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Garrett Mock: Three innings done

Right-hander Garrett Mock, who came over with Matt Chico in the Livan Hernandez trade, made his second start of the spring today and showed two things -- why the club likes his potential and why he is not currently a candidate for the rotation.

Mock has good stuff, "as good as advertised, Manny Acta said. "He needs to rack up some innings and get that command under control, basically, that's what it is. He's a guy who has such good stuff that he can get away with mistakes at times because of how hard he throws and the quality of his pitches, but the fact is up here at this level, you need to command your pitches, especially the fastball because you're facing the best every single day. It's very exciting to see that we have an arm like that in our system."

That said, Acta said Mock will almost certainly start the year in the minors -- though he could arrive sometime this year.

His line today against Florida: 3 IP, 3H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 53 pitches, 31 strikes.

Mock could have allowed just one run, but following Alejandro De Aza's one-out triple in the second and Matt Treanor's walk, Cristian Guzman booted Cameron Maybin's grounder to short. It might have been an inning-ending double play (though Maybin, one of the key pieces in the Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis trade, runs well).

Nats offense against Andrew Miller (another key piece of the same trade): Pete Orr's leadoff triple in the third, followed by Guzman's RBI grounder. Nick Johnson singled to left in his first at-bat (and later was thrown out by Maybin at the plate) and double to right-center in his second at-bat.

In the bottom of the fourth, Marlins 2, Nats 1.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 7, 2008; 2:09 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Nats4Tommy | March 7, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Johnson also has a single. Two for two on the day.

Does he still feel like he's "sliding" on his swing?

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 7, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Heck of a job Mock-ie.

Posted by: George W. Bush | March 7, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone got any secret GameDay links to share?

Posted by: JennX | March 7, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

looks like NJohnson is now 3 for 3 with 2 doubles.. at this rate, I am starting to wonder if we are really going to have a Dmitri Young bobblehead night?

Posted by: pk | March 7, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Nats down 3-2, top of the 7th. Nick is 3-3 with 2 doubles.

Posted by: e | March 7, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

hey pk -- you beat me to it by a second.

Posted by: e | March 7, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Not to put a damper on anything, but Johnson's second double was a fly ball that got caught up in the wind. Same goes for McPherson's homer off Nats right-hander Steven Shell -- completely wind-blown.

Still, a nice day for Johnson.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | March 7, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a lot of the balls in spring training are wind-affected - any idea how much that factors into decision-making about players? Do the front-office guys tend to rely more on scouts and their own eyes to decide some position battles? I guess my question is, do spring training stats mean anything? Seems to me the idea that The Boone could make the club based on 40 good ABs seems silly, especially given that on 15 of the hits that you might get on those 40 ABs, 3 or 4 might be wind-affected, which would really alter the overall numbers.

Oh, and from before:

"Does he have to put "The town, not the planet." after EVERY reference?
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The planet?"

I have only to say: Running inside jokes during spring training - GOOD. In Viera, EVEN BETTER!

Posted by: Ryan Dylan (blowing in the wind) | March 7, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Turn off damper switch!

Posted by: Reporter Remote Controller | March 7, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I love it when you post here in the comments with us little folk, Barry. Ad I was very disappointed not to get the (the town not the planet) addition earlier. I crack up every time you write it.

Then again, I laugh too hard and too long at stupid things, so there's that.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 7, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Damper noted and appreciated. I want to temper my enthusiasm - after all, it's March 7th.

I agree with NatsNut, both about (the town not the planet) and about laughing too hard and too long at stupid things.

Posted by: John in Mpls | March 7, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Seems like a lot of the balls in spring training are wind-affected - any idea how much that factors into decision-making about players? Do the front-office guys tend to rely more on scouts and their own eyes to decide some position battles? I guess my question is, do spring training stats mean anything?"

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GMs never look at spring training stats. They are looking for bat speed, agility, and who can stay healthy over the long term. It's why jobs are rarely decided in spring training unless a team has no obvious incumbent. Rarely does a player get "beaten out" by a guy who has a good spring

Posted by: #4 | March 7, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

You win some, you lose some.

Posted by: 1 Run Games | March 7, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of laughing too hard and too long, my side still hurts from joebleux's answer to Manny's question in Spanish in the last post. That's a gem.

Posted by: NatsNut | March 7, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

NatsNut, you're too kind. Sadly, that sentence is about all that I remember from four years of high school Spanish (well, I also know that Lupe es de Guadalajara, but that didn't seem germane to Manny's question).

Posted by: joebleux | March 7, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

New Post from Jupiter (the town not the planet)...

Posted by: OldGuy | March 7, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

...insert comma after "town"...

Posted by: OldGuy | March 7, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

he is very handsom and a very googd player

Posted by: jessica | March 28, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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