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Friday Night Nats-Marlins Lineups

Chico's tied up right now, so here are tonight's lineups.


Maybin - CF
Baker - C
Ramirez - SS
Cantu - 1B
Uggla - 2B
Hermida - LF
Ross - RF
Helms - 3B
Nolasco - RHP


Hernandez - 2B
Johnson - 1B
Zimmerman - 3B
Dunn - RF
Dukes - CF
Willingham - LF
Flores - C
Gonzalez - SS
Lannan - LHP

By Tracee Hamilton  |  April 17, 2009; 4:31 PM ET
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Now that's what I call a major league outfield!

Posted by: kevinx | April 17, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Now this is exactly what I am talking about other than switching Zimmerman and Dukes. Do that and add Guzman back to the top and it's your default lineup the rest of the season.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 17, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I am liking that lineup. Amazing how much better a win makes me feel. The team will go as far as their pitching takes them from here on out. Hope Dunn can play right field.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | April 17, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

No Bonifacio, huh?

So much for the Second Coming.

Posted by: WebberDC | April 17, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting that Willingham stays in left while Dunn moves. You would think with the Dunn, that whatever defensive abilities he has would be helped by remaining in a familiar place. And one would think Willingham is the more defensive-gifted of the two and would be more easily shifted. Not a big deal, but I find it interesting.

Posted by: dclifer | April 17, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

RickFelt: When Guz gets back and bats leadoff, are you saying we move Anderson Hernandez to the 8-hole? I think I'd move him to the 7-hole, with Flores batting 8th. Just my two cents.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 17, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Interesting I thought Willingham was the lesser of two evils to put in RF. It will be interesting to see how Dunn is out there. I hope Johnson keeps getting on base for our big bats.

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 17, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I like this lineup... a lot... the OF defense may be suspect... but, we now have a guy that can catch the ball in CF, so it makes it a little easier to stomach having Dunn in RF...

Posted by: rumbly45 | April 17, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Go, W-Nats and P-Nats!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 17, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Go Nats - give us a win tonight!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | April 17, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse


Play ball.

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | April 17, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow - and I thought last night's team could hit!

Let's hope for a nice outing for Lannan and some defense behind him.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 17, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The size of that outfield sounds more like an NFL 4-3 linebacking group than a baseball team.

Dunn - 6'6", 275
Dukes - 6'1", 240
Willingam - 6'2", 215 (yah, right)

Line up Dunn over the tight end.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | April 17, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

@usmc - I actually like that move too.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 17, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

If you are going to go with the more suspect fielding outfield, then spotting them in with Lannan pitching might make some sense. He had the 5th highest GB% in the NL last year at >54%. He'll enjoy having Alberto Anderson up the middle, too.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | April 17, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

2 extremely poor fielders in left and right. Good thing they brought up Bernadina. They can at least replace one if they get a lead.

Posted by: periculum | April 17, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse


Even without Guzy this might be the best lineup so far. I knew there was a reason I love this team so much

Posted by: nattaboy | April 17, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"And one would think Willingham is the more defensive-gifted of the two and would be more easily shifted."

Hahahha, Josh Willingham is going to print this post out and hang it on his wall. There are so very few times he becomes the "more defensively-gifted" of any group.

It appears that several things are happening in this lineup:

1) Manny Acta has admitted the only way to beat Florida is to hit more home runs than they do.

2) Adam Dunn is being taken up on his offer to play right field. Why? Move to give Dunn credence as a leader? Allows Nats to showcase Willingham in his natural position (though anyone in left field does not have a natural position outside of the batters box)? Makes it easier to double-switch Kearns in and keep Dunn in the game, somehow?

3) Hernandez is auditioning for the leadoff man job

Posted by: Section506 | April 17, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"2) Adam Dunn is being taken up on his offer to play right field. Why?"

Because he's at least played a few more games in RF than Willingham has. Nothing more. Nothing less.

And I hope that Lannan comes out and pitches like he's capable of. It would really help if they could take the first game of the series ... take a little more pressure off.

Posted by: erocks33 | April 17, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

A good batting order, though the RF defense might bite us in the end. Hopefully the Nats can get a lead and Kearns can be a late inning replacement there. But for the offense, it stacks up pre-game as formidable.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 17, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Kearns is on the bench.

Thanks Manny.

Posted by: DCtw | April 17, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't mind Lannan having a solid outing tonight (6.0+IP,3R). That would be another step in righting the ship.

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's Go Nats!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 17, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's go Nats! Let's go Lannan! Work fast! Keep the ball down! Pound the strike zone!

Posted by: 6thandD | April 17, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

The beauty of the current bench is that there are TWO defensive OF replacements available - Bernadina & Kearns. Also glad Belliard is back, as he can cover the IF (save SS) with relative competence.

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

AHHH, anyone else's MASN2 not working??!! What the heck? There's nothing on MASN2!!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 17, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

really like this line-up but would rather see Zimm & Dukes switch - its amazing how one win can get you feeling good about things - not many negative posts either - GO NATS & get well Guzman

Posted by: sjm3091 | April 17, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Dukes vs Z-man in the 3-5 slots is small potatoes; Dukes is a little more patient at the plate & probably has more raw power. As a result, I personally like Dukes at #5 when he's making contact.
I also hope Guzman gets healthy soon - Cintron's been stuck in "no-man's land" since the 14th (apparently in DC but not activated), and both SYR & HAR are suffering as a result.

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Good sac bunt by Lannan - 2nd & 3rd, two out for Hernandez.

Posted by: BinM | April 17, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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