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Game 82: Rockies at Nats

Jun 30, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Well, here it is. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. Has there ever been a more-anticipated starting lineup reveal in Nationals history?

And the answer is … Ryan Zimmerman is back at third base for the first time since he fractured his thumb way back on April 11. Bryce Harper is back in left field for the first time since he tore his thumb ligament April 26. Anthony Rendon is back at second base. Denard Span is leading off and in center field. Danny Espinosa is on the bench.

Zimmerman did some early work at third base a few minutes ago, making about 15-20 overhand throws across the diamond. I saw him bounce one and pull the first baseman off the bag once. Otherwise, everything was on target. Zim also looked really good making sidearm throws from third base to second base. How all this translates in actual game action, we will just have to wait and see.

Updates to come, so please check back…

COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 87 degrees, Wind 10 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (43-38)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

ROCKIES (36-46)
LF Charlie Blackmon
CF Drew Stubbs
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Justin Morneau
C Wilin Rosario
3B Ryan Wheeler
RF Brandon Barnes
2B D.J. LeMahieu
LHP Yohan Flande

UMPIRES
HP Joe West (cc)
1B Marty Foster
2B Rob Drake
3B Alan Porter

7:06 p.m. — And we are underway, with a huge crowd (by typical Monday night standards) on hand and letting out a big roar when Bryce Harper’s name was announced as the starting left fielder. Should be a good scene here tonight.

7:18 p.m. — Wow, how to describe what just happened in the top of the first? OK, let’s give it a shot. With two outs and a man on first, Justin Morneau sent a single to left field. The lead runner went to third with ease. Morneau took a big turn around first. At which point Harper fired a throw behind him, hitting Adam LaRoche on the fly and catching Morneau dead to rights. The problem: Morneau was able to get himself into a rundown. And since you don’t really practice the “rundown after the left field fires the ball all the way to first base, with another runner on third” play in spring training, the Nats defense didn’t know where to go. Specifically, Jordan Zimmermann (who backed up the plate) and Jayson Werth (who eventually jogged toward first, but too late). Anyways, everybody was safe, and thankfully no harm was done because Zimmermann struck out Wilin Rosario to end the inning. But if ever there was a Bryce Harper Comeback Moment, that was it. I think it’s also probably safe to say Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t even think about trying that throw, let alone actually doing it.

7:31 p.m. — OK, things have settled down a bit here. The Nats went down in order in the bottom of the first. Zimmermann then retired the side in the top of the second, striking out Brandon Barnes on a slider. He’s at 33 pitches (25 strikes) through two. LaRoche, Zimmerman and Harper coming up to bat for the Nats.

7:37 p.m. — A standing ovation for Harper as he stepped to the plate for the first time since April 26. But he didn’t bring them all back to his feet when he grounded into a 6-3 double play to end the inning and wipe out Zimmerman’s base hit to right. Scoreless here through two.

7:56 p.m. — Evidence of how potent the bottom of a healthy Nats lineup can be: Desmond led off the third with a double to right-center, then took third on Ramos’ infield single (don’t worry, Wilson’s hamstring is fine). The problem: They couldn’t scratch a run out of that. Zimmermann put down a sac bunt to move Ramos up to second. (I’m not a real big fan of that. If you let Zimmermann swing away, worst case is he grounds into a run-scoring double play.) Span then popped up to short and Rendon grounded out, ending the third with the game still scoreless.

8:15 p.m. — There you go: That’s what you were waiting to see. After a 2-out double by Zimmerman down the left-field line, Harper sent a hard grounder up the middle for an RBI single, then took second base (with obligatory helmet cast to the ground) when Drew Stubbs bobbled the ball for a split-second in center field. It’s 1-0 Nats after four.

8:46 p.m. — Not the finest defensive inning for the Nats in the top of the sixth. The Rockies scored a pair of runs, one on Tulowitzki’s RBI double off the wall in left, with Harper firing a throw towards second base. Unfortunately, nobody was there. Then Span made a great, one-hop throw to the plate on a potential sac fly and would’ve had Tulowitzki DOA … except Ramos couldn’t hold onto the ball. That’s been a problem for him in the past, and it just cropped up again in a big spot. Just like that, it’s 2-1 Rockies in the middle of the sixth.

9:24 p.m. — Chase here taking over for Mark as he gets started on his Instant Analysis. The game took a turn in the Nationals favor in the bottom of the sixth as the home team put up five runs to take a 6-2 lead. They batted around the order with RBI doubles by both Zimmerman and Desmond. Desmond’s cleared the bases after reliever Rob Scahill intentionally walked Harper to load them. Desmond then stole third and came home on a Ramos groundout to score the fifth run. Zimmermann is now out of the game with Drew Storen taking over to begin the seventh.

9:41 p.m. — The Nationals added another run in the seventh off a LaRoche solo shot to right field, a rocket that landed in the upper deck. The inning also saw a very nice play by Zimmerman at third to end the top half of the frame. With Corey Dickerson on first base, Zim snagged a Blackmon line drive lunging to his right before throwing across the diamond to first for the double play.

10:00 p.m. — The Rockies added a run to make it a 7-3 game in the top of the eighth. Tulowitzki walked with one out and made it to second on a balk by Aaron Barrett. He then moved to third on a Morneau single, and then scored on a wild pitch by Barrett. The Nats got nothing going in the bottom half of the inning, leaving it up to Jerry Blevins to get the final three outs with a four-run lead.

10:07 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 7-3 to begin the second half of the season with a victory. Washington is now 44-38 on the year.

299 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Let’s go Nats…

    • scottakruh - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Someone mentioned on here Ryan Zimmerman CAn play third..it’s true..buy so can I…we need to move Zim or Laroche…Williams is going to end up embaressing Zimmerman…professional athletes do not like being humliliated

  2. RickH - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Good luck to all!

  3. chaz11963 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    You called it earlier today Mark!

  4. Another_Sam - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I like this lineup.

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Welcome back, Bryce. Go, Z’nn. Go, Z’n. Go, NATS!! Um, that should about cover it.

    • Greg - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      I think in Bryces mind that is the whole point. He wasnt drafted because of his D but they knew he was a ballplayer with a rocket arm and speed & he’d be a asset in tbe outfield. Rizzo didnt want him getting old before his time getting knocked around catching you may recall didnt want his legs wore out chasing everything down in center. Stengel wouldnt rmove Joltin Joe from center but ruined Mickeys knee when he told him to try to run down plays Joe couldnt get to anymore from right which he was doing when his knee exploded. Im not sure why but this was in my mind when Bryce hurt himself last year playing right in LA last year. So Bryce was taken 1st overall because of his bat and his history with that is breathtaking. He lost his natural position&its also one excuse as to why Rizzo wanted a centerfielder even tho he clearly coveted Span for a few years. Bryce’s numbers at the plate are better when hes in Center&he knows it and I believe intends to play center here or elsewhere . Given MW’s public benching of the Kid for lack of hustle when his backbiting teamates anonymously made fun of his hustle all the time mentality and on top of his drop at the plate and beating he’s taken since moved from center might leave him thinking he doesnt owe any of them anything but owes and if speakng his mind gets him a center fielders job somewhere before he gains conrol of his career in 2017 or 18 he might be willing to push the Nationals to do move him to center or the Yankees. I know you couldnt wipe the smile off his fave in 2012 and he rarely smiles at all anymore. I quit watching baseball after Ripken retired until Bryce came along and made me a fan again.I thought I was a Nats fan too but if Bryce leaves Ill subscribe to a service where I can watch him play everynight. He loves baeeball and his bat hates that little round ball and at times it seems tries to see if it can smack it hard enough to make it explode into pieces upon contact.

  6. sjberke - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    To refresh memories, Opening Day lineup:

    Span
    Zimmerman
    Werth
    Ramos
    Harper
    Desmond
    LaRoche
    Rendon
    Pitcher (Strasburg)

    All in the same fielding positions as today.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Bruce Bochy doesn’t screw around. He has removed Sergio Romo from the closer role.

  8. tcostant - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Ramos is going to get a lot of IBB’s if he hits 8th regularly…

    • langleyclub - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Better than a lot of Ks in the #8 spot.

  9. Doc - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    How about switching the Buffalo with Zim?

    Probably doesn’t matter a lot.

  10. scnatsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    A team that aspires to make the playoffs needs to beat Yohan Flande

    • therealjohnc - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      And sometimes teams that win the World Series lose to pitchers like Yohan Flande along the way. Because, you know, baseball.

  11. breakbad1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Ryan can’t play third. He is unable to do so.

    I really admire him for going out there and trying to do this–it takes real courage. As ALR has said, he hopes Ryan “finds it.” What is ALR referring too–what did RZ lose?–his throwing motion. He lost the natural mental connection between thinking something and doing it. It’s been lost for years. We have a perfectly normal MRI, but people still want to believe it is a medical problem.

    Watching all the strange throws to cutoff men that RZ has thrown from left, I find it hard to believe they’re putting him at third. Think of how much easier it is to hit a cutoff man than to throw a strike from third to first. A cutoff man can range around 10 or 15 feet left or right, forward or backward. Tellingly, Mark relays that the throws today were, all in all, pretty okay during practice. Why have they always been worse during games than in practice? — Because his shoulder feels more pain during games, or because he THINKS more about throwing in games? Why does he throw better on plays when he doesn’t have time to think, and worse when he has time to set, and think?

    I’m afraid the end of his time at third is going to be very painful and very public. But if there ever was a player who could pull a rabbit out of the hat, it’s Zimmerman. I’m praying the yips end tonight.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Ryan can play 3rd, he just isn’t Gold Glove quality and is below average, but the point is, he can play 3rd.

      Based on stats the average 3rd baseman fields just under 3 groundballs each game. I’m sure MW will be employing his “best” defense late in games with a lead lessening the effects of RZim’s defense.

    • Eric - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      “We have a perfectly normal MRI [for someone with arthritis]”

      Fixed it for you ;)

    • natszee - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      I really don’t think Ryan is the Nat’s version of Chuck Knoblauch. This lineup stands …. Until it does not. The odd man out is Danny K who, while gifted in the field, is a gigantic liability with a bat in his hand. Let’s see what the beginning on the 2nd half brings and pray that we can play a month or so absent injury.

    • chaz11963 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      We need to see if Ryan can play 3B. Overall, the team is better this way. It’s not a defensive oriented lineup, but should be adequate defensively. Can he play it today as well as Rendon? -No That doesn’t mean he can’t be adequate at 3B.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Everybody wants to play virtual Manager ;) LOL

    “Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN
    Harper wasn’t afraid to say how he would align #Nats: Zim in LF, Rendon at 3B, Espinosa at 2B.”

    • David Proctor - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      I owe you one.

    • natinalsgo - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Bryce should probably zip the lips. He has lobbied hard to play CF uh, come on, I guess he hasn’t watched the new inspired DSpan.

      2 or 3 weeks ago it seemed that he could have been right. If there ever was a competition between Span and Espi, then Span clearly won.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Like many other people who think that they can, I’m glad Bryce isn’t the manager

  13. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 3m
    Harper wasn’t afraid to say how he would align #Nats: Zim in LF, Rendon at 3B, Espinosa at 2B.

    I’m sure Span appreciates that. Bryce is entitled to his opinion, but he needs to shut his mouth.

    • markinarlington - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Maybe Harper is thinking that he should be playing RF, and – for the time being – Werth would be the guy that sits? Or perhaps that’s just me?

      • David Proctor - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Harper doesn’t like playing RF. He wants to play center.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      I’m not doubting Mark Zuckerman’s tweet, but if Bryce Harper really said that without some unmentioned context…wow. Not the way to reintroduce yourself to your manager, your teammates, your GM, or your fans.

      • David Proctor - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Several others backed up what Mark tweeted. Kilgore, Kolko, etc. All the usual suspects.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Maybe the Bryce Harper bobblehead has a voice feature where it offers up unsolicited advice.

      • chaz11963 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        LOL- good one HH

    • adcwonk - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Sheesh . . .

      And Bryce reminds us, again, that’s he’s an excitable boy who’s only 21

  14. sjm308 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I actually like the lineup. As I remember from years past, Ramos has no problem hitting 8th and at least Desmond will have some protection although it hasn’t helped lately.

    Lots of you know I think outside the box. Not in a hurtful way I hope, but today at the gym I had an idea come to me that will be shot down quicker than my plan of rotating our position players.

    I love Zimmerman, have tried to collect as many different baseball cards of his as I could from 2005 on. To me, he is the face of the franchise even if he is no longer the star of the franchise. I can’t in good conscious say that the extension was a good move in hindsight but how was Rizzo to know he would injure that shoulder. Soooooo with great pain I now trade Zimmerman along with Ross Detwiler and Ian Desmond to the Orioles for Manny Machado. We would also have to agree to eat part of Zimms contract because Angelos is so cheap. You move Machado to SS and you can live with one negative bat in Espinosa but you still have gold gloves at all 4 infield positions.

    I know I know, it will never happen but I guess my point is, if Zimm throws as poorly from 3rd as he was throwing from LF I think he will not last there for long. Maybe Ray Knight is correct and that underhanded submarine type throw will get him through the year and of course I hope that is the case. I just don’t see it.

    Go Nats!! Win this series and every series till the All-Star break and I will be a happy man.

    • natinalsgo - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Ramos will have to take walks when they want to give them to him.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        But that is probably why Ramos is 8 and not Desmond.

        On the other hand, think about the opposing pitcher. He gets down to the 8th batter, thinks he can ease up, and here comes the Buffalo.

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      While I smile at your creativity, apart from all the more obvious reasons why it’s never going to happen, there’s a basic point about Machado: Rizzo’s precondition for cultivating team chemistry is “character” guys. And after Machado’s recent outburst of juvenility and suspension, he is not someone Rizzo would want to bring onboard.

      Besides, Zim should be fine at first next year.

      • natsbro - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Some of these “fantasy” trade scenarios are just silly. This isn’t MLB 14 the Show on PS4..this is real life.

      • natsbro - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Oops didn’t mean to specifically respond to your comment Eddie

    • whitennerdy898 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      You’re suggesting that we trade three players who have singlehandedly kept us in games over just the past week. And no, that’s not an exaggeration – look at Detwiler’s two 3+ inning scoreless appearances, Desmond’s two deep-in-the-hole Gems, and Zimmerman’s 16th inning dinger and countless diving plays in left. So we trade them for Manny Machado, an (above?) average SS who just got suspended 5 games due to a recurring temper.

      Yeah, I think I’ll keep our GG 3B and All-Star SS, good luck with your fantasy team though.

      • therealjohnc - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        One of whom (Zimmerman) has a no-trade clause. It’s just mental gymnastics, not a useful exploration of a real possibility.

  15. natsbro - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Yeah not a great idea for Harper to comment on how he would want the lineup..can’t really say that without offending your other teammates at this point (although I’d think Espinosa knows his bat doesn’t make him a reliable starter).

    I’m assuming by those comments he wants to play center?

  16. Eric - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Everyone back = the power of batting Wilson Ramos 8th. Brings a tear to the eye.

    ::: sniff :::

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Please, Bryce… Shut up… You are not helping and the comments are not warranted…

    Anyways, good discussions today.. and I hate that I missed it.. Stupid work…

    Good luck tonight Nats..

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Here’s your Nats offensive leaders the last 2 weeks and more than enough justification for Span to be starting. Desmond, RZim, Werth, Espi need to step-up. Lobaton and Hairston on the bench aren’t hitting.

    While 2 weeks is small sample sizes, these are your trends.

    1 Wilson Ramos 4 10 0.400 0.500 0.700 1.200
    2 Nate McLouth 4 11 0.364 0.467 0.545 1.012
    3 Anthony Rendon 19 54 0.352 0.400 0.648 1.048
    4 Adam LaRoche 16 47 0.340 0.431 0.532 0.963
    5 Denard Span 15 50 0.300 0.352 0.460 0.812
    6 Kevin Frandsen 4 14 0.286 0.333 0.286 0.619
    7 Ian Desmond 12 53 0.226 0.241 0.321 0.561
    8 Ryan Zimmerm 10 50 0.200 0.281 0.340 0.621
    9 Tanner Roark 1 5 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
    10 Danny Espinosa 7 39 0.179 0.256 0.231 0.487
    11 Jayson Werth 7 45 0.156 0.269 0.178 0.447
    12 Sandy Leon 1 11 0.091 0.091 0.091 0.182
    13 Jose Lobaton 1 26 0.038 0.074 0.038 0.113
    14 Scott Hairston 0 5 0.000 0.167 0.000 0.167

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Painful to see JDub below Espi on that list. Ouch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        The good news is that RZim won a game with his bat and along with Desi has made things happen. Werth has only 2 RBIs and Espinosa has 0.

        Werth is in his worst 2 week stretch in over 2 years. Time to turn that all around.

        The guys who have been carrying this team is Rendon, Ramos, Span, and LaRoche. Time for Bryce, RZim, Werth and Desi to join them.

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Ugh! I knew that from 7 on down it had been bad, but not that bad. If you had included double plays, my guess is that Zim would have led that list.

      There doesn’t seem to be anything physically wrong with Werth, but he has not been able to catch up to the FB lately, and the whole league has been getting him out with it. I thought he might sit tonight.

      Not going to 2nd guess Matt, though. He said he has a plan, and that is all we need to know. Maybe Jayson straightened something out in BP yesterday, or maybe Matt likes him against a leftie.

      Regardless, adding Ramos (in place of Lobaton, #13) and Harp (in place of Espinosa, #10) to Rendon, ALR, and Span, gives the Nats a much more potent offense. All they have to do is prove it, tonight, against a newbie.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        You are good. I had no idea how bad that GIDP stat was. RZim with 5! Next closest is Lobaton with 1 and a few behind him with 1 GIPD.

  19. scnatsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Sometimes you wish Harper would sprain his jaw

    • letswin3 - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Now THAT’S funny. Precocious players sometimes forget their place.

  20. BillsburgBob - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    If Zim throwing well sidearm, why not leave Rendon at 3rd & play Zim at 2nd & use Espy in late innings.That is strongest lineup on both O &D.

  21. natsbro - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    I like this..though I’ve seen many complaints on twitter.. I love how many major league managers there are in this world…..

    • chaz11963 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      LOL- totally agree. Go check out the posters on MASN Dan’s blog- good grief!

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

        I couldn’t even read that without getting pissed off. What’re these people thinking. I love how easy they think it is to just move Jayson Werth down to the 7th or 8th spot in the line up because he’s in a slump. You don’t do that to a baseball player. Jayson has earned that 3rd spot through years and years of playing baseball not one month of a season and will continue to stay there unless it gets very bad (and it won’t).

        And I don’t think anyone who commented on that blog realizes that Ramos is in the 8th spot so Desmond can get more pitches to hit (that’s what I think anyways and I’m sure many would agree). It helps the rest of the line up overall…but no Ramos is batting 8th so Matt Williams is “a moron” and who’s contract “certainly shouldn’t be extended” which I don’t know why we’re talking about that in the middle of the first season of managing when he’s only .5 games out. Shut up. /RANT haha

      • therealjohnc - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Beyond the psychological impact on the player (questionable), filling out lineups based on recent, small sample size data is a great way to hurt your offensive output. It’s like trying to time the stock market – it rarely works, and often results in massive losses.

  22. Eric - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    I have a weird (see also: hopeful, delusional) feeling Zim will surprise us (in a good way) the first time he makes a routine throw across the diamond. An even weirder thought I had is that he’s played LF as a way to “rest” it as long as possible while Harper has been out.

    But time shall tell. I will be less surprised to learn that this thought is way off base than the alternative.

    • Eric - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      PS – by “surprise us,” I mean he’ll make accurate throws with enough strength (but no bullet), and he won’t have to adjust his positioning to make shorter throws.

      But again, I realize this may be totally based in delusional hopefulness ;)

  23. natsfan1a - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Don’t know the context of the Harper quote on how he would align players (e.g., was he specifically asked to comment on it?). Whatever the case, he could stand to work on his cliches and on knowing when not to weigh in, or on how to comment without really commenting. (Hey kid, it doesn’t get much better than Zimm in the cliche department. Ask him sometime. I’m sure he’d be happy to share. He’s been doing it with ease since they first brought him up. And he plays wherever they ask him to. I’m just saying…)

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      I suspect Harper has a lot of pent-up frustration at being out so long and unfortunately — without the restraint if being around the team vets and modeling their behavior — he’s showing his 21-year old self-centered adolescent side.

      Hopefully JDub will take him aside and ask him to make amends with Span.

      Harper is still going through a learning process that being an effective player also means being a good teammate.

      • letswin3 - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        Good thinking, Eddie. Werth will not mince words with the little fella either. All Bryce has to say is … “that’s way above my pay scale, guys. I’m just excited to be out there playing every day that I can, and trying to make a positive difference”.

  24. Section 222 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    This lineup is not surprising given all the personalities involved. Here’s hoping for an offensive explosion and an error-free game from the hot corner.

    See you at the park. How soon will the bobbleheads run out?

  25. adcwonk - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    philipd763 – Jun 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Williams will probably announce tonights lineup at 7:09 PM. Why the big secret regarding the player headed to the bench?

    Wrong again.

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

      To be fair, he didn’t say what time zone.

      • Section 222 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Heh!

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Mark DeRosa “He needs to keep his mouth shut”. “He doesn’t realize the impact. Just shut up and play the game”.

    That was what Mark had to say on the MLB Network about the Bryce Harper quotes.

    • David Proctor - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      DeRosa is absolutely right. And DeRosa is a huge Harper defender on MLBN. He stuck up for Bryce and said Matty handled the benching wrong. But Bryce is way out of line here.

      Grant Paulsen ‏@granthpaulsen 1m
      Harper: “You want the best hitting lineup.. Rendon playing 3rd & Zim playing left is good for this team.. that should be what’s happening.”

      That’s really not your place to decide, Bryce.

    • Section 222 - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      DeRosa tells it like it is. And he knows these players. Nice reentry to the clubhouse Bryce.

      Plus, he’s just wrong that this isn’t the best hitting lineup — has he not noticed how Espi has been doing recently?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        222, I don’t think Bryce has been paying attention to Espi or Span.

        I have made my share of critical remarks towards Span. At the top of the list he wasn’t taking enough walks, he was popping up too much, he wasn’t aggressively going after balls at the wall, and his baserunning is suspect.

        Well, he’s taking more walks, he’s hitting more line drives and grounders, he’s being aggressive going back to the wall but his baserunning is still for s**t.

        He has 3 outs on the basepaths in the past 2 weeks. 1 pickoff, 1 thrown out on 3rd stretching a double into a triple, and 1 where he went too far off 2nd on a double.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Bottomline is if there was a competition between Span vs Espi, then Span won by a wide margin.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      For my part, I don’t pay much attention to young guys with big mouths who don’t mean anything by it. That said, I do respect DeRo’s opinion, and I hope Bryce would, too.

  27. Sonny G 10 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    No predictions from me. I’m going to wait and see how it plays out. I’m really curious to see how Zim fares at 3rd. Hope he does a credible job. GYFNG!!!

  28. Max - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I just wish they’d move Span down to 8th and put someone with better OBP (my vote would be Werth) at lead off. Too many good hitters to be having Span lead off. I love the guy, it’s not his fault he leads off, but he shouldn’t be there.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      No, Span is not an ideal lead off hitter, but the current JDub would not be an improvement.

      Werth’s OBP over the last month – .299. Span – .310. Plus, Span can steal bases.

    • jd - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Max,

      Have you been watching Werth lately? I don’t think you want him leading off or hitting 3rd. My lineup:

      Rendon, Harper, Zim,LaRoche, Ramos,Span,Werth,Desmond.

      • Max - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        I was thinking more of a long term solution and looking at more than just last month. You’re right that Werth is definitely slumping in June, but I think he will turn it around. Meanwhile, Span is Span. Regardless of comparing the two, my vote is pretty much anyone but Span (anyone else in today’s starting lineup that is). Now that I’ve said this, Span should have like a .780 OBP in July:)… That’s what I’m hoping!

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      I have no problem keeping Werth at #3 for at least a little white longer, to see if he can break out of his slump and to see how things shake out with Bryce back and other moving pieces.

      But I see nothing to be gained, for him or the team, by moving him to the #1 spot right now.

  29. David Proctor - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Harper respects Werth. Werth needs to get in Bryce’s face and tell him to shut his mouth and play where he’s told to play and hit where he’s told to hit.

  30. laddieblahblah - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Looking forward to tonight as much as to opening day.

    Poor Bryce! Still young and naive enough to speak his mind without thinking. I don’t think Matt will bench him over that indiscretion, though. He’s still only 21. Rendon has already learned not to talk to the press, if at all possible. But he’s 24.

    Probably more pressure on Zim tonight than Harper. And probably more on Matt than either of them. No matter what happens, Matt will be criticized, but if they lose, he will be crucified.

    For Jordan’s sake, a clean game, with some run support, for a change, would be nice.

    For us fans, let’s have a laugher, with Werth, Zim and Desi breaking out of their slumps, and a long overdue win for JZ.

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

      You are correct. There is a bright spotlight on RZim. I really hope he does well. He has been a team player here. You know he didn’t want to play 3rd and there he is.

  31. JamesFan - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I am somewhere in the middle of the scale on Harper between potential superstar and trade him, he’s an overhyped trouble-maker. Today’s comments move the needle a notch toward trade him. Don’t give me that he’s only 21. This was a blatant attempt to undercut Span. Span is a respected and very capable gold glove centerfielder who plays every day with passion and talent. Harper hasn’t stayed in the lineup for one season and there are many, many players in his cohort who have and are playing far superior to Harper.

    Prove it on the field, stud. Then talk.

    • jd - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Jamesfan,

      Thank god you are not the GM of this team.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      I am somewhere in the middle of the scale on Harper between potential superstar and trade him, he’s an overhyped trouble-maker. Today’s comments move the needle a notch toward trade him.

      Bryce was wrong, and there are guys in the clubhouse who will tell him that, if they haven’t already.

      That said – trade him because of this?

      That’s a gross over-reaction–and trust me, I am not that fond of Bryce Harper, the personality.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Bryce was totally wrong and spoke out of place, but it’s not the worst thing that’s ever been said and if another player said it, it wouldn’t be big news. I don’t think it will be a clubhouse distraction. I think like Ken Rosenthal stating stats on Span which seemed to motivate him, I think Bryces’s comments will motivate Span further.

  32. philipd763 - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I don’t have to watch Danny strike out. Wonderful! Now, if we could get rid of Lobaton, we’d be making reall progress. Even Will Nieves would be an improvement.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      You must have a shirt memory to want Nieves

      • scnatsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Short

      • NatsLady - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        Wil Nieves, 2012-2014 .292/.315/.386

      • scnatsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Nieves as a Nat .243 last year .203 won’t make anyone forget Loboton

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    LMAO. Are you for real?

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Is he *ever* for real?

  34. scnatsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Wow you are up early today

  35. Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    You, however, will be at the stadium gates with your pitchfork and torch.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      I’m at the stadium with a bobblehead, so there’s that.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Bobble ball for the Bobble head!!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Does the bobblehead include a pitchfork?

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      I haven’t opened it!

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      If it doesn’t have a pitchfork, be prepared to set it on fire–the hair, at least.

  36. scottakruh - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Someone mentioned on here Ryan Zimmerman CAn play third..it’s true..buy so can I…we need to move Zim or Laroche…Williams is going to end up embaressing Zimmerman…professional athletes do not like being humliliated

  37. letswin3 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    I’m not saying that I love this lineup or anything, but if they don’t score at least a dozen runs tonight I’m gonna start watching team bowling or intramural darts. Just exaggerating a little, but you have to admit that this lineup is a pitcher’s worst nightmare … who ya gonna pitch around when Desi and Ramos are 7 and 8????? The bad news is that Zim might have to realay grounders through Stras, and hope they get there in time …. I’ve seen exactly what you’ve seen when he makes throws from left field, and that provides me with no comfort level whatever relative to his return to the hot corner.

    • scottakruh - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      the ’27 yankees got shut out

      • scottakruh - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        I went back and looked it up…they weren’t shut out until game 129….that is ridiculous..of course one guy hit 60 hr and another had 173 rbi, so theres that

    • NatsLady - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      I miss curling. Got addicted to it over the winter. Watching it, I mean.

  38. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Apropos of the suggestion to trade Bryce Harper, have folks seen this — in particular the Astros attempt to acquire Giancarlo Stanton? If so, forgive me for reposting.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/06/astros-trade-discussion-notes-leaked.html

    • scottakruh - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      just chatter amongst stros employees..and the marlins owner is notorioulsy cheap…stanton is going to get paid

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Marlins GM Dan Jennings said those discussions never happened and those notes are fictitious.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        “@BNightengale: #Marlins GM Dan Jennings says it’s completely fabricated that they ever offered Stanton to #Astros or any other team calling it ‘laughable.””

  39. Whynat - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    I don’t think what Bryce said is a very big deal. Maybe MW encourages them to speak their mind. Who knows. Already this year we’ve had Werth say he wants to bat 3rd, Zim say he really likes playing left, Det say he thinks he should start. Really not a whole not different than that. That said, I don’t buy the he’s only 21 bit. Bryce is probably the most media savvy guy on the team (at least in terms of self promotion). I like Bryce and hope he can match the hype.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    With RZim playing 3rd, Thom Loverro is officially wrong when he said he would never play 3rd base again.

    • sunshinebobby - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Loverro also asked the dumbest question of MW during the pre-game presser. Something about would Matt be more comfortable starting Zimm at third on the road? Hey, Thom, the bases are 90 feet apart on the road as well as home. What an idiot.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Gee. Imagine that. Thom Loverro wrong about something.

    • Section 222 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      So is NatsLady. :-)

  41. sunshinebobby - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Why am I so worried about a reverse lock tonight?

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

    Can we hit the guy with a 2-9 record at AAA. Not optimistic.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      You’re saying that after 1 inning? Did you see Rendon’s shot? Unlucky.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        I think he must be related to that secret guy.

    • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      I’m with ya. These hitting woes need to go, especially against horrid pitchers.

  43. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    I think it’s time for Span to come up and say, I think Harper should shut up and we gain alot with Harp not in center…we have a gold glove caliber CF in Span…
    What a big child…just hit the ball and not the wall and take your seat, Harpo

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      should have read the previous comments, folks have said it well enuf already.
      Shut up and play, just like the other Harpo. What would he say ?

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Uhm…. Is it me or are there 2 different looking SZ….

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      It’s not you. And they both suck.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Okay… Thanks… I was sitting here like, uhm, why is Flande getting this veteran SZ….

        Nice bunt JZim….

  45. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    It’s good to be the king and hit in front of Ramos.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Normally, I hate first pitch swinging… :-)

    But again, with Ramos now behind Desi, he won’t see just breaking balls…

  47. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Just an. Addendum. Mark did not mention that Morneau’s hit in the first was off Znn’s glove into left.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Production…. From the 7 and 8… Oh yeah…

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      not so much from 1 and 2

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Oh Span… Oh Anthony… Ugh,

  50. Danny - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Pfft.

  51. natsbro - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Questionable decision to bunt there..maybe the hope was that the bunt would go further? ha

    • micksback1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      a good bunt, Span’s at bat was unacceptable period.

  52. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Evening ladies and gents. No runs yet vs a terrible pitcher. Not good.

  53. micksback1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    I propose a question based on what Mark wrote about Espi today in his blog, to paraphrase Mark, he states that no matter how good Espi’s glove is, his hitting makes him a liability and that is why he should not be in the line up. On that note, could one make the same argument about Span? I know Denard is batting 266, but his RISP is as bad as Espi’s. That last at bat made me wonder if McClouth could play LF, Werth in C and Bryce in RF if Span becomes and automatic out? just wondering

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      It’s a long from 265 to 215, like there’s a long way from 265 to 305…by then the Vandals took over Rome

    • NatsLady - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Span is hitting .292 RISP according to FP and Carp (before that pop out).

      • NatsLady - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        So, no, his RISP is NOT as bad as Danny’s. Facts, y’know, facts.

  54. micksback1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    I do think Nats will score 5 runs tonight, only a matter of time

  55. micksback1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    let’s go Mets!

  56. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Nice to have you back, Bryce

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Alright Mr Harper…

  58. micksback1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    3-0 Mets, Braves pitcher at 68 pitches in top of third

  59. micksback1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    yes sir Bryce!!!

  60. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Good grief. Dez better quit striking out.

    • janebeard - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      He did.

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Cwcid… Good bunt…

  62. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Werth couldn’t do that

  63. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Nice steal attempt. LOL

    • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Should be 1st and 3rd no outs. Caught stealing crucial.

  64. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    This Flambe guy can run, but prefer fondue

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Call me surprised, Span didnt get to it…

    • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      No player with a UZR like that gets to that ball

      • nats128 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        Span not getting the best reads. FP thought he didnt get a read on that liner right at Span by Morneau.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Jordan leaving stuff up…. Come on Jordan..

  67. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Werth would have caught that

  68. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Dammit ramos!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      When Catchers have 1st baseman’s mitts you can expect them to make that play. That’s a tough hop. A shame.

      • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        He’ll have to make up for it with his bat.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        +1

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        Werth would have had it.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Ahhh Wilson…..

  70. scnatsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Ramos needs to make that play

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      You want him to make that play but it’s a short hop that he expected below his knees and it bounced up. That’s the breaks.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Ramos would disagree with you.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    At any rate… Rockies have scored 2 runs.. We are facing a guy with 7 something era… We need to score more runs…

    Come on Nats bats….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      That’s it in a nutshell!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        This SZ for Flande is pissing me off… He’s getting calls that vets get and idk why….

  72. Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Span threw a perfect pea to Ramos. Nuts.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      A perfect pea would have been on a line drive. Any time a ball skips it’s chancey.

      • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Plain simple, he shoulda had it. He’s a pro.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Here we go again. I’m not going to argue over it. He clearly expected the hop low and it bounced up higher. Just barbecue the guy. He hasn’t done enough for you clearly. He’s supposed to have nobody steal, no wild pitches by him and make every play at the plate.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        Outfielders have drills to throw on one bounce to the plate. It keeps catchers from getting their legs cut out from under them.it looked to me that Ramos just dropped it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        I guess Ozuna, and Trout and Puig and Cespedes and Harper have been doing it all wrong with missles to their catchers.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        you’re outnumbered Ghost. Too important a play not to make.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        When you have RISP all plays are important. Oh well, I’m with FP on that one and the play before that.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        I’m with Ramos

  73. sunshinebobby - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Re: Ramos. He always has had problems holding the ball on tag plays. Goes back at least two years. I don’t care what FP says about that being a “short hop” throw. That was a terrific throw by Span and 99 percent of big league catchers make that play. Uncommitted error by Ramos. It will never show up in a box score. But that’s an E-2.

  74. sunshinebobby - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I can just hear Harper thinking to himself: “If that had been me in center field, Ramos would have caught that ball and we’d be out of that inning.”

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      I think he’s saying if that had been me behind the plate, I would have caught that ball and
      If I was batting cleanup, I’d have hit that ball and we’d have won the game.

  75. philipd763 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Werth is killing us!!!

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Come on Jayson….

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      We will take the walk… Come on Adam, let’s go oppo boppo….

  77. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    It’s OK to be critical, but this is just too much.

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    WTF JOE WEST…..

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Those are pitches that go either way. 3-2 was right there and Adam swung through it.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Just need one of ALR/Zimm/Harp to get a hit.

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Come on Ryan… Stay hot tonight…

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Put the double steal in play… :-) let’s get aggressive…

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Hey oh…. There we go!!!!

  82. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Zimmy! Nice!!

  83. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Keep Zimm at third!!!! This lineup is electric

    • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      2 runs..easy there.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        you were saying….IAN….so clutch

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    That day of rest has helping the slumping players!!!!

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Surprised the Rockies weren’t double barrell with a lefty for Harper.

  86. sunshinebobby - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    OK, here comes that much-vaunted bottom third of the Nats lineup. Let’s see what it can do…

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      just seems like yesterday when we had Lobo/Esp/ at 7 and 8

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        Shah shah shah… Let’s not talk about that…

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Good frickin hit… Way to go DESI!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      +1 Glad Arrenado isn’t playing 3rd. Best 3rd baseman in baseball.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        And you know I hate first pitch swinging… :-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Yah, if that was a tick slower on that swing its a 5-4-3 doubleplay. That’s the breaks.

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Yah, Ian Desmond sucks. I love you people

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      I, uhm, am not feeling the love…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Feel it. Yes, Desi needs some days off. Yesterday’s day of rest seems to have invigorated these guys.

  89. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Yesssssssssss!!!!!!! Dezzzzzziiiiii

  90. sunshinebobby - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Way to go, Desi!

  91. Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Wait – I thought we traded that Desi guy already, at popular demand.

  92. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    FEASTING ON THE BULLPEN…. I LOVE IT….

    • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Don’t they have 9 guys in their pen?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        I don’t think it’s that many… I know Cubs have like 8…

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Production… From… The… 7th… Spot….

    Hallelujah….

  94. Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Everything feels better now!

    • Scott - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      SWM – gotta give u love. U root when we win, at least u don’t disappear

  95. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Ramos ages amends. Who cares about that dropped toss from Span.

  96. Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    That’s your take away, huh?

    How sad….

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      My my – a prickly wasian!

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Heads up Baserunning by Desi… And I would have left Jordan in…

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      I don’t know about leaving JZ in, after all he was laboring in his last inning and some hard hit balls. With our BP getting a day off yesterday go ahead and take Zimm out and bring in Storen.

  98. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Desmond steal makjes that extra run.

  99. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Hit span, too, please.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    JZim’s ERA for the month of June closed at 1.43. That is something you have to love Mrsb!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Yes… Very much so… Used to love Jordan’s pace but Fister has spoiled me this year… Each pitcher realy brings something to the table…

      And I’m glad to see the extra rest didnt really hurt him…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        You’ve seen my #1, #2, #3, #4 with Fister then JZim then Stras then Roark but I have to say Gio’s last start was impressive.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Yeah… It depends on the day for me too… :-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        I’ve had my 1, 2, 3 for a while and Gio has to earn his way back and if you really want to look at it, Roark could be most team’s #2

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Why does Span swing at that junk on 3-1. Take the walk if they are giving it to you. Don’t help the pitcher.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      He’ll, why did Rendon swing at anything… Did he not see the wildness against Span,..

      Yes, I’m being greedy….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Like he was in a hurry for date. Not like Rendon.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      he’s takin after Espi
      Except Espi would’ve struck out. Span walked.
      Picky, Picky, although I’d move Span to 8th so he could work on taking more pitches.
      I hate Ramos batting 8th

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        That’s the pitch he has to lay off. Maybe it’s called a strike and maybe it isn’t but worse case is 3-2 which is exactly where he was on the foul. If you take it, the ump might call it a ball.

        That is the difference I see in Span 2012 and since he came to the Nats.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        Rendon still has to work on that outside pitch… He likes to pull hit to the left instead of hitting it to the right…

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        +1

    • Section 222 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      You sound like MNF here. :-) I’m sure he didn’t think it was junk when he swung.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        LOL. He got the walk anyway on 3-2 but I think when you watch old game film of him from his Twins days he took more walks by taking the close 3-1 pitches.

  102. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Ghost, I think their pitchers suck and we’re suppose to smack them around. Day off? Meh.

  103. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    …and on a side note, the Braves are losing 3-1 top 7th.

  104. janebeard - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Desi is back.

    This was my most favorite inning of 2014

  105. natszee - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Gee, I guess the lineup is working out. Imagine that.

    • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Consistency is what we need. Time will tell. One game isn’t enough, especially against this pitching staff, but still a good sign.

    • natszee - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      And that guy Zimmmerman can ply 3rd … Well I’ll be

  106. janebeard - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Where is Marks update? Was he out of the booth for that break out half inning? Maybe that’s why we dud so well.

  107. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    This is the best fin team I’ve seen since the 98 yankees
    You can quote me on this one boys and girls

  108. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    That looked like a hanging slider…

  109. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    It only seems appropriate that this game gets a cherry on top by Bryce homering on his bobble head night.

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Okay Mr. Zimmerman…. Okay….

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman does have a Gold Glove.

  112. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Zimm needs to go back to Left…His arm is no good for 3rd

    • smargenau - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      That was kinda weak. Worked out though.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        I was being kinda sarcastical…
        All we are saying is give zimm a chance (at third for 3 more months and then next year 1b)

    • smargenau - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Adam!!

    • adcwonk - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      And MW is “the definition of insanity” for putting RZ back at 3rd and expecting a different result.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        The definition of insanity is also putting Espi in your lineup and expecting different results.
        I’m betting Zimm is not our full time 3b in any case.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        So there’s many definitions of insanity, I guess. You can look it up in the DSM manual.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        But you no fool me…
        there is no sanity clause.

  113. sunshinebobby - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Have a night, FoF…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Great to see him having fun… And smiling… Like Gio hadn’t seen it for a while…

  114. micksback1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    so I wrong about Span’s RISP, but I did say Nats would score at least 5 runs tonight

    come on Mets!

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      how about tomorrow…this Fredrich ? guy has an 8.somethin ERA (ok maybe a 6 era down in the flats)

  115. smargenau - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Test

  116. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    LaUpperDecker

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Uhm… Can we save some for tomorrow…

    And the rout is on… :-)

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      It’ll be more humid tomorrow so hopefully balls will continue to fly.
      I set up my work’s outing on Wednesday but it looks like it will be too humid, like thunderstorm, rainy humid.

  118. lplipty - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Ghostbusters

  119. Danny - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Shades of 2012.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      but brighter

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    LaRoche really swung big there.

  121. dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Oh my….That ball would have been in Greeley if it was hit in Denver

  122. natszee - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Order Papa Johns!

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    FP: Who ya gonna pitch to?
    Bob: Ghostbusters I guess…

    They are hilarious…

  124. ReverendP - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    That was a bomb!

  125. Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    A warm and fuzzy report from the park. When Ryan Zimmerman lined out to first he cracked his bat. When he came to the dugout he pushed the bat across the top of the dugout to a little kid.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      class act.

    • natszee - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      When he was rehab at Potomac he also was a perfect gentleman. Worked the line and signed for everybody. My 11 year old was delighted as he signed his glove and a ball …. Took pictures too!

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    WTF Joe…. Wtf

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Hsa he changed his wind up for JW

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      I don’t understand what you’re asking MrsB. Zimmerman made some little kid’s night by giving him his cracked bat. It was very cool to see.

      • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Joe West…LOL

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        You’re asking me to work word press right…. ;)
        The class act comment was with regards to your comment and not wrt Joe West.
        My apologies

      • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        OH I get it…I misunderstood your misunderstanding of Mrs. B’s comment.
        Joe West != Joe Seamhead (shell script)

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Oh, you meant Joe F’n West.

  127. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Now, Barretts rhythm is fuxed up. F you West.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Did MLB substitute Bob Davidson for Joe West while I was fixing a drink?

  128. janebeard - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    F West indeed. Inexcusable. Yank the bear, put in someone else just t save Barrett’s form for later. I hate Joe West.

    • smargenau - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      All over the place he is

  129. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Defensive subs, next inning, please.

  130. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Sorry JoeS…. I was talking about damn Joe West… I think what Ryan did was very admiral….

  131. Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    West has never seen Barrett pitch, but he called the ball for Aaron getting to set twice, which he does a lot.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Called the balk for him coming set twice.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        That’s why Ramos called McCatty out to the mound. Then Barrett changed the motion he has used since he came up. Messed him up. Leave it to Joe West.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Joe West and his crew have done a few Nats games…. So I’m not sure that’s possible…

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        That he’s not seen Barrett pitch, is what I mean…

        Idk but either way, Joe hadn’t gotten any face Time… Think he needed to remind people he was here….

  132. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    “@Nationals: Courtesy of the @EliasSports, @IanDesmond20 is now 11-for-17 (.647) w 16 RBI in his career after an IBB is issued to the batter ahead of him”

    • veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Pretty random stat. Dont walk anyone to get to Dez!

    • dcwx61 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Wow!
      Good news for Harper too.

  133. conatsguy - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Nice effort tonite

  134. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Great win Nats…. Great win…

  135. veejh - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Solid win. Fun, too.

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