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Coupla things

First off, apologies for not posting more on the weekend. Our numbers drop way down on weekends, so I tend to slow down, too. It'll pick up again next week.

A few things, however, can't wait.

Patterson: Had an MRI on his right arm/elbow/bicep this morning. No news yet. We should know by the end of the day, however.

Lineup: Lopez is back at second base, with Josh Wilson (five errors in 27 innings of playing time) at shortstop. Kory Casto makes his first major league start at first base. I asked him before if he thought he was ready for that. "I guess we'll be able to tell after the game," he said, smiling. With a groundball pitcher like Shawn Hill, this could be an iffy combination.

Langerhans gets the start in center, moving Church to left. Langerhans, who entered the game hitting .064 in his NL appearances this year, is in the No. 2 spot in the order. I told Manny Acta that people would look at that and say, statistically, wow, they have a .064 hitter in the two-hole. Acta basically said you could say that about six spots in the lineup. He has a point. And a sense of humor.

All this is basically in preparation for the return tomorrow of Cristian Guzman and Nook Logan. They are flying to Milwaukee today, and will be activated and in the lineup tomorrow. Belliard goes back to the bench. The team gets deeper. I asked Acta if he was excited about having his team back. "I'll have my team back when Nick Johnson is playing first base," he said. Another good point.

Fight: Several Nationals (Schneider, Johnson, Zimmerman) watched the De La Hoya-Mayweather fight at Alfonso Soriano's new Chicago pad here. I understand that the place is, um, nice. I suppose $136 million doesn't go as far as it used to in the pricey Chicago real estate market, but he managed to find something decent. Good for him.

I'll get you the moves after the game -- whether we know if Patterson's going on the DL, whether we know who's going down (Restovich and Wilson?), whether we know anything else.

Till then, as you watch the game, debate something for me. When Nook Logan and Cristian Guzman return, what lineup do you think gives the Nationals the best chance?

Talk to you later.

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 6, 2007; 2:26 PM ET
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"optimal" (used very loosely) lineup with Logan and Guzman back:

Lopez -- 4
Guzman -- 6
Church -- 7
Kearns -- 9
Young -- 3
Zimmerman -- 5 (he just isn't hitting like a 3 guy, sorry)
Schneider -- 2
Langerhans -- 8
AAA hurler of the day -- 1

Posted by: Section 408 Row 1 | May 6, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

What lineup gives the Nats the best chance once Nook and Guz are back? The lineup without them in it...... ;)

OK - my preferred?

FLop leading off and SS
Church, LF
Zimm, 3B
Kearns, RF
Young, 1B
Belliard, 2B
Schneider / Flores, C (gotta start thinking platoon here)
Logan, CF

Guz on the bench, but playing (on average) the last 3 innings, or double switching in early if necessary.


Posted by: Kirkie | May 6, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: .390 | May 6, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Lopez 2b
Logan cf
Church lf
Zimmerman 3b
Kearns rf
Young 1b
Guzman ss
Schneider c

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | May 6, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Lopez 4
Zimmerman 6
Church 7
Flores 2
Kearns 9
Young 3
Langerhans - 8
Belliard 5

Posted by: JayB | May 6, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

With the $36 million payroll, you could toss all the names in a hat and still lose.

The only worth debating here is why The Post continues to ignore the Rosenthal Report (Fox Sports). Until those issues are addressed -- and solved -- which .200 hitter plays the outfield -- or catcher -- or first base -- is not terribly important.

Posted by: Swanni | May 6, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

With what they got:

4 Lopez
6 Guzman
7 Church
9 Kearns
5 Zimmerman
3 Young
8 Logan
2 Schneider

or better yet:

8 Guy You Trade For
4 Lopez
7 Church
9 Kearns
5 Zimmerman
3 Guy You Pick Up off Waivers
2 Flores/Schneider
6 Guzman

Footnote: I'm a big fan, but lets face it were a couple donuts shy of a dozen.

Posted by: NatBisquit | May 6, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Swanni: Be patient. We will address the issues of ownership.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | May 6, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Barry. I'll hold my fire for awhile.

Posted by: Swanni | May 6, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, another blown save by Chief. The heart attack 9th innings got old a long time ago, and posting 33 pitches when coming in with a one run lead rarely leads to ending the inning with a tie score. How long can the closer's appearance make the opponent sigh with relief?

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | May 6, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Dear Theo Epstein,
I've got this closer, see. 95 career saves, only 25 years old! I'll give him to you for a couple of gloves and some sunflower seeds. Call me, dawg.

Posted by: Bodes | May 6, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse


You have promised before that you would follow up on RFK issues. PLEASE, do not just give us 50 words in a notes section on what Lerners have done with all the $$!

Thanks in advance.....By the way what does Boz do....I thought he like baseball?

Posted by: JayB | May 6, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

My lineup:
Logan CF
Lopez 2B
Church LF
Kearns RF
Zimmerman 3B
Guzman SS
Young 1B
Schneider C

I'd love to have Langerhans in there, but I want to give Logan a chance at the major league level. Batting first gives us speed, and gets him at-bats, which he has not had.

Lopez seems like a better 2-spot guy because he's quick, a switch hitter, and he has enough power that we don't have to rely on our big guns to get the speedy Logan home.

Church has earned the 3-spot. Nuff said.

Kearnsy has the most power, and he'll get protection from having Zimms behind him, assuming Zimms gets back to normal.

I want Guzzie in front of Young so that Young still has some speed in front of him, and can get the RBI oppurtunities.

And then Bri-Bri. Ideally we would find a more offensively able catcher, but he's solid at D, so leave him in until Flores steps up.

Posted by: NattyDelite! | May 6, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

How hard do you laugh when you see the comments followed by the "real signatures"?

Posted by: Tom | May 6, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I just read the Rosenthal report and it seemed to be high on agenda but low on any real problems. New ownership means changes and some long term employees out. Happens everywhere. Seems like he's blowing smoke.

Speaking of blowing, Cordero has to be taken out of the closer role, at least temporarily. This team doesn't get ninth inning leads often enough to have someone blow them routinely.

Pretty sick of all the Soriano love on MASN this weekend. He's got his 138 million, he should shut up about our team, and go count his money.

Lineup I'd like to see:
Lopez 2b
Guzman ss
Zimmerman 2b
Church lf
Kearns rf
Langerhans cf
Broadway 1b
Schneider/Flores c (platoon)

I think Langerhans might end up a quality guy if they just put him out there and let him have a spot for a while, the way Manny did w/ Church. I really don't like any of the current options at 1b -- Young is ok off the bench, but is too streaky and can't catch the ball at 1b, Casto looks inexperienced, and Fick isn't a regular player. I'd give Broadway a shot. Maybe a shot at closer too.

Posted by: Ray | May 6, 2007 8:47 PM | Report abuse

" ... worth debating here is why The Post continues to ignore the Rosenthal Report ..."

Swanni (and Barry by extension),

... remember: this is the Washington Post. Maybe you should redirect your question (about lack of attention to a story) to Senator Ted Kennedy, and ask him why he thinks the Post gave him all of thirty six words in 2002.

Posted by: david f watts | May 6, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Lopez 6
Belliard 4
Church 7
Kearns 9
Zimmerman 5
Young 3
Schneider 2
Logan 8

I think Logan deserves a chance but for some reason, can't get on board w/ Guzman. I guess he deserves a shot a least, would love to see him do it.

Agree w/ others who think Zimm needs to be dropped for a while. If he had 3 years under his belt, then let him play it out but w/ just 1, he can drop down until he gets going. We need to scratch out wins however we can. I guess the flip side is let him work it out now while we are going to lose a lot anyway.

If I have to play Guzman, then
Lopez 4
Guzman 6....

Hope Milwauke is kinder than Chicago. Someone needs to start hitting.

Really want to see this lineup:
Lopez 6
Belliard 4
Church 7
Johnson 3
Kearns 9
Zimmerman 5
Schneider 2
Logan 8

Once Zimm gets going, that could really do some damage. If we could obtain a solid CF, upgrade the offense at SS, get one or two solid starters, all of a sudden, this could be a decent team. And I could win the lottery tomorrow.

Posted by: mlwagnercpa | May 6, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Holy Crepe, Did anyone notice that the Athletics have Snelling batting leadoff and playing centerfield.... I like Snelling, but he seemed barely capable in leftfield. Put me in coach .....

Posted by: NatBisquit | May 6, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey barry,

Thanks for shutting up swanni for a second

Posted by: Nats fan Down Under | May 6, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey swanni,

If you dont like the nats, then dont watch the games. Please dont post on the forums cuz it puts me in a bad mood.

Posted by: Nats fan Down Under | May 6, 2007 10:49 PM | Report abuse

To anyone b****ing and moaning about the team on the feild,

This is what they said they were going to do. The told us they'd pinch pennies and suck it up for a couple of years. Get used to it because its going to happen for a while if you like it or not. We wont even be good next year, maybe half decent in a couple years. Its called rebuilding. If you dont like it then start going to O's games. Oh, the O's lose too you say? That's because theyve never tried rebuilding. You keep complaining that the nats need to spend money and win now. Tell you what, if that were possible, then every team in the league would do it. It doesnt work like that, just ask the Yankees and their 185 million this year. And that's the payroll before they pay clemens 20 mil for 5 innings a game between june and september. They suck too, they cry about it too, this isnt going to stop so just pick another team and stop crying about my team. I love them good and bad (i havent seen good yet but im looking forward to it). If you cant love a bad team then move away from DC.

Posted by: Nats fan Down Under | May 6, 2007 10:55 PM | Report abuse

How long is Acta's leash on Cordero?? He is the glass jaw of this team.

Posted by: Dorf | May 6, 2007 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Let's put Logan in the lineup and hit him leadoff. This adds speed and strengthens the bench. Yes, it's risky, but Logan's speed scares the defense. This will take pressure off Lopez, who is best suited for the 2 slot.

With Guzman:

1. Logan - 8
2. Lopez - 4
3. Zimmerman - 5
4. Church - 7
5. Kearns - 9
6. Young - 3
7. Guzman - 6
8. Schneider - 2

Without Guzman:

1. Logan - 8
2. Lopez - 6
3. Zimmerman - 5
4. Church - 7
5. Kearns - 9
6. Belliard - 4
7. Young - 3
8. Schneider - 2

Posted by: BrianH | May 7, 2007 2:42 AM | Report abuse

1. Lopez (S) 4
2. Guzman (S) 6
3. Church (L) 7
4. Kearns (R) 9
5. Zimmerman (R) 5
6. Young (S)
7. Schneider/Flores Platoon 2
8. Logan (S) 8
9. Pitcher 1

Posted by: PennQuarterDawg | May 7, 2007 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Nats fan down under,
Truth hurts. And until the truth comes out fully -- and the problems are fixed -- we will continue to see losses pile up.

Part of getting to the truth is having the media cast a spotlight on the problem. Until now, the Post's unwillingness to tackle the tough issues has allowed Nats management to operate in the dark. That's why they have been penny pinching -- and Bowden (apparently) has exhibited the maturity level of a 16-year-old

If the Post starts covering the behind the scenes blunders, it will force the Lerners to take action and correct it.

Posted by: swanni | May 7, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

What in the world is the Rosenthal Report?

Posted by: Section 406 | May 7, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The four-part series by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports accusing Nats management of penny pinching (scouts not being paid; Ronnie Belliard told he couldn't get a dozen new bats, etc.) and Jim Bowden driving employees away with his elevator-style personality.

By the way, it's now Day 5 -- five days have gone by and The Post has still not covered this story

Posted by: swanni | May 7, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Against lefties Against righties

1. F.Lopez, 2b 1. Bernie Castro, 2b
2. Guzman, ss 2. Langerhans, 1b
3. Zimmerman, 3b 3. Church, lf
4. Kearns, rf 4. Kearns, rf
5. Young, 1b 5. Zimmerman, 3b
6. Flores, c 6. Schneider, c
7. Logan, cf 7. Logan, cf
8. Restovich, lf 8. Guzman, ss
9. Pitcher slot 9. Pitcher slot

Posted by: Dana | May 7, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Willie Gandebol | May 8, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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