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And your Logan-less lineup

With Nook on DL (see below) and Kory Casto up, we have an interesting development with the lineup:

Lopez -- 4
Casto -- 7
Zimmerman -- 5
Kearns -- 9
Young -- 3
Schneider -- 2
Church -- 7
Wilson -- 6
Hill -- 1

Like it? Don't like it? Discuss below. I'll get some reasoning for it from Acta in a while (though I'll admit, I tend to like it).

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 3, 2007; 3:17 PM ET
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So we're asking a left-handed AA hitter to bat second and face a left-handed pitcher who's held lefties to a career .199 BA? No pressure there, Kory.

Not that there's really anyone better for the spot, unfortunately.

Posted by: Chris | April 3, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Church and Casto are both going to play left and nobody in center?

Get well soon, Nook.

Posted by: i hate walks | April 3, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Two guys in left but no one covering me? I'm lonely.

Posted by: Center Field | April 3, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

love the move. Kasto is a patient hitter and should see lots of fastballs in front of zimmerman. look for kasto to have a very high OBP and to pepper the gaps of RFK and be in scoring position for zim at least once or twice a game

Posted by: love | April 3, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Baptism by fire, I like it. It makes a lot of sense, if the whole reason he was sent to AAA is because he needs to play every day, then it makes sense to bat him second and get him as many AB's as possible.

Posted by: Bobby Hurley | April 3, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Be careful what you wish for, Corey and just might get it. Good luck, new Nats!

Posted by: AT | April 3, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Great point Love, putting him in front of Zimmerman helps him out and is another good reason for doing it. No matter what, it clearly means they think highly of him.

Posted by: Bobby Hurley | April 3, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

You see, the Nats are going to REVOLUTIONIZE the game! Two left fielders! Pure genius! Those right-handed pull hitters won't get away with it now! Next comes two pitchers and no shortstop.

Seriously now, a lot of us thought Snelling was a steal when Bowden got him and Fruto for Vidro. But now he's being passed over for the guy from AAA. What does that say about him?

Posted by: Steven J. Berke | April 3, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Ball busters, all of you.

It's as good as yesterday's line up looked. Kinda promising. Potentially humiliating. Let's hope we get the former this time out. And that Hill does what he's good at: keep the ball on the ground. Prefereably right to third base.

Posted by: Mick | April 3, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Ah ha...they've figured out a way to not have a player run his foot thru the centerfield wall! Thats a pretty slick move by Manny. F. Robby wouldn't have thought of that now would he. As far as the batting order, looks like the only thing that makes some sense..not much, but some.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | April 3, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

not Cory Kasto or Kory Castro or Nook Logan.

Good luck Nats tonight!!!

Posted by: my name is Kory Casto | April 3, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Well at this point Manny needs to put the plan in motion and play the future in as many spots where the future exists (where are you Colin Balester, Chris Marrero, Smily G and Colten Wilhems). I'm still numb from watching yesterdays machinations of futility. Zimmerman needs protection no doubt and personnaly the Guzman experiment continues to be "bad science". I'm a little miffed at all the gnashing of teeth
over Logans stint on the DL, come on were not talking Carlos Beltran or Tori Hunter, were talking frigg'in Nook Logan.

Posted by: 41 games | April 3, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm really bummed about guzman, he was hitting the ball pretty hard, just got unlucky.

Patterson is making me look like I can see the future. I've been saying since last year that Patterson had one lucky year. He is a 5th starter at best.

Posted by: Paul | April 3, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What does it say about Snelling, Stephen? It says that he and Church are going to have a lot to talk about.

Posted by: derek | April 3, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm elated at Kory-not-Cory's baptism by fire and suspect he's going to be a nice exclamation point where a lot of question marks have been.

Posted by: rgib | April 3, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Actually, that lineup looks stronger offensively then the one they posted on opening day. Kasto looks to be a much more disciplined hitter then Guzman out of the number two hole. He potentially could see more pitches to allow Lopez to attempt steals, and draw more walks to create more RBI chances for Zimmerman and Kearns... Guzman is a very wild swinger and probably belongs at the bottom of a major league batting order. And Wilson is probably a better on-base man then Logan at the bottom of the order, potentially, as well.

On the other hand, speed was going to be a big part of the Nats offense, and losing Logan and Guzman hurts that strategy signicantly.

And, duh, defensively it is a huge step down. Guzman has a quicker first step at SS then Wilson, and Logan covers a lot more ground then Church. This is going to effect the Nats defense (and thus the pitching staff) a lot more then it will the team's offense.

Posted by: CT | April 3, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Church > Snelling

Posted by: my name is Kory Casto | April 3, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes Church > Snelling and if Casto is going to be in ML, then he needs to play every day...not sit on the bench.

I like the move though I feel bad for Nook.

Posted by: DE | April 3, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

it'd be nice to see:

SS Lopez
LF Casto
3B Zimmerman
RF Kearns
1B Young
CF Church
2B Belliard
C Schneider

(or flip flop casto/belliard)

Posted by: my name is Kory Casto | April 3, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The Titanic (Wizards) or the Hindenburg (Nats), which game to watch tonight?

Posted by: Powerboater69 | April 3, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Love the move. Why not give him a chance? Love putting him ahead of Zim, agree he'll see lots of fastballs. Wilson at bottom of order could be a tough out and help keep the offense rolling.

Loved the posts today Barry. Stuff you can't get anywhere else and that many of us (we'll 3 or 4 of us maybe) really love to know. Like the point about two bullpens.

Interesting note, Logan hurt is almost a blessing in disguise because Casto gets a chance. However, no such depth at middle infield. What roster move would they make if Guzman goes to DL? Call up E-6 Jimenez? They need some help there.

It is interesting that Casto jumped ahead of Snelling so fast. Seems they view Casto as a starter in waiting and Snelling as a permanent back up. Have to see how that plays out.

Love the Journal!

Posted by: mlwagnercpa | April 3, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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