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Game 108: Phillies at Nats

Aug 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The bad news: The Nationals have lost six of their last nine. The good news: The Braves also have lost six of their last nine. So the Nats’ lead in the NL East remains 1 1/2 games, despite their recent struggles. They’ll try to get back on track tonight after dropping the first two games of this 4-game series with the last-place Phillies.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball, looking to build off his last start in Miami, when he carried a shutout into the seventh and was in line for the win before Rafael Soriano’s ninth-inning meltdown.

A.J. Burnett, rumored to be on the trading block earlier this week but retained by the Phillies, will start as scheduled against a Nationals lineup that has averaged only 3 runs and hasn’t hit a homer in its last nine games.

Updates to come…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 78 degrees, Wind 9 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (58-49)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

PHILLIES (49-61)
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Marlon Byrd
LF Grady Sizemore
C Carlos Ruiz
3B Cody Asche
RHP A.J. Burnett

UMPIRES
HP Chris Guccione
1B Eric Cooper
2B Tom Hallion (cc)
3B Tripp Gibson

7:06 p.m. — We are underway. It’s been a cloudy afternoon and early evening, but it has remained dry so far. Keep your fingers crossed.

7:12 p.m. — A scoreless top of the first for Jordan Zimmermann, with only Jimmy Rollins’ groundball single through the right side hole blemishing the frame. Anthony Rendon made a nice stop of Ben Revere’s hot smash to his left, despite playing way up on the grass. Zimmermann also got Chase Utley to fly out and Ryan Howard to ground out. Thirteen pitches, eight strikes for the right-hander.

7:26 p.m. — The Nats couldn’t have drawn up their first two at-bats of the night any better. Denard Span singled up the middle, extending his streak of reaching base to 28 games (his OBP is now .460 over that, uh, span). Span then stole second, putting him in position to score without a throw on Rendon’s RBI single through the right side of the infield. Rendon also stole second, foreshadowing how aggressive the Nats intend to be tonight against A.J. Burnett. Opponents are now 82-for-92 in stolen-base attempts against the veteran righty over the last three seasons. Yikes. Hey, A.J.: Have you ever considered using a slide step? 1-0 Nats after one.

8:07 p.m. — Well, that was kind of an eventful bottom of the second. And since it appears many of you weren’t able to see most of it on TV (certainly not the Nationals’ feed), here’s a quick play-by-play account … Bryce Harper walked on four pitches to lead off, then advanced to second when Chase Utley booted Asdrubal Cabrera’s grounder. Wilson Ramos struck out on a 2-2 fastball off the plate, but Burnett then walked Zimmermann to load the bases. Denard Span sent a sinking liner to left, caught by a diving Grady Sizemore but allowing Harper to tag and score. Rendon then crushed the Nats’ first homer in 85 innings, a 3-run shot into the Red Porch. So the Nats are up 5-0. But that’s just when things really got interesting. Burnett, apparently upset at Chris Guccione not calling a pitch on the outside corner to Rendon before the homer, threw ball one to Werth and yelled at the umpire: “THAT’S outside.” Which prompted Guccione to blow his stack and eject Burnett, then later Ryne Sandberg. What a mess. After a long delay, Phillippe Aumont entered from the bullpen and got Werth to ground out, ending the inning. But it’s 5-0 Nats after two, and the Phillies are a complete mess at the moment.

8:31 p.m. — And the Nats keep it going in the bottom of the third. Desmond drew a leadoff walk, then stole second — the Nats are now 86 percent in stolen base attempts this season, easily tops in MLB — and then scored on Harper’s RBI single to right. Cabrera delivered his first hit since the trade, smoking a ball down the first-base line, but the Nats couldn’t get anything else going in the inning. It’s 6-0 after three.

8:43 p.m. — Zimmermann hasn’t exactly been in top form, he’s allowed five singles in four innings, but he has kept the Phillies off the board so far. Still 6-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth.

9:07 p.m. — Hey, remember when the Nats held a 6-0 lead way back on Monday in Miami, only to … well, I won’t make you relive that debacle. Just know that they’re determined not to let that happen again. They now lead 11-0 — yes, 11-0 — after four innings. All eight starting position players have driven in at least a run, and Zimmermann nearly did with a drive to the wall in right-center. Phillies pitchers have given up 11 runs while recording 12 outs. And they still need to record 12 more before this game can end. If ever there was a time for the mercy rule, this would be it.

9:30 p.m. — Still 11-0 in the middle of the sixth. Zimmermann has retired eight in a row, including the last four on strikeouts.

9:45 p.m. — With a chance to join everyone else in the Nats lineup and drive in a run, Zimmermann … drew a walk in the bottom of the sixth. Boo. That did load the bases for Span, who drilled a ball to left field, but right at Sizemore. So it remains 11-0 heading to the seventh. Werth has come out of the game, with Harper shifting to right and Scott Hairston taking over in left. And now Desmond is out as well, with Cabrera shifting to shortstop and Kevin Frandsen at second base.

9:53 p.m. — Zimmermann isn’t letting the Phillies even think for a second about the possibility of a comeback tonight. He has retired 11 in a row and is through seven scoreless innings. Still 11-0 at the stretch.

10:01 p.m. — Up 11 runs, Matt Williams will entrust the eighth inning to Jerry Blevins. Good time for the lefty to get himself back on track.

10:06 p.m. — A much-needed, 1-2-3 inning of relief for Blevins. He can certainly use that confidence boost right now. Still 11-0 as we go to the bottom of the eighth.

10:14 p.m. — To the ninth we go. It’ll be Blake Treinen trying to preserve this 11-run lead.

10:25 p.m. — That’s your ballgame. Final: Nats win 11-0. They could’ve called this game after four innings and the result would’ve been the same.

172 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Big explosive game coming for Nats’ bats—-I hope!

  2. TimDz - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    The Barves are reeling…..we need to take advantage of this…..

    • Sonny G 10 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Dang tootin, we do.

  3. scnatsfan - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Maybe we can even hit one over the fence

  4. natsguy - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    If you want to know where Peric has gone check out the MASN site for PieroB. Those people are actually naive enough to buy his “cr**. I actually laugh every time I read his pontifications about 4A players.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Probably still touting Corey Brown

  5. natsguy - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Nats ought to be glad the Braves are playing so bad and amazed they are holding on to 1st. Very lucky and hope the luck holds until some good gamed come back.

    • David Proctor - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Likewise, the Braves are lucky we are playing so bad and haven’t pulled away

    • natszee - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      This kind of luck can’t last. I hope we step on a few opponents very soon … Breakout coming

  6. secretwasianman - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Yeah, and maybe Jerry Blevins comes in and records an out. LOL

    • senators69 - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      +++1
      The only “out” I’d like to see from Blehhhhvins is a bus ticket OUT of town!
      DFA

  7. tony - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    From Brave Blog: “San Diego is a beautiful city, so it is odd to think of it as the place that the Atlanta Braves would hit rock bottom. But that is exactly what happened as the Braves were destroyed by the worst offensive team in baseball 10-1. . . In what has been a frustrating season this game stood out as especially infuriating. The Braves have lost four in a row and the season feels like it is on the brink.”

    http://www.talkingchop.com/2014/8/2/5961691/braves-trashed-by-padres-10-1

  8. Sonny G 10 - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    We need to go on a tear and get some separation from the Barves. Need to make them feel dejected and that they can’t keep up with us. Go Nats. Get off your arses and thump the Philthies. Do not even think about using Ryan Zimmerman as an excuse. Rise to the occasion.

    • Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      +1

      Down swings happen, but methinks it’s time to roll again.

  9. donniebenth - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Still don’t like Ramos hitting in front of the pitcher.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Fascinating grips change by Roark going to the JZim slider as I wrote about before, but seeing it is great. He’s showing his grips to Johnny Holliday on MASN.

  11. scmargenau - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Anyone know if nats are on an Chanel in Asheville NC?

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Here’s to the offense showing up and showing out…

    Go Nats!

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    That ball found a glove last night…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      You read my mind as usual. BTW, I emailed you back. Hope you are well!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        I just saw it a second ago… Still laughing and will definitely reply… Was out all day running errands and literally made it right back in the house in time to see Jordan throw his 2nd pitch…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        This email thing is fun. People will write things in email to me that they would never post here. I have to say it keeps me going if you know what I mean. Oh that’s right you do, thanks!

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Just more proof that it isn’t always the catchers fault but with some, it’s always the catcher.

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Opposing baserunners are now 82-for-92 in stolen base attempts the last 3 seasons vs. A.J. Burnett. #Yikes #MightWannaTrySlideStep”

  15. nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    That comment from FP Santangelo throws water on all those negative comments on RZ’s recovery.

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Uhm…. Did anyone else’s tv go out?

    • natinalsgo - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Yes! ANGELOS! Harper walked

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Okay, thanks… Was worried I broke my TV.. :-)

      • natinalsgo - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        Angelos needs the ad revenue. I’m watching 10 minutes of commercials.

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    What’s M Byrd’s contract status? Wonder If the phillies are willing to let him go…

  18. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    For MASN challenged
    Bryce Harper Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, B Harper walked

  19. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Asdrubal Cabrera Ball, Strike (looking), Strike (foul), A Cabrera grounded into fielder’s choice to second, B Harper safe at second on error by second baseman C Utley 0 1
    Wilson Ramos Strike (looking), Ball, B Harper to third, A Cabrera to second on wild pitch by A Burnett

  20. Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    OMG…F MASN!!! Missed Asdrubal’s first hit as a Nat!!!!

    • Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Oh, nm, reached on an error

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Come on dangit…. Tired of seeing these commercials… Something told me to go to the game today… Ugh.

    • Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      ++

  22. Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    5 knuckle curves to Ramos in a row…crazy

  23. jpzzz - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    What is going on with MASN? An accident?

  24. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    W Ramos struck out swinging 0 1

    {cabrera trade cancelled, zack back]

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    This.
    Is.
    Terrible.

  26. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Jordan Zimmermann Strike (swinging), Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (swinging), Ball, J Zimmermann walked

    and we are back

  27. natinalsgo - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Now I got the Phoolie TV feed.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Put Charlie and Dave on the radio. Big lag time if you listen to C&D on the MLB.Radio feed.

  28. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    ESPNN reports: Carp tossed FP out of the booth, he bounced on lower deck
    Fill ins in place

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Okay, so we’ve all got the Philly feed…. Great… Cuz FP and Bob were sounding funny to me… :-)

    Thanks for the updates….

    • davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      you welcome, sweetie

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Nats a longball now.

  31. Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    What the…who are these bozos calling the game?

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I thought that was a strike to Rendon…

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Hey Burnett, if Rendon isn’t swinging, it’s probably not a strike.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    About damn time…. Whoop, whoop…..

  35. Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    TONY

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    “Ghost of Steve M. – Aug 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM
    Nats a longball now.”

    Summoner again!!!!

    • nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      How do you do it!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        Just a feeling or as Boston says “More Than A Feeling”

        Matt Stares on the Philthies broadcast. That is funny.

  38. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Matt Williams and Zack Walters tossed to make it fair.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Whu-oh…. Uhm…

    This is a terrible camera angel too….

  40. natinalsgo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I like this Phoolie feed better.

  41. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    15 year vet
    currently 14.7 million
    Ya gotta love AJ

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Hope that wasn’t too long of a delay for Jordan Z…

  43. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    I really wish I could have heard FP and Bob during the ejection situation, that would have been awesome!

    • Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      And during Rendon’s dinger. Bet they’re pissed they didn’t get to call that!

  44. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    And why can MASN plug into the Phoolie tv mics but not just plug into the Charlie/Dave radio feed instead??

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      It’s an Angelos conspiracy.

      • coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Nats should get credit for an extra 1% revenue share just for this outage…..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        +1

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Rendon back into 2nd place in the Nats RBI lead with 61 to Desi’s 65.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    This is incredible though, Span batting .291 now. Yes, you read that correctly.

    • natinalsgo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Thank you Minnesota. That team option is looking like a bargain now for next year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        Like I say, this game changes quickly. DSpan looked like he could be benched 45 days ago to playing All Star level right now.

  47. nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Nats need to pour it on the Phools now.

  48. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Is this the Phoolie video feed too? I just noticed we don’t have the score box in the bottom of the screen, but the top right still has the MASN logo….

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      My screen has the MASN logo in the top left corner.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Philly can’t get any better camera angels… These are terrible…

    • coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Well, the Nats probably don’t give them good camera positions. I’d prefer they give them NO cameras, as a general matter….

      • coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        although upon further review, me thinks you jest….

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        No, I’m so serious… I mean it’s the side angle which I can’t see anything until the replay… Wish we could see the camera from behind home plate angel… Something else.

  50. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Truth in Internet

    2.909535

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Desi with another walk. I like.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    This is such a frustrating game to watch….

    Way to go Bharp34

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Cabrera!

  54. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    newbie gets a hit!!!

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Welcome to the Nats mr Cabrera….

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    What a robbery by Byrd on JZim.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I would love for the Nata to get Byrd….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Nats had him once.

      • coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        Thing is, some guys only reach their potential BECAUSE they experience the hard knock of being cut or traded and that motivates and focuses them. If we had kept him would he have developed as well? Maybe or maybe not, ya never know for sure.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Byrd was also caught with PEDs. Once a cheater, always a cheater.

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    If Byrd was gone like the fake Joel Sherman rumor had it (to the Yankees) Nats looking much better this series.

  59. Drew - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Jordan Zimmermann is up 6-0!

    What could possibly go wrong?

    (Too soon?)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Pour on the runs and snap some necks. If it wasn’t for Byrd’s robbery, 8-0

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      There you go. Got those runs!!!!

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    .293 for Span

    • Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Love it

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Rendon going for the cycle! Need that triple!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      28th double for Tony 2-bags.

    • coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Cabrera has his triple, he may have a better chance at the cycle!

  62. Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    OK Werth great time to snap out of it…

  63. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    TONY2

  64. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Pizza time!!

  65. nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Nats up big and notice the absence of some of the LoD.

  66. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    fatten up, boys

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Nats 1-6 hitters all have RBIs tonight.

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Revere has a weak arm.

  69. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    lovin’ this man

  70. David Proctor - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    We’re taking out some frustration on the Phillies tonight

  71. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Do we need to save a few runs for later games???

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Nope, baseball gods don’t give a sh*t about saving runs. ;) POUR IT ON!

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    RBIs for all starting position players and JZim got robbed of 2.

  73. Joe Seamhead - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Wasn’t there a guy on here last night that was insisting that Span should be moved down to #8 in the batting order?

  74. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Espi on the block

  75. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    We got our guys back on TV!

  76. Joe Seamhead - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    And last year there was someone that was seriously claiming that Revere was a superior fielder to Denard.

  77. knoxvillenat - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    11-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Obviously MW took some unsolicited advice from a poster to NI and ” got in their face, Earl Weaver style” to let them know that last night’s bad luck BABIP was not acceptable.

    • davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      sweeeet

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Excuse me, it was “get in their grill” not get in their face. My apologies to the original poster.

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Only Desi now without a hit.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    http://www.abc2news.com/sports/selig-baltimore-is-very-very-viable-candidate-for-2016-mlb-all-star-game

    This is another slap in the face. Angelos may get an All Star game before the Nats. Of course at the Opening of Camden Yards they immediately got an All Star game.

    • nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Potential slap in the face. It hasnt happened and the MASN dispute could cost them the 2016.

    • coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Only if this is a parting gift for Angelos’ retirement/sale of the team is this even remotely acceptable.

  80. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I hope MW gives Jayson and ALR and Desi the rest of the night off.

  81. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Bob just declared Zim’nn “THE Nats ace”

    • davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Tanner will win out

      • davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        will MW have the guts ?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      He’s been an Ace but he’s not my Game 1 starter. He’s my Game 2. Fister is my Game 1

      • davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        and Stras and Gio are the odd men out

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        I wrote my predictions a week ago. I felt Gio was the odd man out even though he was pitching better at that time than Stras, I felt Stras would come through as a #4 in the post-season.

  82. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Cycle? Cycle? Cycle?…

  83. coollikelivo - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    nope

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Good call Ghost. Werth gets the rest of the night off.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      LOL

      • nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        I was just going to say the same. MW is listning.

  85. knoxvillenat - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Doc – Aug 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM
    Big explosive game coming for Nats’ bats—-I hope!

    Good call!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Good call indeed. You figure against AJ Burnett it could be a long and frustrating night. Guccione messed with his head and he is a head case. Thanks Chris!

  86. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    They got a laugher the night before last… Time for us to get ours… I want more runs, yeah I said it… Come on pads, beats the Barves!

  87. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Everyone of the Nats starters now have hits. Very nice.

    • nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Should that read “everyone” or “every one”?

      • nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Just giving back to the grammer police.

  88. Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    nats128 on August 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm
    “[F.P.] spoke to RZ about his recovery time. Ryan said best case 1st week of September but definitely felt he would be back with about 2 weeks left in the season.”

    That is positively heart warming news…!

    • nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      The Phillies guys said 6-8 weeks with a Grade 3 that doesnt need surgery.

      • Eric - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        Opposition observers agreeing? Nice.

      • nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        Still nervous. It took RZ longer than expected with his thumb.

  89. nats128 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    JZ earns a walk like a real hitter.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Rare for pitchers to have nice gaps between BA and OBP. Good job JZim!

  90. knoxvillenat - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    What is the purpose of the sleeve ALR is wearing on his left arm?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      To look cool like Giancarlo Stanton. Just kidding, I think it’s a compression sleeve.

      • davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        u dodged the question:
        does MW have the balls?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Yes

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Blevins with no stress is perfect.

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Bob and Carp commenting about Treinen’s K9 but when you look at his reliever K9 vs his starter K9 its almost twice the ratio.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      See, nice K on Ryan Howard. That’s what I’m talking about! Full go!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        FP: “Future closer stuff”

        Me: Yes, I’ve been saying the same. 98 power sinker with a breaking pitch. If he develops the changeup, look out!

  93. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Ghost, I will be impressed.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Impressed on what?

      • davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        and I thought you were paying attention ?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Usually!

  94. davecydell - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    “Blevins with no stress is perfect.”
    Tells me what is needed is for Catty to tell him forget what has happened…ala Roark.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      I judge players by Hi Lev and Low Lev.

      There’s a huge divide in the bullpen.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Shutout!

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