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About The Marlins

Here are two words for Opening Day: Florida. Marlins.

Here is Manny Acta's response: "Oh boy," he said.

Last year, the Marlins won 14 of 17 games against the Nats. (One was rained out.) Florida outscored Washington, 106-72. The Marlins happened to deal the Nats a few of their most difficult, memorable setbacks. On June 30, Jon Rauch allowed a tying home run in the ninth, a walk-off home run in the 10th, and the Nats lost 6-5. Two days later, the Nats squandered an efficient start by Odalis Perez when Charlie Manning served up a home run to Alfredo Amezaga. (Alfredo Amezaga! Twelve career home runs, 1,262 career ABs.)

Then, on Sept. 14, Collin Balester took a no-hitter into the sixth; the Nats took a 6-1 lead in the eighth. Then, four different Nats relievers surrendered runs in Florida's seven-run bottom of the eighth, and Washington lost 8-7. (Looking back, that might have been the season's visceral low point, as it included Joel Hanrahan, on his knees, scrambling to throw a no-look shuffle pass to an uncovered first base.)

"Their offense was just overwhelming; they overwhelmed us with their offense," Acta said yesterday, thinking back. "They have big-time firepower here, and our pitching couldn't challenge them that much."

One caveat.

Today's Opening Day starter, John Lannan, never faced the Marlins last year. In fact, he's never faced them in his career. Nothing but zeroes in his career history. Nothing but a clean start.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 6, 2009; 1:15 PM ET
 
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psh. whatever. marlins schmarlins. it's a new day.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 6, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Losing 14 out of 17 is depressing, but probably the result of a small sample size rather than some actual Nat-killing power possessed by Florida. Probably just means we're due to turn the tables.

In the spirit of Opening Day, then, I say to you: Marlin. It's what's for dinner. Go get 'em, boys.

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Alfredo Amezaga in 110 AB against the Nats:

.306/.373/.418, 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 10 BB, 14 K

Career, 1,262 AB:

.253/.313/.345, 43 2B, 19 3B, 12 HR, 101 RBI, 100 BB, 193 K

Posted by: Section506 | April 6, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Mixed emotions today. Want to see the Nats and Lannan perform well, but have Nolasco on my fantasy team. ;-)

Ideal situation: Both Lannan and Nolasco throw lights-out for 7 innings, 0 runs, 10-Ks each before the Nats squeak out a 1-0 win against Florida's bullpen.

Posted by: tboss | April 6, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

That and the rosters aren't the same this year. Go NATS!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 6, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

That's the theme for the day.

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Nothing but a clean start.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It takes 31 pitches (18 strikes, 13 balls) for Santana to get out of the first inning.

End of 1: Mets 0, Reds 0

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hanley Ramirez is the Nats killer. He has hit a whole bunch of lead off homers off Nats pitching over the last three or four years. If he bats third today, he'll hit a three run homer. He kills the Nats, just like Chase Utley does. They should give him a free pass everytime he walks up to the plate.

Posted by: bupbups | April 6, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

14 out of Ramirez's 79 home runs have been against the Nats. Next highest: 9 vs. Philly.

Against the Nats:

205 AB, .341/.429/.663, 16 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 31 RBI, 30 BB, 35 K

Posted by: Section506 | April 6, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The Phillies could definitely use some OF depth AND a righty bat. Just sayin'...

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

HanRam's mythical Nat-killing powers are no more, thanks to Florida's dim scheme of forcing him to cut his locks. Much like Samson, he has lost his strength, and will no longer be capable of hitting 1,000 homeruns against the Nationals using only a jawbone.

Thus: Marlin. The other white meat.

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"The Phillies could definitely use some OF depth AND a righty bat. Just sayin'..."

... but if you're 'just sayin' so that one of ours gets traded and becomes one of theirs, that's a no-no. You don't trade inside the division ... or at least I wouldn't. That's why I was surprised Fla sent Willingham and Olsen to us. On paper, it's simply a poor management decision.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | April 6, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Since 2005, the Marlins have been responsible for over 22% of Washington's April losses. 14 of the team's 62 losses in the opening month have come at the hands of Florida.

In the 20 April matchups since the Nats moved to Washington, the Marlins have outscored DC 135 to 65, scoring 8 or more runs on nine separate occasions and topping double digit runs thrice.

Interestingly, the Nats have dropped 17 games every April since 2006.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I never quite understood the don't trade within the division "rule." I tend to think this just "feels" like it's a horrible mistake because if you trade away a player who does well after the trade, you have to play against him a lot. But, if you knew he was going to play so well, you wouldn't have traded him, right? Put another way, you make a trade based on the best information you have available - whether the outcome of that trade is felt within your decision or outside of it doesn't seem to me to be a factor. If you refuse to trade within your division, aren't you taking a lot of teams right off the table?

I'm not sitting here in terror of Emilio Bonifacio because we traded within our division. Same with the Milledge/Schneider/Church deal, no?

Heck, while we're at it, why trade within your own *league* - you might have to face those guys in the playoffs, right? Am I missing something?

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Whether the outcome is felt within your DIVISION, not decision.

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Appropos of nothing...you might want to shield your eyes if you're watching the Indians-Rangers game on ESPNDeux. Texas is wearing a blaze red third jersey that can make your head explode.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 6, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

That's why Bowden made all his trades with the Reds - so he wouldn't have to trade within the division.

Posted by: spamcastin | April 6, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

That shrewd, wily bastard.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 6, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"Heck, while we're at it, why trade within your own *league* - you might have to face those guys in the playoffs, right?"

Then why even trade within your own sport, for that matter? Is that how Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson ended up playing football and Michael Jordan ended up playing baseball? How about not even trading within your own species? You could still pull off a straight-up trade of Clint for the Phillie Phanatic that way - which would be a net improvement for both teams. Let the Phanatic ride the pine once he gets here, and set the Phillie phans loose on Clint. Now there's entertainment!

Posted by: spamcastin | April 6, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

This is no place for mixed emotions (excepting former Nats). You either with us . . .
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Mixed emotions today. Want to see the Nats and Lannan perform well, but have Nolasco on my fantasy team. ;-)

Posted by: lowcountry | April 6, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

They are free to claim WMP.
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The Phillies could definitely use some OF depth AND a righty bat. Just sayin'...

Posted by: dclifer | April 6, 2009 2:07 PM

Posted by: lowcountry | April 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@spamcastin - just to make sure we're on the same page, that's exactly the point I was trying to make. Taking the "don't trade within your own division" rule to its logical extreme creates an absurd result where we should only trade players to other galaxies.

Posted by: Section220 | April 6, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Good thing we won't to put up with Shawn Hill this year. His line from yesterday:

5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K

Stupid, stupid, stupid...

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 6, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Hows about turnin the tables on last years record vs. the fish. Afterall, turn about is fair play, isn't it. This would be a good day for those quiet ST sticks to walk tall.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 6, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

kfisher,

1 quality ST start does not make it a stupid mistake. The odds that he makes it to Memorial Day without going to see Dr. Andrews are not good.

Posted by: Section505203 | April 6, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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