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Looking ahead to September call-ups

Aug 11, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

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The promotion of several Nationals’ top prospects came early this season due to injuries, as both Michael Taylor and Steven Souza were each brought up this month. Both were in line for September call-ups before arriving in D.C., but circumstances at the major league level accelerated the Nationals’ plans.

Taylor and Souza are just the beginning of what should be an infusion of minor league talent in September. On Sept. 1 teams are allowed to expand their rosters and the Nationals will likely bring up around six to eight players, based on recent history.

Here is a look at their September call-ups in each of the last three seasons:

2013 – RHP Erik Davis, C Sandy Leon, LHP Ian Krol, OF Corey Brown, 2B Jeff Kobernus, LHP Xavier Cedeno, OF Eury Perez, IF Zach Walters (8 total players)

2012 – LHP John Lannan, OF Eury Perez, C Sandy Leon, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Christian Garcia, OF Corey Brown (6 total)

2011 – OF Roger Bernadina, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Craig Stammen, LHP Athualpa Severino, OF Corey Brown, RHP Brad Peacock, IF Steve Lombardozzi, RHP Yunesky Maya (8 total)

That’s a good list of players that were brought up to serve very different roles. Peacock and Milone, for instance, were showcased in 2011 and later that offseason were sent to Oakland as part of a package for Gio Gonzalez. Garcia in 2012 came up to make 13 appearances in September before making the playoff roster and appearing in the NLDS. Walters was promoted in 2013 simply as a reward for his breakout season in the minors.

It is unclear exactly who the Nationals will bring up this September, but as I have done each of the last three seasons, here are some predictions:

POSITION PLAYERS

Tyler Moore, 1B/OF - Moore is off to a very poor start in August at Syracuse, but through June (.360 batting average) and July (.294 BA) he was excellent. He will almost certainly be brought up given his place on the 40-man roster and the fact he has helped the Nats in a pennant race before.

Jhonatan Solano, C - Every September it’s a fairly safe bet that the Nationals – and most teams for that matter – will bring up a third catcher. Having that depth just makes it easier for a manager and allows for pinch-hitting situations involving reserve backstops like Jose Lobaton. Solano himself hasn’t been great this season, but the Nats will know what they’re getting if they call him up.

**The Nationals will likely also carry extra outfielders in September once Nate McLouth and Souza, Jr. return from the DL

PITCHERS

Aaron Barrett, RHP - Barrett could very well come up sooner, as it’s pretty clear we will see him again this season. The 26-year-old has already made 40 appearances for the Nationals and holds a 3.21 ERA. He was struggling in late July, so the Nats sent him to Syracuse. Since he has pitched three times for the Chiefs without allowing a baserunner.

Taylor Hill, RHP - We’ve also already seen Hill this year, as the right-hander made his MLB debut with the Nats in late June. Overall, he has pitched outstanding at Syracuse, going 10-5 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.110 WHIP in 121 2/3 innings. Hill fits the profile of a future Nats trade piece: very good minor league numbers, but no clear future in Washington. Krol, Milone, Peacock and Nathan Karns would be the comparisons.

Xavier Cedeno, LHP - The Nats could use some bullpen depth, as any team can this time of year, and Cedeno is their most accomplished minor league lefty. The 27-year-old has been good all year in Triple-A, holding a 2.45 ERA through 29 appearances. His strikeouts per nine innings (12.5), strikeout to walk ratio (4.18) and WHIP (0.909) are all bests for Cedeno in his nine-year minor league career.

Matt Grace, LHP - Chalk this one up in the ‘reward’ category. Grace, 25, has emerged as one of the organization’s best relief pitching prospects this season. In 41 games split between Harrisburg and Syracuse, Grace has held a 1.10 ERA this year. He walks way too many people, but it’s hard to argue with those results. Plus, he’s a lefty and that will absolutely help his cause.

Blake Treinen, RHP - Treinen was sent back down to Syracuse on Aug. 6 to make room for reliever Matt Thornton. The 26-year-old has already been up to pitch 11 games for the Nationals and fared well with a 2.35 ERA in 38 1/3 total innings. He has proven his worth so far in the majors and should make an impact in September.

[The original version of this story omitted Treinen in a copy and paste error. Thanks to @pmacewan for pointing it out!]

185 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Surprised AJ Cole is not on that list. He’s not on the 40 man, but I expect him to be added and called up. He could be used out of the bullpen

    • karlkolchak - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Not likely. As a valued young future rotation arm, they are not going to want to risk adding additional innings to his workload, nor place him on the 40-man and start his free agency and arbitration clocks before they absolutely have to.

  2. tcostant - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Got to believe that Matthews will come up also.

    To change the topic, for us baseball fans, this must have been the best vacation ever:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/11/kansas-city-rolls-out-the-red-carpet-for-sungwoo-lee-a-royals-fan-from-seoul-south-korea/

    This is required reading for all.

    • wearenationals - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      This was great! thanks for sharing tconstant.

    • Doc - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Thanks for the link, tcostant!

      What ever makes a fan, a fan, Sung Woo Lee has it.

      Just a great story, the way everyone chipped in and made Sung Woo feel welcome.

  3. sjm308 - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Don’t forget Treinen as well

    Ghost or NatsLady – enlighten me on the rules for playoff participation.
    Do they have to be on the 25 man roster BEFORE Sept 1 or is it just the 40 man roster?

    Thanks in advance!

    Can wear the same hat for the next two days which is always nice. Better when I am wearing it because we have won.

    Go Nats!!

    • tcostant - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      No -In a basic way if your in the organization before 9/1 you can play in the post season, even if you got to the majors after 9/1 though creative use of the DL. If a waiver deals happens after 9/1, then the aquired guy can’t play no matter what happens.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Google Phil Coke Postseason Roster as there’s a good Tigers Blog on it

    • zmunchkin - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      The simple version is that you have to be on the 25 man roster or the DL (but not the 60 day DL) at midnight on Aug 31.

      One exception is that if a player goes on the DL (and I think it has to be the 60 day DL) on/after Sept 1he can be replaced by anyone on the 40 man roster as of Aug 31.

      And one other wrinkle that I have heard about is that if a player goes on the DL during the post-season, he can be replaced by a player who joined the team in Sept if he plays the same position and the Commissioner approves it.

      So I suspect that McLough and Souza will stay on the DL until Sept 1. That would result in both of them, along with Michael Taylor being eligible for the post-season. And note that the 25 man roster can be reset after each series.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:48 AM

        “he can be replaced by a player who joined the team in Sept if he plays the same position”

        One detail: by “position”, they mean only pitcher/non-pitcher; they aren’t picky about where a position player plays.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Thx for the clarification.

  4. natsguy - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    You have to be on 40 man roster.

  5. scnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Why would the Nats place Harper and SS on waivers? Desi and Gio I sort of understand but why Harper?

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Strictly to gauge interest.

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Huh?

    • David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      It means nothing. Every player is placed on waivers. It’s revocable and mostly just procedural.

      • David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        I am amused and curious as to who claimed them though, just out of curiosity

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        +1 to that!

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Yeah, just googled it:

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/08/desmond-gonzalez-clear-waivers-strasburg-harper-pulled-back-after-claims.html

      Fascinating.

      Intersting note about Gio’s peripherals being fairly strong despite his struggles.

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      PS – does it hurt Desi in contract negotiations that he cleared?

      • David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Not at all. Makes no difference

      • 6ID20 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        You’re wrong about that. Why? Because now every time Desi’s agent rejects a Rizzo offer by saying he’ll be able to command more in free agency, Rizzo can counter by pointing out that Desi cleared waivers, ie other teams weren’t even willing to take him for cheap.

      • David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        There are a lot of reasons a team doesn’t claim someone on waivers. Perhaps they knew the asking price would be ridiculously high and didn’t want to bother. Maybe they didn’t have the mid-season payroll flexibility they would in the offseason. Maybe they knew it was pointless.

        Someone clearing waivers won’t have any impact on their free agency, I can assure you. Mike Rizzo could say that all he wants (he won’t) and Desi’s agent could go find him a $100M+ offer and walk.

  6. 6ID20 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Solano, not Leon? Even though Leon has been the choice for injury replacement all season?

    • karlkolchak - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Has to be a mistake. In fact, Solano might not get the call as there isn’t really a need for four catchers and they’ve gone with Leon as the No. 3 all year even though Solano has had better batting numbers at AAA.

  7. NatsLady - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    McCutchen to the DL. I feel bad because he is so fun to watch, but… we won’t see him. So a bit of luck.

    • David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      He tops the Nats killer list, right up there with Freddie Freeman and Daniel Murphy. Unfortunate he got hurt, but it’s good for us.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      All of this “Dirtgate” stuff over the weekend was framed, in my mind, by this McCutchen deal. He got drilled in response to an accidental pitch. Broken rib.

      The Braves threw up and in on Bryce. What if he had been hit in the hat for this silly “Respect the A” nonsense. Fredi Gonzalez king of fed into it with his, “That’s a guy being silly” stuff. Fredi knows his butt is on the street if they don’t make the playoffs. The pressure in Atlanta on Wren is enormous. He’ll sacrifice FG to save his own hide. Throwing gas on a pi__ing contest is in his best interest.

      My guess is that we haven’t seen or heard the last of this. Hopefully it doesn’t end up with someone else sporting a broken bone.

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Hopefully it will die after the revelation that Santana did the same to the W on the Nats’ mound back in June

        My hopes are low, though.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        natsfan1a – Aug 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Santana did what? Gasp (pearl clutch)! Fetch me my smelling salts (fanning self), dear, I do believe I’m about to faint. Oh, my stars.

        Yeah, whatever.

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Yeah, that’s too bad. Hope he recovers well and quickly.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      I’m surprised it took so long…. I think the DBacks put Goldy on the DL like the next day after that whole entire mess…

      • Section 222 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        FYI, the reason is they were hoping he could come back after several days. They can back date the 15 days to the last time he played so there’s no real cost to waiting to see how serious the injury is. Goldy’s hand is broken so no point in waiting.

    • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      That means the Braves won’t see him either. So: a wash?

  8. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Teheran has thrown a lot of innings this year… Freddi is really brutal on his pitcher’s arms…

  9. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Is Ohlendorf ready to pitch? Seems to me the Nats — if they get to the playoffs — need a fourth starter. In my current mood I’m not letting Strasburg or Gonzalez closer to the playing field than, maybe, Ben’s Chili Bowl.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      I’ve been wondering about Ross O…

    • David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Ohlendorf over Strasburg. Now that’s funny.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Which one is more likely to give up 4HRs in less than three innings?

      • David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Given that Strasburg had never given up more than two in his entire career prior to last time out, Ohlendorf.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Ohlendorf’s never given up four.

      • David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        Okay great, but Ohlendorf is like a year removed from an ERA of 7. Strasburg’s (and Gonzalez’s) inconsistency is frustrating, but you are much too smart to seriously suggest Ohlendorf would be an improvement.

    • karlkolchak - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      He’s on the 60-day DL and stopped his rehab in May after only 10 innings. Looks like Rizzo wasted a million of Uncle Teddy’s bucks bringing him back this year.

  10. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    LaStella just left the game….

    • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Blew out a hammy from what I’m seeing online. ATL has been unlucky with Pitcher help but lucky with position player help to this point. Simmons has been out for just a few days, Heyward missed a couple games. No real DL stints. That may be changing.

      Middle infield right now is Bonifacio and Pena. That’s not scaring anyone but Braves fans.

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Wow, that’s a shame if it’s akin to Zim’s injury. Am I remembering correctly that he’s a young rookie?

      • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        He is. But, DO’Brien is saying it was just a cramp. Wow! That’s some fortunate luck for them.

        Nats’ would never release that info during a game.

  11. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Funny man Robin Williams was found dead a little while ago….. So sad… He was only 63

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Asphyxia, apparent suicide. So sad :(

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      RIP

  12. npb99 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Back to minor league talent – two big ifs: if RZim can start throwing again, and Souza and/or Taylor show they deserve to play in the majors next year, it’s worth considering moving Werth to 1B (assuming ALR is gone, which seems very likely) and then put Souza and/or Taylor as a third outfielder with Harper and Span. Rendon at second, and trade either Espinosa or Cabrera.
    It all depends on RZ. If he can’t play anywhere but 1B, then Werth has to stay in the outfield, and Souza/Taylor are blocked for a year.

    • scmargenau - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:50 AM

      There are a lot of throws he just can’t make from 3rd anymore. I sure hope he goes to first and only first. It’s the only viable option.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        He still has great range – as long as he does not play shallow.

        And his side-arm throws are mostly fine.

        So IMO your comment that there are a lot of throws he can’t make is an exaggeration.

        He will never be the defensive player he once was again. But he is still OK.

        And given Werth’s age and his injury history, moving him to first does make a lot of sense.

  13. Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Wow…Teheran is cruising…52 pitches through 5 2/3? Crazy. Ellis just had a good AB and drew a walk though.

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Sorry, through 4 2/3…still.

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      And now he’s not cruising any longer. 3-1 Dodgers, Teheran at 83 pitches through 6 (24 pitch inning).

      Nice work Dodgers!

      • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        Bonifacio dropped a double-play inning-ending double play ball. Allowed the third run to score. Not quite a “Brain Cramp” but nice to see.

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        Interesting…no E in the box score so far…

      • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        He got one out. That saves the E. Remember RZ’s air mail throw? Same deal.

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Ump is really squeezing the pitchers…or at least Teheran.

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Oh! Gotcha, thought you meant he straight booted it.

      • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Dodgers got the bases loaded in that inning with none out and scored them all with grounders. Nothing hit hard. Bonifacio dropped a double-play ball, picked it up and got the guy at first, not a complete boot, sorry for the confusion. But, that’s opportunistic on their part. it’s the kind of inning ATL has put on us a number of times. Sweet to see it done to them. Even if it isn’t us doing it…it helps the cause.

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Yeah I was following that on AtBat…just showed up as an RBI ground out. Kinda wish it conveyed a bit more detail.

  14. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Dodgers now up 3-1 over the Braves.

  15. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    I just don’t get it. The Braves score 1 run over 6 against Kevin Correia. He of the 5 ERA. I just don’t get it.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Happens. They play confidently against us Stras and Gio. They didn’t get much going off Tanner, though.

      More importantly, I’m figuring Don Mattingly figured he was looking at a good chance of losing tonight with Correia going against ATL’s ace. If he can get a win out of this matchup that helps the prospects for the series. Long way to go.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Mentally and physically exhausted from playing so hard against the Nats…took so much out of them, they’re now going to love another eight straight…that, at least, is the narrative I’m going with…

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Sorry, ‘lose’ not ‘love’.

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        LOL, +1 to the narratives we tell ourselves (see mine just below).

      • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Teheran is exhausted. He’s also in the showers after 106 pitches. Now it’s 4-1.

        If this holds that puts them 5-games back in the lost column. That’s the column that counts.

      • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        6-1. Sweeeet!!!!

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      This feeds the clean little narrative I tell myself where a lot of our struggles against them have to do with their prep for us in general and our pitchers in particular, especially Stras and Gio. Given how uneven their season looks when you consider their record against us vs against everyone else, it starts to look like a self-defeating obsession.

      I know it’s very unlikely there’s much to it, especially the last part…just one of those things I come up with…

  16. rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Machado apparently hurt his other knee on a swing. JJ Hardy is out day-to-day so Chris Davis is playing third. The Ho’s train just hit a rough patch of track. Sorry for the kid. Not sorry for their fans.

    • stoatva - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Ah, thanx.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      +1 Chris Davis je à good chap. Machado is a DBag. Can’t wait for Hardy to either accept a $15 million QO or walk as a FA.

  17. stoatva - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    GameDay tells me that Manny Machado left the game “with an injured knee.” Wasn’t watching, so can’t say more.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      not sure how post a link. The Orioles have posted that he sprained his right knee and will be evaluated.

  18. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I love how Frediot keeps using Russell as a LOOGY despite Russell having reverse splits and lefties hitting over .300 against him. Just bit the Braves again.

  19. Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    This game is turning out quite nicely so far.

  20. stoatva - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Braves in full comedy mode tonight. 6-1 Dodgers.

    There are actual butchers who play better shortstop than Ramiro Peña.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      That middle infield of Bonifacio and Pena is really, really bad. Dodgers have scored at least three runs they should not have.

      • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Unfortunately for us they get Simmons and LaStella back tomorrow.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        What happened to LaStella. Steiner said, Simmons might be back tomorrow.

      • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Hamstring “cramp.” According to Dave O’Brien he’ll be back tomorrow.

    • chapjim - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      The new “manos de piedra.”

  21. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    The Braves are completely imploding. 3 wild pitches/passed balls in the inning, two defensive miscues.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      I am tomahawk chopping. Fans are in an uproar. They never play like this against the Nats

  22. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    My goodness Braves imploding. Never play like this against Nats

  23. Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I’ve been listening to the Braves feed for the top of this inning, and Turner field sounds as though it’s overrun with Dodgers fan. At one point someone whistled the cavalry charge and a pretty sizable group of people took up the cheer.

    ::: wipes away a tear :::

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Dodger fans are chopping too. Puig staired at the A. Shook his finger no at it.

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        LMAO, that’s hilarious.

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Er, hilarious re: Puig. Not the chop. Chop can’t die soon enough imo.

      • scmargenau - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 AM

        Music to my ears. O, how I despise the o barves.

  24. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Charlie Steiner quote of the night.

    Jaime couldn’t find the plate with a GPS.

  25. breakbad1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Fricking Braves play nearly perfect last night and beat us. Tonight they look like absolute clowns–no Nats’ performance this year was as pathetic as what the Braves are showing us tonight.

    I am totally happy.

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      +1

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      They never play like that against us, and once the Dodgers got to the bullpen, things have gone great.

  26. Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    OK Dodgers, no heartbreakers please.

  27. stoatva - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    The Hammer going to Kansas City (Kansas City here I come!).

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Got him for basically nothing.

  28. breakbad1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I just love knowing I have another inning and a half of watching the Braves suffocate.

    I withdraw my previous complaints about them getting national TV exposure. I want America to see this.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Just reading Twitter feeds. The Braves have a Legion of Doom that makes ours look like amateur hour. Holy Smokes those are some bitter-beer-faced dudes down there!

      They can blame that attendance on the opening day of school all they want. Yesterday was the day before school opening…today is school opening…tomorrow will be the day after school opening, etc, etc But that is one unhappy bunch down there.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    5 outs to go.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Nelson Cruz extends lead 7-3. Not that I am for the O’s, but I am against the Yankees more.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    4 outs to go.

  32. breakbad1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    A cousin just called me from Iowa. She asked, “Why is Atlanta on ESPN if there’s no one in the stands but Dodger fans? Do the people in Atlanta hate the Frediot?”

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Last night again tonight no crowd.

  33. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Word press sucks. The report button shouldn’t be anywhere near reply. Or at least ask if you meant it.

    On the other hand at least I reported myself.

    3 outs to go.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      This game just aggravates me… I just do not understand why the heck the Nats can’t beat them…. Just ugh,

      • coop202 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        Actually think we had been worn thin all week. Needed the off day (not like we owned the mets or phillies last week). Looking forward to tomorrow

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Yet we can’t beat these bums…. And I don’t think the Braves played perfect last night…. We just sucked… Plain and simple.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Take away the Braves out of the equation we are 59-44. That is not a bad record. They are 51-53.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        They want to feel better about themselves, they just circle the Nats on their calendar… Smdh

  35. coop202 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Miami is about to beat St. Louis…

    • coop202 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      *meanwhile

  36. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    I wish Puig would stomp on the A, just to rub it in some

  37. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Puid just stared and moved on this time.

  38. rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Fredi has Varvaro in again? Pitched every game against us if I’m not mistaken. That guy has no regard whatsoever for his pitchers’ arms. He left Wood in for 120 last night. If that kid comes up sore-shouldered they really are toast.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Wow… Where are the people?

  40. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Stanton 2 homers 3 RBI in a 6-5 win.

  41. breakbad1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Agree with rayvil re the Atlanta Legion of Doom on the webandtwitterverse. I sometimes fall into the ranks of the LOD, but at least I have NI people to talk me back from the ledge. In Atlanta it is ALL LOD!

  42. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Dodgers announcer on Braves attendance: “One thing that is certain about tonight: there will be no traffic leaving the ballpark.”

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Oral Herheiser said that.

    • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Yikes!

      This starts off being a great clinic about when to throw behind the runner, but collapses because of execution.

      To say the least. ;-)

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Hilarious!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      So there’s a team in the Little League World Series wearing the same uniforms as the O’s?

  43. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    They are chopping down by 4 with 2 out in the 9th. Are they stupid?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Barves lose!!!!

      • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        …with style points! That was no normal, every day loss. That was their Ace and they gagged badly.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Fredi rode him hard. Everyone exploits them but the Nats.

    • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      No. They’re happy they just doubled their run output. ;-)

    • NatsLady - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      You have to ask?

    • stoatva - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Is that a trick question?

  44. NatsLady - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    It looks like a collection of fans doing Tommy John rehab exercises–Dodger announcers.

    These guys are funny. And I get the feeling they don’t like the Barves much either.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Charlie Steiner said it. He and Oral Herheiser were on their game.

  45. breakbad1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    My fave play of the year Lady Nats!

  46. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Final 6-2

    Couple of chopping girls at the end. As Oral said, simply wish full thinking.

    Charlie Steiner another quote, the chop looks like people doing Tommy John Rehab.

    • stoatva - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      “I like the lyrics!”

  47. breakbad1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Barfs lose on a check swing. JUSTICE!

  48. TimDz - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Four games up…..
    Atlanta may find themselves third in the division by this time next week….

  49. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    When do we start looking at the magic number?

    • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      September 20-something.

    • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      With 46 games to go, our magic number is 42.
      ;-)

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        42 ties doesn’t it? I thought 43

      • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        I think because we are 5games ahead in the loss column, it’s 42.

        42 wins would give us 105, while the most the Braves could win is 104.

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      The current magic number is…good expectation calibration…

    • stoatva - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      When I no longer have to take off my shoes to count.

  50. natsfan1a - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Thanks, Dodgers!

  51. Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    This Puig glaring at the ‘A’ logo is hilarious and fascinating.

    Also, I just realized that we miss both McCutchen and Goldschmidt next week. Alrighty then.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    I actually got an insider with the Oreos. The text I got on Machado is a strain and he was just scared because of the injury on his other knee. Shouldn’t be anything serious.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Looked like he had been hit with a hatchet. Can understand it though. He really hurt the other one.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        An injury expert on ESPN thinks its a kneecap displacement. If that’s the case, he will be gone for the year and my insider don’t know nothing.

  53. Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I half expect an Instant Analysis thread right now.

    • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Me, too!

  54. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    My instant analysis. Mets are closer to the Braves then the Braves are to the Nats

    • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Aren’t Fish 5 behind Braves and Mets 7?

      • coop202 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        2 behind braves, mets 3.5 behind braves

      • Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        Oh… Right…duh

  55. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Royals beat the A’s. They take over first in the central divion AL.

    21479 at the game. Way low.

    • NatsLady - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Does the KC outfielder always do a back flip?
      I see they had the Korean guy there… He seemed pretty excited.

    • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      ?!?!

      Ok, who had KC over the Tigers at this point in the season?

  56. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Dyson pulled an Ozzie after the final catch.

  57. David Proctor - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Braves are closer to fourth place than first place.

  58. Section 222 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    I’m kind of off the grid this week, but did notice tonight’s starting pitcher matchup in Houston- Tommy Milone for the Twins vs. Brad Peacock for the Astros. Even our most knowledgable insiders and adventurous prognosticators couldn’t have predicted that back in 2011!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      +1

    • veejh - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

      He’s been worth it…I think…..Norris, too. Hmmmmm, did we actually win that trade? No.

      • veejh - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        holy…and how could I forget about Cole? We lost the hell out of that deal. BB can be a genius and the proof is the A’s this season.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:30 AM

        No way we would’ve won the NL East in 2012 without the Gio trade.

      • therealjohnc - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        Don’t kid yourself, veejh, both teams did fine on that trade. Gio has put up 8.9 bWAR/ 10 fWAR for the Nationals. The combined WAR for Milone, Peacock and Norris has been slightly less, but pretty close. The advantage for the A’s has been that they didn’t pay as much salary for those guys as the Nats have paid Gio – this is important for the A’s given their financial realities. The advantage for the Nats is that they have one player produce as much as three, which leaves 24 other roster spots available to contribute more (this is the “it’s better to have one 5 WAR player than two 2 WAR players and one 1 WAR player reality) – which is important for a team that is contending. A.J. Cole is the wild card in this, but since the Nats swiped him back as one third of the return for one season of Michael Morse (which turned out to be a lousy season at that), it’s hard to get bent out of shape about it.

        It’s OK to have a win-win trade. That may be why Rizzo and Beane like to do business.

        Going forward Norris seems likely to be the only potential impact player in that group. If he reaches his ceiling (consistent All Star) and Gio falls off the table, then you might have an argument. While I’m bullish on Norris, I’m also pretty confident in Gio. His arm and peripherals are solid and I’ve been very encouraged by the emergence of his changeup as a weapon this year. Most likely result IMHO is that this trade continues to be a win-win.

  59. breakbad1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    +4 games. I’ll take it.

  60. coop202 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Ideal realistic case for the next three – dodgers take the series in Atl, we take 2/3 in ny with there quality starts and the marlins stay even with St. Louis the rest if the week to damage both their hopes. Will be dreaming of this tonight…

  61. Eric - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    So…the whole thing with Puig staring down the ‘A’…what’s up with that? What does he care? Is like the whole MLB done with these guys?

  62. NatsLady - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Barves run differential: -1

  63. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    As I think somebody in here mentioned about four days ago, even if ATL *had* swept, they’d still be 1.5 back and exhausted, going into 7 straight against LA and Oakland. They won’t hold up. Every injury now will cost them games later, because they have nothing left. No Treinan, no Taylor, and no money.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      They do have the Tomahawk Chop and the Fancy A-hole behind homeplate and the fat drunk guy in Section 121. They do have all that.

  64. edshelton2013 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    This doesn’t look like the same Barves team that beat up Stras and Gio. Then, last night they get shut down by Correia, a waiver-wire pick-up with an ERA over 5.
    They’re a weak-hitting team that somehow finds a way to consistently win close games against us.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      That bunt hit by Bonifacio was the dagger that started the 5th inning. The Nats also make more mental mistakes against them than they do in other series.

  65. bjd1207 - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Wait was Michael Taylor ever actually called up? Who got sent down?

    • therealjohnc - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Souza was placed on the DL

  66. Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Have I ever mentioned that I have hated to Braves since at least 1982?

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NL EAST STANDINGS

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x-WASHINGTON 87 63 -- 0
ATLANTA 75 76 12.5
MIAMI 73 77 14.0
NEW YORK 73 79 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 81 18.0
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x-Clinched division title
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