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Lineups From Citi Field


Hernandez - 4
Johnson - 3
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 7
Dukes - 8
Kearns - 9
Flores - 2
Gonzalez - 6
Olsen - 1

New York

Reyes - 6
Castillo - 4
Beltran - 8
Delgado - 3
Wright - 5
Sheffield - 9
Tatis - 7
Castro - 2
Santana - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  April 24, 2009; 5:38 PM ET
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I was going to post this to Boswell's entry but was a bit late. Thought you'd be interested in this line from the guy who blogs about Strasburg:
Strasburg now leads the nation with 121 strikeouts and strikeouts/nine innings with 17.19 (the national record is 16.8 by Houston's Ryan Wagner).
Makes me think Boswell's first argument, that spending all that money on Strasburg, might be right. Where is Ryan anyway?

Posted by: jonb5 | April 24, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Meant to say, "that spending all that money on Strasburg is too risky."

Posted by: jonb5 | April 24, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse


R.Wagner's in SYR; he could be a target for selection (he's not on the 40-man), if Rivera continues to blow chunks.

Posted by: BinM | April 24, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg continues to be a man pitching against boys this year. If it stays the way it is right now, the Nationals' select him at #1 & get him signed. With the #10 pick, there's a little flexibility, imo; either select the BPA (Best Player Available), or a college senior with either a great glove or three "plus" pitches.

Posted by: BinM | April 24, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Nats should try to take advantage of the Mets' dubious outfield defense with Sheffield and Tatis manning the corners. Love to see lots of balls being picked up after rolling into the gaps tonight as Santana is a fly-ball pitcher with three fly outs for every groundout so far this season.

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 24, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse


I don't really understand your point. Why would those numbers make you think signing him would be too risky? When that type of player is available to a team, you absolutely need to sign him.

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | April 24, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

This whole OBP argument is really baffling Manny Acta. He is so stuck in his line ups. I though the point was to win games at this level.

How about this line up

Dukes CF
Johnson 1B
Zim 3B
Dunn RF
Willingham LF
Flores C
Gonzo SS
Hernandez 2B

The idea is to have your best hitters get as many AB's as possible. Does he understand that would wonder with his insistence on putting our biggest out makers in the lead off spot.....

Posted by: JayBeee | April 24, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

My point was that Ryan Wagner seems to have turned out exactly as Boswell mentioned in his column. Wagner was a #1 pick of the Reds that year (Bowden) and was up in the majors later that summer, and did great. Pretty good the next year too, although he started to have a little trouble second time around the league as people started to learn his stuff and tendencies. By the third year he was having troubles, people started to work on his motion; I think he was on the DL when we got him in the trade the next year, right? And my question "where is he now"- well, waiting for a callup from Syracuse next time another Nats pitcher walks three guys in a row. Not a good track record for a number one pick, and certainly not worth spending $20M on for the next 5 years, right? I'm drooling as much as anyone else about what might happen if we get Strasburg this fall. But that line about Wagner just brought back to home the point Boswell had made, that picking pitchers with that #1 pick, no matter how great they seem to have been in college, just doesn't seem to pan out.

Posted by: jonb5 | April 24, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

You know, Guzman always seems to stay under the radar. Does his job, keeps his head down and his mouth shut, doesn't draw too much attention from us or the media.

But man, i miss him when he's gone.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 24, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Up and at 'em, Nats!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 24, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Me, too, NatsNut. But, then, I am his mom.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 24, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse


Obsessing on just OBP is missing the forest for the trees, imo. Try flipping Dukes for RZim in the 3-5 slots, flanking Dunn instead.

1)SS-AGonz / Guzman
6)RF/LF- Kearns/Willingham
7)C- Flores
9)P- du'joir

Posted by: BinM | April 24, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating how Guzman's image has been totally remade since he had his surgeries.

Posted by: wigi | April 24, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I'd sign Pedro Martinez right now, but I have a 48+ team, and he's not qualified.

Thought experiment: What if Lannan, Olsen, Z~nn, Martis, Cabrera are all good, come August? Not likely, but bear with me.
Strasburg throws 100+ and has 2 pitches right now. No starter ever wins 40 games, but a top-shelf closer can save that many. OTOH, closers burn out a lot, and that would be a huge waste.
(Lee Smith and Eckersley are my personal archetypes for closers, FWIW).

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 24, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Natsnut: what you said.

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 24, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

So, Olsen is no Jason Simontacchi, but do we have a reverse lock situation tonight?

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 24, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

What's gnu.

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 24, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

OBP is a good way to say who makes the most the answer....Acta's lineup kill us.....You just saw it.

Posted by: JayBeee | April 24, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse


No, I saw a very-good pitcher strike out three hitters on 11 pitches. Let's just agree to disagree.

Posted by: BinM | April 24, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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