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Talked to Rizzo about Enrique Gonzalez. Rizzo can sling some scouting lingo, some of which I'll edit out, some of which I'll let roll. Here's some of what he said.

"I think, like a lot of pitchers of his height, he has to have a little more command of his stuff," Rizzo said. Gonzalez is only listed at 5-foot-11, so think Mike Hampton from the right side or, gulp, Levale Speigner. (Kidding. You don't have to be tall to pitch well. But those guys can't throw the ball "downhill," as Rizzo pointed out.

"So at times he gets to be a little bit of a flat-plane pitcher. He has shown flashes of great stuff throughout his career. He was the Diamondbacks' pitcher of the year in '04 with Webb and all those guys in the system. He's kind of a hybrid type of pitcher. He's had some success as a starter, and out of the bullpen, too. He kind of gives you some versatility."

Velocity?: "He'll get up to 96 out of the bullpen, but as a starter pitches probably [ranges from] 90-94, probably pitches at 92. But in short spurts he can run it up there."

"He's got four-seamer, two-seamer, curveball, slider and change." That would be five pitches, even though the Nats' release had him with four, but whatever.

"He's a 25-year-old pitcher that's had some limited success at the big league level, great success at the minor league level. We think some tweaks with Randy St. Claire and our pitching guys, he can get better. We're just building inventory."

That, then, woudl be the key. Rizzo said he thinks of him as a swing man. Manny Acta said: "He's a starter."

I'd throw him in that category for the beginning of camp next year.

We now have both lineups:

Mets:
Reyes -- 6
Castillo -- 4
Wright -- 5
Beltran -- 8
Alou -- 7
Green -- 3
Lo Duca -- 2
Milledge -- 9
Lawrence -- 1

(Question: Does that look like a contender for a World Series title?)

Nationals:
Logan -- 8
Jimenez -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Pena -- 7
Kearns -- 9
Belliard -- 4
Fick -- 3
Schneider -- 2
Redding -- 1

Dmitri: Neck still stiff. Headache not as bad.

Enjoy the game. And if you're on yoru way out here, bring a jacket.

By Barry Svrluga  |  September 17, 2007; 6:18 PM ET
 
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