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The Nationals try to end a five-game losing streak. The Mets have a chance of evening up the National League East. Here are the lineups both teams will attempt their tasks with, still warm from the copying machine...

Bonifacio 2B
Guzman SS
Zimmerman 3B
Kearns RF
Milledge CF
Flores C
Belliard 1B
Harris LF
Bergmann P

New York Mets
J. Reyes SS
A. Reyes 2B
Wright 3B
Delgado 1B
Beltran CF
Murphy LF
Tatis RF
Schneider C
Maine P

- Zach Berman

By Chico Harlan  |  August 13, 2008; 4:41 PM ET
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at this point, why not bat Kearns second, Guzzie third and Zim fourth? I've tried giving the Nats the benefit of the doubt, but enough's enough with AK in the #4 slot ...

Posted by: e | August 13, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Kearns is there as a warm body.

Think of the lineup as this:

Bonifacio 2B
Guzman SS
Zimmerman 3B
Milledge CF
Flores C
Bergmann P

And you get an idea of why it is the way it is. I would guess you could pencil in Dukes for the 7-hole or maybe fifth, with Milledge seventh, and you've got a good idea of the opening day lineup next year.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | August 13, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

506BM, you blasphemed.

Willie Harris, a bunch of dashes?

I thought better of you...

Posted by: NattyDelite! | August 13, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Dukes is the #7 hitter healthy.

Posted by: Mark | August 13, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Though they used a little girl to Lip sych, that was Willie Harris singing at the opening cermony

Posted by: Willie Harris' vocal coach | August 13, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

ND is right, 506. The only dash that should be associated with Willy Harris is the 50-yard variety (which he runs in about 2 seconds, by the way).

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 13, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Visitors first, home team second...
Visitors first, home team second.....
Visitors first, home team second.......

Ace of spades... Ace of spades.....

Posted by: Sid Worley | August 13, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

All you AK haters you can stop the beating now

Posted by: Dead Horse | August 13, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris is so fast his name just ran off the page.

Posted by: Junkbucket | August 13, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Your analogy of Kearns as a dead horse works on so many levels...

Posted by: Unintentional Irony | August 13, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris has been named as Obama's VP choice

Posted by: This just in | August 13, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

So, isn't it time to maybe put Bonafacio in the 8 hole (or the 2 hole where he might get some fastballs to hit) so he can do his learning at the big league level in a less important spot? We can put Guzman back at leadoff and put Willie Harris (VP? I think not-a floor revolt is going to give him the top spot on the ticket!) at #2.

Posted by: baltova | August 13, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Willie Harris has also just been named as McCain's VP choice.

He meets with LaRouche tomorrow.

Posted by: Scooter | August 13, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

SoCH has had some really interesting stuff on his blog recently. Today he posted an interview with John Manuel, BA editor. Good, informative stuff--anyone who might (somewhat justifiably) assume his blog is just a fire JimBo screed should give it a shot, speaking for myself I'm very impressed.

Posted by: Coverage is lacking | August 13, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Zim doesn't belong in the clean-up spot even though he has more hitting ability than AK. Unfortunately there is nobody on this team that should ever be in the clean-up spot.

My biggest problem with the line-up lately has been Belliard at 1B. I know NJ, DY and AB are all injured...but the Nats cannot find ANYONE else to play 1B?!?!?

Posted by: NeedANatsFix | August 13, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I'll second CiL, the past few days Steven has had some great information/thoughts.

Also, generally speaking, his scouting reports are excellent. While the name is a bit off-putting, the content of his blog is pretty top notch, and doesn't include too much anti JimBo stuff.

Posted by: NattyDelite! | August 13, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Kory Casto can play first base and has played it better than Belly -- he is certainly more the "future of the team" than Belly is!!!!!!!

Posted by: masnstinks | August 13, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Kasto is out of favor. I don't think he has played since colordo despite an article on the nats homepage weeks ago saying he was part of the future plans.

I think the team really thinks his future is elsewhere

Posted by: NatsVerse | August 13, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Looks like "Boom Boom" Bergmann has shown up tonight.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 13, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

You sign draft picks over slot, you get no calls. So it is said, so it shall be done!

Posted by: Bud Selig | August 13, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Bergmann has spit the bit walking the pitcher with the bases loaded.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 13, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse


maybe the nats are playing belliard over casto in hopes that a contender will take belli on waivers.

Posted by: natsscribe | August 13, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

this game's over. good night...

Posted by: BSG | August 13, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

That's one possiblity. Frankly, the way I see it neither have a future on the team. Belliard simply gives them a better chance to win today.

Posted by: 1938FratStreet | August 13, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Now THIS would be a great time to warm up "Gasoline Alley" Ayala and let him hrow a couple or three innings in a lost cause. Bergmann just seems to have stopped competing.

Posted by: leetee1955 | August 13, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Why is Bergmann still pitching? He has NOTHING tonight. When you walk the pitcher the pitcher with the bases loaded and the same pitcher comes around to score on another bases loaded walk, that's pretty bad. And now it's a complete blow-out...and we're still not out of the third inning!

Posted by: BSG | August 13, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and my scouting report today went on about how unfair it is to accuse Bergmann of being inconsistent. Good one!

But these runs shouldn't be earned. A ball went through Guzzy's legs and was scored a hit. Just saying.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | August 13, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

maybe the OS will change the ruling on the guzman "five hole" play to an error to help bergmann's ERA. that could be the only break he gerts tonight.

Posted by: natsscribe | August 13, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Of course the reason that Manny is leaving Bergmann out there to twist is becuase we don't have anyone available.

So I ask you now. What's the explanation for the fact that we are playing our SEVENTIETH short-handed game this year? You think maybe a pitcher of some kind would be more useful on the active roster instead of the hurt and unavailable attorney general?

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | August 13, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, no. I check in late from somewhere in NH, and find out there is no reason to even check the score.

It says a lot about the team when I want to read what you all are thinking before I even check the score.

Posted by: Positively Half St | August 13, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Here's a bright spot...Bonificio actually drew a WALK...woohoo...

Posted by: TimDz | August 13, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Jesus Colome: Walking the 8 and 9 hitters didn't work to well for Bergmann, so don't expect anything good to happen here...

Posted by: BSG | August 13, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Before the Grammar Police come out, I meant "too well." Sorry!

Posted by: BSG | August 13, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

There's a great David Attenborough Nature Special on WETA! Or you can keep watching Manny being Manny.

Posted by: flynnie | August 13, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm up!

Posted by: New Post | August 13, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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