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Today's Lineup

OK, we're back at Minute Maid Park. I've got my hand on the Nats' lineup -- still waiting on Houston's -- and it looks like Manny Acta is going for the L-R-L combo in the middle, as Adam Dunn has been dropped to fifth.

Washington

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

By Chico Harlan  |  July 11, 2009; 3:22 PM ET
 
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Comments

Inspiring...

Posted by: joemktg1 | July 11, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Belliard!!!????
get that Bum out of there!

Posted by: johnbear1 | July 11, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Is Harris hurt? He came down really awkwardly on home plate last night.

Posted by: joebleux | July 11, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@joebleux & johnbear: Hampton (LHSP) is starting for HOU tonight; With RZim out, Willie (LH) sits & Belliard (RH) gets the start.
If a right-hander were starting for HOU, I'd love to see this lineup for the Nats...

1) Morgan - CF
2) Harris - 3B
3) Johnson - 1B
4) Dunn - LF
5) Willingham - RF
6) Guzman - SS
7) Hernandez - 2B
8) Bard - C
9) (pitcher)

Posted by: BinM | July 11, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

For whatever it's worth, I ran the numbers for the bullpen to-date, and IMO...

> Clippard (1.33WHIP, .250BAA) should be left on the mound for 1-2IP per outing; let's see what he's got.
> Bergmann (1.69WHIP, .286BAA) might be a 4-A pitcher; good for two or three outings of 1+IP each, then gets crushed. [As an aside, that's hard for me to say as I'm a big Bergmann fan].
> Burnett[LH] (0.48WHIP, .091BAA w/WAS) looks like more than just a lefty specialist, and should be worth an inning per outing until he can't get right-handers out.
> Beimel[LH] (1.59WHIP, .261BAA) gives up a lot of flyballs; Pitching & playing more of a set-up pitcher than an 8th-inning specialist this year.
> Tavarez (1.72WHIP, .221BAA) wastes too many pitches (19.5 pitches per inning - highest on team) looking for a strikeout & issues a lot of walks (30 - highest in bullpen) as a result.
> Villone[LH] (1.79WHIP, .247BAA) was brilliant earlier in the season, but is regressing to the mean; Still reasonably effective as a LOOGY, might have been stretched too far earlier in the season.
> MacDougal (1.94WHIP, .258BAA) is relying far too much on his 4-seam fastball of late; mixing in an occaisional slider or off-speed pitch might help. However, he's still the closest thing to a closer that this team has.

Posted by: BinM | July 11, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

belliard and kearns should never get another meaningful at bat for this team again. the fact belliard could get another start (and it's not like willie harris can't play 2B) is mind boggling.

Posted by: DCPowerGator | July 11, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

> MacDougal (1.94WHIP, .258BAA) is relying far too much on his 4-seam fastball of late; mixing in an occasional slider or off-speed pitch might help. However, he's still the closest thing to a closer that this team has.

Posted by: BinM

Interesting enough stats, BinM. But watching MacD with my eyes last night showed he was awkwardly trying to "load up" and overthrow and his control was way off. Sorta like a golfer who really winds up and wants to crank one and he tightens every muscle and likely drills the ball into the ground 50 feet off the tee. That's got to be brought up and remedied by McCatty, who right now strikes me as an absolute wash with Randy "It's All My Fault This is the Worst Team in Baseball" St. Claire. But given all the ninth-inning leads this team has needed to close, the Nats need a closer kinda like the way Old Man Cheney needed more secrecy. (Sorry, Section 505203, couldn't resist.)

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 11, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

>belliard and kearns should never get another meaningful at bat for this team again.

They're 25-60.

There are no more meaningful at-bats.

Posted by: Brue | July 11, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Belliard is hitting .375 against Hampton for his career and Zim is out. If he starts any game, it's today.

Posted by: iishoagie07 | July 11, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

DCPowerGator:
Not that I am a Belliard fan, or a big fan of Acta, but Willie Harris is hitting .167 against lefties this year. Maybe that explains Belliard at 2B vs. Willie.

That said, I like Willie's attitude, hustle, baserunning, and pretty much everything else that he does on the Diamond, more than Belliard, so I agree with you -- they should be starting Harris at 2B tonite instead of Ronnie.

Posted by: bigmook | July 11, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

iishoagie07 (and DCPowerGator):

iishoagie07 checked the status with Harris batting against Hampton for this year (.375). Also, Harris is a life-time .250 hitter against Hampton (not bad for lefty vs. lefty), so I say that is even more reason to ask why Belliard and not Harris in the lineup tonite?

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

Harris is 1-4 against Hampton all-time. While Belliard's 28 PA against him aren't exactly a huge sample size, you can at least call it a sample size.

Posted by: iishoagie07 | July 11, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

BinM, this surprised me: "> MacDougal (1.94WHIP, .258BAA) is relying far too much on his 4-seam fastball of late;"

It's the "of late" that surprised me. Now, I surely haven't watched every inning of his, and you've looked at the numbers. Was there really a time this season when he did much more than just rear back and fling the ball at home plate as hard as he could? I thought that was pretty much his MO, relying on 98 mph, some movement, and unpredictability that may be borne of a touch of wildness. Was I wrong?

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 11, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

@bigmook, iishoagie, & DCpowergator: The Nationals have not faced Hampton this year, so how can Harris & Belliard have a hitting record? According to mlb.com, Harris has not batted against Hampton this year and is 1-4 (.250) over the last 5 years, with 1HR, and Belliard is 2-3 (.667) over the last five years.

With a left-handed pitcher on the mound, Belliard gets the start over Harris when RZim is unavailable.

Posted by: BinM | July 11, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the middle and end of the lineup did so well in driving in runs because there were still men on base. Someone on the team, I believe they call him 'the face of the franchise' keeps hitting into double plays so no one is on base when Willingham and others who can hit come up.

Posted by: HossyLady | July 11, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

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