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Two Grand Slams For Willingham

We interrupt this baseball game with a dispatch. (And I'll try for my best Cronkite intonation here.) Josh Willingham has hit two grand slams tonight. I'll repeat: Josh Willingham has hit two grand slams tonight. In back-to-back innings. There have to be some records involved here, team or otherwise, and I'll tabulate them once I have the chance. But for now, know this: Willingham entered the game with 14 homers -- 12 of them solo. He had 31 RBI. Now, in his last two at bats -- indeed, the last two innings -- he has eight.

The Nats were going through another of those struggling-with-runners-on funks through the first four innings tonight, but that has reversed in a hurry. They scored six in the fifth, then seven more in the sixth. They now lead the Brewers, 13-5.

Both of Willingham's grand slams were cranked to deep left-center. The first (fifth inning) came against Jeff Suppan with two outs. The second (sixth inning) came against Mark DeFelice with one out.

This is the 13th time in major league history that a player has hit two grand slams in a game. The last to do it was Bill Mueller (July 29, 2003) against Texas. The 8 RBI are a Nats record, and it matches the franchise record, going back to Montreal.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 27, 2009; 10:22 PM ET
 
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It's double bourbon and Maalox tonight for everybody tonight. On me. In honor of Josh "Double Slam" Willingham.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 27, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Quick! Trade him!

:-) Kidding (sort of) - thanks to Josh for some great televised entertainment this evening.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 27, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Three cheers for Willingslam!!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 27, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

"Quick! Trade him!"

Don't laugh. Rizzo has been asking the moon and the stars for him. Now he might just get them.

Posted by: periculum | July 27, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

jdschulz50: I think it is my turn to buy the bourbon. I will even share some of my Knob Creek; take a good healthy swig.

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

"Why can't we keep him? He is under contract with the Nats for I believe; this year and next. "

This is the pain of building (note, there's no 're'). Awesome dudes like Josh that we would love to keep need to be flipped for more than one prospect.

If it makes you feel better, his career numbers say he can't keep up at this clip, though he isn't far behind it.

Posted by: Section506 | July 27, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Give it up on the Manny-bashing, will you? FWIW, which is nothing, Kearns actually outhit Willingham in the first month of the season, as did Dukes. Acta had five corner outfielders to play and please the front office at the same time. I suspect he was either being encouraged or told to play Dukes and Milledge as much as possible, which cut down on playing time for Kearns and Willingham. They didn't want to play Willingham in RF so he sat.

Why we are still discussing this, since Bowden, Acta, Dukes and Milledge aren't here is beyond me. Give. It. Up.

And, yeah, I'm loving this game as much as anybody. But they started the night in last place and they'll end it there. That means if somebody makes you an offer for Willingham that seems worthwhile, you take it.

Now, let's see if he can hit another one before the night's over.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

You know, maybe peri is onto something here. Maybe Rizzo should see what the "traffic will bare" out there for Willingham. We don't have to deal him, but let's see what the highest/best offer(s) are for him.

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

BTW, a certain former Nationals manager (no, not Manny) hit back-to-back grand slams in a game in 1970, ironically enough, in RFK Stadium, against the Senators.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Whether Willingham stays, goes or belts another slam tonight... Have to have respect for a guy who was traded from a good team, to a pathetic team, went through a terrible family tragedy, comes back and has to play a new position - and just keeps hitting like a pro. Tip of the cap to him.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 27, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

baltova1: Wouldn't that be something if Willingham hit another one out.

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Ok, 7 outs to get to end this thing. Let's see if our bullpen can throw strikes and hold a 7-run lead.

No walks you bonehead!

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Kev29: Roger that.

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Another BTW...Riggleman made a really interesting managing move tonight that wasn't out of the textbook. Pulling your starter with two outs in the fifth when you're winning is rarely done because you're taking away a chance for a win for that pitcher. He did that to Stammen tonight and it may have paid off. Macha clearly left Suppan in way too long, probably because he's starting a reliever tomorrow night and they just shook up their bullpen. Either way, Suppan got rocked. Those two moves may decide this game.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I suspect he was either being encouraged or told to play Dukes and Milledge as much as possible, which cut down on playing time for Kearns and Willingham.

That's nice. So he's a patsy. I guess that's better than incompetent.

Posted by: RickFelt | July 27, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh, back to the tat parlour Hart. You can take your sunglasses with you too

Posted by: Kev29 | July 27, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

baltova1: Wouldn't that be something if Willingham hit another one out.

He's batting fourth this inning....

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Zimm with a homer! But that takes away the chance for Hammer to get another grand slam :)

Posted by: BGinVA | July 27, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Zimm with a blast to left center!

BTW, Felipe, you're still a f-ing maricon.

Posted by: FloresFan | July 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

OK so RZimm gets in on the HR-act!

Guys, let save some of this power display for tomorrow.

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Alright Zim! Keep hitting guys.

Stop singing Dibble

Posted by: Kev29 | July 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

In that game against the Senators, Frank Robbie wasn't the only player to hit two home runs - Rick Reichart hit two as well, except his weren't grand slams - they were solo shots!

Posted by: 1of9000 | July 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I suspect he was either being encouraged or told to play Dukes and Milledge as much as possible, which cut down on playing time for Kearns and Willingham.

That's nice. So he's a patsy. I guess that's better than incompetent.

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No, it's called being an employee. You think managers never get told who to play?

Maybe you should try doing a little reading before you start spouting...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Well,Well,Well, The ole grand slamma, works everytime!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | July 27, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Baltova, you don't seem to be too concerned with the people on here bashing Flop. In reality he cost this franchise far fewer games than Acta, so I don't know why any frustration is directed at me for giving Acta a hard time.

Posted by: RickFelt | July 27, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I turned the game on in time for Willingham's second grand slam??!!!!!
Wow.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 27, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Not that I am looking ahead, but who is scheduled to start on the mound for the Nats tomorrow night?

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

@Big Mook: Thanks for the top-shelf bourbon, and FYI, it's Bally Star tomorrow night. That's when we might need 14 runs!

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 27, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

While reality is that we will still be in last place tonight after this game is over, maybe Riggleman's scolding of the team a couple of days ago was a wake-up/motivator to some of these guys.

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

"BTW, a certain former Nationals manager (no, not Manny) hit back-to-back grand slams in a game in 1970, ironically enough, in RFK Stadium, against the Senators."

Just had to bring that up didn't you? Sheesh who was pitching Camilio Pasqual?

Posted by: periculum | July 27, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Bally-Star is up tomorrow night.

Posted by: BGinVA | July 27, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, Nyger Morgan can cover some ground!!

Posted by: chris88 | July 27, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

B-the-by ... I think this makes 3 in a row doesn't it?

Posted by: periculum | July 27, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

@baltova1: That would be F. Robby, June 26, 1970, at RFK. I was in town then, but not at RFK that day.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 27, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

jdschulz50: Anytime buddy. Maybe Bally Star will have his mojo working. If he can just get every Brewer to hit a fly ball somewhere in Nyjer's vacinity, he could possibly pitch a perfect game.

As someone who played CF many years ago, I really do enjoy watching Njer "run down fly balls", and come up throwing on plays at the plate.

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

baltova1

Thank you for pointing out the hypocrisy there.

Posted by: soundbloke | July 27, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Sad commentary on this lost season: I actually have some concern that the Nats might not win this game. Everything I know tells me they should and they will, but given what we've seen this year..... (fingers crossed, knock on wood(

Posted by: chris88 | July 27, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

RickFelt, people are bashing Felipe for what he did while he was here. You and some others bash Manny for what he did while he was here and what's happening now, when he's not here anymore. He got bashed for not being able to figure out to win with four rookies in the starting rotation and a revolving door in the bullpen. (Has anyone noticed the Nats have used 25 pitchers this year?) He got bashed for not being able to figure out to how to play three left fielders and two right fielders at the same time. And he got bashed for staying outwardly calm during the losing, like it didn't kill him to see what might be his only chance to be a big league manager melt down in front of him. He had a lousy team and he managed them to a lousy record and got fired. I thought he was irrelevant in a lot of ways then and he's damn sure irrelevant now.

I just get tired of the bashing when it serves no purpose and shows a lack of understanding of where the problems lie here. You want to bash the Lerners, I'll sing backup for you all night long...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Dukes, Kearns is well-liked in the clubhouse. I wonder if his key walk-off single inspired this latest display of offensive firepower?

Posted by: periculum | July 27, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Still can't stand the sight of Filipe Lopez! God I hate him. Still. What a sock cucker!

Posted by: soundbloke | July 27, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh who was pitching Camilio Pasqual?

Frank hit 'em off Joe Coleman and Joe Grzenda...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Rick Reichardt? Ah a very similar outfield as the Nats of today? Reichardt and Howard in the outfield with Stroud and Unser ... later Curt Flood ... ~laughing~

Epstein at first. They trade Epstein and move Howard to 1st. Traded McMullen, Rodriguez, Brinkman ... ending up with Wert, Toby Harray and Tim Cullen ...

This team looks a lot better than that one did ... have to admit.

Posted by: periculum | July 27, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Coleman and Grzenda? At least it wasn't Dick Such ... :)

Posted by: periculum | July 27, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Three in a row. Way to go, Josh-arino! Even Sunshine Bobby sounded great tonight.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 27, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Outstanding!! I feel much better now. GEEZ these guys make me nervous...

Posted by: chris88 | July 27, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

The Brewers call on the final out "swing and a miss, and this one is mercifully over, Brewers live is next." er...brewers dead.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 27, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

It is fun when they win like this. Good night all.

Posted by: bigmook | July 27, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

You know, Boz likes to point out that most seasons are a collection of streaks, good and bad. If you minimize the bad streaks and maximize the good ones, you have a good season.

The Nats have never really had a good streak all year. The closest they came was the 7-4 stretch in May which included a West Coast road trip.

In other words, they're due, overdue, to have a hot stretch. Hard to do that when you go on the road for eight games, but we can hope...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be lost in all the hoopla of a very nice, big win, but Dunn's sliding catch was truly impressive. I was afraid for a minute he might have hurt himself, but because it was a Nats night, he didn't.
Tomorrow, the Brewers are forced to start a bullpen guy who isn't expected to go more than 4 innings, so it looks good for the Nats. It would be nice to get out of July with at least 33 wins, creeping back to .333

Posted by: nats24 | July 27, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

"In other words, they're due, overdue, to have a hot stretch. Hard to do that when you go on the road for eight games, but we can hope..."

Pitching has improved ... but tonight the #2 starter got rattled early and never completely recovered. The middle guys did okay ... Bergmann allowed a run. Kensing did his job.

I think for that to happen the starting pitching really has to "grow up" and come through during this road trip. I'm not sure you can rely on that yet?


Posted by: periculum | July 27, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Somebody pointed this out earlier: "The Giants acquired first baseman Ryan Garko from the Indians, SI.com has confirmed. The Indians receive Scott Barnes, a Class A left-hander who was 12-3 with a 2.85 ERA in San Jose."

IMO, that's not very much for an established big league hitter. Garko was hitting .285 with 11 home runs for the Indians.

Rizzo's got to hope that the market goes up a little bit as teams run out of options if they want a good-hitting 1B. Aubrey Huff's having a lousy month, so that makes Johnson more attractive.

Interesting to see what happens.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

"Unsigned from the top 12 picks are 1st rounder Stephen Strasburg, 5th rounder Miguel Pena, and 8th rounder Roberto Perez (the Nationals had two first round picks, so that 9/12 is from the first 11 rounds)"

At #12 Nathan Karns may be the last "big one" other than Strasburg.

Posted by: periculum | July 27, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Chris Hoiles of the Orioles hit two grand slams against the Indians on August 14, 1998. Historical oddity: The second one came off Ron Villone.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | July 27, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Giants just traded for Garko from the Indians. So much for Nick Johnson.

Posted by: CountDemoney | July 27, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Pascual with the original Senators, not the expansion team of the 60's?

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 27, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see three wins and everyone here having a good time except RickFelt, who is still in his own personal Hell and trying to drag Baltova and anyone else who pays any mind down into said Hell, despite my prayers. RickFelt, if you can't be happy tonight, something's really twisted inside you or you're going through something so painful that you have our best wishes and our prayers.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 27, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

The Giants were the Nats' best hope for moving NJ (who looked pretty lost tonight at the plate), At this point, the Nats might as well keep him and take the draft pick.

Posted by: nats24 | July 27, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Just looked it up, apparently Pascual did return to the expansion Senators in 66 and 67, finished his career in 71 with Cleveland.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 27, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Here are some juicy postings from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's game blog tonight:

"Even though Stammen is one out away from qualifying for a victory, he is being removed from the game. Nice to see that one of the managers knows when his starting pitcher is done. I know the bullpen is weary and the Brewers are starting reliever Carlos Villanueva tomorrow, but what's the point of leaving Suppan in to get tattooed some more? I think he' s established -- for the second consecutive start -- that he has absolutely nothing."

And the summary of the game: "Well, at least we know what the low point of the season has been -- tonight's game."

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

@cokedispatch
Camillo pitched for the Griffith Nats (17-9 in '59) and the expansion team. He had one of the best curveballs of all time, and he could hit.

Posted by: nats24 | July 27, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

You are correct, cokedispatch. Pascual had a nasty, nasty curveball. Best year in D.C. was 17-10 in 1959. When they moved to Minny to become the Twins he had back-to-back 20-win seasons in '62 and '63. A 174-and-170 major league record.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 27, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I know it's conventional wisdom to trade away good players for prospects when you're mired hopelessly at the bottom of the standings. But it's also conventional wisdom to keep key players who can help you build for the future. I'd say Willingham is a keeper -- a legitimate FOF -- and somebody who can help us for many years to come. For Gawd sakes, don't put him on the trading block!

Posted by: COL_DFox | July 27, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a power display by Willingham! That guy has been the pleasant surprise of the season. And Nyjer continues to impress both in the field and at bat. That catch in right center looked easy, but on the replay you can see how hard and far he ran for it. Remember the creative routes that Millege took to the ball in the first week of the season? Such a pleasure to watch a really good outfielder. And let's not forget Dunn's sliding grab early in the game. Very selfless effort. Finally, just so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle, Stammen was the first Nat to be able to get a runner on second over to third after three previous unsuccessful efforts. The run explosion started right after that. Good for him.

See, I can be positive too. All it takes is a well played game and somfe power hitting. Woo hoo!

Posted by: Section222 | July 27, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

flynnie2, RickFelt's not dragging me down. I just think he'd be better off refocusing his efforts...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 27, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you, Sec222. Outfield of Dunn-Nyjer-'Ham looks like a keeper both offensively and defensively. Great to see another team (Brewers) in disarray. Nats playing with a lot of confidence. Good on Riggo!

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 27, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Also from the J-S Brewers blog:

"Getting a former All star 2B [Lopez] for scrap metal definitely was the steal trade of the year. Hats off the Melvin"

Agreed. Can we secure him longer term, or do we coax Counsell into another season till he's pushin' 40?
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Ha! I bet they won't be saying that in a few weeks (if it even takes that long).

Posted by: BGinVA | July 27, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Another easily forgotten crucial at bat tonight -- Dunn with the bases loaded right before Willingham's first slam. Remember, Suppan had him 0-2, and Adam coaxed a walk and drove in a run, bringing up Willingham to finish the job. Talk about a professional at bat that really paid dividends. Dunn really has an amazing sense of the strike zone.

Posted by: Section222 | July 27, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

which is no small feat, considering the calls tonight.
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Dunn really has an amazing sense of the strike zone.
Posted by: Section222 | July 27, 2009 11:56 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 28, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

True that, Sec3. That umpire had a pretty bad night. The guy Nyjer threw out at home was safe. And the wierd double play that wasn't on Bergmann's bunt attempt was probably a mistaken call too.

Posted by: Section222 | July 28, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

222, I agree, trying to follow the strike zone was making me seasick, but the call on the play at home was right--we stopped and started and froze it, and I'm convinced Bard got him by about three or four inches. The bunt I didn't go back to see, but it looked like it was still over the plate when he grabbed it and alertly, but not obviously enough for his infielders, tagged Bergman. If the ball is over the plate, it's a fair ball. If it's touched by a fielder in fair territory, it doesn't matter that the fielder isn't. That was the right call, if the ball was in fact fair.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 28, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Actually, it was alert only in the sense he realized it was fair and the hitter wasn't running. If he had it to do over again, I'm sure he would just throw to second for the 2-6-3.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 28, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Baltova1,

Rizzo isn't going to give away the house. If teams want Nick or Willingham they will have to pony up. He doesn't have to worry about off-loading their salaries the way Pittsburgh and Cleveland seem to be. He is an interim GM who doesn't even know if he will have a job after this season (just like Riggleman).

So, he is doing exactly what he said he would. Do trades only if they make sound baseball sense. Right now it looks like he is working on signing his prospects. Which is as it should be.

If he gets to keep the job he may even re-up Nick.

His biggest problem at this juncture is Strasburg. Not whether he trades Nick or someone else. If someone makes him an offer he can't refuse we both know he will take it.

Posted by: periculum | July 28, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Dammit,

I was at the screen on the green tonight for Dog Day Afternoon (good fun!), and as I was leaving checked my phone for the game's result — saw the 14-6 winning score (in a bit of giddy disbelief, especially after seeing the note about the Willinghammer's unbelievable night), and rushed home hoping to catch the late-nite replay of the game. Turn on MASN, and it's the friggin' O's/KC game. MacEnroe's in my head screaming "You Can't Be SERIOUS!!!!" ARRRGH!!!

My replacement tivo cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: HotNats | July 28, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

IOW, a pisspoor attempt at a bunt with a side of no hustle at all for Bergmann, and a big dish of dumb luck for dessert.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 28, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

At this rate, there won't be any draft pick. He's on the bubble, at best, if the season were to end today (not his--everybody's).
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The Giants were the Nats' best hope for moving NJ (who looked pretty lost tonight at the plate), At this point, the Nats might as well keep him and take the draft pick.

Posted by: nats24 | July 27, 2009 11:33 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 28, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Dunn 25HR projects to 40+ HR with 120 RBI
Zim 18HR projects to 30+ HR with 100 RBI.
Willingham 15HR projects to 25-30 HR with 75 RBI.
Morgan 30SB projects to 50 SB.

This team shouldn't be losing? ... it really does seem to mostly be about the pitching ... which I guess must improve dramatically to turn things around next year?

It really does seem like only a couple of major pieces may be missing, clearly one is a reliable bullpen and closer[s]? Plus consistent starters?

Posted by: periculum | July 28, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

A shout out to us from Baseball Tonight! Ravich: "Josh Willingham's two grand slams give the Nationals fans something to cheer about - good for them!" Gammons (I think) -"That's right, it's been a tough year for them."

Did anyone else see that wild #1 web gem of the fly ball bouncing off the Pirate right fielder's right leg, then his left leg, then his left foot, then into Young's glove? And blue, who was right there, called it a hit! It did look like it hit the ground, but on further review did not. I've never seen that in my life. This game will surprise you!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 28, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Definitely saw that unbelievable-ness, Flynnie, also big props to Dunnkey, who got the Web Gem #3 with that sliding catch. Still bitter I can't watch the whole game right now, but oh well, there's always tomorrow...

Posted by: HotNats | July 28, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

HotNats - may your handle be a prophecy! I couldn't watch the whole game either - had to go swimming with one of the grandsons in our fabulous K-Mart pool. I went out expecting doom at 6-5, and came back at 13-8 (I think). Such a happy night!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 28, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

one last trip to 6/26/70 - the final score was 12 - 2. It was also "bat day" at RFK. Can you imagine a team handing out wooden bats these days?

Posted by: 1of9000 | July 28, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

It would be foolish to trade Willingham when we have him under our control for 3 more years and he provides protection in the batting order for Dunn and Zimmerman. Dunn would not be receiving anything to hit without Willingham hitting behind him. If the team doesn't improve next year, then it would be a good time to consider trading Willingham or Dunn (or both) for prospects...now is not the time.

Johnson and Guzman are a different story. If we can receive decent prospects for either of them, both should go in a heartbeat. Johnson is a FA after the season and his leaving would open up 1B for either Dunn or Willingham which would improve our OF defense. Guzman is a below average fielding SS with a huge contract. There has to be a team that could use him in a playoff drive....if not, the Nats should consider playing him a 2nd where he isn't such a defensive liability.

Posted by: wizfan89 | July 28, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Actually, what changed the game around was Dunn's catch against the wall. That's the kind of play that can turn a season around.

Posted by: hersheyman | July 28, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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