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Game 90: Nats at Orioles

Jul 10, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

Photo by Chase Hughes Photo by Chase Hughes

BALTIMORE – Thanks to a postponement on Tuesday and a 6-2 win on Wednesday, the Nationals now find themselves with an opportunity to take the series against the Orioles in Baltimore. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.52) will make his 14th start of the season looking to secure the rubber game of this interleage matchup and the Nationals’ 50th win of 2014.

Gonzalez is going up against the Orioles for the seventh time in his career. He is 1-3 with a 3.75 ERA against the O’s.

Pitching for Baltimore will be Wei-Yin Chen (8-3, 4.12), a fellow lefty. Chen holds a 7.71 ERA in two starts against the Nats.

Tonight there is rain in the forecast, so watch out for that. It has been raining much of the day in Baltimore and there is a chance for thunderstorms later on.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Where: Camden Yards
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: Ch. 9, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, 106.7 FM, 980 AM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Scattered T-storms, 86 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (49-40)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
DH Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
2B Kevin Frandsen
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)

ORIOLES (49-41)
RF Nick Markakis
LF Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
DH Nelson Cruz
1B Chris Davis
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Manny Machado
C Caleb Joseph
2B Jonathan Schoop
(LHP Wei-Yin Chen)

UMPIRES
HP C.B. Bucknor
1B Hal Gibson III
2B Gary Cederstrom (cc)
3B Dan Iassogna

7:23 p.m. — The Orioles jumped out to an early lead in the first inning on a Steve Pearce solo home run off Gio. Pearce took a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence for his 11th homer of the year, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead. It also ended Gonzalez’ 22-inning scoreless streak. The Nationals went down 1-2-3 before that in the top of the inning as LaRoche will now lead off the second. Chen threw 11 pitches, Gio tossed 14.

7:36 p.m. — No runs for either team in the second inning as both teams went three up, three down. Harper and Machado both struck out swinging for the third outs. Chen is at 21 pitches, while Gio has thrown 27. Still 1-0 O’s.

7:58 p.m. — The Orioles added three more runs in the third inning after the Nats went down in order. The runs came on two plays that were not helped at all by the Nationals’ defense. The first RBI hit was by Jones who doubled to right field with two men on. Markakis came around to score on that one from second as Werth misplayed the ball as it bounced. The second and third runs came in on an infield single by Cruz with two men in scoring position. Pearce first scored from third, but Jones was able to come home from second as Desmond sailed a throw to third over the head of Rendon. Desmond has now committed 15 errors on the year, that’s tied for second in baseball. 4-0 Orioles after three.

8:22 p.m. — The Nats got on the board in the top of the fourth, but probably left the field lamenting a few blown chances. Rendon singled with one out to start the rally and one out later was joined on base by LaRoche who was grazed by a pitch. LaRoche was awarded first on a manager’s challenge by Matt Williams. Zimmerman then singled home Rendon with a line drive up the middle and reached second on the throw to home. That left two runners in scoring position for Harper, who was not able to break out of his slump. He struck out swinging to end the frame. It’s 4-1 O’s.

8:38 p.m. — The Nationals came away with another missed opportunity in the fifth with two men on and two out. Rendon, however, struck out swinging to end the frame. Gio then went 1-2-3 to finish the fifth wih 73 pitches. Chen has thrown 75. Still 4-1 Orioles.

8:58 p.m. — The Nationals struck for two runs in the top of the sixth to make this a one-run game at 4-3. Werth led off with a solo home run to left field and a pair of doubles by Zimmerman and Desmond brought in the second score. Chen was also replaced by Tommy Hunter who got the third out. Gio then set the Orioles down 1-2-3 to finish the sixth with 86 pitches.

9:22 p.m. — It is still a 4-3 game after seven as the Nationals failed to get a runner on and the Orioles blew a chance with two men on and two outs. Aaron Barrett replaced Gio to get the third out with Pearce grounding out on one pitch. Werth will lead off the eighth.

9:48 p.m. — The Nationals loaded the bases in the eighth and came away with nothing to show for it. That, however, was not the story of the inning. Desmond was the third baserunner after taking a fastball off his fingers from Darren O’Day. Desmond stayed in the game on first, but was removed for Danny Espinosa after warming up on defense in the middle of the frame. We’ll see how bad it is after the game, but it certainly does not sound good.

9:57 p.m. — Werth grounds out to end the game. Nats lose 4-3. Here’s the instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/07/10/instant-analysis-orioles-4-nats-3/

250 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Let’s go Nats…

  2. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Posted in the other thread, but want to repost for visibility:

    We’re up to 6th in the league in errors. Errors can be a silly stat, but we’re also up to 4th in the league in Defensive Runs Saved.

  3. cvillegoodtimes - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Wait, Iosoggna is behind the plate again??? Please tell me no…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Could be worse: C.B. Bucknor

      I think that was a copy & paste from yesterday.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        He did cut and paste, It is a king C.B. Buckner who is usually worse is behind the plate.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        Oh no, I was afraid of that. He’s awful too. Like I wrote this morning, Iassogna didn’t miss one strike for Norris and actually gave him 2 freebies. He missed bad on Fister missing 4 strikes but gave him 2 freebies.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    I got Frandsen starting as a pick. No Hairston.

  5. Brookstoor - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Kinda surprised Espinosa isn’t getting the start at second, especially against a left handed pitcher.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      +1

    • adcwonk - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Yeah — he’s .273 against LHP, and around .195 for RHP — what’s the deal?

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Garza has a 6 inning no-hitter going vs the Phoolies. Brewers only have 1 hit in a 0-0 game.

  7. chaz11963 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Now why would MW start Espi yesterday against a righty and not today against a lefty when he is batting so much better from the right side of the plate?

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      In a word – defense.

      Still, I find it a little odd too.

      • chaz11963 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        This is a better defense with Espi sitting?

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Espi was in last night for defense behind Fister, despite his bat being a liability.

      • adcwonk - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        His bat is not a liability against LPH –he’s at .273

        So, what’s the logic here?

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    I’m surprised with Frandsen starting instead of Espinosa vs. the LHP but I’m happy otherwise.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Bartender! We all owe a round here! Looks like a drunk front is moving in with partly hazy visibility.

  9. letswin3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Okay, I think I have the lefty starter for the O’s right tonight … meaning that Danny makes more sense to start at second tonight than he did last night. We get the double-whammy effect by getting his right handed bat (something like 274 average) in the lineup, coupled with an improved defensive infield. I’m not sure who should sit, because ALR’s numbers are nearly identical against both lefties and righties this season (that’s good, in both cases) ……Werth could probably use a night off, but can we afford to lose his bat against a team that scores lots of runs. I therefore defer to Mr Williams judgement.

    In other matters …. Span spanned FAR to his right to make that catch look routine last night (I was convinced that even he wasn’t going to reach it), Danny did the same thing ranging to his left, from his “shift” positioning to reach another very tough grounder, Danny makes two sweet turns to complete double-plays and Rendon made every O’s fan over 50 remember Brooks for comparative input … three times, if memory serves me. Maybe the most complete game of the season for the Nats.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      ALR doesn’t have nearly as much power vs LHP as RHP, and his career #s–which I would trust more than single season #s–show he has the expected platoon split in BA and OBP as well.

      I think he’s not sitting because that would mean putting Zim at 1B.

  10. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Kinda surprised Espi isn’t starting against a LHP… Maybe MW knows something that I don’t (tongue in cheek, of course) .. Cuz I actually thought he had decent numbers against lhp…

    Don’t really care for Frandsen at 2nd but hopefully his offense will make me forget any apprehension I have…

    Good Luck tonight, Mr. Gonzalez and Nats!!!!

    • jd - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Yeah,

      Frandsen in the lineup is very offensive.

      • jd - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        below replacement level.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        WAR is cumulative so I wouldn’t expect Frandsen to put up numbers to impress past his basic statline which also isn’t too good, but with that said it seemed to be a good opp to put Frandsen in LF and give Harp a night off and Espi at 2nd and RZim at 1st and Hairston at DH.

    • natsbro - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      At least Frandsen isn’t batting 2nd again…

  11. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Winds out to CF. Lots o taters tonight….hopefully just us!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      If it is blowing out, then lots of ding dongs both ways.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Huge blow to the St Lousi Cardinals, Yadier Molina tore the ligament in his thumb like Bryce Harper did. It’s also possible Brandon Phillips also tore his thumb ligament.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Just reported watching Reds game, they are now on the market for a 2b. What do they have in their system?

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      They had another fight?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Not quite

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        No, Yadier did it sliding into 3rd. Interesting is that Matheny can make things right and add Rendon to the All Star roster as the NL already had 3 catchers on the roster. Lucroy will start the game and they have Devin Mesaroco to finish it.

        I say that as Matheny chose his own guy Matt Carpenter over Rendon as a reserve.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Top of the 9th Chapman threw 2 high and tight fast balls to Sheirholtz before striking him out. Then the Cubs bench barks, as Chapman gets last guy out he waves his glove at Cubs.

        As they their positions, Rizzo throws down his glove and hat and charges Reds dugout.

        Alfredo Simon to stop him, then it becomes like rugby scrum. No punches.

  13. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Molina slid feet first got his thumb injured. Now that is different.

  14. bowdenball - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    The “argument” for Espinosa last night and not tonight is that ground ball artist Fister was on the mound last night, making Espi’s defense at 2B more valuable. Gio doesn’t throw that many ground balls and gets more Ks so you can go with the bat you prefer tonight.

    I put “argument” in quotes because I think it’s a pretty terrible one. But I’m guessing that’s what MW says.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Agreed. I think he may also give some variation of the “gotta get ‘em a start every now and them to keep ‘em fresh” argument.

      • 6ID20 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        It’s not an argument, it’s a fact.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        That sounds suspiciously like an argument, not a fact.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        I think HH’s point was that Matty may be using the freshness argument for putting in Frandsen, particularly, based on the accepted practice of giving bench players occasional starts, in general.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Here’s the reasoning why Danny isn’t starting. He’s 1 for 6 lifetime vs Chen and he has no hits against the back of the Orioles bullpen lifetime.

    Frandsen has never faced Chen.

    I know I know. Small sample sizes and I don’t like Frandsen starting at 2nd base either. I thought LF will be a good idea for Bryce and clearly MW is sticking with Bryce even in Lefty/Lefty

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      I, for one, am grateful that MW is not benching Bryce–if only to spare us the media sh!t storm that would ensue.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        HH, I think you are right as I’m thinking the same. 3 more games after this before the All Star break.

  16. Doc - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Any argument will do bowdenball—MW doesn’t have the market on guessing. LOL

  17. alexva6 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    you all can overthink this if you want but assuming you have Rendon at 3rd then there are two 2Bs available, Espinosa can bat left so he started last night, Frandsen bats right so he plays tonight..

    • adcwonk - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      AlexVa — you picked it right (Espi last night and not tonight), but you owe me a virtual beer as Espi only got on base once last night. ;-)

      Espinosa can bat left so he started last night, Frandsen bats right so he plays tonight..

      The only sensible explanation I’ve heard. Thanks. It’s a way to get them both off the bench once.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        In Espi’s defense, he should’ve walked twice and K’d on a ball out of the zone, but he wasn’t close to any hits in a Nats lineup that was hitterish last night.

      • alexva6 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        I think it is clear that MW wants Zim at DH so with that in mind, there you have it.

        and owe is the operative word there, but should our paths cross you can count on it.

      • adcwonk - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        Stick it in the NIDO spreadsheet!!

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Except that Danny E is still so bad batting lefty that he’s only marginally better vs RHP than Frandsen.

        Career, vs RHP:

        Frandsen: .244/.303/.322, wRC+ 70
        Espinosa: .216/.287/.366, wRC+ 78

        On offense, that’s pretty close to a toss up – better OBP from Frandsen, more power from Espi.

      • letswin3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Frandsen was good at second earlier, but he ain’t no Espinosa with his glove. However, if you’re gonna pay the guy, you have to play him sometime. I also like how he plays the game.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    5 contending teams with devastating injury news this week and here’s the list:

    1. Yankees with Tanaka
    2. Cardinals with Molina 8 to 12 weeks with thumb ligament
    3. Reds with Phillips 8 to 12 weeks with thumb ligament
    4. Blue Jays with Encarnacion 2 to 4 weeks with Right quadriceps strain
    5. Dodgers with Josh Beckett 2 to 4 weeks with Left hip impingement

    The 2nd base market is already thin and the “top” catcher market is usually bleak and the Ace market costs a ton. The Yankees were already short pitchers. The Dodgers were already looking to replace Haren.

    • adcwonk - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      That’s really incredible — so many contending teams, in just one week.

      Ain’t it awesome to not see the Nats on that list?!?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Agreed adcwonk. This is the year of the thumb injury. Last year was the year of the lat pull and 2012 was the year of the oblique.

      • adcwonk - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        Huh . . . you’re right. Weird how that goes . . .

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Morse just broke up Kazmir’s no-hitter in the 5th.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      As long as he didn’t break Kazmir’s thumb!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Kazmir was one of the top finds of the year. Who saw that coming besides Billy Beane.

        Speaking of thumb injuries, one of the new A’s pitchers Hammel had his thumb spasm during yesterday’s game and froze on him in an awkward position. The trainer had to massage his thumb on the mound. Something you don’t see everyday. He was pulled in the 5th.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Actually, Kazmir was pretty good last year for Cleveland, so that was even more surprising.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    RIzzo and Sale win the Vote

    • natinalsgo - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      That gives the lowly Cubs another All Star. I agree Ghost it would be nice if Rendon in a circuitous route took the spot vacated by Yadier Molina.

      The good news is that Evan Gattis isn’t eligible for the All Star game since he is on the DL

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    The Phil’s sweep the Brewers.

    The Nats officially have the least amount of losses in the National League.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      How can that be. According to the LoD the Nats suck.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Haven’t I been the one that said The NL East is ours, that’s how, positive power.

        Friends don’t let friends be negative (in the long run)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        Could you imagine how big a lead the Nats would have if they were just .500 in those extra inning games?

        That would be a net gain of 3 games in the standings.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Hanging curve crush it

    • Candide - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      The Nats officially have the least amount of losses in the National League.

      Fewest. Not “least;” “fewest.”

      Use “least’ when talking about a single quantity, “fewest” when talking about a count of things.

      “Prince Fielder put on the least weight over the winter.”

      “Prince Fielder put on the fewest pounds over the winter.”

      /peeve

      • veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Grammar police suck.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        So how much losses do they have, anyway?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        I have enough trouble with bad eyesight and auto correct, now the grammar police are out. , but I will remapositive, we have tonight’s game in the bag.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        “Prince Fielder showed up to spring training in the bestest shape of his life.”

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Nats 40 loses Giants Brewers 41

      • natsfan1a - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        And ESPN magazine has the pics to prove it. What?

        “Prince Fielder showed up to spring training in the bestest shape of his life.”

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Can I assume you avoid the ‘Express Line’ at most grocery stores?

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Tim Hudson is melting down. He’s given up 4 earned so far and has bases loaded and no outs in the 6th.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Hudson pulled after 5 1/3 and leaves with bases loaded.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Best part is my fantasy opponent has him

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        You should be happy now. Huddy gave up 6 earned on his final line. His ERA jumped up .60 points to 2.87

    • RPrecupjr - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      @manassas, unfortunately he’s ON mine :/

  23. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Seems like if Matheny is willing to forgo replacing Molina with a catcher, he’d be more likely to pick Morneau for a feel good return to Target Field than Rendon.

    • Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      It’s gonna be Posey.. Down season nonetheless.

    • RPrecupjr - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Except that would give him FOUR first basemen – Goldy, Freeman, Rizzo already there…..not gonna happen. I could see him picking Rendon since he plays both 2b and 3b equally well, and Dee Gordon, who’s listed as a 2b, can play SS as well, where he only has one backup, with Castro behind Tulo.

  24. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    On the other hand, given the penchant for home cooking he’s already he’s already shown (Ahem. Neshak. Ahem, Carpenter), maybe he’ll just put his own backup Tony Cruz on the team….

    • RPrecupjr - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      I’m pretty sure you’re kidding here….Cruz is now his frontline catcher with no backup (at least not one worth mentioning), why would he risk him getting hurt in an “exhibition” game and further hurt the Cards’ chances at the postseason?

      • Section 222 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        You’re right, I was kidding. I think the chance of him getting hurt is far down on the list of reasons why Methany wouldn’t put a guy batting .255/..345/.294/.639 with no HRs on the All Star team.

  25. NatsLady - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    It shouldn’t be a surprise MW is going with Zim at DH since that’s what he said he was doing yesterday morning on the radio.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      He does what he says usually.

      • Section 222 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        You’re joking right? Like giving everyone some rest now that Harper’s back? Like moving Harper up in the order?

      • Section 222 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        The guys lies to the press all the time, just like Zim.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        No. Desi won’t be playing the doubleheader. Espinosa will get a start tomorrow. None of which happened.

      • NatsLady - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        222, I think he would have done both if Harper were producing. He isn’t so he can’t afford to rest any of the big boys. Also, with the All-Star Break, everyone will get a rest.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        2′s in fairness, Matty says he just changes his mind and hasn’t tried to deceive so I wouldn’t call him a liar.

      • Section 222 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        NL, that’s a perfectly good theory. No real evidence to support it though. Who knows why he does what he does?

        Ghost, I know, I was just playing on Zim’s famous comment. I do think saying that he usually does what he says he’s going to do is a little silly. As is relying on a radio interview the day before as the last word on what lineup he’ll field the following day. He’s pretty tough to predict I’d say. It makes being a couch sitting prognosticator tough, but fun.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Agree 2′s, I thought that was laced with humor. Good one!

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    In other news, I guess Justin Upton dogged it to a ball in LF last night and David Wright took an extra base on him and later scored on a Sac Fly. “Mad Dog” Russo on his MLB Network show called Justin Upton lazy and so goes the ongoing controversy of the brothers Upton who have both had those reputations on their previous teams.

    Barves fans have plenty to complain about.

  27. coop202 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Fun question:

    At the moment we’re 12:1 WS champs, Baltimore is 30:1 odds for the same. Fan ship aside which one which you be more willing to put a little money on

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Nats, no question. Os don’t have the pitching to win the WS.

      • coop202 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        I guess it’s the 2 and a half times more likely part – if Bundy comes back and amazes and they pull of a trade for a mid-level guy (detwiler type?) I could see picking them. Course my money will always be on the nats

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        The AL has to contend with the A’s who are stacked and then the Tigers just to make the WS then you are talking about winning the WS to collect those odds which means beating the Nats who are the best team in the Majors when Harper gets going (spoken like a true homer)

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      “At the moment we’re 12:1 WS champs, Baltimore is 30:1 odds for the same. Fan ship aside which one which you be more willing to put a little money on?”

      Definitely Baltimore. If you have a choice of crapshoots, take the one with a better payout.

    • RPrecupjr - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Nats, for a couple of reasons, one fairly concrete, one not so much.

      Nats have a better pitching staff overall, bullpen especially (Monday night notwithstanding) and we all know what good pitching does in the postseason.

      The not-so-concrete reason: the Nats (knock on wood) have gotten their injuries out of the way and are healthy at the break. Fister and Gio from the rotation, Ramos (2x), Zim, Harper, briefly ALR…and we’re in first place. With the devastating news hitting the Reds and Cards today (realizing that 12 weeks from now is….October 2nd) I would say that is going to put a serious damper on either of those teams making the postseason. I see the six NL teams as: Nats, Brewers, Dodgers, with Braves and Giants as wildcards. Even if Molina and Phillips make it back in the minimum 8 weeks, ask Bryce how long it takes to get your groove back after spending that kind of time on the DL, not getting to swing a bat.

      I do think the Cards still have a chance for the postseason however, due to their absurd pitching.

      And while I’m here taking up space….I think those who are whining about Bryce should take a break. Sure, he’s hitting a robust .143 in his return from the DL, but in his first eight games back, Zim hit a whopping .171, and a fracture (Zim) is easier to recover from than a ligament, especially one that required surgery. That’s alos why MW is not sitting Harper tonight against the lefty. He needs the ABs, even if he strikes out, to get his timing back and to continue strengthening his hand, which he basically couldn’t use for anything for much of his time on the DL. Suse he looked great in AA…..but that’s just what it is, AA ball. Just as Zim took about three weeks or so to get his groove going again, it’s gonna take Harper probably until the last week of July to get back in his groove. In fact, while Werth, ALR and Desmond are happy about the four days off next week, I think it’s horrible timing for Bryce. He’s gonna have two weeks under his belt, have to come to a complete stop, and pick it back up again, right when he needs to have no break whatsoever.

      Ok, I feel myself starting to ramble (I know, “starting”?) so I’m outta here to get home to watch the game.

      GYFNG!!!!!!!

  28. coop202 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Second question: what do you think we can pick up for nationaldet right now? He still is one of my favorite players but I hate to see him wasting in the BP ( the same way I would’ve hated morse on the bench)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Can’t trade Det now IMHO. The Nats are going for it and Detwiler has stepped up.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      I don’t know about B’more but it’s raining like another trucker in DC now.

      • RPrecupjr - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        Who was the first truck……oh, I see what you did there ;)

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      Wrong question, WADR. Good teams don’t trade from supposed “surplus”; they trade to fill a need.

      • coop202 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        True. He’s not going anywhere but I also don’t think his price will ever be higher.

      • coop202 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        *again

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Don’t try to time the market as a strategy. You will get broke.

  29. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Interesting. Matty says that Det threw three splitters last night.

    • veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      He needs to develop some kind if off speed pitch. Maybe those Clipp splitters have inspired him.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    It’s raining like idk what in DC… Mets/Braves is free on MLB.tv

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Arghhhh come on directv…. I missed Rendon’s at bat…. Ugh…

    Oh wordpress is acting funny again…

  32. Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Uh-oh. Who pushed the shuffle button on Word Press?

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Oh Gio….

  34. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Welp, there goes that scoreless streak.

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Falling behind is not recommended ever, but here especially.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    OPACY playing small tonight and speaking of small, that crowd is small.

  37. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    ALR needs to get on track. Seems like for every player that gets out of their funk, another one, gets in one. Ahhhhh, baseball.

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Nice range by Adam LaRoche but lack of hustle by Adam Jones.

  39. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Ermahgerd

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Kinda tired of hearing about Bryce’s awesome BP… And how he will soon get on track…

  41. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Harper would hit better if he only swung at strikes. Just a thought.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    The hitting streak continues

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Frandsen doesn’t take advantage of his at bat

  44. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Frandsen is the king of DPs

    • veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      I thought that was Zim?

  45. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I think Ramos needs to bat leadoff, third, and cleanup every inning.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Come on Gio….

  47. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    should be 3-0 on the Werth misplay. We got lucky. Huge AB with Cruz here.

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    That ball was way outside, but Jones didn’t swing and miss

    Of course the real problem is with 2 out a free base. This stadium I is no place for walks

  49. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    WTF Dez? Oh my….

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Why would you do that Desi…. What the hell were you thinking????

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      He hope to catch, the runner rounding

  51. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Okay, it’s one of those nights. Oh well.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      So it seems, but we can win it

  52. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    All thanks to the unnecessary 4 pitch walk.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Left on left made no sense

  53. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Haven’t made an error in ages, but when we make one, we make a super one.

    Still this whole mess started with a 2 out 4 pitch walk, to a lefty. Totally unexplanable.

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Started with a 2 out walk… Just a mess….

  55. knoxvillenat - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    So Gio’s scoreless innings streak is over, the Nationals consecutive games without an error streak is over ……..do these things happen in threes?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Yes so we are due a grand slam

  56. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    4–0….we can do this….just start chipping away and hope Gio (and Dez) don’t keep giving up runs.

  57. knoxvillenat - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Word Press, what the heck is going on here?

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    The stadium is playing small… We should be able to get back in this… Gotta make Chen work though….

  59. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Might as well bring a broomstick to the plate tonight Span.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Finally a ball barrelled up

    • veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Yes..of course by Rendon.

      • scmargenau - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        If he could only duplicate! Rendon at first second and third!

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Great at bat Rendon…

  62. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    these umps suck

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Here we go again with these balls called strikes mess…

  64. Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    I can’t deal with the WordPress Random Shuffle.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Here, Here!!

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    That hit him… What the hell is CB doing…..

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Way to go Ryan!!! Damn, he killed that ball…

  67. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    That’s a spicy meatball

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Go Ryan, now come on Bryce you are due.

  69. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Yesssssss…..kinda get tired of the commentary about how the swing of one bat could change the entire game b.s. I’d rather see what I just saw there, a single to keep the line moving. Don’t get me wrong, of course I would prefer a HR to make it 4-3, but this all in mentality gets old.

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Sigh…. I have no faith in Bryce… I’m sorry to say that….

  71. Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Now that was a crappy throw from all star centerfielder Adam Jones.

  72. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    There isn’t a better time than now to get out of your funk, Bryce.

  73. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Bro can’t catch up to a fastball.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Damn swing at fast balls and hanging curves. Why let them go.

  75. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Looked low and outside.

    • Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Looked close enough to my naked eye

    • scmargenau - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      It was a strike.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    That’s not his fault… I’m beginning to believe the conspiracy theorist that blues have it in for Bryce…

  77. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Off speed to get ahead hard stuff to put Bruce away is the trend I’m seeing.

  78. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Another hanging curve.

  79. senators69 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Pearce for the O’s gotta be juiced. Before this season lifetime BA of ~.250. This year, hitting .318, way above anything he has touched in the last 9 year. HR and 2B rate way up too.

  80. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Gio is pitching 100x better than this score indicates. So much weak contact for hits. Only thing hit well was Pearce’s homer. The walk hurt and he was responsible for that though. So he’s not blameless.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      In a stadium like this you can give no free runners and survive.

    • veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Meh…Dez screwed that big time. I think he makes the toss to 1st…score still 2-0.

    • scmargenau - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Homer wax low and inside. Just a great hit. But u r 100% correct. Gio looks great

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Just for the record Gio had fresh shave and haircut the last 2 games. This one he comes grungy. Knowing players are superstitious, I am surprised he hasn’t cut hair as often as last 2 years

  82. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Getting to the point where I’ll be shocked when Bryce gets a hit. Good DP Gio.

  83. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Nice base knock

  84. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    OK….perfect time for some Rendon clutch hitting. Leggo!

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Can we please have some 2 out magic…. Please….

  86. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Ehhh

  87. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Well we’ve had plenty of chances to get back into the game.

    • veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Yes. Plenty of innings left still to get this done. Just keep putting up defensive 0′s.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      That hanging curve for Rendon I was sure was tying it, but alas just mighty Casey he swung and missed.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Whoever is responsible for fixing word press is much poorer than any Nats hitter. Totally worthless.

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Wonder what’s wrong with Adam Jones…

    Just doesn’t seem like the Nats night… 2/3 times now they’ve have chances to get it back…

  90. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Chip, chip, chippin away!

  91. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    A Werthquake

  92. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Bad mistake by Chen there. Homer Werth.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Same pitch he struck Rendon out on, that I though Rendon would plaster.

      • Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        I thought the one to Rendon was a tad off the plate inside.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Well then…. Go Mr Werth…

  94. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    The first pitch to ALR was hung just like the Werth homer

  95. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Everyone is hitting hard. Even Harper.

  96. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Nice hit Dez. Might have been gone in Nats Park.

  97. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Like I said, keep putting up defensive 0′s and chip away. We’re in this now.

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    WordPress has me so confused right now….

  99. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    That Gio change up is silly right now.

  100. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Props to Gio and the bats for keeping this game within reach.

  101. lplipty - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Never seen Gio pitched this fast, I like alot

  102. lplipty - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    All starters need to work this fast

  103. dcwx61 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Trying to review the comments but I got lost in another time zone

  104. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Stupid Gio walks. His major flaw.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      He looked gassed…. Bmore batters helped him out…

      But Barrett with inherited runners doesn’t inspire confidence for me….

  105. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    FP and his idiotic “he’s earned the right to stay in the game and qualify for the win” mantra. I sure hope that’s not MW’s thinking.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      +1

  106. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Blue would probably have rung Harper up on that 3-2.

    • Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      My thoughts exactly.

  107. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    That’s our ROOGY!

  108. Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Mark,

    If there’s anyone reviewing the comments, please have them tell you and Comcast that WordPress’ silliness has driven away the commenters.

    • Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Mark, you do too good a job to have WordPress spoil things like this. CSN Washington needs to do better by you!

      • scmargenau - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        It’s not WordPress. It’s a comment module, there are dozens to choose from, this one is embarrassing. Just awful.

  109. Danny - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Sooo close

  110. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Take that Taunting guy! LaRoche is how you say it!

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    That’s like the 3rd or 4th hit that Adam has just missed…

  112. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    That foot difference between the ball going in and going out may end up being the ballgame.

  113. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Me like. this..walk Harp to get to Dez!!!!! Woooooo!!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Lefties hit O’Day eighties rarely

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Righties

  114. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    With O’Day why are the eighties swinging at the slider. Almost impossible to hit, because it is never a strike. Just have discipline

    • dcwx61 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      More swinging during the seventies

  115. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    nother thumb

  116. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Ramos has to get this done. Ball game here.

  117. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Fast ball drive guys

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Made contract but not a drive just a fly.

  118. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Nats have had chances all night… I just hope Desi doesn’t have any broken fingers or messed up ligaments…

    • veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Hit him on a pretty meaty spot at the base of the thumb. I think he’ll be fine.

      • veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        No, didn’t see that right the 1st time….

  119. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    O’Day is impossible to hit

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Lay off the slider… It’s a ball… He can be hit… LaRoche showed us that… Idk what Ramos was thinking with his at bat….

    • scmargenau - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      He owns us

  120. scnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I wonder how good we could be if our LF or C start hitting

    • veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Ramos has hit fine. Just a little unclutch lately, but his numbers are still good.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      I thought our hitter crushed one last night,sc.

  121. Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Should’ve removed Desi immediately and iced that hand before the swelling started. I think that he’s hurt.

  122. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Excellent Barrett

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Ohhh nasty….

  124. stoatva - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Great inning for The Bear.

  125. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Hairston it is now or the highway.

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Hairston is useless….

  127. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Two righties and two lousy ground balls

  128. stoatva - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Owooooooo!!!!!

    Come on Jayson.

  129. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    CB Bucner is a jerk.

  130. veejh - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Ugh…I was so hoping Werth was gonna tie that up. Damn.

  131. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Been a good series so far… Split it their and hope we win on August 4 and we can split it here…

    Gosh, I hope Desi is okay…

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