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Game 131: Nats at Phillies

Aug 26, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — Despite the Phillies’ overall struggles this season, Cole Hamels remains as formidable as just about any other left-hander in the league. So Matt Williams is playing the percentages tonight, stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters. Out is Bryce Harper. Out is Adam LaRoche. In are Scott Hairston and Kevin Frandsen.

Hairston has feasted on Hamels in his career, hitting .386 (17-for-44) with five homers, nine RBI and a 1.266 OPS. Interestingly enough, this is only the 20th game Hairston has started since joining the Nationals nearly 14 months ago; five of those starts have come against Hamels. Actually, three of his last four starts have come against the Philly lefty.

Gio Gonzalez, meanwhile, gets the start for the Nationals, trying to build off his strong outing last week against the Diamondbacks, and rediscover some semblance of consistency for the stretch run. Ryne Sandberg, like Williams, is stacking his lineup with right-handed hitters, benching Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (75-55)
CF Denard Span
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
LF Scott Hairston
C Wilson Ramos
1B Kevin Frandsen
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PHILLIES (59-72)
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
C Carlos Ruiz
RF Marlon Byrd
1B Darin Ruf
LF Grady Sizemore
2B Freddy Galvis
3B Andres Blanco
LHP Cole Hamels

UMPIRES
HP Manny Gonzalez
1B Gary Cederstrom (cc)
2B Chris Segal
3B Jim Reynolds

7:07 p.m. — We are underway. It’s another small crowd here at Citizens Bank Park despite very nice weather.

7:14 p.m. — The Nats tried to get something going in the top of the first against Cole Hamels, with Anthony Rendon initially called safe on a close play at first base in which umpire Gary Cederstrom ruled Darin Ruf’s foot came off the bag. The Phillies, though, challenged the call and were proven right. Rendon was ruled out, and Hamels had himself a 9-pitch, 1-2-3 inning to get this game started.

7:22 p.m. — A solid, if not spectacular, bottom of the first for Gio Gonzalez. He did issue a 1-out walk to Jimmy Rollins but otherwise got three groundballs and was able to keep the ball over the plate. That’s a good sign for him.

7:28 p.m. — The good news: Scott Hairston did what Scott Hairston always does to Cole Hamels. He laced a 2-out single to center in the top of the second, raising his career average against the lefty to an even .400 (18-for-45). The bad news: Nobody else has touched Hamels yet tonight. We go to the bottom of the second, still scoreless.

7:37 p.m. — Gio got himself into a jam in the second but pitched his way out of it. He got Freddy Galvis to pop up a bunt, then got Andres Blanco to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning unscathed.

7:59 p.m. — The Nats tried to get something going in the top of the fourth, but saw that foiled when Ian Desmond was picked off first base. Desmond was upset, claiming Hamels balked. And it sure looks like he did. Hamels’ right leg came all the way back behind his left leg, prompting Desmond to take off, before throwing over. That’s pretty much the definition of a balk. No dice. Still scoreless here in the middle of the fourth.

8:03 p.m. — Desmond took out his frustration on Ruiz, making perhaps his finest play of the season in the field. He ranged way into the hole to snag Ruiz’s grounder, then fired to first base for the out. Really, a fantastic play to helped Gio complete a 1-2-3 inning. That’s four scoreless for Gonzalez on only 43 pitches.

8:23 p.m. — Uh-oh, that didn’t go well in the bottom of the fifth. Gonzalez hung a curveball to Grady Sizemore, who crushed it to right-center for a leadoff triple. He then threw a high fastball to Galvis, who somehow managed to connect and tag the ball deep to left for a 2-run homer. That wasn’t quite Hunter Pence territory, but it was way up in the zone, at Galvis’ neck. Whatever the case, it’s 2-0 Phillies after five, with the Nats showing very little at the plate so far against Hamels.

8:28 p.m. — Geez, the Nats can’t do anything against Hamels. He’s through six scoreless innings on a scant 59 pitches.

8:36 p.m. — Uh-oh again. Darin Ruf hammered a 2-2 fastball down the pipe from Gonzalez for a solo homer in the sixth. It’s 3-0 Phillies, and the Nats have their work cut out for them now.

8:53 p.m. — But they accomplished quite a bit of work in the top of the seventh. The Nats strung together four singles and a walk, pushing across two runs against Hamels. Ramos and Frandsen delivered RBI singles. Danny Espinosa nearly did himself, except his scorched liner happened to be hit directly at Rollins at shortstop. Span the bounced out to end the inning and strand the bases loaded. But it’s now a 3-2 game as we reach the seventh-inning stretch.

9:13 p.m. — Asdrubal Cabrera, folks. Yet another big hit for the July 31 acquisition, this one a leadoff homer in the eighth to tie this game up 3-3. That ended Hamels’ night, and he wasn’t happy handing over the ball to Sandberg. Speaking of not happy, the entire Nats dugout didn’t appear too pleased with Ken Giles’ emphatic dance off the mound after he struck out three straight in relief of Hamels. So we’ve got a whole new ballgame here, tied heading to the bottom of the eighth.

9:23 p.m. — Uh-oh, again. The Phillies have re-taken the lead after an overturned call at first base (the second one successfully challenged by Sandberg tonight) changed an out into an error on Desmond. Revere then stole second second base off Tyler Clippard, took third on Rollins’ flyball and scored on Ruiz’s sac fly. So now the Nats trail 4-3 and have to rally against Jonathan Papelbon again.

9:32 p.m. — Game over. Papelbon closes it out for the second straight night and the Nats drop two straight for the first time since August 5. Final score: 4-3.

250 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Funny lineups

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      +1. Looks almost like a spring training split squad game.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    This lineup.

  3. natsbro - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    The way Frandsen has been hitting lately, he deserves a start like this.

  4. bowdenball - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    I have no problem with using this matchup against a tough lefty to get some guys a bit of extra rest and give some right-handed bench bats a chance. It’s a long season and a 7.5 game lead gives you that luxury.

    I wonder about the absence of Espinosa, though, especially with Cabrera recovering from minor injury. If you’re going to rest some guys because you can get decent platoon numbers from their replacements that would have been at the top of my list.

    • David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Beware, suggesting Cabrera get today off invites lots of criticism around these parts.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        :-)

        I actually suggested it Sunday, before you, but I don’t see anyone suggesting it today. Am surprised that Danny isn’t getting the start, but he didn’t exactly shine yesterday.

      • David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        I was responding to a post by Bowdenball, but it’s since vanished. Odd.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        And now it’s back! WordPress gremlins at work.

      • Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        It’s not gremlins, it’s comment reporting. Report a comment, all of its replies move to the bottom and become unnested.

      • nattyboh - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        It was pretry clear that people were only annoyed when you said he WILL get the day off.

  5. bowdenball - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Also if that weather report is right the Nats better get all their fly ball hitters and ground ball pitchers active- pop flies to left are gonna leave the yard!

  6. bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Hairston and Frandsen should be in the line up against LHP.

    • bowdenball - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Hairston’s OPS vs lefties this year is 60 points lower than Harper’s.

      People who think Hairston is really good against lefties or that he kills Cole Hamels in particular are looking at his career numbers. He’s been average against both for the last two years.

      • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Good point. I guess if he’s on the bubble for the postseason, it’s worth giving him a start before the season ends, so tonight is as good a time as any. And a day off for Bryce isn’t the worst thing. Plus, he can come in as soon as a RH reliever takes over.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Sample size. Also, though he deserves to be in the lineup against lefties, I wouldn’t play him in place of Harper against lefties. I’d sit Span. Harper hasn’t had an extra day off since Aug. 3 and it seems like they’re starting to feather in days for everyone as the season winds to a conclusion so I’m cool with that.

      • David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        It’s very difficult to judge either because the samples are microscopic. Hairston has a whopping 43 PA against lefties, which is completely useless if you’re trying to draw any conclusions or predict future performance. Harper has 82. Same thing.

        Of course, it goes both ways. Head-to-head matchup numbers are rarely, if ever, predictive.

    • bowdenball - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Great post, David. Usually I would be opposed to looking at such a small sample size for a lineup decision, but since people are going to use Hairston’s numbers to justify his spot here I thought I’d point out that Harper has actually been better against lefties in general this season than Hairston.

      The bigger point is that Hairston isn’t very good any more, and he shouldn’t be used as if the above-average Scott Hairston of 2009 is on the roster. This version is much different from the guy who terrorized Cole Hamels and lefties in general from a couple years ago. Not that I really mind using him here, but let’s be realistic about what the guy offers in 2014.

    • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      So the methodology is to use career split numbers for the player and regress heavily to mean historical splits and then apply to your estimate of true talent.

  7. Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Darn! MW had a chance to bat Harper 5th and he passed on it. Not to mention taking a pass on the a new installment in the Harper vs. Colbert rivalry. Harper has decent splits against him too: 320/.393/.360/.753 in 28 PAs, and one very famous stolen base.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/batter_vs_pitcher.cgi?batter=harpebr03

    Then again, it’s hard to argue with starting Hairston tonight:
    .386/.426/.841/1.266 in 48 PAs.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/batter_vs_pitcher.cgi?batter=hairssc01

  8. Nats fool - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    You give up a lot of defense with Frandsen at first. I don’t like this lineup at all. We are in a pennant race.

    • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      As a guy who used to play first (at a much lower level of course), first base defense is extremely overrated.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        I disagree so strongly with you regarding the importance of 1B defense that it’s not even worth me stating anything more then the simple fact of the matter is a very good defensive firstbaseman makes your entire infield better, and by extension it means lower ERA and fewer pitches for the pitchers.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        The difference between a “very good” defensive first baseman and a replacement level first basemen is quite small. They’re like kickers on your fantasy football team. You don’t draft them in the last round because they don’t score points. You draft them in the last round because they ALL score points.

      • Nats Amore - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        +1 to Joe S.

        I too played first in my younger days (probably mostly because I was a lefty who was slow afoot). In addition to what he stated, the first baseman has to make split-second, often game-changing decisions on the cutoff play, which requires some good instincts.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Again, I disagree strongly. The one most significant change defensively between losing Nationals and winning Nationals was getting rid of Adam Dunn and getting Adam LaRoche. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I heard, “Dunn wouldn’t have caught that,” or “Dunn wouldn’t have made that play.”

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        I was disagreeing with bison audit at 4:56 pm

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        It’s a fiction that LaRoche is a great defensive first baseman. He’s maybe 1/2 a win a year better than Dunn was with his glove when Dunn was playing first here.

      • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        JoeS, I think you’re overreacting. The fact is that 1B is a hitters’ position. Yes, it’s great to have a good defender there. They can make a difference. But none of the good teams use that spot for a good field/no hit guy who would bat 7th or 8th. There’s a reason why so many great hitters get moved to that position (Cabrera, Pujols, maybe Ryan Zimmerman or Jayson Werth, etc..) Great defense is a luxury there. Not so for shortstop, for example.

        And for one game, the difference truly is miniscule.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        OK, more like 1 win a year better than Dunn.

      • nats106 - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        I find this to be an interesting discussion because both sides can be argued. First base is a hitter (read POWER) offense position. Also, many players have been able to pick up the nuances of first better than other positions. Great local example is Michael Morse in 2011 when LaRoche was hurt. And of course in semi fiction Scott Hatteburg in Moneyball.

        The other side of the coin is the argument that first base does require significant skill. I think we can all attest to Adam’s ability to make Desmond, Zimmermann, et al look better because he’s been able to handle their throws. I loved Dunn, but he was a liability there. Some guys are made for the AL.

        Thanks for the give and take on this topic-I found it to be interesting.

        Off topic, I was enjoying some of the discussion on Chop talk. Sounds like the next sound you hear after a tomahawk chop is Fredi Gonzales’ head rolling from the chopping block if they don’t make the playoffs.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        +1 to Joe S.

        And while it is true that first base is primarily an offensive position and is the least demanding defensive position (to play at a passable level), to claim that the difference between someone like ALR and Dunn is small is one of the silliest things I have read in a long time. Yes, Adam played a passable first base. Morse played it fairly well. But having someone like Adam at first is a difference maker to the entire infield defense. The players know that and take advantage. The will bounce a throw because they have to and they know that Adam will pick it. With those other guys, not so much. So when you try to compare the defensive skills of a first baseman you have to factor in how his teammates take advantage of his skills.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        1 win per a year.

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        bisonaudit

        Not sure how you’re calculating those #s for wins. Fangraphs UZR doesn’t like ALRs defense, but it also doesn’t include any value for 1B receiving throws. Defensive runs saved (DRS) does.

        In his last two years as a Nat, Dunn had a DRS of -34 at 1B.

        In 2012-13 (his 1st 2 full seasons as a Nat), ALR had a total DRS of 9.

        That’s a 43 run swing. Figuring 5 runs a win, that’s close to 9 wins over 2 seasons, or 4.5 wins per season.

        Even if ALR is just average (0 DRS) at 1B–which is what he’s on track for this year–that’s still 3 wins better than Dunn in terms of his defense.

        I don’t have total faith in those #s, but I am pretty confident you’re lowballing it at 1/2-1 wins, because you’re underestimating how jaw droppingly bad Dunn was.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        If 3/4 of the pitching you face is right handed, 1/4 of a win per year is the platoon deferential on defense.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        10 runs is a win. Thanks for the info on the deficiencies of UZR. Accepting the DRS data that’s roughly 2 wins a year, but we’re still going to play LaRoche at first 3/4 of the time so ~1/2 win of defense sacrificed assuming that Frandsen is a Dunn level fielder.

      • nats106 - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Bisonaudit I think your point being that the Frandsen bat in the lineup and righty/lefty match up far outweighs the risk of the slight chance that he will not make the play that LaRoche might.

        At first I thought you were just trolling there at the end (takes one to know one) but I would generally agree, particularly someone like Frandsen who is better in the IF than OF, plus he just might have an axe to grind with his former team.

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        D’oh–you’re right about runs per win. Not sure why I was thinking 5.

        If your point is just about Frandsen playing 1B occasionally, then I don’t have a problem with that.

        But what I–and I think a lot of others here–took exception to was the claim that 1B defense is “extremely overrated.”

        I think the reverse is more likely true–because there are so many out of shape, hard swinging galoots over there, standards are really low, and folks don’t appreciate what good defense can add.

        A 2+ win swing from Dunn to ALR is not insignificant.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        As someone who makes his livelihood as what is now called a data scientist I have to say that defensive metrics like UZR are not worth the screen real estate they take on the various web sites. They are an aggregate of opinions, not facts. All you need to look at is how first rate defenders get poor ratings. For example, Span is not one of the top rated center fielders? Get real.

        The issue with data that is an aggregate of opinions is that it is biased against players who make things look easy. You don’t see Denard on the highlights because he does not make a lot of the spectacular diving catches – because he is a good CFer, gets a good jump on the ball, takes a good route, and gets to the ball quickly. By making it look easy, he gets down-rated by those silly metrics.

        Bottom line: the defensive sabre metrics are about as worthless as possible.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        The defensive metrics that we have do leave a lot to be desired but what they are not is merely an aggregation of opinions driven by the perception of spectacular plays as described above.

        Sure there are people grading and classifying defensive plays but it’s not some back of the envelope process. It’s a rigorous process that divides the field into grids and tries eliminate the scandalously subjective eye test junk that you mistakenly think is in it and replace it with precisely the kinds of things you advocate.

        The problem is, its hard. Much better data is coming though. A few of the ballparks are outfitted with FieldFX this season and presumably the system will expand in coming seasons so that data on the position, movement, and speed of every defender, runner, pitch, bat and ball will be available for analysis.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        +1 munchkin. By FanGraph’s “calculations” Span is a minus CFand is rated 10th in the NL and 20th in MLB.

        I agree that ALR could use a day off, and that KF is the only available substitute. I don’t like conceding defense at any position. And Fransen can play a bearable 1B. I doubt it will cost the Nats the game, not to mention Kevin has been hitting well as of late. Add in Scott Hairston in left and I’m not so sure. And I have my opinion that that a poor defensive 1B Is not conducive to winning baseball.Missed picks don’t always show up on stats sheets, nor do the extra outs that pitchers have to get as a result of them. I didn’t claim ALR was an elite defensive 1B, but I did claim that his defense vs. Dunn’s was paramount to the Nats becoming a winning team. And. I would bet you that Mike Rizzo would agree with me.

        We will just have to respectfully disagree with each other. No biggie.

        GYFNG!!!

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        You don’t see Denard on the highlights because he does not make a lot of the spectacular diving catches

        Oh come on. If you really know anything about the defensive metrics, you know they are not compiled by watching ESPN Web Gems. If they were following the method you describe (you rate highly if you make the play look hard!), Roger Bernadina, with his poor reads and jumps, would rate as the best CF in franchise history.

        The defensive metrics do, as bisonaudit says, leave a lot to be desired, but they’re systematic and comprehensive, and the people who take them seriously have worked a lot to identify their inadequacies and to correct them in the relatively short time they’ve been around. I would think a data scientist could appreciate that.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        “By FanGraph’s “calculations” Span is a minus CFand is rated 10th in the NL and 20th in MLB.”

        Over what period of time?

  9. Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    ACab is healthy and Danny got a start last night. That’s enough for me.

  10. slidell2 - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Well, for once we have a pretty good bench.

    • npb99 - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Good one!

  11. Joe Seamhead - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    I worry more about Frandsen at 1st base and Hairston in LF defensively than any of the the rest of the concerns. My initial reaction to this lineup is that we are conceding this game, but the last time I thought that about the starting lineup we won, so what do I know? I know both of those guys are not ML caliber at those positions, IMHO.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      My initial reaction to this lineup is that we are conceding this game, but the last time I thought that about the starting lineup we won, so what do I know?

      I find that any characterization of the situation that leaves me inclined to impute motives to people I don’t know is probably suspect. YMMV.

  12. langleyclub - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    ALR has really struggled against lefties this year, hitting .198 with 3 HRs in 131 plate appearances. I agree with the defensive concerns as it seems like ALR saves a throwing error almost every game. If Tyler Moore was up, he would get the start as he is serviceable at first (although not nearly as good as ALR). If the Nats have the lead in after 6, you can bet that Fransden and Hairston will be replaced.

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Funny, early in the year ALR’s average against LHP was pretty good, and some folks were saying no need to platoon him.

      • Doc - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        With all due respect to ALR’s excellent D, MW should have platooned him against lefties this year.

        Davey talked about it, but never did it. MW never talked about it, and never did it!

      • Doc - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        With all due respect to ALR’s excellent D, MW should have platooned him against lefties this year.

        Davey talked about it, but never did it. MW never talked about it, and never did it!

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        With all due respect, Doc, the most likely platoon candidate–Zimm–has spent much of his season on the DL.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Zimmerman would be in the lineup everynight if he were healthy. It’s just a matter of which position he’d play and you’d plug in LaRoche v. righties and whoever else against lefties.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Don’t get me started. Platoon? Platoon?

      Some people can use those words. Others can’t.

  13. veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Strategy of righty stacked lineup works until the Phils decide to bring in the righty pen. If the Phils have the lead at that point, it backfires for us.

    • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Except that you have lefty bats available and you’re ignoring the probability that it increases the chances of you being ahead in the first place.

      • adcwonk - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        well put, sir

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Exactly, ALR and Bryce are available to pinch hit and sub for D.

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Right!

  14. natsfan1a - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Hope to see at least some of this in real time. Go, Gio! Go, NATS!!

  15. hantiaolang - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Off topic – but I was at the PNats game last night and Souza – on rehab – got hit in the right elbow/forearm on a vicious fastball.

    It was with 2 outs, bottom of the ninth, and PNats down 6-0 so really, really unfortunate. Of course he came out of the game – no reason to leave him in – but it also did not look good at all. Anybody – NatsLady? – have any information on him?

  16. bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Two things. First base defense is over rated. I hear it on the TV and Radio broadcasts all the time with LaRoche. It’s not quite Jeter level nonsense but it’s over rated. He’s in the lineup because he can hit. The defense is a bonus.

    That said, even with the platoon Frandsen’s bat is only expected to be marginally better. On the order of 1/4 of a win a season. These are tiny differences, but if you’re giving LaRoche a night off you want to do it against a lefty because on the flip side you’re talking about 2.5 wins a season or more on offense alone.

  17. micksback1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    never had a chance to comment on last night’s game.

    positives, seeing Crebera play and have a productive hit, he is fine. which leads me to conclude, MW ha seen the writing on the wall with Espi, perhaps his last ab when he swung at the first pitch showed MW how little confidence Espi has at the plate.

    Roark did his ob again, i really like him

    only negative was the 7th, yes, i know Burnett was in the zone with 12 KO’s, but he was at pitch 100 after Desi’ double, Harper, Wilson and Espi’s first swing really pissed me off. I have no problem with Bryec swinging away, I have a problem with the 3 swings at first pirches when the pitcher is at pitch 100.

    my coaching philosophy would have been to bunt, I have no problem with MW doing that with Bryce

    what i do not like about MW is he is never wrong, i have a problem with people like that

    • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      You don’t bunt in the 7th down 1 with a runner on 2nd. When you play for one run, that’s the most you can expect.

      • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Here here. Especially with Harper. Welcome aboard bisona.

  18. micksback1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    oh and Blevins i never never want to see in post season

  19. micksback1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    lol Ghost, so i will say, i am use to getting bashed

    ha ha

  20. micksback1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    maybe someone has answered this already, but, could Paplebon be traded or let go come Sept 1 and would nats go for it? I do not know what the rules are entirely with sept other than the call ups

    • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Let go? No. Traded? Maybe, but Ruben Amaro seems to value his players higher than other GMs value them. So who knows. In any event, I don’t think the Nats are looking for another RH bullpen arm, particularly at his price (he’s owed $13 million for 2015, with a vesting option at the same price for 2016). You have to think the Nats will go in house for their closer next year.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        I sure hope they don’t spend money on a “proven closer.” Don’t pay for saves, the variance is huge and the differences in true talent are small. It’s simply not that difficult for a big league caliber pitcher to come into a games with the bases empty and the three run lead and get 3 outs. You don’t pay for those guys you develop them and then sell them to the sucker up the road.

  21. micksback1 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    all boys and gals of DC summer, this is for you

  22. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    This could be a long night

  23. dc27dan - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    I didn’t think they were gonna overturn this call, it wasn’t really clear in my opinion.

    • Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Bad overturn in my view. No conclusive evidence he stayed on.

      • dc27dan - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Not to start another useless review discussion, but as long as there’s a human element involved in the replay process, there are gonna be debates and controversies.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Really Jayson….

  25. Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Wow. Looked like there was good evidence he was off the bag. Suprising overturn.

    • Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Definitely wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the on field ruling

  26. Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Nice try FP on Hairston. The number are the numbers.

  27. natsbro - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Beautiful double play! Nice job boys. Nice grab by Frandsen in the dirt there.

  28. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Wow 2-0 bailout. Nice pick Frandsen

  29. Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Well, Hairston and Frandsen working out so far…

    Cmon Gio!

  30. natsbro - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Kevin Frandsen: Baseball Player. You gotta like this guy. I’m sure he was excited getting penciled in the lineup against his former team.

  31. natsbro - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Gio has looked awful at the plate this year..I can’t believe he hit a home run earlier this season ha

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    I’m surprised Gio didnt bunt as well…

    At this rate, Hamels will pitch the entire game…

  33. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Can some explain MW please?

    Why did Gio not bunt him to third?

    Then swung at one 8 inches outside.

    Frandsen probably scores on Spans liner.

    Thanks Gio.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Gio was told to bunt and he [messed] it up. How is that Matty’s fault? Waddaya expect him to do, pinch-hit for the starter in the 2nd? Criminy.

      • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        But he swung at a pitch 8 inches outside. Why would he do that? :-)

      • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        I’d have had him bunt with 2 strikes. His chances of making contact that way were better than swinging away. Even better would have been letting that pitch hit his foot. Tough to counteract the instincts.

      • Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Clearly because MW told him to.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        More to the point, why oh why doesn’t MW make Hamels throw easier pitches?

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        Bunt on the third strike too.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    That was a waste, thanks to Gio.

  35. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Lack of execution

  36. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Looked like Hairston almost dropped it.

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Heckuva effort by Blanco….

  38. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Please stop giving Hamels inches off the outside edge blue

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    1. How do you not challenge that?
    2. How was that not a balk?

    Here we go with this….

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      I thought Werth was out at second, myself.

    • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Balk calls can’t be challenged.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Wasn’t talking about challenging the balk… I was talking about challenging the throw to 2nd as it didn’t appear the 2nd baseman caught it…

  40. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    We don’t challenge then run into the 3rd out before the next pitch. Hope the Braves lose I guess

  41. Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Well…that was a lame end to the inning…wtf?

  42. davecydell - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    MushMouth continues to amaze.
    No challenge on questionable play at second,
    Then ignores another balk.
    Sure, Nats are gonna win the WS.

    • Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Look at you! Making things happen!!

    • David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      We missed you during the winning streak.

    • adcwonk - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Apparently you’re unaware that you can’t challenge a balk.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Because everyone associates bitching about not getting the calls with winners.

    • David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Gio always ends up in these pitcher duels.

  43. veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Pretty good from Dez

  44. Joe Seamhead - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    OK, let the barbs begin! Nice play by Frandsen, and Hairston made a good catch in LF.

    • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      I wasn’t going to say anything. :-)

  45. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Great so far Gio!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Just keep matching Hamels.

      We left the bats in DC it appears

  46. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    There is a reason Hairston couldn’t hit it. The ball was way high.

  47. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Colbert should be called for slow play, in addition to his quite obvious balk.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Sigh….

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    10 pitch per inning average for Hamels….

    • Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      I don’t think he has been behind in a count. We have to hope to run into 1

  50. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    How did he hit that so far :(

  51. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Shocked Span didn’t catch it. 0-2 count and place it where he could clobber it. Not real good pitching.

    I just said match Hamels

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      Not real good at all. But I still don’t want Span faceplanting into a wall.

      • Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        +1

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        And that’s exactly what would’ve happened.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Wow…. Ok.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Wow falling a part in an instant.

    Non homer guy homers

  54. topnat - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Love the back and forth on ALR and Dunn. It would seem to me the only number that matters is how many MLB gms would have Dunn as their starting 1B and that number would 0. The analytics are entertaining bisona!

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Hopefully the Nats bats will come alive next inning and the mets win…

  56. Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Wow…kind of amazing he even hit that ball up there, let alone hit it out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      But he did. We swing at high pitches and strike out

    • Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Like when Harper hit a high pitch to the foul pole a few days ago?

      Plenty of people whiff against our pitchers’ high heat.

  57. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    We are going to have to got good pitching at some point during this trip

    • David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      We’re not getting good pitching? Roark gave up 2 runs yesterday, Gio today.

      Tough crowd.

      • Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Hit good pitching* referring to the aces we are coming up against

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        My rating is always based on comparing to counterpart.

        You can give up 5 like Strasburg did Sunday as long as you score more.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Giving up 2 is fine if you score 3. Not fine if you score less.

      • Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Now quality of pitching hinges on quality of hitting? Interesting?

      • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Are you serious about this? You have to be messing with us now.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    I wish instead of getting upset Gio would just match Hamels, which is all I asked of him.

    • David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      “All I asked for was a shutout”

      Really?

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Always. My goal for the starters is to be even their counter part at worse. I don’t ask for shutout unless opponent is.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Crazy as a bag of cats.

      • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        MNF, you realize that is absurd, right?

  59. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    My above post was meant to say hit good pitching

  60. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Time for hitters to get serious .

    Can’t understand not hitting in this stadium. Just about everyone can. Much easier than at Nats Park.

  61. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    There will be a second, more appropriate wates removal flushing sound in a moment….

  62. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    “I like a fresh bowl”

  63. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Mets up 3-1

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

      Keep going Mets. We left the bats at home.

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Yep… Keep hacking away at the first pitch and getting outs… Just so successful…

  65. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    This 2 run deficit seems like 5+

  66. David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Hamels is going 9 at this rate. This is why yesterday’s game was important.

  67. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Gee can beat a free-swinging lineup. Go Mets!

    But even better, GYFNG!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      +1

  68. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Why are swinging at crappy pitches so much this series.

  69. veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    59 thru 6…ugh….This is not good

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Only 16 balls so he is not falling behind, so the count won’t go up much as to often we wait until we are behind in the count.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      A bunch of pathetic at Nats… But they should keep 1st pitch hacking…

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    At any rate, the fact that this Philly team is still together… I thought Byrd would have gone to the mystery team …

  71. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Just throw another meatball Gio what is the deal?

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    The triple and 2 homers he was nowhere near the target.

    You just can’t miss the target to the hitting area.

    If you are going to miss it, you must miss low.

  73. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Gio is pitching relatively better mistake pitches aside

  74. David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Unfortunate. Gio has pitched really well and 3 runs is going to be his undoing.

  75. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Gio is clearly having issues with downward movement on his pitches. It’s just not consistent, hasn’t been for a while.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Hopefully, the bats will come alive this inning… 3 runs isn’t insurmountable…

    • Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Certainly not. We’ve gotten a lot more than 3 off of pitchers of Hamels’ quality (Cueto, for instance).

  77. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Let’s get serious hitters. Fiddle basically 15 innings this series.

  78. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Keep the line moving.

  79. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Hey a nice ab!

  80. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Why would the second base ump not move? What would it hurt for him to do that?

  81. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Blanco cost us a run.

  82. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Hairston tie it

  83. Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Hamel’s with a nice F bomb.

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Kinda funny…. I don’t think Hamels wanted anything to do with Hairston….

  85. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Your time Wilson. Lift one

  86. veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Vamos ramos!!!

  87. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Does Colbert appear to be limping a bit?

  88. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Keep the line moving again.

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Got a mistake right there…

  90. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Thx blue inside…

  91. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    One at a time

  92. David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Can Espi make contact? AB of the night right here.

  93. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Hit it hard but no elevation.

  94. scmargenau - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    2 singles loaded, just 2 runs… Ugh

    • Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Both would have been gunned

  95. conatsguy - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Tie it up Denard!

  96. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Darn….

  97. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Span hit poorly in New York, and again here in Philly.

    Hope he breaks this away bad habits.

  98. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    That’s too bad

  99. David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Freddie Galvis injecting himself into the MVP discussion

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      I glanced at your comment and read: Freddie Gattis got himself ejected…

      I was about to say who is Freddie Gattis… Glad I read that again. :-)

  100. veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Nice turn. Woo.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Great job Drew….

    Hopefully, the bats will come alive (again) this inning… 1 run is not insurmountable…

  102. veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Asdrubal!

  103. scmargenau - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Woot!

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    I’m glad Asdrubal is playing

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Whoop, whoop!

  106. acsportsfn - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Hey Manassas, Gio and Colbert are now even..good call.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      That is all I ask. Our bullpen will out pitch others most of the time. Not tonight.

  107. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Nice another Kimbrel in the division

  108. veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Giles just schooled the hell outa us. Solid.

  109. davecydell - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Nice thing is Giles not likely to pitch 9th.
    Tie game, nats need to get to 10th.
    Then game is in their favor.

    {Thanks for missing me ,Mr P.]

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    So much for those dissing 1st base defense.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Touché

    • veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Wasn’t Frandsen fault

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        No, but LaRoche grabs that.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        I assume that you are being facetious, Ghost.?

  111. Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I can’t believe that was overturned. Equally close on the last one and that was called an out.

    Ump smiling after is…really…aggravating.

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Tyler does this every year… Doesn’t he…

  113. David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Desmond has to make the play on Revere, plain and simple. It cost us a run. Throw was high, but he misplayed it by taking his time to begin with.

  114. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Why wouldn’t Werth catch that

  115. veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Now that was f’ing pathetic from Frandsen.

    • Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Did you not see Werth staring at the ball hit the ground he was right next to..

      • veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Werth too. Communicate.

  116. David Proctor - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Werth has to call off Frandsen there. What is our defense doing?

    • davecydell - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      no freakin kiddin

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

    Hit up on papelbon…..

  118. veejh - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Guess we gotta get to Papelbon. Leggo!

  119. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Clippard allows the steal and then 2 fly balls. Not sure why Desmond was tardy on his throw.

    Clippard though couldn’t pitch effectively after the error. We get on Strasburg about that, but he isn’t the only one who does it.

    • Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      A better throw from Ramos had Revere

  120. Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    NYC stole this from us. If they didn’t over turn the first call, the second call would have never happened.

    If they applied the same lack of logic to the second review as they did the first, the second would’ve been overturned.

    Both runners were safe, which brings us back to the first point.

    • Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Exactly what you said. Not enough evidence to overturn either call imo. Both decisions went against us

    • Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      What the heck did FP mean by, “sometimes you have an idea who is making the calls in NYC, and I’ll leave it at that.”?

      • Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        I would love to know that myself, 222

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    That pitch looked off the plate…

  122. Danny - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    That was a big time ab. Why did he take strike 1

  123. manassasnatsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    David Proctor Gio did what I requested, he gave up no more than Hamels.

    Problem there I am trusting the bullpen to win it and that has not been as automatic as I like.

  124. Eric - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    That is a BULL**** loss. Replay fails straight up robbed us.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Lowly loss to the lowly Phillys…

  126. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Another game tomorrow. A lot of sloppy plays this game, 2 from NYC.

  127. ehay2k - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    But, the other team in NYC helped us out. It’s officially a wash.

  128. Section 222 - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    A winnable game lost. Too bad. But the magic number drops anyway. It’s now 24, lowest in the majors for a 1st place team.

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