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Through Five: Marlins 5, Nats 2

Through five innings, the Nats are down 5-2. Things looked promising until the most recent half-inning, when Daniel Cabrera -- erratic (per usual) but just good enough to this point -- allowed four hits, plunked a batter, and gave up four runs. This is a guy with a 1.61 WHIP last season, so it's no surprise he was working with runners on, throwing pitches in the dirt, walking guys, etc. But really, for all the trouble, he could have avoided the big inning if he'd just found a way to get the final out.

Ross Gload led off the fifth with a hit, and moved to third quite quickly. The good news was, Cabrera was getting outs just as quickly. First pitch after Gload's hit was a sacrifice bunt from Florida pitcher Chris Volstad. Next pitch was a weak grounder to first by Emilio Bonifacio.

So there was Gload on third, representing the tying run, with Washington ahead 2-1.

Catcher John Baker worked the count. The sixth pitch from Cabrera was low in the dirt, almost a wild pitch, but catcher Wil Nieves made a nice block. The seventh pitch, with the count full, tied the game. Baker pounded it right back at the mound, and the grounder kicked off Cabrera's foot into center field. All of a sudden, it was 2-2.

Then, the real barrage started.

Hanley Ramirez singled on a liner to left.

Cabrera hit Jorge Cantu in the hand on a high fastball.

That loaded the bases. And Dan Uggla, on an 0-1 pitch, unloaded them. He scooted a double into the right-center corner, and just like that, the Marlins have a 5-2 lead.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 8, 2009; 1:58 PM ET
 
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Comments

Vintage Cabrera

Posted by: vash462 | April 8, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

grrrr for stranding them loaded.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 8, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

doh! rally killed. But hey, they're playing baseball today so I'm already feeling better.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 8, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Belliard pinch hits for Harris? Really??? Is it just me, or is having Belliard pinch hit the quickest way to kill a Nat's rally. It seems like that guy strikes out every time he is up with less than two outs and a guy on third.

Posted by: NeedANatsFix | April 8, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

meaning: they're playing *professional* baseball today.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 8, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Cabrera is still pitching. He had a very rough 5th.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 8, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Would have been nice to have DaMeat off the bench in that kind of situation. Not saying for sure that I'd spend a roster spot on him, but...

Posted by: joebleux | April 8, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Ah, there's the Bonifacio I know.

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Next pitch was a weak grounder to first by Emilio Bonifacio.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Nice job Cabrera. One bad inning, but other than that, a nice day.

Now, we have 3 innings to make up 3 runs. Manageable.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 8, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Who's going to pinch hit for Cabrera? Lastings?

Posted by: usmc53 | April 8, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that Cabrera only have 95 Ks in 180 innings last year. You would think with his velocity that he'd have a better K/9 rate. (His career rate is higher)

Posted by: dclifer | April 8, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

How stupid can you be Manny why not give Willie a shot how many big hits did he get for us last year how about showing some loyalty and what does Ronnie do STRIKE OUT and then you bat Bard for Nieves Hell why not send Flores up to the plate he's hitting five-hundred! FIRE ACTA NOW AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT GET RID OF STAN THE PLAN ALSO!!!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 8, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Should have let Cabrera bat for himself. He could have struck out just as easily as Lastings. Then we could save Lastings for the final strikeout in the 9th.

Posted by: NoVaSnow | April 8, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Lastings Mendoza a late-inning defensive replacement. Ahahahahahahahahahaha

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Keep Dukes in the lineup. He's drawing walks and making contact. Milledge is a disaster.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 8, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

>I'm surprised Cabrera is still pitching. He had a very rough 5th.

It's only the third game of the year and they're already pushing the starters to save the bullpen.

Posted by: Brue | April 8, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Boni goes?

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The Curse of the Boner

Posted by: Zornado | April 8, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

RISP 1-7

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

This is the frustrating team that I remember from last season. Slightly different make-up, but frustrating nonetheless.

Posted by: Offense-offensive | April 8, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I will now refer to Stan Kasten as Judas.

Thanks to him I'm now having mental images of some drunken dude named Tony Bagadonuts, who has such a big belly he can't button his Shane Victorino jersey, sitting next to my two kids as he drops F-bombs in a Philly accent all afternoon.

Thanks Stan...er...Judas.

Posted by: Section505203 | April 8, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Another Acta gem - he carries three catchers, so he feels obligated to PH Bard instead of Johnson with the bases loaded and a righty on the mound. Hey - let's keep three catchers. Why not.

Posted by: Brue | April 8, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

3 games, flashy averages, top of today's lineup.


Florida AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bonifacio, 3B 3 2 2 0 1 0 1 .615
Baker, C 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 .429
Ramirez, H, SS 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .400
Cantu, 1B 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .444

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Just so depressing. But, perhaps this is a reversal of the 3-0 start last year. I guess I'm being a bit optomistic. Next thing, I'll spew out something like they will win 102. Just thought we could use a funny right about now.

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 8, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Judas it is. Iscariot, even.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

This team sucks at baseball. What's up with the pitching? Isn't that a spot that is supposedly much improved? Well they can only give up about 3 runs a game, cause this team cannot hit and cannot score any runs.. they have 3 hits through 7 innings.. they'll win maybe 40 games.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 8, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Can we clone Guzman so he can play every position? He's the only player performing above a single-A level.

Posted by: NoVaSnow | April 8, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

the plate discipline is kind of contagious today.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Why is the AG pinch hitting?

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"What's up with the pitching? Isn't that a spot that is supposedly much improved? "

Mmmm, no. I think somebody was trying to sell you something. The consensus is pitching is much worse this year, power is improved.

Posted by: Section506 | April 8, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

That's why the AG is pinch hitting, apparently.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Right on, AG!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | April 8, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, maybe they know something about this baseball thing.

Posted by: Section506 | April 8, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Bard has had some chances; need results.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

With the Bard up, I give you this:

"Another hit; what say you?" (Hamlet, scene V, act ii)

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

And then:

"Run, run, O run!" (King Lear, scene V, act iii).

Pfft. Rally killed.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Just three down now... just enough to sucker me in to watching the rest of the game.

Posted by: mastroj | April 8, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The Bard: He's the Mackowiak of 2009!

Posted by: jdschulz50 | April 8, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

pinch hit scott olsen in the ninth.

he swings a mean boot at the cops.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Dunn and Kearns are getting on base consistently, at least.
Guz is the man on this team.

Other than that, we pretty much stink.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 8, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Is Nick Johnson not even available for PH duty today? Strange decisions by the manager.

Otoh, Kearns has justified his starting role. Today seems to be the best OF with Wham at 4th OF.

Posted by: hoo93 | April 8, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I tried that, too, JiM. Didn't work. Weren't there some who were touting Bard as catcher 2 for his superior offense?

But it is better today, NatsNut. I'd agree.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 8, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

i like these rubber-armed guys, rivera and especially taveras.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Charlie and Dave intimated that Johnson may have been up to hit if Bard had reached.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

OMG, this is PRICELESS. And spot on, too.

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Thanks to him I'm now having mental images of some drunken dude named Tony Bagadonuts, who has such a big belly he can't button his Shane Victorino jersey, sitting next to my two kids as he drops F-bombs in a Philly accent all afternoon.

Thanks Stan...er...Judas.

Posted by: Section505203 | April 8, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: NatsNut | April 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"i like these rubber-armed guys, rivera and especially taveras"

Tavarez :)

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

anyone notice taveras' fast ball and (just a few) sinkers last night? every single one was 91 or 92; and all that other junk he threw made them so effective.

SCOTT OLSEN DID NOT HIT 89 ON THE GUN ONCE. AND HAD ABOUT 3 PITCHES AT 88. HITTABLE? DUH.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

tavarez, thx; he don't steal no bases.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

If they're going to cut him loose, they should do it soon. I'm running out of Shakespeare quotes (to the joy of all other posters).

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I tried that, too, JiM. Didn't work. Weren't there some who were touting Bard as catcher 2 for his superior offense?

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

good eye, no matter what.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

PR for fragile Nick?

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Rats. Guzzie down on strikes for the third straight time.

C'mon Dukes.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Manny Acta now running for Nick Johson

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Damn these fish got some pitching.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Attaboy, Dukesie!

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Stay out of the DP, Zimm.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"Patience at the plate makes a good hitter."
Elijah Dukes

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

All hands safe! All hands safe!

C'mon, Dunn. Salami.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Do I smell the foul stench of hope?

Posted by: mastroj | April 8, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hate to be the pitcher right now. I don't want to throw no strike .........

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Come on Dunnkey!

Posted by: mastroj | April 8, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Hammer on deck

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Do I smell the foul stench of hope?"

Gotta have hope :)

Posted by: skippy1999 | April 8, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Holy smokes. What a great AB for Dunn.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

good at bat by dunn

Posted by: rachel216 | April 8, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Nats Nut: one of those ABs

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Now, can Willingham do to them what Bonifacio's been doing to US???

Posted by: MikeH0714 | April 8, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Walked him! Dunn really changes this line up. There was no one last year to whom pitchers were afraid to pitch.

Posted by: mastroj | April 8, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

fastball coming, no?

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

HitHitHitHitHitHit....
C'monC'monC'monC'monC'mon....

Posted by: OldDude | April 8, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

it is so hilarious to see the tone of these threads change on a dime. i'm right in there too.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 8, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

kearns is the last hope

Posted by: rachel216 | April 8, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

It's all on Kearnsey now.

Posted by: swang30 | April 8, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

This isn't nerve wracking at all.

Posted by: BobLHead | April 8, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Did he make the catch? Is anyone watching?

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Now its Kearns time to really telegraph the fact that this is a new year for him. Just a little base hit!

Posted by: mastroj | April 8, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

or not

Posted by: swang30 | April 8, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess swinging at the first pitch was an option too.

Posted by: mastroj | April 8, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Caught, d'ggonit!! Well, it wasn't a blow out this time... we're getting better in microscopic increments.

Posted by: MikeH0714 | April 8, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Soooooo close. Can't be mad about the end of that game. Maybe they will be the 2007, never-say-die, but still lose, Nats again.

Posted by: Section506 | April 8, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Nats lose! THHHHHEEEE Nats lose!

Posted by: trezmartin | April 8, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

at least they made it a game.. just sucks leaving the bases loaded!!! well that sucks anytime but especially when a hit could've tied it, it was THAT close. Oh well. :(

Posted by: rachel216 | April 8, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice little attempt at a rally. Nats can't hit with RISP at all.

I don't understand why Belliard hit for Harris and not NJ. Pinch hitting Belliard/Bard is strange.

Posted by: hoo93 | April 8, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

hey, we lost but i feel great right now.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 8, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

We had plenty of chances today, they took advantage of theirs and we left ours on base. A normal loss sometimes feels like a victory of sorts.

Posted by: BobLHead | April 8, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I still want to find where Bowden is living and kick his a@#. We give up Boni to get the anti-Boni and a pitcher who can't get to the 4th inning. What a great way to cap a crappy stay in Washington Jimbo... thanks!

Posted by: mastroj | April 8, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Can't be mad about the end of that game but we should never have let them back in it when up by 2. Same story since July 05.

Posted by: 6thandD | April 8, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

6thandD: Did you really expect that they could hold the 2-0 lead in the 1st inning all the way to the 9th? Yeah rightttt!!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 8, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

it was a good game, good to watch, a baseball game; the other two didn't feel the same.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Extended spring training ... 0-3. Still trying to figure it all out. FLA is off to a great start.

If Maxwell does well enough spending his 1st 2 months near Hiawatha's lake ... he will be called up as the starting centerfielder. You can sort of see that coming.

Looks like those 1st round picks had better both be starting pitchers.

Posted by: periculum | April 8, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

leaving milledge out, noone really having a bad start; okay, olsen is. jesus, someone get the taser.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The Marlins outscored the Nats 26 to 13 this series, which is just about right for a Washington/Florida game in April. Prior to this season, the Fish have outscored DC 135 to 65 in the opening month.

Nationals starters have given up 19 runs in just 12 innings so far.

As close as things seemed at the end of today's game, it's still depressing to see this trend continue.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 8, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

glad dukes got the hit, the walks, and the smooth fielding line.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

dukes pulled a 97-mph fastball; geez.

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Dukes had a .382 wOBA last year to go along with a UZR/150 of +13.7. In about 60% of a season's worth of playing time, he was worth 2.9 wins to the Nationals, which put him on a +5 win pace over a full season. Five win players go to the all-star game, sign really big contracts, and become heroes to their fans.

"I'd rather go down to the Minor Leagues and play than sit on the bench any day."

Posted by: nova_g_man | April 8, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I feel better about today's game, too. I'd rather not have seen so many guys stranded, though. That was a good catch by Carroll to end the game. Our guy did pretty well, too, NatsNut. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 8, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"Dukes had a .382 wOBA last year to go along with a UZR/150 of +13.7. "

"I'd rather go down to the Minor Leagues and play than sit on the bench any day."

That was then. This is now. Maybe he should.

Posted by: RickDotSalt | April 8, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Nova, if you're going to quote somebody (specifically in this case, Dave Cameron on Fan Graphs), you probably ought acknowledge them. Dave's article (which Rob Neyer quoted extensively) is great on the Dukes/Milledge thing.

Anyway, at least today we were in the game - Belliard's AB and the 9th inning, we both had shots to get it back. This is basically how I see Cabrera's starts going - he's going to go ok, have one truly horrendous inning, and then we're either going to score enough to overcome that,or not. At least it wasn't the "Durham Bulls vs. New York Yankees" feeling of the first two games.

TinyUrl for those who want to read Cameron on Dukes v. Milledge:
http://tinyurl.com/cqyfro

And one from Neyer today on the same topic:
http://tinyurl.com/dkyap4

So, as a half-joking, I-think-I-know-what-the-answer-is-but-still...if we're going to convert Milledge to play some spot on the field, how about we try him at 2b? Couldn't we send him down to Syracuse, have him play 2b? Shouldn't his athleticism allow for that, and wouldn't his bat be a plus for 2b? Doesn't that fill a positional need for us anyway?

Yeah, yeah, I know...it's sort of like the old Zimm-at-SS routine, but here's where I say: Ok, but still...

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | April 8, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Milledge as the anti-Soriano? I don't think so. But if you did, you wouldn't want to do it now. You'd do it at the beginning of ST, like they did with Soriano the other way around.

Posted by: RickDotSalt | April 8, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE the idea of teaching Milledge to play 2B. In fact, I brought it up with friends about a year ago when it was evident to me that he didn't have a MLB center fielder's skills.

Posted by: DoctorJoe | April 8, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

At least that was a baseball game that I just watchend and not a batting practice for the Marlins.

In the post game Manny reiterated his decree that Dukes is not the centerfielder.

1. Why not play Gonzales at second until Hernandez returns?
2. Why not play Dukes at center and keep him batting second? Maybe somebody higher than Manny can make this decision for him, like "an offer you can't refuse" kind of persuasion.
3. Why not bat Kearns at the third spot and move Zimmerman back?
4. Dunn made no errors today at first and actually fielded well. That eases my mind a lot.
5. Does Johnson really need to rest on only the third day of the season with an off day to follow? I understand the logic of changing the outfield around to fit in Willingham today but it does take your best hitter out of the lineup.
6. I hope that Bard gets sent down when Zimmermann is called up. I have nothing against him except that he has shown nothing at the plate so far and Nieves is the better catcher.
7. The starting pitching for the Marlins is actually real good, better than I expected, and the hitting ain't that bad either. Their bullpen has been their Achilles heel so far.

Posted by: driley | April 8, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh good! We get DC on Monday! Anyone want to revise their guestimate on how many innings we get out of him this year? (hint - the number is shrinking minute by minute!)

Posted by: 1of9000 | April 8, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

So do we think maybe today was finally game 1 of 2009? Still a loss but a better looking loss?

Posted by: NatsNut | April 8, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE the idea of teaching Milledge to play 2B. In fact, I brought it up with friends about a year ago when it was evident to me that he didn't have a MLB center fielder's skills.

Posted by: DoctorJoe

What has anyone seen that makes you think he can play second base better than Hernandez? What have you seen that makes you think he has the attitude that would enable him to make such an adjustment? That position demands a great deal of concentration, split second decision making and judgement and the ability to pivot on a dime to turn a double play.
Bad outfielders don't make good infielders, at least in my view. He would have a better chance learning to pitch.

Posted by: driley | April 8, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

>I LOVE the idea of teaching Milledge to play 2B. In fact, I brought it up with friends about a year ago when it was evident to me that he didn't have a MLB center fielder's skills.

Yeah I was ranting about that on here a couple of months ago. Imo it's got more to do with his lack of arm strength than anything. He could play a perfect CF and still have trouble because he can't throw at all.

Posted by: Brue | April 8, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

>What has anyone seen that makes you think he can play second base better than Hernandez?

It's not necessarily about that. By putting Milledge at 2B, you put a guy with some power into a non-power position. What this does is elevate your status as a team, it would be more in line with the Phils and Chase Utley at 2B. He came up as a left-fielder and made the transition because a) it was a quicker path to the majors and b) that's what the organization needed. People ask how you get better - you put power hitters in non-power positions and teach them how to field.

Posted by: Brue | April 8, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

What has anyone seen that makes you think he can play second base better than Hernandez? What have you seen that makes you think he has the attitude that would enable him to make such an adjustment? That position demands a great deal of concentration, split second decision making and judgement and the ability to pivot on a dime to turn a double play.
Bad outfielders don't make good infielders, at least in my view. He would have a better chance learning to pitch.

Posted by: driley

Alot of reasons for my thinking. First, he has a second baseman's arm. Second, he runs well, which should translate to pretty good range. Third, the front office has raved about what a great athlete he is. Great athletes can learn the footwork around the bag much easier than they can learn to judge flyballs. Fourth, he could be a well above average offensive 2B - I'm just not sold on Anderson Hernandez... yet. As for his attitude, perhaps if it was clearly explained to him that converting to 2B is his best and perhaps only chance of having a long career in this game then he would be willing to go down to the minors for a year or two and learn the position.

Posted by: DoctorJoe | April 8, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"People ask how you get better - you put power hitters in non-power positions and teach them how to field."

What makes you think Milledge can be taught to field at second when apparently he can't be taught to field in center? His whole rationale for playing center rather than the corner OF is that it makes him a power hitter in a non-power position.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 8, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"Bad outfielders don't make good infielders, at least in my view. He would have a better chance learning to pitch."

And here's the part where I bring out the cornerstone of my argument: Yeah, but still.... =)

I'm not saying it's a good idea, but I am saying if he's going to butcher a defensive position, he may as well butcher a position where we don't have a glut of better options sitting on the bench.

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | April 8, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Bard must have stranded five runners today maybe more, first; why did Flores need a day off we're only three games into the season, second; you've got Nick on the bench with the bases loaded and a righthander on the mound and you don't send him up, WTF? Third; who is working with Cabrera he's doing the same stupid s#it he did with the Orioles, fourth; Just fire Manny NOW!!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 8, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

>What makes you think Milledge can be taught to field at second when apparently he can't be taught to field in center? His whole rationale for playing center rather than the corner OF is that it makes him a power hitter in a non-power position.

CF is a high production spot. On a good team. See, the philosophy behind putting Mills at 2B is he doesn't have a chance in hell of staying in the big leagues for any length of time unless he tries it. He'll never make it as an outfielder imo. Who knows whether he can play 2nd. Nobody does until you put him there. It's a last-gasp choice. But let's face it - he's too stoopid and immature to grasp the fact that his career is flashing in front of his eyes.

Posted by: Brue | April 8, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

It was a better-looking loss, but it was game 3 of 2009. 2008 is behind us and we're moving forward.

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So do we think maybe today was finally game 1 of 2009? Still a loss but a better looking loss?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 9, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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