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Lineups for opener of a homestand

Svrluga here. Trying this thing on for size again. Chico making his way cross country from Oregon and Saslow's wedding, so I'll have to do for tonight.

I've got some left-over stuff from my story that ran last week on Stan Kasten and Andy MacPhail, perhaps one last Didn't Make the Paper installment. But for now, here are lineups against the Phillies, who lost a narrow one yesterday to the Jays in Philly.

Philadelphia:
Rollins -- 6
Victorino -- 8
Utley -- 4
Howard -- 3
Burrell -- 7
Jenkins -- 9
Feliz -- 5
Ruiz -- 2
Myers -- 1

Washington:
Lopez -- 4
Guzman -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Young -- 3
Milledge -- 8
Mackowiak -- 9
Flores -- 2
Harris -- 7
Redding -- 1

Collin Balester beat up a little bit (five innings, six runs) yesterday for Columbus. So who pitched the ninth? First baseman Larry Broadway, a hitless inning with a strikeout. Broadway has now tossed two scoreless frames for the Clippers, hitting a batter but not allowing any hits.

Perhaps we will have news on Shawn Hill in a while. Talk to you shortly.

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 19, 2008; 3:01 PM ET
 
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Welcome back, Barry. The new kid is a freaking slacker.

Posted by: Jimmy Tango | May 19, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Better pitching prospect?

Larry Broadway - Nats

vs.

Lance Broadway - White Sox

Welcome back, Barry.

Posted by: Moe Greene | May 19, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Barrys Back...the writer, not the player. Is there anything more to this Kearns elbow injury thing, or is this just a way of benching him without embarrassing a veteran player on a last place club who is in the doldrums of a horrible slump?

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | May 19, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Come back Barry! Send Chico to the pen like the Nats did with their Cheeks.

And Bally will be okay. That was his worst start of the year (and still had 6 punch outs).

Posted by: welcome back | May 19, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Chico started off well, but reached pitch count very quickly. Does he warrant another start?

Do we have a choice?....

Posted by: joemktg | May 19, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't sound so excited Barry.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 19, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Did he wear a first baseman's glove while doing it?

I love it when stuff like this happens. :)

Posted by: i hate walks | May 19, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Should keep Boone at first for defense instead of DYoung when you only score 2 to 3 runs a game. Nice to see Barry back, he's missed

Posted by: Will O. | May 19, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Overwhelmed at the tearful reunion.

And the prompt lineups.

Posted by: Svrlugamania | May 19, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Coverage really sucks Barry.....What would you call those game stories for the weekend. Kearns gets benched and then "hurt", Flores get tossed, Hill breaks down and our beat reporter is off the job after what 5 games was it?

The very worst part....now we find out that he is taking several days off to go to a wedding of the all time low Games Story Author of all time.......Barry honestly what gives......recall your new frankness ......"Milledge is no centerfielder" and consider we have had no posts all weekend and really nothing Friday because Chico spent the game looking for a camera......tell us the truth about coverage for once by the Wpost.

Posted by: JayB | May 19, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back Barry! We miss you, though I have to say Chico is a darn good storyteller.

Posted by: William | May 19, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Barry, could you please explain the work ethic thing to Chico. What's with this 'Sorry Professor, I can't come to class today" stuff. Did you not tell him how you posted from Maine on your vacation? Did podcasts, blogs, features, notes, television, and radio on the same day?

Posted by: NatBisquit | May 19, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Lighten up on Chico. He obviously had plans to attend this wedding a long time in the making. Why should he miss the wedding to fill the voids in our pathetic, info-craving, misguided, poorly prioritized baseball wanna-be lives.

Posted by: N@sfan | May 19, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

So, when Dmitri comes to bat, do they play the old J. Geils tune, "Looking for a (G)love"?

Posted by: Song Titles | May 19, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I bet the reason we're not seeing more about Kearn's injury is because Manny is using the "Belliard Protocol" of hiding the injury, but maintaining the "threat" of using Kearns in a tight situation.
Anyway, that's what I heard...

Posted by: N@sfan | May 19, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

What threat would that be.....have you seen Kearns at the plate this year?

Chico lost me with the whole I spent the game looking for a camera so he could post useless topics for us.........

Posted by: JayB | May 19, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Gotta give Chico credit for being savvy enough to not announce that he was going to _Saslow's_ wedding. Even after only a week on the job, he realized that he'd get pilloried here if people knew that was where he was going. Except that he forgot to tell Barry not to mention it. Always a flaw in even the best-laid plans.

But my question is this: Would Saslow have even known the difference if Chico had offered his toast to the bride and groom from some other wedding, or the infield at Pimlico, or even OPCY, rather than in Oregon?

Also, if he's Saslow's friend, did he sit on the bride's or the groom's side at the ceremony?

Posted by: An Briosca Mor | May 19, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Svrluga-weren't you one of those meant to be helped in "operation vowel drop" over the Balkans?

http://alumni.media.mit.edu/~cahn/humor/vowel-drop

"Said Sjlbvdnzv resident Grg Hmphrs, 67: "With just a few key letters, I could be George Humphries. This is my dream."


Will you have young Chico tell us more on why Flores got tossed? Tim McClelland was so kind and funny when Guzman tried to take 1st on 3 pitches, and he is one of the most respected umps in baseball. He's not hollering and dancing and showing guys up when he rings 'em up. Yet he wanted to make sure that Jesus was out of the dugout. The whole incident was odd. What did Jesus say to p him off so?

Posted by: flynnie | May 19, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm enjoying the mental image of Barry casually tossing the S* word into the NJ tinder box, and then scampering off to watch the flames from a distance...

Posted by: joebleux | May 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

but 3 of the top 5 on the Prospect hot sheet for Baseball America on 5/16 are Tillman, Wieters, and Arrieta. Keep him focused on the crab cakes.

Posted by: Don't tell O's Exec | May 19, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

After Chico's long, circuitous journey from Down Under to the Nats beat, would it really have been a problem for him to delay his debut by a week, hence eliminating all this consternation over, well, ZERO coverage of a series that was of interest to many in the region and allowing Chico to have as many computer problems and attend as many weddings as possible? Could I write a longer sentence? Maybe.

Posted by: Jimmy Tango | May 19, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

This may be a bit harsh, but it hasn't exactly been a great week for the Nats Beat writer.

Does the WASHPOST Chico realize they've created this new technology called...Wait for it...Wireless Fidelity, I believe the kids call it Wi-Fi.

I know he's young and wants to get drunk and not worry about "work," but he's also a beat writer and it's not like anyone expects actual articles. Does it take all that much effort to schedule gameday posts (a few days ahead of time) that say:

"Nationals and Phillies face off scheduled starters: XXXX and XXXX.

I'm in Portland enjoying the weather and the open bar so if someone would be so kind as to post the actual lineups and starting pitchers (in case Myers gets arrested again) I'll mention you in my best-man toast."

In the first week his work was suddenly "deleted" from his computer. -- He followed Boswell around staring at his shoes instead of working (and admitted it). -- He "forced" the guy he replaced to come off the bench and do his job.

Posted by: NoVa | May 19, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

im with NoVa here. i've never missed a day of work, certainly not for something as girly as a best friend's wedding. and i've never had a problem with my computer. this kid is just a booze loving slacker and we deserve much better.

Posted by: love | May 19, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, Barry. As you can see, we're as cheerful as ever.

Posted by: Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Chico's rationalizing that having our game stories written by the O's Beat Writer would be fine......Man he really does not seem to have a clue....Did he really tell us that he had spent time reading the blogs to get up to speed when he was down under.....I guess he did not read this blog......

Posted by: JayB | May 19, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

People often mistake me for Christopher "Big Black" Boykins.

Posted by: D. Young | May 19, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Most damning of all, Chico is a Penguins fan, while Barry was definitely rocking some red in March and April.

I'm pretty sure this is the most disastrous hire the Post has ever made.

Posted by: Jimmy Tango | May 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

if the sky isn't falling now, IT NEVER WILL!

Posted by: 231 | May 19, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Boo on the Chico hating. Boo.

Also, since you bring it up, JayB, I thought the O's writer's Nats gamer was awesome. After reading it I thought, "wait, was the O's writer on Saturday? This doesn't sound like Barry." And sure enough, O's writer! He can sub for Chico every now and then, if he keeps being good.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 19, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"Most damning of all, Chico is a Penguins fan"

This is true, I can't defend him here. I like to think of it as a tragic flaw, it makes him more compelling.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post did get the number one thing they wanted in a new reporter though....I am sure he came cheap, not like he had experience any of the useless experience they would have to pay for or that old fashioned, outdated, work ethic to praise. Honestly, one day he is here on the job completing his first week and the next we have the O's beat writer for the most important series of the year to date......nice WPost.

Posted by: JayB | May 19, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

the Os series is really the most important series to date? not to me. i'd rather beat the mets/braves/phillies/marlins.

Posted by: 231 | May 19, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Um, JayB? I'm pretty sure the timing of the wedding wasn't determined for the sole purpose of irritating you. That's just a nice bonus.

Posted by: Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Barry, for the lineups. I'm sure that after reading the comments you must be lamenting how much you miss all of us. ;)

Second the boo on the Chico-hating. All I am saying, is give Cheeks a chance.

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 19, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Man, there are some tough SOB's in here.

Damn people, ease up a little.

Posted by: Section 505/203 | May 19, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Um, JayB? I'm pretty sure the timing of the wedding wasn't determined for the sole purpose of irritating you. That's just a nice bonus.

Posted by: Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 5:11 PM

___________________________________________

Ladies and Gentleman, my nomination for the Post of The Day.

Posted by: Section 505/203 | May 19, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Re: Love
It was somewhat in jest, but you've never had to work while on vacation? Wow, you're lucky.

I wasn't even suggesting he work while away, just schedule posts before he left to be uploaded before the games during the Phillies series. Minimal effort, yet it makes it look like he actually is taking his job seriously. BTW I wouldn't have cared at all if it weren't for that Boswell tidbit he shared.

Posted by: NoVa | May 19, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

NoVa, dude, the Boswell tidbit was funny. It had all the marks of a good story, especially hyperbole. Chico is a good story teller, let's not hinder his propensity to indulge in a good yarn.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 19, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Me, too, IHW. Wonder which of our position players might be the best candidate to twirl an inning or two given the need...

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Did he wear a first baseman's glove while doing it?

I love it when stuff like this happens. :)

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 19, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey, did no one notice that Harris and Mack are out tonight instead of either WMP or Dukes?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 19, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The truth is, Barry made up the whole wedding story and locked Chico in a closet somewhere in the bowels of Nats Park so that he could personally investigate the Shawn Hill situation.

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 19, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Your telling me the wedding was scheduled around the presidential campaign schedule and not the Nats baseball schedule? Where are the priorities people?

Most important series....June 23-25 :)

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | May 19, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like having Barry step in for this evening is better than having preloaded posts that would likely have to be altered anyway as lineups change (see: Kearns, A. and Mackowiak, R.).

While there was a little bit of silence over the weekend, I actually appreciate it, if only for how it continues to shed ever-stupefying light on how unbelievably personally JayB takes the whole thing.

Posted by: faNATic | May 19, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

i think aaron boone could probably toss a few innings. maybe belliard, what a sight that would be on the mound. i think zim might have some game too, but the front office would flip out.

side note. i saw infielder greg thissen pitch for the pnats one nite last year. throws a wicked knuckler.

Posted by: love | May 19, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

A very moving piece by WTOP's Dave Johnson on his father's passing and on what the world of sports has meant to him and to his family.

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=681&pid=0&sid=1406207&page=2

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 19, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I dunno. Reading all the harping on Chico, it seems like most are just being funny, like they're purposely tattling behind his back.

You know, you LOVED the babysitter when she let you stay up late and gave you snacks. Then when mom comes home you garner favor with her by ratting her out.

I've actually been cracking up at all the spinning on Chico's first week, not taking it seriously at all. But this one caught me off guard in the middle of it all and I lost it:

Welcome back, Barry. As you can see, we're as cheerful as ever.

Posted by: Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 4:51 PM

Posted by: NatsNut | May 19, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Belli on the mound *would* be something to see, love. I seem to remember reading somewhere about Dmitri having a knuckler as well.

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 19, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

most interesting 3 outs i ever saw was one night infielder kiko garcia pitched and got all three outs on pickoff moves to 1st base. this was during the 34 year hiatus but i won't mention where out of pure nats loyalty.

Posted by: natty bumppo | May 19, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I never said I didn't love Chico. I just suggested that Barry discuss his own work ethic with Chico. Chico good; more Chico even better.

Posted by: NatBisquit | May 19, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

If you see a dork sitting alone trying to keep score and feed my 6 month old at the same time in the $5 seats tonight, that'd be me. Feel free to come by and say hello or discuss why we should fire Bowden.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | May 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Stories missed by Chico while he was focusing on Boz shoes and leaving beat writing duties to that, "outstanding" was it, O's guy.....Hill may miss a start and can not through between starts due to pain......uh this Shawn Hill, the 'ace" of the staff, the one Barry asked if we thought this was the year for 30 starts and they key to the season back in March....Kearns "hitting" below .200 gets "hurt".....Flores, get tossed....Milledge still not taking any charge in the OF but saying he must play CF because he will never hit more that 10 HRs.....Lenny Harris still 'why should I worry?".......nope the O's guy did a great job over the weekend.....just note all the posts with these topics on the NJ......Yup lets cut Chico some slack, that way he will like us more......like that matters....call them like you see them and stop sucking up people.

Posted by: JayB | May 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

It's childish to jump to conclusions about a new guy and pile on to criticize him when he's not there to defend himself. It's infantile to continually demand that a beat writer jump to meet your demands and post about the topic(s) of your choosing immediately if not sooner. The world does not revolve around you, shocking as that may seem.

Posted by: Calling 'em like I see 'em | May 19, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm hungry, too. With Chico away, and no hand to feed me, what will I bite?

Seriously, I see it as good coverage that will improve. I can read that Hill article in the archives. Twenty times.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | May 19, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

In re Broadway's scoreless 9th: i wonder how the other pitchers in the AAA bullpen feel when a first Basement gets the inning versus one of them. Is that insulting? Or would it be more insulting to be called into pitch the 9th of a 10-1 loss? Probably the latter.

Balester's start not good; personally I'd love to see Mock called up for a spot start instead of Chico. He's on the 40man, we could DL Kearns or (finally) DFA Mackowiak to bring him up. But i don't think that date works into his scheduled day to pitch so he'd be going on 4 days rest.

It would be O'Connor's turn to start on 5/21. But i can't see him coming back up.

Posted by: Sec131 | May 19, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

but 3 of the top 5 on the Prospect hot sheet for Baseball America on 5/16 are Tillman, Wieters, and Arrieta. Keep him focused on the crab cakes.

Posted by: Don't tell O's Exec | May 19, 2008 4:34 PM
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That just makes the crab cakes all the more delicious.

Posted by: O's Exec | May 19, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

both extremes make your comments useless...

Posted by: stop sucking up & stop being a d*ck | May 19, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"All I am saying, is give Cheeks a chance."

Indeed. I think that guy John Lannon has a chance to be a real working-class hero, you know, the middle-or-the-rotation starter that gets the job done eight days a week, even when he doesn't have his best stuff. If the offense can come together, and Lennan and the rest of the staff keep looking that way, I imagine all the people complaining on here of late will start singing a different tune.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | May 19, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Holy hell you guys are insufferable! /slinks_back_into_cave

Posted by: Chris | May 19, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Kearns has a good arm...perhaps he could pitch, that way he would be considered a good hitter and a candidate for a silver slugger award...problem solved, oh, thats right, elbow problems...fits with the rest of the staff.

Posted by: SC Nats Fan | May 19, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Natsfan1a. Dave's note prompted me to think of my Mom, who passed last summer. Today would have been my her 81st Birthday. She enjoyed baseball as much because it provided the family so much conversation as for the games themselves. Kevin Youkilis, her favorite ballplayer, homered the night she passed. I made sure she knew while she was resting before the inevitable. I'm wearing the blue Youk jersey today.

Posted by: PTBNL | May 19, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I agree that I am taking an extreme view but those are the stories and having a guy who is focusing on Boz's shoes and his 20 something wedding plans rather than the stories at hand seems unprofessional to me. Don't have to pick the stories I see, he could pick the ones he thinks are the most important but nothing at all and hope the O's guy cares to pick up the slack seems wrong to me. But hey if I am the bad cop you all can be the good cop and he will love you for it.

Posted by: JayB | May 19, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

that would be THE Chris? Wouldn't surprise me.


Holy hell you guys are insufferable! /slinks_back_into_cave

Posted by: Chris | May 19, 2008 6:04 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Chico- Please skip this subject. People complaining about you missing a weekend for a wedding are truly embarrassing to The Constituency. Utterly.

Next- I am enjoying your writing immensely, and look forward to enjoying your work over the long term, not over a single weekend.

As for Mackowiak and Harris in the field tonight? Oh, yeah, you can bet I noticed, and it causes me pain. I don't doubt that it is earned, but I am dismayed that it came to this, even for a single game.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | May 19, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Another thought on the outfield. I am coming around to the idea of hiring Kenny Lofton to play center field this year, and sending Dukes back to the minors to right the ship. If Dukes gets hot, and Milledge continues to sink, then send Milledge down for a little (no I have not given up on him long-term).

Lofton would likely have yet another good season, at least good enough to be traded one more time in July (unless Bowden signs him to a 2-year deal. Oy.)

Posted by: Positively Half St. | May 19, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't slink away Chris! We have our resident curmudgeons, and some of them tend to make the same negative points with some regularity. In their defense, however, many of them have contributions to make when they're not busy defending themselves against other posters who want to argue those same points endlessly. As for the rest of us, we need all the help we can get keeping the dialog interesting, funny, and at least tangentially related to baseball. Or music, or food, or haiku. Or sandhill cranes. OK, the baseball thing is a plus, but not an absolute requirement.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | May 19, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Excellent, Bob L. I knew that I could get that one by with a little help from my friends.

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Indeed. I think that guy John Lannon has a chance to be a real working-class hero, you know, the middle-or-the-rotation starter that gets the job done eight days a week, even when he doesn't have his best stuff. If the offense can come together, and Lennan and the rest of the staff keep looking that way, I imagine all the people complaining on here of late will start singing a different tune.

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 19, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

1a, here's hoping Redding has some mean mr. mustard on his fastball tonight, and that it makes a nice noise when it hits the mitt.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | May 19, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

New Post

Posted by: New Post | May 19, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Very good, Bob L. I think that I'll just let it go at this point...

PTBNL, I'm sorry for your loss. Nice that you are wearing the jersey in her memory today.

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 19, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

D'oh! I meant "let it be..."

Posted by: natsfan1a | May 20, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

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