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Today's Lineup, Z vs. Z, Minor League Report

Here's the Nationals' lineup for today's game in San Francisco:

Guzman SS
Johnson 1B
Zimmerman 3B
Willingham LF
Dukes CF
Kearns RF
Belliard 2B
Nieves C
Martis P

In case you're wondering, here are Ryan Zimmerman's career numbers against Giants starter Barry Zito. (And this is something we'll make a permanent feature of this blog, as long as The Streak is alive):

2-for-8 (.250), 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K

Minor league report after the jump...

Straight out of an email from Nats PR guru Bill Gluvna:

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ROSS IS BOSS: Harrisburg Senators LHP Ross Detwiler struck out 9 and did not walk a batter in 5.0 innings of one-run ball in his most recent start, Monday vs. Altoona (Pirates)...the southpaw has posted a 1.83 ERA (4 ER/19.2 IP) and recorded 20 strikeouts against 6 walks (3.33 K/BB ratio) over his last 4 his first season at the Double-A level, Detwiler owns a 2.96 ERA in 6 starts...the 23-year-old has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 5 of those 6 starting assignments...Detwiler, Washington's top pick (6th overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, entered the season rated as the Nationals' No.2 prospect according to Baseball America .

DEREK'S DANGEROUS: Hagerstown Suns C Derek Norris ' 7 home runs and 25 RBI are both tops among minor league catchers, and rank 2nd in professional baseball behind only San Francisco's Bengie Molina (8 homers, 26 RBI)...Norris ranks among the Single-A South Atlantic league leaders in RBI (t-1st), walks (2nd, 17), homers (3rd), OPS (4th, .980) and slugging (5th, .583)...he has thrown out 34% (11-for-32) of would-be basestealers...per Baseball America , he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington's system...Norris was selected in the 4th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Goddard (KS) High School.

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

International League North Division

16-14, 4th Place , 6.0 Games Back

STAMMEN'S JAMMIN': RHP Craig Stammen won his 4th straight decision, allowing just 4 hits in 6.0 shutout innings, Sunday vs. Indianapolis (Pirates)...the 25-year-old is 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in 6 starts this season...he has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 5 of those 6 starts...Stammen was selected in the 12th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

PAPER CLIP(PARD): In 9 relief appearances, RHP Tyler Clippard has allowed just 2 earned runs run in 18.1 innings (0.98 ERA) of work and posted a .175 BAA...he has struck out 22 and walked 8...Clippard, 24, has worked 2.0 or more innings in 7 of his 9 appearances...he made 2 spot starts with the Nationals last season, going 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA...the 24-year-old was acquired from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, December 5, 2007.

START ME UP: RHP J.D. Martin surrendered just one hit, a solo homer, in 6.0 strong innings to earn the win on Monday vs. his last 3 starts, he has gone 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16.0 IP), 16 strikeouts and just one walk...Martin is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA and a 11.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio (22 K/2 BB) in 5 starts overall...the California native signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent in the offseason.

THE MASK OF JASON: RHP Jason Bergmann has offered scoreless relief in 8 of 9 appearances, going 1-0 with one save and a 1.46 ERA...the 27-year-old began the season with Syracuse before he was recalled to the big leagues on April 20...he made 3 appearances with Washington, but was optioned back to Syracuse on April 29 when the Nationals acquired RHP Logan Kensing from Florida...since being optioned, he is 1-0 and has worked 6.1 scoreless innings (5 games).

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month - April

INF Seth Bynum - batted .333 (13-for-39) with 3 doubles, 3 homers and 10 RBI in 11 games.

RHP Craig Stammen - went 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA (6 ER/23.0 IP) and a .205 BAA in 4 starts.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators

Eastern League Southern Division

6-23, 6th Place , 16.0 Games Back

ZECHMATE: RHP Zech Zinicola has allowed only one earned run in 11.1 innings (0.82 ERA) in 10 games this season...he is 2-for-2 in save opportunities...Zinicola, selected in the 6th round of the 2006 Draft, was tabbed as Washington's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2006.

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month - April

OF Marvin Lowrance - hit .309 (17-for-55) with 4 doubles, one triple, 3 homers and 6 RBI in 16 contests.

LHP Justin Jones - posted a 3.31 ERA (6 ER/16.1 IP) in 3 starts.

Single-A Potomac Nationals

Carolina League Northern Division

19-12, 2nd Place , 1.0 Game Back

SIMPLY FILTHY: RHP Brad Meyers earned Single-A Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of May 4-10...Meyers has fired 20.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 3 games (2 starts)...he is 2-0 with 18 strikeouts, 2 walks (9.0 K/BB ratio) and a .159 (11-for-69) BAA in those contests...overall, the 23-year-old is 3-0 with a league-leading 1.16 ERA in 5 games (4 starts)...Meyers, selected in the 5th round of the '07 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA), is scheduled to make his next start tomorrow vs. Salem (Red Sox).

DON'T DISS CHRIS: 1B Chris Marrero has reached base via hit, walk or HBP in 28 of 30 games this season...additionally, he has hit safely in 23 of those 30 contests, batting .295 with 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 15 RBI...the 20-year-old is tied for 8th in the CL with 33 hits...Marrero entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect -the top hitter- in Washington's system...he was the Nationals' top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

FRANCISCO TREAT: OF Francisco Plasencia is 13-for-33 (.394) with 7 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 homers, 5 RBI, 6 walks and a 1.245 OPS in 9 games this 27 games overall, he is batting .311 with 9 doubles, 5 homers, 17 RBI and a .544 slugging percentage...additionally, the Venezuelan native is hitting a team-best .346 (9-for-26) with 12 RBI with RISP.

WILL(EMS) POWER: RHP Colton Willems , 20, has yet to allow an earned run in 11.0 innings (2 starts) and owns a .147 BAA since joining the P-Nats on May 4...Willems was selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month - April

SS Danny Espinosa - went 22-for-66 (.333 ) with 8 doubles, 2 homers, 10 RBI, 16 walks and 7 steals in 21 games.

RHP Brad Meyers - went 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA (4 ER/18.0 IP) in 3 starts.

Single-A Hagerstown Suns

South Atlantic League Northern Division

14-15, 7th Place , 3.0 Games Back

EVEN STEVEN: 3B Steven Souza is batting at a .405 clip (15-for-37) with 3 doubles, one home run and 4 RBI through 11 games in May...he has hit in 7 consecutive games, raising his average from .224 to .280...Souza, 20, was a 3rd-round selection in the '07 Draft.

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month - April

1B Robby Jacobsen - hit .341 (15-for-44) with 3 doubles, one triple, one homer and 10 RBI in 14 games.

RHP Brad Peacock - posted a 2.45 ERA (6 ER/22.0 IP) and a 6.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio (18 K/3 BB) in 4 starts.

By Dave Sheinin  |  May 13, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
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Where is Flores? He's supposedly been "available" for the past couple of games, but he has not made an appearance. I'm a little suspicious now, with Nieves starting a day game after a night game.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 13, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, and no Dunn today either. Hope his absence from the lineup doesn't doom Z's streak...

Posted by: BGinVA | May 13, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, tell me again why Clippard and Bergmann aren't being called up. Oh yeah, they know how to get guys out. Why would we want that!

Posted by: slopitchtom | May 13, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Is this Zim's first game without Dunn protection? Hope that doesn't hurt him. I woulda kept Dunn in there until the thing ended. Why screw around?

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone like me feel that JZ has been hit hard in his last two starts and he is not getting any movement on his fastball and hitters are just teeing off on him"

No, he had 6, 4, and 8 strikeouts in his last three starts, so he's fooling somebody. Two starts ago he zeroed everyone for everything but the first inning, quite a feat.

His SO/BB ratio times through the order:
1st 1.80
2nd 8.00
3rd 4.50

He's going to be fine.

Posted by: Section506 | May 13, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

When I saw the heading I thought that maybe Z'nn was going to pitch back-to-back games.

Maybe no callups because the team is on the road, slopitch.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Just in case somebody's snarkdar might be malfunctioning, I didn't really think that.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and, speaking of snark, the Bog has a streak post up (not that kind of streak, you naughty bloggers).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

considering Dunn is 0-8 with 4 K's against Zito, I think today is as good a day as any to give Dunn a day off.

Of course now that I look at all the Nats hitters and see they're all pretty bad against Zito, is there anyway we can give the whole team a day off? Only Nick and Belly have any kind of success against Zito.

Posted by: erocks33 | May 13, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

FYI, just noticed that's front page is advertising "Free, live look-ins" on RZ's at-bats...
Never tried it, so I have no idea if and/or how it works, just thought I'd pass it on.

Posted by: HotNats | May 13, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Only Nick and Belly have any kind of success against Zito.

Then stick Nick in the 4 hole to give Zim some protection. What the freak is wrong with Acta? Willingham cleanup?
Geez. I hope it doesn't cost Zim today.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm hopeful that they are just giving Flores a little extra time off since tomorrow is an off-day. Besides, Nieves was 3/4 last night and he caught Martis' complete game. Hopefully he will stay hot this afternoon both at the plate and behind the plate.

Posted by: NeedANatsFix | May 13, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

So far the look-ins looks like it'll work. Thanks a ton HotNats.

Posted by: nattaboy | May 13, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Braves take the lead on JJ Putz. The hated mets are leading the east right now, but really I'm jeering for extra innings/bullpen exhaustion

Posted by: nattaboy | May 13, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

How did Gluvna miss the opportunity for a "Milledge is Milquetoast" headline to announce his broken finger?

Posted by: GalRevelsInPee | May 13, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I woulda kept Dunn in there until the thing ended. Why screw around?

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse
Because the goal is to win baseball games, not to help Ryan Zimmerman hit a single in the first inning.

(And if homeboy can't get a hit without Adam Dunn behind him, how on earth is he gonna go 57? I mean, srsly. This hitting streak is nice and all, but some of y'all are a little too into it.)

Posted by: Scooter_ | May 13, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

When I saw "HotNats" say something about free live look-ins, I thought Julian may have embarked on his other dream career.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | May 13, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

This hitting streak is nice and all, but some of y'all are a little too into it.Posted by: Scooter

You're kidding right? The hitting streak is all we've got right now. And yes I'm superstitious. Why screw around? Dunn can rest when it's all said and DUNN.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 13, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh no, no Dunn. Zimm your on your own today. Thanks Manny!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | May 13, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree with dove that the streak is a big deal.

I also agree with Manny for resting Dunn against Zito and generally doing his best to get wins. I think it actually helps Zim for Acta to go about his business as usual. Even if it doesn't, it's the right thing to do.

Posted by: nattaboy | May 13, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Regarding resting Dunn, Willingham and Zim's streak: OK to sit Dunn, but if they pitch around Zim to get to Willingham, Acta will catch heat (and rightly so).

And as I type this, looks like Zito is challenging Zim.

Posted by: joemktg2 | May 13, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Our bullpen is horendous! Cabrera is horrendous! This team is a .500 team if we can make some replacements.

There is no reason why Stammen, Bergman, and Clippard are not in the bigs. This group has nothing to lose. There was no excuse for blowing that game last night. Or like 7 other games this season.

Posted by: kingtutts | May 13, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm interested to see what everyone thinks of this thought: trade the #1 pick. Let someone else have Strasburg, and the Nats get more picks in return plus a quality everyday player (perhaps bullpen help) in return. If they stay in the top 5, the Nats can still draft Aaron Crow or another pitcher, still have the 10 pick, and whatever other picks they got in the trade. They can sign the additional picks becuase they'll save the Stasburg money. I know he's a savior for an organization clawing for fan support, but....

Posted by: BRG13 | May 13, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

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You can't trade picks.
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Posted by: OldDude | May 13, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

not good so far...

Posted by: BGinVA | May 13, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

You cannot trade picks, nor rights to picks.

Posted by: kingtutts | May 13, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Way to wiggle, Martis.

The live look in worked for me. Pretty sweet, though the gidp was not.

Posted by: nattaboy | May 13, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

cannot trade draft picks. cannot trade the player for a year.

maybe this should be a static line at the bottom of every blog post.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 13, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

There's a new post. Subject: the only interesting thing about this ball club.

(Look, I loves me some Ryan Zimmerman. And I'm glad that he's hitting. I hope he goes 80. If he goes 40, that will be tres cool. But go back and look at Sheinin's list of who's had 30 and when, and you'll see a) it's not that rare, and b) you don't have to be that good a hitter to do it.)

Posted by: Scooter_ | May 13, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Folks: my bad on the "do we trade the pick" post. Thanks for setting me straight.

Posted by: BRG13 | May 13, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Is Dunn ill? Why didn't Acta bat him when the RH pitcher came in? The Giants have been pitching around Zim all day to get to .180 Willingham, whom Manny put in behind him. Thanks, Manny. I am SO disgusted.

Posted by: wpost-rml | May 13, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Great report Dave. These are the things that makes this rebuilding process tolerable. It takes time to stock a farm system from scratch, and I'm glad Stan and Company did it this way. While not the quick fix, this is the real fix - and the team will compete the way it should - consistently.

Go Nats!

Posted by: dand187 | May 14, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

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