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Game 77: Nats at Brewers

Jun 25, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers

Just over 12 hours after the longest game in Nationals history was completed, the Nats will pick right back up in Milwaukee for the final game of their series with the Brewers. Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.24) will take the mound in a 2:10 p.m. start, as the Nationals look for the three-game sweep.

Strasburg will hope to go deep in this one after the Nats’ bullpen was thoroughly taxed in their 16-inning victory on Tuesday night. The right-hander has faced the Brewers just once in his career, in a 4-0 loss for the Nats last season. Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings against Milwaukee on July 2, 2013, allowing only three hits, before Drew Storen gave up four runs in the eighth to take the loss.

Pitching for Milwaukee is 30-year-old Marco Estrada (6-4, 5.22). Estrada is a former sixth round pick by the Nationals in 2005 and made his MLB debut with the franchise in 2008. He also played with the Nats in 2009 before the Brewers selected him off waivers in Feb. 2010.

Enjoy the game and check back for analysis in the morning…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where: Miller Park
Gametime: 2:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 68 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (41-35)
CF Denard Span
2B Kevin Frandsen
LF Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Anthony Rendon
SS Ian Desmond
RF Nate McLouth
C Sandy Leon
RHP Stephen Strasburg

BREWERS (47-32)
2B Scooter Gannett
SS Jean Segura
CF Carlos Gomez
1B Lyle Overbay
3B Mark Reynolds
LF Khris Davis
CF Elian Herrera
C Martin Maldonado
RHP Marco Estrada

UMPIRES
HP Mike Winters
1B Mark Wegner
2B Andy Fletcher
3B Chris Segal

319 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    “@AdamMcCalvy: Alfredo Figaro called up, on his way to Miller Park. Mike Fiers sent down. Move out of necessity. #Brewers”

    • natsfan1a - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Figaro here, Figaro there, Figaro up, Figaro down…

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    “@Nationals: Additionally, INF/OF Jeff Kobernus was reinstated from 60day DL & optioned !AAA. RHP Christian Garcia was released: http://t.co/MgtJEM8EFr

  3. masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I see that Dobbs was DFA’d and Christian Garcia was released. Really hoped that Garcia could make it back.

  4. masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I owe Ghost another virtual beer.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Frandsen at 2nd base, oh my. Werth as many of us were contemplating last night gets a day off and of course Lobaton. The 2 players with the 0-7 collar get the day off.

  6. langleyclub - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    So, is Taylor Hill starting one of the two games on Saturday and is he the long guy today if needed? Hill was supposed to start in Cuse today.

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Bullpen help.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Hill is there if the Nats need long help but wouldn’t be surprised if he took a few innings today if the Nats get the lead. I still expect Treinen to get the start on Saturday in the doubleheader.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Agree Hill is here for several innings each of the next two days then will head back, when Harper or Ramos comes up. Leon will also go back when the second of the two comes back.

        Treinan will probably start Saturday.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        The Strasburg haters will be out.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Now that it’s official that Taylor Hill has been called up, I will give you the Taylor Hill primer on his repertoire.

    He’s a sinker ball pitcher who is a command and control guy and velo in the low 90′s. He will add in a straight 4-seam and 2 breakers (curve and slider) and throws the occasional changeup.

    • janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Thanks! We head to Chicago Friday to see a few games there, Maybe I’ll get to see this in person!

      • ArVAFan - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        See you there. Are you going with the Nats tour, or on your own? If you’re there for the Sat. evening game, we’ll be down by the Visitors dugout. I’m easy to spot since I have my blog name on the back of my shirt (red, of course).

  8. natsfan1a - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Hoping to see most of this in real time. Go, Stras! Go, NATS!!

  9. Brookstoor - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    I think we should feel fairly confident today. Both teams are gassed, hopefully our fill-ins can produce, but it’s not like we were hammering in runs this series anyways. See you all in the post game thread, I’ll leave this game thread dumpster fire to its own devices.

    • water47 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      But one would think Estrada is an easier time than others. Especially, when the Nats throw out Stras.

  10. water47 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Brew Crew today.

    Gennett, 2B
    Segura, SS
    Gomez, CF
    Overbay, 1B
    Reynolds, 3B
    Davis, LF
    Herrera, RF
    Maldonado, C
    Estrada, P

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Glad to see Lucroy and Braun sitting. That’s a +1 for the Nats.

      • water47 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Agreed. Their 2nd team vs Our 2nd team but we get to use Stras and the through out Estrada. GYFNG!

  11. scnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Someone will take a chance on Garcia. Arm too good to not give him a try.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      I guess, but the Nats were certainly incredibly patient with Garcia. Other teams may figure that if the Nats can’t fix him, he’s not fixable.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Nats may take him back if he clears waivers. They were clearing a spot for Kobernus. Dobbs spot was taken by Taylor Hill. If the Nats need another spot they can 60 day DL for Purke.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        But if they were interested in keeping Garcia, why not go ahead and put Purke on the 60 day? Maybe they think now is a good time to sneak Garcia through?

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Hill last pitched on June 19th and is a pitcher who has been averaging 6 1/3 innings per start. He should be good to go long if MW needs him and I believe he will be the 1st reliever in today.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      +1

  13. langleyclub - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    In the last month (since May 24), Gregg Dobbs went 1 for 14. For the season, Dobbs went 3 for 28 as a PH with 0 extra base-hits. Any of the Nats starting pitchers, would have put up better numbers as a pinch hitter.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Those are some awful stats. At least with Dobbs it wasn’t prolonged like the Stares and Tracey tenures. This DFA was the humane thing to do. He was billed as a professional pinch-hitter. Never saw it.

      • therealjohnc - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        Dobbs was never a part of the team’s plans; he was simply a stop-gap, a flyer on a guy with some experience that was only going to stay with the team until the regulars got healthy. By signing a stopgap like Dobbs they are able to keep Walters playing every day working on his plate discipline and fielding in Syracuse instead of rusting on the bench and getting a handful of at bats a week.

        Of course they billed him as a professional pinch hitter – he has done that well in the past, and more importantly, what were they going to say? “He’s a flyer who allows us to have a marginal bat while giving our actual prospects more time to hone their skills in AAA.”

        GMs stretch, fold, spindle and mutilate the truth on a regular basis. It’s part of the job description :-)

  14. masterfishkeeper - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Why, oh why, does MW insist on batting Frandsen second? Not good to have Frandsen get more at bats than Rendon and Desmond.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Wondering same thing. Any thoughts out there on the line-up strategy here?

  15. langleyclub - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Probably Sandy Leon’s last start before he gets sent back to Cuse. Have a big game Sandy!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      I hope he can leave on a great note

  16. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Ghost, I believe you owe me some cash for using my trademarked mental midget term in the last thread. I am happy it seems those days are over for Stras. Stay tuned.

  17. natsfan1a - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Okay, just speed-watched the parts of the game I missed, up to when my DVR bracketing ended (halfway through the 13th). Wish I’d bracketed until 1:30 but oh, well. I did get to see Dan Kolko’s slide adventures, so that’s something. :-)

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      You would still miss the untuck which occurred at 135 according to my text with my nephew

  18. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Stras should be able to shut this lineup down. Hopefully we can put up 3-4. Estrada is not a good pitcher.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Would love to Stras get a complete game

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      One element of getting that would be the hitters hitting and generating some runs.

      • ArVAFan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Maybe Ryan Z finally found his bat with the hits in it. Apparently Mr. Rendon hasn’t used up the hits in his.

  20. janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    We have taken to calling Rendon “AnTieMe” Rendon. May he always be good for it. And may today be so full of HRs by our guys that we don’t need his last minute tie heroics. Work quick, stack up the runs. complete game for Stras, get out of town with a sweep. GYFNG

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Nice shot by Spaniard

  22. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Quick inning

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    If Estrada is going to pitch up, we will adjust and be fine.

  24. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Work to do….gonna watch this one on DVR later. Get the sweep! Leggo!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Advantage of being old. No work today.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Just strike him out

  26. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    There is the answer, ALR would be pitching.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Another ALR walk

  28. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Estrada getting lower but less straight

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Man on third get him in only 1 out

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Hang and bang

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Now a grounder works

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Thanks Ovelbay

  33. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Sandy a fly ball please.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Come on Leon

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Come on McClout I thought you were fast, got out of a possible good inning.

  36. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    The delayed steal is a play that is grossly under-utilized. That was two brain farts on two plays in a row by Mil. The delayed steal and then the play at home.Take it.

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Don’t swing at balls please.

  38. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Sans Ramos I feel as if our catchers are about as productive as out pitchers with be bat.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      It seems

  39. chaz11963 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Leon is awful at the plate.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      automatic out

  40. lplipty - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Stupid, somebody anybody please explain y Mccloith aytptef a steal?

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      I have no problem with the steal except, McClouth should have slid and, the whole idea of the play is to send Desi, what was up with that?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Agree Mick. Not smart as that has to be a double steal.

  41. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Stras needs to get focused, no reason he should be tired today, he needs to start playing like the ace he is touted to be

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    More Span UZR. Take that FanGraphs!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Plus one, Ghost.
      Is +1 a stat?

  43. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Nice throw by RZ

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Not sure it was the right play, but nice throw none the less

  44. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I am glad to hear FP speaking bluntly about Stras, good for him, Stras once again coming up short for his team

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Blow them away

  45. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Strasburg giving up these hits with 2 strikes arg.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      He is throwing to many off speed once at 2 strikes. Just blow them away

      • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        He has been doing that all year..

  46. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Ghost, maybe 3rd base coach held up Desi? that is the only thing I can rationalize

  47. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Ghost, maybe 3rd base coach held up Desi?

  48. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Put someone away jeez, this isn’t murderers row.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Straw is working his way to number 4 starter. Why walking the 8 batter with 1 out. Especially after a 1-2 count.

    Dump the off speed stuff and blow them away.

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    What I complained about Gio nibbling, Stras is doing the same thing

  51. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    What on earth. Just throw strikes. Cut the off speed off for now

  52. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I look at how Roark and Fister pitch out of trouble and now I look at Stras, who really needs to go 7 innings today, once again pouting and sulking and I am convince he is not the ace of this staff or even close to it, just one over hyped, selfish premadonna. that was the 8th batter in Brew lineup gang!

  53. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Oops…

  54. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Are you expletive kidding me… What a joke.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      you could see that coming and this is so typical of Stras, he only gives a rats ass about himself, not his team, he blames the catcher for his loss verse Braves, he never takes responsibility for anything,

      Stras is no leader period

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      You don’t throw ddast balls at the belt

  55. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    you can have Stras, just a bust and a joke of player, over rated baby and he makes me sick

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Fast ball in the middle is not right. Throw it knee high.

    As I said he is working on moving to 4th starter.

    Why would you walk the catcher after a 1-2 count, because he is a nibbler like Gio.

  57. lplipty - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    “The Orchid”, …overrated chad Johnson T. O. prima Donna

  58. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    ace my ass!!!!

  59. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Just call Strasburg Buzzkillington. Flailed against the Braves again and here we go again.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      yup

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        It is all in his head. He has a great fastball, but wants to feature all the other crap, which causes the nibbling.

  60. natszee - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Nice job “Ace”

    • natszee - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Not to worry because his PR department is working the spin.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        Number 4 starter no spin needed

  61. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Nice throw though Sandy

  62. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Estrada hasn’t pitched well either. Difference? Our hitters don’t hit well enough, 245 average is pathetic

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    D’oh….

    That was a mistake… come on offense. Pick up SS.

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Pick away Estrada stinks.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      no, Stras needed to pick up his team mates today who battled their asses off last night

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        stras walking 8th batter after being up 1-2 told us where his head was today. When he is focused that doesn’t happen.

  64. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Seems like All of Stras homers are not solo. Maybe something he is doing from the stretch?

  65. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    one big baby and after 4 freaking seasons he is less mature than he was in 2010, that is not a leader, that is a loser

  66. hitmeimopen - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    He’s the dregs of our rotation…trade his a**. His mental composure is nowhere to be found. I don’t know about the rest of Nats fans but I’m not interested in his fragile emotions and the idea that we must somehow be concerned with them. He can serve up singers for some other team as far as I care.

    • hitmeimopen - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      that’s dingers not singers

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      BINGO and once and for all, anyone who thinks this baby would have made a difference in 2012 if he was not shut down is smoking something, he is only out for himself and his goal of leading the league in KO’s, he could care less about winning a championship, he is not a team player. I hope Mw and rizz chew is ass out after today and tell him to either step up or get the hell out

  67. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    was it Leon’s fault, ya big baby?

  68. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Crazy stupid thought, trade for price then trade Stras haha

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      There are enough teams who would trade for Stras and the Nats would make a killing if they do it. Bottom line, nats can win without this clown

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      I was thinking Rays love cheap guys Stras for Price

      • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Wonder of a trade of “aces” has happened..

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Only mention that because the Nats had scouts at Price’s start today. Prob just due diligence.

      • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        would love to see it, look, Rizzo is not an idiot, I am sure he sees what Stras is about

      • lplipty - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Who is Price’s agent? I’dakw that trade in a heartbeat

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Estrada is hanging pitches and we are not swinging at the hangers

  70. hitmeimopen - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    We don’t need Price, we just need a righty who can fight and not have emotional breakdowns when things go awry.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      I will take a tanner roark over ahead case like Stras anytime

      • hitmeimopen - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        exactly

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        I take anyone with the fighter mentality

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      His emotions always seem to be his biggest weakness. He just needs the attitude Fister has shown him.

      He must not have it in him.

      • hitmeimopen - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        We’ve seen enough…he doesn’t have it in him.

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Mick they start losing and you are back. Why are you absent during all the wins, seems suspicious to me.

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Think he just dislikes scuba Steve.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      I am off today and i normally do not post during games, also, i am only going after stras, not the team, every nats fan should be concerned about his value to this team, he is not an ace, not prime time and most important does not have his team mates back

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Stras pisses me off once a game too, but I recall all to often you bad mouth the team as a whole, when we all know tgey will win the east easiky

  72. hitmeimopen - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    He and Gio are cut from the same cloth…everyone’s told them how great they are for so long that they let it control them. Give me a fighter like Fister any day. The two ‘aces’ can be someone else’s problem.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I think Gio battles and he pitched well a few night ago and he has won 20 games. Stras onl cares about his KO’s he is perfect for a losing franchise t fill seats up every 5th night, fir Nats, they do not need him to win

  73. npb99 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Just like in other sports, being a high draft pick isn’t any guarantee of success. It just means you were impressive when you we’re young – doesn’t guarantee anything for the future. Right now SS is 4th or maybe 5th starter at best. Hasn’t even Treinen been better?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      At least as good. The deal he has the ability he just won’t use it.

      What is the point if you can’t keep the brain in the game.

  74. chaz11963 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    WTF is the matter with Strasburg… good grief!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      This is typical, he has one inning a game he is a complete fool. The rest of the game is fine.

  75. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    He needed a quick inning there. Man, game would still be 1-0 of Stras would have bore down and retired either Maldonado or Gennett.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      However that is his weakness 1 inning a game, he takes a vacation.

  76. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    what matters now is resting the BP, I would make Stras go 9 period, if he gets hammered, he more than deserves it

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      The way it is now 8

  77. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    If Estrada is going to keep gifting is base runners we have a chance.

  78. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Nats have won series and that is most important. what is ironic is that this was the game that should have been one of the wins, our ace (ha ha) verse Estrada whose ERA is 4.60 plus

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      We can still win

  79. scnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Like last night we have to turn right around and pick SS up. He got the B squad today, a tired B squad, and is letting them off the hook. We need to do the same to them.

  80. coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Living Alr’s at bats today

    • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      *loving

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Over 60 pitches

    • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      18 to laroche

  82. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    this was the game where Stras needed to pick his team up after 16 innings, he failed and now the boys have to try to this in spite of him

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Not failed yet, just failing, the end is not written yet.

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Zim needs to be on third

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    WTF that was right in the zone, drive it to right

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Good job Desi.

  86. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    nice smack Desi, nats should drill Estrada

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Another hanger. Those are home run gifts. Take them

    • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      We got a hit. Shawwwing

  88. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    who the heck is the HP, weird strike zone today

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Mike Winters, he is more a hitters ump.

      • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        could have fooled me

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    That is not the same Maldenado who had a cup if coffee for Nats back 3 or 4 years ago is it?

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Nope

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      I wonder, that is what i thought?

  90. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    g dmanit Nate 2 for 23 are you serious!!!

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      He has disappointed

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      He was good for a 3 week period all season. Lets a high slider crush able go, but swings at the breaking ball tailing away.

  91. scnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    The good thing is that SS had his blow up inning now he will be solid just have to catch them

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      you were saying

      lol

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        After the homer he is fine. It is kike he loses 109% focus and then can get it back. It is is just all mental it seems.

  92. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Candy M was with nats?

  93. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    what’s the word I’m looking for???????

    BUM!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      I believe the word is idiot

  94. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    We work hard for one Stras in 1 pitch said “Screw you batters I will give it right back on one oitch.”

  95. hitmeimopen - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Another dinger! This is absolutely absurd…take him out, please.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      No way, we need to save the bullpen, no matter what he stays

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      they can’t, tired arms, this is why i would let Stras go the full 9, then would trade his ass

    • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I don’t always give up hits, but when I do they go far – stras

  96. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    does McCatty get in his grill????

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      That is what pisses me McCatty dies nothing that we can tell.

  97. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Batters 7,8,9 have been worse than pathetic this series. Can’t wait for Ramos and Harper back in the line up.

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Unacceptable to have 1 hit……

    • senators69 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Our bench can’t hit worth beans!
      Dobbs — gone! whew
      McOut
      Lobotron
      Leon
      Espi, although he was hitting ok recently. Maybe he should not switch hit anymore.

      Even Fransden, but I like his versatility

      Rizzo not having any luck getting bench guys.

  98. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    we can excuse number 9 batter but you are correct, batters 7 and 8 just suck!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      I bring up 9 only because three in a row worthless. Hard to win 2 of three like that.

  99. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Strasbourg 4 more innings

  100. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Earl Weaver, Billy Martin, Gil Hodges would either have straighten Stras out by now or his ass would have been long gone

  101. chaz11963 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Unbelievable. Stras’ ERA is now 3.55

    • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Shockingly also I think we get to their BP first barring a huge swing

      • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        that is why Nats have a chance, unless Stras gives up another 2-3 runs

  102. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Stras has to go at least 8 to save the BP, no mater what, then have Taylor close

  103. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Now you get him to hit soft liner to first. Argggggg

  104. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    geeeeeeeez

    • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Back in 09 I watched stras play UVA in the round of 64 for the cws. He walked a guy and gave up a hr, and shut out UVA the rest of the game. Lost 2-0 to danny hultzen – only game he lost that year. He’s good but he’s still that guy today

      • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Danny has more heart than Stras, I had the pleasure of watching him at St Albans.

      • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Feel like he needs a short dl stint after these two starts just to clear his head

  105. chaz11963 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Stras.really doesn’t look sharp at all.

  106. philipd763 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Who would have thought that journeyman has-been Marco Estrada, who flamed out with the Nats years ago, would out pitch Strasburg!!!

    • senators69 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      The classic phrase: “It’s baseball”
      Hate that phrase

  107. scnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Game 7, who do you want on the mound – SS or Roark?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      JZim or Fister

      • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Fister, he has a ring

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        What type of ring does he have?

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Roark, no question or second guess, i will take Roark’s heart over Stras’ ego anytime. Stras has accomplished NOTHINg yet!

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Did McLouth get a late break on that ball?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Must have looked harder than it was, he got a real late start.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        That’s what I’m thinking. The guy can’t hit, I expect he can catch that ball. smh

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      He looked awful on it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Seems like a consensus then. I can give excuses for a bench guy looking rusty at the plate when they don’t see much action but I expect a better effort on defense.

  109. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Stras quit on us, I would not bail him out by taking him out. It is his mess make him solve it.

    • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Stras doesn’t quit – I don’t know if we have a player that works harder on our team. It’s something, but probably not that

      • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Malarkey. He quits and whines and pouts all the time.

      • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Who says malarkey? Ha I love the throw back

        And he’s the type who will spend Saturday night in the bullpen or watching film rather than socializing, that’s all. He might look like he’s pouting but he’s just being hard on himself. Part of the issue it seems too

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Tough day for SS…

    • natszee - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Tough day for the Nats! They needed a good performance not one that is going to burn the BP again. I’m sorry but SS is at best the #3 on this staff and one could make a convincing argument that he is # 4.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        You are entitled to your opinion….

      • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        His era is well over 4. Why do defend him? He’s done nothing

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Don’t think McLouth played that one well at all…. Inning should have been over.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      See post at 4:00PM ;)

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Lol, I missed it… Sorry…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        LOL, usually we’re seconds apart. Yah, seemed that was up in the air long enough.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        I had the game paused… I’m on a slight delay… At the next commercial, I will fast forward…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        That’s why! Usually we are sync’d up on those same thoughts!

  112. IsawTeddywin - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Bad Strasburg, no doggie biscuit for you.

  113. senators69 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    SS takin it up the wazoo w no lub!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      That’s very adult and classy.

  114. manassasnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Now we hear Stras has injury. That seems the excuse all teams use for bad pitching.

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Perfect Med Lev appearance for Hill. Behind by 5. Go get ‘em Taylor.

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Taylor Hill just shook off Leon twice. That takes balls. Lucky that liner was hit right at Frandsen!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      I wonder if the fact that SS had quit Tabacco may have anything to do with his performance…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        Not sure, probably not the best time to try to quit the habit during the season.

      • senators69 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Maybe…Popeye had spinach… SS had baccy???

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        I remember when Desi initially quit, he was having issues… Nt making excuses of course but one has to wonder if stopping a normal routine throws these guys… Especially given the ‘benefits’ of some people and Tabacco…

        Oh well, let’s just beat up on the cubbies next series… Let’s win the series…

  117. janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    As long as the Braves lose, I’m ok with some intermittent trouncing. I hope the comment I read above about Stras being injured isn’t true.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      I never said he was injured. I said when some pitches badly, people love to blaim it on an injury

  118. scnatsfan - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Anyone have any info on an injury?

  119. lplipty - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    What a Sissy Strasbuga is. If he’s hurt I’m fine with that. Put his arse on 60 day DL, for mental sofTness.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      if he is hurt, he is one selfish player not telling his manager, he hurts his team, but i forgot, it is not about the team with Stras, its about him

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Good PFF there by Taylor Hill.

  121. Doc - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Bccy, or no baccy, no sure that this guy is our featured #1 starter.

    Beating these guys with Estrada throwing was a no-brainer.

    To bad, SS couldn’t have taken some inspiration from the guys who performed last night.

  122. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Oh, the throw… How are folks gonna rationalize that one…

  123. philipd763 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Stras has never been as overpowering since his TJ surgery as he was before he blew out his elbow. Like with Zimmermann, the Nats pathetic offense never provides any run support and that has to be disheartening.

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Taylor Hill now has an ERA. RZim missed his cutoff man or the cutoff man whiffed on the throw. Not a horrible throw.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Ha, we disagree… Cuz I thought that was just bad… We see left fielders who are able to make the play closer and it wasn’t close at all…

      But in a 9-2 game… At this point, idk if it’s worth the fuss….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Hold on, besides the ball being offline & not cut, what else was bad. I liked the mustard RZim had on the ball.

  125. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    This game is death!!

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    It’s just their day….

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    About time McCatty came out to see Hill.

  128. lowstrikes - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    A wicked bad sign when the happiest thought you can manage is “Despite the pounding, at least they can only lose one game at a time.” Inexplicable, despite the valiant attempts to the contrary, when the wheels detach so completely and entirely.

  129. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    If Stras has an injury then fire the medical staff and coaches, right, why is pitching then?? If he sustain an injury while he was pitching like crap, then fire MW for letting him stay in. If he does not have an injury and the Nats are bullshi—- us, then to hell with them.

    Stras stinks, is over rated, is selfish and Rizzo needs to get id of this potential disease on this team. He is one over rated bum, I could care less how many KO’s he has, it is BS and means nothing

  130. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    this loss is 100% on Stras, no one else

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    With the camera is pulled back on Hill on that profile shot he looks like Dan Haren to me.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Hill’s stuff has been up… Sinker ball pitchers need exact times (as we know)…. Fister and Roark on extra rest have been less than spectacular…

      And his last outting was like 8 days ago, right?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        He pitched last on the 19th. He’s over-baking his pitches. I’m sure very over-amp’d.

  132. philipd763 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Hope Hill has a round trip plane ticket.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Depending on how many innings/pitches he throws today, he could be sent back tonight for Zach Walters. I say that since he may be used up today in pitch count like a starter.

  133. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Whelp… I’d like to see Adam pitch in a game… :-)

  134. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Call in the dogs. Sell the farm. The season’s over, as we lost one out of three to the team with the best record in baseball.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      no one is saying that, what is clear is that Stras is not an ace or even a top 3 pitcher on this team and most importantly, Nats can win without him.

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Haven’t seen anyone proclaim the season is over. Fans should be frustrated when a supposed ace folds against 5 ERA Estrada and a B lineup.

      • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        that s what happens in here, if anyone dare criticize Stras, they accuse you of putting the whole team down

    • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      They are right Joe. Chillax. There is nothing wrong with not liking a player, performance or decision…that’s why we are here.

  135. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Hill’s purpose is to save the BP, nothing else, does not matter if Nats lose 20-2, this game was over because Stras SUCKS!

  136. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Let LaRoche pitch.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      to keep the guys loose, I would love to see it, sure ALR would give a better effort than the big baby

  137. coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    2 hits!

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      That too :)

  138. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    BINGO bro, that is it period, Stras is so not a prime time player and clearly is not an ace or a leader, this is his 4th full season, so the he is yon crap does not fl anymore. He is an over rated pitcher with a high velocity fast ball, that is it. No team in MLB will win a championship wit him and Nats need to deal him asap

    • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Arm chair gm’s to the rescue!

    • jd - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Really?

      That’s why he leads the NL in WAR which is an objective way to look at things rather than the knee jerk reaction displayed here.

  139. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    at least Dez has a few hits.

  140. nats106 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    I’ll take 2 close wins and a blow out loss every series for the rest of the season. If they can do that, I’ll even take splits for the remaining 4 and 2 game sets (except for the Orioles and final home stand)

  141. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Sand my Leon struck out again, call off the season and go Braves.

  142. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    the only reason LR probably wll not pitch is due to the chance of an injury not just to him but to one of the starters who is resting today because one f them would have to come in. My guess is Espi would come in and play 2nd if ALR pitched and Zim would go to 1st

  143. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    I would love to see MW be blunt and simply say Stras stunk today and we had no chance to compete because of his performance. Billy Martin, Earl Weaver would have no problem doing that now and then and they both won WS. That may be the kick in the ass Stras needs and deserves

    • jd - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      It’s really difficult for you Mick to go through an entire day without trashing someone. I expect you would do the same if we went 162 – 0.

      • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        really, and your proof??? or are you cherry picking the posts that you don’t like, its hard for me to read posts that defend an over rated player who is about himself and not the team too

      • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        also, I guess you did not read my post before the game and when it was 9-2 that the Nats won the series and that is all that mattered. my point and my only point is that Stras is n an ace and I suspect will never be, my sample size is almost 5 years to base my view

      • jd - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Instead of spewing venom why don’t you go look up real statistics (not W/L) and if you have the capacity to understand them you’l see that Stras is having great year.

        check it out:

        http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=nl&qual=y&type=8&season=2014&month=0&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

      • natszee - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Nice graph. I hit the “Win Probability” tab and SS is #34 … Roark and Zim rank ahead.

      • scmargenau - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        War for pitcher is a joke stat. That site isn’t updated yet either

  144. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    overall, a good road trip

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      I here ya bro

  145. coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    I’m sure you would’ve traded mussina in 96 too after he put up a 4.81 era too.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Mussina proved himself well before 96 and was a hell of a pitcher on a team with less talent than the Nats, tell me what Stras has done in 5 season??

    • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      He’s had a lower era and higher war pretty much every season relatively speaking to mussina’s career.

  146. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Really too bad Stras couldn’t continue momentum. Hopefully a split at worst in Chicago.

  147. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    I’m worries the braves will go after Samardzija, he owns us.

  148. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Would love to see Price in DC. How Stras finishes this season will determine whether or not Rizzo makes a bold move or not. This is really his 5th season. By their 4th season’s Tom Seaver, Jerry Koozman, Jim Palmer had all won either Cy Youngs, 20 games or World Championships. I could go on and list several other All star pitchers who proved themselves with teams who dod not have the talent the Nats have. After almost 5 seasons, it s clear that Stras is only an average pitcher, not a pitcher you want to build a championship team around, that is very clear t me after playing and following this game for almost 50 years

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Would be interesting to see what I brought up before trading for Price, then trading Stras to recover the prospects ha.

  149. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I feel as if Span is always either really hot or cold.

  150. nats106 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    I love this board. Next week if Strasburg no hits the Rockies everyone will be saying Rizzo’s an idiot for not locking him in right now for another 10 years. It’s just like being there live as far as I’m concerned. Mick and Manassas, some day I want to catch a game at Nats park with you guys.

    I’d prefer a Braves game. That way we can verbally abuse those tomahawk chopping SOBs

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      definitely, first 2 rounds of beers me!

      • nats106 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Mick, only if I buy the first round of Eagle Rare Bourbon at the Park Tavern as a pre game warm up!

        Danny, I’m not getting upset at all over at everyone ripping on the players. I’m just kind of enjoying the discussion. You guys sound like me at a game. It’s great.

    • Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Again, don’t understand why people get so upset when players are rightfully criticized. Stras deserves to be boom roasted for his last two starts. Doesn’t change my perception of the guy, but pitch better my man.

      • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        because fangraphs says they are hall of famers, lol

  151. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Haha Gomez is such a fire starter.

  152. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    smack him in his mouth Desi, I love it!

  153. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Regardless of Strasburg, no excuse for 2 hits. Don’t even have Espy to blame…. Ready to see the opening day lineup.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      maybe, but when stras gave p another homer making it 5-2, mentally it kills the team and maybe the guys packed it in. I really can not get mad at the other players today

  154. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    With 52 pitches, Taylor Hill will be shipped back to Syracuse tonight. I’m thinking Zach Walters will replace him until Bryce comes back.

    • micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      that makes sense

      • coop202 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Mick it’s not the criticism that bothers me, but you make it sound like he’s never had a decent stretch in his career. He started getting the nerves wrap last season only, and even that was only partially founded. I agree he’s below the bar that I expect, but when he’s on he’s as dangerous as any and it happens with some frequency

  155. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    JD, thanks for the link and stat wise Stras is having a good year. But, I just do not feel like he is, when he pitches game like that and seems to make the same mistakes over again, there is something missing with him and I’m not sure if he will ever live up to his billing.

    • jd - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Mick,

      When you say stat wise he’s having a good year, what does that mean? the statistics only reflect what he’s doing on the mound. It’s just a tool to look at things objectively, that’s all. When you watch a game you get elated, pissed off, excited, angry. You can’t make a long term judgement based on how you feel in the moment. Besides, when a pitcher is doing his job day in, day out which Stras certainly is based on the statistical proof you tend to stash it away as something expected. When he has a bad game like today it’s sticks out like a sore thumb.

      Also, where do you get off accusing a player of being imature, not focused etc? BTW you did the same with Zim last week, Desi earlier this year and if I had the inclination I’d prove to you that at different times you pretty much trashed most of our players. And today you say: ‘it’s just Stras’. Not it ain’t man, no it ain’t.

      • letswin3 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Yep, he’s thrown everyone except the Bat Boys and the tall guy on The Grounds Crew under the bus over the last 2 weeks.

  156. Danny - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Cheer for the Astros tonight. Hopefully Strasburg isn’t hurt.

  157. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Ray Knight just nailed it about Stras, he said “Stras loses his ability to feel the pitch” that is not good

  158. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Gomez is a punk and I hope he gets his as kicked this season

  159. micksback1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    when Brew comes to dc, I would love to see that punk Gomez beamed

    • letswin3 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Where ya wanna beam him to?

  160. janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Well, this game felt as long as the one last night, but for different reasons. Better luck tomorrow.

  161. janebeard - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Did you all see this? Phillies fans do something right.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25/tony-gwynn-jr-standing-ovation_n_5529479.html

  162. letswin3 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    I don’t know if anyone noted it, but last night after Det threw like 46 straight FB’s, FP Santangelo says … ” Lobaton is going to have to ice down his index finger”.

  163. Dave - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    I didn’t watch or listen to the whole game, just bits. Once it seemed out of reach, I sort of checked out.

    But my wife said she heard that Leon tossed Hill’s first strikeout ball into the stands. Is that true? If it is, why would he do that?

    (If not, sorry,Sandy.)

    • Whynat - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      I don’t know if you got a reply. I was listening on the radio and didn’t see it. I think it was the last out of the inning and he just wasn’t thinking. Charlie and Dave gave him the *bad* move of the game.

    • Dave - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Yep, that was sure enough a bad move. Arguably, Hill’s debut and first strikeout were the only redeeming parts of this game for the Nats.

      Why would a catcher toss a ball into the stands after out 3 anyway? A corner infielder or outfielder maybe, but the catcher?

      I hope they got the ball back for the kid.

  164. snerdblurter - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Anybody have any idea what precipitated Gomez getting plunked? Just his general jacka**ery? Or was it not even on purpose?

  165. Doc - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    RE: Ray Knight’s comment, about, “….losing the ability to feel the pitch…”.

    Any more explanation available? Sounds interesting.

  166. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    I will refrain from commenting on Stras’ start.

  167. veejh - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Hey, we took 2 of 3 in red hot Milwaukee town. Forget this loss. Cubbies to beat up on.

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FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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