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Today's Lineups


McLouth - 8
Prado - 4
Jones - 5
McCann - 2
Escobar - 6
Anderson - 7
Diaz - 9
Kotchman - 3
Lowe - 1


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

By Chico Harlan  |  July 5, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
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Maybe Manny's "playing a hunch", but Bard at C & Belliard at 2B makes me worry. Bard still seems to be fighting the groin injury, and the Belliard/Guzman MI combo sacrifices a lot of range.

Posted by: BinM | July 5, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Braves TV pregame show is saying the Braves in the lineup today have good numbers against Olsen and they expect good things. I hope that was the old Olsen, not the refurbished factory rebuilt with a 1 year warranty Olsen we saw in Florida.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 5, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, so. Ronnie is 2 for 11, with a double, 1 walk and 4 Ks against Lowe in his career.

Bard is 3 for 21, with a solo home run, 3 walks, and 2 Ks vs. Lowe.

Lowe this year, though has a .305 batting average-against vs. right-handers, so maybe Manny wants to play on that. And Anderson Hernandez is only hitting .244 against right-handers (but Belliard is .154). Bard has the vs. right-hander edge on Nieves.

Also, it could be a reward for their at bats yesterday which were key to winning the game.

Posted by: Section506 | July 5, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

@506: Nice numbers dig - backs up my "gut" feeling on the Nationals' "killer B's".

Congrats to the FoF for getting named to his 1st (hopefully of many) All-Star games.

Go Nats!

Posted by: BinM | July 5, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the Morgan plan taking effect, steal 2nd and then come home on the nice RBI hit by Zimm — dang that man is fast! And of course congrats to FoF for the All-Star inclusion!

I'm kind of abstractly hoping the experience might help out his mental issues on the field, being around all that talent.

Posted by: HotNats | July 5, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse


Gotta second BinM's props to S506's numbers pull, looks like it's coming to fruition...

and GREAT SCOTT ("yeah... call me Bobo again")!!

Posted by: HotNats | July 5, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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