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Game 133: Nats at Mariners

Aug 29, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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On Friday night the Nationals begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners with a 10:10 p.m. start time on the East Coast. With the pitching matchup in store, however, this one will be worth the wait.

The Nationals will go up against Mariners superstar Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07) for the very first time. The right-hander is the clear frontrunner for AL Cy Young at this point in what is arguably his best season to date. Hernandez leads the majors with an incredible 0.885 WHIP through 191 innings pitched. Even getting baserunners against this guy has been a chore this year.

Only twice in 27 starts this year has Hernandez not recorded an out in the sixth inning. Only once has he allowed more than three earned runs.

Not only have the Nats as a team not faced Felix before, but few players on their roster have ever gone up against him. Of their everyday starting lineup, only Denard Span, Adam LaRoche and Asdrubal Cabrera have had the privilege. Combined they are 5-for-46 (.108) with 16 strikeouts.

The Nats will have one of their own best starters to counter Felix with Jordan Zimmermann (9-5, 2.93) on the mound. Zimmermann will make his 27th start of the year in search for win No. 10.

Beyond the starting pitchers, this weekend will provide one of the Nats’ biggest tests before October. The Mariners are currently tied with the Tigers for the last AL Wild Card spot. Only the L.A. Dodgers have a better record among the Nats’ remaining opponents this season.

We are not in Seattle, but please check back for instant analysis after the game….

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SEATTLE MARINERS
Where: Safeco Field
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: CBS-9, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 3 mph

NATIONALS (75-57)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
DH Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
RF Nate Schierholtz
(RHP Jordan Zimmermann)

MARINERS (72-60)
CF Austin Jackson
LF Dustin Ackley
2B Robinson Cano
DH Kendry Morales
3B Kyle Seager
C Mike Zunino
1B Logan Morrison
SS Chris Taylor
RF Endy Chavez
(RHP Felix Hernandez)

UMPIRES
TBA

384 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Span hasn’t scored a run tonight. Here’s his chance.

  2. mdmcommish - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Reqlly, we have to experience the zombie tonight. Hope he throws strike one.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Not a fan of Rodney. The crooked cap thing is just ridiculous. I like the bow and arrow but like respect for the game.

  4. scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Come on triple!

  5. mdmcommish - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Congrats anthony

    • scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      On base 5 times. Wow

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    I thought Rodney was still with TB…. Shows how I pay attention to other teams… Lol.

  7. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    MLB hasn’t shown too many highlights… I bet if Felix was mowing us down, they would be raving about him…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      Harold and plecak have been cheering all night, am singer saying nothing.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        They’ve talked about the giants/brewers blow out all night…

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Rendon 4-4 with a walk. Batting .282

    • scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Could easily be 300+ with some babip luck and less web gems against (WGA)

  9. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    If Elias is pitching tomorrow give ALR tomorrow off.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Rodney will go over 20 pitches. I hope they spend him fully tonight. Trent Jewett not managing a good game.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Hoping the same.

    • natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      26 pitches for him. That’s just stupid.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Denard scores a run!

  12. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    I though ALR was going to get it

  13. NatsLady - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    When do we start the “Rendon M-V-P” chant?

    • scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      I’m doing it now. Hope I didn’t wake the kids.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    So much for the Mariners great bullpen.

  15. scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Can’t wait to see ray vs FP rd 2

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      Ray hates losing. FP just wants to be nice to everyone.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        I like Ray.

      • scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        No. FP was being a jerk…he always does pushes buttons with post game crew.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        Did you notice how Ray made special mention of complimenting FP in the postgame.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    I’m too lazy to look it up but I think Sori got his start in Seattle.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Thanks for confirming that Carp.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        No saves at that time. Just like tonight a mop up, or big lost.

  17. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Glad to see Soriano going over to cover first.

  18. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Tonight’s wasn’t the first back to back homers was it?

    • scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      It was

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        Thx guys.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      Yes it was.

  19. rayvil01 - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Soriano looks better with rest.

    • scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      U sir. Bite your tounge! :/

    • rayvil01 - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      On further review… LOL

  20. mdmcommish - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    I guess 1-2-3 was too much to hope for.

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    A’s should have never traded away Cespedes….

    Good thing we got insurance runs… :-)

  22. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Being the radical I am, I got 5 hits out of this game tonight for my fantesy team, Ramos, Cano, and Taylor. Then the SF from ALR

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      Also Zim will get a win for me, but Soriano hunting my ERA and Whip

  23. scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    And the sori era rises….

  24. David Proctor - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    lol at Soriano giving up a run to Endy Chavez.

    Think about the run differential, Sori!

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Come on Sori… Get this last out….

  26. mdmcommish - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    This sucks. Why does he put us through it?

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    So much for the Nats can’t beat good pitchers….

  28. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Soriano got the run out of his system.

  29. scmargenau - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Woohoo

    Fun game. Nite all! Cya tom

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Awesome game… Awesome company… It’s been a pleasure, peeps… Looking forward to seeing another victory (fingers crossed) tomorrow…

    Have a good night!

  31. rayvil01 - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Good win. Harp 3 for 4. Great sign.

  32. TimDz - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Stupid me….six homers on the Vegas line and I took the under…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      I was just as stupid I took the over. Both of us loss.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
Through Friday's games

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