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Game 134: Nats at Mariners

Aug 30, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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Though first pitch is an hour earlier than Friday night’s start, Saturday will be another late one for the Nationals.

The Nats and Mariners will get started at 9:10 p.m. EDT with Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.59) going up against rookie lefty Roenis Elias (9-11, 4.01). Former National Chris Young was originally scheduled to pitch before a late change of plans brought in Elias.

The Nationals will hope for a continuation of Friday night which saw them explode in an 8-3, blowout win. If they had no trouble with Felix Hernandez, one would think facing a rookie is a good opportunity to keep it going.

Strasburg will make his 29th start of the season and has a chance to set a new career-high in innings pitched. He enters Saturday with 175 1/3 IP on the year, just 7 2/3 short of the 183 he tossed in 2013. Strasburg has never faced the Mariners in his career.

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

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SEATTLE MARINERS
Where: Safeco Field
Gametime: 9:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MLB Network, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Chance of rain, 64 degrees, Wind 4 mph

NATIONALS (76-57)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
DH Wilson Ramos
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
C Jose Lobaton
(RHP Stephen Strasburg)

MARINERS (72-61)
CF Austin Jackson
LF Dustin Ackley
2B Robinson Cano
DH Kendry Morales
3B Kyle Seager
1B Logan Morrison
SS Chris Taylor
RF James Jones
C Jesus Sucre
(LHP Roenis Elias)

UMPIRES
TBA

283 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. veejh - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Let’s see some hits, stolen bases and some runs not being generated by HRs. Granted, I loved last night, but I’d rather see us pound a team by generating runs.

    • waddueyeno - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      how about both?

      now you boys stop fighting ;-)

  2. natsfan1a - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    No real-time watching for me tonight but will set the DVR as always.

    I’d love to have another curly W in the books. Your choice as to how to obtain such curly W, boys.

  3. Doc - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Let’s hold on to Earl The Pearl’s big shot scoring modus operandi as long as we can.

    Hopefully, the baseball gods won’t try to even the score, with SS giving up a bunch of HR’s as he has done in the recent past.

    Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Nats!!!!!!!!!

  4. janebeard - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Long ball, small ball — all the same to me as long as we net a culie W. GYFNG!

  5. Another_Sam - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    glad to wake up to last night’s news. the slump immediately after a grand home stand is deja vu all over again. [get the reference?] too many times this season the club has ended a homestand on a high note and fallen flat on the beginning of the subsequent road trip. I hope they get that turned around.

  6. Doc - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Hey MW, how about Willy Ramos in the 4 hole, instead of the slumping ALR????

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      I’m kind of thinking along the same. You don’t need to bench him but move him back in the order until he snaps out of it.

      He’s been back to pulling the ball on outside pitches which is the first sign he’s struggling. The good news is he could snap out quickly and tonight could be that night, at least we hope.

      • Doc - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Ghost, in spite of MW relying on stats for many match-ups, he seems to revert to borderline superstition when it comes to batting ALR in the lineup.

        ALR’s post ASG stats against lefties is somewhere around Mendoza.

        You’re right, ALR has taken to giving into the shift, instead of fighting it, like he did earlier in the season, and successfully at that!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Thanks, and you could be right that it’s superstition.

  7. masterfishkeeper - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Arrgggh. I don’t agree with starting Lobaton against a lefthander. He hits righthanders better. Give Ramos tomorrow off. Or is this because Strasburg is starting?

    • Doc - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      I think that SS and Lobaton are blood brothers, hence your instincts are correct.

    • Doc - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      I think that SS and Lobaton are blood brothers, hence your instincts are correct.

    • zmunchkin - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      And by starting Ramos as the DH, if he has to switch to catcher I think you lose the DH and the pitcher has to hit.

      And given that Espi is hitting .295 against LHP, why not let Desi or Rendon be the DH?

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    28 regular season games remaining after tonight.

    • zmunchkin - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Magic number for the NL East Title is 23.

  9. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Off to the game momentarily after a day at the Museum of Flight (think really big airplanes, including one in which I had flown a few times). It’s been drizzling all day and is raining harder now — the roof will be closed, I’m sure, but I’ll leave it to others to parse out whether those aerodynamics favor the Nats or the Mariners. GYNFG!

    • Eric - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Out of curiosity, how long does it take to close a roof like that, on average? And, is the process entirely automated?

  10. rlndtln - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    This lineup is pathetic.Span,Rendon,Werth,Ramos,Desmond,Harper,Hairston,dh,Fransden,1st base,Espinosa.This is the best lineup against left hand pitching.Ramos can catch Stras and the home runs he gives up have nothing to due with the catcher.Only other possibility is leaving Roche in instead of Fransden because of defense.But bat him down in the lineup if he must play.

  11. NatsLady - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Solano just homered in the ATL game. The Fish announcers are very forthright, said Giancarlo took a terrible at-bat, don’t understand how such a good hitter gives away an AB like that.

    BJ Upton back in. Freddi said Bonifacio is “not an every day player” and he has to “put him in a position to succeed.” OK, then.

  12. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    do you have a King? No? Go Fish. Up 1-0

  13. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    BJ Upton back in the lineup. Batting 9th. Struck out already. Batting .203

    • natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Batting 8th.

  14. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    3-0

  15. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Ball almost bounced funny on Freeman. Too bad that was 2 runs had it.

  16. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Boy, Cosart throwing a three hit shutout with 4Ks, 0 BB on only 59 pitches against ATL after 5 innings.

    Very impressive, we could use one of those in the September 8-10 series. But it’s worth half as much if it continues tonight. (esp. All 9 innings!)

  17. Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    I remember when the Nats hit 6 homers in September 2012. IIRC, it was against the Cubs, and the next night they did it again.

    Yes please, Sir, may I have another?

    • nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Is that right. Who hit them.

      • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        You can look up the game on B-R. Hard to do on my phone. LaRoche was definitely involved.

      • nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Will do just that.

      • nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/WAS/WAS201209040.shtml

        Laroche had 2 Home Runs in the game. Desi, RZ, Flores, Tymo

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        I have both games on my At the Ballpark app.

        Sept 4: Nats 11, Cubs 5, Desmond (20)., Flores (5), LaRoche 2 (27), Moore (8), Zimmerman (18).
        Sept. 5: Nats 9, Cubs 1, Bernadina (4), Harper 2 (17), LaRoche (28), Desmond (21), Espinosa (16).

        Actually, the Nats won the third game of that series 9-2 but “only” hit two homers (Suzuki and Laroche).
        That was the notorious, very entertaining, but somewhat dangerous (for the Nats)brawl on the field after Werth swung on the three and oh count and then the cubs pitcher threw behind Harper.

      • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        And the previous night, Harper hit 2. Bernadina, Desi, Espi, and ALR hit the others. The Nats pulverized the Cubs 9-2 and 9-1 in the two games.

        I don’t remember whether veejh complained about two games in a row without old school prestigious manufactured runs.

      • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        I stand corrected Steady. Thanks. Good times.

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        222, you didn’t try that from memory, did you? Yikes.

        Can’t profess those specifics from personal recollection, though I was at a couple of the games. Actually they were so-so the rest of September, kind of a precursor to the LDS.

  18. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Bartolo Colon pulled after giving up 6 runs to the Phoolies.

  19. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Cosart escapes a 1 out situation with runners on 2nd and 1st. Freeman grounds out. 4-0 Fish in the 7th

  20. NatsLady - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Alex Meyer. Doesn’t look good to me.

    • nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Ruh roh

  21. NatsLady - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Speaking of Baseball Reference, Nats have only used 18 pitchers this year. Second fewest in MLB. Giants fewest at 16.

    • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      That’s a really interesting and significant stat. I wonder of the Giants have used fewer relievers or starters or both. The Nats starters have been amazingly healthy this year.

  22. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Leadoff J Upton single and Gattis on the next pitch hits into the doubleplay.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Rendon rarely has unproductive out.

  24. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    As is often the case, an infielder playing the outfield gives Span two bases on a stupid, clumsy error. Take it, Nats, and get him in.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Werthquake

  26. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    WERTHQUAKE

  27. natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    2 strike count to Werth. Crushed.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Have to like this start to the game.

  29. Drew - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Smoked again!

  30. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Dude is locked in. He hit a rocket on the pitch before it just foul down the left-field line.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    The shortstop that far over when 3b way around. 80 feet free then use it.

  32. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Fresh legs J Werth

  33. natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Cosart still pitching in the 8th. Leadoff single.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      2 singles. No outs. Come on Redmond.

      • natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        Redmond should have pulled him after the 1st hit. 8th inning. Great start. I don’t get it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        I have muted the sound. That stadium is tomahawk chopping away.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    On a pace for 45 pitches.

    • adcwonk - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      LOL ;-)

  35. Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Hadn’t noticed this before, but C&D play a walkup song of a player who hits a homer after the inning. Played the Game of Thrones theme after the first. Did it last night too.

  36. Drew - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Have an inning Jayson Werth!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      I wasn’t expecting the catch. Good job.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Bryce actually gets a call on the check swing.

  38. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    If Ramos doesn’t elevate athe ball when a guy is on first, it is the easiest double play out there.

  39. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    To help Ramos we need to have more hit and runs with him batting.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      I agree if you have a fast runner which Bryce is.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        And he is. Ramos doesn’t have to swing at balls but if a strike swing. Just to many double plays, despite a near 300.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        BABIP

  40. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    They were playing Span like a chump in the outfield.

  41. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Well 5people in round 1 made base. Keep it up.

  42. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th for Atlanta now with 2 outs and Freddy Freeman up.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Lefty mike Dunn coming in. Freddy will cut down swing then, making him more dangerous

      • nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Yah, he cut it down.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Come on Strras get the double play like they did.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Wow! Mike Dunn gets Freeman out on a bases loaded groundout. On to the 9th, Fish 4-0

    • NatsLady - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Freddy can’t hit against the Marlins. One of life’s mysteries.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        He got a harmless single early in the game and they joked he needed to save that ball for his trophy case.

  45. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Freeman strands three.

  46. natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Fish!!!!!!!

  47. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Wow first two pitches to seagar way over thrown

  48. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Way to go Vulture! Freeman goes down. Down goes Freeman!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      Scoring question if anyone knows. Since Dunn was facing the tying run despite up by 4 does Dunn get a hold?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Yes as 3 runners were on base. Heck if he stayed in for the 9th he’d be up for a Save.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Now double play Stras

  50. Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Nice use of the bullpen by Redmond, including a LOOGY.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Dunn is sneaky good.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      After he left Cosart in 1 player too long he got Ramos in. Loved the LOOGY use there.

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Good play Lobaton. He knew he had a slow runner and gets him at 2nd

  52. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Put him away Stras

  53. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Ol’ Pee-Wee Kolko was pretty funny ducking the foul pop up.

    • natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Ugly finder.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Then another went toward him.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Desi solid play.

  55. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Rendon not reading this pitcher well. Waiting for the bullpen.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Werth that has been a strike all night, don’t be surprised.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Where is Tyler Moore… Adam needs a few days off…

  58. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Then another went at him.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Go Cishik

  60. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    J Upton Ks looking to start the 9th

  61. philipd763 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Laroche is having a reversal season. Usually he hits .200 the first half and .300 the second half but this season he doing the opposite.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      So its seems

  62. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Gattis Ks looking. 2 outs

  63. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    This is Strasburg’s weakness. 2 strike count and giving up a cheap hit. I was just about to type to blow him away. But was too .

    Didn’t think the runner could advance. But good play by the runner.

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Fish win. Nats lead in the NL East to 6 1/2. Magic # is now 22.

    As I’ve said I really like Cosart

  65. nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Way to go Fish!

  66. Drew - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    In Syracuse, Souza and Taylor combined for four hits and four RBIs. Taylor hit his first homer in AAA.

    The guys are getting ready to rejoin the Nats.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      What a pitch by Stras on Cano!

      • npb99 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        It was a great pitch.

  67. natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Bye Braves. 6 1/2 lead

  68. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Keep the runner or concentrate on the batter. Choose neither

  69. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    That is the best pitch of the night at clutch time. Great recovery.

  70. Drew - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Beauty, Stras.

  71. Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    22 has a nice ring to it. 21 would be even better.

    • nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      +1

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Need some tack ons

  73. Candide - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Awesome! Good thing you posted that tonight. We might already be moving on to Xavier Nady tomorrow.

      • Candide - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        21 is Stephen Souza.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Start the line

  75. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    How did Desmond not beat that.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Had to be a poor secondary lead on that or he froze. They didn’t show it but I agree, hard to believe he doesn’t beat that out.

  76. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Is MW clueless? He needs Harper to run or every grounder Ramos will be a double play.

    He hits well if he elevates. Terrible if on the ground.

    Let’s run from now on please.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Perfect hit and run opportunity there as the hole would’ve opened as the 2nd baseman runs over to cover.

      • natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        The way Ramos inside outed that pitch to the right side I thought it was supposed to be a hit & run and Bryce didn’t run.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Good point and could be a missed sign by Bryce. Bryce is fast enough to straight steal and that’s a nice call with 1 out.

  77. rlndtln - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Why the hell is Bryce bunting.

  78. mdmcommish - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    FP daughter sighting. Very pretty, but BORED! Typical h.s. Senior.

    • natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      At least she wasn’t doing anything embarrassing. FP should have alerted her to be ready for a camera coming her way.

      Also he should have had her in some Nats gear. WTF

  79. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Stras in a groove.

  80. mdmcommish - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Good observation.

  81. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Good time for Strasburg to start cooking like this. Great location on the fastball and nice change of speeds and location on the off speed.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      He sure looked pretty good in the bottom of the 4th, Eddie.

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Come on guys… Score some more runs, please… Thank you.

  83. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Question for the audience.

    Why with more Cubans coming here, we have not been in play for any of the major players. Maya a mediocre player at best.

    • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      That’s being charitable. He was a disaster. Remember when Rizzo said he might be as good as Chapman?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Nats made a huge bid for Chapman. Also were in on some of the others but the numbers got crazy.

      • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        Not so crazy really, considering how good Chapman has been. But Rizzo said not to worry, Maya would be really good.

  84. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Ramos can’t elevate against this guy. Span can’t avoid a pop out.

  85. mdmcommish - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Frankly, right now, we don’t need much of anything from Cuba. MLB ready players don’t fit in our constellation. We have everything we need. I wouldn’t change a darn thing, maybe a lefty in the pen who can pitch to more thwn one guy, but that’s about it. #keepthornton

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      That would have been Chapman, who we didnt look at.

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Uh, we did a lot more than look. We offered him a $25 million contract but finished second behind the Reds who gave him $30.25 million.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        Didn’t know we even played as good as he is wouldn’t want to lose that, when that close.

        Were they blind bids.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        Yes, they were blind. No counter-offers.

  86. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Better than the first 2 at bats

  87. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Tony 2 bags again!

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    LaRoche has to take an outside pitch oppo. Just serve one. Tries to pull that curve. No.

    • nats128 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      2 swing and miss to K and nowhere close. Like you said hes trying to pull everything. They are pounding him outside.

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I hate to say I expected Adam to do anything…. Cuz I didnt… His funk hurts my feelings too…

    If the back is hurting him, please give him a few days off and put Frandsen there until Tyler Moore comes up…

  90. Candide - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Try again (working from tablet – Twitter interface works differently from home PC)

    • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Storen has had several other numbers. 58, and 25 too. But 22 is the lowest. Great picture too.

    • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Storen sure has an inverted W doesn’t he?

    • natsfan1a - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Niiice.

  91. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    +22

  92. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Well done Mr Strasburg….

  93. NatsLady - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Remember a while back when I was talking about tracking bullpen usage? This is sort of what I had in mind.

  94. Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Re ALR, there’s almost nothing funnier than a bunch of Internet commenters giving hitting advice to a 11 year veteran major league ball player who has hit over 200 homers.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      When he is hitting well very few major swings and misses when hitting poorly. He does go both extremes hard for us to figure why such a discrepancy

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      This is so uncalled for… Who are you to regulate what people say… It’s a fricking blog and people are expressing what they see/think…

      Just as laughable as you claim others to be… Well, you know glass and throwing stones and stuff….

      • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        Oh relax. Not regulating just expressing my opinion. As you do, vehemently, on a regular basis. So many people here think they know how to solve a slump. If only the players read this blog, they’d never have a bad night.

    • Hiram Hover - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Yes.

      Tho I think it would be funnier to see them give him that advice … in person.

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

    Keep it going Stephen

  96. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Stras is as dominant as I can remember him. Just overmatching, but against Ackley, Cano, Seager? These guys are real hitters and he is just dealing like an ace.

  97. Hiram Hover - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    This Strasburg guy – what a mediocrity. What a disappointment.

    • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Where’s mick when we need him?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        I asked earlier where the Bryce haters are. Since Bryce got close to .270 they have disappeared.

  98. Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Since they got so little use out of them yesterday, maybe they should have given the King’s Court red t-shirts tonight and let them wave their Ks for Stras.

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Alright Mr Strasburg… Alright….

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

    Lobaton has raised his BA to .235 For a backup catcher, that is just fine.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Doing fine

  101. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Span your turn.

  102. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    I wonder if we will see the Ramos/SS connection again any time soon…. Cuz SS/Lobo is clearly working…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      3 of last 4 combos great not just good.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      I don’t buy any of that. Lobo has caught some of his stinkers. Stras has gone to the express and commanding it. I don’t know if he has thrown any 2-seamers which got him in trouble the last time out. He is painting that 4-seam tonight.

      • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        I agree Ghost. Catcher importance way overstated. Though it’s interesting that MW “rested” Ramos tonight rather than tomorrow.

        If Stras starts Game 1, which I expect he will, I sure hope that Ramos is in the squat.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        I don’t remember a stinker with Lobo, not to say if hasn’t happened of course… Seems as if Ramos (seemingly a pitcher who loves to call more fastballs as opposed to off-speed) was behind more.. Lobo calls more off-speed, seemingly…

        Either way, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we’ve seen Lobo/SS connect the last 3 times that SS has pitched…

        **disclaimer – strictly going off memory, so I may be wrong… I reserve the right to edit my comment.. Ha

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        LOL

      • natsfan1a - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        I so miss the edit function. :-)

        “**disclaimer – strictly going off memory, so I may be wrong… I reserve the right to edit my comment.. Ha”

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    If Rendon isn’t swinging, it’s usually not a strike. Blazer blew that 2nd pitch call.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Why isn’t Span stealing

    • NatsLady - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      You mean, so he would get caught and Rendon would have a fresh at-bat?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        Well you hope he doesn’t get caught but if he did that’s what you get.

        Bizarre to me. Perfect spot and count.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      Leone’s move better than Span’s read.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        Yes. Span didn’t even have a large lead and was almost picked off.

  105. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    That much pitcher must be hard to see Rendon looking at outside pitches on him.

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    SS is working at a nice pace…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      Astute point. Not quite Fister pace but on a JZim pace.

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Seattle wants to help Stephen to a complete game.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Not really “wants”, even ironically. When he’s attacking the zone early in the count as effectively and consistently as he is, and they see a really great hitter like Cano made to look foolish — they’re going to swing rather than fall behind and have to guess what they’ll have to flail at.

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

        Of course I’m kidding but they were swinging early and often and left him with a low pitch count.

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        Of course kidding, not that with Storen and Clip’s dominance last night they’d be helped by an earlier departure. My point was only that they’re swinging early out of necessity not choice.

  108. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    The answer to my question Mike Dunn came in to face tying run and did get a hold .

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Yes, and I answered your question.

      “Ghost of Steve M. – Aug 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM
      Yes as 3 runners were on base. Heck if he stayed in for the 9th he’d be up for a Save.”

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Wow, Peavy took a no hitter into the 8th… Brew Crew just got their first hit of the game… He gave up a couple of walks and a hbp….

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    I know Adam feels much better now…. Hopefully that’s the swing/hit that gets him going…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      +1 but I still agree that TyMo needs to take some starts from him.

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    There you go ALR. Oppo and hands below the ball. 2 things you haven’t done in a while.

  112. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    LaRoche goes against a eighty and goes to left. Works.

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    FP comparing 2012 and 2014 and I agree with him except the bench. That 2012 bench was very good. They filled in during injuries.

    • natinalsgo - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Losing Ramos in 2012 was the biggest loss to the team. Suzuki did the best he could do and Davey over used him to a point where he wasn’t hitting and his defense tailed off.

      I think Rizzo made some great deadline deals to shore the team up and agree with FP that as it stands now overall this team is better. Need a healthy RZ back and that will make the bench better.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        I remember Zook in a tail spin… Like hitting 143 over the last month or so…

    • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Did he give a h/t to NL’s blog?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        Not sure what you mean 2’s

      • Section 222 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        NL did a lengthy analysis of the 2012 and 2014 teams on her blog on Friday. Worth checking out.

  114. mdmcommish - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Agreed Ghost. Tymo could hit in ’12. I wouldnt mind seeing souza, cabrera, frandsen sheirholtz on the bench in the playoffs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Lobaton and Frandsen are locks. RZim becomes the guy who sets other moves in motion as Espi wouldn’t make the roster. Schierholtz looks like he has a good shot.

  115. mdmcommish - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Good game stras.

  116. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Way to go SS… Way to go…

    Alright Mr Thornton… Get Cano out!

  117. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    I figured if Ackley got on Thorton was coming. Just figure how stras’s pitches were no one would hit it out.

  118. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Good job Thornton… Good job…

  119. Steady Eddie - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Wow, Thornton.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      +1 that was impressive. Just no BS with this guy.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Still trying to wrap my mind around the Yanks letting him go…

  120. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Thanks Rizzo for Thorton.

  121. stoatva - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Do not want to see Soriano in ninth. I know he’s coming, but I don’t like the “default” nature of the decision. He’s not the pitcher you’d select.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      My answer implied below.

    • stoatva - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Morales is a switch hitter, Seager and Morrison are lefties. The smart decision would be to leave Thornton in. That will happen precisely the day hell freezes over.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        Strategically correct I mentioned it.

  122. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Switch hitter and 2 lefties in the 9th you know what I am tninking

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Does he start the 9th with Thornton?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Leave Thornton in???

      Or bring in Blevins… *looks for JoeS*. Snickers…..

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Whatever…

        After Raffy really blew up, the next game, Clippard and Storen both blew up in the save situation.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        Just joking with you… I know how you feel about Blevins… :-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        I wouldn’t bring in Blevins. I still with Thornton on Morales.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Seeing as how I feel whenever Blevins enters a game, that MW is conceding…. My thoughts/hopes are pretty clear…

        Yeah, I would have left Thornton in…

  123. stoatva - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Mexican cokes all around.

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Did Trent Jewett check Asdrubal’s splits against Furbush? 4 for 7. Guess it doesn’t matter. The ball finds Seager’s glove.

  125. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    What an awful call in the Dodgers game. 2-2 pitch to Puig and he swings 3/4s. Not even close. Black gets thrown out of the game. Goes to 3-2 and Stauffer K’s him. On to the bottom of the 10th.

  126. stoatva - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Nice play Seager.

    I don’t wish for the team to lose the game to make the point, but I also do not have a good feeling about Soriano against morales Seager and Morrison.

    Will be happy to eat some abuse when things work out okay.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Nobody would abuse someone here.

      Deuces might point & laugh.

  127. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Tucking it up here.

  128. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Soriano pitch so none of us worry.

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Sori’s going to have a clean inning tonight…

  130. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Oh my. Can of corn on the warning track. 1 pitch.

  131. stoatva - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Warning track is okay. That’s one out. Don’t let Seager get on. I fear lomo.

    • stoatva - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Cr@p.

  132. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Damn it no inside pitches

  133. philipd763 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Going into the playoffs, I believe Soriano is the Nats” achilles heel!

  134. manassasnatsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Why does he insist on letting tying run up

  135. stoatva - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Yeah that’s a long long foul ball. Hope he doesn’t straighten it out.

  136. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Where was that blue? Touched the black. I think you come back on the other side now.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Good call

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        Thanks. I don’t know Logan Morrison’s scouting report but I would have gone outside then in. I don’t like giving a lefty an opp to pull a HR. I remember him with the Marlins. It worked out.

  137. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    One more

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      The last one is the toughest. Come on Rafael Soriano. Get the Rookie.

  138. stoatva - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Good slider in for ball one, then paint outside. That was good.

  139. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Now low and outside

  140. stoatva - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    93 with command. Haven’t seen that recently.

  141. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Lower

  142. Section 222 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    C&D noting that Clip is up in the bullpen. Good for MW.

  143. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    I said lower

  144. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    1-2 count out him away

  145. stoatva - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Span took his sweet time coming in on the ball.

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Come on Sori….

  147. BurnedOnce - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    The pitchers gotta learn not to shake off Lobaton. It results in a hit.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      They don’t trust him

      • BurnedOnce - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        They should.

  148. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    No strike him out

  149. stoatva - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Tough save.

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Nice win and simultaneous the Padres just walked off on the Dodgers.

  151. BurnedOnce - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Whew!

  152. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Raffy gives us another exciting ending! Love it!

  153. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Untucked!

  154. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Way to go Sori!!!!

    Series win!!!

  155. philipd763 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Very sloppy save, which is standard for Soriano.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      -1

  156. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    MW’s plan worked, but with all those lefties and Thorton on, I just don’t see it.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Cult of the closer. Paying Sori $14 mil, Rizzo would not agree to not giving him a save opp.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Williams has handled Tornton perfectly, and Soriano is the closer that the GM has given Matt Williams.

  157. Drew - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Nice series win out west.

    Attaway, boys.

    GYFNG!

  158. Steady Eddie - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    As well earned a win by Stras as he’s had all year. Glad it didn’t slip away from him.

  159. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    21 and counting down now.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 69 4.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
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