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Rockies 10, Nats 4

In today's pitiful attempt to avoid a sweep at Coors Field, the Washington Nationals used a first baseman ill-suited for first (or any other position), a starting pitcher who probably belongs in the minors, at least two relievers (Ron Villone and Julian Tavarez) who look a bit past their shelf life, and a full host of role players who booted grounders, missed pop-ups and grounded into double plays. You don't even need a sharp knife to butcher the Nationals after today's defeat, a listless 10-4 decision against the Rockies. This was a 3-hour, 13-minute plundering of baseball's natural beauty.

The most pressing/relevant question after this one regards starter Ross Detwiler, who was rocked and exited after four-plus innings (8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 89 pitches). The way Detwiler pitched this afternoon, he didn't even give himself a chance. He didn't throw breaking balls. (MASN's Debbi Taylor said that 77 of his pitches today were fastballs. Astonishing.) He kept everything high. He struggled to find his release point.

"Yeah, he had no command of any of his pitches," Manny Acta said. "I don't know if he was intimidated by the altitude, but he didn't throw enough breaking balls. That's a big pitch for him, his curveball, and I didn't see it. Perhaps he didn't feel like he could throw it for a strike, but you still need to throw it to see if you can get a feel for it."

Detwiler's response: "I just don't think I had great command of my off-speed today. And you go with what you have."

Detwiler has now made 10 big league starts. The first two outings (11 IP, 3 ER) amounted to an encouraging first step, but since then, he's hit a wall.

Since May 29 (Start No. 3)?

GS -- 8
IP -- 41 (or between 5 and 5-1/3 IP per game)
H -- 64
Opp AVG -- .358
ERA -- 7.46

No matter what, Detwiler won't pitch again before the all-star break; Washington tomorrow begins a four-game series against Houston. If the organization decides to send Detwiler to Class AAA -- promoted in May, he came straight from Class AA Harrisburg -- it has plenty of alternatives. Collin Balester and Garrett Mock, both already on the 40-man roster, have had encouraging seasons. As a starter with the Chiefs, Mock is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA (seven starts).

Asked if Detwiler might benefit from further time in the minors, Acta said, "That's not my decision here. I get these guys, I get them ready to play and I play them. We all knew that this kid was not gonna every five days cruise here. He was pitching in Class A ball last year, so we have to take that into consideration."

By Chico Harlan  |  July 8, 2009; 7:43 PM ET
 
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Asked if Detwiler might benefit from further time in the minors, Acta said, "That's not my decision here. I get these guys, I get them ready to play and I play them.

Wow. Don't invite stooge baseball lifer and half-life manager-of-the-minute Acta to the same bar for drinks. Sounds like Acta is already digging for plausible cover when the inevitable ax comes.

Wait a minute, Manny. Wasn't this the 25-man roster of which you said in spring training was the "most talented" of any you've had in your three years.

Can't have it both ways, senor.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 8, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"Wasn't this the 25-man roster of which you said in spring training was the "most talented" of any you've had in your three years."

Um, no, it's not.

Posted by: mrm0to | July 8, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

sounds like Manny's as tired of watching this team self destruct as I am, but isn't he paid to correct what he can? Detwiler is obviously not ready. Send him down and let him get his mechanics fixed. I'd like to see Bally or Mock get a shot. What could it hurt at this point.

Posted by: gengreen17 | July 8, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Any chance JD Martin could get a shot? I realize he's a minor league free agent that we don't control and he's not on the 40 man, but it would be nice to see if sterling AAA performance translates into anything significant in the majors.

Posted by: souldrummer | July 8, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I hate that Manny Acta is our manager.

Posted by: JayBeee | July 8, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The trip to COL was just another pothole along the road for this franchise. Waste a great start from Stammen on Monday, because they can't score a run from 3rd; Let a game slip through their fingers with untimely errors on Tuesday, then throw up a complete clunker today by sending out the "B" squad.

Boswell was right - this conglomeration of players looks better individually than they're playing as a team. Let them get to the All-Star break, then the FO needs to step in and start throwing grenades & launching mortar rounds - soften the remaining fan-base up for the bombs that will come as the trade deadline approaches. Blow it up!

Posted by: BinM | July 8, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

WOW... Manny is distancing himself from Rizzo. "That's not my decision here. I get these guys, I get them ready to play and I play them...." Maybe Manny has received news about his future or he has a reflector shield up!

Posted by: navboss | July 8, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

How well has Manny got them ready to play. Look at that lineup today. Just gave up before the first pitch.

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

When you have a bargain basement team, you go through a sorting through process. You can find bargains, and legitimately good ones, but you have to try out and discard lots of others.

Take the bullpen (please!). Most clubs will have at least half of their bullpen set before spring. The Nats have had to sort through a lot of marginal pitchers like Wells, Tavarez, Hanrahan, Villone, Shell, Kensing, Hinkley, Colome, etc. (Joe Beimel was the only halfway-decent money guy I can think of.) If you take the time to sort through the marginal big leaguers, you can find some good ones. MacDougal has a chance, and maybe Burnett and Clippard also have a chance to survive the next phase of the sorting through process.

If you find some good ones through this sorting through process, you can save lots of money over signing guys for decent bucks in the winter. Undeniably, it is a good business strategy. It costs you lots of wins in the process, of course.

You can say the same thing about some of the starters and many of the position players. You spend a few months (but almost no dollars) sorting through marginal big leaguers.

Posted by: EdDC | July 8, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Manny is just showing a little spine as the vultures circle closer. Keeping overly raw prospects up here hurts his bottom line and job security. Desperate people do desperate things as they are on the way out. This organization's cheapness means that they want to give expensive investments in youth every opportunity to perform before they demote or stop showcasing them. Baseball sense said that Detweiler needs some seasoning in AAA to work on his release point and his command after he started slowing down after his first couple of starts. But Nats sense says let's keep him up here so that we can feel better about our high draft choice in 2007. That was also probably part of the reason that we kept Maxwell up here when giving Langerhans a shot might have made more sense.

Posted by: souldrummer | July 8, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Martin get Detweiler's spot for a start for a spot or two while we wait to see whether Bally, Martis, or Mock can show enough consistency to deserve an extended shot. Maybe Detweiler can bring his championship Carolina League vibe to the Chiefs during their pennant race.

Posted by: souldrummer | July 8, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know if he was intimidated by the altitude, but he didn't throw enough breaking balls. That's a big pitch for him, his curveball, and I didn't see it."

Isn't Manny allowed to talk to his players when they're not on the field? Just a thought here but maybe he could have went up to Detwiler and told him to throw a breaking ball. Or he could've talked to the catcher.

"Perhaps he didn't feel like he could throw it for a strike"

Maybe he could've asked Detwiler if he felt like he could have thrown it for a strike? I'm not trying to be a smart guy here but does Manny talk to his players at all during the game?

Posted by: derwink | July 8, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Chico, thank you. Your entertaining descriptions of each game this season has kept me interested. I did not watch the game, but your first paragraph told me everything I needed to know about this game and made me smile anyway. If it wasn't for your writing talents on this blog, I imagine I would be where I was for the first 20 years of my life: thoroughly uninterested in baseball.

Also, if there was an NFL films-style season recap video for the 2009 Washington Nationals, the title should be "The Plundering of Baseball's Natural Beauty: The 2009 Washington Natinals." The cover to the dvd (or the still shot on the title screen) would be Willie Haris taking yesterday's grounder in the balls. I might try and make this cover-art just for fun.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | July 8, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know if he was intimidated by the altitude, but he didn't throw enough breaking balls. That's a big pitch for him, his curveball, and I didn't see it."

Isn't Manny allowed to talk to his players when they're not on the field? Just a thought here but maybe he could have went up to Detwiler and told him to throw a breaking ball. Or he could've talked to the catcher.

"Perhaps he didn't feel like he could throw it for a strike"

Maybe he could've asked Detwiler if he felt like he could have thrown it for a strike? I'm not trying to be a smart guy here but does Manny talk to his players at all during the game?

Posted by: derwink | July 8, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Acta is not up to the job. He has no fire...go out to the mound and tell Ross you want to see the curve ball. Could it be worse? But no Acta is asleep again and again....how many times have we hurt this crap about pitches not called.....

Posted by: JayBeee | July 8, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know if he was intimidated by the altitude, but he didn't throw enough breaking balls. That's a big pitch for him, his curveball, and I didn't see it."

Isn't Manny allowed to talk to his players when they're not on the field? Just a thought here but maybe he could have went up to Detwiler and told him to throw a breaking ball. Or he could've talked to the catcher.

"Perhaps he didn't feel like he could throw it for a strike"

Maybe he could've asked Detwiler if he felt like he could have thrown it for a strike? I'm not trying to be a smart guy here but does Manny talk to his players at all during the game?

Posted by: derwink | July 8, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the multiple posts...not sure what happened.

Posted by: derwink | July 8, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow what a team! Just a few of them...

Cristian "Mailman" Guzman. He's mailing it in for you, the fans! And don't thank him for it, he'd rather not get your vote for the All Star game!

Ryan "Silver Glove" Zimerman. He makes all the easy plays look hard.

Will "My Natinals Moment" Nieves. With Nieves and the cinder blocks he uses for his glove, bat, and brain, your Nationals moment can happen at any time!

Austin "The Natural" Kearns. Pure athletic talent running on all cylinders!

And all these guys are led by...

Manny "Flaming Spaz" Acta. If you don't play the game the right way, you'll know about it!

Posted by: ABHFGTY | July 8, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I forgot Julian "Ball Four" Taverez. Unfortunately home plate isn't the size of a 300lb Jennifer Lopez.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | July 8, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

IF we put Martin on the 40 man, I think we'd control him.

As for too many fastballs... not sure why Manny is so confused about this. Detwiler and the catcher (Nieves) come to the bench every inning, maybe he could talk to them about pitch selection - or, Manny could ask his bench coach or pitching coach to take care of it so he could concentrate on chewing that new piece of gum....

Posted by: comish4lif | July 8, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Alright. Let's get up off the ground, wipe off the dust, pull up our socks and go get Joel Hanrahan a win tomorrow.

Posted by: lowcountry | July 8, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Given my opening statment at 8:23, here are some possible guidelines.

System status = 41 players on 40-man roster, -2 players on 60-day DL (Bernardina, T. Young).
> Option Detwiler down to SYR (AAA); recall either Balester or Mock, or select Martin [locks up 40-man openings].
> Listen to offers for just about everyone else on the 40-man roster, save some "core" players (RZim, Lannan, JZimm, maybe Flores, Morgan, Dunn).
>Make trades keeping positional depth & player value in mind (Don't "gut" depth at one position for short-term gains at another position, and avoid acquiring players with no minor-league options left - Bowden was noted for doing both of these).
> Get Strasburg signed.
> Look at what the team has left on-hand come August 1st, then move forward.

I don't have the inside knowledge to get player specific, but I've got to believe that players like NJohnson, Guzman, Harris, Dukes & Willingham,or others are being "floated" in trade talks with other teams. WIth the W-L record that this team has over the last 1 1/2 years, there can't be many sacred cows.

Posted by: BinM | July 8, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

JD Martin will not get a shot unless we cut a player from the 40-man roster. The options include (excluding the NJ choice of DFA'ing Kearns): Atilano, Estrada, Rivera, Montz, Young or Patterson. Another option would be to place Flores on the 60-day DL. Atilano and Estrada seem to be the least likely to be dropped from this list. Rivera might have outlived his usefulness, Patterson had a shot and didn't seem to make it stick. Catcher seems to be a organizational strength, so Montz might be expendable.

My question is about DY. I know that he was put on the 40-man because of a 'gentleman's agreement' with Jimbo, but why is he still around now? Does this have to do with service time and a pension? How close is he to the requirement (which I believe it 10 yrs active service)?

Posted by: NeedANatsFix | July 8, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Look, we can rend our garments (or other people's) from now until St. Crispin's Day, but we knew this team sucked (not just their record) a long time ago. It's not a surprise that they do, just how they'll manage to manifest it, today. They aren't going to get better this year, probably not next year, and maybe not the year after that, because they don't have the pieces in place to do that. (I think Flynnie would quote Mt 7:24-27 here--a house built on sand.) Why do you think some teams seem always unlucky, coming up just short, getting caught off guard at exactly the wrong time, and winding up without lunch money after every road trip? It's not "rebuilding" if it goes on and on and on.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 8, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Chico Sir... the lesson here is simple. Never... EVER... write about how well the starting pitching is going the day before opening a series at Coors Field.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | July 8, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Really excellent, well run franchises are rare, for a reason.
Most cities don't have them for any length of time. Celtics, Yankees, Canadiens, 49ers, Braves (hurt to type that) ... teams that stay good despite turning over the full roster, more than once, are rare. It's the organization, not the players. Any group of competent professionals can pull off a timely winning streak once in a while, but one really good month does not make a good franchise. This FO has a lot of catching up to do, just to get back to sea level.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 8, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Panic won't fix it. "Trade everybody" won't fix it. Coherent, effective organizational culture doesn't come in a jar--it's like character--you aren't born with it, and you don't acquire it, and there is no such thing as exceptional progress in acquiring it. You have to build it a piece at a time, and it takes time. Time wasted is much more expensive than money wasted.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 8, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

"Time wasted is much more expensive than money wasted," he wrote on a blog about a losing ball team in DC.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 8, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

You think Strasburg wants any part of this pathetic bunch masquerading as a mlb team.This further plays right into the hands of Scott Boras driving the signing price into infinity and beyond which does not bode well for this franchise.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 8, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Manny is making it clear by his comments about Detwiler that he doesn't (and didn't) have final say about who's on this roster, which probably also explains why Kearns and Belliard are stil here.

But derwent is right, Manny's got no business complaining that Detwiler threw too many fastballs. He can sure do something about that and should.

Man, this team stinks. And Sec3 is right. The Nats are a long way from sea level, unless something dramatic changes and soon. Depressing.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 8, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

24-58

Yes, boys and girls, it's true. It'll probably be another fifty years before another major league team has a first half that bad. And thank god I'll be dead by then.

Posted by: Brue | July 8, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@sec3: Most cities don't have them for any length of time. Celtics, Yankees, Canadiens, 49ers, Braves (hurt to type that) ...

Do NOT include that sad-sack Braves franchise (one WS title) with the likes of the Celtics (17), Yankees (26) and Habs (24). The Braves were the beneficiary of a watered-down divisional setup. Besides, StanK was there too. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 8, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Right now JD Martin has performed like the best pitcher in the organization perhap because he hasn't had a shot at the big leagues. Its up to the "organization" to discover whether he is or isn't.

No excuses Acta and Rizzo. If being on the 25 man is now based on performance, if there is a "new sheriff in town"? The they need to find a way to get JD Martin on this squad after the break or else shut their damned BS mouths about how the team is going to be better in the 2nd half. If you can play guys like Villone, Beimel, and Tavares who stink to high heaven you can give a guy like Martin a chance ...

Posted by: periculum | July 8, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Brue,

That was poetic. But don't shoot yourself until after the next half.

Posted by: EdDC | July 8, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

But...a larger question not addressed in all the comments above is: Can the 2009 Nats rise above serious mediocrity to historic greatness by having a 2nd half that takes them to the 120+ losses to outpace the '62 Mets and go down in the baseball history books? 58 down, 63 to go. Not wishing them ill, but if things are headed this way anyway, why not go for it?

Posted by: colorado102 | July 8, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang...I put this up on the last post, but I'm too tired to come up with anything new. Apologies for the lack of imagination...and to those who might have missed the comments I'm referring to,although I'm sure there are plenty of similar observations....
------------------------------------------
Hey Gang...well, this morning I had a rather lengthy post on an internal rant I had after last nights' game...which I sorta just sanitizes and summarized...but dargregmag-yer gettin' close! You too, driley....ya now, in meditation circles, or spiritual practices, it's generally an accepted fact that you can't use words to "describe" or "know" the truth, God, ultimate reality, whatever name you want to call it. You can only experience it. This comes to mind only because the "reality of our team is the same-pathetic, horrid,frustrating, unwatchable(not that we still don't)...Man, mere words are just not enough to describe the deep,complete and apparently franchise-wide wretchedness of this ....this.....Arggh! I think you all know what I'm talking about-it's a shared experience...and mere words-they just don't do justice to this bunch, or our anger,despair, disgust.....
Go Nats

Posted by: zendo | July 8, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes, why not go for it? Why not bring up the kiddie corp and trade away the veterans they can for more (but very close to ready) top prospects. If they lose in the beginning perhaps by next year they would start to win and not stop.

Posted by: periculum | July 8, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

"24-58

Yes, boys and girls, it's true. It'll probably be another fifty years before another major league team has a first half that bad."

Nah:

2003 Tigers 20-62
2001 Devil Rays 24-58
1997 Phillies 23-59
1996 Tigers 23-59
1982 Twins 24-58
1979 A's 23-59

So, cheer up, Brue, you won't have to wait fifty years; it's not that rare.

Posted by: joebleux | July 8, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Great stats, joebleux. However, it's very difficult to keep that pace up through the entire season. As I recall, the 2003 Tigers went right to Labor Day poised to wrest the record from the '62 Mets before they faltered and went on an unexpected win binge and gave up the ghost.

Posted by: colorado102 | July 8, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Colorado102:
Yeah, but these are the '09 Nats who almost always find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (witness the first 2 games of this series with the Rockies, and many other previous games this season). I said it the other night, and I'll say it again - as a looong time baseball fan; I can't remember a season when I have been so glad to see the All-Star break coming, as this one.

Posted by: bigmook | July 8, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Tom Boswell got it right in today's column - it is time to 'blow up' this dysfnctional "family" known as the 2009 Nationals. Perhaps some trades will change the snakebit feeling all of these guys must have at this point this season.
At least have some mercy and trade Willie, Nick, and Guzzie, and give them a chance to play for a potential winner. They are starting to get up there in years (baseball years).

Posted by: bigmook | July 8, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

What exactly was Manny supposed to say after this game? Come one geniuses, design a quote that wouldn't get picked apart by the armchair managers here.

The man has to stand up for his pitchers. Detweiler was promoted too early because the roster had no other choices. Simple as. So when asked if he belongs in AAA what is Manny suposed to say. It's obvious he belongs there. Some manager though to say to the press "Oh absolutely. Yeah, we threw him up here because the rest of the 40 man roster is just a joke but, of course in any other organisation this kid is in AAA. It's really obvious when you think about it." Some manager that would be.

The fans going picking quotes apart and trying to tell the world how they would turn this dump into a major league outfit tomorrow are the same fans that make the Yankees and Red Sox look obnoxious the second they are winning but acting as if they deserved it all along.

Posted by: soundbloke | July 8, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that it's been so quite when they won games last week and now it's busy again when they were pathetically swept.

Posted by: Section506 | July 8, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, what's when we're playing well 506, it's hard to write posts about how much cleverer we are than management.

It's only when we're losing that lecturing Manny and Rizzo makes us feel good about ourselves.

On that note, I have no idea why Rizzo hasn't traded Guzman for Elvis Adrus yet, and why Manny didn't bring on Trevor Hoffman to close this game out. Idiots!

Posted by: soundbloke | July 8, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching last night's postgame Nats Extra (yes, I'm a glutton for punishment). Rob Dibble is blathering on and on about how Jordan Zimmermann threw too many breaking balls, and should have stuck with his fastball because his other pitches weren't working and he was running up his pitch count and getting behind in the count. "He can go out there with just fastballs and win ballgames." "You don't have to always throw the strike, or the out pitch at the major league level." Blah blah blah. Of course, he's usually on the "pitch counts are stupid" bandwagon. I haven't watched today's Nats Extra, but based on Chico's report and Debbi Taylor's "analysis", I'm sure Dibble pontificated about how Detwiler threw too many fastballs.

During today's game he was insisting that the "only way to play the game at this level" is to think of every pitch, every swing as the seventh game of the World Series. Good lord. Dibble thinks he knows everything, and my strong feeling is he knows nothing.

Posted by: Section222 | July 8, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know if he was intimidated by the altitude...."

Another great quote by Manny Acta. Lemme tell ya, those balls do funny things up there in the Mile High city.

Posted by: nattydread1 | July 9, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

And so the Curse of God Bless America continues. It was butchered last Sunday at Nats Park by a young lady who decided to sing the atonal version, and I knew no good would come of it. Last year, 506 had the excellent idea of replacing the National Anthem with Take Me Out to The Ballgame, which was the only song of the patriotic repertoire that he could sing, and it was a great idea. My 3 year old grandson and I can also sing it, and he sings it with gusto. But did we listen to 506? No, and here we are, having angered God, America and probably Jo-Bu. The Nats need to appease the angered Deities and win two tomorrow - the to be continued game, and the scheduled game in Houston. They tend to do better once they've left the Mile High City. I'll leave the rituals to the experts. Maybe arrange to have Sunday's singer perform her unique and awful God Bless America in Houston tomorrow.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 9, 2009 2:58 AM | Report abuse

And if Take Me Out to the Ballgame was our national anthem, we could sing it twice and would not have to sing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch on Sundays.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 9, 2009 3:01 AM | Report abuse

joebleux's list didn't include an obvious example: the 1988 Orioles (of the infamous 0-21 start). They had the same 81-game record as this year's Nats: 24-57. I was an O's fan in those days and still believe that team was the worst team I'd ever seen, worse than the Nats this year.

But that team had two Famers on it (Murray and Ripken) along with Fred Lynn, Scott McGregor (who was released in May) and Mike Boddicker. Like this team, that team was horrible in the field, especially in the outfield, had lousy pitching and ran the bases like blind men.

Just to give us hope, remember that the O's broke up that team, traded Lynn, Murray and Boddicker (for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling!), brought in a bunch of good fielding outfielders, drafted Gregg Olson in the first round in June and made a run at the AL East pennant in '89. So you never know...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 9, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the Nationals need their own anthem. "Centerfield" would be a good one--lively tune, easy refrain, upbeat. The refrain goes something like this:

Put me in coach, I'm ready to play, today.
Look at me, I can play centerfield.

However, now that we have a real centerfielder we could alter it to a 7th inning bullpen specific mode:

Put me in coach, I can pitch strikes. today.
Look at me, my ball count never crosses three.

Certain relievers would of course be banned from ever pitching in the seventh inning out of respect to the song.

Posted by: driley | July 9, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

"Centerfield" has been overdone, I'm afraid. Nice lyrics, though. Speaking of baseball music, new post up from the blogmom.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 9, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

I liked the tv interview with our own Debbie Taylor when she referred to Detwiler as " Detler".

This team is a carnival!

Fire Acta .... he is only a mouthpiece.

Posted by: Natnut | July 9, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Detweiler needs to be sent down to work on mechanics and his offspeed stuff, he was not ready to come up, scuffled through most of his outings, let him do that in AAA or even AA. Let's give Martis, Bally or Mock a chance to throw some innings in the majors!

Posted by: markfd | July 9, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

If pitch selection is a problem here, doesn't the catcher deserve most of the blame?

Posted by: eandab2003 | July 9, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Always love when the "kool-aid" gang tries to rationlize the incompetence of the "Cheap Lerners, StanK, Born to do this and the Gum Chewer".

Next time when I'm thinking about dropping a few K notes buying season tickets to see this debacle I hope someone would rationlize my decision making capapbility too.

Want to hear people whine about thier team at a decible level that would drown anything this town could ever muster. Tune in SportRadio 66 WFAN New York. You would think the Mets are second cousins to thier NL east counterparts in DC.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | July 9, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"Man, this team stinks. And Sec3 is right. The Nats are a long way from sea level, unless something dramatic changes and soon. Depressing."

Posted by: baltova1 | July 8, 2009 9:46 PM
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Agreed, and whether the Lerners like it or not, they'll have to overpay -- for both players and front-office talent -- just to get the franchise back to mere competency. Washington is perceived as the Devil's Island of MLB; no one wants to play here unless there is no alternative. If the Lerners aren't willing to make a major shakeup, Washington is doomed to have a 100-loss franchise for the next decade. CHANGE THE CULTURE!

Posted by: VPaterno | July 9, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

How many first strikes has Savior Zimm swung at? How many called strikes should have been swung at? How many double plays does Zimm have to hit into before the hitting coach coaches him? Or does Zimm get to decide what to swing at and what to take? It could be that Zimm thinks he is just to damned good to care.

I still say to leave the starters in...so what if it is 30-0. They will be getting the experience and it could not be any worse than bringing in a reliever. I now say that any reliever who walks a batter should be relieved of his spot on the roster. Let them hit. The fielders may accidently catch it!

As for Dunn...what do you expect. He never keeps his eye on the ball...He does not know what keep you head down means unless it is to spit.

Posted by: crimsonmac | July 9, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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