Sunday lineups, and a question
Can the Nationals win three of four from Colorado? I talked to Jamey Carroll the first day in, and he said his team was thinking it had to take three of four because they consider themselves in the playoff race and they had just swept Pittsburgh and they felt they had to take advantage of another down-and-out club. Now, Tim Redding could completely turn the tables.
Taveras -- 8
Matsui -- 4
Holliday -- 7
Helton -- 3
Atkins -- 5
Hawpe -- 9
Tulowitzki -- 6
Torrealba -- 2
Fogg -- 1
Washington: (Get ready for this)
Lopez -- 6
Jimenez -- 4
Zimmerman -- 5
Kearns -- 9
Batista -- 3
Fick -- 7
Langerhans -- 8
Flores -- 2
Redding -- 1
Days off for a bunch of people. Batista in the five hole. Fick in left. Jimenez. Wow.
Dmitri Young: Manny Acta said he probably could have played today, but with a day off tomorrow, he figured he'd give him two days of rest. Acta said he expects Young to play Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Micah Bowie and Jesus Colome are both headed for some rehab in Viera, Fla. Bowie threw a bullpen session today, which went ok. He was a bit circumspect about the plans for him down there. Colome threw for the first time today, but he's not running yet. But they're definitely getting closer to real rehab appearances.
Doubleheader next week in NYC against the Mets. With all the injuries to the pitching staff, the Nats will call up someone to make a spot start. The candidates appear to be John Lannan and Joel Hanrahan. My guess -- though Acta said they haven't decided -- would be Hanrahan, though I think we'll see Lannan this year. Lannan is 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA since he moved to Class AAA Columbus, Hanrahan 5-3 with a 3.50 ERA in 14 starts there.
OK, onto the question. One of you brought this up in the comments to the last post, and it's something I had thought about in the past couple weeks. Would any of you be interested in a Nationals Journal t-shirt if I printed some up? And if so, what should it say?
Submit some proposals. If I think there's enough interest, and we get a good slogan/design together, I'll follow through on printing them. I could offer them as giveaways in contests and/or sell them at cost.
In the meantime, I'm going to spend the next couple days trying to figure out what the club might do before the trade deadline. To be honest, I'm surprised nothing's happened yet, and I think it's possible -- possible -- that they don't make any trades before the deadline. We'll see.
Enjoy a beautiful Sunday.
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