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Today's Lineups

I don't have the Toronto lineup yet, but here is the Nats' lineup card

Washington

Guzman - 6
Johnson - 3
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 7
Kearns - 9
Gonzalez - 4
Harris - 8
Bard - 2
Martis - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  June 21, 2009; 10:59 AM ET
 
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Comments

Chico, has there been any talk about giving Ryan a day or two off? He looks lost at the plate recently. Eckstein have anything to say about him?

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | June 21, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Did I miss something, Why has Hernandez suddenly disappeared from the lineup?
PS: Go Mighty Willie Mouse!

Posted by: dovelevine | June 21, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I agree with CoverageisLacking. RZim is getting fooled all the time now on the fast slider. It is freezing him in his tracks like he is not seeing.

Ryan needs some individual time with Eckstein to get back on track at the plate.

Posted by: bigmook | June 21, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

And I guess Manny is trying to give Kearns a chance to break out of his awful 2-month hitting slump. He did hit the ball hard at least once last night so here's hoping.

Posted by: bigmook | June 21, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Soundbloke,

Olson has been on a rehab assignment for a couple of weeks. MLB will only allow the rehab assignment to last so long before the big club has to make a decision. Bring them back in or DFA the player. The Nats also face the same situation now with Dimitri Young. In his case I think the decision is a little more obvious.

Posted by: natsguy | June 21, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

In Kearns vs. Dukes against a LH, the upside is that Kearns will see more pitches, being a patient hitter; the downside is, Kearns will see a couple of called 3rd strikes & send his BA further below the Mendoza line.

Posted by: BinM | June 21, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Ok, I realize it's just too much to wish for to have Kearns never start another game, but do you really have to bat him 5th? He's a human rally killer. Any of the three guys who are following him in the lineup would be better. Actually, I'd rather have Martis in that position than Kearns. Seriously.

Posted by: Section222 | June 21, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Sound, natsguy: I think there is a clause in the CBA that covers "rehab" assignments. Something about 20-day limits coming off a DL-15 assignment sticks in my mind. If so, the clock's about up on Olsen, and it starts ticking on da Meat when he starts his rehab assignment.

Posted by: BinM | June 21, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Tough to argue with you Section222 on the "where to bats Kearns" posting. Gonzo has been hitting the ball well and been clutch lately, and after Willie's 2 for 4 night with the winning homer I would bat both Gonzo and Harris ahead of Kearns.

Maybe Manny does not want 2 "rally killers" batting back-to-back (Kearns and the pitcher, although Martis is not totally inept at the plate).

Posted by: bigmook | June 21, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

222: I'm with you on Kearns - it's just that Harris hits left-handed (back-to-back LH, not good), and AGonz & Bard are both low-power hitters. AGonz might have been an interesting choice as a #5 (doesn't strike out much).

We'll see.

Posted by: BinM | June 21, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

BinM,

That is exactly right. I believe Dmitri's clock has also started. The young pitchers have forced the Nats into a corner.

I would also like to stand by JayBee. Like what he says or not he knows his baseball and doesn't get too high about win streaks. He is consistent.

Some of the people on this site will be trashing the Nats 5 minutes after they lose again. They are the same people who thought you can trade draft choices and hire new managers in 5 minutes. All I ask is that we stand behind the Nats with consistency and knowledge. If you don't know a lot don't make outrageous statements.

I have loved baseball for 45 years and the Nats/Senators for all those years, but I have learned to not get too high about wins or too low about losses. Its a marathon not a sprint.

Posted by: natsguy | June 21, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"The young pitchers have forced the Nats into a corner".

natsguy: Not a bad corner to be in - there's still some flexibility. Either Stammen or Olsen catches an assignment to the bullpen (preferrably Olsen); the injury to Colome opens a slot, so no-one gets optioned.

On your 2nd point, JayBeee is a passionate & seemingly knowledgeable fan, and he raises valid points for consideration. His comments are welcomed - It's just his methods & tact that I've taken issue with in the past.

Posted by: BinM | June 21, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Austin Kearns needs to be traded for a draft choice. If we must keep him, play Dukes, Harris and Willingham well ahead of Kearns.

Posted by: thegraneys | June 21, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody see the Long Haul Bombers just now on MASN? They showed their recent trips to Nats Park and to AT&T Park. Was fun seeing them at the Park earlier this month.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 21, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, we overcame two Manny-being-Manny "managing" moments(pinch hitting for the catcher with someone other than his backup thereby losing two potential pinch hitters rather than one, and inexplicably bringing Hanrahan in to face Rolen) last night, hopefully we can overcome Austin in the five hole (actually, come to think of it, this makes the term "hole" literal). I know Kearns looks good in the uni, but does Manny have him in a fantasy league or something. There's got to be some explanation. BTW, it's not a two-month slump he's in, it's a seven-year slump. The man hasn't hit over .266 since 2002 and has driven in more than 75 runs only once in his career. You can't be Eddie Brinkman in right field.

Posted by: truke | June 21, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I know not a popular notion, but I like seeing Kearns in there over Dukes. Also, the winning streak can continue as long as we don't see questionable line ups, offensively and defensively. Manny, just coach and don't tinker.

Posted by: JT2009 | June 21, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks natsguy.

In that case I say send one of the kids down, and use him to relieve one of the other kids in August.

Kearns cannot be traded for a draft choice. It's been shouted before but draft choice cannot be traded for in MLB. He should be traded for anyone or anything that does not take up room on a 40 man roster. There is no point releasing him until we have someone else to put in his place sadly. I would play Maxwell simply because if he isn't ready for the majors now he never will be and, he can defend. Other than that, it's pretty bare down there on the farm.

Posted by: soundbloke | June 21, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Tyler Clippard is on his way to DC (or already here) ... MiLB.com transactions has him listed as being recalled today. A replacement for Colome is my guess

Posted by: Brian_ | June 21, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Huh, another new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 21, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

section506: "Willie Harris once brought a man back from the dead."

Little-known facts about Willie Harris:

China once bordered the United States, until Willie Harris told them to back off.
Willie Harris doesn’t need a gun to hunt. He has been known to throw a bullet through an adult bull elk.
Willie Harris only wears a batting helmet for style, because baseballs are afraid to hit him in the head.
One time while sparring with a bear, Willie Harris raised his fists and the bear proceeded to eat himself, because it would be the less painful way to die.
Willie Harris is the reason Santa Claus still exists.
Willie Harris can divide by zero.
Willie Harris is actually Keyser Söze.
Willie Harris can slam a revolving door.
Manny Acta is so calm because Willie Harris once told him, "Don't worry, I got your back."
Willie Harris’s house is actually a log home that he built himself. Some logs he cut with an axe, the other logs only wished he had.
Willie Harris wears contact lenses lest his uncontrollable optic blasts slaughter everyone.
Willie Harris has caused a run on grocery stores for boxes of Depends by pants-wetting Toronto Blue Jays batters.
Willie Harris can start a fire by rubbing two ice cubes together.
Willie Harris doesn’t worry about changing his clock twice a year for daylight savings time. The sun rises and sets when Willie tells it to.
When in doubt, umps ask Willie Harris.
Willie Harris once hit a bases-empty grand slam.
On a pickoff throw.
While he was in the on-deck circle.
Chuck Norris is afraid of Willie Harris.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 21, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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