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Some Light Morning Reading

Good morning from beautiful Nationals Park, where the weather alone has made certain to dispel the hangover from last night. Already, Manny Acta and one coach (my eyesight can't make out the identity) are jogging along the outfield warning track, just working up a good sweat. Today, Scott Olsen goes against Josh Johnson. We've seen this pitching matchup before.

If you want the recap of yesterday's Vaseline grip loss -- the Nats let a lead slip just with just two outs remaining in the ninth -- click here. If you want a screen shot of the Natinals unis, click here. I'll post the full lineups as soon as I get 'em.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 18, 2009; 9:53 AM ET
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Thanks, SlowPitch. Thank God for mistakes by beautiful women, eh?

I don't think you have Willingham bunt because if he hits even a single, Dukes gets home to tie the game. Bunting him over, you then need a Flores single or sac fly, also, so it's not like bunting drastically increases your chances of scoring in the same way as if he was on first.

Posted by: Section506 | April 18, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Okay all you Acta haters. You got your boy Riggleman last night. Why aren't you here talking him up?

Posted by: nunof1 | April 18, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Last night was their best chance for a W in this series and they blew it!Don't have much hope against Johnson and Volstad.Keeping my fingers crossed on my way to the Caps game.

Posted by: hotrod2 | April 18, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Can you use pitch/fx or some other system to see how bad (or good) the balls and strikes were last night?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | April 18, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Top Ten Causes for Optimism This Morning:

1. We play at 1:00.
2. Olsen will be gone by 1:48. Tavarez will pitch a couple.
3. Dibble is better than we thought.
4. We go deep in the count a lot.
5. We have a bit of a Murderer's (okay negligent Homicider's, then) Row.
6. Soon, we will be carrying only two catchers!
7. After the HR, the HBP, and the WP, Lannan steadied really well.
8. We were 2-9 in 2006, 1-8 in 2007. So following today's win, we're on track for 70-80, which is enough, given our rotation.
9. Elijah is a beast. No pouting when treated shabbily early. Keep that mentor around.
10. Manny Acta got mad.

Lastings Mendoza struck out twice last evening, and will not return to the Nats this season. Or any other season.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 18, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey! Wow! Congratulations 506! As long as you're changing her acronym from GF to F, and then W, why not change the CF part to N? Tell her we think it's about time.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 18, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

>Okay all you Acta haters. You got your boy Riggleman last night. Why aren't you here talking him up?

Because Acta was still calling the shots. They all do that after they get thrown out.

Posted by: Brue | April 18, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Because Acta was still calling the shots. They all do that after they get thrown out."

Seconded. Acta blows. Get over it.

Posted by: RickFelt | April 18, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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