lot easier okay than opponents do to us. But we are a much worse fielding team so we cannot make the great plays like them.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Only thing worse then this server is my auto correct.

    • lowstrikes - May 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      The hyena advance is very difficult for the official scorer to appreciate and credit. But it is gratifying to read that you, yourself would deploy that tactic. May it serve you well.

  105. secretwasianman - May 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Minor league pitcher pitching his heart out and the high priced players doing nothing nothing nothin to help him. WERTh Ramos McCout. Espi. And WERTh is not getting 20 million a year to hit the ball hard or to the warning track. Who gives a darn. Hit the damn ball and score some runs

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Except for the stupid walks he pitched great.

      When you are pitching for a ream hitting poorly, you really can’t give away gifts.

  106. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    E6 is f,fine b-y me.

  107. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    The Bucks 5 wins by starters and we can’t hit Vasquez

  108. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Espy takes first pitch fastball right down Broadway and swings at balls next two pitches.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Still wondering what his swing and miss rate is? Has to be among highest in majors.

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Nice McLouth. Any way you can get on.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Now steal 2nd.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Was about to say McSteal

  110. scnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    For all his progress Danny’s K rate is higher then last year. Clearly this is who he is. I just think mentally he can’t grasp the idea to shorten his swing with two strikes.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      It cane that hardened

  111. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    I called it before the game McHit 2 hits

  112. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Have we hit and run once all year?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      MW said we would, but has showed no interest at all. We don’t get enough base runners not to run.

      I don’t understand at all. Can he not see this?

    • exposedindc - May 22, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Amazinging no despite the need to generate offense….by far the least aggressive team in the bigs

  113. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    MW is not doing what he promised. Had McSreal would be on the go that is nit a double play.

    Why did promise better fielding and more running and neither was done.

    • David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      You can’t just run blindly, you will get thrown out. McLouth was trying to time the pitcher. Frandsen didn’t give him time.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        You only have 1 pitch to time him once we are behind in a count.

    • scnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      I agree. We’re aggressive in ST and how play for 2 run home runs.

  114. secretwasianman - May 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I didn’t think it possible but this team is worse than last year.

  115. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Ei

    Notice their kine drives to the outfield nit hut as hard result base hit.

  116. tmac777 - May 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Calling it now: Liriano and Morton get first wins this series. And Jeff Samardzija must be circling the Nats series knowing he’ll at least get a win then.

  117. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Is anyone up in the bullpen? Barrett not sharp at all.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Ross

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Thanks. McCatty gave Barrett the secret formula against a big K guy. Don’t throw him a strike and let him K himself.

  118. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Let’s walk mire people. McCutcheon kills us, but against tge rest of the majors he us inky a 285 hitter, about 500 against us. What does McCatty do different that he is so much better than against the rest.

  119. David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Matt continues to put Barrett in positions he’s not comfortable in. Anytime he goes more than one inning, it’s not good. If he goes one, he’s lights out. I know he only threw 3 pitches last inning, but still.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      He is not pitching that badly.

  120. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Marte swings at crap, but when he huts it he causes problems

  121. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Barrett never looked back at Neil Walker at 2nd.

  122. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Marte watching Espy film.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      There are way too many like both them in the majors.

  123. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    They hit it hard but right at Frandsen. Our hard hits not always right at them, and they just make great plays.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Hairston. Come on. You didn’t see a strike.

  124. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Barrett with Kimbrelesque ERA. Now score!

  125. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Rendon looks clueless, not what we need.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Sch-u needs to get him back on track.

  126. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Come on guys hit the ball kike we want you too. The Pirates are terrible and how can we nit hit against them?

    • Danny - May 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      They have a great bullpen though.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Correct.

    • secretwasianman - May 22, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Very feeble and very unwatchable. 2 runs in 18 innings just gross.

  127. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Volquez last 3 starts 15 innings 11 runs. Tonight 6 innings 1 run.

    How does this happen all so often.

  128. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Clobber ball fouled back

  129. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    One time Scott.

  130. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    This is why they pay you Hairston.

  131. David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Cue the Hairston hate.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Did he swing at a strike? Pressure on the pitcher with bases loaded.

    • scnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      I’ll stop hating him when he does something more then collect a paycheck

      • David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        8-19 this year and I’m pretty sure he hit the deep fly ball against Chapman to force the blown save.

  132. scnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Useless

  133. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Booooooo swung at balls.

  134. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Hairston you are paid only because you can hit lefties.

    At least hit it solid not a pop up.

  135. unkyd59 - May 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    So… Batting in that situation is the only reason Hairston on on this roster, right…? Just checking…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Correct. You are correct.

  136. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I need to be fair Eckstein I ride him last year. I need to start riding Schu.

    Gees why Detwiler in a 1 run game? Is this the white flag.

  137. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Pirates would have caught that

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Most times Span catches that. Just not a strong play. You keep going for that ball as a centerfielder.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        I think you’re awful judgmental on a guy that hasn’t missed squat in well over a year in CF. I saw it that Werth and he would have collided.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        Fangraphs disagrees with you. I call them like they are. He pulled up in Arizona near the warning track and did the same in the alley in Oakland.

        Sorry Joe.

  138. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Span pulls up on the ball. You have to catch that. You are the CENTERFIELDER.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      I bet McCutcheon catches it.

    • unkyd59 - May 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      Me? I’m just happy there was no collision….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        Happy that you’re happy. Werth wasn’t going to collide with anyone. He knew that was Span’s ball.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Wasn’t close to a collision Werth already allowed Span to catch it.

      • dcwx61 - May 23, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        +1

  139. NatsLady - May 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    That Barrett guy is something else. Who was saying he was in low leverage situations? 2-1 game with runners on 1st and 3rd? Two out, yes, but still…

  140. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Thank you Span. That run is on you.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Well Det needs to buckle up. We ride Strasburg for not picking up a teammate.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        A bleeder hit. Fielders have to pick up their pitchers.

  141. NatsLady - May 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    I have no idea where my posts are going. Anyway, ATL just took the lead against the Brewers 5-4.

  142. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Detwiler is the only the reliever who has given up a run in 2 to 3 weeks. Or at least it seems.

    Our fielding is getting worse as the season goes.

  143. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Span covered a ton of ground only to hold up because if he hadn’t of, he and Werth would have collided. Poor communication on that one.

  144. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I would be surprised if we don’t score a run now.

  145. nats128 - May 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    The apologists are out in force. I’m a glass 1/2 full guy and lousy plays are lousy plays.

    That ball to Span was not a difficult play. Rather routine. He just stopped running.

    Hairston’s popup was swinging at balls that the pitcher was hoping he would chase. Either he swings through it or pops it up. Just poor execution.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Well there are a few people here who thought a collision was going to happen. I guess they are air traffic controllers or mind readers.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Werth didn’t look deep enough to collide.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Agreed plus he looked like he was giving way to Span.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Gee, again if Ionesco doesn’t agree with you they are ridiculed. Well, I am wrong. You are right. End of conversation.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        What is Ionesco

  146. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    McLouth was not running full speed to 1st thinking the pitcher was throwing to 1st. Never assume Nate.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Earlier he didn’t run at all. He needs to sit if that what he plans to do.

  147. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    If y.out have to get to your knee why are you swinging?

  148. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Rendon earn your money.

  149. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Rendon swung the bat great in April, and looks hardly any better than Espi the last 4 weeks.

  150. Danny - May 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Honestly fcuk mccutchen

  151. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Deja vu all over again.

  152. Eugene in Oregon - May 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Bleep.

  153. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    My God why can we not hit the ball sift enough.

    I wish our fielders would start playing as good as our opponents?

    I don’t get how our hitters just can’t do the job. 0 for 8 RISP.

  154. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    I hope some reporter ask MW why he benched Harper for running half way, but not punishing McHit after nit even leaving the battery’s box.

    My guess no one will bother,

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      I know he will say he didn’t know where the ball was. I’m more concerned about him on the comebacker to the pitcher he went into a job thinking the pitcher was throwing to 1st and he’s lucky that didn’t turn into a 1-6-3 doubleplay.

      For these guys who are struggling, they better do everything else well.

      The apologists can make up excuses but bad plays are bad plays.

      For anyone who can read a chart, the ball Hairston swung at and popped up was well above the strike zone. Keep making excuses for him.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        Then run until you figure it out.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        You’re preaching to the choir.

  155. David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Both of Treinan’s walks scored. That was the difference. Both of Strasburg’s HBP aganst the Reds scored. That was the difference.

    It’s unfair to place blame of the pitchers when they’re giving up 2 runs, especially Strasburg over 7 innings. But when the offense is as bad as it is right now, every little mistake is magnified. Those plays should not be deciding games.

    • npb99 - May 22, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Agree. The pitchers are doing their share. Can’t expect them to be perfect.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      You are correct in your 1st sentence but 2 runs over 6 innings has to be a game you can win. The Pirates played an amazing game.

      The Nats had them on the ropes in the 8th with bases loaded and Hairston choked, plain and simple. None of the 3 pitches were going to be called strikes. What the Nats needed was a single and Hairston is shooting for 400 feet against a pitcher who was ready to fall apart with bases loaded.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        Maybe Hairston there is there for his glove.

        Why swing at any of them? Because you are clueless of the strike zone.

      • npb99 - May 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        Absolutely right, Ghost. If there ever was time to choke up and try to get a bloop single this was it. Hairston looked like he was too macho to do that, instead hit a grand slam. But he’s not the only guy to pop up in a bad situation – pop-ups are usually the worst kind of out, and the Nats seem to make an awful lot of them.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Agree basically doing the job, but when we score 1 you must make them earn it not give them any free runs. We don’t score enough to give free runs.

      If you give a up huts at least they earn it.

  156. manassasnatsfan - May 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Our hitters need to step up and earn their money. Most are just not doing the job.

    I am sure they want to win, but honestly I cannot sleep for 2 to 3 hours after game. I replays plays for the longest time.

    I am sure they sleep better than me.

    My personality would have stopped me from being a professional as much as having no talent would.

    I get extremely high when they win,and totally upset when they lose.

    Would be nice if they would get half as upset as me.

  157. Ghost of Steve M. - May 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Hairston is batting .143 (1-7) with RISP and .000 in High Lev. He is batting 1.000 in Med Lev at 4-4. Then you have that .833 fielding % so that negates a lot of the good he has produced.

    This at-bat was a spot where you have to think you need to work the count. Watson pitched him hoping he would chase and chase is what he did.

    Just a pathetic at-bat. He had already walked Werth and Desmond.

  158. npb99 - May 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Sometimes I curse and stomp after losses like this. But that’s because I kept hoping this team would win through Plan A – play close to .600 ball and gradually build a big lead in the division. Now it’s clear this team just has to go with Plan B – try to stay afloat, at or above .500, and then when there’s a critical mass of players off the DL and out of slump, go on a big run. It’s not a strong division, and Plan B may just work.

    But I’ll curse and stomp if they don’t take two in Pittsburgh anyway.

  159. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    10 more left on base. 0-8 RISP. Two teams in a row with one web gem after another when they did hit the ball. Our star shortstop is (unfairly?) charged with his 11th error.The proclaimed best hitter on the team is in a hard-luck slump, going 0-5 tonight, getting robbed again to end the game, leaving the bases loaded. Our manager felt the ball that our lousy centerfielder didn’t catch was perfectly placed. I thought that there was a lack of communication, which is unusual between two outfielders We wasted another terrific start by the AAA call up. Meanwhile Atlanta is starting to pull out wins late in games much as they did last year. Say what you want, but the Nats need to score more than one run to win most games.

    • npb99 - May 22, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Yep, I keep scanning the lineup for who’s hot, and hard to find anybody right now. Desi’s chugging along. Ramos’ one good game was just that. Werth and Rendon look exhausted.

  160. David Proctor - May 22, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Bryce was at the P-Nats game tonight, sitting in the bleachers to watch his brother pitch. Hardly anyone noticed him, or if they did, they didn’t bother him, which is pretty cool. He wasn’t incognito or anything.

  161. Joe Seamhead - May 22, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    # 6 batter has a .206 BA
    # 7 batter has a .218 BA
    # 8 batter has a .154 BA
    Then you get the pitcher.

    Any questions?

    Better yet, any answers?

    • npb99 - May 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Not good numbers. But probably more accurate to do a rolling, last 10 games view, like they do in the standings for the teams. McClouth, for all his past sins, has been improving. But the early season stalwarts in the 2-3 spots have been fading.

    • dcwx61 - May 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      ALR

  162. NatsLady - May 23, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    I’m not sure I’d describe Atlanta as starting to pull out games in the late innings based on ONE game…From the game recap:

    The Atlanta Braves had been 0-15 when trailing after six innings.

    Make that 1-15.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 23, 2014 at 7:02 AM

      You are right, NL, they are not coming from behind to win them, but they are hanging on to win more of them. Kimbrel was actually looking human at one point, but now seems to be getting back to his un-natural self. My point was meant to be, and not articulated very well, is that the Nats won’t continue to hang tight with them scoring one run a game. The Braves have played some awful ball at times this year, but the Nats have not taken advantage of it. Between bad luck AB’s created by the opponent’s great defense, and flat out crappy AB’s by others, the Nats are losing more of these tight games then they should be.

  163. secretwasianman - May 23, 2014 at 4:03 AM

    This is getting damn painful to watch.

  164. nats128 - May 23, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Laroche said he felt good after his first rehab start. Hes targeting Sunday or Monday. Ryan Zimmerman back in the beginning of June.

    Hard to believe RZ has only played in 10 games this season and Bryce Harper just 22.

  165. nats128 - May 23, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    MLB Network did national TV for the game last night. Smoltz just went thru all the great fielding plays the Pirates made. In total they robbed 5 potential hits. Yes 5.

    Rendon got robbed on 2, Ramos 1, Werth 1, Espi 1.

    Even with all the bad luck the Nats could have won that game. 8th inning. Bases loaded. Watson walks Werth, gives up a single to Ramos and then Desmond earns a walk.

    With the bases loaded you have this AB by Hairston. Look at what he is swinging at.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_05_22_wasmlb_pitmlb_1&mode=video&content_id=33080907&tcid=vpp_copy_33080907

  166. nats128 - May 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    I decided to do that trick and watch the visitors feed of that double in the 8th. I like the idea so you don’t get the sugarcoated version. The other team usually doesnt hold back. On the Pittsburgh ROOT network, heres the transcript from the double that fell between Span and Werth

    Ball falls in: “1st double of the season for Stewart. He will take that.” “Werth is mad. They have to talk to each other” Then they show the replay. “That one probaly should have been caught by somebody” “Apparently Span called for it” “If he did he has to commit and try to make the catch”

    No mention at all of a collision or potential collision. That was the entire transcript. I think when you listen to FP and Bob you get the sugarcoated version. I expect people here to be objective and fair. Span has to make that play. He stopped running.

    • Section 222 - May 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      I expect people here to be objective and fair.

      Really? You could be waiting a long time for that. :-)

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