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Game 119: Nats at Mets

Aug 14, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Tonight the Nationals close out their three-game series at Citi Field in search of a sweep of the New York Mets. Stephen Strasburg (8-10, 3.68) will look to overcome his road woes against a club he has handled well in the past.

Strasburg, oddly enough, is only making his sixth career start vs. the Mets tonight. Compare that to the 10 he’s made against Philadelphia, the 15 times he’s faced Atlanta, and the 17 starts he has against Miami, and it’s kind of a strange coincidence. In those five outings, however, Strasburg has been excellent with a 2.70 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 30 innings. The Nationals’ right-hander faced the Mets on Opening Day 2014 and took a no-decision after allowing four earned runs in six innings of work.

The Mets will also trot out their Opening Day starter, Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.54). Gee is making his 14th career start against the Nationals and holds a 3.23 ERA in 83 2/3 total innings vs. the franchise. In the first game of the season, he also earned a no-decision after allowing four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.

The Nationals have a chance to make it 25 wins in their last 29 games at Citi Field tonight. After that they will head home for a 10-game homestand beginning with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Please check back in the morning for Mark’s analysis of the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Thunderstorms (55% chance of rain), 77 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (65-53)
CF Denard Span
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Jose Lobaton
RF Michael Taylor
RHP Stephen Strasburg

METS (57-64)
TBA
RHP Dillon Gee

UMPIRES
HP Brian Gorman
1B nJim Wolf
2B Tony Randazzo
3B Stu Scheurwater

276 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsbro - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Braves lose, we enter play 5.5 up today.

    Get out the brooms boys and gals.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Past tense, Barves lost! 5.5 up for the Nats before tonight’s game. Barves lose 3 of 4 to the Dodgers and didn’t even face Kershaw or Greinke.

      • natsbro - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        BJ Upton strikes out to end it.

        Fitting.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Yep.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        Was watching the end of the Braves game, but had to go help a neighbor with something with two on and two out in the bottom of the 9th. Was able to do so with complete confidence, however, knowing that BJ Upton was coming bat. Thank you, Mike Rizzo, for not going after that particular Mr. Upton.

      • therealjohnc - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        And B.J. was only in the game because his brother Justin came out of the game with a “hamstring issue.” Since he and Freeman have been the real offense on that team, that situation bears watching. If Freeman misses any significant time the Braves might have trouble finishing over .500.

      • therealjohnc - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Sigh. Upton. If Justin Upton misses any significant time. I’ll show myself out … :-)

  2. natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Won’t see much of this in real time because of a community association meeting (yay, sounds fun). Do have the DVR set, though.

    Go, NATS!!

  3. Doc - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Not sure what to make of SS and his on-going saga.

    Still can’t believe the 4 HR’s and 7 R’s crossing the plate from his last game. Particularly in light of leading the NL in K’s.

    Oh well, I haven’t heard any rational baseball explanation from the ‘expert’ class either. I guess we’ll all be confused together.

    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Nats (Especially, MT!!!!) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Yes, there have been explanations. One is that ever since TJ surgery, he has trouble sine games, getting movement on his fastball. When he has it, it’s often lights out. But when he doesn’t it’s too straight and big league guys can hit it.

      • dtspin - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        I don’t know about that explanation for SS (fb command and movement – when on, he gets Ks when off he gets hit).

        Last start at ATL was an aberration, but he got 9Ks along with the 4 HRs.

        For his career, he’s been below average with respect to giving up HRs (some advanced stat heads would label it poor) – this year, he’s worse than poor so far.

        For his career he’s also slightly worse than average for BABIP (~.290-295 in the NL) [302] but this year he’s more than slightly worse, at ~.340

        I personally would put him as a B pitcher this year and a B+ one over his entire career. Saber guys would bring up his amazing K% – and it is amazing – and tout the very good FIP number and excellent xFIP number.

        The problem with FIP is that it does not account for bad BABIP, thinking that it would normalize over time. But some guys just have high BABIP (just like some hitters have high BABIP), based on their makeup. The problem with xFIP is that it normalizes the pitcher’s HR per flyball rate, thinking that the variation will regress to the mean over time. But again, some pitchers will just give up more HR/FB than the league average – through his career, SS is one of those guys – therefore his xFIP may (does) exaggerate his effectiveness.

  4. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Some lines from the NY media:

    “The power showcase from the night before still lingering around Citi Field, Terry Collins spoke Wednesday about the Washington Nationals’ muscular lineup with a hint of admiration.”

    “The Mets might as well just forfeit the rest of their games against the Washington Nationals. It would save everybody a lot of time.”

    “If the Mets aspire to be anything other than also-rans, they must at some point change their fortunes against the Nationals.”

    “The New York Mets have never won 10 straight games at Citi Field. The Washington Nationals have. The Mets have never homered in 10 straight games at Citi Field. The Nationals have. Whose home ballpark is this, anyway? Lately, it sure seems to belong to the Nationals, who beat the Mets again (and homered again) in a 3-2 win Wednesday night. “

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Oh my. That is tough on Mets fans.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Maybe an effort at reverse psychological directed at this team (not the fans)? Or perhaps just telling it like it is? Or both?

      • jd - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Collins isn’t a great manager either. I couldn’t believe he was sacrificing Legares down one run and the bottom of the order coming up after D’arnaud hit a bomb and den Decker hit a bullet single. Thanks gor the gift out Terry.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        And that’s their beat writers, not the Mets LOD!

      • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        It’s just like what Mark used to write about Nats-Marlins. For two years it seems we could hardly beat them.

    • nats106 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      So, we’re like the Phillies in that we have 2 parks? Nationals Park and NPN?

      Last Phillies series there was a Phillies fan who, as leaving, stated we used to own this park! Of course my response “yes, and to think you don’t even own the one in Philadelphia anymore”. Given my age and athleticism (or lack thereof) you’d think I’d hold my tongue.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        lol, well played.

        ===

        Last Phillies series there was a Phillies fan who, as leaving, stated we used to own this park! Of course my response “yes, and to think you don’t even own the one in Philadelphia anymore”. Given my age and athleticism (or lack thereof) you’d think I’d hold my tongue.

      • TimDz - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        +2….as in nice pair

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Whose home ballpark is this, anyway? Lately, it sure seems to belong to the Nationals

      Yes, but unlike some people, Nats fans aren’t [jerks] about it.

      • nats106 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Haha. But that wasn’t the guy. The dude fussing was about 6′ 6 and 260 lbs of muscle. My usher said he normally would have my back, but not in this case. Good time was had by all!

    • rabbit433 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      It sounds like the Nats vs the Braves! Keep the faith Met fans. Strasburg is pitching tonight.

      • npb99 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Oh, come on, unless you’re trying to impersonate SWM.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Seeking a bit of clarity. My initial perception is that the first quote was spoken by Collins, but that the rest of them were written by members of the media and represent their personal opinions?

      • natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Word Press wackiness strikes again. My question related to David’s 4:10 post.

    • hitmeimopen - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Before anyone gets too big-headed over this compliment, it’d be wise to consider how this applies to the Nats vs. the Braves, too.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    “natsbro on August 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Get out the brooms boys and gals.”

    Dillon Gee is pitching. My broom is in my closet until after the final score is penciled in.

    • Danny - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      We don’t exactly have murderers row lineup either today.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Hey, they survived Frandsen in left last night. Have faith, Danny boy.

    • natszee - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Strasburg has not won a game against the Mets since July 2012 and his last two outings against them he was bombed. I hope he turns that around tonight but if he falters early, I hope MW gives him a quick hook … digging out of a 4-5 run hole after 2 or 3 innings is not a fun game to watch.

      • David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        “Strasburg has not won a game against the Mets since July 2012 and his last two outings against them he was bombed.”

        He has faced the Mets twice since July 2012. Only five times in his career, bizarrely enough.

  6. wearenationals - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Let’s sweep the series and extend the lead to 6! Keep calm and throw strikes, Stras!

  7. therealjohnc - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Wow, Braves lost again. It’s amazing watching the air go out of that balloon. They lost 3 of 4 at home to the Dodgers when the Braves did not have to face either Greinke or Kershaw (the Dodgers are just over .500 in games not started by one of those two pitchers). Mattingly decided to bring in a new pitcher and go with a six man rotation to give his starters a bit more rest and still took two of three. The Braves have gone 3-12 in their last 15 games – and 2 of those 3 were against the Nationals.

    Nats now 5.5 games up, seven games in the loss column. I did not see that coming. Ironically the terrible raft of pitching injuries have not hurt the Braves – Santana and Harang have plugged the gap created by Medlen and Beachy. But their lineup is awful, and their defense is also terrible (25th in the majors in defensive efficiency). Their cushiony soft schedule in June and July (29 straight games against sub-.500 teams) managed to hide many of their flaws but they are coming home to roost now with a vengence. The Braves are only four games ahead of the 4th-place Mets!

    • therealjohnc - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Excuse me – Dodgers obviously took three of four. Fingers typing to fast, I guess!

    • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Magic number is 38.

      Just sayin’ … ;-)

  8. donniebenth - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Playing with house money tonight. Play loose boys. Let’s sweep ‘em!

  9. natsbro - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/batvspitch/_/id/30139/dillon-gee vs Nats

    • NatsLady - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Well, Bryce has his number anyway.

      • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        He certainly does!!

  10. EllieEspinosa - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    LET’S GO!!! GYFNG !

  11. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Matty no putting up the scrups tonight, except Lobaton–who isn’t that bad. Stras has nothing to complain about. Lovely weather, etc.

  12. NatsLady - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    EJax with 5 earned in 4.2 innings. And the Royals just came from behind on the A’s. Lotta screaming in KC.

  13. Danny - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Really wish Souza hadn’t gotten hurt. Taylor had a great first game, but Souza is definitely more major league ready imo.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      One of the bright spots is that they have a Michael Taylor they can plug in when Werth, McLouth, AND Souza are hurt at the same time, and they happen to have “the best outfielder on the planet” in their back pocket (or AAA, as the case may be) to plug right in.

  14. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Would love to lower the number to 37.

  15. therealjohnc - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Things are going so well that pretty soon the pessimists will have to pivot from “this season is over” to “the Nats have no chance in the playoffs.” Expect it!

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Imagine what odds you could have gotten, back on April, that a certain poster’s season would be over before the Nats’ season was?
      #NotGloating…Much

      • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        He tried. He declared the season over on Apr 25 ;-)

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        Hence, “back in April.”

  16. micksback1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    2 thoughts, Stras is due to win on the road after losing 6 straight and do the Marlins become the team the Nats have to out pace, I’m wondering.

    • coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Technically we have to outpace all of the Braves, Marlins, Mets (and Phillies), and by end of season I bet those teams will not be in that order.

  17. veejh - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Gee pitches well against us…..Stras is unpredictable now….don’t count on that sweep.

    • Eric - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      I agree, yer take heart from the fact that we got to Gee rather well in the season opener, as I recall.

      GO NATS!!!

  18. destewart01 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    how come Mark doesn’t cover the MASN dispute very often?

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Because nothing happens very often?

      • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        Story in WaPo today about it. (The arbiter’s number was $55 M, closer to O’s number than the Nats)

  19. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Jon Heyman ‏@JonHeymanCBS 1m
    Support vacillated betw 20, 21 and 22 votes for manfred. Brewers and rays eventually voted yes, and nats pushed it to 23.

  20. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Walks always continues innings. This time for us.

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    What an unlucky hit for Rendon….. But thanks Adam… Whoop, whoop… Keep the line moving..

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    This must be Gillon Dee pitching.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    I wonder… What is the likelihood that the Nats pick up the options for BOTH Span and LaRoche….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Somewhat high I believe

  24. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Fastball control.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Come on ump. When it is a strike on pitch track, and you call it a ball, we are watching.

    Too many 2 strike fouls

  26. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Snakes 1-0

  27. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Loboton so far is calling a good start to the game.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Get Duda

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Hard to believe EJax ERA could rise even higher. Now 5.74 after he gave up 5 runs in 4 2/3.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      He used to only have problems in the 1st inning, then was gravy after that…

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Good at bat Mr Taylor….

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Very pleased Michael A was back in the 8. Putting him in leadoff yesterday was not a wise move in foresight or hindsight.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Matty still does a bit of the Rookie Manager Trial & Error learning method.

    • Section 222 - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Agreed. Heaven forbid Bryce should bat higher than 6th.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Would have been the time to try Rendon, Bryce, Desi, ALR, Ramos, Asdrubal, Taylor, Frandsen

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Did anyone else get a weird maintenance message?

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Huh?

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      I got a message about helping to move a large sum of money into the country from the finance minister of Sylvania. Looked legit.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      But “Weird Maintenance” would be a good name for either a rock band or a new shown on the History Channel.

      • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        +1

  33. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Other then getting Adamized Dillon Gee has pitch a pretty good game so far.
    Now let’s see if Strasburg can keep it up with a lead.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    KaBoom

  35. knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Send him to Syracuse!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Yah that unpaid intern who asked that crazy question. If all else fails, blame the unpaid intern.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    This Gillon Dee guy is getting beat by walks and HRs.

    Who is he?

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    What
    A
    Hit

    By Bryce…

  38. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Span’s bat and Citi Field not a good match this series.

  39. sjm308 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    I NEVER post during games but on tv, you knew Bryce had gone deep! He just crushed it.
    Imagine if he gets hot right now? We will cruise into the playoffs

    Go Nats!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      His body is moving less, so he is starting to get in a groove.

  40. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    FP is wrong the play was fine. The error was bad. He over spun.

    4 errors in 2 games. This is a negative trend that needs to stop.

    Strasburg needs to take control.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      I agree with you. That throw ultimately cost a run. Ian did make a great play getting to the ball.

  41. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Out by a mile, and we can’t catch a throw

  42. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Nice strike out of David Wright by Strasburg. Now let’s see how he deals with the error by Desi and the misplay by Rendon.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      I thought that was error on Anthony. What say you all?

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        I give E5. He was out by 2 steps, no reason not to catch the ball.

        As I said 2 infielders let Strasburg down.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        E5

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        For the record, it is a stolen base, not an error. I just meant that I thought Rendon was at fault, not the Lobaton.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Thanks Span. Non thanks to the infielders for allowing Murphy have the extra 180 feet.

  44. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Poor defense cost us a run. Not Desi’s error. Those will happen, but ALR not going off the bag to catch it and then Rendon dropping the throw at 3B.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      It was a bad throw, but you are right surprising that ALR didn’t move to stop it. Rendon was clearly unexpainable to me.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Rendon’s E5 was perfectly explicable: he took his eye off the ball before he caught it to check the onvoming spikes.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        *oncoming

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        Which, again, was not an *actual* E-5. Stolen base, by rule.

    • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Why does my box score call this an earned run? He wouldn’t have been on third if it wasn’t for error, right?

      • David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        It should be unearned

      • coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        are stolen bases treated differently, even if there was an error?

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        It is unearned

      • coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Oh wait, you’re not talking about the trow to 3rd, but the throw to first?

      • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        Update. The ESPN App box score changed it to an unearned run.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      I knew someone was going to blame ALR. That’s not true, n my opinion. It was a crappy throw and it’s on Desi.

      • David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Most SS’s don’t even get to that ball. If you see the throw is off target, it’s the 1B’s job to go off the bag to retrieve it. Obviously Desi is responsible for the throw, but ALR is equally responsible for the extra base IMO

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        It was a terrible throw, but ALR didn’t move til it was past him. Get off the bag and knock it down.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Never should have made that throw, E – 6.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        I don’t disagree that first basemen have to sometimes come off the bag, but Adam was fully stretched to receive the throw. There was no way he could’ve recovered to make up for the wildness of the throw because of how far he was stretched .
        As to Rendon, that was a terrific play by the Loboton. Rendon has to make that play. I don’t understand official scorers sometimes.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Error is always on the bad throw, but it would have been good, in hindsight, had LaRoche come off to get it. But he is Adam LaRoche, and he thought he could get to it, so I won’t second-guess.

  45. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Cabrera is having good swings.

  46. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Come on guys keep the ball down or hit it farther.

  47. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    My box score has unearned. Not sure whose has it earned. The error at first the reason.

  48. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Nice hook.

  49. knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    FWIW, really impressed so far with Taylor’s at bats tonight. Patience is a virtue and he is showing a lot if it.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Agreed, Knox.

  50. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Nice inning. Let’s get a few more.

  51. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Why I like Harper swinging early as he ks on 0-2 counts a lot usually on a non strike.

  52. micksback1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Michael taylor reminds me of a young Bernie Williams

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      I liked Bernie a lot, but unlike Taylor, Bernie was a switch hitter.

      • micksback1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        good point both Joe and Knox. I should be more specific, Michael’s personality reminds me al ot of B Williams, back 96, Williams was a humble rookie wanting to learn, that is how i see Michael

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      I’d love Taylor to have a Bernie Williams career as long as it is in a Nats uniform.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Wow a little high don’t you think.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Might have been a wild pitch had it missed the bat.

      His first two at bats fine, was due a bad one.

  54. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    If you want to hit Taylor for some BS retaliation, that’s one thing. But stay away from his head. Not cool.

    • micksback1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      agree, that is crap

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    I’m gonna hope that wasn’t retaliation…. I’m really gonna hope that.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Our biggest weakness by far is average with RISP.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Where *do* the Nats rank in BA with RISP? Anybody?

      • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        If I recall, it wasn’t the worst, but it was below league average.

    • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Mets 0-for-17 RISP in this series thus far.

    • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Our biggest weakness by far is average with RISP.

      Well, OTOH, we do have two HR’s with guys on base — just not in scoring position.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      I think SF should count a a hit to make that stat meaningful.

  57. veejh - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    That little stumble cost Harper that play at 2nd. Aaaalllmost

  58. coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    I don’t think Taylor even realized it was coming at his head. He seriously could have been killed, because he barely moved at all. This was not being cool under pressure, it was clueless, and the coaches need to really talk to him about plate presence and self-preservation. It will come with experience, but that looked like deer in the headlights non-reaction of a rookie. I hope he stays safe!

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Nah, he had it all the way. The one thing he sees in A and AA is guys who hit the mascot.

      What he needs to learn is to get the bat out of the way with him.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      He did duck.

      • coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        I watched again. His “duck” was more of a short nod forward until it hit his bat behind him and then he hunched forward. From one camera angle it looked like it hit the back of his helmet. It actually missed his head by about 3 inches and not til it was past him did he really react. I know, it was bang-bang and I know I would deb dead, but he did seem slow to recognize the threat, imo.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        I don’t disagree with that.

  59. Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Great job by Strasburg.

  60. stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    That’s the way you love to see Stras pitch.

    • veejh - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Didn’t think he was gonna pull through there. Solid stuff.

  61. conatsguy - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Way to get out of that sticky wicket Stephen :-)

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Good going SS…. Kinda surprised he had an at bat right there.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      He’s only thrown 84 pitches, hasn’t given up an earned run, and still looks pretty strong. I’d leave him in until he shows signs of weakening.

  63. micksback1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Stras is pitching very well

  64. stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Got those Triple-D’s coming up this inning.

    • coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Is that a straight line, Stoatva? I’m biting my tongue… :-)

      • coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        :-) :-)

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Come on, this is a family blog.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      I won’t go there, it’s killing me but I won’t go there.

  65. adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    BTW — three home runs in the last seven games for Harper.

    All three against the Mets.

  66. knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Sweet pitch!

  67. adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    So . . . thinking ahead. You’re MW. Who do you pitch in the 8th and 9th tonight?

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      I’d let Stras at least start the eighth.

    • adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      (And Stras is at 101 pitches . . . )

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Jerry Blevins…. *looks at JoeS and snickers*

    • micksback1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      either Det or Stammen?

  68. veejh - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Well done, Stras, well done.

  69. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Brilliant performance by Strasburg tonight. He must think Citi Field is home like the rest of our team.

  70. knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Strasburg for the eighth. I mean why not? He hasn’t thrown that many pitches has he?

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      101 pitches. I think you turn it over to the pen, but MW has said he wants Strasburg to be the workhorse of this staff.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Exactly. Get him out of the “give them 7 good innings and I’m done” mode. I don’t know that Stras thinks along those lines but someday we will need him to think in terms of a CG and not just seven.

        See Clip is warming now so that pretty well settles it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      101 pitches. Let him go til a man is on.

      Harper needs to read curves better.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Fantastic job tonight SS… Phenomenal pitching, in an away game, at that….

    • conatsguy - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      I know it’s the Mets, but here’s hoping Stras & Harp are now ready to make some big noise in this playoff run.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        Games like this sometimes are stepping stones… So yeah, I’m hoping with ya! :-)

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    RISP we are 13th. .238

    A positive we are 6th in runs with RISP

    Another positive 3rd in at bats with RISP.

    So its not all bad.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      Thanx for those numbers. Didn’t know that.

  73. coop202 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    He’s a head case! Trade him (and Gio while you’re at it).

    A hair to many beverages, but this is still what I expect to be the norm from him. At times amazing, at his worst unlucky and okay looking.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Who? Harper? Not interesting in trading him, want him to read curs.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        “Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
        -Groucho

      • natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        My cat can read curs. He says they’re pretty much all no-goodniks. Of course, they probably think the same of him.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        But they play it by the mojo.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        Anyway, who writes in curs-ive anymore?

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    I keep forgetting that A Barrett isn’t up here…

  75. adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    I just noticed: Strasburg tonight thus far: 8 ground-outs, 2 fly outs. That’s great stuff for him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Good job tonight.

  76. coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Dang, skinny guy has serious POP!

  77. stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Lagares is stoopid good in CF.

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Taylor gave that a ride. That’s a HR or XBH in many parks.

    • David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      And a lot of other CFers too. Really nice play by Lagares, who is excellent.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      He must have fast hands, as he is not a big man.

  79. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    FP said Frandsen’s hit was a fair, Frandsen barely left the box. Williams would be all over Harper ifhe didnt run it out, yet Frandsen probably will get away with it.

  80. knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Why not Espinosa in that ph situation? He isn’t going to improve his hitting from the left side sitting on the bench and it was a low stress situation.

  81. coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Further to the Taylor/Bernie comparison, which has some merit, what about a young Alfonso Soriano? Tall lanky but with surprising power? Wait til MT fills out with some muscle in a couple years and look out!

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      And Taylor is a better defensive outfielder than Soriano. I like that idea.

      • coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        of course young Soriano was a 2B until we exiled him to the OF, which probably was a huge career favor to him, even though he hated it at the time.

  82. stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Love to see Clippard get the first pitch strike.

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Not to mention the second and third.

  83. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Mets scored zero earned runs against Nats starters in this series. Zero.

  84. TimDz - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Clippard…..
    Closer stuff….

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    So, my broom is still in my closet… I will leave it there until the last out….

  86. David Proctor - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Soriano will have 2-3-4. Not an easy save by any means.

    • coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      let’s score a few more and let Drew finish the non-save….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Just pitch under control. Key get Murphy.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Clip pitches the 8th like we would likecSoriano pitch the 9th.

    Murphy, Wright Duda

  88. Section 222 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Gosh, what a high wire act that Clipp is. Did you see that ball that meatball he threw inside and over the plate to Grandserson? He was lucky that wasn’t a homer. Granderson crushed it. Sheesh!
    ;-)

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Was that written with tongue in cheek?

      • Section 222 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Indeed. Appropos of an earlier conversation about Soriano.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        I remember that conversation.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      No back spin.

  89. stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Let’s get a couple.

  90. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Span not a good series at the pate. Start it up again next stand.

  91. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I took my maloox

  92. knoxvillenat - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Blevins in to face Murphy?

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      I’d be impressed.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        But no.

  93. stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Buckle up!!!!

    …just kidding.

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I hope Span isn’t getting into a little funk…. Hopefully, he will take against the Pirates….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      +1

  95. coollikelivo - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Game simulation… I’m standing up here in my living room for the 9th inning…

  96. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Put him away

  97. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Big out

  98. conatsguy - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    This was a nice, low stress game. Barves lost & Stras dealing. I’m ready for a Soriano appearance.

  99. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Quit throwing it outside damn it

    • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Trying to ice Soriano, as much as anything.

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        No idea why that showed up as a reply.

  100. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    That’s better

  101. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Of vourse I’m tucked.

  102. adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Wow — two eight-pitch at bats in a row. Way to hang tough Sori!

  103. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    He was in the box, was Soriano on rubber if so no review should happen.

  104. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Need dug out cam

  105. Section 222 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Is it possible that the ball would bounce so far to the right if it didn’t hit his toe? I guess so.

  106. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Less pitches please

  107. manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Medium stress.

  108. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    OhnTocked

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Shirts out! Brooms out!

    Nice series sweep and win!!!!!

    6 games is music to my ears.. Whoop, whoop!

  110. adcwonk - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Soriano didn’t even need any outfielders for that 1-2-3 inning.

    Quite the tight rope act, eh?

  111. conatsguy - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    + 1 for the shift.. Untucked.

  112. veejh - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Saaaaaaweeeeeeeep!

  113. Section 222 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    UNTUCK baby! Un-freakin’ tuck. Groundball, popup, groundball. Against the heart of the order. Clean enough for ya?

    Sweet win for Stras, and a nice jack for Bryce. This team is rolling.

    • veejh - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      It is the Mets

      • stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Most of the rest of the season is NLEast. Mets were actually pretty hot coming into the series.

      • Section 222 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        True that. We feasted on a bad team and the Braves lost to a good one. That’s just what we need to do.

      • Section 222 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        On the other had, Murphy, Wright, and Duda are no slouches.

  114. dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Woohoo
    Bring on the bobbleheads

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I hadn’t realized how much the Nats traveled…. Welcome home guys… Glad you’ll be home for a while.. Think imma be sick on Thursday for a Desi bobble head… :-)

    • dcwx61 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      go early, go often
      i’ll be there but it’ll be hot….sweatin like a pig

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        don’t get poisonal!

  116. stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    • veejh - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Our future closer. :)

  117. natsfan1a - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Only saw from the bottom of the 6th on, because I was at a community association meeting. But I did win a door prize, so there’s that. Plus, the Nats won, so there’s that. All in all, not a bad night. Now, if I could just convince the cat that it’s bedtime.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      What, it’s the middle of the night! Why are you going to bed??

  118. natszee - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Congradulations Nats on the sweep and well done Stephen Strasburg on a well pitched game. Hopefully a glimse of many good tings to come!

  119. breakbad1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Man it feels like things are all coming together at the right time. Rookie producing, signs look good for Werth return, Zimm is hopefully on the way. It’s coming together.

  120. nats128 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    The difference a day makes. Soriano was dominant tonight.

    The difference a week makes. Strasburg was very good.

    The difference a career makes. Dillon Gee didn’t beat the Nats tonight.

    • conatsguy - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Nice comment. Agree totally!

  121. npb99 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Awesome to get the sweep!
    What must Mets fans be saying about their team against the Nats?! Talk about a team the Nats dominate.

  122. Section 222 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Marlins walk off. Feeling the heat Braves fans?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      Mike Dunn gets me a relief win for my fantasy team.

    • NatsLady - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      They’ve given up, as far as I can see. Talking about 2015 Spring Training.

      • Section 222 - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        Surely there are some DP- like folks who still see hope. 6 games back on August 15 is not insurmountable

  123. stoatva - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Hairy save for Rosenthal.

  124. Drew - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    707 from Henry Aaron.

  125. Eric - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    That play to end the inning was fantastic. Good show between the coaching and the execution.

  126. conatsguy - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Nice paragraph from the MLB.com Gameday Wrap:

    ” Now, after the Nationals’ 4-1 victory Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep of the Mets and extend Washington’s Citi Field win streak to 11, the difference between the team running away with the National League East and the team struggling to reach .500 is as stark as it has been all season.”

    Fun read. Can we dream? GYFNG.

  127. manassasnatsfan - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    3 more RISP facts.

    We are tied for 3rd in sac flies.

    We are 3rd in K

    We are 15th in hitting into double plays

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