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From (Suddenly Sunny) Coors Field

About an hour ago, just as the Nats were getting ready for batting practice, some gunmetal-gray thunderclouds came hurtling over the Rocky Mountains. The grounds crew came out, covering the field with a tarp. The Nats took indoor BP. For a while, the scoreboard in left field mentioned that thunderstorms might linger until 8 p.m. local time. But this was just a good summer shower. About an hour later, everything is pristine; Go grab your beach towel. At this point, you could probably film a Corona commercial here.

The game will start on time.

A few pre-game notes (with lineups below)...

* First of all, Ronnie Belliard, who went 2-for-3 yesterday and has hits in three of his last four at bats, is starting today for the second consecutive game. A rarity, yes. Especially because, entering the Atlanta series, he was batting .159. Here's what Manny Acta said: "He swung the bat very well yesterday, and he's got good numbers against Jason Marquis. We need to get him going. If we do get him going, we're going to be a better ballclub."

My translation: "If we get him going, maybe we can trade him."

* Relief pitcher Kip Wells, designated for assignment on June 24, cleared waivers today and has elected to become a free agent. In 23 games with Washington (26-1/3 innings), Wells had a 6.49 ERA.

* A few of the outfielders on the NL all-star roster (Carlos Beltran, Raul Ibanez) are banged up right now, either on the DL or on rehab assignment. And thus, the NL squad might be in need of some subs. But Adam Dunn won't be one of them -- even if he's asked. (And he hasn't been yet.) Dunn said today that his right wrist is a little banged up, and he intends to take the three days off to rest.

Washington

Morgan - 8
Johnson - 3
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 7
Willingham - 9
Guzman - 6
Bard - 2
Belliard - 4
Stammen - 1

Colorado

Fowler - 8
Barmes - 4
Helton - 3
Hawpe - 9
Tulowitzki - 6
Stewart - 5
Iannetta - 2
Gonzalez - 7
Marquis - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  July 6, 2009; 8:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

is playing belliard really going to help his trade chances?

Posted by: DCguy7 | July 6, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

This could be ugly tonite Stammen might get lit up Rockies a threat to overtake Giant's for the wild card spot although in the NL.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 6, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I think CHarlan reads w-a-a-y-y too much into this; Belliard is 3-5 against Marquis since 2004; Manny's just going with a hot hitter (playing another hunch). If he was just playing historic numbers, Kearns would be in the lineup as well (.438BA, 2HR, 4RBI).

Posted by: BinM | July 6, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

with the men of their statues - dunn and willingham - playing the corners, morgan should be allowed to use a bike tonight to cover that big outfield.

Posted by: surly_w | July 6, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, Syracuse continues to drive toward 1st place in its division.

Posted by: periculum | July 6, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

@periculum: SYR may get there, but the odds are that they will probably fall short (solid SP, uninspiring hitting, unstable bullpen, and soft fielding), imo. Padilla is the only hitter above .300 on the roster (w/five errors in the OF), and S.Bynum has 14 errors in 73 games.

Martin is having a career year, and could get a late-season selection to the big club; Balester & Mock are already on the 40-man & could come up as well, along with Martis, if he can find the strike zone again.

Posted by: BinM | July 6, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

okay, I only JUST signed up for twitter last friday and I'm already seeing that twitter is EXACTLY the same thing that we do here.

And if you find yourself scrolling through wordy comments here, you'll actually be happy to know that on twitter, 1) you only follow people whose threads you WANT to read and 2) THEY'RE UNDER 140 WORDS.

So please, try it before you knock it. Especially if you're going to knock it in this forum, where you're posting more often than the twits who are tweeting.

(exhale) okay rant over.

Posted by: NatsNut | July 6, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Found someone you recommend we follow, NN? And who are you?

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 6, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

(Heh. THAT shut her up.)

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 6, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Why is it on MLB gamecast that the newest guy, Nyjer, is shown with a Nats cap, but Bard is still shown with a San Diego cap and there isn't a picture of Stammen?

Posted by: Traveler8 | July 6, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm NatsNut1. But I haven't said anything very interesting or clever yet. =)

Posted by: NatsNut | July 6, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Do I have too much time on my hands?

Posted by: Traveler8 | July 6, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

And if you find whoever took just plain old NatsNut, let me know so I can kick their ask. LOL

Posted by: NatsNut | July 6, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

evidently we both do, Traveler8!

Posted by: NatsNut | July 6, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Does John Lannan have a nickname yet? I suggest "Big Game." He seems to step up for big games (ie. @ Yankee Stadium, vs Barry Bonds in '07, etc). I think John "Big Game" Lannan should be it. What do you guys think?

Posted by: big_game_lannan | July 6, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Aargh, that was a most annoying chain of events. We should be tied right now...

Posted by: swang30 | July 6, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@big_game_lannan: Aren't you known as the "Long Island Express"?

Nice game by Stammen!!

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | July 6, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if Smiley Gonzalez is going to play this year or is the club too humiliated?

Posted by: rjthrelkeld | July 6, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Let's go Zimm..show them why you're an all-star!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 6, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I like it big game, but he steps up for little games too.

Posted by: NatsNut | July 6, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

well...not wuite what I had in mind...but at least it wasn't a DP...Let's go Dunn!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 6, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

bases loaded in the 7th and 8th...let's get a friggin' run, people!!!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 6, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

balls...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 6, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Hello...(hello...hello...)

...anyone home?

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 6, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the timely hitting?

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | July 6, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Has Belliard GIDP every time he's come up this year with the bases loaded and less than 2 outs or does it just seem that way?

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | July 6, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

More brain lock by Manny why not bat for Beliard in the seventh, you've got Harris,Gonzo, and Hernandez and whada ya know the face of the franchise chokes again when was the last time he got a big hit?

Posted by: dargregmag | July 6, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I think maybe he should pitch in at least one big game before you start calling him that.

For the record, 100-loss teams don't play any big games.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 6, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

"Does anyone know if Smiley Gonzalez is going to play this year or is the club too humiliated?"

Posted by: rjthrelkeld | July 6, 2009 10:28 PM

Gonzalez,now known as Carlos Alvarez, is playing for the Nationals Dominican summer league team

Posted by: Tom261 | July 6, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was poopy.

(I mean the end of the game, not Tom261's comment.)

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 6, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

...shame to waste Stammen's outing tonight. Let's get 'em tomorrow.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 6, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Jeepers, we get great pitching - give up 1 run, and we lose.

The good news is Stammen looked really good and went deep into the game.

This is one season where I just can't wait for the All-Star break.

Posted by: bigmook | July 6, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Stammen: doesn't want to get shut down. Doesn't want to go back go to AAA.

Guzman: likes leading off hates driving in runs. (TRADE NOW before the average drops!!!)

Posted by: periculum | July 6, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

"is playing belliard really going to help his trade chances?"

No. Playing (or not playing) a guy who has played in (ummm, wait, let me look this up...) 1338 games in his career is going to make absolutely zippo difference in what (if anything) you can trade him for. Anybody who wants him knows what he does by now.

Posted by: joebleux | July 6, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

NatsNut, I think that we may have to agree to disagree on this one. This blog has a meta-topic, and the comments/snark tend to revolve around that. Also, there is a back-and-forth here, which I gather is not necessarily the case with Twitter, which seems to be more along the lines of a monologue by design. I liked the take of one of the writers in the OP the other day, which was something to the effect that a twit tweets, "I'm walking across the street now." Then you read in the paper the next day that a pedestrian was hit by a bus while tweeting. The Internet has many benefits, but to me, Twitter is just another example of the web's potential for dumbing down the world, 140 characters at a time. Context is everything in communications, and Twitter does not allow much room, if any, for that. And now Twitter is popping up as a journalistic source. These kids today. Sigh. ;-)

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okay, I only JUST signed up for twitter last friday and I'm already seeing that twitter is EXACTLY the same thing that we do here.

And if you find yourself scrolling through wordy comments here, you'll actually be happy to know that on twitter, 1) you only follow people whose threads you WANT to read and 2) THEY'RE UNDER 140 WORDS.

So please, try it before you knock it. Especially if you're going to knock it in this forum, where you're posting more often than the twits who are tweeting.

(exhale) okay rant over.

Posted by: NatsNut | July 6, 2009 9:18 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 7, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

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