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Nats Lineup Against Kawakami

We've got a sneak-preview at the Nats lineup for this evening's game below; I still don't have Atlanta's lineup, but Kenshin Kawakami is making his US debut. I'm sitting next to somebody from the Nippon Newspaper. Kawakami joked to Japanese reporters that he plans to finish this season with a 28-1 win-loss record.


Milledge - 8
Guzman - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 7
Johnson - 3
Kearns - 9
Flores - 2
Harris - 4
Lannan - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  April 11, 2009; 3:09 PM ET
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From the "Glass Half Full" Department:

Kawakami says:

(paraphrasing) - "...that he plans to finish this season with a 28-1 win-loss record. "

Which is particularly impressive, given that after tonight he'll be 0-1.

Posted by: wigi | April 11, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

wigi --

I will take that bet and bet that Kawakami ends the night 1-0....

The question is what to bet a half a glass of....

Posted by: randy_boyd | April 11, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Dukes's Holden McGroin pull, Chico? Is he available to PH tonight?

Posted by: nunof1 | April 11, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

"I do not hate Milledge but I hate how Acta has sacrificed the team goals and hurt his development at the same time."

Can someone please explain to me how it hurts Dukes's development if he doesn't play every day, but it hurts Milledge's development if he does play every day? And how it would be bad for Dukes to be sent down because you can't develop in the minors, but Milledge needs to be sent down in order to develop? Something here just doesn't compute.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 11, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Milledge is hurting the team in the CF/Lead Off role and Dukes is helping the team......can you understand that?

Posted by: JayBeee | April 11, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Dukes plays like a 28 year old Vet. He is the best player we have right now by far. He is a natural but he also understands the game....somebody taught him well at a very young age. I forget the whole story I think Barry wrote it up once.

Milledge wants to do it his way or not at is clear after 7 years of pro baseball he is not coachable and does not intend to change.....Hell read his quotes from FL series....he does not think he should have been expected to catch that second EB ball and does not intend to take pitches at the start of a game, he does not understand how that would help the team and it sounds like if he did he would not do it anyway because he is playing for himself.....Acta is responsible for this poor perspective.

Posted by: JayBeee | April 11, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

But JayBee you nitpick at every part of Milledge's game....Dukes has flaws in his game...many due to his attitude, yet you never talk about him. I don't think Milledge should be the leadoff hitter any more than you do but I think he should be given some credit...he got on base in half of his chances last night thats pretty good. Johnson who most people say should be the leadoff hitter given his onbase ability got on base only one time, on a weakly hit ball that was compeltely misplayed. Yet every comment is against Milledge, even though lets be honest over the last 3 seasons who has done more for this team??? Who is the better bargin?? (not to mention who helped us get rid of Brian Scheider, who with all the Hill and Bonifacio updates you don't hear much from nats posters about).

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 11, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Dukes doesn't play like anything close to a veteran he our most talented player YES but his immaturity which is light years great than Milledge's and mental mistakes hold him back. I don't know if you just only watch Milledge when you watch Nats games but watch Dukes sometimes he makes plenty of mental mistakes and miscues.

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 11, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I think that Dukes' biggest problem is his tightly wound body that likes to snap. He's already got a groin because Manny sat him for a few days straight out of spring training. Buck Martinez was saying that if you sit a guy a week or ten days straight out of ST, you lose everything you worked for condition-wise. There's no way Dukes can pogo-stick up and down off the bench with a build like he's got. He needs to stay loose imo. But Manny doesn't even consider things like that. He's just got this mental picture of his lineup working, and that's it. He doesn't know his players as well as you would think after a couple of years of spending every day with them.

Posted by: Brue | April 11, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse


To recap

(1) Schneider & Church - for Milledge
(2) Bonafacio & prospect for Olsen & Willingham
(3) Hill given away
(4) Gallarga, for Soriano
(5) Rivera for Guillen

Please tell me to date who is faring better with these personnel moves? We consistently get the short end.

Enough said - the issue we have is we do not maximize our resources. Those that have potential either sit or are sent down until they are traded for something questionable. The Schneider/Church trade was dumb. We were fleeced.

Posted by: mjames0 | April 11, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse


To say we were "fleeced" on the Milledge for Schneider and Church trade is a little strong and quite honestly, premature.

I think the Mets may feel otherwise. Neither guy can stay healthy and Schneider is not the defensive catcher they thought they were getting.

Posted by: Section505203 | April 11, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Sure, Milledge has holes in his game. But so does Dukes, and so does every player in MLB. Why should Milledge be the one who bears the minute scrutiny of everything he does? How about asking why Dukes can't make a throw without pulling a groin? Don't give me BS about "his tightly wound body needs to play every day to stay in shape." He played as much as anyone in ST (exposing another hole in his game i.e. striking out 50% of the time) and he can't stay in shape over a couple of off days to keep from getting hurt? Hey, why doesn't he take up yoga or Pilates or some other flexibility program? It may be frou-frou, but if it gets the job done for him he should be doing it. No excuses.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 11, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

CF and RF tonight will be craptastic!

Posted by: jctichen | April 11, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

If anyones interested we have an awesome site at that has a gameday forum. We love to get new members and grow our Nationals community!

Posted by: ExtremeNatscom | April 11, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me what Kearns has done wrong to deserve this. Has he not been one of our best players thus far?


CF and RF tonight will be craptastic!

Posted by: jctichen | April 11, 2009 6:09 PM

Posted by: AlexL925 | April 11, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Milledge made a couple of high visibility errors and is now getting more than his fair share of blame. He should not be the CF, as he is probably our best left fielder and he most certainly should not be the lead off batter.

Dukes injuries are a bad sign. If his body is too tightly wound then the that is not his fault but, the fault of the conditioning staff. It scares the hell out of me to be honest because it bodes badly for the niggling injury which blows out of proportion problems that we suffered from last year. A man of Dukes athleticism, and by all accounts work ethic, should not be hard to keep fit. And doing yoga to limber up would be something the ball club can set him up with if they see it as a problem.

Posted by: soundbloke | April 11, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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