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Tonight's Lineups


Guzman -- 6
Johnson -- 3
Zimmerman -- 5
Dunn -- 9
Willingham -- 7
Belliard -- 4
Maxwell -- 8
Nieves -- 2
Zimmermann -- 1

New York

Pagan -- 8
Castillo -- 4
Wright -- 5
Sheffield -- 7
Murphy -- 3
Castro -- 2
F. Martinez -- 9
R. Martinez -- 6
Santana -- 1

By Chico Harlan  |  May 27, 2009; 5:44 PM ET
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"Once more into the breach, dear friends"...

Maybe we can keep it close & get to the Mets' bullpen tonight.

Posted by: BinM | May 27, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Should be a beautiful night at a great new ballpark and a chance to watch the artistry of Johan Santana. Too bad you won't appreciate it because you hate baseball, Chico.

Posted by: bmfc | May 27, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

It seems like our "blogmother" has got herself a new position at the Post:

Congrats, Tracee!

Posted by: BGinVA | May 27, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

>>As far as the Tejada trade. Luke Scott is a decent role player for the time being and Troy Patton (at AA now) may contribute to the Orioles shortly as well. But Tejada was a cancer on the Orioles and is not the player you build around. The best part of the trade was that they got rid of Tejada.
Posted by: andyhershey

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they traded Tejada and agree with everything you said. All I'm sayin is that the trade results as for as prospects go didn't work out as well as the Seattle trade. Luke is nice but nothing special and no one else has panned out. But yea I agree, glad they got rid of Miggy anyway.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 27, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

BTW and I know this isn't an Os board but just sayin with Reimold and now Weiters coming up and Luke starting to hit, the Os have replaced 3 dead spots in the lineup with potential punch. They could have a real potent 1 thru 9. Now if they could only get some pitching. Heard that one before?

Posted by: dovelevine | May 27, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

bmfc, i am pumped to watch santana. good pitched gets me stoked. manny acta was reminiscing today about the 2007 game when levale speigner defeated santana at the metrodome. that alone is a reason to love baseball. plus, they have good burgers at citi field. (i kid.)

Posted by: Chico Harlan | May 27, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

506, I'm sorry, but this just cracked me up. I am as hopeful as you, but to say they ARE ready? C'mon. I assume you would have said (or in fact did say) the same things about Balester last year. How's he doing? How are your 2008b Nationals doing? Let's revisit this in a few months, and we'll see.

* * * * *

Now, two months into the season, it is clear that our guys ARE ready, and we can safely DFA Cabrera. The story is NOT that Cabrera is gone, the story is that Martis, Zimmermann, Detwiler, and Stammen are HERE.

Posted by: Section506

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 27, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Clever reply Chico. Nicely done. Enjoy the game.

Posted by: bmfc | May 27, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse


Any of them are more ready than DCab, who much better served this team in the departing than in the arriving, if only because they don't need GPS, Mapquest and Google Earth to learn the approximate location of the strike zone. It is much preferable to suffer with the growing pains of youth than the continued mediocrity of marginal veterans.

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 27, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse


With Tracee's rising in the ranks, who is going to be our new blogmom?

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 27, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

No question about that, leetee. My point is just let's not get overly sanguine about them.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 27, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

speaking of "blogmothers," how does tarik rate having TWO contributors this past season? not hatin', just askin'.

Posted by: surly_w | May 27, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Last night, Dibble offered his thoughts on the strike zone, subtly implying the umps were raising the zone, forcing groundball pitchers to turn into flyball pitchers, leading to more hits/runs. I spent about an hour talking to my brother about this: "Maybe MLB is manipulating the strike zone to make up for the power slump in post PED-baseball!". In the end, we just decided the Nats pitchers suck.

Posted by: Southwester | May 27, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse


When the Nats pitch a recently recalled rookie verus an experienced vet like Livo, which team do you think is going to get the borderline calls? It's part of the growing process that rookie pitchers have to earn their favorable calls.

Posted by: leetee1955 | May 27, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

With Tracee's rising in the ranks, who is going to be our new blogmom?
I posed that question earlier today, more concerned with who's going to give us our morning fish (morning reading posts).

Hurray for Tracee; I hope she can (& will) still contribute to the NJ world. Otherwise, I'll miss someone who 1) clearly enjoys baseball, 2) owns up to having a "sports cave" at home, and 3)appreciates Meatloaf's "Bat Outta Hell" album enough to have it in both vinyl & cd.

Posted by: BinM | May 27, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse


Tarik covers not only the Caps, but is responsible (somewhat) for all NHL coverage for the WaPo. Getting a couple of contributors over the course of the season is fair.

The Nationals have Harlan, had Tracee, & get Sheinin, Boswell, Yanda & occaisionally even the "Blogfather" Svrluga chipping in. We're doing OK for coverage, based on how the team has performed on-the-field.

Posted by: BinM | May 27, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow - Looks like a wide strike zone from Holbrook early (black-to-black plus some).

Posted by: BinM | May 27, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Gonna be a fast game!

Posted by: dfh21 | May 27, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, JZimm just punk'd Santana with that curve. JZimm leads off the top of the 3rd - Let's see what happens.

Posted by: BinM | May 27, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Santana strikes out the side - Woof.

Posted by: BinM | May 27, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

so the nats fat little short right fielder couldn't waddle to first to cover on a bunt play? if i was axta, i'd nail him to the bench and put hernandez out there on defense.

Posted by: surly_w | May 27, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Dunn-key CRUSHES a pitch to LC - 2-run HR! Oh yeah.

Posted by: BinM | May 27, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

"And the Mets' bullpen springs to life" - Dave Jageler, top of the 4th, 5/27/09. And Santana walks home the tying run - Oh... Yeah!

Posted by: BinM | May 27, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

come join us over on the new(er) post...

Posted by: BGinVA | May 27, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

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