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Tonight's Lineups

New York

Pagan - 8
Castillo - 4
Wright - 5
Francoeur - 9
Tatis - 7
Murphy - 3
Santos - 2
Cora - 6
Perez - 1

Washington

Morgan - 8
Guzman - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 3
Willingham - 7
Kearns - 9
Gonzalez - 4
Nieves - 2
Lannan - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  July 21, 2009; 3:17 PM ET
 
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Rizzo says Nick is the 1Bman for this year and next then he's left out of the line-up the same day...

Nick Johnson, welcome to the New York Mets (since Manaya just got carte blanche...).

Posted by: estuartj | July 21, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know anything about the status of naming rights for Nats Park?

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes, they are naming it Stadium Fail.

Posted by: rucks35 | July 21, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Bring back Manny, the wise Latino!

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | July 21, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

They want a local company, so far the have received offers that they didn't like from non-local companies.

Posted by: anyone1 | July 21, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"Kearns - 9" sends a chill down my spine. Why bother? Onward and downward to 0-6 post All-Star break. Made Livan look like he was still in a Marlins uniform circa 1997 and now they will go down meakly (and weakly) to another overpriced Minaya re-signing in Perez.

Will somebody wake Uncle Ted Lerner up and tell him his franchise is imploding (in case he cares?)

Posted by: terrapin31590us | July 21, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I heard a rumor they might name the park "Chrysler Field".

Posted by: TWTIB | July 21, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

A local company? Aren't there enough Ben's Chili Bowl signs in Nats Park?

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Did have good 1/2 Smoke there last night. It was the only highlight of the evening.

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Nick Johnson, welcome to the New York Mets (since Manaya just got carte blanche...).

Posted by: estuartj | July 21, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse
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That estuatj, is why I like you and the poster from this blog.

Eternal fountain of hope.

Posted by: soundbloke | July 21, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Could it be Chico's Bail Bonds Park?

Posted by: soundbloke | July 21, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

hopefully Nick got traded...and we just havent been told of it yet.

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 21, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

A local company- Hey! How about Learner Real Estate Park!

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Since the govt is the major local employer, maybe the govt could bail out the poor owners by buying the naming rights... Irony lovers would simply adore "Department of Defense Park".

Posted by: TWTIB | July 21, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

the new name of the stadium is "Suck"

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 21, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Who do we want from the Mets in exchange for Nick?

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

mets suck too...

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 21, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

How about Nick for Mr. Met? Screech is pretty useless these days.

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

dude why didnt we keep yuppie? First big mistake this franchise made...

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 21, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Nick, Screech and what'shisname, the cheesy guy who does trivia, etc., for Mr. Met.

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The Mets farm system is pretty much shot!

Posted by: soundbloke | July 21, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

How about a long term manager? I'd like to see any of these:

Tony Gwynn- assuming they sign Strassburg

Cal Ripken

Larry Bowa

Willie Randolph

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Youppi rather

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 21, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Where is Zimmerman on the Levar Arrington radio show on 106.7? He was suppose to be on the air at 3:40 today.

Posted by: taylor11 | July 21, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

i think we should trade Belliard and a bag of crap to the Montreal Canadians for Youppi

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 21, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Youppi rather

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 21, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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I was gonna say, I think we still got Yippi at third.

Posted by: Section506 | July 21, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey gang the manager has said he wants to rest ALL of his primary position players to give them a mental break. Today is NJ's turn. Also Kearns went 1 for 3 with a walk yesterday which is better than any body but Bard yesterday.

There is a lot of season left. You can't play every game as if it is the world series, where you play your best nine all the time. Right now most need a mental break, so that they can get up for when the do play.

Posted by: kgwcoach | July 21, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

we are resting our everyday players because we suck so much, and man we really dont need another trade chip like Olsen getting injured right before the deadline.....

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 21, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What do these guys do after a game? Sulk at home? Strip clubs? Bible study?

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Kasten said a couple of weeks ago that the naming rights deal is on hold until the economy improves. Bad time for anyone to shell out big bucks to rename the Titanic.

Posted by: longhorn64 | July 21, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps its Kearns? Perhaps Rizzo is giving Kearns a final look, an "audition" if you will, before making a decision on what to do with him.

They have a take on Nick Johnson. Rizzo has stated as much. They may not be sure about Kearns.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

From the last post,

I apologize for being a fan of the Bowden resignation. It certainly hasn't paid off on the major league level. I do like what Rizzo is doing with the regards to the pitching though.

Virtually all of the pitchers who get called up, or who are signed, or who are drafted (that do not have the name Strasburg) are ground ball pitchers. Now if Rizzo either
a) realizes he needs to get defense to play behind said pitchers
or b) knows it and doesn't have the funds allocated to do it right now
are both up in the air. But I like the overall strategy.

The character guy thing only matters if you're losing I think. Everyone gets along when you're winning. So that's meh. But I feel Rizzo has a clear plan of the future, whether he can pull it off...dunno. Bowden was like a kid looking at action figures at Toys R Us: "With real outfield toolsy-ness action! I GOTTA have him!"

Posted by: NattyDelite | July 21, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"periculum is home from his summer middle school classes.
Posted by: surly_w | July 21, 2009"

In fact it was in Mediolano. But you wouldn't know where that is ... now would you? ~smiles~


Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

In fact it was in Mediolano. But you wouldn't know where that is ... now would you? ~smiles~

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse
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Is that where Kent and Pertrucelli grew up?

Posted by: Intrudr | July 21, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"Kasten said a couple of weeks ago that the naming rights deal is on hold until the economy improves. Bad time for anyone to shell out big bucks to rename the Titanic.

Posted by: longhorn64 | July 21, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse "

ya but by calling us the Titanic, that would mean we were once a "great" thing...this just isnt the case.

I think a better analogy is the Hindenburg disaster, because filling up a gigantic ballon with Hydrogen and filling up a roster with DH's and rookie pitchers are both bad ideas that ultimately results in things being blown up.

Posted by: Cartaldo | July 21, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Outsider6 is right about Storen. If anyone is going to be the "miracle" for the Nats its likely going to be that boy.

He's your gritty, never back down, never say die closer. It'll be his attitude more than his fastball.

Also hoping that the less than charitable, (those who seem to like to patronize others, and when they are called out, demur with accusations of obnoxiousness?), will give JD Martin one of the leaders of this years' AAA Syracuse team another chance.

He is a guy who has earned his spot on the roster the hard way. Unlike so many others that have graced the Nats roster.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"Is that where Kent and Pertrucelli grew up?

Posted by: Intrudr | July 21, 2009"

Perhaps Mike Rizzo ... :)

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

kgwcoach, I love your optimism but...

"There is a lot of season left. You can't play every game as if it is the world series, where you play your best nine all the time."

That may be the first time the phrase "World Series" has been used in connection to the Nats since they got here...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 21, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

He is a guy who has earned his spot on the roster the hard way. Unlike so many others that have graced the Nats roster.


Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse
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non sequitur. There has been nothing graceful about the Nats Roster this season.

Posted by: Intrudr | July 21, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Kearns went 1 for 3 last night, boosting his average barely above the Mendoza line. I guess on this team, that earns you another start.

Posted by: Section222 | July 21, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Trade Roosevelt. That guy has no hustle.

Posted by: pesadecoy-media | July 21, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Trade Roosevelt. That guy has no hustle.

Posted by: pesadecoy-media | July 21, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse
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Newest member of the Tin Foil Hat crowd.

Posted by: Intrudr | July 21, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

And that was one lame space helmet TR had on last night.

Posted by: thegraneys | July 21, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What do these guys do after a game?
posted by: thegraneys

Willie Harris calls his mother.

Posted by: CBinDC | July 21, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I have it on good authority that James Knox Polk has been having an outstanding year in the President's races in Syracuse, and he's proven to be one of the leaders of the AAA Presidents roster.

I'd say he is a guy who has earned his spot in the Presidents' Race the hard way, unlike those others who have graced the race roster all these years.

WE WANT POLK!!!

Posted by: baltova1 | July 21, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

For the name of the park how about:

Burke & Herbert Field at Nationals Park

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Baltova,

You should add some stats to back up your reasoning for promoting James K. Polk from AAA Syracuse.

Posted by: Section505203 | July 21, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I guess Guzzie's bunions are better. Or maybe they are giving him shots for the pain so he can play.

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I am skeptical about bringing Polk up from AAA Syracuse. Can he handle the Majors? Most of our AAA guys seem to flop when promoted. I don't want to see that happen to Polk. He might get nervous being in the Big League. Is he really ready?

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Would you trade Ryan Zimmerman to the Red Sox for Clay "no hitter" Buchholz, Manny Delcarmen (just who the Nats bullpen needs - I'm not kidding) - and 25 year old back-up 1b Aaron Bates?) Good trade. Helps both clubs. Bill James loves Zimmerman, who would finally get to play in front of packed houses on a winning team.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 21, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Then again maybe we should try Polk in bullpen??? What harm can it do? He might be able to get the ball over the plate (instead of walking lead-off hitters).

Yeah, bring him up. He has alot of "pitch count" left in that arm this season.

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Flynne2: Much as I love RZimm, at this point I believe that anyone on the current Nats roster should be fair game to trade, to better this club. So, yes, given the deal you laid out I would trade RZimm to the BoSox. Now who do we back fill at 3B? Willie Harris? Belliard? Do we a promising AAA prospect who plays 3B?
And it would give RZimm a chance to play on a winning club before he is 30 yrs old. I am not so sure if he stays with the Nats you can say that last sentence with a straight face.

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

505203 and Mook, you two obsequious fools should put down your oatmeal bowls and step away from your walkers and end this patronizing skepticism. As you should know, Polk was the original dark horse President, which means no one thought he deserved a chance, that others were graced to get. He only served one term and therefore doesn't need to go to the bullpen. And he was an excellent horseman, which means he didn't walk, and we know not walking is crucial to success.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 21, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

baltova1: Sorry about that. Maybe my early rantings are the Knob Creek talking.

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@flynnie - Yeah, maybe while they're at it they'll throw in Lester and Pedroia.

Buchholz alone is a better player than Zimmerman and the Sox know that. If they really really want Zimmerman they might offer us Delcarmen and Bates, which I would do.

If for some absurd reason they ever offer Buchholz I'd take him for Zimmerman straight up no questions asked.

Posted by: RickFelt | July 21, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"Give me a 'P'. Give me an 'O'. Give me a 'K'. Give me an 'E'. Poke High! Yeah....."

Posted by: Ted_Striker | July 21, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Great name for the new park:

BaltoVa, maybe we'll get some O-RiO-OLE' fans to come to the park. Perfect manager, Cal Ripken Jr. Cal Sr. can be the bench coach. Eddie Murray the hitting coach and of course Jim "I do my nails better than any nail salon" Palmer can be the pitching coach.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Baltova would be happy if we bring ol' Milky Toast Cal Ripken and his brother Billy out of retirement to play for the Nats. That might turn this losing streak around.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The "Duke of Earl" can be the FoF and the governor of Ballimer, William Donald Schafer can be the new owner.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Today is 2 666 day, the Nats have reached the number of the beast! Beware all ye ghoulies, ghosties and trolls ... the hex be on ye ...

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

No, RickFelt - not straight up. The Red Sox don't know about Buccholz. They are sure that Zimmerman is the answer at 3rd base. You could get Delcarmen and Bates.

On Buchholz: "The 24-year-old right-hander is having a breakout season with the PawSox, going 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts). In 99 innings this season, opponents were hitting just .188 against Buchholz, who has registered 89 strikeouts, 30 walks and tossed one complete game.

Pitching on Sunday for Pawtucket, Buchholz allowed five runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-4 loss to Triple-A Syracuse.

Selected in the supplemental round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, a pick the Red Sox received as compensation for losing Pedro Martinez to the Mets in free agency, Buchholz tossed a no-hitter against Baltimore on Sept. 1, 2007 -- his second Major League start.

Buchholz was awarded a spot in Boston's starting rotation to begin last season, but he struggled mightily, posting a 2-9 record and a 6.75 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts).

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 21, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

We should bring Merv Rettenmund up from Rochester to save the Nats.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

And then why don't we see if the Lerners/Kasten/Rizzo can convince Davey Johnson to manage the team next year.

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

periculum

go back to world of warcraft and let the grown-up baseball fans enjoy this forum.

Posted by: surly_w | July 21, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: surly_w | July 21, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

In other words, you don't trade Zimm unless you get Buchholz, Delcarmen and Bates. Bigmook, I don't know about the Nats prospects at 3rd. I have a vague memory of someone being blocked by Zimmerman, but can't recall it now. How about Zincola? He was the Next Big Thing last year. What happened?

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 21, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"Do we a promising AAA prospect who plays 3B?"

I'm not sure but I think Marrero may have been moved from 3rd to first.

Other than that there is Mike Morse who has been tearing up AAA this year.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"periculum

go back to world of warcraft and let the grown-up baseball fans enjoy this forum.

Posted by: surly_w | July 21, 2009"

Sure when you exile yourself to the land of tweets and twits in your little clique dude.

Posted by: periculum | July 21, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

and any fool would know that Polk will get called up after the roster expands on Sept. 1 - since he was an expansionist!
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505203 and Mook, you two obsequious fools should put down your oatmeal bowls and step away from your walkers and end this patronizing skepticism. As you should know, Polk was the original dark horse President, which means no one thought he deserved a chance, that others were graced to get. He only served one term and therefore doesn't need to go to the bullpen. And he was an excellent horseman, which means he didn't walk, and we know not walking is crucial to success.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 21, 2009 5:15 PM |

Posted by: lowcountry | July 21, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

periculum: I recall the same, that Marrero was originally a 3B-man and was moved from 3rd to first.

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I think they also tried Marrero in the OF and he was horrible.

Posted by: Section505203 | July 21, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

And I am not sure how he did at 3B defensively once he got in the Nats organization. He is suppose to be a Power-Hitter type, so maybe the logical place for Marrero is at First Base.

Posted by: bigmook | July 21, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Ns win! Ns win! Ns win!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 21, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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