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Lineups

The final word (of the final 800 words) from last night's game is available here.

The lineups for today's game are below. Strange to see a Washington lineup without Guzman, eh?

Washington

Bernadina -- 8
Harris -- 7
Dukes -- 9
Boone -- 5
Belliard -- 4
Flores -- 2
Lo Duca -- 3
Lopez -- 6
Perez -- 1

Florida

Ramirez -- 6
Andino -- 4
Cantu -- 3
Willingham -- 7
Helms -- 5
Ross -- 9
Treanor -- 2
Amezaga -- 8
Nolasco -- 1

By Chico Harlan  |  July 2, 2008; 11:17 AM ET
 
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Guzman out of the lineup---could a trade be affoot? either trying to demonstarte that Lopez is credible at SS or maybe if Guzman is the trade, then maybe preventing an injury....or maybe its just the day game after night game, and he needs a break?

Posted by: trade affoot? | July 2, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Rather see a lineup without Lopez.

Posted by: gurmblegrumble | July 2, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Get away day. Rest them knees. I seriously doubt it means anything.

Posted by: 756* | July 2, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I heard that Guzman is running around with Madonna, and they are afraid of A-Rod going ballistic and chasing him around Dolphins Stadium. Luckily if a gun is discharged , there is no one to hit in the stands..

Seriously, I think it is just rest also. Of course they could be shopping Lopez.

Posted by: Nick the Nat Fan | July 2, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

We'll see how PLD does at first, which I believe would be his debut for us at said position??

Posted by: CN | July 2, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Aside from PLD catching for Balester yesterday because PLD had caught for him in Columbus, at what point should Jesus Flores (being the supposed catcher-of-the-future) start catching for Balester?

Posted by: Juan-John | July 2, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

No; Lo Duca's played at least one other game at first (I remember him going after a ball hit right at Lopez and deflecting it off his glove). I believe there was commentary after the game about sending in D. Young as a defensive replacement.

Posted by: joebleux | July 2, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

LoDuca started at first on June 18 against the Twins.

Posted by: CapHill | July 2, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Late to post but that was an exciting game to listen to last night. Nice to hear Balester on the radio pregame as well (where he gave props to Lo Duca's game calling). My six-word gamer headline would be: Dude, you're gonna get a win.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 2, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Strange without Guzman?

Most of the lineup looks strange with guys playing out of position and in odd batting slots. I guess that's what a bunch of injuries will do.

Posted by: Brant Alyea | July 2, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

personally, I'd rather see Casto at third and Boone at first and not LoDuca there.

Guzzie's just getting a much deserved day off.

Let's hope Odalis can go longer than 5 or 6 innings. The bullpen could use a break.

Posted by: e | July 2, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

a lineup without guzman only increases the probability that flop will make the dagger error that costs the game.

Posted by: natsscribe | July 2, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Hanley Ramirez just committed his 13th error of the season! He just booted an easy ground ball! Get rid of him! Larry Beinfest must be on the phone right now begging anyone to take him off the Marlin's hans! Drop HanRam!
He didn't hustle! NO RAH-RAH! Must be a cancer in the clubhouse.

Posted by: equal treatment for Felipe Lopez | July 2, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Nolasco has 54 pitches in 3 innings, finally good to see us using patience and finding pitches we like...

Posted by: CN | July 2, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The Marlins are 2d in MLB in errors with 70! This shows that their heads aren't in the game, they are not properly coached, and all of them, including Larry Beinfest should be fired! In fact, I think Larry got drunk once and has a good-looking girlfriend!

Posted by: equal treatment for Jim Bowden | July 2, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Odalis has put down 10 in a row. Can we get a shiny blue tarp to put over the batter's eye?

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Just as soon as Lopez gets his OPS up to over .900 like Hanley's done the last two seasons, he can make as many errors at SS as he would like. How's that for equal treatment?

Posted by: Highway 295 Revisited | July 2, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love Chico taking a question of mine in his weekly chat. I'm so honored.

Posted by: O's Exec | July 2, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

the excellent web site nats farm authority mentions an mlb investigation into the nats. i thought the rumormongers here might want to weigh in.

Posted by: just wondering | July 2, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The Chicago White Sox fired their Director of Player Personnel along with two scouts earlier this season for some improprieties in the Dominican Republic (rumor is skimming bonus money). This guy may be naming names.

Posted by: Brian | July 2, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

YEEESSSSSS!!!! I'M FAMMMISSSSSSS!!! *pumps fist* Can a movie deal be far behind?

Posted by: O's Exec's Conscience | July 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

And I'm still pouting about Belliard's walk-off on Sunday, and Chico let me pout in public!!! I have to appear to be a good sport and wish the Nats well, but now I'm just looking like a Nats-hating egomaniac!! But at least I'm getting lots of attention, and taking it away from the Nats, whom I HATE!!!! I hope they didn't notice me taunting them just after they got the news about Cordero's injury. Talk about classless!!

Posted by: O's Exec's Conscience | July 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching the game? Can you explain the Willie Harris batter interference on the catcher? He was first up. Did he interfere on a fielding attempt?

Posted by: Section 138 | July 2, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Two words re: the call. Laz. Diaz.

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"Can you explain the Willie Harris batter interference on the catcher?"

I'm listening to Charlie and Dave at work, so I'm not focusing on the game and can't give a complete answer. What I do know is that the ball hit him on the throw, and he was called out for leaving the base path

Posted by: fan | July 2, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I love the Nats, but that is the worst lineup I have seen since World War II -- and I wasn't even born then.

Posted by: OMG | July 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

re: Section 138...Willie ran inside of the baseline which is illegal although rarely called. It's typically called when there is a play from near home (as in this case). Kinda cheap if you ask me because the ball didn't hit him.

Posted by: Sec 317 | July 2, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Charlie and Dave said the ball hit him on the butt. Clarification from someone with a TV?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The San Diego Padres, that big market freespending juggernaut, just spent $5 million to sign 5 of the best international free agents.

Adis Portillo (RHP), Alvaro Aristy (SS), Luis Domoromo (OF), Corey Adamson (INF/OF), and Elvin Tavarez (RHP).

Here's what ESPN has to say about them:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3433834

So glad we aren't wasting money like this. Such a crap shoot. With all the cash we save from not signing international free agents we can have another year of PlOD!! Hurrah!

Posted by: Plan. What Plan. We don't need no stinkin' plan | July 2, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Laz is a local guy, too! You think he'd go our way =(

Posted by: Section 138 | July 2, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The ball didn't hit Willie in the butt, it went off of the 1st basemans' glove as far as I could tell. I'm watching the telecast and the replays confirmed it. Strange call...

Posted by: Sec 317 | July 2, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I assume the delay is rain?

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | July 2, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

the excellent web site nats farm authority mentions an mlb investigation into the nats. i thought the rumormongers here might want to weigh in.

Posted by: just wondering | July 2, 2008 1:20 PM
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Can you please explain (for those of us who can't access 'blogs' at work)...

Posted by: 756* | July 2, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping for a complete game from Odalis. If it's a typical very short rain delay, maybe he can still pitch. He looks great, and the pen could use the rest. 77 pitches-53 strikes, 24 balls.

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@756* -

Here is the background:

- Earlier this season, the Chicago White Sox fired their Director of Player Personnel (Dave Wilder) and two scouts "following an ongoing investigation in Latin America that has been turned over to federal authorities."

- There has been no official reason provided but there are conjectures that the reasons could be "money, drugs, or falsifying documents"

- The investigation has had a focus on the bonuses paid to international players with thoughts someone might be skimming off the top

- Since the federal authorities are involved, I would imagine that Wilder and the scouts are talking to them about what they know

There are reputable sources that have confirmed that the Nationals are being investigated.

What does this mean?

Honestly, I have no idea.

It could be something as simple as MLB's investigative unit doing their due diligence with regards to what has happened or is happening in the international realm. Or it could be something more serious.

Obviously no one from MLB, the feds or the Nats are going to comment publicly about an ongoing investigation.

Posted by: Brian | July 2, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Chico, reopen the chat. You don't have to pay attention during a rain delay.

Posted by: NatBisquit | July 2, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

On the Harris interference call, Charlie and Dave (who didn't think much of the call, either) said he was called out for being inside the line going to first, and thus interfering with the throw, which hit him. They did say he didn't seem to be inside the line so much as right at it, and that it was just a bad throw. They pointed out the obvious contradiction in the rule that requires a batter to run completely in foul territory to first base, which is completely in fair territory.
FWIW.

Posted by: CE | July 2, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, I'm sure it'll all lead back to Tejada. It always does.

Posted by: 756* | July 2, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Chico's off not having a beer, thank goodness.

Posted by: Carrie Nation | July 2, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know it was closed. Let the man get a beer, willya?

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Chico, reopen the chat. You don't have to pay attention during a rain delay.

Posted by: NatBisquit | July 2, 2008 2:16 PM

Posted by: I think I'll have one, too. | July 2, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Thunderstorms, and pretty close, to hear Charlie and Dave tell it from under the table.

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I assume the delay is rain?
Posted by: Scott in Shaw | July 2, 2008 2:05 PM

Posted by: CE | July 2, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Is Chico old enough to drink?

Posted by: Jimmy Tango | July 2, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Can they call this game for rain and discount the top of the 7th?

It's probably a passing shower, but I was just wondering.

Posted by: work - baseball = boring | July 2, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's play guess the rotation. What will it be following the all-star break, and then after July 31 trading deadline: I've got after all-star:

Perez
Balester
Bergmann
Lannan
Redding

But after trading deadline:

Balester
Bergmann
Lannan
Mock
Clippard

with both Perez and Redding being traded away. A lefty like Perez might be able to help a Chicago or New York team. Not a big return, but maybe a mid-tier A level pitching prospect or mid-tier AA hitter (preferably middle infield).

Posted by: NatBisquit | July 2, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I wish we could still hear Charlie and Dave taking calls during the rain delay, and have something besides ESPN news on MASN. This last weeks games have been wonderful, with the exception of the Saturday night blowout, which was still a fun night to be at NatsPark, despite the Post's opinion that there was nothing to cover, and certainly no rivalry. The post of the day today blames the front office for pitching injuries. What the hell is wrong with them? Has the Post sports section been left in the hands of baseball-hating e-people?

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I miss the rain delay call-taking, too, flynnie.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 2, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Stupid rain. Odalis was dealing- looked like he could have gone at least another inning, maybe even a complete game.

Posted by: Juan | July 2, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The delay's too long for Odalis to come back. Who'll be up in the pen? Shell? Rivera? Hanrahan? Who'll be best at holding a one run lead against that murderer's row?

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

If you look at Miami radar, it's going to be several hours before they can start again... the storms are stationary over Miami.

Good thing the Nats are winning. Let it rain!

Posted by: Wigi | July 2, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'd try to get four outs from Rivera and then Rauch in the 9th.

Posted by: CapHill | July 2, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

You know, I would be interested in leaving Perez in the game. I was at a Red Sox/Yankees game in New York with a pretty bad rain delay once a couple years ago. The Sox left starter Bronson Arroyo in despite the delay, and the Yankees took their starter (forget who) out. In the end, the Yanks' overworked pen blew a close game, and the Sox won due to a few more passable innings from Arroyo.

If only because I remember that precedent, I'd be willing to ask Odalis how he'd feel about another inning or two, at least.

Posted by: another angle | July 2, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha I love it. LET IT RAIN, LET IT RAIN, LET IT RAIN!

Lets take 2 of 3 from these clowns

Posted by: Jason | July 2, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Then again, with only seven outs to go and (apparently) another couple hours of rain, maybe we should stick with relievers.

Posted by: another angle | July 2, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

3;25 or sooner!

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

How time without baseball creeps by!

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Laz is the favorite umpire for the "under" bettors in Las Vegas. It's getaway day. There's more showers on the way. That strike zone should be as big as the inside of the baseline Willie Harris was running down!

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

3:25? Hot dog!

Taking calls during a rain delay is nice, but my favorite was when they streamed some inoffensive music (or maybe it was silence), and every so often a dude would cut in from the Broadcast Mother Ship, telling the affiliates what the plan was and when they would go back on the air. That was cool.

I don't listen on the computer anymore; for all I know, they still do it. Though I really doubt that.

Posted by: Scooter | July 2, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Nats at Night, the re-broadcast of Charlie and Dave at midnight was heavenly! Oh, how I miss it!

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

They're baaaaack!

Posted by: Sec 419 E | July 2, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Play Ball! Bottom of the 7th, man on 2d, two out. Manning on the mound.

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Crap. Another Angle, we'd have been better off leaving Perez in.

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Damn!

Posted by: 419E | July 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Argh! Amezaga had 1 hr in 152 AB's.

Posted by: CapHill | July 2, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Atta boy, Meat.

Let's get a rally started.

Posted by: John in Mpls | July 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Amezaga always has the games of his life against the Nats.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | July 2, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Scratch that. Bummer.

Posted by: John in Mpls | July 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Watch the game get called off for rain now... that would suck. Argh! DP and ground-out! :(

Posted by: JennX | July 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

A sober view:

Collin Balester - RHP Nationals - An intriguing 4th round pick by the Expos in 2004, Balester was your typical high school right-hander with a live arm but needing refinement. Balester looked better than expected in his first full season in 2005, posting respectable numbers across the board with a 3.67 ERA and 95/42 K/BB in 124 innings for Single-A Savannah. Nothing screamed top prospect there, but Balester was 19 and had enough stuff to predict some improvement. The 6'5" right-hander posted a 5.02 ERA in High-A the next year, though his peripherals weren't nearly as different from his 2005 numbers as his ERA was. He rebounded some in 2007, lowering his walk rate to 48 in 150 1/3 innings and keeping his strikeouts right around 7 per nine innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

The 2008 campaign has been more of the same for Balester, as he had a 4.00 ERA and 64/23 K/BB in 78 2/3 innings thus far. Balester just turned 22 years old and that he's doing a fine job in Triple-A is encouraging, so perhaps there's more room to grow here. However, as is Balester doesn't look like more than a back-end starter. His fastball is solid in the low-90s and his curve is above average, but his command is only average, he doesn't have an average third pitch, and his flyball tendencies have lead to home run problems (14 already this year).

Roll it all up and Balester looks like someone who can eat innings and little else. Perhaps he'll improve his command or develop a better changeup down the road, and that he's been more focused on pitching the last two years is a plus in that regard, but I wouldn't count on short-term fantasy value from the right-hander. He'll get at least a month in the majors with Shawn Hill out, so NL-only leaguers should still keep an eye on him even if I don't think he's likely to succeed.

Recommendation: Monitor in NL-only leagues.

Rogeravin Bernadina - OF Nationals - Signed out of the Netherlands by the Expos way back in 2001, Bernadina is an athletic outfielder with good speed. The 6'0", 190-pound left-hander has never showed much power or batting average in the minors until this year, but fantasy leaguers certainly are intrigued by him since he stole 40 bases last season. Called up to the big club with Austin Kearns hurting, Bernadina was having by far his best year to date by hitting .323/.398/.474 as a 24-year-old for Double-A Harrisburg. Bernadina had never hit better than .276 and the isolated slugging is also the best of his career, and he continued to run with 26 steals in 35 attempts.

I'd bet against his breakout being real given his age and level of competition, but there's a chance he's reestablished himself as a potential fourth outfielder. Kearns could be back as soon as later this week, but Bernadina's speed would make him worth a cheap flier in NL-only leagues if he's going to get some playing time. He's 2-for-15 with a caught stealing in three starts since joining Washington. See what the club does with Kearns before pursuing him.

Recommendation: Monitor in NL-only leagues.

Posted by: 756* | July 2, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Bernardina! Sliding into the wall!

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

F-ing bullpen. I'd love it if they could hold a one run lead just once this year.

Posted by: John | July 2, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Sigh.

Posted by: JennX | July 2, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

If only they had called the game.

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | July 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Offensive futility. Bullpen failures. That's Nationals baseball! Ugh.

Posted by: Paul | July 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

1-2 in Florida, just like every Florida trip last year. Very well-played, especially by Perez, and LoDuca driving in Boone and and Belli. And what a catch by Rober Bernardina!

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Man, the Nats gave one away on Monday, then the rain took one away today - with a little help from the bullpen. This should have been a sweep.

Posted by: John in Mpls | July 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Robber" Bernadina -- I like it!

Posted by: Scooter | July 2, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

There is no such thing as an easy game against the Fish for the Washington Nationals. Ah well, they played pretty well. Like a team that got beat instead of one that laid down to be walked on.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | July 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

How much you wanna bet that Paul's post at 4:04 is in the dead trees tomorrow?

That said, it's the truth. You can't win much with 3 hits and an overworked bullpen that relies heavily on AAA relievers.

Put me down for an Ugh, too.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | July 2, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

A sober view: Balester

Posted by: 756* | July 2, 2008 3:47 PM
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The article alluded to his changeup, but didn't do a great job explaining just how new it is to him. He really threw it for the first time last year, and in games this year. He only had to throw is sparingly in yesterday's start because he was locating his fastball so well. I'm really looking forward to him gaining more confidence in that pitch, and throwing it for strikes. It could either be his out pitch, or set up the fastball.
And, honestly, I don't think anyone was thinking he was anything more than an innings eating #3, he just looks like more than that compared to the starting rotation we have now (Even though I love all those guys a lot!).

Posted by: Section 138 | July 2, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm not too worried about his change-up... yet. After all, you should only use it when you need to, um, change it up.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | July 2, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

One of the reasons I have some gripes with scout-speak is that things sound worse than they are. "Innings-eating #3" sounds perjorative, like it's a common thing, or a bad thing, and not hard to find. Then you wake up one morning and Gil F. Meche gets a contract for $11m per. Truth of the matter is that there are precious few true #1 ace starter guys out there at any one time. Balester may not have the best stuff in the NL, but if he goes out and pitches with the same attitude and stuff that he had yesterday and he can stay healthy, he's going to have a long and mostly successful career. Maybe not HoF, but you know, lots of winning teams have lots of guys who were just good enough to get their team in a position to win.

Posted by: Highway 295 Revisited | July 2, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Can Manny keep starting Bernardina in the number 1 slot? I love his defense but he looks so AA at the plate. When Kearns gets back I hope it is Dukes 8, Harris 7 and Kearns 9, which will be a very nice defensive outfield.

I am starting to very slowly warm to Lo Duca now that he is showing some real utility value as well as getting some good hits. With this team utility value is a very necessary attribute. On the other end of the scale the player with the least ability to play any position is still Wily Mo.

Posted by: Dale | July 2, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

It's official. The Nationals bullpen is no longer the strength of this team...and that's saying something. What exactly is the strength of this team? Besides youth....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, fans that blog are the strength of this team. I'm offended you even had to ask.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | July 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree more. I in no means meant a #3 as a bad thing, and I didn't really think it was "sober"ing either.


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One of the reasons I have some gripes with scout-speak is that things sound worse than they are. "Innings-eating #3" sounds perjorative, like it's a common thing, or a bad thing, and not hard to find. Then you wake up one morning and Gil F. Meche gets a contract for $11m per
Posted by: Highway 295 Revisited | July 2, 2008 4:30 PM

Posted by: Section 138 | July 2, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

the strength of this team is clearly the starting pitching. Redding, Lannan, and Perez have pitched numerous gems yet can't get run support or wins. When we have decent run support (meaning 3+ runs for the nats), our bullpen of minor leaguers blows it. it's a lose lose.

Posted by: nats | July 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Jimbo on Sportstalk 980:

Chad had four MRIs. Only the last one showed the labrum tear. But it was probably there all along, just hard to detect.

AK may be activated as soon as tomorrow. Zimmerman after the all star break.

WMP and FLop will be DFA'd, Lenny Harris and the training/medical staff will be fired, and the Lerners are cheap.

(Ok he didn't really say that last sentence.)

Posted by: Bob L. Head | July 2, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Whoaaa, Bob L. - Just report the news! I've got my hands full keeping Lenny, Flip, Wily Mo, the medical/training staff and their families from coming after you!

Posted by: flynnie | July 2, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

i agree that's not all that sobering... i'd be thrilled if balester turned into a solid #3. while it's great to have aces, if your 3-4-5 guys are all decent quality pitchers, that goes a long way to building a solid team.

i.e., it's great to have a santana, but if you're trotting out other guys who can't even cut it at AAA every 5th day, you're offsetting some of santana's benefits.

Posted by: 231 | July 2, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

robert l.,

were you lurking on the capitals insider blog yesterday?

Posted by: natsscribe | July 2, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Dear Teammates,
This letter is a little late, but we didn't have time to write this morning before the game.

Last night's game was tremendous. All of you really pulled out all the stops to get our young rookie a win. Felipe, Paul, Willie, you played with energy and kept us in the game. Ronnie, your grand slam was superb. Collin, we're so happy for you and your win.

But what the @*&$ are we, chopped liver? How about getting us a run or two for a change? Just cuz we're not cute little rookies with every extended member of our family sitting in the stands doesn't mean we don't want some love too, you know.

Sheesh. We go out there, work our butts off, quality start after quality start and what do we get? Ground into double plays, pop-ups to third basemen, strike outs looking, and first-pitch infield choppers. When we pitch this is your version of hitting for the cycle.

Where the @$#& is OUR grand slam, huh? Where were the three-singles-no-outs when we were pitching? We can only get by on 1 or 2 runs for so long, my friends.

Sincerely,
Your Best Starting Pitchers in 2 years.

Posted by: Lannan, Bergmann, & Perez | July 2, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Chico,

I noted your comment that Chief came in out of shape. Are you sure about that? I thought the reports in the spring were that he had come in in the best shape of his career. Sometimes, I do get confused. But this time, I don't think that I'm, in Roger Clemens's words, misrembering.

Posted by: Litany of Disappointments | July 2, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

http://nats320.blogspot.com/2008/03/our-conversation-with-chad-cordero.html

Posted by: Chad's mom | July 2, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I noted your comment that Chief came in out of shape. Are you sure about that? I thought the reports in the spring were that he had come in in the best shape of his career.
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I would humbly submit that the two are not mutually exclusive: it's entirely possible that Cordero showed up in the best shape of his career ... and was still a butterball.

Of course, I'm mostly being snotty here, but I'm also kinda serious.

Posted by: Scooter | July 2, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The male is not less the soul, nor more--he too is in his place;
He too is all qualities--he is action and power;
The flush of the known universe is in him;
Scorn becomes him well, and appetite and defiance become him well;
The wildest largest passions, bliss that is utmost, sorrow that is utmost, become him well--pride is for him;
The full-spread pride of man is calming and excellent to the soul;
Knowledge becomes him--he likes it always--he brings everything to the test of himself;
Whatever the survey, whatever the sea and the sail, he strikes soundings at last only here;
(Where else does he strike soundings, except here?)

Posted by: Ronnie Belliard too sings the body electric | July 2, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

You took the words right out of my mouth.

Posted by: Annie Savoy | July 2, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't take this wrong, but they're called "fantasy" leagues for a reason.
I don't object to them or anything, they just aren't baseball. Fantasy baseball is to baseball what star trek fan fiction is to physics.

Discuss.
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Recommendation: Monitor in NL-only leagues.
Posted by: 756* | July 2, 2008 3:47 PM

Posted by: That ought to keep us busy a while. | July 2, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, man! Why can't SHE advertise a Web site here?

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You took the words right out of my mouth.
Posted by: Annie Savoy | July 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Posted by: section 3, mc | July 2, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, like YOU didn't see White Palace six times...

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You took the words right out of my mouth.
Posted by: Annie Savoy | July 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Posted by: B.J. Upton, B.J. Surhoff, B.J. Ryan | July 2, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Chico-

Rumors surround the Nationals international staff about possibly being investigated. Possibly linked to the Wilder/CWS issue. Have you heard anything from the front office?

Also, any reports of international signings? The international free agency period just opened and the A's, Padres, Yanks and others have announced their deals.

Posted by: Los Doce Ocho | July 3, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

...and she took the words out of my mouth.

Posted by: Walt | July 3, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 3, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

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