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Tonight's Lineups

Washington

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

Philadelphia

Rollins - 6
Victorino - 8
Utley - 4
Howard - 3
Werth - 9
Ibanez - 7
Feliz - 5
Coste - 2
Hamels - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  April 28, 2009; 4:04 PM ET
 
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Comments

holy moly Belliard leading off? What is this, the Milwaukee Brewers circa-2000?

Posted by: WMPete | April 28, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

from ESPN

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4108087&name=mlb_draft

Posted by: dclifer | April 28, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

how fun!

Posted by: NatsNut | April 28, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Screw last night's game. I'm excited. We're gonna win.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 28, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"once more into the breach, dear friends". Seems an appropriate battle cry for the Nationals (and NatsJournal) so far.

Posted by: BinM | April 28, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

@NatsNut - Like the attitude. Hope you're right. And Go Caps!!

Posted by: CountDemoney | April 28, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Does Belliard own Hamels or something?

Posted by: dfh21 | April 28, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

After scoring 11 runs, I'm surprised Manny changed a thing as far as the lineup goes. Especially after AH went 3 for 5 with a walk. He's getting into a groove, it seems.

Go Nats!

Posted by: usmc53 | April 28, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Belliard is my favorite National. I'm glad he's playing but seems strange to have him as lead-off.

He, Harris, Guzman , perhaps DY, and other veterans are going to be important as this team moves forward. The team has to be shaken and veteran presence can only help.

Posted by: longhorn64 | April 28, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

More playing with the idea of Cabrera as a reliever:

The first time through the batting order:

Opponents' AVG: .207
Opponents' OBP: .333
Strike Outs: 5
Walks: 6

In first 25 pitches:

AVG: .105
OBP: .267
SO: 3
BB: 4

In first inning:

AVG: .133
OBP: .235
SO: 2
BB: 2


No HR in any of those splits. If we have a better starter, why not try him in relief?


Posted by: Section506 | April 28, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I never thought this could happen, but Kearns has been pretty clutch when batting with runners on base. Check this out:

Runners On:
8 for 25 (.320/.485/.680), 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 BB, 5 SO

Scoring Position:
4 for 11 (.364/.533/.727), 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 1 SO

Scoring Position, 2 outs:
2 for 5 (.400/.500/.600), 1 2B, 1 BB, 0 SO

Trade him now! Get some relief pitching and/or middle infield help for him before he starts to fade (or heaven forbid, get injured).

Posted by: erocks33 | April 28, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

as I continue to read the comments in NJ I am impressed with the logic interspersed between rants. 506 is usually spot on but aren't you worried about Cabrera's walks?

We do need someone to close and I have no clue at this time.

Posted by: sjm3091 | April 28, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you, BinM and my band of Nats fan brothers and sisters. Go Nats!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 28, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 28, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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