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Today's Lineups From Chase Field

Good morning from Chase Field, where the Nats are going for a series sweep and their fourth win in a row. They are now 10-18 -- or better yet, 10-12 when Daniel Cabrera isn't pitching. (Not to be critical.) We're still about 2-1/2 hours from game time, but here are the lineups for today's game. A Sunday afternoon special.


Hernandez - 4
Johnson - 3
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 9
Willingham - 7
Harris - 8
Cintron - 6
Nieves - 2
Olsen - 1


Lopez -- 4
Young -- 8
Upton -- 9
Reynolds -- 3
Byrnes -- 7
Snyder -- 2
Roberts -- 5
Wilson -- 6
Scherzer -- 1

By Chico Harlan  |  May 10, 2009; 1:26 PM ET
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If there ever was a day to bat the pitcher 8th, today would be it. Bat Cintron 9th, and hope he can bunt Olsen over.

On the other hand, when you double-switch for the shortstop, Guzman ends up back ahead of the top of the order.

Posted by: wigi | May 10, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Heh. Nice thinking, Wigi. My crest did fall just the tiniest bit when I saw this lineup. Not kvetching -- guys need days off -- just saying.

Posted by: Scooter_ | May 10, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Any indication of a problem with Dukes? 0 for 4 last night after spotty outfield play Friday.

His upside is so enormous that I get queasy everytime there's a little glitch.

Posted by: aneedell | May 10, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Fitting article for Olsen's start today

Posted by: BillyBeane | May 10, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

We could be about 500 had it not been for all those blown saves. But oh well, let's continue this winning streak. =)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I second the question about Dukes... is there anything more than a day off happening here (though Dukes could probably use a day off)?

Posted by: wigi | May 10, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Bonifacio link. That makes my day. He was so obnoxious that first series. Olsen and Willingham have not been great, but I think they have real upside from where they are now.

The point about the Nats' record outside of Cabrera games is scary. I guess we know who Strasburg could replace if he would just sign quickly.


Posted by: kevincostello | May 10, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Nats!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 10, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Guz could use a day off but, enough with Cintron already, he stinks on ice.

Posted by: Section505203 | May 10, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm kinda hoping that this will be Cintron's last contribution: give Guzman a day off, then go away.

Actually, that's not true. I hope he has a great game and sticks around and hits really well for the rest of the season and buys a pony for every little girl in America. But really, that's best-case, wouldn't you say?

Posted by: Scooter_ | May 10, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Six through nine in the order looks like a black-hole, imo. Dukes may be sitting as a result of 1) needing a day off, 2) overall low-grade play of late (paticularly base-running), or 3) unknown RHSP.

Posted by: BinM | May 10, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

As James Kirkwood would say, there must be a pony.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 10, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

This lineup is kind of trifling. We need Dunn and Dukes to carry us again. Willingham has been on point lately, maybe he can carry it.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 10, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Guz could use a day off but, enough with Cintron already, he stinks on ice.

Posted by: Section505203 | May 10, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Go back a year and remember Willie Harris' start.

Also for the Kearns haters. Last night's play is the difference between a ballplayer and a good athletic. A ballplayer makes the right plays at the right time. Last night's effort just happen to be more dramitic that even the casual fan could see its impact.

Posted by: kgwcoach | May 10, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse


Cintron has the leather (a good glove), it's just a question of whether or not he can still hit at the ML level - my guess is he can't; but if Guzman needs a break, Cintron is the available player.

Re: Kearns - Yes, he's got both leather & baseball intuition; Both he & Dukes could be pieces of the best 'all-arm" OF in the NL.

Posted by: BinM | May 10, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

It is time for Manny to go. He is a great guy, and human being, but he is not doing the job. There is enough talent to be competitive on this team. No one is holding the pitching staff accountable. Sorry Manny. GO NATS!!!

Posted by: 3970ro | May 10, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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