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Five in a row!

If not for a 1-6 start, Nats could be pursuing a Grapefruit League pennant as we speak. A 10-4 win against the Tigers -- featuring a wind-blown homer from Zimmerman -- is now in the books.

What matters: Patterson pleased with his outing. I talked to several people who said his velocity was back. Still, his control really suffered in the fourth, when he said he got a little tired. Or maybe more than a little. Actually, he said he got tired, but he wasn't as tired as he thought he was, and he was "fighting himself" a little bit. Didn't throw any sliders, which is his last pitch to come. Happy with his curveball, and really happy with his changeup -- the pitch that he's been trying to work in since last year.

Other folks seem to think he's "on target" for where they want him to be. Still, he'll go to around 90 pitches his next time out -- his last start before the April 2 opener -- and it would be nice if he got more than five innings out of it. He will be expected to pitch deep into games this season (his goal is 7 innings a start), and he his four-inning stint today was his longest of the spring.

That's it for today. I may have some interesting thoughts about the roster makeup in the actual, ink-and-paper newspaer tomorrow (you know the price), as well as much more on Patterson, etc.

Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Monday. (Unless, of course, there's an outpouring of support for a few weekend posts.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 23, 2007; 4:28 PM ET
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What happened to Snelling in the collision at the plate - is he OK? (I had visions of him breaking into 48 different pieces).

If you feel bored over the weekend, I'll be reading. Gotta do something if the $*@&$'s are making me work........

Posted by: Kirkie | March 23, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I vote for occaisional weekend posts

Posted by: NationalsPride Mike | March 23, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Me, too, on the weekend posts.

Posted by: natsfan1a | March 23, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Weekend posts, please. We beg you. The only downside to the weekend is no NatsJournal.

Posted by: gonats | March 23, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeesh you scared me with the Patterson's Done headline.

Could you have added "for the day?"

Posted by: Thom | March 23, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Weekend posts. Yay!

Posted by: Alan | March 23, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, right, Snelling. Uh, they say he just has a bruised left knee and GM Jim Bowden told me he's "not even day-to-day." He should be fine. But yes, you do hold your breath.

Gotcha on that "Patterson's done," huh?

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | March 23, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

We know that you probably enjoy your free time and all that, but we are greedy for the Barry wit and wisdom. You've got us hooked. Any weekend posts will be read and greatly appreciated. :)

ps. Also concerned for Snelling ("limping to the dugout" according to the audio broadcast). Did Church untie his shoelaces?

Posted by: JennX | March 23, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Weekend Posts!! Weekend Posts!!!

Posted by: pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease | March 23, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

A whole Saturday without your insight into the latest developments in the Wilson-Jiminez position battle? Say it ain't so, Saint Barry!

Posted by: NTPNate | March 23, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Ditto on the weekend posts

Posted by: SacredCod | March 23, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Barry, How are opening day ticket sales? Will we have a sell out?

Posted by: 6th and D | March 23, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Post on the weekend if and only if you can tell us what you had for lunch.

Posted by: CoNATStant Lurker | March 23, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Opening Day Ticket Sales are going perfectly as planned.

You don't happen to have an extra 25,000 friends you could bring to the game, do you?

Posted by: Fake Stan Kasten | March 23, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Do you have any idea what Patterson means when he says he was "fighting" himself "a little bit"? He sometimes says it after he pitches poorly, but has also said it after good outings. I would really like to know what he means.

Posted by: thunderstrucknatsfan | March 23, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Your beloved following begs of the almighty BS...weekend posts...we are addicted. PLEASE

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | March 23, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

i've been reading every few hours (watching for updates!) and would not be okay without a few weekend updates

What's up with Escobar Barry!? Last we heard of him he was on the DL, right?

Posted by: Optimistic Nats Fan | March 23, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Ay for weekend posts!

Posted by: BoringWeekend | March 23, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Barry...Heard your segment on the radio on my drive home. It must be tough to respond to non baseball people and basically burst their fan bubble. However, even at my advanced age, there is still that tiny, repressed, beaten up, dough rolled, water boarded, femur busted, eye poked glimmer that knows Santa is coming one day.

What the hey, stranger things have happened. Right?

Posted by: Eric | March 23, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Take the weekend off Barry - it's a long season (besides we have some basketball to watch!) Thanks for a great week of Posts.

Posted by: cmc | March 23, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Another vote for weekend posts.

By the way, where does one actually buy one of those ink-and-paper newspapers you often message?

Posted by: nationals enquirer (dot com) | March 23, 2007 8:20 PM | Report abuse

You know, "message" or "mention", take your pick...

Posted by: nationals enquirer (dot com) | March 23, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Weekend posts are cool.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barry,

Thanks for all the hard work. After reading your story on Mitchell Page today, it seemed to me that another story idea for you this season could be the second chance line that seems to common to many of the members of the club. Dmitri Young, Page, Hill, Redding, Simontacchi, and even Bowden himself all seem to be following that storyline. Sort of Seabiscuit-ish, in a way. Of course, nobody cares much about second chances if you are losing all the time, but it might work if they start winning a few...

Posted by: Brewer | March 23, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Weekend Posts!

Posted by: SilverSpringNatsFan | March 23, 2007 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Guy asking about Opening Day -- you can find that out yourself. Go to and see what tickets are available for sale.

(answer: many)

Guy goading his readers into pleading for weekend comments -- you should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: Sam | March 23, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

grrrr . . . "comments" = "posts"

Posted by: Sam | March 23, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Snelling update, Barry.

Posted by: hysdavid | March 23, 2007 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Weekend Posts. Great Spring Training Journao!! Opening Day just a week (almost) away. LETS GO NATS!!

Posted by: Sec 407 Row 8 Seat 9 | March 23, 2007 10:32 PM | Report abuse

"If you build it, they will come." And If YOU write it, WE will read it! Gratefully.

Posted by: Paul, Bethesda | March 23, 2007 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Have to vote for weekend posts. We could just get buried in hoops and golf but would love roster and game updates.

Posted by: mlwagnercpa | March 23, 2007 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, personally I think that weekend posts are the price you pay for having the kind of job that sends you down to Florida to watch baseball during the last month of Winter. Though I guess you'd probably argue that the real price is the daily deadline and word count. I guess in the end, it's a tie.

Post if you can, we'll read it!

Posted by: NoVa Nats Fan | March 24, 2007 12:30 AM | Report abuse

So, come on, you can be too! Weekend posts!

Posted by: I'm at Work on Saturday | March 24, 2007 9:23 AM | Report abuse

yeah, weekend posts!

Posted by: JHM | March 24, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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